Jason Beverly : Russian 1, Russian Basics and Culture, Apologetics, Decision, Debate

Jason Beverly

Russian 1, Russian Basics and Culture, Apologetics, Decision, Debate

Jason Beverly comes to Deep Young with a long background in home schooling. Not only was he a home schooled student, he and his wife Angela are currently home schooling their children. Jason has a strong background in cross cultural ministry and teaching. As a young man, Jason and his family lived in Russia for seven years where part of his education included active engagement in mission work with his family. His activities included leading music, writing dramas, witnessing, distributing literature and teaching Bible classes.

In 1999, Jason attended Baltimore School of the Bible where he received further training. In 2001, he returned to Russia to study at the New Tribes Missions Center after which he remained in Russia for two years teaching, preaching, witnessing and discipling.

Jason started working for Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in 2004 as a local missionary in the Winston Salem area. In 2010, he became the local director for the Greater Asheville area which keeps him busy these days organizing and planning events (sometimes for hundreds of people), teaching, preaching, networking, fundraising, and promoting the mission of CEF.

Melody Bolejack : The Art of Ecology

Melody Bolejack

The Art of Ecology

Melody transplanted from the North Carolina coast to the mountains 12 years ago because she was in love with the natural landscape and thriving artistic community. She left UNCA and the pursuit of an art degree when feeling called to massage therapy work. She enjoyed this line of work until having children to parent and made the decision to stay home. At home, she was able to nanny some and help her husband with summer camps. She and her husband have three children ages 7, 5, and 3. Growing up, she often helped with children at church and has continued caring for them at her church here in Waynesville. Homeschooling has been a blessing she had not anticipated, but has found it to be a fulfilling joy!

Spencer Bolejack : American and N.C. Foundations with Writing, Environmental Earth Science, Early American History and Writing through Literature

Spencer Bolejack

American and N.C. Foundations with Writing, Environmental Earth Science, Early American History and Writing through Literature

Spencer Bolejack is a 6-12 NC Certified teacher who loves to challenge students.  He develops critical thinking skills through hands on projects, debates and interactive classroom games such as acting and skits based on curriculum material.  He currently directs Land of the Sky Wilderness School and Martial Arts academy and holds black belts in multiple training systems. Bolejack has been an Asheville-Citizen Times Hometown Hero, received a state level award from Veterans of Foreign Wars for his teaching and is published in More Best Practices for Middle School Teachers. He attended Appalachian State and UNC-Asheville after graduating from A.C. Reynolds in 1995.

Helen Mary Cowart : Kindergarten

Helen Mary Cowart


Originally from Canton, NC Miss Helen Mary Cowart returned to the mountains from Dallas, Texas in 2008. She has taught English in one shape or form since 1992. It all began when she went to China to teach. She spent 4 years teaching English and 2 years learning the Chinese language. Since then she has taught English at the community college level and for eight years has taught and trained K-12 teachers in the public school system.

After receiving a Montessori certification in 2012, she was a Lead Teacher in a Montessori Lower Elementary classroom for 4 years teaching 6 year old to 9 year old students.

Helen Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Textile Science with a minor in Marketing and a Masters in English and Linguistics. She received her Montessori Lower Elementary (6-9 years) certification from the American Montessori Society via the Center for Montessori Teacher Education, NC. When not working with children, she loves to work in her yard, mountain bike, camp, kayak and once in a while get into her weaving projects.


Elisha Deaver : Our Living World

Elisha Deaver

Our Living World

Elisha believes that childhood is a precious time and living and learning should be a joyful experience!
She and her husband Jacob have 2 kids, ages 7 and 5. When they were born she made the decision to devote her time to staying at home and homeschooling and she feels so blessed to be given this opportunity. She has a passion and love for learning and is excited to share that with others.
Elisha's current interests are reading, writing, healthy living, gardening, hiking and anything that gets her outdoors!

Tanya Gaddy : Hands On Money Matters!, Hands on Money Matters: Smart Planning!, <br>Government Economics</br>

Tanya Gaddy

Hands On Money Matters!, Hands on Money Matters: Smart Planning!,
Government Economics

Tanya is a Homeschool Mom. She and her husband Brian are lifelong residents of Haywood County and have 4 children. Three of her children are currently attending Deep Young Academy. Tanya will be teaching several classes focusing on economics and personal finance from a Christian perspective. She received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration and also studied Marketing at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. Prior to choosing to be a Homeschool Instructor, she enjoyed a 9 year career as a Loan Officer & Financial Advisor with State Employees Credit Union. Her hobbies include interior design, extensive decorating for Christmas, and throwing exciting Birthday Bashes! She volunteered to create our Deep Young Academy Yearbook this past year and hopes to see that grow into a club for our future students.

Pam Jance : Medieval Madness

Pam Jance

Medieval Madness

Pam is passionate about sharing her love of history with children. Originally from Florida, she and her family moved to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina twelve years ago. Her studies include Child Development and Fitness for Young Children. While in Florida, she owned and operated a gymnastics/fitness program. More recently, she served as a substitute teacher for Haywood County. She enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and reading. She is married to Mike, her husband of 25 years, and they have a fourteen year old daughter, Jessie.

Joseph Miller : Human Anatomy, Biology

Joseph Miller

Human Anatomy, Biology

Joseph is a general surgeon and former anatomy instructor. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Earlham College and medical degree from the University of Michigan. After a full time general surgical career in Ohio for 28 years, he has done part time surgical coverage for the past 12 years. He's married to Mary and they have 2 daughters, Maureen Miller and Katie Neiswonger. They enjoy time with their family and he plays the stand up bass with acoustic groups.

Chris Pruett : Graphic Arts and Media

Chris Pruett

Graphic Arts and Media

Chris lives with his wife Ami, daughter Eleni (3 yrs) and also River (15 yrs) in Canton. They travel on a regular basis and are always looking for adventure. Chris is the associate pastor at Faith Community Church and is also the creative director for Creative Campfire, a design and marketing company. Chris graduated from Southwestern Community College in 2010 with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. Chris has been in the design and marketing industry for nearly 10 years now and has worked on countless projects both locally and internationally.

In his free time, Chris loves rock climbing, mountaineering and camping. He has a passion for design, music and God’s creation.

John Safi : Chemistry

John Safi


John is a Chemist at Giles Chemical. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the Virginia Commonwealth University. There he was a part of two undergraduate research programs and taught Chemistry labs as a teacher assistant for 3 years. He is married to Shelby and are expecting their first child in August. John is also a soccer coach for AYSO and youth volunteer at Vine of the Mountains. He is very excited to be teaching this year and is looking forward to showing his students the wonders of science that God has given us. He is a believer of making science fun and enjoyable.

Faith Woods : Math Supplementation, Math - SAT/ACT Preparation

Faith Woods

Math Supplementation, Math - SAT/ACT Preparation

Faith is a Haywood County native living in Canton with her husband Brian, daughter Gracie, and son Jonathan. She loves her Jesus, her family, and her students! She has taught at Deep/Young for the past two years.

Faith has been a member of First Baptist Waynesville for over 30 years, and is a Sunday School teacher, Girls in Action director, and VBS director. She is certified in High School math, and has taught at Tuscola High School and Haywood Christian Academy. She also tutors extensively in all levels of middle school and high school math, as well as working as a part-time accountant at GCT Jewelers in Waynesville.

“I love being able to turn kids on to the beauty of math. I enjoy teaching math tricks and techniques to increase understanding, and I live for the light bulb moments when students ‘GET IT!’”