Lawrence has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University and has worked with youth as a Youth Ministry Leader for over 15 years, a youth mentor for 5 years and taught Middle School General Science and Math during the summer of 1996. He has also taught a science class at Norfolk State in 1998 and has substituted for science classes at a local Co-op. His family began homeschooling their children in 2009 and Lawrence resides in Bowie, Maryland, with his amazing wife and their three children. Lawrence learned at an early age that “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” - MX
Christina Rafter loves to learn, and that is something she hopes to pass on to every student. Christina was home educated and is currently homeschooling her four inquisitive children. She developed an enthusiasm for tutoring in college and went on to work two years in Anne Arundel County public schools in special education, mathematics and the sciences. After her oldest daughter was born she left the school system to raise her children and later began working again as a private math tutor. In 2014 Christina was introduced to Bridge Tutorial Ministries and was excited for the opportunity to teach some of her favorite sciences in the classroom again, while still being able to pursue her passion for home education. Christina lives on Kent Island and when she’s not dreaming up new ways to teach cellular respiration or cracking bad math and science puns she enjoys reading books with maps, cooking without recipes, and long walks with her family--the more scenic the better.
Jaci Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Finance and has a background in both commercial lending and hotel management. During her over 15 years of homeschooling, she has graduated two of her three sons and is currently homeschooling her last son, a rising 10th grader. Jaci has a passion for teaching math and loves to solidify concepts with fun supplemental games. She is active in her church as the head coach of their Teen Bible Quiz team, a position she has held for over 8 years. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, field tripping with friends, and family game nights. She happily lives in the Bowie area with Bruce, her husband of 26 years.
Alejandra is a native Peruvian and mother of two, a girl and a boy. She graduated from St. Augustine University in Peru with a degree in Business Administration. Upon her arrival in the U.S. in 2007 she worked in Early Childhood Development, attaining multiple certifications while working with pre-school and young school age children. She understands what people go through when learning a new language, having arrived in the U.S. with little fluency in English. Alejandra and her husband Reid have homeschooled their two children their entire lives, which revealed to her a love for her language and culture she had previously taken for granted. Her work as a professional educator and experience as a home educator has further stoked a passion for education and the inherent experimentation needed to discover the best possible approach for each unique and individual child. She has also tutored privately as an au pair before starting her own business as a Spanish tutor, as well as leading classes at the co-ops her children have attended.
Literature, History, American Government
Trina has a B.S. degree in Psychology and has worked with children ages 2 – 17 since 1996 in schools, day care centers, church, homeschool co-ops, as well as through internships in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She began homeschooling in 2009 and resides in Bowie with her wonderful husband, her three children, and their Yorkie. Trina loves working with children and having fun using games and hands on activities to teach about God through various subjects. She wrote and published a book in 2016 about her homeschooling journey and how God used homeschool to change her life. Trina believes every body has a story to tell and something to share. She is looking forward to combining this belief with her love of teaching to usher young people into a world of their own creation through education.
Science and Health
Jualecia is a native of Savannah, Georgia who attended DODDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) in Germany for 1st through 12th grades. She is a graduate of Howard University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program and former adjunct faculty member of Howard’s PA program. She and her husband have been married for 22 years and have homeschooled their four children for the past 14 years. Jualecia has served in youth ministry at her church for over 18 years and is passionate about developing a love for Christ in teens.
I was born in Washington DC. I have been married to my wife Terrica Richardson for 19 years and we have 8 wonderful children. I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach and Certified Nutritionist. I am CPR/AED Pediatric Certified. I enjoy teaching adults & children how to live healthier lifestyles. I have taught Physical Education for the last 3 years. I was a Den Leader for Cub Scouts for 7 years. I have assisted & coached elementary/middle school soccer with Mt. Oak sports ministry. My Philosophy: I do not perceive Physical Education as an organized recess. My responsibility as a Physical Education teacher is, in my opinion, among the most important in the school. I firmly believe all my students are special and possess a wide variety of talent and skills. It is my mission to expose my students to a wide variety of activities, as to encourage him, or her, to discover and enhance these skills. As a Physical Education Tutor, I will present these activities in a positive and professional manner, as to maximize the self-esteem and the self-confidence of our students. As a result of physical education, our students will learn that physical fitness is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not only now, but for the rest of their lives.
Throughout the school year, I will treat our students with the utmost respect and courtesy. As a result I expect to be treated in the same manner. While I hold high expectations for our students, I do not expect each student to be the best, but I do expect them to do their best. “In each and every one of us, there is something very special. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a positive difference.”