Life Skills, Minis & Littles Farm Biology, Minis S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), HS Cooking, Junior Master Gardner, Bigs Lego Club, Littles & Juniors Unit Study Days
Lauren Leggett is a licensed teacher, who received her Bachelor of Education Degree from Mississippi State University in 2011. Her degree concentration was middle level education, with an emphasis in both Language Arts and Social Sciences. Her first teaching position was a unique opportunity, where she served as Supervising teacher at Jackson Elementary, a rural school in the Big Hole Valley of Montana. The school’s population of 10 students was divided into two classes, grades k-3, and 4-8. Lauren taught the “Big Room,” grades 4-8, all subjects. During her time at Jackson, she was responsible for planning the rural school basketball season and spelling bee for all the small schools in the county, as well as wearing the hats of student council sponsor and editor of the student newspaper, The Jackson Monthly. It was during her time at Jackson Elementary that she developed an appreciation for small group learning with multi-age classrooms. Lauren is a member and President Elect of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority . She and her husband, Jed, live with their 10-year-old son, Wylie, on a 40 acre Grassfed Beef farm, which now includes The Country Schoolhouse. Enrichment education with hands-on activities has been Lauren’s passion throughout her teaching career. In 2015, when she began homeschooling her son, she looked for homeschooling support and resources in the area, and realized a need for this in the community. From this need, and the experience at the rural school in Montana, Lauren and Jed developed the concept of The Country Schoolhouse. They both look forward to the opportunities this facility can bring to the families of the surrounding area.
Physics, Calculus, & ACT Tutor, Chess Club
Jed Leggett is a lifelong learner and teacher and spent most of his life on the farm where The Country Schoolhouse is located. He received undergraduate degrees in Physics, Philosophy, and Mathematics, as well as a Masters degree in Physics, from Mississippi State University. Jed currently works as a Research Scientist for Innovative Imaging and Research at Stennis Space Center and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Physics at MSU. Jed taught Physics at The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science from 2013-2016, where he was named a Mississippi STAR teacher in 2015. While at MSMS, he coached or sponsored many academic teams and clubs including: Rocketry Team, Robotics Team, Physics Club, Engineering Club, Cryptocurrency Club, Science Olympiad team, and Science Bowl team. Jed also served as the ACT Test coordinator for MSMS for 2 years. When he’s not busy working on his Ph.D. or taking care of cows, Jed serves as a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 101 in Purvis. Jed and his wife started The Country Schoolhouse to bring outside-the-box educational experiences to families and kids in their area.
Susan Hartfield Littles & Juniors Lego Club, Juniors S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics), Littles & Juniors Unit Study Days
Susan Hartfield received her Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and her Master of Education degree from William Carey University in 2008. Her endorsements include Mathematics, Career Discovery, and Computer Discovery. Susan taught elementary and middle school grades at McLain Attendance Center. After teaching 6.5 years, she came home from her teaching position to be a stay-at-home mom. Susan and her husband, Brandon, have two children. They are currently homeschooling and are are looking forward to the wonderful opportunities at The Country Schoolhouse.
Drama, All Ages Music, Painting, Crafts, and Minis Unit Study Days Private Violin Lessons
Chloe Hodge is a licensed teacher who received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2018. She is licensed to teach music to kindergarten through 12th grade and has an emphasis in violin. Chloe taught violin privately throughout her years in college at the Academy of Piano and Strings in Brooklyn, Mississippi. When she graduated, Chloe moved into a teaching position at Lumberton Elementary where she was responsible for the pre-K through 5th grade music program. Chloe Hodge has performed with the Southern Miss Youth Orchestra, the Festival South Chamber and Orchestral Academy, and the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. She was the Star Student Award recipient her senior year of high school, achieved a spot in the Student's Hall of Fame, and remained on the Dean's and President's list all four years of her college career. Chloe is so incredibly excited to teach and see what the future holds at The Country Schoolhouse!
Beginner & Intermediate Sewing
Sewing has always fascinated me. I would sit under the quilt frames of my grandmother when I was young and play, thinking to myself, “When I grow up, I’m going to quilt.” I watched my mama mend clothes and patch things, but never really sew . The only formal training in sewing I had was in home economics class at Purvis High School. And from that training, I have taught myself quilting, and just about anything else I want to do. My brother had colon cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy treatments in the hospital, 4 days at a time. One night, I had dream of making a quilt for him. This quilt would consist of family pictures so that we could be with him while he had his treatments! So when I got home from work, I gathered pictures of him doing the things he loved most: hunting, fishing, riding in his Bronco, spending time with family and enjoying family get-togethers. I stayed up all night , then took it to work the next day, and by that afternoon, it was done all but hemming. Since it was the day he was to be admitted for his 4 day treatment, I wrapped the quilt up and went to his house. When I knocked on the door and he answered, he had a smirk on his face and wanted to know what I was doing there! I told him I had a surprise for him. He opened it up and tears rolled down his face! I told him it wasn’t finished, it was only penned and I had just started to hem it. He said, “Well bring your needle and thread to the hospital and spend the night ‘cause you can’t have it back!!” From that time on, he took that quilt everywhere he went. After seeing how much that quilt meant to my brother, I have made many more for cancer patients. Quilting is a dying art, and I look forward to teaching not only the skill, but the art of this craft to young people at The Country Schoolhouse.
M.S., M.Ed., CALT Teacher and Educational Therapist
World Cultures, Investigative Science, Bigs Book Club, Bigs Unit Study Days
Rachel Stanton received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University. She has a Master of Science from Cairns University and a Master of Education from William Carey University. In Mississippi, she is licensed to teach preschool through eighth grade and special education. She is also a licensed dyslexia therapist and nonpracticing administrator. Rachel worked at Ukarumpa International School in Papua New Guinea for nine years where she was a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and principal. She moved to Hattiesburg, MS in 2017 in order to become a dyslexia therapist. Rachel currently teaches a small group in a homeschool setting, targeting instruction to their specific learning needs. Rachel also tutors students in reading and math. Rachel loves to teach and enjoys time spent at the Country Schoolhouse.
Allison Ervin received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. She received her master's degree from William Carey University in 2010. Her areas of concentration are language arts and science. Allison taught first grade at Salem Attendance Center in Walthall county for ten years. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a stay-at-home mom. She is married to her husband, Scott, of seventeen years. They have two children, Anna Kate and John Scott, who are both homeschooled and attend classes at The Country Schoolhouse.
Juniors Book Club
Marsha King received both her Bachelors and Masters of Education degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her certification areas were K-8 Elementary Education. Marsha retired from Lamar County Schools after a 28-year teaching career. During her years as an educator, Marsha was the recipient of grants in the area of science and also a major technology grant from the CISCO Corporation. The latter grant included completion of a course in using technology in the classroom from Harvard University. Marsha worked as a consultant for the Mississippi Writing Project, traveling around central Mississippi assisting teachers in incorporating writing skills into content areas. She also started an after-school tutoring program for elementary students at her church in Purvis (2000-2006). Marsha was voted Teacher of the Year by her colleagues while teaching at Oak Grove. Before her long career in teaching both regular and inclusion classes, Marsha worked as a registered nurse at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, and both Jackson and Biloxi VA Hospitals in the area of critical care. Marsha is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi and is married to Jim King. She has two adult children. Marsha is looking forward to new small group experiences in reading and writing with Junior Book Club members.
Pamela Aycock and her husband and own and operate a cattle farm and commercial poultry farm in Covington County. They have been married 28 years and have 3 children. The oldest two were home educated through high school by Pamela and they are now out of college. Her youngest child is going into the 10th grade this year. She is a k-12 National Board-certified teacher and spent 10 years teaching in public school before coming home to home educate her kids. Pamela is passionate about home education and loves helping parents navigate the high school years.
Beginner Coding in Scratch Intermediate Coding in Scratch Computer Programming in Python
Mitchell is a cybersecurity researcher and software developer with a decade of experience developing complex software. He has worked for three of the top cybersecurity companies in the world, including CrowdStrike, ThreatConnect and, most recently, SentinelOne. Mitchell has experience with offensive cyber security research, threat intelligence collection and analysis and big data collection and analysis. He is currently working as a threat intelligence researcher at SentinelOne while starting up his own research and development company in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Higher Level Math & ACT Tutor
Jenny Brown is a licensed teacher. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and Secondary Education from William Carey College in 2006. She briefly taught mathematics at OGHS before transferring to be an instructor at Pearl River Community College in the Fall of 2007. At PRCC she taught multiple mathematics courses and still teaches college algebra online each semester. Jenny helped start Mu Alpha Theta at the Forrest County Center and encouraged students to see mathematics differently than they would in the regular classroom setting through fun activities and competitions. In the fall of 2017, while on maternity leave with her third, Jenny decided to stay home with her girls full time only teaching online classes. Jenny plans to homeschool all of her girls and is really excited about the all opportunities The Country Schoolhouse provides for them.