Dawnshelle Wold - Director/Founder
Dawnshelle Wold graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, in 1995, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After a short career as a financial planning assistant in Minneapolis, she and her husband started a family, where she encountered the challenges of parenting three wonderful and educationally diverse children. To keep a similar schedule as her children, she became a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota. It was there that she witnessed students of all abilities simply fall through the cracks, including her own children. Her family’s homeschool journey began.
Upon moving to Wilmore after her husband joined the faculty at Asbury University, Dawnshelle served as a teacher and later Assistant Director for Yellow Wood Success Academy - a hybrid homeschool, formerly in Lexington, from 2016 until May of 2020. When the director of Yellow Wood moved and closed the school, a few parents and teachers urged Dawnshelle to venture forward and fill the void. In her experience, she realized that not everyone learns the same, and not everyone teaches the same. Everyone is unique. So, she chose to create a different type of school; an eclectic micro school where foundational skills would be mastered using a variety of teaching methods, including project-based learning, classical, traditional lecture, and Socratic seminar – all while encouraging community and creativity. This is Wilmore Crossing Academy.
Degree: B.A. Psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Teaching: Mad Skills
Favorite Food: Super-premium ice cream
Favorite Pastime: Riding roller coasters
Interesting Fact: I’ve jumped on top of the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Degree: B.F.A. Illinois State University,
M.A. Christian Ministries, Asbury Theological Seminary
Teaching: Art, Real Life Economics, Shark Tank, World Civilizations
Favorite Food: Bacon, Pineapple, and Cheese Pizza
Favorite Pastime: Decorating/ upcycling furniture
Interesting Fact: I am from a small town in rural Illinois, population 1,000.
Degree: M.A. Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.A. Theatre, Campbellsville University
Teaching: English, History, Spanish, Drama for the Stage
Favorite Food: Spinach
Favorite Pastime: Traveling
Interesting Fact: I’ve traveled to fifteen countries.
Degree: B.A. Education and K-12 Spec. Education concentration, DeSales University,
Currently working on M.A. in Math
Teaching: M.S. Math, Science, H.S. Literature, and Elementary Math
Favorite Food: Baked goods - cakes, pies, cookies - anything bad for me.
Favorite Pastime: playing board games
Interesting Fact: I’m learning to play the ukulele.
Degree: B.A. Biology, minors in Spanish and Computer Science, Transylvania University
Teaching: Math, Science, Spanish, Debate
Favorite Food: I love Asian food. Pad Thai is the best!
Favorite Pastime: Playing Pokemon Go!
Interesting Fact: I have a pet bearded dragon, Larry the Lizard
Degree: B.A. in Music Education, Texas State University
M.A. Education w/reading focus, Texas State University
Teaching: K-2 classes, ICAN classes
Favorite Food: Italian food
Favorite Pastime: Gardening
Interesting Fact: I have lived in seven different states in nine different cities.