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Christian Homeschool Academy

Hybrid Tutorial and State of Maryland Home Education Oversight Programs

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Whatever you do, work heartily for the Lord and not for man.

Colossians 3:23


Hope Academy exists as a ministry of Hope Bible Church in Columbia, Maryland with the mission of supporting local homeschool families, fostering biblical discipleship amongst our members, and above all bringing glory to God.


We provide a hybrid homeschool tutorial in which families join in together in service by maintaining a Christ-centered classroom environment. We seek to foster a love of learning and excellence in the students’ academic pursuits.


We support and encourage parents in the biblical training of their children and provide opportunities to foster Christ-like character, as the staff and volunteers of Hope Academy minister to the students and each other.


We come alongside parents to support them as they fulfill their God-given role of raising children to love and serve the Lord and to foster a sense of community amongst local believers.

Hope Academy is a ministry of Hope Bible Church


Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. 

– Proverbs 22:6

As a ministry of Hope Bible Church, our central committment is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Universal Church. Hope Academy views all tutors and staff members as integral participants in the ministry of the church. All classes, instruction, and activities are conducted in accordance with the teachings of Hope Bible Church found at the links below.



Hope Academy offers two programs which offer parents flexibility to choose what is best for their families. Families may participate in either or both programs, subject to some enrollment limitations.

Homeschool Hybrid Tutorial Program

We offer both core and elective classes for K–12th grade as well as a preschool enrichment program. Tutors instruct the students in the classroom on Tuesdays and Fridays each week during the school year while the parents are responsible for teaching the curriculum at home on the other days of the week. It is our goal to offer a program to assist parents as they strive to fulfill their God-given role in training and educating their children.

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Supervised Home Education (“Umbrella”) Program

We offer a supervised home education program (“umbrella program”) which meets current State of Maryland regulations. The program is designed to give parents as much freedom as possible in determining their children’s education by helping parents: maintain a portfolio, monitor each child’s progress, and maintain all necessary student records all while allowing the parents to have maximum control over the choice of curriculum, schedule and format of homeschool lessons. learn more

Hope Academy Staff

Roger Zeender

Academy Principal, Deacon Board Member, and Leadership Board Member

Crystal Wepman

Leadership Board Member, Executive Administrator, & Admissions Director

Brandon Conroy

Deacon Board Member, Leadership Board Member, & Chapel Leader

Emilee Conroy

Leadership Board Member ,
Curriculum Director , & Elementary Grammar Tutor

Matt Ezparza

Leadership Board Member
Library Admin

Jan Lynch

Leadership Board Member,  Science Tutor, & Umbrella Advisor

Sesan Iwarere

Leadership Board Member and Math Department Director & Math Tutor

Gabe Powell

HBC Elder
Hope Academy Chapel Leader

Hong Fein

Umbrella Program Director & 
Kindergarten Tutor

Lannie Armstrong

Kindergarten Aide

Doug Baldridge

Chapel Leader

Diane Baldridge

Assistant Drama Instructor

Maria Briggman

Childcare Provider for Children of Staff

Tracie Calloway

Middle School History & Literature Tutor, Science Tutor, & Umbrella Advisor

Laura Deglau

High School Chemistry  &P Physical ScienceTutor, Elementary STEM Tutor

Dawn Esparza

Librarian, High School Biology Tutor

Sarah Feitknecht

Elementary English Tutor & Art Aide

Margaret Gibbons

Middle School English & High School History/Geography Tutor

Margo Guillory

Music Department Director , Strings & Chorus Instructor, High School English & History Tutor, Umbrella Advisor

Patty Hecht

Bible Precepts Tutor

Aaron Iles

High School Computer Programming Tutor

Rebecca Iwarere

Math Tutor

Thelma James

Elementary History Tutor

Becky Levin

Umbrella Advisor

Chuck McConnell

Front Desk Receptionist & Audio/Visual Equipment Manager

Carol McConnell

Front Desk Receptionist

John Miller

High School Philosophy & Apologetics Tutor

Rachel Powell

Elementary Art Tutor

Mark Payne

Math Tutor

Liz Perry

Preschool 4’s Tutor

Alan Phillips

Security Team

Cheryl Phillips

Aide and Reception Assistant

Hope Price

Elementary Grammar Tutor, Physical Education Tutor, & Drama Director

Aida Samara

Study Hall Monitor

Taylor Smith

Intro to Drama Tutor

Linda Tiedje

Math Tutor

Jessica Touchard

Elementary Art  & Science Tutor

Ariann Walker

Janitorial Staff

Josh Wepman

Web Administrator

Chris Wertz

Audio/Video Production Tutor

Glynis Whitaker

Elementary History Tutor & Math Tutor

Robin Zeender

Umbrella Advisor

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Want to learn more about or program or inquire about enrollment? Please feel free to get in touch with us!