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Form Four / Journey: 7th and 8th grades

Tacye Clarke (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.​


Abigail Reynolds (Pre-Algebra, Algebra)​

Abigail Reynolds joined Lorien Wood faculty in 2021​. She received her undergraduate degree from Regent University, where she studied English and Mathematics. At Regent, she developed a deep love and appreciation for classical literature, language, and holistic education. Spending the majority of her time investing in student leadership and campus ministries, she came to discover her strengths in teaching and fostering strong relationships. Throughout college, she wrote for several publications, including The Daily Signal, as well as contributing to various publications for Family Research Council. Upon graduating, Abigail worked as a case manager and grant writer for The Genieve Shelter, a battered women’s shelter in Suffolk, Virginia.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, baking, reading, and sharing a meal with close family and friends.


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.