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Advanced Theatre & Film-Acting
Intro to Film-making
Adra has been teaching theatre classes for 15 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.
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.
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
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 five 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, she decided to be a witness in the larger art community and shows a couple of pieces a year in shows downtown, seeking to portray biblical themes.
Sewing 101, 201, & 301
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 subjects 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. where Julia taught sewing to 4-Hers. She has been homeschooling for 17 years and reached the end of that journey when the last of her three children graduated 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.
Quilting by Hand
Sock Monkeys and Cloth Dolls
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.
Quilting by Hand
Sock Monkeys and Cloth Dolls
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, & Advanced Ballet
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.
Clair Isenhower has attended Bezalel since kindergarten, and now that she has graduated High School, she is stepping into the exciting role of teacher. Clair has extensive experience onstage and backstage. She has filled many roles in plays at Bezalel, both in acting and dance, and enjoys behind the scenes work in the theater, and film world. She has also worked on several short films, as camera operator, continuity, and many other jobs. Clair loves to act and work for the Lord, and has a passion to teach the younger generation what she has learned. She hopes to instill the confidence she feels she was given while under the discipleship at Bezalel.
Biblical Holidays Crafts
Jessie is a wife and mother of 5, two of those being homeschool graudates. She enjoys hobby farming, crafting, and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Jessie loves to "plant seeds" for Jesus by working alongside children and helping them to see where their mission is.
Decorative Faux (Illusion) Finishes Painting
Fall-Winter Holiday Landscape Fine Art Painting & Fun
Painter of Heavenly Skies l
Fine Art Murals I Domes I
Marble Columns I Decorative Painting
Jill is a very proud mother of three children, grateful and inspired by Jesus and seeks truth as she continuously grows a loving relationship with her father. She has been blessed with eighteen years of professional, full time Decorative Artistry as an entrepreneur painting and designing murals and decorative wall finishes in interior homes and commercial buildings. Jill Stone Studios was awarded the 2018 and 2020 Best of the Best Award in her industry. Achieving many professional and academic awards, achievements, and milestones during eight years in human resource management for top Fortune 50 companies and for the government as the Director of Quality, for Dept. of Energy, Technical Information Managements Services. Jill academically holds a Degree in Organizational Management, minor in Psychology, Specialization of Marketing, many Certificates in Employment Law, Welding, Decorative Painting and Drafting.
Jill is passionate about her purpose in teaching children and adults what she has learned and been blessed.
Rachel Cascarelli is a veteran educator with over two decades of experience in the classroom. Mrs. Cascarelli is Montessori trained and passionate about working with preschool students. She has led dozens of children into the joys of music and the fun of beginning performance. Mrs. Cascarelli will be assisted by James Cascarelli, who is adept at working with and encouraging young students to help them gain the most from their class time.
Film & Stage Prop Construction
Intro to Stage & Film Combat
Biblical Personal Finance for Youth
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 and recent “grand-Mimi” of one. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 32 years and homeschooled their 3 children from preschool through high school. They moved to East Tennessee from Pembroke Pines, Florida in 2008 and have called the Smoky Mountains home ever since.
The Ortas have been part of the Bezalel family since fall of 2008. In 2009 Debbie began teaching Creative Worship, starting with just one class and quickly expanding to 2 classes, Beginners & Advanced. She has been teaching the Vocal Coaching class for 3 years and in the past has taught "God's Girls", a purity/inward beauty class for girls 8-12 years old. Eric sounds the Shofar every year at Bezalel’s end-of-the-year recital, and son, Gianni has worked with the sound crew for the past few years. Their 2 daughters, Christina and Diamond have also participated with Bezalel’s Creative Worship, Ballet and Hebrew dance classes.
Debbie has over 22 years of experience in ministry including nursery, children’s ministry, praise cheerleader squad, teen/youth group, praise dance team, ladies’ prayer team, expectant mothers’ prayer group, outreach ministry, theater ministry, clown ministry, choir, praise & worship leader and director of music ministry. She and her husband currently pastor a small congregation in Maryville where they teach the whole Bible from the Hebraic perspective and also lead a Torah Study every other week in their home. (The Tuesday morning Moms’ Torah Study at Bezalel is an extension of this.) 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
Speech & Communication
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.
Ballroom & Latin Dance
Young Woodworkers Craft Club
Latin for Children 1
Renee has had a passion for the arts and dance for as long as she can remember. As a child she studied several styles of dance but as an adult her focus has been in Ballroom and Latin dance. Having taught Ballroom for almost 20 years now, she enjoys educating in both a private class setting as well as group classes. Raised in a suburb just north of Atlanta, Georgia, Renee moved to Knoxville in 2000 to attend Johnson University and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies and Counseling. Renee and her husband Colin married in 2007 and have four young children that she homeschools, which has been a dream come true for her. With devotion to following Christ and a deep appreciation and love for dance, Renee seeks to pass on her knowledge and skill set to young students who also have a desire to learn.
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
Keela Czerkies loves getting creative with kids; learning about and exploring God's creation can be messy, hands-on fun!. She began working with children and youth ministries in 1991. She started homeschooling in 2012, and began teaching classes in her homeschool co-ops and tutoring for Classical Conversations. Embracing the Bezalel goal of glorifying God in the arts, she's excited to join this community!
Hebrew 101- for Mom's (DVD series)
Sarah Watkins is a homeschool mom of two. Since joining Bezalel, she has wanted to start learning Biblical Hebrew. What better way than to learn together with friends !