HSLDA Online Academy | Chemistry


Master Teacher:  Holly Cozzie

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Holly Cozzie

MS, Loyola University Chicago
BS, Illinois State University

Holly Cozzie attended Illinois State University and graduated with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry. She earned her MS in chemistry at Loyola University Chicago, with a focus in biochemistry.

Her career in science began at Loyola University Chicago, where she worked as a laboratory teaching assistant while she was earning her master of science degree. She went on to teach chemistry, biology, and physics at the high school level and the college level. She has taught at San Antonio Christian High School, University of the Incarnate Word, Gloria Deo Academy, and in a homeschool co-op setting.

Holly has a passion for her Savior and His truth, order, and creativity that is revealed through chemistry. She finds chemistry to be a fascinating study of atoms, bonds, and the reactions of different chemicals. Ultimately, all other sciences are built upon chemistry, since everything is made from atoms. Holly looks forward to helping students learn how chemistry impacts life—from the human body held by covalent bonds, to the metallic structure of skyscrapers held by metallic bonds, to the many salts that we consume held by ionic bonds.

Holly has been married to her husband for 16 years and has five children. She homeschools, takes her children to sports activities, and takes care of many pets—a German shepherd, two cats, a bearded dragon, a tortoise, and fish. Some of her favorite activities are running, roller-blading, and swimming. She has run one marathon and three half-marathons. Holly is also a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship, where she and her family attend weekly.

Classroom Teacher:  Christian Dove

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Christian Dove

MPH, University of West Florida
BS, The Master's University

Christian Dove is a science educator, microbiologist, and global health consultant. A graduate of The Master’s University, he majored in cell biology with a minor in biblical studies. He began his research career with an internship at Baylor College of Medicine, where he investigated the impact of maternal nutrition on children during pregnancy. He then ventured into microbiology, where he began investigating a bacterium known for contaminating high-salt industrial products, such as leather tanning.

After graduating, Christian began working as a quality assurance microbiologist while concurrently studying for his master’s in public health at the University of West Florida. He has conducted consulting work with organizations such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). His present work focuses on the control of parasitic worms that cause disease predominantly throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. He will be undertaking work on a PhD in infectious diseases within the near future.

Christian has tutored high school sciences for nearly a decade (over 2500 tutoring hours), in addition to teaching intermittently in a classroom setting. In college, he provided two years of laboratory instruction for freshman chemistry and biology students in his capacity as an upperclassman teaching assistant. As a homeschooled student himself for most of his pre-college education, he relates well to students in homeschool settings.

As a believer in Christ and an academic, Christian has taken an enthusiastic interest in the fields of apologetics and bioethics. Although a scientist, he is also an avid history buff. His hobbies include calligraphy, white water rafting, and voice acting. Due to the nature of his work he lives between Lakes Charles, LA, and Atlanta, GA.

Classroom Teacher:  Von Sommerville

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Von Sommerville

BS, Howard University

Von Sommerville has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. She worked as a chemist and safety engineer for a space and technology company prior to transitioning to a full-time homemaker. She home educated her five children from kindergarten through high school and, for the past twelve years, has taught and tutored high school chemistry and high school and college algebra.

With many years of experience, Von understands the different learning styles and needs of Christian homeschooled students. She enjoys watching students who did not have an interest in science come alive as they discover God’s designs for the universe through the scientific concepts introduced in high school chemistry.

Von has been married for 30 years and has five adult children. Along with her husband, she serves as the administrator of a Christian homeschool support group and satellite program. When she is not serving the homeschool families in her PSP, she keeps busy taking biblical counseling classes at a local Bible college and organizing events for the homeless through her church ministry.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $495 for HSLDA Members/$545 for non-HSLDA Members. 

Description: In Chemistry, students will learn about the building blocks of our world and how they  interact with each other on a molecular level. Chemistry at HSLDA Online Academy will include lab work.

Chemistry w/Lab — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Closed – Section is Full

Mondays, 4:00–5:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Holly Cozzie
Section 2
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 10:00–10:45 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Holly Cozzie 

Section 3
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Eastern Mr. Christian Dove
Section 4
Closed – Section is Full
Mondays AND Wednesdays, 11:00–11:45 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Von Sommerville

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chemistry

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  • What topics will I learn about in Chemistry?

    Chemistry is a powerful tool for humans to use to help others while glorifying God. It is not enough to simply teach students chemical facts and manipulation techniques; this course strives to apply these techniques to real-world situations and interpret them with a biblical worldview. Some of the topics that we will cover in this course include:

    • Mathematics, calculations, and measurements in chemistry
    • Atomic structure and the periodic table
    • Chemical bonds, bond theory
    • Chemical reactions
    • Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases
    • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Am I ready to take Chemistry?

    Before taking Chemistry with HSLDA Online Academy, students should have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry. In addition, students will need to be able to read and write at the 10th grade level. Prior lab experience is not necessary for Chemistry.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Chemistry class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Chemistry?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for Chemistry?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!