WEB Executive Director
Shannon Truss brings experience in homeschooling, non-profits and the business world to WEB. A mother to three daughters, Shannon has experience with multiple educational systems. Her daughters attended a public Montessori school and Lockeland Design Center before becoming homeschooled middle schoolers. Prior to homeschooling, Shannon worked at Asurion, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and Rejoice Ministries. Her experience with project management, business development and volunteer management have given her the skills to see her vision for WEB come to fruition. Shannon spends her free time reading and hanging out with her family - husband, Jason, and daughters Anna, Bekah and Kate.
Director, Faculty Liaison to the Board
Brian Donohue is known affectionately by WEB’s students as Professor Pappy. He had retired after 40 years of teaching English on Long Island in a public school district and private university, but couldn’t resist the chance to return to the math and physics of his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. “Although I loved teaching adults and teenagers World Literature, research writing, and detective fiction for many years, I never lost my interest in science, particularly astronomy,” he remarked recently. “The kids at WEB are wonderful. They tolerate the messiness of demonstrations and experiments with humor, meet the challenge of gedankens, and appreciate the focus on developing lifelong educational skills.” Brian is WEB’s longest-tenured teacher and brings to WEB a wealth of knowledge about science and classroom management. He is a key player in maintaining the vibrant culture of the WEB community.
Amy is a life long member of WEB's host community, Dalewood United Methodist Church. Her roles at DUMC have included everything from nursery worker to interim youth director and most recently chair of the Trustees. Amy's children are grown and have flown the nest, but they too were raised at DUMC. Amy says that Dalewood has seen many people come and go over the years, but are most excited to be able to share the church with WEB. What a wonderful asset not only to us but to the community as a whole. When not at church, Amy takes care of her 91 year old mother and works full time for Tennessee Oncology.
Emily holds a BA (Appalachian State) and an MA (East Tennessee State) in English Literature. She has worked for a variety of not-for-profit and government agencies. Her former and current clients include Tennessee State Library and Archives, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Metro Arts, NashvilleHealth, and the Tennessee chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Emily is the founder of DancEast, which she sold in May of 2018 after nearly ten years of building the dance education studio from an initial enrollment of eight to an enrollment of more than 500 students of all ages. She has been dancing since she was a young child and teaching dance for more than twenty years. She and her family migrated from East Nashville to the North - Goodlettsville - in 2015. She lives there with her husband, 15-year-old daughter Nora and 10-year-old son Holden (who attends WEB). She served on the PTO board for Dan Mills Elementary School for seven years.