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(Drama 1 & 2)
Advanced Theatre & Film-Acting
Intro to Film-making
Adra has been teaching theatre classes for 14 years. Her teaching credits include Bezalel School, Concord Performing Arts Academy, CEEC (Christian Education Enrichment Cooperative) , and the Oak Ridge JR Playhouse, where she was the Summer camp director for 2016, 2017, and 2018. She has written over 20 plays, that have been performed in the United States, as well as internationally, and she has
directed numerous other plays- including, but not limited to: ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Robin Hood’, and ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Adra has experience onstage as well as off, working with The Passion Play in the Smokies for 7 years, and then going on to perform with The Word Players. Since 2012, Adra has been working in Faith-based independent Christian films and has worn many hats including; acting, casting director, camera operator, boom and sound, make-up and wardrobe, assistant director, prop/set design assistant, etc. Adra has worked in over a dozen feature films and short films to date.
Moms Dance and Banners
Rhonda began teaching oil and acrylic painting over 15 yrs ago at local homeschool Co-op and out of her home. She has always enjoyed drawing as a youth and fell in love with painting over 18 yrs ago. Rhonda and Micah, her husband of 20 years, are homeschooling parents to a son, Noah, now a high school graduate, and have been involved with Bezalel from the start.
Moms Dance and Banners
Molly Cooper has been a dance mom for 26 years when she enrolled her daughter, Adra, in dance with Bezalel’s founder, Jean Mabry, when Adra was only 5 years old. Molly was involved in the Passion Play for 6 years as an actress, dancer and backstage hand. Molly is also a vital part of our backstage crew during our productions at Bezalel, as well as helping Adra with many of her play productions, and film projects. Molly has also traveled with the dance group ‘Benote Tzion’ and ‘For Zion’s Sake’ for many years, and has danced at many events in the united States as well as in Israel and Poland. Molly loves dancing and loves to share her experience with the mom’s of Bezalel. Molly also loves painting and traveling to Israel whenever she gets the chance.
Foundations in Drawing
Adventures in Printmaking
Creating after the Creator: Art through the Seven Days of Creation
Melanie Kidder has been drawing as long as she can remember. She grew up in a creative Christian family which encouraged her artistic development as well as her walk with Christ. She got her BFA from the University of Tennessee in Graphic Design and Illustration but decided afterwards that she was more of a messy fine artist. She went back for a Masters at UT in Art Education and has taught drawing and art at several co-ops. She and her husband, Jim, have been married 29 years, and they have four children: Marcus, Madeline, Daniel and Daphne. She and some of her children have been at Bezalel for four years and love the atmosphere of worship and love for the Lord Jesus. In fact, after participating in Canvas Art and Silk Painting classes herself at Bezalel, Melanie decided to be a witness in the larger art community and show a couple of her own pieces in shows downtown, seeking to portray biblical themes.
Sewing 101 & 201
Julia Dockery has been sewing and designing since she was 8 years old when her mother was her first teacher. She later attended the University of Missouri to study fashion and design and studied the subject in New York City and Europe before working in the apparel manufacturing industry. The Dockerys are a retired military family who spent 15 years in the Washington, D.C. area where Julia taught sewing to 4-Hers. She has been homeschooling for 15 years and is nearing the end of that journey with a son and a daughter already graduated and the last daughter to graduate in 2021. Since 2017, they have loved being part of the Bezalel family who loves Israel and using their artistic gifts to serve the Lord.
Hand Sewing Circle
Trena Dunk-Gonzalez is a homeschooling mom of four. She has been homeschooling for 8 years. Trena believes that learning is a gift given by our Creator, Jesus, and not something that just happens while we are young. She loves to learn new things along with her kids. Trena has a particular passion for teaching about God and missions. She longs to see more students with a passion to evangelize and reach the world for Jesus. Her own parents were missionaries to Brazil and that has shaped and broadened her view of the world.
Hand Sewing Circle
Kutrena Overturf is a veteran homeschool mom who now helps to teach her grandkids who are homeschooled. She was a missionary and has served in churches all her adult life. Kutrena is passionate about passing on skills and arts to a younger generation, especially in the areas of sewing and cooking. Kurtrena teaches the hand sewing class alongside her daughter Trena.
Ballet 1 & 2
Xandria Cross has had a lifelong passion for singing, acting, and dancing and has been blessed to work in TV, film, theater, and the Christian Music industry. She's even had the privilege of dancing with the Moscow Ballet in the Nutcracker.
Xandria also has a heart for children and teaching and has taught countless students from Pre-K all the way to adults. In addition to performing arts, she loves a good workout and is also certified as an instructor for both Barre Fitness and Self-Defense.
In her free time, you’ll find her creating and performing her original music as an independent pop artist.
(New Family Assistant)
“All of you can join with one voice, giving Praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 15:6
John and Wendy Isenhower have been married for almost 25 years and have one daughter, Anna Clair. Their family's desire is to bring honor to God in all they do and point as many people that they can to Jesus Christ our Messiah. They have been part of the Bezalel Family for six years. The Isenhower's prayer is that the families involved with Bezalel feel God's tender mercies and the blessings that He has for them!
Galloping the Globe Geography
Little House (Lessons and Crafts)
Jessie Jordan is a homeschooling mother of five. She has been married for 9 years. Jessie has taught preschool and elementary classes at two other co-ops and looks forward to sharing unit studies with the Bezalel Family!
Hebrew Language (previous students only)
Amber Rice began studying Hebrew at the age of 13 and immediately fell in love with the language of the Bible and the modern state of Israel. She taught her first Hebrew classes to fellow homeschoolers while still in high school, and was among the first teachers at Bezalel when the school began. She went on to earn a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she minored in Modern Hebrew, and has studied abroad in both Israel and Greece. She believes that the study of a foreign language is essential to understanding and connecting with another culture, and that the study of Hebrew also offers a unique opportunity to witness and take part in the miraculous.
Hebrew & International Dance- Advanced
Kathryn Helton has danced since the age of 3. Her dance experience includes the following styles: Classical Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. She has danced with the following companies: Pellissippi State Dance Ensemble, Appalachian Ballet Company of Maryville, Private apprenticeship under Russian instructors from the Vagonova Academy. Contestant in the 2001 Miss TN Scholarship Pageant (talent was interpretive worship dance), contestant/crowned Miss Upper Cumberland 2001/Miss Congeniality (talent was interpretive worship dance), performance of principal roles in the Cumberland County Playhouse/Dance School in Crossville, TN, trained at Ballet Magnificat! (a Christian dance company), and North Carolina State Ballet. She has also been involved in Dance Ministry for 15 years both nationally and internationally with Benote Tzion’s International Touring Dance Team, Paul Wilbur’s International Tour Ministry, lead roles in The Covenant Musical (in Jerusalem), lead roles in God With Us Musical. Kathryn enjoys sharing her love of dance with children of all ages as well as adults!
Prop Construction Basics
Interpreting the Bible
Basic 3D Design Class
Jonathan Ludwig has been working in the arts for 20 years, primarily in stage and set-building, but he has also studied stage combat, fencing and dance. As a youth he participated as a party child in the Royal Moscow’s ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ while they were on tour in Lynchburg Virginia. Some of Jonathan’s building credits include being a set-carpenter, and sub-contractor in fabrications for Thomas Road Baptist Church’s ‘Virginia Christmas Spectacular’ from 2009-2016, set fabricator on the award-winning Christian film ‘Polycarp’ and production designer for the bio-film ‘Hammer: The ‘Rootin’ for Regen’ Story’, where he met his wife, Adra. In total, Jonathan has worked on four feature films, and several short films. He is also a former fabricator for Answer in Genesis's "Ark Encounter" in Kentucky. Along with many years of experience in making custom wood projects, Jonathan holds a BFA from Viterbo University in Digital Media.
Creative Worship Flags 1 & 2
FFOZ Torah Club for Moms
Debbie Orta is a former homeschooling mother of three. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 27 years and homeschooled their 3 children from preschool through high school. They moved to East Tennessee from Pembroke Pines, Florida 10 years ago and have fallen in love with the Smoky Mountains.
She and her family have been active with Bezalel for 8 years where she has taught Creative Worship for the last 6 1/2 years. She has also taught "God's Girls", a purity/inward beauty class for girls 8-12 years old.
Debbie has over 18 years of experience in ministry including nursery, childrens' ministry, praise cheerleader squad, teen/youth group, praise dance team, expectant mothers prayer group, outreach ministry, choir, praise & worship leader and director of music ministry. She and her husband currently pastor a small congregation, Living Fire Worship Ministries in Friendsville where they teach the whole Bible from the Hebrew understanding in which it was originally written. Being a big supporter of Israel, Debbie thoroughly enjoys being a part of Bezalel and hopes to continue "passing the torch" on to the next generation.
Pam is a homeschool veteran of 22 years, graduating 4 children. She has been teaching Hebrew dance since 1990 in various Homeschool Co-ops around the Knoxville area. Pam has taught Little Praisers, Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Creative Worship, ,& Silk Dyeing. She has been a part of Bezalel since its inception. Pam is very excited to continue teaching Little Praisers. It is her heart to train the next generation to worship the Lord as David did, through the dance.
Hebrew & International Dance-
Jr. Praiser's, Beginner, & Intermediate
Kerri is a homeschooling mom who loves to worship and serve the God of Israel. She began taking the mom's dance class at Bezalel with Jean Mabry several years ago where she learned to praise God in the dance. She has also been involved with Benote Tzion and has been on a dance tour to Israel. Kerri has a heart to teach this special type of worship and praise. She also assists with Bible studies and prayer groups.
Hebrew & International Dance
(Jr. Praiser's, Beginner, & Intermediate)
Abby has been dancing at Bezalel for 6 years. She has been involved with For Zion's Sake and Benote Tzion and has also taken a dance tour to Israel. Abby wants to share her love for dance with others.
Digital Photography- Basic Techniques
I am a wife to an amazing hard working husband, a mom of 4 kids, and a former public school teacher. I am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. I fell in love with photography many years ago and was given the opportunity to teach beginner photography at a local co-op several years ago. It is so much fun teaching others how to capture bits of God’s creation behind a camera lens. I love teaching and have been homeschooling for 9 years.
Ligia Ceausu has been married for 18 years and is currently a full time homeschooling mom. She was born in Romania and lived in Southern California for 21 years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2004. Her interest in the Spanish language began in middle school and continued throughout high school. She went on to earn a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Linguistics. During and after her studies she assisted and taught in bilingual elementary school programs. After earning her M.A. she went on to teach ESL to adults at Cypress College. She has studied abroad in Argentina and has traveled to several Spanish speaking countries as well as Europe. Her exposure to and knowledge of three languages and cultures has opened the door to many wonderful opportunities. She not only loves to teach Spanish, but also desires that through her language classes her students will gain a greater love and admiration for the Master Creator, the one that makes language learning possible.
Mila and her family moved to America from Ukraine in 2007. She and her husband have been married for almost 19 years and have two children, Yevdokiya (which means "Good will of God"), and Nazar ("Dedicated to God"). They resided in both North and South Carolina before moving to Tennessee. They have chosen to homeschool their children and love the journey. Mila's husband was a pastor in Ukraine and God has blessed him with the opportunity of preaching in a Russian-speaking church here as well where Mila teaches Russian language for children. The Glushchenkos are happy to be a part of the Bezalel family and love to see its members pouring into each other.
Tales of the Kingdom
Molly Clark is the Mother of three, Lydia (12), Seth (10) and Josie (7) and wife to her better half, Kenyon. She has led a Bible study for young women for three years. She sees the need for girls to have open discussion about living in a sinful culture and how to align with God's Word to walk out the teen years for Him. Molly loves to craft with young adults and enjoys the opportunity to teach skills like jewelry and soap making.