CAK Homeschool Staff.

The decision to homeschool does not mean you have to do it alone. Jennifer, Shelly, and Leslie are experienced homeschoolers and educators who will provide you with the customized support you need as primary educators in your home. We believe that if God has called you to homeschool, then He will never fail to equip you for His purposes. We’re here to encourage you along the way!

Homeschool Director.

Jennifer Vals

Jennifer Vals

jvals@cakmail.org


K-8 family support
11/12th grade academic advisor

I have three children, two sons named Sawyer and Ethan, and a daughter named Halcyon. After my son Sawyer’s pre-school teacher told me I should wait to enroll him in kindergarten, my husband and I decided to try homeschooling. Although I had previously taught public school secondary English, the thought of teaching at the elementary level was daunting. However, I soon discovered a love for homeschooling while also serving in multiple capacities within the homeschooling community including leading a co-op, coaching speech, and organizing support group meetings.

Now, I’m down to homeschooling my my youngest, and I'm so grateful that God called me in this direction. I am blessed to work in the role of CAK Homeschool Director because it enables me to encourage homeschoolers in their God given calling.

Associate.

Shelly Powers

Beth Peters

bpeters@cakmail.org


11/12th grade academic advisor
Course Specialist

Throughout the orchestra of my life, God has allowed me to play many instruments. It began with my early career in marketing at the Pier 1 Imports corporate office in Texas, to development work at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, to my favorite part, homeschooling my two children from 1st through 12th grade!

During this time of homeschooling, I also had the opportunity to lead the Cedar Springs Homeschool Group, coach high school homeschoolers Science Olympiad team, lead the curriculum review committee five years at River’s Edge Christian Academy and volunteer teach at various ministries such as Thrive Knoxville.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from TCU. Through my varied experiences and education, I look forward to helping CAK homeschool students find God’s educational purpose for their lives. I want to provide wise counsel and supportive encouragement to all homeschool families at CAK.

Associate.

Leslie Row

Leslie Row

lrow@cakmail.org


9th/10th grade academic advisor
Accomodations Consultant

I have a wonderful husband and two sons, Brandon and Ben. Brandon finished his education at Carson Newman University and Ben is in high school.

I have worked the majority of my career as a speech language pathologist in Knox County Schools. This experience allows me to bring a unique perspective to my position with the CAK homeschool department. Navigating the waters of educating students with different needs is a difficult task. I hope to offer assistance to our families that desire a relationship with the CAK Learning Center as well as provide information regarding outside agencies.

Homeschooling my son has been a rewarding experience that the Lord has provided for our family. I look forward to walking alongside other families that choose this path for their children.

Associate.

Kim Hooks

Kim Hooks

khooks@cakmail.org


9th/10th grade academic advisor
Assistant to the Director

I am a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I taught in the public school system for almost 10 years before having my first child. Our son, Reese, attended public school for 2 years and our daughter, Raegan, only 1 semester. My husband and I did not feel the kids were being challenged enough academically. Additionally, we had significant concerns over the beliefs and values they were being exposed to. So after much prayer, talking, doubts, and fears, we decided to homeschool. And what a blessing it has been. We have now homeschooled our kids for the past 11 years. It is truly a blessing to be able to be with my children everyday- to laugh, love, guide and educate them.

I am now in a position to work with Jennifer and help other families on their homeschooling path. All of us in the CAK Homeschool office strive to make your homeschooling experience as enjoyable, effective and efficient as possible.

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Christian Academy of Knoxville provides a Homeschool program that satisfies the requirements of the State Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International.

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