Serving the Knoxville area and surrounding counties

Classes from a Christian worldview that serve people from all backgrounds



Cokesbury Church, South Campus

9908 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37922

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Monday to Friday



Meets at Cokesbury Church

9908 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37922

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Monday to Friday

Friday U Teacher Biographies

Lisa Anderson

Lisa Anderson is one of our own Lead Teachers in First Grade. Lisa has many years of experience in elementary education and a degree from the University of Tennessee.

Bricks for Kidz – Chris and Maria Howard

Chris & Maria Howard direct Bricks 4 Kidz in Knoxville. They launched Bricks 4 Kidz in 2013, introducing an After-School enrichment program in 10 schools in West Knox County that fall, and opened the Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center at the shops at Franklin Square in May 2014, adding camps, birthday parties, homeschool classes, robotics classes, preschool classes, and other programs all centered around using LEGO Bricks for learning.

Coach Chris Carroll

Coach Chris has over 30 years of coaching experience. An honors graduate of Madeley College with a BA in Sports and Recreation Studies, Chris leads Carroll Sports Academies in Knoxville. 

Glenda Cloutier

Glenda has studied at fine music schools and performed with world class orchestras. Beginning with the Oak Ridge Symphony in her high school years, she went to study and perform at Northwestern University in Chicago, the University of Minnesota (where she studied Music Education/Theory), as well as the University of Tennessee. In each of the places her husband’s playing career took their family, she enjoyed performing with ensembles alongside him including the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the River City Brass, the Oregon Symphony, and Ballet orchestras. She continues to perform with our own Knoxville Symphony. Glenda has also been involved in the education of her own and other’s children throughout her career, having taught all ages at one time or another.

Allyson Gibbons

One of our own Lead Teachers in Kindergarten, Allyson has a genuine passion for dance. She took tap, jazz, ballet, and point at Charlotte Ann’s School of Dance for 10 years. Allyson was also captain of the cheer team in high school and the dance team captain at Maryville College, where she completed her degree in education.

Alana Harter

Currently one of our Middle School Specialists, teaching math and science, Mrs. Harter has also been a Kindergarten Assistant and taught 4th grade at Oak Grove.  She has a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Bloomsburg University.  Her previous teaching experience includes 2nd grade, 3rd grade, elementary science specialist, and summer preschool.  This will be her second semester teaching Stories with STEAM for Friday U.

Laurie Kay


Laurie Kay is the founder of Monsters Made with Love.  She teaches sewing with a self-love twist.  She has had 2 years teaching this curriculum to 22 students, 3 days a week at Chocachatti Elementary in Brooksville, Florida.  She has taught single session workshops for various youth organizations in and around Knoxville.  She has also been a Brownie leader and Junior Achievement facilitator.

Audrey Labbe

Audrey Labbe is from Nancy, Lorraine in France. She moved to Knoxville in 2010 with her husband, who is a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She started doing French tutoring for homeschool students in 2017, and since August 2018, she has worked with Sebastien Crepieux as a French tutor. She teaches at the Foreign Language Academy, and currently has 5 classes a week in private lessons with students from elementary school to high school.


Adra Ludwig

Adra has been working on and off the stage for the past 14 years, (The Word Players, The Passion Play in the Smokies, etc) and she has recently started working, in front of and behind the camera in local Christian films (she has worked on 7 films to date). Adra has taught theatre for 11 years, and has worked for several homeschool co-ops, as well as the Concord School of Performing Arts, Oak Ridge Jr Playhouse, Bezalel School, etc. Adra loves the theatre and wants to show students how they can use their talents to glorify God.

Dawn McGehee

Dawn McGehee holds a Masters in Education and is a licensed special and regular Pre-k through 3rd grade teacher. She has over 10 years teaching experience including public school, in-home preschool, childcare, and volunteer work. Dawn has been trained through many professional development courses on STEAM objectives and current standards of learning. She is excited to teach higher order thinking skills through fairy tales.


Skyli Mullins

Skyli Mullins is an avid lover of art and creative building. Since childhood she has had a strong passion for the arts and has spent her life enjoying and appreciating all forms of art and learning about the artists who created them. A veteran homeschool mom, she is the original Friday U teacher!

Stacy Roddy

Stacy, an assistant teacher in our First and Second Grades, has been a PALS (Praise and Love our Savior) program director at Cedar Springs Church since 2007. Stacy has also directed the Cedar Springs VBS for ten years.

Mariana Rodriguez

Mariana Rodriguez is a Mexican-American whose first language was Spanish. She is a certified interpreter and translator, and has been teaching at Oak Grove since August 2018. She loves teaching and watching young minds expand in their knowledge of the world and other cultures.

Hilary Salas


Stephen Strouss

Stephen Strouss is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo.  He is also a level 4, lead instructor and the school owner of TaeKwonDo Knoxville.  He is accredited by TaeKwonDo America.  Practicing Martial Arts for over 12 years, he has tested, competed, and won at the local and national level in both performance of patterns and sparring.  Mr. Strouss has three children that he and his wife homeschool during the day.  At night, they run TaeKwonDo Knoxville as a family.

April Wireman

April Wireman is a Bearden High School graduate, homeschool mom, artist, and designer.  She graduated college, received a BFA and license to teach art K-12.  She has worked various part-time jobs (Homeschool Art classes at the park, Key to Music and Art Academy, High School Art and Design at Rivers Edge Academy, Morgan County Co-op, Community School of the Arts, and Tate’s Summer Camp) to allow for homeschooling full-time.