• Angela McKee
    Angela McKee
    Senior Administrator
  • Lynn Knowlton
    Lynn Knowlton
    Director of Academics & Counseling
  • Tyler Parkerson
    Tyler Parkerson
    Director of Information & Technology
  • April Parkerson
    April Parkerson
    Director of Marketing/Events & Global Development
  • Bryanna Cash
    Bryanna Cash
    Administrative Assistant & Office Manager
  • Lance Cummins
    Lance Cummins
    Business Finance Manager, HLA Prep & Sports Director
  • Kelly Voyles
    Kelly Voyles
    Admissions & Account Mgmt Team Leader
  • Toni Garner​­
    Toni Garner​­
    Billing & Financial Services Team Leader
  • Jackie May
    Jackie May
    Incoming Records Team Leader
  • Katie Voyles
    Katie Voyles
    Outgoing Records Team Leader
  • Kennedy McKee
    Kennedy McKee
    Outgoing Records Team
  • Ted May
    Ted May
    Building Maintenance
  • Rachel Adams
    Rachel Adams
    Assistant Office Manager, Staff Events, Blue Eagle Store
  • Bry England
    Bry England
    Receptionist
  • Bob Broadus
    Bob Broadus
    Incoming Records & Social Security
  • Kailey McKee
    Kailey McKee
    Marketing Assistant & Intern Team Leader
  • Julie Riddle
    Julie Riddle
    Admissions Assistant
  • Emily Thomas
    Emily Thomas
    Receptionist
  • John Moore
    John Moore
    Outgoing and International Records & Information Technology
  • Jennifer Smeltser
    Jennifer Smeltser
    Digital Content Producer - HLA Blog & Newsletter
  • Student Intern Team
    Student Intern Team
    Marketing & Social Media
Angela McKee
Senior Administrator

HLA Team Member since 2011
Senior Administrator – 
Daily Operations, Financial Affairs, Business Management

I began working with HomeLife Academy in 2011 looking for extra part-time work to help my family.  My husband and I were working our own business and I was homeschooling our four girls.  It didn’t take long to see what a wonderful ministry and company I found myself associated with and immediately moved into a more permanent, full-time position with HLA.  With my husband being on disability and our business becoming harder and harder for him to be able to work, this was an awesome opportunity for me to help support our family and to also do something I love. I have worked in management, accounting and business for many years and enjoy contributing to and seeing businesses grow.  

Homeschooling my girls has always been my desire and through working at HLA I have been able to continue doing that as well.  My oldest daughter graduated from HomeLife Academy in 2013 and is currently working for HLA.  I have a daughter that is a Senior this year and has been a part of the Student Intern Team.  I have two other daughters currently in middle and elementary school.  I have worked in the Records Department moving into a Team Leader position and on to Assistant Administrator.  I serve HLA in the role of Senior Administrator handling the day to day operations of HLA as well as taking care of the accounting and financial tasks for the company.  One of my greatest joys at HLA is meeting the needs of our staff.   We have an incredible group of people that surround me everyday with laughter, encouragement and friendship. I find working for them and making their jobs easier fulfills me.  Family comes first and the freedom and flexibility that HLA offers our families also flows through to our staff.  It also gives us the incredible opportunity to work around those of like faith who pray and support each other and become our “other” family to lean on.  

Lynn Knowlton
Director of Academics & Counseling

HLA Counselor since 2003
Counseling Team Leader
HLA Archway & Nest Director,
Admissions Counselor, SE Counselor,
CollegePlus


Hello from the Knowlton family. My husband, Jimmy and I raised our two children on a small farm east of Memphis, Tennessee.  Although we began teaching our children from birth, our homeschooling journey officially began in 1998 when our firstborn became school age.  Our daughter, an HLA graduate, is now graduated from college and married.  Through the CollegePlus program, our daughter was able to continue homeschooling while she pursued her first Bachelor’s’ degree.  At eighteen years of age, she had earned her HLA High School Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  In 2011, she went off to college and earned a second Bachelor’s in math and physics. Our son received his HLA High School diploma in May of 2014 and is now away at college pursuing a bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems.

Over the years, there have been a couple of sayings that have helped me focus on the big picture. My husband’s grandmother used to say, “Honey, never let school get in the way of a good education”. The other was a quote I saw one time but never forgot. Einstein quoted, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. These two sayings helped shape my philosophy of education. Homeschooling was not something our family did from 8:00-3:00, Monday through Friday; it was a way of life, every day. Instead of simply filling our children’s heads with random facts, we viewed all of life as part of their education. Consequently, we focused on the foundational skills of our children’s education and Godly character, trying to stay focused on our goals and keep a big picture perspective in mind. Ultimately, we wanted our children to be leaders, thinkers and problem solvers. We also wanted them to be able to learn information from reading, to be able to communicate effectively both verbally as well as written, and be able to understand and solve problems.

We also wanted our children to learn how to learn, as well as be self-disciplined, self-motivated, and able to take responsibility for their own education. Most importantly, We wanted to keep a balance between academics and allowing our children to pursue whatever God was calling them to be. By prayerfully choosing the most important formal academics (reading, writing, and arithmetic), we allowed more time for them to pursue their areas of interests, gifts, and talents. In addition, they had time to travel and be very involved in church and leadership activities. Although our children’s education looked different from our friends’ children, whether homeschooling or not, it was unique to our family.  It enabled our children to discover and develop their passions as they began to seek God’s will for their lives.

Homeschooling was a learning adventure for my husband and me as well……We learned to listen more to the voice of the Holy Spirit for guidance and to pray for Godly wisdom. In addition, we learned not to worry so much about what everyone else was doing but rather to pay attention to each child’s learning style and adapt accordingly. We learned to train our children in the way God wanted them to go…not in the way my friend’s children should go. God’s plan for your child is likely very different from any other child. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do things differently than your friends, neighbors and relatives. God created your children uniquely and has a special plan for each one.

We are here to help you succeed with your homeschooling goals. If you need assistance my email is lynn@homelifeacademy.com.

May God bless you and your family.

Tyler Parkerson
Director of Information & Technology

HLA Team Member since 2009
Programming, Software Development, Web Design, & Content Strategy

I have been with HomeLife since 2009.  I’m here behind the scenes managing our web servers and overseeing the continual development of our sites and grade reporting system. I am passionate about technology and I’m passionate about seeking ways to use it that will simplify our homeschooling lives and allow us to focus on our kids education.  My wife, Jennifer, and I reside in Melbourne, FL, and have two wonderful boys that we are homeschooling.  

April Parkerson
Director of Marketing/Events & Global Development

Co-Founder of HLA
Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Board Secretary,
Director of Global Development

When David and I started HomeLife Academy in 2003, we were just a couple of young kids with little babies, *zero* practical homeschool experience, and a whole lot of faith that God would bless this idea He gave us.  Since the beginning, I have done practically every job at HLA, from counseling to records secretary to finances, and everything in between, and did these jobs with either a baby in utero or nursing (and sometimes, both!).

Today, I dabble in many areas of administration – from helping out with the billing and approval teams, to helping International groups within HLA. But the part of my job I am most excited about is my position as Events Planner!  I love, love, love planning all kinds of events!  But mostly, I love that I can encourage and uplift our staff members so that they may, in turn, encourage and uplift our HLA families.

Through this journey, the Lord has blessed us in so many ways; not only with our 6 beautiful children, but also with our amazing staff that came along side of the two of us at just the right moment, and blessed HLA to really flourish and minister to families in a way that we could never imagine.  David and I are continually blown away with how God has used HLA to bring families together.  We give Him all the Glory because every good thing comes from Him, and not of our own strength.

 

Bryanna Cash
Administrative Assistant & Office Manager

HLA Team Member since 2013
Administrative Assistant & Benefits 

 

My name is Bryanna Cash. I joined the staff of HomeLife Academy in 2013 as the administrative assistant. I am a homeschool graduate and have a heart for our families. I grew up in upstate New York, love to travel, and enjoy spending time with my husband, Phillip. HLA provides me the opportunity to work in many various areas which keep my job exciting. I assist with board and leadership duties, accounting, events, and many other things as it relates to supporting the administrative team. I am also a support person to the office staff helping to fill whatever needs they may have. It gives me great joy to work with my brothers and sisters in Christ as well as the homeschooling families that are a part of HLA.

Lance Cummins
Business Finance Manager, HLA Prep & Sports Director

HLA Team Member since 2016
Business Finance Manager, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Corporate Maintenance, HLA Prep & Sports Director, Payroll/Human Resources

I started working with HLA in Aug 2016 as a financial/bookkeeping assistant. I received my MBA in May 2017.  I was homeschooled as a missionary kid and grew up in Thailand. After leaving Thailand, I spent some time in Arkansas and Mississippi and have now settled in Jackson, TN.  When I first heard about HLA, I thought that it was the most amazing business that I had ever heard about. It is awesome how HLA’s mission is to serve homeschool families and I am very excited to have the opportunity to help HLA achieve that mission.

Outside of work I love spending time with my beautiful wife, Kelsey, and our son, Andrew. I love running, and I also work as a personal trainer.

 

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Kelly Voyles
Admissions & Account Mgmt Team Leader

HLA Team Member since 2011
Admissions & Account Management Team Leader,
Admissions Approval, International Families,
Student Verification, Government/Legal Issues

I have had the pleasure of working for Homelife Academy since October of 2011. I am the Admissions and Account Management Team Leader. My responsibilities consist of approving enrollment for new and returning families, reviewing grade and attendance reporting three times a year, assisting the Billing Department and handling requests concerning any legal matters from the Department of Children Services, Board of Education or the court system.

The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband, four children and three grandchildren. My husband and I have been married since 1998 and live in Carroll County, Tennessee. My favorite hobbies and stress release are riding my horse Misty, working in and around the barn and date nights with my husband. It has been a blessing to work for a company that is family oriented and shares in the same Christian faith in Jesus Christ.

Toni Garner​­
Billing & Financial Services Team Leader

HLA Team Member since 2006
Billing & Financial Services Team Leader,
Billing, Scholarships, Payment Plans,
Fundraising

I have been working with HLA since 2007 and am so blessed to be a part of a great company. My current position is Billing & Financial Services Team Leader. I handle all payments that come into the office, invoicing, ACT/SAT waiver forms, Scholarships, Payment Plans, as well as other fundraisers, among other duties.

I have been married to my husband since 1991; we have 3 grown children (whom we homeschooled through all their schooling years) and 3 beautiful grandchildren that keep me busy. I am blessed and thankful that HLA allows me the flexibility I need to enjoy time with my family.

Jackie May
Incoming Records Team Leader

HLA Team Member since 2011
Incoming Records Team Leader,
Records Requests for New Students

I have been working at Homelife Academy since 2011.  I am the Incoming Records Team Leader.  My husband, Ted, and I have been married since 1986, and we reside in Pinson, TN. Ted also works on the Incoming Records Team. We have three children and eight grandchildren. We started our  journey with homeschooling our youngest daughter in the fifth grade.

We are devoted Tennessee Vols Fan (Go Big Orange) and love taking vacations, especially to the beach and mountains. We are active members of Gospel Light Baptist Church. We have hosted three international exchange students over the years, from Czech Republic, Hong Kong and South Korea. My favorite thing about working at HomeLife is the Christian fellowship we share in the workplace.

Katie Voyles
Outgoing Records Team Leader

HLA Team Member since 2012
Outgoing Records Team Leader
Withdrawals, Transcripts, Dual Enrollment,
Graduation Packets & Diplomas, Proof of Enrollment,
International Apostille/Legalization

I have been working at HomeLife Academy since 2012. My area consists of transcripts, diplomas, dual enrollment, and proof of enrollment. My favorite part of working with HomeLife is watching students grow! It is fun to graduate seniors and see them accomplish what they set out for. I feel blessed being brought into a family that continues to grow.

Kennedy McKee
Outgoing Records Team

HLA Team Member since 2012
Driver’s License Forms, Student/Teacher IDs,
ACT/SAT Data Entry, Good Student Discounts,
Work Permits


I have been with HLA since the Spring of 2012.  I graduated from HomeLife Academy and began working during my senior year helping with DL forms, data entry, and scanning documents and later began doing IDs.  I enjoy what I do and am excited to be a part of helping meet student’s needs.  I am lucky because I get to see many of our students’ and parents’ faces since I am the one who produces the student/teacher IDs that are requested. If there is anything I can do to help or make things easier for you, do not hesitate to let me know.

Ted May
Building Maintenance

HLA Team Member since 2013
Building Maintenance 

I work part-time to help out on the Incoming Records Team but recently transitioned to full-time building maintenance which is the work I love to do.  I worked to keep the building and grounds in tip-top shape and help to take care of students needs when in the building.  I worked about 29 years as a truck driver, and owned my own janitorial business for 19 years.  After retirement, began working alongside my wife, Jackie, at HomeLife Academy. We have three children and eight grandchildren.

We are very involved with our church and love taking family vacations, especially to the Great Smoky Mountains. I love working with good people that love Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and each other at HomeLife.  (Go Big Orange)

Rachel Adams
Assistant Office Manager, Staff Events, Blue Eagle Store

HLA Team Member since 2016
Office Manager, Staff Events, Blue Eagle Store Manager, Fundraisers/Box Tops Coordinator, Billing Assistant and Communications (Email List Mgmt)

As a public school graduate, I never thought my journey in life would lead me to homeschool my kids. When my youngest was in second grade the reality of the environment my kids were immersed in every day caused us to reevaluate our schooling options. On our budget, homeschooling won hands down. We have had an amazing adventure so far. (My husband and I have two amazing and flexible kids.) Yes, there have been days full of tears and throwing our hands in the air; but there have been many more days of adventure and tons of the “best day ever”.

After a sudden job and income change, we realized that it was time for me to go back to work part-time. After a while, I got a call to come to HomeLife. It has been a blast so far. I love being able to help other homeschooling families and I love the people I get to work with every day. I currently handle the withdrawals on the Outgoing Records Team, manage our Blue Eagle Store, and serve as an administrative and billing assistant. I could never express how much of a blessing this has been for our family and how God has orchestrated it all so perfectly.

I am excited to be on this great adventure with all of you as we grow and learn what it is to homeschool. Thanks for being part of my family and welcoming me into yours.

Bry England
Receptionist

HLA Team Member since 2017
Receptionist – Incoming Records & Communications

My name is Bryanna England but, around here, I go by “Bry” (pronounced “Bree”). I am one of the receptionists here, so I’m often the first voice you will hear when you call HLA! I love working here and I adore serving the homeschool community.

I graduated from HLA, in 2012, and felt well prepared to move forward in furthering my education. I went on to Union University and graduated in 2016 with a bachelors in Psychology and a bachelors in Theatre. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree in Union’s graduate program.

I definitely stay busy as I also teach highschool theatre and swing dance lessons in the community.

I am proud to be part of the HomeLife Academy team and I love being able to give back. Homeschooling was the best gift that my parents ever gave me. Homeschooling gave me the tools to be a life-long learner. Having a teachable spirit is so important and Homelife Academy allowed me to foster a desire for personal and academic growth. And I’m STILL benefiting from being part of the HLA family!

Bob Broadus
Incoming Records & Social Security

HLA Team Member since 2011
Social Security & Disability, High School Grade Entry, and Duplicate Accounts

I joined the HomeLife team in November 2011.  My previous calling in life was in software engineering which moved me from the suburbs of Chicago to Jackson in 1991.  Then following the .com bubble bursting, I was working at various manual labor temp jobs in Jackson.  I was happy to come on board at HLA to help meet the needs of homeschooling families and students.


I hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science which was earned at the University of Illinois College of Engineering. This knowledge has come in handy at HLA for taking care of the technical support needs for families and staff.


I am a member of the Old Hickory Church of Christ and also enjoy singing with the Casey Jones Barbershop Chorus. I have also volunteered to be a mentor with tnAchieves as the partnering organization for the Tennessee Promise Scholarships.


My wife Phyllis, who is on HomeLife Academy’s Counseling Team, and I were married in 1987. We have two daughters, who are HomeLife Academy alumni and who both received degrees from Florida College (one of them was student number 39 with HLA way back when HLA first began).

Kailey McKee
Marketing Assistant & Intern Team Leader

HLA Team Member since 2017
Marketing Assistant & Intern Team Leader

Meet Kailey. Kailey is an ambitious, super-stylish, humble, nearly-perfect human that works at HomeLife Academy. Kailey is writing this bio right now, but she’s pretty sure the entire staff would agree with the statement above.

Hi, I’m Kailey McKee. I am a senior at HomeLife Academy and will be graduating this year. I have homeschooled since birth and I love it. I started working at Homelife Academy in January of 2017, but I have been involved with the staff for much longer. I am the assistant to the Director of Marketing and Events, April Parkerson, which virtually means I have the best job in the office. Being April’s assistant has provided me with various opportunities to help and assist the entire staff, so I am all over the place and ready to help when and wherever.

I’m, also, the current Marketing Internship Team Leader. I have a team of interns that produce amazing content and I am honored to lead these talented high schoolers this year. It helps that I have a passion for bossing peo… I mean leading and helping others. I have been a part of this internship since 2015. I was the Social Media Content Coordinator the first year and decided to come back the second year as the photographer and Instagram Content Coordinator. This internship has provided me with endless opportunities and invaluable work experience.

I, truly, am blessed to be here.

Lots of Love, Kailey McKee
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. … Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Julie Riddle
Admissions Assistant

HLA Team Member since 2017
Admissions Assistant & HomeLife Tutorial

Hello from the Riddles! My husband, Bill and I have been married for 29 years. We are blessed with 3 amazing children. Our daughter, a homeschool graduate, and two boys in high school. We officially began homeschooling in the early 90’s. Through the years it has been my passion to help others began their own homeschooling journey. I have had the pleasure of working with several homeschool support groups in the Nashville and Jackson areas.

I began working with HomeLife Academy officially this past summer. I work with the Records Department. I am also the Classroom Administrator, High School Teacher and a Board Member for HomeLife Tutorial. Through the years I have been thankful for the support that HomeLife Academy offers to homeschoolers. Now, I am even more thankful that I am blessed to be able to do what I love with the greatest people ever. Working with the tutorial and HomeLife Academy makes me happy, happy, happy!

Emily Thomas
Receptionist

HLA Team Member since 2016
Receptionist – Incoming Records & Communications

My name is Emily Thomas. I have been working with Homelife Academy since the summer of 2016. I am a proud HLA graduate! Ever since I began my journey with HLA I knew there was something special about this company. I love working in such a loving Christian environment. The staff here are all so friendly and helpful.  I am currently doing withdrawals, assisting with incoming records, and the back-up receptionist. I look forward to spending many more years as a part of the HLA family!

John Moore
Outgoing and International Records & Information Technology

HLA Team Member since 2017
Outgoing and International Records & Information Technology

My name is John Daniel Moore, but I normally just hear “John!” I work with international students and the behind the scenes of Homelife. I make sure the phones and computers stay running, so we can keep helping! I joined Homelife in September 2017, and I hope to stick around.

I graduated with Homelife in 2015, and I could not have asked for a better education. I am now attending Jackson State Community College and plan to graduate this December with an Associate’s in Software Development.

I am ecstatic to work with Homelife Academy and help other students receive a good education. Homeschooling has prepped me to self-teach, self-drive, and to be motivated to learn more. I’m always learning new things at Homelife, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Jennifer Smeltser
Digital Content Producer - HLA Blog & Newsletter

HLA Team Member since 2015
Digital Content Producer, HLA Blogger

Although I have been homeschooling for eight years, I still consider myself a newbie; I learn so many new things each year. Before my husband, David, and I were married, we decided homeschooling was the path we would take for educating our children. It has been an interesting experience that started with us questioning our decision and culminating with a sense of confidence as we continue to listen to and lean on God for His direction in our school. Although homeschooling is a lot of work, I totally love it and am happy my three children still enjoy having me as their teacher. I am just thankful I am able to stay-at-home and learn together with my children. Our school continues to lean heavily towards Classical, with an eclectic slant. One day, I will be able to explain how that is possible, to someone.

I am a writer by profession and began working at HomeLife Academy in 2015 as the Digital Content Producer and writing the monthly newsletter. We were already an HLA family and now I am a part of the HLA team that is blessed to serve other homeschooling families like mine. I enjoy reading, the outdoors, running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures; just ask my children. When I am not at the chalkboard, you may find me writing for Tennessee families at Kid Madison, a blog for kids, teens and families, and at Homeschool Roster, a listing of field trips, educational and fun events and news for homeschoolers.

Student Intern Team
Marketing & Social Media

HLA launched its student intern program in January 2016, with a focus on growing its marketing team.  It is a program that will continue through the summer and is open to HLA juniors and seniors in the areas of communications/social media, graphic design, photography, and videography.

The 2016/2017 Student Intern Team is under the leadership of Kait Martin, a Senior at Union University, graduating in the Spring with a degree in Public Relations.  Her team consists of HLA Students Hannah Gatti (Graphic Design-Media), Hannah Jones (Graphic Design-Yearbook), Kailey McKee (Photography), , Nathan Parkerson (Videography), and Madeline Rudder (Social Media).

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The interns meet with the HLA Leadership Team and other staff to discuss marketing related topics in the areas of Social Media Management, Photography, Videography and Graphic Design. They also attend mini-sessions throughout the semesters presented by working professionals in the marketing field, who discuss many different topics.

HLA wants the intern program to be a real learning experience for students. As with all aspects of homeschooling, we believe hands-on application is often the best way for that to happen. Students may also earn academic credit for the position.


2015/2016 – Under the team leadership of Hannah Hartig, an HLA graduate and current Marketing and Public Relations major at Union University, HLA students Eli Chamley, Alyssa Hartig, Kailey McKee and Jerrica Voyles are the first team of students to participate in this student intern opportunity.

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