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Instructors

Mrs. Christine Arrington

Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 3:14-21

REX courses: MS World Literature

Christine Arrington has been happily married for 22 years and has resided with her family in Chesapeake, VA since 1996. Prior to beginning her family, she taught high school math professionally. She has been homeschooling her children using a Classical and eclectic approach for 14 years, and recently graduated her eldest daughter. She has taught at various homeschool programs for a decade, and has led Sunday School classes for the last 13 years. Her favorite part of teaching is when the stduents have that "Aha!" moment, when they make connections they had not seen before, or finally understand something that was confusing.  She says "When they get excited about it...it gets me excited too!". Her goal in homeschooling is raising her children up to be lifelong learners.

Mrs. Amy Dandrade

Favorite Bible verse: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
 
REX courses: MS World History
 
Amy Dandrade has been happily married to her husband Paul for over 22 years and has resided with her family in Chesapeake, VA for the past decade. She has been homeschooling her two teenage sons for 14 years.  Most recently, she has devoted much of her time and talents to creating and directing REX.  With an education in Psychology, Amy's homeschool philosophy is centered around her understanding that all people learn differently and realizing the benefit of finding and utilizing what works best for each child in each subject. As an instructor at REX her greatest joy is seeing and fostering the "lightbulb moments" where students show their excitement for understanding a new concept. 

Mrs. Dawn DeMille

Favorite Bible verse: Colossians 3:23  
 
REX courses: 9/10 American Literature, and MS/HS Introductory/Intermediate Logic
 
Dawn DeMille is a Navy wife of 29 years, and has lived with her family in Chesapeake, VA for over 13 years.  Dawn is an Aggie, a math teacher, and a professional educator by trade. She put her career on hold to focus her time and talents on teaching her own three children, one of whom she graduated from homeschool several years ago. Dawn is active in her church, teaches Sunday school class, and has taught at various homeschool programs over the years. She is sought out for her tutoring skills and subject expertise. Her approach to homeschooling is mostly Classical and she pours herself into every class God calls her to lead. Her biggest joy in teaching comes from being a part of an engaging learning environment and helping children succeed in mastering difficult concepts. Dawn's goal in instructing  at REX is to encourage her students to dig deep, and to instill in them a life-long love of learning. 

 

Mrs. Courtney Jeffries

Favorite Bible verse: John 10:14


REX Courses: 9/10 American History 


Courtney has been married for 19 years, the last 7 of which her family has lived in Chesapeake. Though formally educated in Elementary Education, Courtney has used her talents to raise her son Jax, who she has been homeschooling for the past 2 years.  She has volunteered in Sunday school and church nurseries, and runs a successful online business.  Her homeschool philosophy is to encourage students to search for true understanding of concepts, and not just memorization of facts.  Courtney is passionate about challenging students to think for themselves. 
 

Mrs. Jennifer Richardson

Favorite Bible verse: Mark 11:23

REX courses: 11/12 Worldview, HS Critical Thinking for Worldview

Jen is a Conservative, Christian military wife of 19 years, and a mother to three children...two teens, who have been homeschooling in Chesapeake, VA for 9 years, and a four year old. Her philosophy of home education can be best described as eclectic, a mixture of travel/experience/adventure based, blended with Traditional and Classical methods. Jen studied Political Science in both undergraduate and graduate school, and studied in England and Israel. She worked as a civilian Intelligence Officer before forgoing her career for the higher calling of raising her children. She brings to REX her passion for history and politics, and her desire to instill critical thinking, effective communication skills, and a love of country in her students.

Mrs. Leslie White

Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12-14

Courses at REX: 11/12 British Literature, and HS Art History

Leslie White has been married to her husband for 24 years.  Prior to their move to Chesapeake, VA in 2013, Leslie and her family served as missionaries in Malaysia and Thailand for seven years. She has been homeschooling her three teenage children for 17 years and recently graduated her eldest daughter. Leslie's homeschooling method of choice is Classical, which enables children to "own" the material they initially memorize, as they move through grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric phases of developmental learning. Leslie has taught in homeschool co-ops for nine years. She loves seeing her REX students engaged and challenged by different perspectives; and she pours into her classes her passion for reading, discovering, and exploring textual themes and truths.