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 dancing in Berea, Kentucky and has been teaching dance in Kentucky schools since 1986. She joined the Kentucky Arts Council, VSA Arts of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Center Educational Showcase Rosters in the mid 1990’s, and is one of Kentucky’s most popular artist-educators.  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.  Mrs. Escobar directs the Berea College Country Dancers and Berea College’s Mountain Folk Festival.  


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. 


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

Andrew Herrmann

Andrew Herrmann is currently the preteen minister, 4th-8th grade, at Tates Creek Christian

Church. Before his time in full-time ministry, Andrew studied education at Asbury University.

Andrew is now working on finishing his degree in leadership and ministry from Asbury. He has

taught at the Lexington Latin School, as well as many public schools in Fayette County. Andrew

has also worked at Blue Grass Christian Camp for nine years as a counselor, Dean of Day Camp,

and the Counselor in Training Boss. Andrew is excited to work with youth as his passion is to

see students take one more step towards owning their faith. Outside of working with students,

Andrew loves Chuy’s and hiking with friends.

David and Mandy King

Mandy and David have 7 kids. Five years ago, he quit a $30 an hour job with almost zero money in the bank to drive for Uber and figure out what to do next.  Having no prior experience in painting, he decided it was worth trying,  so he went on YouTube and learned how to paint.  Mandy started her venture of sales/marketing about the same time.  She was shy, quiet, and had never done any type of work like that.  Fast forward and RollTheLex is one of the most popular painting companies in Lexington, Mandy is the #3 enroller for her company (out of over 50,000 people), and they are responsible for around 1 million dollars in total sales between them.

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 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.  


Kori Yates

Kori Yates is the Founder and Director of a nonprofit organization called Planting Roots, a ministry to encourage military women and wives to grow in their faith. Also an author and speaker, Kori is a former Marine and current Army wife. She is a graduate of both the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physical Education and Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, with a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communication, Public Administration, and Forestry). Kori is married to Kyle, an active duty Soldier, and homeschooling mom to two kids.