Kindergarten – Apex
Dawn is a native North Carolinian and has raised her family in Holly Springs, homeschooling her three children from kindergarten through 12th grade. All have completed or are attending college. She and her husband enjoy their empty nest but also delight in seeing their children serve the Lord and bloom where they’re planted.
After receiving a Master’s degree in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill concentrating on families and children, she turned her focus to education to better meet the individual needs of her own children. That focus blossomed into a tutoring business, Foundations Educational Services, where she specializes in early elementary reading, writing, and math. She also administers the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement annually for homeschooled, public schooled, and private schooled students. Through her interaction with parents who have committed to educating their children, Dawn has found a passion in partnering with families to provide emotional support, practical guidance, and encouragement. Dawn is excited to enter the kindergarten classroom supporting children through their transition into school while laying a solid academic foundation on which to grow.
Kindergarten – Apex
Karen is thrilled and feels so blessed to be a part of the amazing staff at Heritage Leadership Academy. She has been married for 19 years and has three wonderful children, ages 15, 13, and 6. She moved with her family to Cary about two years ago from the Florida Keys where they lived for 5 years. Before living in the Keys, they lived in Loveland, CO for 12 years. Karen earned her BS Degree in Psychology with a double minor in elementary and secondary education from Ursinus College.
After graduating from college, she worked in two different adoption agencies both as a birth parent counselor and as the office manager. She says it was a joy to watch families come together and to have the chance to pray with her clients in her different positions. Karen claims her love and passion in life is working with children. Her favorite times during the day are witnessing those ”ah-ha” moments when a child’s eyes light up just as they have learned something new. Karen is so excited about working in a Christian environment and having the opportunity to share not just knowledge but the love of our Savior with the kids! It is her hope and prayer that each child she gets to work with will see Christ in her as she strives to teach and touch their lives for God’s glory.
First Grade – Apex
Anitra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Barat College of DePaul University (Lake Forest, IL) and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University (Las Vegas, NV). She has a diverse teaching background, which includes experience in public school, private Christian school and homeschooling. She excels in classroom discipline and management and maintains an engaging, student-centered learning environment that incorporates multiple learning styles and hands-on discovery.
Anitra became a Christian in high school and has since served the church in teaching ministry, women’s ministry, and administrative support. Whether serving in the church or in the classroom, she maintains a commitment to amplifying the Truth of the Gospel and educating others to live full and purpose-filled lives. Anitra has been married to her husband, Darold for 24 years and they have two children: Annah, 17 and Donovan, 13. They’ve lived in a number of states, including Illinois, Nevada and Louisiana, and they are proud to call North Carolina their home.
First Grade – Apex
Second Grade – Apex
Kara has been working in the public and private school environments for over 15 years- specifically in the area of special education areas of autism and learning disabilities. She has a passion for seeing kids learn in unique ways and develop a love for learning. She is passionate about not only teaching them academics, but helping them grow spiritually and emotionally as well.
Kara and her family recently moved to North Carolina from Illinois and they are loving the warmer weather! Her husband Matt is an accountant and her three kids attend HLA. With her family, she loves traveling, relaxing, and taking care of their 30 chickens! She is excited to be a part of this amazing school as a teacher and as a parent!
Second Grade – Apex
Third Grade – Apex
Amber has over eight years of teaching experience, most of those years have been spent teaching third grade for the North Carolina Public Schools System. She received both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from California Baptist University. This past year she was recognized as one of the third-grade teachers who ranked in the top 25 percent in the state and in Harnett County for the growth her students showed in the area of reading.
She believes that as an educator, she has an awesome responsibility to guide young minds and help shape their learning. She hopes to inspire each student to have a love for life-long learning. She desires to partner with parents in helping teach responsibility, accountability, to encourage creativity, and facilitate critical thinking. “Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. (Deut 32:2).”
Third Grade – Apex
Kim has lived in the Fuquay-Varina/Holly Springs area since getting married in 2004. Her husband is Jeremy and they two daughters. Kim graduated from NC State in 2004 earning a BS in Mathematics Education. She taught math at Cary High School and was a 1st grade TA at Green Hope Elementary before becoming a homeschool mom. Along with teaching classes at co-ops and tutoring high school math students, she has homeschooled her two children for the last 8 years.
Through homeschooling, she was able to teach (and learn!) from a God-centered perspective, which created an excitement and love for learning in her. Kim hopes to instill a passion for learning in her students because learning about the world around us helps us to know our Creator! Kim loves Jesus and is thankful for the opportunity to be used by Him through teaching at HLA.
Fourth Grade – Apex
Kori received her B.A. in Christian education from Gardner-Webb University, the same place where she met and married her husband of fifteen years. She received her M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and spent years teaching in both public and private school settings. After adopting their two middle children from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she made the decision to homeschool to have more time together as a family. After loving her experience as an HLA parent last year, she determined to pursue a classroom teaching position for the 2018-2019 school year. Kori has traveled around the world with various mission organizations training teachers and being deeply impacted by the cultures she has experienced. Her greatest blessings include parenting her six children, volunteering at Mercy Hill Church where her husband serves as part of the pastoral staff, and teaching her classroom of children here at HLA.
Fourth Grade – Apex
Fifth Grade – Apex
Susan recently moved to Pittsboro from New Mexico, but she has spent most of her life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. There she taught everything from 3rd grade through college level classes, mostly at Christian schools, but also public schools and colleges. Her areas of special interest are history and reading.
She loves to sing, as well as fellowship with other women in small groups and bible studies. She is a historical re-enactor, representing colonial women from the 1600’s. Book clubs, reading voraciously, art, gardening, traveling, antiquing, yard sales, and her little dog, Cricket, keep her very busy! She is so excited about starting a new school, making new friends, learning from one another, supporting one another, and serving God in His new Heritage Leadership Academy.
Sixth Grade – Apex
Omnibus, Logic, & Life Science – Apex
Composition, Fundamentals of Math, Creative Writing, and Earth Science – Apex
Originally from the Emerald Coast in Florida, Ursula’s first job aspiration was to be a journalist so that people could “know the truth and the truth would set you free” (John 8:32). Following that dream, she attended the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor’s in Journalism, and began working at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, as a sports copy editor and designer, as well as a freelance reporter covering Christian music. At the same time she served as a volunteer youth ministry worker at Our Savior’s Baptist Church in Federal Way, Washington.
Wanting to merge the two vocations, she earned an English major and a Master’s in Teaching at the University of Washington to become an English Language Arts teacher. She married her husband, Eric, in 2004 and they have three children – one boy and twin girls. She enjoys reading, traveling – she’s visited 47 of the 50 states (airports don’t count) – learning to cook new allergy-friendly creations for dinner and a movie themed family nights, and cheering on her children at sporting events or cheering with them watching American Ninja Warrior.
Algebra – Apex
Omnibus & Logic – Apex
After leaving her lifetime home on the farm in upper South Carolina and following the advice of her family, Kelly studied business in college despite her desire to become a teacher. She worked in a computer software company for twelve years on both domestic and international accounts by both teaching classes and writing manuals as well as other responsibilities. After marrying Joe, she became a stay-at-home mother, which led to homeschooling their children for ten years. Eventually, Kelly became a tutor then director at Classical Conversations for five years, realizing her dream of becoming a teacher after receiving training to teach the Classical Christian model. She led two programs for eighth grade students for a couple of those years. Answering God’s call for their family, the children were enrolled in traditional Christian private schools and Kelly was employed as an eighth grade English teacher. After seven years at Cary Christian School, Kelly joined HLA. In her twelfth year as an eighth-grade teacher, she eagerly leads the students in Omnibus and Logic instruction, exploring God’s loving work through history and literature. Outside of the classroom, Kelly enjoys spending time with her four children and husband. Her photographer daughter recently graduated from college, oldest son is a college senior while her twin sons are off to college for their first year. She can be found knitting, camping, or taking in a movie with her husband in her spare time. Every year promises exciting adventures ahead for Kelly, her family, and her students.
Biblical Principles of Leaders – Apex
Gregory Soderberg teaches Omnibus I and Logic at HLA – Durham and Biblical Principles of Leadership at HLA – Apex. He has 17 years of teaching experience in classical Christian schools. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture (New St. Andrews College), a M.A. in Church History (University of Pretoria), and is completing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology (Free University of Amsterdam). He also serves as the Academic Dean of LAMP Seminary RDU, and teaches Humanities at Sola Gratia Classical Academy.
He has published numerous articles and book reviews, and contributed to Omnibus VI: The Modern World, and More Than Luther: The Reformation and the Rise of Pluralism in Europe. He has served in a wide range of church ministries and non-profits, ranging from prison ministry to foster care. He and his wife Cynthia have five rambunctious children and the entire family serves with Safe Families for Children.
Music – Apex
Growing up in a musical family Katye was able to take both piano and violin lessons as well as performing with several choirs and in many musicals. It helped develop a deep love of learning music and being a part of group performances. She was able to continue that learning at Taylor University, in Upland Indiana, where she studied Music Education and Communications Studies.
After Taylor Katye interned in youth ministry at a church, worked as house staff in a therapeutic boarding school, and taught preschool for ten years, as well as teaching private piano, voice, and violin lessons for the last 20 years and various week long music camps. She is so excited to go back to her first love of teaching music in the classroom where she is passionate about helping students learn about themselves and their world through the lens of music and giving them the tools to be life long music makers and music enjoyers!
Latin – Apex
Holly is the Latin Teacher at the Apex Campus for 7th and 8th Grade. She is a native of North Carolina and is a graduate of NCCU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She attended Wake Christian Academy from Kindergarten until 4th grade and was homeschooled from 5th grade through high school. Her earlier education consisted of 5 consecutive years of Latin. Two years of which were spent completing the Cambridge Latin courses 3 and 4. She has taught Latin at homeschool co-ops previous to working at Heritage and is familiar with working with middle school and elementary aged students.
Holly also works as a music teacher outside of Heritage giving private Voice and Piano lessons for young children and adults alike. She works with the High school youth at Redeemer Community Church in Fuquay-Varina and is married to her husband, Paul Allen who is an attorney for the Town of Holly Springs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing the piano, staying active, and singing in the North Carolina Central University choir as an alumna.
Physical Education – Apex
Jay is a local product, having grown up in Cary. From an early age, he had a sense that some of his best gifts lie in teaching. After getting a Civil Engineering degree in college, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He then served as a pastor in the eastern half of North Carolina in the United Methodist Church for 15 years. Most recently, he was worked with Networks Basketball and the YMCA of the Triangle to coaching teach over 1,200 young athletes of all ages and skill-levels.
Some of the books that have informed Jay’s life journey over the last half-decade are “Love Does” by Bob Goff, “Mindset” by Dr. Carol Dweck, “Beautiful Outlaw” by John Eldredge and “The Underground Railroad” by William Still. Additionally, he enjoys road trips and videography. When you see him, ask him about the time he flew his drone over Beverly Hills.
His favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 8:9, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
Jay met his wife Carla in college. Together they have four children, Anna (15), David (13), James (11), and Roger (1).