Amanda Mohammed


Literature and Writing/Science

email: ignitehomeschool2020@gmail.com 

Amanda lives in breathtaking Western North Carolina with herr 5 children Ezra, Elize, Boaz, Zeb and Zeke. She enjoys camping with her children and homeschool friends many weeks out of the summer. 

Amanda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Carolina University.  She began her teaching career in the public school system in 2006. There she enjoyed teaching second and fifth grades. After several years, and with three children of her own, she began homeschooling her oldest child. She has been homeschooling since 2011 and loves the flexibility it lends to her family.

Two years into homeschooling Amanda began serving on her local Homeschooling Association Board of Directors. Here she helped lead a group of over 200 families. She was the director of Enrichment Classes for seven years.  Amanda began teaching online in 2019 and has expanded to tutoring in Reading using Barton Reading and Spelling. Her teaching style is laid back, student led, with a lot of technology and fun.   

Joanna Drechsel

Elementary Courses

Joanna and her husband have lived in Western North Carolina since 2017. They moved here from New Jersey with their three children. She enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and being actively involved in the local homeschool community. 

Joanna has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Richard Stockton College of NJ (Now, Stockton University). She started her career in the environmental field, working for a company that conducted remediation of oil spills/leaks. After her second child was born, her prayers were answered and she was able to be home full time. She was fortunate to have many homeschooling families within her church to introduce her to this amazing option. She has been homeschooling her children from the very beginning since 2014. 

Joanna currently serves on the board of our local homeschool co-op, Henderson County Homeschool Association (HCHA). There, she oversees activities and the care team. She also teaches enrichment classes through HCHA in the fall and spring. Her teaching style is hands-on! She always looks for opportunities to engage the students through projects, activities and fun hands-on learning.

Kylie Cochran


Kylie and her husband, Jeremy, live in Western North Carolina with their two high school age children. Apart from homeschooling, Kylie is the secretary at the church she attends and volunteers within education and special event ministries. Kylie also enjoys being the Troop Coordinator of a local American Heritage Girls Troop.

         Kylie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Harding University in Searcy, AR. She taught for 3 years in a public school system in NC. Even while getting her degree, she knew that she wanted to homeschool in order to better customize education for her children’s needs and provide schedule flexibility. She began homeschooling when her oldest was 4 years old. Over the years, Kylie has taught at a co-op, homeschooled another family, and tutored ESL adults in American English and Culture. She and her husband have been speakers at the annual North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) Thrive Conference in Winston-Salem and at local homeschool gatherings.

         This is Kylie’s first year teaching with Ignite and will be offering in-person Middle School Middle Ages History and High School American History in-person and online. During her homeschooling journey, she has grown to love history and how it connects the stories of people throughout time. To bring those events to life within their context, the classes will include hands-on activities and other projects.

Jeremy Cochran

High School Math/Religion/Communication

Jeremy and his wife, Kylie, live in Western North Carolina. They have two high school aged children that they have homeschooled for their entire education. Jeremy enjoys Legos, games, and duct tape projects. He is a deacon of education at the church he attends and leads men’s ministry activities. Jeremy and Kylie have been speakers at the annual North Carolinians for Home Education Thrive Conference in Winston-Salem and at a local homeschool conference. 

         Jeremy operates Cochran Christian Counseling and has been a NC Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 20 years. He is trained in EMDR, a process to help those who have experienced trauma. Jeremy has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication and Bible from Harding University in Searcy, AR.

         High School Psychology and Geometry will be Jeremy’s first classes with Ignite. His teaching style involves interactive discussion and projects. The classes will be taught from a Christian worldview.

Stephanie Tate

Music Education

Stephanie and her husband live in Edneyville, the heart of apple country, in Western North Carolina with their 3 children Gareth, Keaton, and Joyanna. She enjoys playing games with her family and singing at her church in the Mount Moriah Praise Band.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with a Concentration In Voice from Brevard College. She has also obtained a license to teach K-12 music in the public school system. After a few years of being a stay-at-home mom and substitute teacher, Stephanie began her homeschool journey in 2014 with her oldest son and has continued that journey with her 2 other children.

Stephanie's musical training began in 8th grade when she started private voice and piano lessons. Since then, she has performed in a variety of choral and band ensembles, and also as a solo performer at many different venues and events. She has been leading children's music for her church for over 10 years. For the past 4 years Stephanie has enjoyed teaching private voice and piano lessons. One of her greatest joys is witnessing her students' musical growth and seeing them share it with others.  

Kristen Gillem

MS/HS Home Economics/Life Skills

Kristen and her husband moved to Pisgah Forest 4 yrs ago with her three kids: Hannah, Leah and Andrew. She enjoys spending time with her family and horse every chance she gets. 

Kristen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She works from home as a pediatric nurse case manager taking care of kids with congenital heart defects facing surgery.

Kristen loves watching her kids learn and wants to help other kids gain confidence through learning. She has been homeschooling the last 6 yrs after pulling her kids from a private Christian school in Pennsylvania and has never looked back or considered any other options. She wants to engage children so they believe in themselves.