Michaels Homeschool Association
               of Chattanooga                    

Put God First

Faculty and Staff

Livia Michaels: Elementary Through High School Physical Education Instructor and Founder  
Mrs. Livia Michaels is the founder and PE instructor of MHAC and a home school parent since 2001. She earned her Associates degree in Physical Therapy in 1993. As a Christian therapist, she understands the importance of keeping a healthy body, mind and spirit. Her love for exercise has lead her to become more involved with the home school community. Her strong, christian character is shown through her loving spirit towards her students. She is always excited to be leading her students into another fun-filled year! Mrs. Michaels first taught home school physical education classes in 2002. At that time, she taught over 30 students and enjoyed it very much but upon completion of that year she had to give up the classes upon learning that she was expecting her third child. After several more years and following the arrival of her fourth child, the Lord once again placed this ministry in her heart to teach home school physical education classes with a brand new twist by adding field trips with a physical and educational aspect in mind. As a mother of four and a great role model to all her children, Mrs. Livia Michaels certainly knows the meaning of "sacrifice" and definitely pours her all into this program while giving praise and glory to God.

Samantha Alsobrook: High School Health

Sarah Hernandez: Elementary Through High School Spanish 

We are very excited to be able to continue offering our Spanish program this year and we are blessed to have Mrs. Sarah Hernandez as part of our team of educators. With a great knowledge and fluency of both Spanish and English language, Mrs. Hernandez  will be teaching elementary, middle, and high school Spanish at Michaels Homeschool Academy this coming year. Mrs. Sarah Hernandez graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Christian Heritage College, in El Cajon, California, and with an Associates of Arts degree from Southwestern College, in Chula Vista, California. Her teaching experiences include teaching Spanish at St. Peter's Episcopal School and Grace Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mrs. Hernandez has also been a substitute Spanish teacher for Silverdale Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee and for Catoosa County Schools in Georgia. Other related experiences include Teacher's Aide at San Ysidro School District in San Ysidro, California. Mrs. Hernandez is a talented and  committed teacher who respects the unique qualities of each individual student and adult alike. She will strive to incorporate literacy and foreign language skills to help increase student achievement. We welcome Mrs. Sarah Hernandez to our team, and look forward to working with this godly lady throughout the year and for many years to come. Welcome! 

Bonita Eimers: Elementary Through High School American Sign Language

We are honored to welcome Mrs. Bonita Eimers as our elementary through high school American Sign Language teacher. Mrs. Eimers is a veteran homeschool mom of 5 beautiful children. She is currently finishing her 11th year of homeschooling. Mrs. Bonita Eimers graduated with an Associates of Arts Degree in the year 2000, from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has over 13 years of experience working with the Deaf in various ministries, from babysitting, to working in the church nursery, to being a Sunday School teacher for deaf adults and children alike. Her hobbies include gardening, baking, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Eimers is a beautiful woman of God with a gentle, patient, and loving character. She believes God has given her a gift of Sign Language and is excited to share this gift with others. We warmly welcome Mrs. Bonita Eimers to our wonderful team of educators and look forward to working with her for many years. Welcome!      

Franklin Johnson: Middle School Mathematics 

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work side by side with this man of God once again. Mr. Frank Johnson will be teaching middle school mathematics at Michaels Homeschool Academy this coming year. Mr. Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Junior High Education with concentrations in Math and Social Studies from University of Maine at Machias in Machias, Maine. Mr. Frank Johnson also has a Masters in School Leadership from New England College, in Henniker, New Hampshire. His  experiences include teaching elementary through high school mathematics at Life Christian Academy, Washington Academy High School, Narraguagus High School and Caravel Middle School in Maine. Mr. Frank has also substituted teaching for the Hamilton County Department of Education as well as worked as a security guard at McCallie School in Tennessee. His love for math is quite evident in the way he connects with his students. Mr. Johnson enjoys encouraging and mentoring his students and seeing them succeed. We are blessed to have Mr. Frank Johnson as part of our team of educators and look forward to working with him throughout the year and in the future. Welcome!            

Christopher Morris: High School Mathematics

It is a great blessing to have Mr. Christopher Morris as our high school Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 teacher at Michaels Homeschool Academy this coming year. Mr. Morris graduated with a Masters Degree in Math Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also graduated from the 1st cohort of Teach/Here Program in Chattanooga, Tennessee, now known as Project Inspire. Mr. Christopher Morris also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Business Minor and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. His Business Minor included courses in Accounting, Business Law, Macroeconomics, Business Management, and Communication. From 2010 - 2016, his experiences included teaching high school mathematics at both Tyner High School and East Ridge High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Christopher Morris is a very energetic and passionate teacher who motivates his students to be engaged and to understand the concepts of math. We are so blessed and it is a privilege to have him be a part of our great team of educators. Welcome!           

Kayla Brown: Elementary & Middle School Science

It is a great honor to have Miss Kayla Brown as our elementary through middle school science teacher. Miss Brown graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, and with an Associates of Science Degree from Cleveland State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her related experiences includes student teaching at Ooltewah Elementary in Ooltewah, Tennessee, where she instructed and assisted students of all ability levels to develop life-long learning skills and good study habits. Miss Brown understands the importance of designing a customized and specific course of study to best suit her students' educational needs and to enhance individual learning. She is a compassionate and dedicated Learning Facilitator who is comfortable with conducting diverse youth activities and creating strategies to meet the needs of her students. Miss Kayla Brown is very knowledgeable in elementary and middle school sciences, and she will be a great blessing to our academy. We warmly welcome her as part of our team of educators. Welcome! 

Mary P. Fish: High School Science

We are excited to continue our secondary school Science Program this coming fall and are blessed to have Mrs. Mary Fish as our high school science teacher. Mrs. Fish is a proud mother of 7 children and 8 grandchildren. She has home schooled for 16 years. Mrs. Mary Fish graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing from Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, TN. She was a part of a Medical Missionary Training  team specializing in Preventive Health and Nutrition under the guidance and instruction of Dr. Oden from the Wildwood Lifestyle Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mrs. Mary has taught at various home school groups/co-ops throughout the years. She is currently the Director of Children's Ministries at her church which includes directing, organizing, and teaching the Adventurer Club. She has also been involved in summer camps where her main goal has been to teach the children and young people to have fun through hands on activities and experiments and to learn about God's creation through science. Mrs. Mary has attended many Leadership skills and training seminars in Child Development and Child Evangelism. She is fluent in Spanish and English and enjoys traveling, walking, and spending time with her very large family. We are blessed to continue to work with this godly lady and welcome her to our top notch team of educators. Welcome!   

Lindsey M. Howell: Elementary Through High School English & High School Government

It is our honor to work with Mrs. Lindsey Howell as our elementary through high school English teacher. As a former homeschooler, she understands the value of home education. Mrs. Howell graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Political Science Degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. She served as a board member for Young Republicans and was a staff writer for the Hilltop Monitor, the official online publication of William Jewell College. Mrs. Lindsey Howell also comes to us with a Master of Art in Theological Studies Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Her experiences include tutoring English to high school students at Liberty High School in Texas and is currently the advisor for their Theology and Bible courses department. Mrs. Howell is also experienced as the Director of Communications for a local church in Ooltewah, TN. With her diverse background, she will be a great asset to our English, History/Social Studies and Bible Departments. We joyfully welcome Mrs. Lindsey M. Howell to our team of professional educators! Welcome!     

Brianna Elaine Smith: Elementary and Middle School Music/Choir

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Miss Brianna Elaine Smith as our elementary and middle school choir and general music teacher. A native born Chattanoogan, Miss Smith has been involved with music her whole life. She was homeschooled from second grade through high school. Over the years, her musical experiences have included choir, handbells, band (flute), Kindermusik, and piano lessons. She remembers her homeschool years fondly and hopes to homeschool her children someday. Miss Brianna also completed an Associate in Fine Arts at Chattanooga State Community College in 2015, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music at UTC in 2018. As part of her degree, she did her internship at St. Nicholas School and worked with assisting in their children's choir and later had the opportunity to teach general music classes for their students ages preschool through 5th grade. In addition, Miss  Smith completed her Kindermusik teacher training program in 2019. We warmly welcome Miss Brianna Elaine Smith to our team of educators and look forward to working with her throughout the year and for years to come. Welcome!   

Autumn Skiles: High School Music/Choir 

It is our absolute pleasure to have Mrs. Autumn Skiles as our high school music teacher. Mrs. Skiles graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has worked for the School of Fine Arts in Chattanooga. Mrs. Autumn Skiles has also assisted the Chattanooga Library with their music workshops for the benefit of the children in the community. She communicates well with other staff, her students and their parents, organizes group learning events, and is experienced in choosing appropriate repertoire for each student. Mrs. Autumn Skiles directed the May 2018, Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association graduation choir as well as participated with the Chattanooga Rotary Club. She is excited to share the gift of music with others and hopes to instill such a love for learning to the point that it inspires students to seek out and experience music throughout their whole lives. We are excited to be working with Mrs. Autumn Skiles and warmly welcome her to our team of educators. Welcome!       

Pearl Sukow: Elementary Through High School Art

It is our absolute pleasure to have Mrs. Pearl Sukow as our elementary through high school art teacher. Mrs. Sukow studied at the Associate of Fine Arts program from Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida, and at the Associate of Health Sciences program from the Adventist University of Health Sciences in Orlando, Florida. She has had the privilege of taking a Painting Enrichment Class at the Tiffani Taylor Gallery and being under the instruction of American renown artist Ms. Tiffani Taylor in Savannah, Georgia. Mrs. Pearl Sukow has also taken other painting and drawing classes to enhance her artistic skills. In 2004, Mrs. Sukow was honored to be asked to paint the Mural of School Seal at the Minnetonka Christian Academy in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Mrs. Pearl Sukow has also volunteered to lead/teach the arts and crafts events at various VBS church programs. She loves working with children and is passionate about inspiring her students and guiding them to develop their creativity and technique, as well as helping them discover their own unique style by using a variety of media. With a great personality and artistic skills to match, she will no doubt instill a love for art in her students. Mrs. Sukow will focus on teaching her students about the elements and principles of art, contour line studies, principles of design, color theory, composition techniques, and more to help them create their own masterpieces. We look forward to working with this energetic, fun-loving lady this coming year. Welcome!  

Kim Tisdale: Elementary Through High School Drama

We are excited to work with Mrs. Kim Tisdale as our elementary through high school drama teacher. Mrs. Kim Tisdale is a veteran homeschool mother of three (graduated) children and has taught in the Chattanooga homeschool community for almost 20 years. A native of Missouri, Mrs. Tisdale graduated from central Methodist University with a B.A. in Theater and minors in English and Music. Her acting credits include principle roles in Agnes of God, Two by Two, Medea, The Cherry Orchard and Nunsense, among others. Her theater experience in Chattanooga includes over 13 years as costumer and backstage costume mistress at Ballet Tennessee and Chattanooga Ballet, as well as serving in that same capacity with Scenic City Opera for a season. Over the last 15 years, Mrs. Kim Tisdale has directed over 30 plays and drama events with the Salvation Army, Collegedale's Parks and Recreation department, and other local educational and homeschool organizations. From 2012 - 2017, she coached students in the National Shakespeare Competition to achieving first runner-up and top-three status at the district level, competing with students from more than 15 counties. Throughout her career, Mrs. Tisdale has witnessed how God can change lives through performance experience. She believes that theater is one of God's greatest gifts and is excited to share all aspects of creative theater through the dramatic arts with her young actors and their families. Welcome to our amazing team of educators!  

Karen Erwin: Middle Through High School ACT/SAT Prep 

We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Karen Erwin. She will be teaching our middle through high school ACT/SAT Prep course this coming year. Mrs. Erwin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communications and a minor in Finance from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She also has a Microsoft Office Suite Specialist degree from Miller Motte College. Mrs. Karen Erwin is certified as a Professional Organizer as well as an Event Specialist. She has also been certified in FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Training, which is a branch of the U.S. government for housing and urban development. Mrs. Erwin is a College Planning Advisor and owner of a local ACT/SAT Prep Course and Testing franchise in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is highly motivated and committed to providing an excellent service to our students and in so doing helping them to find the right fit for their college carriers. We warmly welcome Mrs. Karen Erwin to our team and look forward to working together with this lovely lady to accomplish the necessary goals for the success of our academy and student body.     

Adam William Marthaler: Elementary Through High School Robotics and High School Computer

We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to work with Mr. Adam William Marthaler. He will be teaching our middle through high school computer programs this coming year. Mr. Marthaler graduated with two Associate of Applied Science degrees in Computer Science and in Computer Programming from Chattanooga College, Chattanooga, Tennessee. His certifications include Security+, A+, Net+, FileMaker Developer as well as TIES, NCIC, NLETS, and CJIS Awareness. He was responsible for founding a security program, for the maintenance of core network components, and for several software projects and a complete rewrite of the HC911 at the Hamilton County Emergency Communications District (911). Mr. Adam William Marthaler has also been responsible for coding several projects in HTML, Visual Basic, PHP, and ASP as well as being responsible for troubleshooting, setup, and maintenance for several networking and VPN components. His hobbies include camping, spending time with my family, and also aspire to become a recreational pilot one day. We are blessed to have Mr. Adam W. Marthaler as part of our team of educators and look forward to working with him throughout the year and in the future. Welcome!               

Miss Julisa Smith: Middle School Web Design

It is an honor to welcome Miss Julisa Smith as our middle school Web Design teacher. Miss Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Media Design and Production with a Concentration in Web Design from Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is passionate, dedicated, and driven about creating user friendly, mobile-oriented, eye-catching websites. Miss Julisa Smith is skilled in the following computer programs: HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, Adobe Photoshop, and more. As an ePortfolio Mentor, her experience includes instructing and assisting college students and faculty with ePortfolio technology, tracking high-level student ePortfolio development, and exhibiting excellent communication skills among other. We are excited to have Miss Julisa Smith and warmly welcome her as part of our amazing team of educators. Welcome!  


At Michaels Homeschool Academy all our teachers are required in good faith to agree with each statement made in the MHA Statement of Faith.