Academic Teachers

Teachers at Young Musicians of Virginia must have degrees in their area of application or have adequate experience and be able to demonstrate a level of excellence in that area.  Several have Masters and PhD’s.  Check out our awesome academic teachers below:

• Mrs. Crystal Barnett
(World History, US Government, US History, Speech and Digital Literacy)
B.A., U.S. Government, UVA; M.A., Education, Regent University; J.D., Law, Regent University
Crystal Barnett has been home-schooling for nine years, and her daughters have been a part of YMV for the past six years. In addition to teaching classes at YMV, she teaches at Regent University School of Law and works at a local law firm. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her family.

• Marlene Berkley
(Spanish I, II, II and French I, II)
B.A. in French from UNC Chapel Hill and continuing education at Old Dominion University.
M.A. ESL, English and B.A. in Spanish from Old Dominion University
Marlene Berkley has taught English as a second language to students of all age groups and countries, including two years teaching in Japan and one year as a volunteer High School English teacher in Israel. She has lived and worked in French-speaking Switzerland for many years and first studied Spanish at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland when she worked in the Latin American Department of the International Organization for Migration. She has studied intensive Spanish in one month courses in Spain and Mexico. She is pleased to be teaching at YMV and enjoys the Christian environment.

• Kate Clemons
(American & British Literature, Writing Fundamentals)
MFA, Theatre/Performance Pedagogy, VCU
As a teaching artist specializing in Voice and Speech, Kate has taught in the BA/BFA actor training program at VCU as well as Point Park University. Courses taught include: Voice and Speech for the Actor, Shakespeare, Acting Styles, and Accents and Dialects for the Actor. She also teaches Public Speaking. She is a private audition coach, specializing in musical theatre repertoire as well as classical text.

• Mrs. Stephanie Councill
B.A. Art Education with a Minor in Ceramics, Chowan University, North Carolina.
Before homeschooling, Stephanie spent several years as an Art teacher in the private and public school system with both elementary, middle, and high school students. One of her favorite teaching experiences was with special needs students in the CESEP summer program for Chesapeake Public Schools. She has been homeschooling for nine years and teaching small art classes at the former Harvest co-op during the school year and in her home in the summers.

• Mr. Nathan Dee
(Algebra I and II; Geometry; SAT Review)
B.S. Biology and teaching licensure from Old Dominion University
Mr. Dee is a retired U.S. Marine who enjoys shaping and molding the minds of tomorrow here at YMV!

• Mrs. Amy Lander
(Elementary Science and Middle School Geography & History)
B.S., Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
Amy taught fifth grade and ran a private tutoring business in the Chicagoland area for five years before moving to Hampton Roads in 2003. She began homeschooling in 2008 and has enjoyed sending her two sons to YMV since 2011. She and her husband served the community for seven years with Bible studies and a hospitality center for the military near Little Creek. She has been teaching at YMV since 2016.

• Mrs. Yetta Roy
(Biology, Advanced Biology)
B.S. Nursing, St. Olaf College
Mrs. Roy is a skilled nurse and Air Force Veteran. She loves serving the Lord and is married to a USMC Marine.

• Mrs. Christine Stoeltzing
(Physical & General Science; Chemistry; Physics)

• Mrs. Dee Williams
(Math Skills; Pre-Algebra; Personal Finance; Biblical Worldview)
Mrs. Williams and her husband, Robert, have been married over 32 years and have three home-schooled children who love music and attended YMV. Their family has been part of YMV for over 17 years. Currently, she also oversees the student-edited YMV Yearbook in addition to serving as YMV’s Academic Director.