Jessica Arjet — Learning Creative Writing Through Literature,                     Ancient Cultures

jarjetJessica Arjet is the Youth Director and Co-Owner of the Hideout Theatre. She has been teaching classes both at the Hideout Theatre and through other educational venues since 2002. She is also the producer, director, and an actor in the award winning The Flying Theater Machine – The Hideout’s regular Sunday children’s show and traveling troupe. After graduating from the University of Texas, she worked as a social worker with foster kids, taught English as a second language to adults and children, and performed singing telegrams. Currently and since 1998, she has worked as a birthday party clown – Penelope Foolish. She also has two delightful children.

Melody Gillum — Back to Basics, Write to Create and Succeed, Math Sense, and Art

Melody Gillum

Melody Gillum is a native Texan with a Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Texas at Austin. For over 30 years, she has enjoyed teaching and training children in the classroom, the community, and at home. Melody and her husband Jon have been home schooling since 1988, using multi-level thematic unit studies to cultivate a love of learning in their family, which grew to include seven children. Melody’s goal as a teacher is to encourage her students in learning to think, learning to learn, and learning to live. She has volunteered as a home school co-op teacher, Sunday school teacher, home school mentor, and a sewing and needlecrafts teacher. She works as a math tutor, runs an alterations and mending business, and, in her spare time, writes, reads, sews, and attempts to garden.

Jamie Kraft – Geography, History of the Ancients

IMG_9047Jamie was raised on a horse ranch two miles from the Hill Country Academy and loves the outdoors. She has a wonderful older brother and blessed to have both of her parents–her Mom taught school for 26 years and instilled a love of learning–particularly in History and Geography. Jamie lived in San Marcos for seven years where she received her B.S. and M.A.G in Geography with a special emphasis on Natural Hazards and Cultural Geography. After college she lived in Slovakia for 3 years teaching English, History and Geography to bi-lingual students. She enjoys traveling, reading, the cinema, animals, and has discovered gardening!

John Maverick — Myth and Method, all levels

jmaverickJohn is a magician, inventor and former Rain Forest explorer. He is a performer by profession and shares his love of performing arts along with his personal experience and wisdom with students.


Holly Urbach — Director

Holly Williams Urbach has been homeschooling since 1993. She has enjoyed working with children since the age of eleven when she began babysitting. Holly has worked as a cub scout den leader, 4-H project activity leader, children’s ministries director, homeschool co-op teacher, Sunday school teacher, and taught children’s craft classes in her home. Holly and her husband, Joe, have been married since 1985 and have six children, five of whom are adults. Holly enjoys writing and has been published in the Texas Home School Coalition Review magazine, various homeschool publications and newsletters, and in House2House magazine. Holly’s other interests include gardening, physical fitness, interior decorating, and organizing.