Past Academic Instructors' Information
Tracey Barracca (Introduction to English, Middle School Literature and Composition)
Tracey Barracca graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a degree in English Literature, concentrating in Russian Language and Literature. Upon graduation, she served for 11 years with Cru, teaching first on college campuses, then in her role as trainer for Cru’s National Human Resources Department, and later with Chase Bank. From 2014-2016, she served as Director of the Classical Conversations middle school program in Berea, teaching Classical Writing, Literature, Logic, Latin, and Christian worldview. During the 2016-2017 school year, she taught Classical Conversations’ intensive English grammar and writing course to upper-elementary aged children, and middle school Creative Writing at WAC.
Tracey has homeschooled her three children for 13 years. She and her husband Steve and children have lived in Madison County for 12 years, where they are active members of Trinity Church PCA.
Dr. Rod Eisenberg (High School Chemistry)
Rod Eisenberg has taught chemistry at the collegiate undergraduate and graduate levels in the Texas A&M system and Eastern Kentucky University for over ten years. He and his wife Jenny have homeschooled their five children for over 20 years during which time Rod has conducted numerous homeschool coop classes and topics in chemistry and science.
Rod holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boise State University, a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Oregon State University, and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. He has recently completed an MA in Theology from Liberty Seminary. Currently Rod runs his own chemistry and analysis company, which prepares chemical standards for the chemical and diagnostic industries, and conducts research and development for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.
Janie Barbosa (Introduction to Rhetoric, Honors High School Rhetoric I, and Honors High School Rhetoric II)
Janie Barbosa hails from a long line of educators and delights in continuing the family (and historical) tradition of teaching. Graduating with her BA in education from Northwest Nazarene University, Janie obtained state certification in both Washington and Idaho and immediately began instructing secondary students in the subjects of English writing and literature in the public school setting. Janie has 16 years of classroom and curriculum-development experience and has worked as an online instructor since embarking on the adventure of motherhood. Aside from WAC, she is currently Master Teacher of AP English Language and Composition for HSLDA Online Academy.
As a homeschooling mother, Janie takes great interest in literacy-based education – its history, its preservation, and its ability to inform truly mature communication. When she is not teaching, Janie unabashedly nurtures her addiction to educational texts, though she reserves her summers for getting lost in poetry and the woods (preferably at the same time). Her favorite authors include Charles Dickens, E.B. White, J.R.R.Tolkien, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Rudyard Kipling.
Janie’s non-literary hobbies are music, art, and gardening. She is blessed by a husband who encourages her in these pursuits and a daughter who shares them.
Deborah Jackson (Middle School and High School Physical Education)
Deborah has been a beloved physical education instructor for the Wellspring Homeschool Co-op for over 5 years. She exhibits enthusiasm for the subject and is an excellent role model of living a healthy active life. Deborah has participated on many sports teams including those for volleyball, softball, soccer, and golf. She is also an avid runner, gardener, and volunteer.
Originally from Iowa, Deborah moved to Kentucky to attend UK where she earned her Master's Degree in Sociology with emphasis in social inequalities. Before deciding to homeschool, she worked for the Council on Postsecondary Education (the state college and university coordinating board) during which time she also completed her teaching certification program in Special Education for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities. Deborah has also worked for the Kentucky Health Department on the Breast Cancer Research Team and for the United Way of the Bluegrass.
She has twin boys and lives in rural Madison County where she raises them as well as a flock of chickens, handful of barn cats, and a farm dog.
Maggie Ramsay holds a BA in English Teaching (certification for grades 8-12) and an MA in Education (reading/writing emphases, certification for grades K-12). As well, she possesses certification to teach Language Arts for grades 5-8. Mrs. Ramsay has taught at both Model Lab and Berea Community as a long term substitute teacher for middle school language arts. More recently, she taught for four years at Madison Southern High School as a 9th Grade English Teacher.
Mrs. Ramsay brings understanding to the nuances of writing instruction for middle and high school students. Her experience is solid as well as diverse. She has not only tutored for programs like First Steps and Upward Bound, but she continues to utilize her teaching experience by working and volunteering with the Madison County Classical Conversations and Heritage Homeschool Co-ops where she tutors a Foundations class and teaches High School English.
Maggie Ramsay has enjoyed traveling through Europe, including a summer program at King’s College in London studying women writers in Victorian England. A homeschooling mom herself, she is married with three small children. Brimming with expertise and enthusiasm, Mrs. Ramsay is an asset to the Wellspring Academic Center’s language arts.
Amelia King (High School Spanish I/II) -
Amelia King is a 2010 graduate of Transylvania University, holding a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Originally from Lexington, she now lives in Richmond with her husband Aaron and toddler twin daughters. Amelia is a member of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church where she serves as an assistant director of the children's ministry. Amelia and her husband met in Lima, Peru (though they grew up in neighboring Kentucky cities); they now enjoy using their knowledge of Spanish in regular travels to Peru through their church. Amelia has also used her Spanish locally to volunteer at the Salvation Army and help recent Hispanic immigrants adjust to American life. She enjoys building friendships that would otherwise be prevented by language barriers.
Because Amelia fell in love with the Spanish language in middle school, whereas her husband, who hated Spanish classes in school, only became interested in learning the language after a college mission trip to Argentina, she understands the precise differences between analytical versus conceptual language learner personalities. She looks forward to working with students, whatever their learning style may be while teaching Spanish I and II with WAC this year!
Lisa Rousch (HS Honors American Lit/Comp, HS Honors British Lit/Comp)
Lisa Roush has been an educator for 25 years. She graduated from Towson University with a double major in English and secondary education. She also earned a graduate degree from the University of Baltimore majoring in publication design with a concentration in creative writing. After teaching high school English and theater, then working in marketing and development for Johns Hopkins University, she came home to raise and home educate her four children. She founded the Madison County campus of Classical Conversations and currently teaches adult education classes for EKU. She loves literature (from Shakespeare to Vonnegut) and enjoys helping students become effective writers. She’s been in Kentucky for 12 years and has graduated one child, is about to graduate her next and has 2 high schoolers still at home. She and her family worship at Trinity Church, PCA in Richmond.
Kim Short (Consumer Economics and Personal Finance- HS Credit Elective)
Kim Short received her B.S. in Accounting from EKU in 2009. Before that, she spent four years working for a local bank. In 2008, she became part of the leadership team that formed Wellspring Homeschool Community and has been its treasurer ever since. During that time she has taught many classes for Wellspring in the area of finance, architecture, current events, life skills, and yearbook production.
Kim has been married to her husband for 24 years and they have three children that have all been homeschooled. She has graduated one and the other two are still in high school. She and her family live on a small farm in Waco where they grow vegetables, fruit, dogs, kids, and mosquitoes.
Kara Crispin (Intro to English and Intermediate English)
Kara Crispin (Intro to English, Intermediate English)
Kara Crispin graduated with her Bachelors in Science of Nursing from Berea College and worked as a nurse for several years in Oregon and Kentucky. She has taught in the Classical Conversations elementary program and middle school program, tutoring students in Latin, Math, Science, Rhetoric, and Literature and Composition. Living and studying overseas throughout Middle and High School, gave her a deep appreciation for the English language and effective communication. She firmly believes that through the study of language arts, every student is capable of presenting their ideas clearly whether written or spoken.
Kara has been homeschooling her children, ages 12, 10, and 8, for the past seven years. Her family lives in Berea where they love to garden, raise rabbits, read, and remodel their house; not always in that order.