Instructors

Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey is a classically trained musician and music teacher, with a degree in biochemistry. While these two fields seem to be at opposite ends of the educational spectrum, Megan feels that they are more related than not. In the science world, she worked in Research and Development for the advancement of testing supplies for people with diabetes. During her time in Denton, TX, she taught rocketry, kitchen chemistry, and remedial math for the county's summer school program. After dabbling in the science world, Megan switched gears to explore her first love - music. She has taught violin, piano, ensembles, and various music classes for over 20 years - the last ten in the Charlottesville area. In addition to teaching at CHEC and private music lessons, she currently runs her own bookkeeping business and teaches full-time for PVCC's Kids College program. Megan has recently jumped, head first, into the homeschooling world with her two children - one of whom has special needs. Homeschooling has allowed her to feed her many passions: music, science, and math, to name a few!

Janet Beals

Janet Beals Orejudos is a process artist, teacher, and facilitator. She has taught in summer camp, year round programs, and Adaptive Recreation with C'ville Parks & Rec, offering 3-14 year olds classes in Beginning and Youth Sculpture, Collage, Home School Art, Paint Like Picasso, and Open Studio. Janet comes from Chicago's Open Studio Project, offering process art and social emotional skills through art to disadvantaged and other diverse populations. Process art, unlike traditional art, focuses on the experience of artmaking rather than the final product. Therefore, there is no "bad art," just a piece with a story or a message. Although classes may have a theme (Dinosaurs, Self Portraits, Dia de los Muertos, Martin Luther King), each child is free to express it in her own way. We honor each child's artistic vision. Classes use unusual materials and techniques when possible, and aim for creativity, learning, and self determination. Janet is open to students with special needs and communication disorders, and children outside the age parameters of the class.

Louisa Cahan

I have been a teacher for most of my adult life, primarily with young children, but have some experience with all ages. Art has been a hobby for me since childhood, and when I retired from full time work, I chose to spend my retirement years learning and teaching Art. During the years when I taught preschool and the early elementary grades, I always included as much Art as I could wherever I could. I do see the teaching of Art as my calling, and the thrust of my life is to get better and better at it. Most recently, I taught Art for Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, until the pandemic caused us to stop our classes. Now my new “classroom” is Zoom!

Carolyn Fay

Carolyn Fay holds a Ph.D. in French and taught French language and literature for about 16 years at the university level, where the students never wanted to leave their seats, and would've rather died than sing "Frère Jacques" in class. Now she's a homeschooling mother and freelance writer. Carolyn has been teaching French to homeschoolers for the past 11 years. Her classes involve singing, dancing, B-grade acting, ridiculous costuming, cute puppets, and horrible ventriloquism. She believes that children are sponges when it comes to learning a second language, and that the most effective approach encourages them to play in and with the language. Learning a foreign language is a powerful way to connect with other peoples and cultures.

Will Goss

Will Goss is from a very small town called Clarksdale, Mississippi – also known as “Home of the Blues.” Will studied English literature at the University of Georgia, but it wasn’t all Dickens and Shakespeare…he was also in a lot of bands. His favorite one was called Plume, and it’s still alive today. After graduating from Georgia, Will moved to Chicago to study filmmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. What a city! The school took his love for the cinema to the next level, and his interest in filmmaking and film history has only grown since then. After 3 years of teaching film in Jackson, Mississippi, and 2 years of teaching English in Russia, Will is now in Charlottesville, VA!

Tom Lynch

Tom Lynch is a software engineer and musician. Nearly 20 years of computer programming has required him to be a lifelong learner to keep up with the rapid pace of changing technology. He believes the best way to learn new technology is to use it, even if you don't know what you're doing, by working through projects that challenge you to figure out how stuff works and learn from your successes and mistakes. Tom aims to inspire students to learn programming as both a practical skill and a way to have fun through video game-based programming activities that offer opportunities to learn from their own process of trial and error with a new technology. He currently works for the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia where he builds custom software applications to support the pedagogical, research, and administrative goals of the academic side of the UVA Health System. Tom is also a performing member of two bands, playing music described as experimental electronic and electro rock. His music has taken him on the road to several states as well as to local theatre productions at Live Arts and PVCC. Tom holds a B.A. in Literature and a M.S. in Library and Information Science.

Emily Norris

Emily Mohajeri Norris is a homeschooling mother of three boys ages 10-17. She is passionate about hands-on learning, global education, service-learning, and creating custom educational opportunities that help empower and engage. Her kids’ interests led her to coach a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team for four years and her family’s desire to raise their kids with a global orientation moved them to Beijing, China, for a year. She has a BA from UVA and an M.Ed. from Harvard; loves photography, travel, hiking, yoga, and rainy days at the art museum; and is learning to swim laps.