Over half of Hilger Higher Learning’s faculty and staff have 10+ years of teaching and administration experience at Hilger Higher Learning!  In addition, our faculty and staff have well over 275 years of combined teaching and administration experience, in private schools, public schools and at Hilger Higher Learning. Our faculty and staff’s consistent longevity and experience teaching homeschool students demonstrates why our program is considered the premier homeschool tutorial in Chattanooga.  Our teachers and administration consider it a privilege and honor to teach students and work with families who are in the process of homeschooling. While most of our teachers have vast teaching experience, many of our faculty and staff have also homeschooled their own children, so they understand how to best help homeschool students in the learning process. Teachers provide weekly accountability of assigned and turned-in homework, as well as feedback on graded assignments.  Also, tests and quizzes taken in the classroom are graded and handed back with comments. Our teachers love helping students learn and fully understand what is being taught in and out of the classroom! We invite you to learn more about our faculty and staff by reading over their short biographies.

Eddy and Carlee Hilger: Administrators
Eddy and his wife, Carlee, are the founders of Hilger Higher Learning, Inc. In 1995, Eddy graduated from Covenant College, with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphases in Biology and Physical Education. After helping start Clumpies Ice Cream Co., he coached the cross country team and worked in the admission’s office at Covenant College. In 2004, Eddy realized his life-long dream of becoming a professional athlete when he signed his first contract to race as a professional cyclist. After riding for 3 professional teams and racing in 10 countries around the world, he retired in 2007. His foresight and academic vision for the homeschool community aided Carlee in the development of Hilger Higher Learning since its inception. Over the years, Eddy’s desire to serve the homeschool community has grown more and more. Now he serves full time as the President and head administrator for Hilger Higher Learning.
Email: Eddy.HilgerHHL@gmail.com

Carlee Hilger: Biology and Anatomy and Physiology
In 1995, Carlee graduated magna cum laude from Covenant College, with a B.A. in Natural Science. For the next three years, she taught high school science and coached both basketball and tennis at Landmark Christian School in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon her return to the Chattanooga area in 1998, she created what is known as Hilger Higher Learning.  Her passion for homeschooling, her out-going personality, and her love for teaching Biology and Anatomy was the catalyst behind HHL. After 24 years, her goal is still the same as it was at the outset: to offer quality education classes with a biblical worldview to homeschooled students…and to make those classes FUN! Eddy and Carlee have 4 children: Jackson (19), Kenzie (17), Brooks (14) and Kervens (13).
Email: Carlee.HilgerHHL@gmail.com

Mrs. Lois (5)-68Lois Anderson: Secretary and Visitor Coordinator
Lois was born in Mexico City and lived there for 10 years, a daughter of missionaries. In 1975, she graduated magna cum laude from Biola University, La Mirada, California. While in college, she traveled extensively overseas with evangelistic drama teams. She has also served as secretary for evangelistic broadcasters, pastors, missionaries, hospital administrators, and lawyers. She is married to Dr. Ken Anderson, who served as music professor at Covenant College for 11 years. Lois home educated their six children for over 25 years, and has been teaching and assisting at HHL for many years. A few of their children have taken classes at HHL at the high school level. She loves to serve others, encourage young people to learn and grow and likes to help keep things organized and efficient. Her listening ear, care, love, experience, and gentle spirit are a delight to have at Hilger Higher Learning.
Email: Lois.AndersonHHL@gmail.com

Maddy Haar – Director of Operations and Event Coordinator
Maddy is a native of Dunlap, Tennessee. She is an alumna of Hilger Higher Learning, attending from 7
th-11th grade. She then served HHL as a teaching assistant for two years after graduating high school. Maddy graduated summa cum laude from Lee University in 2018 with a degree in English Literature. At Lee, she worked with incoming freshman as well as families and students who were interested in visiting or attending the university. After graduation, she spent three years working for a local non-profit as a project manager and executive assistant. She and her husband, Tyler, have been married since 2018 and enjoy spending their time traveling, hosting, reading, and exploring interesting cities. Maddy loves planning events that bring joy and connection to students, families, and the Hilger community as a whole. Finding exciting and fun ways to bring people together is one of her passions, and she loves getting to do this for Hilger Higher Learning families!
Email: Maddy.HaarHHL@gmail.com

Mrs. Bingham (7)-278Julie Bingham: Physical Science and Chemistry
Julie graduated from Covenant College in 1995 with a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. During college, she worked as a chemist at Taylor Laboratories. Upon graduation, she was offered a position as a research and development chemist at Alco Chemical Company where she worked for four years. Julie came on board with Hilger Higher Learning in 2001 and has steadily improved our Physical Science and Chemistry classes. Her experience as a chemist and almost 20 years of teaching enables Julie to teach her students the practical side of these rather challenging classes. Along with teaching at Hilger, Julie is an adjunct chemistry professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she teaches chemistry labs. Julie and her husband, Keith, who is also a teacher, have two children.
Email: Julie.BinghamHHL@gmail.com

Dabney Brock: Middle School Math #2 and Pre-Algebra

Dabney Brock is originally from Brentwood, Tennessee. She attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she earned a degree in early childhood development and Elementary Education. There she met and married her best friend and husband, Hunter, and moved to his hometown, Chattanooga, to plant roots. She spent her first four years in education teaching 5th grade at Normal Park Museum Magnet School. Last summer they welcomed their first son and Dabney has spent the past year home with him. Dabney is eager to get back into the classroom, as teaching and investing in the lives of students is her passion. Her goal is to cultivate a love for learning in all her students and draw out their unique gifts that God has given them as lifelong learners. Dabney enjoys long runs with her dog, reading, and being on the lake!
Email: Dabney.BrockHHL@gmail.com

Kim Brock: Elementary History and Bible (Grades 3-4 & 5-6), Middle School World History and Elementary Math Grade 3 & Grade 4
Kim came to Covenant College from her hometown of Memphis, TN in 1994.  While at Covenant, she played soccer all 4 years, met her husband of 23 years, Marshall, and she also played 1 year of basketball with superstar teammate Carlee Hilger. She majored in Biblical Studies where her love for history and her knowledge of God’s Word grew as she learned from incredible professors. She was also a bookkeeper for her family business for a season of life, which enhanced her love of numbers and math.  She has homeschooled her six children at various times throughout their school years. She is well suited to teach all kinds of personalities as she has five boys and one girl who are very different learners. She has coached hundreds of kids (both boys and girls) in soccer over the last 20+ years. She began teaching at HHL in 2019 and has loved teaching history, Bible and math at Hilger.
Email: Kim.BrockHHL@gmail.com

Chase Cochran: Elementary, Middle and High School Physical Education (PE)
Coach Cochran grew up in Harrison, TN. He played a wide variety of sports as a child and teenager. God gave him a strong passion for coaching and teaching youth in the knowledge of Christ after his conversion in 2009. He received his BS in Health and Exercise Science Pedagogy K-12 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2015. Since graduation, he has been teaching in Hamilton County while also being very active in ministry and coaching. Wrestling, Cross Country, Track, Soccer, CrossFit, and Olympic Weightlifting are the main sports he has coached through the years. For the last year, Coach Cochran has felt led to serve the homeschool community with high quality Physical Education classes.  He is super excited to have this opportunity and platform to spread the Gospel and teach from a biblical worldview at Hilger Higher Learning. He and his wife, Gracey, have four children Serinity, Charles, Rae, and Titus.
Email: Chase.CochranHHL@gmail.com

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Kim Crossman: Beginning Elementary Science (Grades adv 1 – 2) and Elementary Science (Grades 3-4 & Grades 5-6)
Kim graduated magna cum laude from Covenant College in 1987 with a Biology major and Chemistry minor. After college, she worked at Erlanger hospital and as a chemist for the City of Chattanooga. For over a decade, she has been teaching and developing the science curriculum for the Mother’s Day Out Program at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. Kim’s favorite aspect of teaching science is watching children’s eyes light up as they learn about God’s world. Kim came on board with Hilger Higher Learning in 2009.  She is incredibly nurturing with our elementary students, and her love for children is very evident. In addition, she creates a positive classroom environment with encouragement, excitement, control and a good listening ear. Kim and her husband, Brian, who is a professor at Covenant College, have three children.
Email: Kim.CrossmanHHL@gmail.com

Pam Fields: World Geography, World History, US History, Government, and Economics
Pam holds a B.S. and M.S. in Education with certifications in both Special Education and Reading. She has 43 years of experience as a teacher and educational diagnostician, including 10 years of homeschooling her 2 daughters. Pam teaches all high school social studies courses, has helped develop nearly all of the Social Studies and History classes and has chaired the Social Studies Department at Hilger Higher Learning since 2004. Pam also is the Faculty Director/Lead Teacher at Signal Mountain Christian Homeschool Co-op, where she teaches History, Latin, Bible, and Study Skills for a group of Middle School students. Additionally, Pam teaches high school Social Studies classes for Scenic City High School Tutorial on Signal Mountain and continues her part-time private practice as a Learning Specialist and Educational Diagnostician. Pam has been awarded the Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Distinguished Teacher Award and is a Faculty Fellow with the UTC Center for Reflective Citizenship. She serves on the board of Student Venture, the Middle and High School Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Pam and her husband Jim have been married for 40 years and have two daughters and sons-in-law, 1 granddaughter, and another on the way! Pam enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. She has a passion for all things social studies-related, as well as missions and evangelism!
Email: Pam.FieldsHHL@gmail.com

Sherrie Forrest: Geometry
Sherrie graduated from Arkansas State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. She taught for a few years in Arkansas before starting a family with her husband Joey. She felt called to put her career on hold to stay home with her children for nearly 20 years. After renewing her teaching certification, she took a temporary position at Ooltewah High School. Since then, she decided to homeschool her daughter and has been involved at HHL. After substitute teaching Geometry a few times at HHL, she knew she would love to teach in a Christian environment. She again has felt a calling on her life; this time to mentor students and try to foster a love for mathematics in them. She loves to teach mathematics in creative ways, always referring students back to The One who created this geometric world. She loves running, being outdoors, volunteering in the youth program at her church, and spending time with her family. Sherrie started teaching at HHL in 2017 and loves to openly share her faith while teaching mathematics. Sherrie and her husband, Joey, have three children.
Email: Sherrie.ForrestHHL@gmail.com

Mrs. George (10)-176Shelley George: Elementary Creative Writing and Grammar, Middle School Literature & Composition, and High School Literature & Composition (English I-IV)
Shelley is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Christian Heritage College (now known as San Diego Christian College), where she was voted Female Student of the Year in 1995 and earned a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Physical Education. She has been teaching English and coaching since 1995. She was voted Middle School Teacher of the Year in 1999 at Landmark Christian School in Atlanta, GA. While Carlee Hilger and Shelley are best friends and grew up together, Landmark is where she and Carlee first began teaching together. Shelley also worked for 7 years at Providence Christian School in Dothan, AL. She served as the Girls Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and taught several English and Physical Education classes. She was voted Coach of the Year (1-3A) after her Varsity girls basketball team completed a 29-0 season in 2004. Shelley came to HHL in 2005 and has helped build an amazing English department in our Elementary, Middle and High School. Her passion to help students of all ages learn, along with her incredible knowledge and encouraging spirit are a delight. She enjoys encouraging students in the identification and development of their gifts. Shelley also enjoys any activity that is outdoors!
Email: Shelley.GeorgeHHL@gmail.com

Tina Holcombe: Elementary Choir, Middle School Choir, Ladies Ensemble and High School Choir & Music Appreciation
Tina received her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University in 1987.  She holds a degree in Christian School Music Education and has taught music in some form or fashion ever since graduating from college.  Teaching alongside her husband for 5 years before starting a family, Tina taught at Stone Mountain Christian School as the general music teacher, private piano instructor, and band director.  The band won several awards in the state of Georgia’s Christian School Association while under her direction, as well as 2nd place on the national level.  After moving to Chattanooga so her husband could take a full time position as Worship Pastor at Grace Baptist Church, Tina created the Chattanooga Homeschool Band in 1995, and consistently has 55-60 students each year.  Tina also directed the middle and high school choirs of Grace Academy from 2001-2014, where the choir consistently received superior ratings at choral events.  Teaching music is a great joy for Tina, and after coming to HHL in 2016, she is thrilled to be working with the students at Hilger Higher Learning.  She believes that music is a beautiful creation of God that brings glory to Himself, while simultaneously blessing the music makers with the thrill of creating and participating in an art form. Tina will lead the choirs with this truth at the forefront.   She believes that singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord is an act of obedience for those who love the Lord.  Plus, it is just a ton of fun!  Tina and her husband, Fred, have three older children.
Email: Tina.HolcombeHHL@gmail.com

Lila Kiswani – American Sign Language (ASL) I & II
Lila grew up in Frederick, Maryland and relocated to the Chattanooga area in 2002. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with her Bachelor’s degree in 2000 and her Master’s degree in 2002. As a child of deaf parents, Lila grew up signing from a young age and became a nationally certified sign language interpreter in 2001. She has worked as an American Sign language Interpreter in a variety of fields including medical, educational, post secondary and video relay for over twenty years. She also teaches American Sign Language at Troy University.  Lila enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her family. Lila and her husband Kevin and their three children attend Wayside Presbyterian Church on Signal Mountain. They have homeschooled their children for seven years. She is looking forward to sharing her love of deaf culture and American sign language with her students at Hilger.
Email: Lila.KiswaniHHL@gmail.com

Olivia Oster: Middle School & High School Literature and Composition (English I-II), Writing Intensive Workshop and ACT Workshop – Rhetoric skills for English, Reading Comprehension, and Essay Writing
Olivia graduated from Covenant College with a B.A. in English in 2000. After college, she spent a year teaching English as a Second Language in China before marrying her college sweetheart and settling on Lookout Mountain. From 2001-2003 she enjoyed teaching middle school English at East Lake Academy in Chattanooga. From 2003 until now, she has taught at various homeschool tutorials, and for the past seven years she has taught her own five children at home. She has taught ESL to Chinese children online and thoroughly enjoys teaching English at Hilger Higher Learning. She loves writing curriculum and preparing for multi-sensory, interactive lessons that challenge and draw in the student. In her free time, Olivia loves to read, bake, travel, practice yoga, hike, and go on dates with her husband. She is constantly in awe of her Father God and His provision and love.
Email: Olivia.OsterHHL@gmail.com

Corie Oster: Algebra I – more information will be coming soon…
Email: Corie.OsterHHL@gmail.com

Speight Overman: Pre-Calculus, Physics and ACT Math Workshop
Speight Overman has his roots in eastern North Carolina and spent most of his youth on a Navy base in Northern Virginia.  Speight returned to NC, after graduating from James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg, VA, in 1966 to attend NC State University, where he received a BS and MS in mechanical engineering. Following this, he attended Colgate Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he earned an MBA in 1973. Shortly after graduation he married Trudee, who he met on a blind date a few months earlier! Speight started his “official” work career with GE in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he embarked on a military-like career of moving 5 times in 12 years. He held several positions in strategic planning, business operations, marketing, and sales.  He left GE in May of 1988 to pursue his own business, Tropical Forest, Inc. in Chattanooga.  Speight transitioned from business owner to part-time, then full-time teaching in 2005 and ended that phase of his full-time work after 9 years at Silverdale Baptist Academy.  He retired in 2018 as head of the Math Department, while also teaching Honors Physics. He now teaches part-time in upper-level High School math courses and Physics.  He and Trudee have had three children, all now adults, and have five grandchildren. Speight is a member of Signal Mountain Bible Church, where he serves on the elder board and is involved in the tech side of A/V. He spends his “spare time” on projects around the house, which are in a perpetual state of change!
Email: Speight.OvermanHHL@gmail.com

Karina Savelio: Spanish I and II
Karina graduated from Andrews University (BA in Spanish ’93) after completing two years of college at Universidad Adventista del Plata in Argentina (Riverplate Adventist University), her native country. She then earned her Master’s degree in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from the University of California, Riverside. She has worked as a translator, interpreter, and Spanish teacher for many years. Karina has taught Spanish at every level, from kindergarten to college, and courses for medical professionals. She loves being in the classroom and enjoys building relationships with young people.  Karina has homeschooled her 2 daughters and loves to travel with them. As a family, they spent several months in Bolivia as missionaries.
Email: Karina.SavelioHHL@gmail.com

Rachel Scott: Algebra I and Algebra II
Rachel grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee, and graduated summa cum laude from Tennessee Technological University in 1995 with a BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. After teaching a year of high school math near Nashville, she relocated to Ohio and she worked with a mutual fund company. When her first child was born, Rachel stayed home to be a full-time mom and began homeschooling five years later. For more than 15 years, Rachel has been homeschooling her three daughters and tutoring many students in math. Since coming to teach at HHL in 2012, it has been evident that Rachel’s desire is to help students learn and understand math, while seeing the orderliness of God in His creation. She attends church with her family at Woodland Park Baptist Church, where Rachel serves in their youth and student department.
Email: Rachel.ScottHHL@gmail.com

Emily Ann Simpson: Elementary, Middle School and High School Art
In 2nd grade, a peer asked Emily Ann Simpson what she wanted to be when she grew up. As she was putting the finishing touches on a “Rainbow Fish” art project, she said, “An artist, of course!” Her love for the arts became more apparent as she drew in the dirt on the softball field instead of playing short stop, and sang My Heart Will Go On from Titanic on the soccer field instead of playing defense. In high school, under the instruction of Sandra Kandros, she was challenged to push past her comfort zone with new materials and ideas. She and Kandros shared a faith in Christ, love for art, and love for people.  Kandros was ultimately the one who challenged Simpson to become an art teacher – an idea she had never considered. In 2012, Emily Ann traveled to NYC for 3 weeks on the NYC Tribeca Arts Summer Project where she realized her passion for the integration of art and faith.  Post-summer project, the hunt was on for ways to use her art to share Christ with others. The art department quickly became her mission field as well at Life Care Center of East Ridge, where she worked as an Art Therapy intern. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   During her first three years, Emily Ann taught art at Barger Academy of Fine Arts and Normal Park Museum Magnet. Since 2017, she has been excited to make a mess and have fun with Hilger students.  She loves nurturing and guiding students as they play a part in the redemption of creativity that the world has so skewed. She hopes to inspire a love of art in her students and to show them how it can be used in relating to and glorifying God.  She is also looking forward to helping students see the power that art has in helping us to understand the Bible, and how art can be a tool in sharing the good news.
Email: EmilyAnn.SimpsonHHL@gmail.com

Natalie Slaton: Middle School Science
Natalie graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1998 with a lifetime teaching certificate in Texas for grades 6-12.  While her husband was in seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary, she also earned several Bible class credits with him. Since then, she has taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade in numerous contexts. She spent 12 years at home raising children and partnering with her husband in ministry, mentoring students and teaching Bible studies. Relationships are Natalie’s passion, no matter the teaching context. She loves learning about God’s creation, the miracle of the human body and the math that unlocks many of creation’s mysteries.  In teaching science, she hopes students become more amazed by our Creator, who made all things, and leave her class with a desire to learn more about God’s creation.  She is thrilled to make relationships with the middle school students and invite them into greater awe and wonder of our God through the study of science.  Natalie and her husband, Benjie, who is the lead pastor of Grace + Peace (PCA) Church in Ooltewah, have three children.
Email: Slaton.NatalieHHL@gmail.com

Lisa Tolson: Middle School Math #1, Middle School Math #2, and Pre-Algebra
Lisa graduated from Covenant College in 2000 with a B.A. in Middle School Education, with a focus on math and social studies. She taught science and pre-algebra for two years at a Christian school in St. Louis before moving to Lookout Mountain. Since then, she has taught 5th grade, substituted in several schools, and taught elementary science for two years at Hilger before Kim Crossman! She also homeschooled her four children for eight years. Two of her favorite things are math and middle schoolers, and she has loved the privilege of working at Hilger again! Lisa has been at HHL for many years and lives on Lookout Mountain with her kids and husband, Aaron, who is the youth pastor at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Email: Lisa.TolsonHHL@gmail.com

Beth Warren – Personal Finance, Health & Wellness, Middle School Ancient Civilization, and Middle School American History
Beth’s fascination with people and places began early. The introduction of Ancient Egypt in elementary school, a high school class on American History and everything in between set her on a path to earn a BS in Economics and a Master in Secondary Education with certifications in History, Geography, Economics and Math. Besides a strong affection of all things “American,” such as the US Constitution, the sacrificially brave men and women from the generations who built the nation, and the beautiful land which holds the two together, Beth has a deep respect for all the created. People, their cultures, their locations, their governments and how they “do” commerce intrigue her and are the areas in which she has invested her education. During the summer of 2016, she had the awesome opportunity for the adventurous, educational and life-changing experience of traveling to Egypt and Israel basically following the journey of God’s people out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land! Further travel led her to Athens and Rome, pivotal locations of cultural achievements which laid the foundation for western civilization. After a second trip to Rome (in March 2019) with its amazing history and artifacts, a climb up Mt. Vesuvius, a visit to Herculaneum and Pompeii, Beth returned with an increased excitement for history and cultures.  Beth has been at HHL since 2019 and loves share her passion and eye-witness experiences to make HISTORY come alive!  She is excited to be going from the “big picture” perspective of history to the “individual and specific” aspects of personal finance and health. God’s Word, coupled with the lessons of human history, offers much needed guidance and wisdom as we navigate our personal lives through our culture.  During free time, Beth enjoys exercise of all varieties with an emphasis on outdoor activities. Spending time with her husband, Michael, 4 adult daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and almost 5 grandchildren complete her full and blessed life.
Email: Beth.WarrenHHL@gmail.com

Cathy Youngblood – Elementary Math – Grade 5, Elementary Language Arts (Grades adv 1 – 2), and Elementary Literature (Grades 3-4 & 5-6)
From the earliest days of her Signal Mountain upbringing, Cathy Youngblood has been drawn to children’s literature. Whether from her mother’s playful reminder from a book to be a “polite little elephant” or helping a childhood friend who insists that Cathy taught her to read when they were girls, children’s books and their influence have always been an integral part of her life. After graduating from Girls Preparatory School, that fondness only continued and thrived at Vanderbilt University where she received a BS in Education and a MEd in Language and Literacy. She has served as an elementary school teacher in Nashville and in Orlando, always aspiring, among other things, to cultivate a love of literature and reading within the children she was entrusted to nurture and teach.  That aspiration became more focused upon the arrival of her first child, when she left the classroom to stay home to nurture her family and children as a mother. Cathy has been teaching at HHL for several years and is a member of Rock Creek Fellowship on Lookout Mountain where her husband, Eric, is the senior pastor. And she is the privileged mother of two boys who (thankfully) love to read. She is eager to share her joy and passion for children’s books with the elementary students at Hilger.
Email: Cathy.YoungbloodHHL@gmail.com