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 from Chattanooga State Technical Community College in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 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

It is a great honor to have Mrs. Samantha Alsobrook as our high school Health teacher this year. Mrs. Alsobrook graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. 

Her experiences include being a substitute teacher at Mountain View Christian Academy, in Bryant, Alabama, for one year before being hired as a Physical Education  Teacher and Guidance Counselor. After working there for a year, Mrs. Samantha Alsobrook accepted the position of being the Spanish I teacher for the Sophomore class. During this entire year, she was the head volleyball coach for the 5th - 12th grade team. In the year 2018, Mrs. Alsobrook was given the position of Head Volleyball        Coach for Jr. Varsity and Varsity teams at North Sand Mountain High School in Bryant, Alabama. Other experiences include being a Reserve Police Officer at the Red Bank Police Department in Red Bank, Tennessee, and working in the criminal justice field. We are blessed to have Mrs. Samantha Alsobrook as part of our amazing team of educators and look forward to working with her throughout the year and for many years to come. Welcome!                 


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!      

Deborah Slaney : Elementary School Mathematics

It is a great delight to have the privilege to work with Mrs. Deborah Slaney. She will be teaching our elementary school mathematics at Michaels Homeschool Academy. Mrs. Slaney graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a veteran home school mom with many years of experience amongst the homeschooling circles. Mrs. Slaney has taught in various home school co-ops and has substitute taught in several formal school settings. Her other experiences with elementary school children include being an Awana's Director and teaching Sunday School through her own method by writing and developing her own curriculum. Her nursing degree required her to take several mathematical courses making her fully qualified to teach in this area. As a pediatric nurse for over 15 years, Mrs. Deborah Slaney has the heart to love and educate her students with such a passion to help them succeed and encourage them in their own unique learning styles. We are excited to warmly welcome Mrs. Deborah Slaney to our amazing group of educators. 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!           

Jillian Simpson: Elementary Through Middle School Science and Anatomy & Physiology

We are delighted to have Mrs. Jillian Simpson as our elementary through middle  school science as well as our Anatomy and Physiology teacher. Mrs. Simpson has a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Masters of Arts degree from Tennessee Technological University. She has taught Biology, Aquatic Biology, Bioethics, and Environmental Science at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, TN, as well as Physical Science at Cannon County High School in Woodbury, TN. Mrs. Simpson also has experience instructing students of all ages in various subjects from elementary school age to college level. She is also very passionate about seeing every child succeed in their own unique gifting.  Mrs. Jillian Simpson brings over 10 years of classroom experience, and she will be teaching the high school sciences with hands-on labs. We warmly welcome Mrs. Jillian Simpson as part of our excellent team of educators. Welcome!  

Mary P. Fish: Biology, Physical Science, and Chemistry

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!   

Tiffiany Stone: Elementary Through High School English

It is our honor to work with Mrs. Tiffiany Stone as our elementary through high school English teacher. As a homeschool parent, she understands the value of home education. Mrs. Stone graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Special Education and Psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also earned a Master of Science Degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her experiences include an Internship at Widener Memorial School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as taught all subjects at St. Boniface Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 2013, she has been involved in her homeschooling community in Trenton, Georgia, where she currently resides. Mrs. Tiffiany Stone has taught unit studies to her local homeschooling families with concentrations in English, math, science, social studies, and Sign Language. With her teaching experience, she is able to establish clear objectives for all lessons, implement individualized educational plans, administer standardized tests, and develop customized curricula to encourage individualized mastery, etc. She will be a great asset to our English department. We joyfully welcome Mrs. Tiffiany Stone to our team of professional educators! Welcome!  


Mrs. Victoria Lauren Mudaliar: Elementary and Middle School History & Geography

We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Victoria Lauren Mudaliar. She will be teaching our Elementary and Middle School History and Geography courses at Michaels Homeschool Academy. Mrs. Mudaliar graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her experiences include teaching history to multiple age groups in a private setting as well as in a co-op setting. Mrs. Mudaliar has designed and implemented lesson plans utilizing various teaching methods that encouraged student participation and enhanced student learning. Her passion is in helping students understand that seeking learning opportunities can open up a whole new world of creativity and wonder. Her goal is to engage students with interactive, learning experiences that require teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. Mrs. Victoria Lauren Mudaliar enjoys encouraging her students to engage in a way that allows them to find joy and purpose in the skill of learning. We warmly welcome her to our team!         

Melissa Skidmore Mackey: High School Government and U.S. History

We are honored to work with Mrs. Melissa S. Mackey as our high school United States  History teacher. Mrs. Mackey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She worked with 3 Tennessee State House members, Ben West, Jr., Larry Turner and Sherry Jones assisting with constituent requests, attending Committee meetings, preparing agendas and Committee packets and legislation for the Committee of Consumer Relations, answered phone calls, disseminated messages, and filled in when the full time secretary was not available. As the wife of the Commissioner of Dunlap, Tennessee, Mrs. Mackey has much experience in politics. She is very excited to be teaching a subject that is dear to her heart and looking forward to serving the homeschooling community at Michaels Homeschool Academy. We warmly welcome Mrs. Melissa S. Mackey as a part of 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!       

Mary Layne: Elementary Through High School Art

It is our absolute pleasure to have Mrs. Mary Layne as our elementary through high school art teacher. Mrs. Layne was homeschooled as a child and is currently a homeschool mother of two beautiful children. As a private art instructor, she entered her own pieces of work and won 1st Place in Regional Student Convention Division  using graphite pencil portrait and colored pencil portrait as well as 2nd Place in International Division using colored pencil portraits. Mrs. Mary Layne has a strong creative background and patience to effectively teach her students. She is experienced in digital art, graphite  portraits, calligraphy, multiple paint mediums, and much more. As a Portrait and Landscape Artist, Mrs. Layne enjoys educating students in a variety of mediums such as acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, pen and ink, and others. She is excited to be putting all her experiences together and working with her students at MHA. Mrs. Mary Layne loves working with children and is passionate about inspiring her students and guiding them to develop their creativity and technique, as well as encouraging them to discover their own unique style by using a variety of media. With a great personality, positive character, and artistic skills, she will no doubt instill a love for art in her students. Mrs. Mary Layne 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. Welcome!    

Adam William Marthaler: 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: Elementary Basic Typing, Middle School Web Design, & Elementary and Middle School Robotics

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.