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.  


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. 


Jamie Groover

Jamie Groover has a Bachelor’s degree in Greek and Roman Studies and English from Rhodes College in Memphis, and a Master’s degree in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Kentucky. He has worked as both a teaching assistant and part-time instructor at UK, teaching beginner and intermediate Latin, as well as Greco-Roman mythology. But he has primarily worked as a tutor with homeschoolers, which he has been doing for fifteen years. Working one-on-one or in small groups, he has taught or tutored many students in subjects ranging from Latin and English to geometry and biology. He loves comic books, scary movies, his wife, and his three cats. 


Katie Hassall

Katie Hassall is a longtime homeschooling mom who homeschooled her boys through high school.   She has taught a variety of subjects in homeschool cooperatives over the years, and spent the last year teaching at a homeschool cottage school.  Katie has a Bachelor's degree in French and Business and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, with additional Graduate level study in English. 


Sandy Martin

Stacee Martin (BUAC Electives Administrator)

Stacee Martin graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in East Asian Studies. She currently co-owns and co-operates a consulting and engineering business and industrial storage business with her husband, Duke. She is a homeschooling mother of two boys, one is a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Kentucky and the other currently attends BU with plans to attend college in the future 


Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a homeschool dad of three. He is a graduate of 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, and life skills for young men for the past four years at Christian Homeschool Co-op (CHC).  


Dana Moore

Dana Moore has been homeschooling for the past nineteen years. Her two oldest children are now in college, and her youngest is a freshman starting at BU Electives this year. 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 at CHC for the last six years, including yearbook, life skills, and student leadership. 


Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore is a fifth year senior in Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He is also a member of the Air Force ROTC program there and has served in numerous leadership roles. For the last three years, Jonathan has been one of the lead instructors at Newton’s Attic, a non-profit that hosts STEM based camps for kids and teens. Through Newton’s Attic, he has taught a variety of classes on everything from computer programming to woodworking. Jonathan has also served as a tutor in math and science, both privately and at the University of Kentucky for the last 5 years. Outside of work and school, Jonathan pursues a variety of hobbies including woodworking, video game development, video editing, shooting, and hiking/camping. 


Jenni Salsman

Jenni Salsman has loved the theatre her entire life. As a young child, she loved watching old musicals. In high school, she performed in numerous high school musicals, both in the chorus and as a lead performer. After high school, she went on to perform in professional theater, both summer stock and at regional playhouses. Mrs. Salsman was the founder and director of a church youth drama team that performed across the southeast United States. She has assisted with a number of other youth theater projects. She believes "the world is your stage" and that students can accomplish almost anything they desire if they use the right tools, which are hard work, dedication, and a fun-loving attitude.  


Heather Summers

Heather Summers is a graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a minor in Music.  She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Kentucky.  She has worked as a school social worker, served on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was a fitness instructor and has served in worship ministry for over 20 years.  She has three children, two of which attend BU.  Heather is the head soccer coach for the Bluegrass United Girls' soccer team and has coached various high school and middle school sports over the years.  She loves worship, sports, playing piano/singing, spending time with family, and working with young people.  Heather loves the Lord is grateful for the opportunity to teach, disciple, and mentor high school students.