Form Three: 4th and 5th grades
Stephanie Dean joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in 2017. She graduated from Elim Bible Institute in 2008, then received her teaching degree from Western Governors University. She has a Masters in elementary math education, focusing specifically on mathematical communication.
After graduating from Elim Bible Institute in 2008, she spent three years involved in children and youth ministry at a local church. She developed curriculum and led weekly meetings, using creativity to make God’s truth relevant to young people. In 2010, Stephanie became a teaching parent at Christ’s Home for Children. Her primary role was to serve as a foster parent as she cared for disadvantaged children. During this time, Stephanie began to realize her passion for education which led to seeking her teaching degree. She taught 4th and 5th grade for Fairfax County Public School for 5 years.
As a teacher, Stephanie loves fostering a sense of discovery and exploration. She enjoys hands-on experiments and having good conversations about truth with her students. Last year, Stephanie traveled around the country visiting every national park in the contiguous United States -- living in a teardrop trailer and spending countless hours exploring wild places. As an outdoor enthusiast, she looks forward to combining her passion for travel and nature with the Lorien Wood community.
In her free time, Stephanie likes to rock climb, go on long hikes, read, knit, and write poetry. She also plays piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass guitar.
Anissa Tyler joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in 2018 after a year of substitute teaching in nearly all the Forms. Anissa graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1999 with dual degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education. After three years of teaching math at a public high school, Anissa spent the next 15 years as a freelance teacher, tutor, stay at home mom, and homeschool teacher. She has experience teaching ages 2 to 93 and enjoys almost every topic under the sun, except cooking.
Anissa loves to travel and explore new places. Their family adventures include month-long road trips across the U.S. and back-road explorations in Europe. As a fan of weather and astronomy, Anissa's favorite adventures are the ones that end with a beautiful view of the sunset and a clear night sky. If a big storm is rolling in or it is a clear night, anyone within earshot will get a mini science lesson. She is looking forward to bringing her love of discovery to the Form Three classroom as they explore the far reaches of the world together.