Michaels Homeschool Association
               of Chattanooga                    

Put God First

Faculty and Staff

Livia Michaels: Elementary Through High School PE/Health/CPR Instructor and Elementary Mathematics Teacher 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.

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 our elementary, middle, and high school Spanish students 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! 

Franklin Johnson: Middle School Through High 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 our middle through high school mathematics 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 Master's Degree 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 back!            

Donna N. Greenwood: Elementary & Middle School Science

It is a great honor to have Mrs. Donna N. Greenwood as our elementary through middle school science teacher. Mrs. Greenwood graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Mrs. Donna N. Greenwood has experience teaching elementary reading and math at Kumon in Chattanoga, TN. She also has experience teaching elementary music and middle school American History to home school students since 2013. Mrs. Greenwood has also worked with WDSI-Fox 61 as a Community Relations Manager and produced a series of educational videos to satisfy the requirements of the Children's Television Act of 1990. She has also been involved with the 2015 Live United Campaign as well as organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation. Mrs. Greenwood is knowledgeable in elementary and middle school sciences, and she will be a great asset to our program. We warmly welcome her as part of our team. Welcome! 

Jillian Simpson: High School Science

We are excited to have Mrs. Jillian Simpson as our high school science teacher. Mrs. Simpson has a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, along with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and a Masters of Art 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 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! 

Lindsey M. Howell: Elementary Through High School English

It is our honor to welcome 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!      

Stephanie A. Randall: Elementary Through High School Music 

We are blessed to be continuing our elementary through high school music program at our association this coming fall, and we extend a warm welcome back to our staff member, Mrs. Stephanie A. Randall, as part of our team. Mrs. Randall graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. She has over 30 years of experience as an elementary through high school Music Teacher, Recorder Teacher, Music Education Coordinator, and Theory Lab Instructor with work experience in the Hamilton School Systems as well as with various churches, organizations, and several homeschooling  families. Mrs. Stephanie A. Randall will add a special uniqueness to our program and we look forward to working side by side with this lovely lady this coming year. Welcome back!  

Shannon Swann: Elementary Through High School Art

It is our absolute pleasure to have Mrs. Shannon Swann as our elementary through high school art teacher. Mrs. Swann graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Advertising Arts from Chattanooga State. She has worked as a graphic designer for two different local publications and as an art director for a local advertising agency. After the Swanns became a homeschool family, Mrs. Swann began teaching art classes to homeschool students. She has been teaching art to students grades 1 - 12 for 17 years. She loves working with children and enjoys seeing them grow in their creativity, skills, and love for art. Each year she has students who place in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, the State Fish Art Contest, and the Little Owl Festival Poster contest. Mrs. Swann’s instruction focuses on teaching and developing drawing and painting skills using a variety of media. Students learn and use the elements and principles of art, color theory, and composition techniques to create their own works of art. We look forward to working with this beautiful and godly lady this coming fall. Welcome!  

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: Middle Through 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!               

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