Introduction to Spanish
Reading for Writing
Sewing & Knitting
Rowena Aldridge teaches Reading for Writing, Intro to Spanish, and Knitting and Sewing at the WEB middle school tutorial. Rowena is a former professional dancer, union stage manager and costume designer. She spent twelve years as a senior teaching artist for dance with TPAC Education department and holds several certifications, including certified educator Square Foot Gardening Foundation, certified master food preserver University of Georgia, and certification in teaching historical inquiry with objects and teaching critical thinking with art from SmithsonianX. She taught science and history courses in her home studio for the local homeschool community for three years before joining the WEB faculty. Her daughter, Ella, has attended WEB for the past three years and will be attending the WEB high school this fall.
HS Prep Lit
Jenny is the Assistant Director at WEB and also teaches 8th grade Literature and Psychology. A two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, she holds a BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Secondary English Education. She has taught English, Reading, and Psychology in the public school system in Tennessee, in both Nashville and Knoxville. Transitioning to teaching in the homeschool environment has been an exciting and fulfilling challenge, both professionally and personally. Jenny looks forward to another wonderful year at WEB!
Studio Art 1
Studio Art 2
Jessi Goodwin holds a BFA in Fine Art and has been creating and teaching studio art and art history in the Nashville area for over a dozen years. She has had the immense honor of sharing her love of the arts with a wide range of students throughout the Nashville and surrounding communities. In addition to her WEB classes, she teaches at SmART art supplies and One Tree Montessori.
Award Winning Literature
Alyssa Hayes grew up in Searcy, AR and has wanted to be a teacher since she was 5 years old. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Harding University and a masters degree from Vanderbilt in Curriculum and Instruction. A former teacher at Lockeland Design Center, Alyssa has two children - Stella (12) and Dean (9) plus a black and white rescue dog named Emerald. She and her husband met while working on their high school yearbook staff. Alyssa loves walking the dog on sunny days and running an occasional 5K.
Ly graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. Her research focuses on innate immune defenses within the lungs, specifically how the innate immune system detects and responds to bacterial pathogens. Throughout her graduate training, she has mentored visiting students to her lab and served as a teaching assistant for the medical school and the undergraduate course in Microbiology and Immunology. This year she will be combining her love for science and her years of training to bring together a Biology course that will hopefully encourage students to pursue a deeper understanding of the world around them.
Books for Discussion
Bea Troxel graduated from Sewanee with a BA in Environmental Humanities. She loves observing and analyzing the different connections that exist between seemingly separate topics and subjects. When she is not writing songs and teaching, you can find her reading in the backyard, gardening, searching for fig trees in Nashville, or practicing her pedal steel. Bea has worked as a high school librarian, food stamps outreach associate, and musician. In classes, reading, songs, and the mundane, Bea wants to always find that which is sacred and creative.
Pop Music Appreciation
Mason Zgoda graduated with honors with a degree in Political Studies. She is also a singer songwriter with two Grammy nods. In addition to her web classes, she is a private ACT tutor and teaches through the Metro Nashville public school system. This year, she is combining her love of music and love of politics and teaching Popular Music Appreciation, a class that explores the way music has shaped American society over the last 100 years.
Lauren is a Tennessee native, chemistry fanatic and mom to three boys. She studied Chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and then moved to Nashville to pursue her Masters degree in Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University. After graduation, Lauren spent time as a researcher in the field of genetic medicine. She happily found her passion for teaching chemistry during her time as a professor at Belmont University. After leaving her career as a professor to help care for her special needs children, Lauren has spent time homeschooling her three boys and volunteering in the special needs community. In her spare time, you can find her trail running and competing in ultramarathons throughout the Southeast.
WEB’s first physical science class in 2013 decided that Prof Pappy was what Brian Donohue was to be called. 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.”
Becky was raised in Nashville and attended public schools. She is wife to Stefan and mom to Maddie and Lucas. Becky is a Belmont graduate with degrees in Business Administration and Accounting and has work experience as an auditor and tax preparer. Becky has served as her daughter’s girl scout leader, treasurer of the PTO at her daughter’s elementary school, and is currently the PTO treasurer at her son’s middle school. A former homeschool parent, Becky found her passion for helping students learn math and is excited to teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 this year at WEB.
Middle School Math
A graduate of Covenant College and the University of Arkansas, Leslie holds degrees in Middle Grades Education and Educational Leadership. She has been a mathematics and general education teacher in grades 5 through 8 in Missouri and Arkansas. In addition to her classroom experience, she has written curriculum, coached teachers and held leadership positions. Leslie is the mom to four young children and is pleased to be back in the classroom after several years at home.
Anatomy & Physiology
Dawn Ruiz, PT, Cert MDT has lived in the Nashville area with her husband Carlos for nearly 20 years. They have two awesome kids—Elena and Danny. Dawn got her degree in physical therapy from the University of New Mexico and has been a physical therapist for 20 years. She also holds a certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Dawn has a life-long love of learning and teaching and thinks everyone should have a little “mad scientist” in them. She has taught adult continuing education off and on for many years and is very excited to be a part of the WEB family.
After living in five states before the age of 10, Dawn Wyant did most of her growing up in Central Kentucky. She holds an undergraduate honors degree in Political Science from Western Kentucky University. As a young child, she wrote a letter to the President of the United States requesting school be in session seven days a week every week of the year. Having wanted to be a teacher and a writer most of her life; Dawn is thrilled to be bringing her love for words to the WEB team. On most weekends, you can find Dawn baking and snuggling with her cat, Benjamin Franklin