Our teachers have a heart for God and His people! Their various educational backgrounds,
decades of experience, immense dedication, and hours of planning make them successful.
Emily Chernick, Head of School & Teacher
Emily began her homeschooling journey many years ago with her four children. She loved having the opportunity to watch her children grow and learn, but selecting a curriculum was difficult, as each of her children had unique learning styles. She was finally introduced to Charlotte Mason, and she never looked back. Her love of beautiful, living books has been a core not only in her children’s education but in their familial relationship.
Several years ago, the Lord started to place it upon Emily’s heart to help other homeschool families implement a Charlotte Mason based education. Her love for Christ has given her a vision to help children attain a solid biblical worldview by providing the tools they need to establish a love for knowledge.
Samantha Reynolds, Teacher
Along with being a wife and a mother, Samantha is a teacher and pastor’s wife. Her love of learning and reading, especially mysteries, was passed down from her dad. She is unashamedly addicted to Coca Cola, especially a fountain Coke with great ice. Samantha is a graduate of Mary Baldwin University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Elementary Education. After spending many years working for the federal government, she found her way back to a life in education. Being a part of Charlotte Mason of the Roanoke Valley has allowed her to see education in a different way, one that focuses on students as individuals. It is important that Samantha's students know how much God loves them and how He has a plan for their lives.
Pastor Brad Hamilton, IT Specialist & Teacher
Pastor Brad is a native of Kentucky but for almost a decade has called the Roanoke Valley home with his college sweetheart Molly. He enjoys movies, taking care of his chickens, and spending time with family. In addition to vocational ministry, Pastor Brad's experience includes various positions in the grocery, retail, and nonprofit industry. His desire is that our students will develop a passion for learning while cultivating a biblical worldview.
Tina Gilbert, Teacher
Tina is proudly a wife, mom and cat Nana. She has two terrific boys Devyn who is 23 years old and Grant, age 13. Tina brings to Charlotte Mason of the Roanoke Valley over 14 years of experience in private preschool, public school and special education. Before education became her focus, she worked in the mental health field. Tina is looking forward to a wonderful, fun filled year working with our students.
Alicia Wade, Co-Administrator
Alicia lives in Roanoke City with her husband Shawn and son Ayden. Alicia has a background in Marketing and for over two decades has had a successful entrepreneurial career. After Ayden was born 3 months premature with several health complications, she decided to take her business to part time. She came to Charlotte Mason as a parent looking for a safe individualized education for her son. She looks forward to helping our staff and students reach their full potential by supporting all the needs of Charlotte Mason of the Roanoke Valley.
“I truly believe it takes a village of caring, giving, and loving people to raise independent self-sufficient mentally capable children and I am honored to be part of this village.”
Amanda Ginter, Co-Administrator
Amanda and her husband Josh have homeschooled their three sons, Elijah, Isaiah, and Jonah, all through their school years. Before they even had children, Amanda knew she wanted to homeschool.
When math started getting too hard for her and Josh to teach, they enrolled their sons in the math course the Charlotte Mason of the Roanoke Valley offered. She and her family liked it so much, they joined full time and she began helping administratively. She loves the family atmosphere and the spiritual foundation of the education.
Amanda has a major in music and a minor in education from Roanoke College, and she has always enjoyed working with kids. She taught over a decade at the Child Development Center, and she has been blessed to be able to stay home since the birth of their second son in 2010.