MEET OUR TEACHERS
Every week our teachers create opportunities for academic excellence and spiritual growth by establishing engaging environments where students feel safe, confident, and are inspired to learn. We have amazing instructors who have an abiding faith in Christ, are knowledgeable in their discipline, communicate effectively and deeply care for their students. They are dedicated to assisting parents in achieving excellence in homeschooling and helping students exceed their every expectation.
Mrs. Julie Wilson has been teaching at Veritas since 2012, but has been involved in the school since its inception as one of the four owners of Veritas Classical School SC. She teaches kindergarten at both campus locations and loves to watch “the light come on” in these little minds as they blossom through the year! Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Georgia Southern University. She is an experienced homeschool mother, founding board member for Palmetto Christian Academy and previously taught pre-first enrichment class at PCA and was instrumental in developing the lower school curriculum. Also, for 12 years she worked at Christian World Adoption and was involved in educating and orienting new parents. Julie is married to Alan, mother to four girls and grandmother to twelve treasures! The Wilsons are members at East Cooper Baptist Church.
Mrs. Samantha Reed began teaching first grade at the West Ashley Campus in 2021. Having had the benefit of a home school education, Samantha was eager to give her children the same advantage and has done so since 2015. Samantha has studied elementary education at the College of Charleston, has received her Piano Pedagogy in piano, theory, and performance, and is an active member of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association. Samantha has operated her Summerville piano studio, Charleston School of Music, for over two decades. She has taught for Bethany CDC as a music teacher and director of programs, and other local homeschool co-ops. Samantha and her husband, Shannon, have three children, two of whom are school-age and attend Veritas West Ashley, with their younger brother soon to follow! The Reed family attends Summerville Baptist Church.
Mrs. Elisabeth Hanrion began teaching at Veritas in 2021 and teaches 1st grade at the Mt. Pleasant campus. Elisabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia International University. Elisabeth has 5 girls—Abigail, Lily, Arielle, Susanna, and Cora—and has homeschooled them for the past 14 years. One of her greatest joys is reading aloud to her children and entering into the wonder of story with them. Elisabeth and her girls attend LifePark Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Kristi Combs began teaching for Veritas in 2018 and teaches second grade at both campus locations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Emporia State University. Kristi has 21 years of homeschooling experience, in addition to many years teaching in public, private and homeschool enrichment settings. She is married to Fran and has three grown children and three grandchildren. They attend Crosstowne Christian Church in West Ashley.
Mrs. Sharon Gravely began teaching for Veritas in 2016 and teaches third grade at the Mt. Pleasant Campus. She attended Minnesota University and has homeschooled her four sons, two of whom are now adults. She is married to Randolph and their two youngest boys attend Veritas. The Gravely family worships at East Cooper Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Fairlight Kloxin began teaching at Veritas in 2020 and teaches third grade at the West Ashley Campus. She is a homeschool graduate herself and has been teaching her children at home since 2007. Fairlight has experience teaching and planning children's church curriculum, as well as teaching various subjects with homeschool co-ops. She and her husband, Michael, have three children, two of whom attend Veritas West Ashley. The Kloxin family attends Crosstown Christian Church in West Ashley.
Mrs. Jenni Cunningham began teaching at Veritas in 2012 and teaches fourth grade at the Mt. Pleasant Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. Previously, Jenni taught third grade for six years at Palmetto Christian Academy. She is married to Zach and they have three children. Their family attends King's Cross Church.
Mrs. Laura Herndon has taught fourth grade at the West Ashley Campus since 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston. Previously, Laura has taught at a public elementary school and James Island Christian School. She is married to Paul and they have three children, two of whom attend Veritas West Ashley. The Herndon family worships at James Island Christian Church.
Fifth Grade & Science
Mrs. Amanda Reinhardt began teaching at Veritas in 2020. She currently teaches fifth grade as well as General Science at the West Ashley Campus. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. Amanda has eight years of homeschool experience. She and her husband, Brian, have four children who all attend Veritas in West Ashley. The Reinhardt family worships at Citadel Square Baptist Church in downtown Charleston.
Fifth Grade & Spanish
Mrs. Jacqui Tabor began teaching at Veritas in 2013. She currently teaches fifth grade, Spanish 7th & 8th and Spanish 1 at the Mt. Pleasant Campus. Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from Louisiana State University. Previously, Jacqui worked as an independent contractor for Cengage Learning Publishing in the discipline of World Languages, which includes working with Spanish, Italian, German and French collegiate texts. She has served as an instructor for American Red Cross Lifeguard training. Mrs. Tabor has also contributed to ancillary materials for multiple online language learning programs with Cengage Learning. Jacqui is married to Andrew and together they have two children whom attend Veritas. They are members at Christ Church Anglican in Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Jen Meara began teaching at Veritas in 2021. She teaches sixth-grade humanities at West Ashley and the Mount Pleasant campus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and a Master of Arts in Interpretative Speech. Mrs. Meara has taught for ten years, including college courses at USC Upstate and North Greenville University and courses for grades 5-12. She is married to Tom Meara and has three children. The Mearas are members of the Church at LifePark.
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Mrs. Ashley Grooms taught at Veritas in 2012 and then returned in 2016. She currently teaches 7th & 8th grade English Literature at both campus locations. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Religion from Wake Forest University, and a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Grooms has also worked as a Reading Specialist at Palmetto Christian Academy and an English 101 instructor at the University of South Carolina. She is married to Thomas, who works at Blackbaud, and together they have four children. The Grooms family worships at East Cooper Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Rev. Darien Gabriel began teaching 7th & 8th grade History, Bible and Logic in 2018 at both campus locations. Darien holds a Civil Engineering degree from Clemson and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1998 and has also taught adjunctly at Charleston Southern University. He is married to Anita and has four grown daughters, all of whom they homeschooled. Darien and his family attend Grace Christian Fellowship in Ladson, where Darien serves as one of the pastors.
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Rev. Mark Timmons began teaching at Veritas in 2015 and teaches 7th & 8th grade Bible, History and Logic at both campus locations. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston and a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary. Previously, Mark worked at a classical, Christian school in Kentucky for three years. He and his wife, Libbie, have five children, three of whom attend Veritas West Ashley. They are members at Friendship Baptist Church in Park Circle, where Mark serves as one of the pastors.
Mrs. Kimberly Wilber began teaching at Veritas in 2014 and teaches high school English Literature, Language and Composition at both campus locations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) and a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Tennessee. Kimberly taught middle school special education resource and self-contained classrooms for three years, and has also homeschooled her own children for 12 years. She and her husband Steve have two children in college. They attend Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant.
Rev. Alan Wilson has taught at Veritas since it began in 2007. Currently, he teaches high school History, Bible and Rhetoric at both campus locations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University. Alan also holds a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and has done doctoral work at Reformed Theological Seminary. Previously, he taught high school at Mount Vernon Christian Academy (Atlanta, Georgia) for eight years while serving as Assistant Headmaster. Alan was Pastor of Education and Teaching Ministry at East Cooper Baptist Church twelve years and served as Senior Pastor of Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church six years before starting Veritas. He and his wife, Julie, were founding board members for Palmetto Christian Academy in Mount Pleasant, where he also served as interim Headmaster two years. Alan was Adjunct Professor of Freshman Seminar and Learning Strategies at the College of Charleston eight years and taught Old Testament at Charleston Southern University three years. Alan and Julie homeschooled their children several years in the early days of the homeschool movement. They have four children and twelve grandchildren (all of whom are homeschooled). The Wilsons are members of East Cooper Baptist Church.
Ms. Rebecca Gooden has taught at Veritas since 2014 and teaches 7th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 at both campus locations. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has done graduate studies at Gardner Webb University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She taught in public schools for 26 years, a private school for two years and also has done private math tutoring for 10 years. Rebecca has two grown daughters, Corinne and Cara, and four grandchildren. She attends Palmetto Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Joan Ilagan began teaching at Veritas in 2018 and teaches Chemistry at the West Ashley campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Auburn University and a Master of Teaching Biology from The Citadel. Previously, she taught Biology and Chemistry at Summerville High School and taught various levels of science at a homeschool co-op. She also works a a science tutor. Joan and her husband, Danny, have four daughters, whom them have homeschooled. Their family worships at St. Paul's Anglican in Summerville.
Mrs. Christy Meadows began teaching at Veritas in 2021 and teaches Physical Science at both campus locations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education and Sports Management from Erskine College, and a Master of Arts in Practical Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary. Christy has seven years of homeschool experience. She and her husband, Aaron, have three children, two of whom attend Veritas West Ashley. The Meadows worship at Summerall Chapel at The Citadel in downtown Charleston as her husband serves as the Chaplain to the Corps of Cadets.
Mr. Jim Koenig began teaching at Veritas in 2009 and teaches Elementary Science , General Science and Biology at both campuses. Jim received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and education certificate from the College of Charleston. He is Owner of King Fish Environmental, which provides hands-on environmental education to all age groups. He spent several years developing and leading the Nature Program for Kiawah Island Resort. Most recently he spent thirteen years as Director of the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center on Seabrook Island, where he developed educational classes. Jim and his wife, Janet, have two daughters. Kari graduated from Veritas in 2017 and Daisy is in the high school program at Veritas. The Koenig family attends Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Emily Parrish joined the Veritas faculty in 2015 and teaches Saxon 1 and Saxon 3 at the Mt. Pleasant Campus. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. Emily and her husband, Justin, have two daughters. They are members at Two Rivers Presbyterian in Park Circle, where Justin serves on staff as Director of Worship and Media.
Mrs. Amanda Kristowski began teaching at Veritas in 2021 and teaches Saxon 5/4, Saxon 6/5, and Saxon 7/6 at the Mount Pleasant campus. Amanda is passionate about helping students to love learning and to see God in all things as they learn. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of South Florida. Amanda is married to Josh, and she has homeschooled their four children for 11 years. The Kristowski family worships at LifePark Church in Mount Pleasant.
Mrs. Rebecca Taylor began teaching at Veritas in 2008 and teaches Pre Algebra and Algebra at the West Ashley Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Veterinary Science from Clemson University. She is married to Lee and has three children, who also attend Veritas West Ashely. The Taylor family worships at East Cooper Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Ruthie White began at Veritas in 2019 and teaches Saxon 6/5 at the West Ashley Campus. She homeschooled one of her two children during high school, and now has the privilege of watching all ten of her grandchildren being homeschooled - four of them as Veritas students! Ruthie is married to Michael, and they are members at Risen Home Church in Summerville.
Mr. Andrew Tabor, who was born in Rota, Spain, has been teaching at Veritas since 2013 and teaches Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 at the Mt. Pleasant Campus. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education from Shippensburg University, a Master of Arts in Methodology and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Southern Mississippi and has completed doctoral course work in Educational Technology at Louisiana State University. He has also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Previously, Mr. Tabor taught high school for two years and has taught 20+ years at the university level. Additionally, Mr. Tabor does extensive publishing for his current position at Cengage Learning and within the discipline of World Languages. He has also contributed multiple publications within the field of Education Technology. Andrew is married to Jacqui and together they have two girls, who attend Veritas. The Tabor family attends Christ Church Anglican in Mt. Pleasant.
Evangeline Van Houten
Mrs. Evangeline Van Houten joined the Veritas faulty in 2021 as the West Ashley Spanish Teacher. She teaches 7th/8th grade Spanish as well as Spanish I and II and has taught Spanish at the Middle School, High School, and College levels at Palmetto Christian Academy and at West Virginia University. Evangeline was homeschooled from birth until she left for college, and she is very excited to be a part of homeschooling again! After earning her BA in Foreign Languages at Frostburg State University, she served as a missionary in Spain before obtaining her MA in World Languages, with an emphasis on teaching, at West Virginia University. Mrs. Van Houten met her husband, Joey, at East Cooper Baptist Church, where he has worked and attended for years. They just started the adventure of parenting this summer after having Auggie in June.