Our Teachers


Pamela Bronson

Classes: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Life Scripture: “Remember this, dear brothers: let everyone be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” James 1:19

Contact: pamelakbronson@gmail.com

Biography: Pamela Bronson has been married 36 years and has three grown children whom she homeschooled. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading (sometimes in Ancient Greek), knitting, gardening, writing, cats, dogs, and traditional music. She and her husband often ride bikes together and sing in their church choir. Her favorite authors include JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Personal Experience: For 5 years she has been teaching SAT prep to high school students in Upper Darby Township, where she lives.


Kara Buckner

Classes: Computer Applications

Life Scripture: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Contact: kbuckneratseasons@gmail.com

Biography: Kara Buckner was homeschooled for 14 years and took classes with Beth Hempton and Seasons, formerly Classes by Beth. She is a trainee in a pre-professional ballet conservatory and possesses experience teaching dance, specifically ballet, pointe and tap, to children ages 3-17. Usually she can be found drawing, reading, or enjoying time with her family and friends in Florida.

Personal Experience: Kara studied Computer Applications and English with Mrs. Hempton during high school.  She has experience tutoring fellow homeschoolers for the SAT and English.

  • Tutoring homeschoolers – 1 year

  • Dance teacher – 3 years

  • Homeschooled - 14 years


Sandra Girouard

Classes: Middle School Literature 1, Middle School Literature 2

Life Scripture: “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Luke 6:35

Contact: SandraGirouardSeasons@gmail.com

Biography: Sandra Girouard lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons. Her sons have been exclusively homeschooled and are entering seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades. Before homeschooling, she taught in both public and private school, as well as at the university level. She loves reading, growing plants, knitting and crocheting, and solving puzzles.

Personal Experience:

Master of Arts in Education

  1. Taught in public and private schools for thirteen years

  2. Taught pre-service teachers at the university level for two years.

  3. Homeschooling for eleven years

  4. Teaching English as a Second Language online for two years


John Paul Harrell

Classes: Pre-Algebra

Life Scripture: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

Contact: jpharrellatseasons@gmail.com

Biography: John Paul Harrell, the son of Beth Hempton, lives and studies in the peaceful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. His pastimes include writing music, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with friends. When he’s not studying he can be found at the local gym or trailhead.

Personal Experience:

John Paul understands the benefits and challenges of homeschooling, as he homeschooled through high school. He looks forward to sharing his passion and expertise in mathematics with Seasons students. 

  • Appalachian State University, studying Physics

  • Summer Camp Counselor, 1 year

  • Homeschooled, 14 years


Beth Hempton

Classes: High School Writing Methods, AP English Language, Beyond Essay Writing

Life Scripture: “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16

Contact: bhempton@seasonstogrow.com

Biography: Beth Hempton lives in South Carolina with her husband, Darrell, two puppies, and two goats. She homeschooled her son, John Paul, and her daughter, Ally, through high school. Beth’s love for writing and desire to teach continue even though her children are now adults. Beth enjoys living in the country, reading, writing and traveling. She’s been known to go zip-lining, white water rafting and hiking. Learning new skills entices her and Jesus’s love inspires her. Beth's new adventure involves a mission trip to Kenya in June, 2019, to minister to women and orphans.

Personal Experience:

While homeschooling her own children, Beth’s friends asked her to teach a writing class. That single class grew into multiple local classes, which eventually led to Seasons Learning.  Prior to homeschooling, she was a corporate trainer, taught in public and private school settings, and tutored students with learning challenges. Beth also spent several years as a freelancer: writing articles, curriculum and other educational materials. She published her first children’s book, Ally’s Perspective, in 2017. She is the also the author of high school writing and literature curriculum including Writing as a Life Skill and the series, Reading as a Life Skill.

  • Public and Private School Teacher, 8 years

  • Homeschooling, 14 years

  • Professional Writer, 20+ years

  • Co-Owner, Seasons, LLC

  • Florida State University & University of Central Florida, B.S. Ed.


Zach Johnson

Classes: High School Writing Methods, AP English Language, Beyond Essay Writing

Life Scripture: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” 2 Peter 1:2

Contact: zacksfacts@gmail.com

Biography: Zack isn't teaching for the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to having him join us in future years!

Zack Johnson lives in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with his wife and three children. He enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, playing guitar and bass, and white water rafting.

Personal Experience:

Crown Leadership Academy - taught history, government and economics

  1. Worked in libraries for 13+ years - developed and worked with various children's programs

  2. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - costumed interpreter

  3. Jamestown Settlement - educational tour guide


Lou Ann Keiser

Classes: Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Spanish 4

Life Scripture: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Contact: royyanak@gmail.com

Biography: Lou Ann Keiser lives in the Basque region of Northern Spain as a missionary alongside her husband, Roy. She homeschooled her two children through high school and is now the grandmother of four. She enjoys traveling, novel writing and blogging at In the Way.

Personal Experience:

  • Homeschooling, 16 years

  • Bi-lingual from living in Spain for over 32 years

  • B.A. in Art, English minor, emphasis in French

  • Author of magazine articles, non-fiction and fiction books


Joseph Ray

Classes: Ethics: A Survey, Argument, Debate, & Fallacies

Life Scripture: "Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” John 7:24

Contact: josephtray@gmail.com

Biography: I would wish to persuade you that it is unethical, at worst, or un-discerning, at best, to take someone's testimony about themselves as true. Come take the Ethics class to learn more.
John 5:31 "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true."

Personal Experience:

Joseph Ray taught Philosophy, Bible, and Ethics for six years. He earned a MDiV from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married for seven years.

  • Teacher of Bible, Philosophy and Ethics - 6 year


Helena Rutan

Classes: Chemistry, Biology

Life Scripture: "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60 1-3

Contact: helenarutan@gmail.com

Biography: On this wild ride called life, Helena Rutan currently hails from Charleston, SC. She considers mothering to be the highest possible calling anyone could have and loves to mother her own children as well as other peoples’; and, as God gives them, other mothers as well, helping individuals discover who they were created to be. Helena is a published artist and loves to create beauty where ever and whenever she can.

Personal Experience:

  • Over seventeen years homeschool experience with six children.

  • Originally completed a pre-med degree at 19: a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology.

  • Completed some coursework towards a Doctorate in Nursing (ND) after turning down medical school.

  • Currently a semester from a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.).


Christopher Schwarzen

Classes: Physical Science, General Science, General Literature, American Literature, British Literature

Life Scripture: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Contact: csnepal12@gmail.com

Biography: Christopher Schwarzen lives in Tennessee with his wife, Heather, and nine children. They've homeschooled their children for over ten years! Christopher enjoys playing soccer, reading and sketching with pastels. 2019-20 marks Christopher's fourth year of teaching with us.

Personal Experience:

  • Homeschooling, 10+ years - teaching science and foreign language

  • Charlotte, NC - TLC Co-Op Physics Teacher

  • UNC Greensboro, B.A. in English and B.A. in Political Science Georgia College and State University, M.S. in Administration Teach internationally


Mary Hannah Schwarzen

Classes: French 1, French 2, Skills for Success, Skills for Success Intensive

Life Scripture: "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Contact: mhteachesfrench@gmail.com

Biography: Mary Hannah lives on a farm in Tennessee with her family. As the second daughter of a missionary family; she is a sister to eight siblings. Her interests and hobbies include: guitar, languages, farming and midwifery. She currently studies Secondary Education and World History at Crown College, and teaches.

Personal Experience:

Mary Hannah has studied French through high school and college. She has experience teaching and tutoring both online and in person. 

  • Teaching homeschoolers online - 2 years

  • Teaching homeschoolers in person - 3+ years

  • Administrative Assistant to Beth Hempton - 1 year


Danielle Theobald

Classes: Middle School Writing 1, Middle School Writing 2

Life Scripture: "Life Scripture: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Contact: dtheobald@homesc.com

Biography: Danielle Theobald grew up in NJ and has lived in Charleston, SC with her husband, David, and three children, ages 17, 15, and 9 for over 20 years. She has been homeschooling Brogan, Caden, and Emerson from the start. She enjoys cooking, exercising, hiking, and curling up with a good book.

Personal Experience:

  • Homeschooling, 15 years

  • High School English teacher at both public and private schools, 3 years

  • Teacher for homeschool co-op, 8 years

  • Private reading and writing tutor

  • Author of magazine articles, newspaper articles, and poetry


Julie Wiseman

Classes: World History 1

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