Academic Instructors' Information
Kimberly Taylor (Honors High School Physical Science, Honors High School Biology, Honors High School Biology Lab, Honors High School Chemistry)
Mrs. Taylor has received a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Microbiology from Alderson Broaddus College. She pursued her graduate work at UK in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. She worked for a private research firm investigating monoclonal antibodies to brain and breast cancer and ran a thyroid cancer lab at UK. She has papers published in Clinical and Experimental Metastasis and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Mrs. Taylor has been married for over 27 years. She just graduated her fourth (and last) child after 20 years of homeschooling. She has taught in multiple homeschool environments and at all age levels. She currently attends Ashland Church.
Jessica Evans (MS General Science and MS Earth or Life Science, MS Intro to English)
Mrs. Evans received her Associate's Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2002. She worked in the Healthcare field until 2011 when she pursued her Education Degree. Mrs. Evans graduated in 2012 from Eastern Kentucky University and began teaching at the Lexington Latin School, where she taught for 3 years. She left the Latin School to begin teaching at Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington, where she taught for 3 years.
Mrs. Evans took off a year from teaching to run her nonprofit, Defender of the Fatherless. Through this nonprofit, she is able to support an orphanage in the Philippines from where her oldest son was adopted. She has spent the last year homeschooling her sixth and seventh graders, while her oldest (a sophomore) attends Madison Central.
Jessica Evans and her husband David have been married for 22 wonderful years. They have 3 beautiful children (Noah, Lily, and Rommel), and together they run a nonprofit.
Sarah Hood (MS Intermediate English, Honor's HS English 1/2, and Honor's HS English 3/4)
Mrs. Hood is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor's in Middle Grades Education focused in English and Social Studies. Following her first two years of teaching, she completed her Master's in Gifted Education for preschool through 12th grade. She taught 8th grade English Language Arts for three years at B. Michael Caudill Middle School before teaching 7th grade English Language Arts at Estill County Middle School for two years. While teaching, she served as the English Department Leader and the Writing Cohort Leader, as well as serving as the Vice President of the Jesse Stuart Literacy Council as part of the Kentucky Reading Association. Mrs. Hood focuses her instruction to be engaging and scaffolded to meet each student's literacy needs in a way that makes writing, reading, discussion, and grammar more compelling while growing each student's abilities.
Mrs. Hood stepped away from public education to focus on home educating her two children and is happy to bring her knowledge, experience, and love of teaching to the Wellspring community.
Rebekah Nutter (HS Spanish I and HS Spanish II)
Mrs. Nutter is a 1989 graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in Asian Studies, and additional studies in Spanish language, literature, and anthropology. From 1992 – 1995 she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, where she taught Spanish, English, Math, Social Studies, and Science to students in grades 7 – 12, and Spanish literacy to adults. After her Peace Corps service ended, she entered a graduate program in bilingual education at San Francisco State University. While in California, Mrs. Nutter earned her teaching credential. She taught a bilingual class in Oakland California for 4 years. After her marriage in 2001, Mrs. Nutter continued to teach part time in a community college, as a private tutor, and as a homeschool Spanish teacher for children and adults. Since moving to Kentucky in 2008, Mrs. Nutter has continued to teach Spanish, as well as tutoring for Classical Conversations.
Her teaching philosophy is that students learn best when they work hard and have fun. Her Spanish classes center around constructing stories together in Spanish, with a lot of reading, writing, and Spanish conversation in every class. Students focus on communicating competently in Spanish, while contributing their creative ideas to make each week’s stories truly unique and entertaining.
Mrs. Nutter lives in Wilmore with her husband of 19 years, her daughter (17) and her son (12). They own and operate a martial arts studio in Nicholasville. She is excited to join the Wellspring community and help even more students learn to love Spanish!
Brian Ramsay (Intro to Computer Programming - HS Credit Elective)
Mr. Ramsay received a BS in Computer Science from Taylor University in 2005. He worked for many years as a Software Developer and DevOps Engineer for a healthcare company, and now works for Berea College with their Student Software Development Team. Mr. Ramsay enjoys introducing people to the fun of computer programming and creating something from nothing to solve a problem. Brian Ramsay and his wife Michelle have lived in Berea for 7 years, moving here from sunny (and hot) South Florida to be nearer to family. If you know a Ramsay around here (spelled with an -ay), they are related. Mr. Ramsay and Michelle have 3 kids, 9, 7, and 5 years old, whose main interest in computers so far are games and YouTube, but he is working on them.