Form Four / Journey: 7th and 8th grades
Tacye Clarke (Lead Teacher, Humanities)
Tacye Clarke has been a part of the Lorien Wood community since its first year, and all seven of her children have attended the school. She joined the Lorien Wood Board in 2005, serving as Chair from 2007 until 2011. She developed the Form Four Humanities curriculum and served as a teacher mentor before joining the faculty in 2012. Tacye holds an M.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. in English with a history minor from Wheaton College. Tacye taught writing and literature at Thomas Nelson Community College in Newport News, VA, and English (grades 7-12) at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD.
When she is not at Lorien Wood, she reads voraciously, nurtures her family, gardens, and practices the art of cooking and hospitality. She is married to Steve, and they have seven children.
Kathryn Foley (Science)
Kathryn Foley joined the Lorien Wood faculty as the Form Four Science teacher in 2015. She has a B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University in Montreal and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum) from The University of Toronto.
She has taught for the past 30 years in various settings from elementary school and graduate college courses. For 13 years, she also homeschooled her children and ran a science club for a local homeschool group where she discovered her passion for experiential science teaching. Kathryn loves the outdoors, especially wilderness canoeing and hiking, travel, art and history. She is committed to youth ministry and pro-life work. Her youngest child graduated from Lorien Wood in 2015.
Laura Grizzard (Pre-Algebra, Algebra)
Laura joined the faculty in 2016 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from George Mason University. She taught at elementary and middle school levels for 12 years at a local Christian school in several subject areas, including math, science, language arts, and art. She also directed the handbell choir.
Laura believes that Christian education is one of the most valuable resources -- that teaching and learning in a Christ-centered atmosphere provides an opportunity to unite our faith in the Creator with learning about Creation. She loves helping her students see God's divine order in nature, helping them appreciate the way everything in our world works together. In her spare time, Laura enjoys sewing, both machine and needle crafts, ringing in her church's handbell choir, and participating in a variety of outdoor activities like tennis, bike-riding, and hiking. She and her husband, Jack, have three children.
Anissa Tyler (Geometry)
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.
Amy Tiilikainen (Latin)
Amy Tiilikainen joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in 2019 as the Latin teacher, after subbing for two years. She received her BA in Religion and Biblical Studies from the University of Evansville before going on to earn a MACE in Religious Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed coursework and exams toward a Ph.D. in Church History at The Catholic University of America. While at CUA, she taught an introductory theology seminar for freshmen and worked as an advisor in the Center for Academic Success.
In addition to Latin, Amy reads French, German, Ancient Greek, Anglo-Saxon, and a smattering of modern Irish. Her research interests include history of the early Irish and Anglo-Saxon churches and medieval monasticism. When she's not engaged in academic pursuits, Amy plays percussion at her church and volunteers as a unit leader with a local American Heritage Girls troop. Amy and her husband have one daughter.
Connor Schonta joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in July 2020, after subbing for most forms during the 2019-2020 school year. He graduated with his History MA from Liberty University (LU) in 2018, focusing on 20th century diplomatic history. Following graduation, he moved to Alexandria and worked in DoD contracting for a few years before following a strong, happy pull back to the classroom.
After having received his History BS from LU in 2016, Connor spent the summer in his personal paradise—Central Europe! He earned his Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification from a language school in Prague before traveling to many beautiful places in Austria and Germany, places he had to that point only known through ink and paper.
In the classroom, Connor loves engaging with students’ ideas and interests. He’s learned that ears attuned to his student’s words open doors for infusing lessons with personality and challenge. Connor attends The Falls Church Anglican, where he teaches Sunday School to second grade kiddos, wrangles a small group of sixth grade boys, and gives English lessons to folks from nearby neighborhoods. He loves baseball, map making, and—most happily— his wife Kelsey!