Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

Instructor Bios


Maria Bryan

Maria Bryan is a longtime homeschooling mother of four children. She has a B.A. in Physical Education and has been a USA Certified Swim Coach for 16 years. She has taught many classes on a variety of different subjects to homeschoolers over the past 20 years.


Susan D'Souza  

Susan D’Souza is a wife, mom, teacher, and author with intense interest in the reflection of history in current events. Susan retired from homeschooling after graduating two Kentucky Governor’s Scholars who attended BU. As a Cryptologic Linguist in the USAF, Susan spent some of her early adulthood examining foreign propaganda, and a good portion of the rest of it eating kimchi. She received her B.A. in Jewish Studies and Linguistics from Indiana University, went on to earn her M.A. in Urban Education, and has taught students and trained teachers at all grade levels in schools across the US and abroad. Susan and her husband, Peter, are former missionaries now living contentedly on a small hobby farm.  


Jennifer Escobar

Jennifer Escobar grew up in a family of performers and educators in Berea, Kentucky and has been teaching dance in Kentucky schools since 1986. She joined the Kentucky Arts Council in the mid 1990’s, and is one of Kentucky’s most popular teaching artists.  Mrs. Escobar brings her experience as an internationally-acclaimed musician and recording artist to the classroom, enriching students’ experience as she shares her arts with them.  She currently directs the Berea Festival Dancers and is a director/instructor at Spotlight Acting School in Berea. She and her family own and operate Happiness Hills Farm & Retreat near Berea, where they will be starting a Learning for Life residential school for young adults in 2022.  


Alfredo Escobar

Alfredo Escobar was born in Vina del Mar, Chile, and came to the United States with his mother and five siblings when he was in the fifth grade. His experience as an immigrant who learned English, completed college, and now owns several business ventures has enabled him to encourage others who are interested in bettering themselves. He is best known as an artist and designer; his murals, paintings, and pencil portraits have been exhibited across the USA and abroad, and his design and screenprinting services are in demand from customers far and wide. Mr. Escobar and his family own and operate Happiness Hills Farm & Retreat near Berea, where they will be starting a Learning for Life residential school for young adults in 2022.  

Cindy Fawcett

Cindy Fawcett is a graduate of the University of Kentucky who successfully homeschooled her two sons. She has been a teacher for various academic programs for the past 15 years and has worked as a reading and writing tutor for 12 years. She enjoys teaching teens and has a passion for helping all students to become more proficient writers. 


Natalie Lawson

Natalie Lawson is a mother of five children.  She has a B.S. in Biblical Studies, Church Music and a teacher's license in K-12 music.  She has been serving with her husband in ministry for 26 years.  She loves to bring others joy through music, Bible study and fun.


Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a homeschool father of three. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He and his wife Dana are the owners of a paint and flooring store in Nicholasville (Moore Innovations). Chris has served on numerous boards for various community organizations, including the DOL - Work Force Investment, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce. He was also elected as a Nicholasville City Commissioner for two terms. Chris has taught classes in areas such as finance, public speaking, civics, current events, life skills for young men, and physical education at both BU Electives and Christian Homeschool of the Commonwealth (CHC).  



Dana Moore

Dana Moore has been homeschooling for almost twenty years. She is mother to one college graduate/Air Force officer, a college sophomore, and a high school sophomore attending BU Electives this fall. Dana is a graduate of Transylvania University, where she majored in communications and minored in business administration, and also a graduate of the Ambassador Institute of Travel in Nashville. Prior to quitting her career to become a stay-at-home mom, she worked for KY Teachers’ Retirement, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Host Communications, and Southland Christian Church. In addition, she is a former columnist for The Jessamine Journal. She and her husband Chris, also a teacher at BU Electives, currently own and operate Moore Innovations in Nicholasville. Dana has taught various classes over the years, including yearbook, life skills, and student leadership.