Laurie is a veteran home schooling mom of four amazing children and long-time freelance writer/teacher in the personal finance arena. She writes for a variety of well-known personal finance websites about saving, investing, retirement, debt payoff and giving. It is her passion to equip students to go out into the world with a solid understanding of how money works and how to use it to ensure financial peace and financial freedom in their lives.
Jeff is blessed to have received the Lord’s Call. In 2015 he became a District Nazarene Pastor. He praises and thanks our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this duty of servanthood. He is humbled to experience His Righteousness, Perfect Holy Character and Love in his life. Since 1973 he has trained in various martial arts earning a 8th Degree Black Belt – Master Level in CMA, 6th Degree Black Belt – Teacher Grade in Zu Wei Shu Kenpo, and a 3rd Degree Blue Belt – Internationally Certified Instructor in Tang Soo Do. He as taught many students for over 44 years ranging from ages 4-76. He has competed locally, regionally, nationally, and in 1982, placed 4th in the world on the USA Forms Team. He also retired from a successful 18 year career of Loss Prevention as a Corporate Director. Jeff believes it is not his power or strength that produces any success for him; rather it is the Lord “who gives us the ability to produce wealth” and he boasts of Him and nothing else. He teaches and preaches Christ crucified: Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. CMA is the collaborative efforts of the late Reverend & Dr. Charles Jackson, and Pastor Jeff. Together they developed Christ-centered Martial Artists (CMA) centering it all on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Calyssa Hall is a resident of Afton, Minnesota, and has worked for many years as a freelance director, stage manager, musician, production coordinator, lighting designer, and technician for professional and community theatres throughout the greater Twin Cities area. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in music and musical theatre from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Ms. Hall has taught drama in the Stillwater Area School District and has directed community education theatre programs in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul. In 2013, she founded the company “Only a Dim Image Dessert Theatre” that performed at The Southern Theater, Ritz Theater, and The Music Box Theater in Minneapolis. She then converted the company into a non-profit, where she currently serves as Executive Director for The Zephyr Theatre, a professional production company in Stillwater.
Cassidy Hall graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with degrees in Creative Writing, Music, and Musical Theatre. She has been actively involved with the arts for many years, and is trained in acting, singing, dance, public speaking, drawing, painting, and the various styles of technical and creative writing. She works as a director and instructor for The Zephyr Theatre, and a director for ACT Theater in the South Saint Paul Tri-District. She is also a professional photographer and a published writer. She worked as a writing tutor for UW-River Falls in the past, and currently works as a writing and performance mentor for StoryArk, and volunteers as an editor. Cassidy loves working with students, and plans to continue following her passions of teaching and helping students cultivate their own unique voices.
Karla Hall is an award-winning artist who has been teaching studio art for over 30 years, for both private and public schools at all levels, including AP Drawing. Her love of wildlife carries over into her painting. As a hunter, taxidermist, wildlife/animal rehabilitator, she has raised bear, wolves, and many other animals. These broad experiences have given her the knowledge and understanding of how to paint animals and their habitat. Working in many mediums, Karla primarily works in oils and acrylics. She enjoys the challenges presented by commissions to paint animals, pets, and people. Her work has been shown in many galleries. She is currently showing at the Stillwater Artist Guild Gallery and has paintings all over the world. After studying Commercial Art at Northwestern Bible College for several years, she studied the masters in a private Atelier. She currently lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, where she and her husband, John, raised and homeschooled their two boys.
Lynn and her husband, Kent, are in their eighteenth year of homeschooling. Lynn graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Communications major and minors in Political Science and Spanish. Over her time working in the private sector, she held numerous management roles. In 2006, she left full-time work to stay at home full-time with her seven children. She has served on homeschool boards since 2004, including Faith Christian Home Educators beginning in 2016. Her family has been a part of Faith since 2014. Lynn loves to teach about the wonders of God's beautiful creation. She is passionate about the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Government, and the God-given freedoms they provide when operating the way the Founding Fathers intended. She is very excited to continue working with the wonderful students and families at Faith!
Allison Kirchhoff is a former high school science teacher. She has also taught elementary and middle school science at another co-op and with independent small groups since she began homeschooling her three children in 2014. Allison has a B.S. in biology from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science education from the University of Minnesota. She is also active in science education as a STEM education grant evaluation consultant. In her free time, Allison enjoys gardening, reading, golfing, playing volleyball, and cross-country skiing. She looks forward to exploring God’s wonderful creation with the students at Faith!
Becky Knefelkamp has been teaching writing for over 25 years. She graduated from Bethel College with an elementary degree, taught fifth grade for St. Paul schools for four years, and then stayed home with her children. A friend challenged her to teach the writing class at their co-op and that started an adventure of digging for quality resources and checking out a variety of writing curriculums. She has written her own writing lessons using aspects of a variety of curriculums: The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), the Six Traits of Writing, Rhea Holtan’s research process, an excellent teaching book—Before the End, and others. Keith and Becky Knefelkamp have enjoyed over 35 years of marriage, raised four children, homeschooled them K-12 grade, and now are loving the era of the empty nest and grandchildren! She loves the Lord, loves kids, and loves to write, and is especially happy when the three can come together!
“My philosophy of writing is to be more of the encourager. Writing is so personal. It’s hard to trust another to read our work, so I want them to feel safe. When I grade assignments, I mainly look to see if they have included what I asked for. I believe the aspects of writing that I ask them to include WILL make their writing stronger. I believe that writing is a progressive skill, most of the time taking a few years to master, just like in math and science. Each year they build on their previous year’s skills until they come to a place where they can write in a strong way, finding their unique voice. But I do always see improvement in each student’s work from the beginning of the year to the end. I love that!”
Beth Kromer has been teaching for over twenty-five years in a variety of areas. She and her husband, Scott, have been homeschooling their 4 children since 2015. Beth graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Luther College. She is a private tutor and academic coach for students grades 6 thru 12 and teaches ACT/ PSAT/PreACT/ SAT/ GRE prep classes for high school and college students. Beth has been an Early-Childhood and Elementary classroom teacher and has an
active part of the preschool children's ministry at her church. She is passionate about providing help to all of her students, encouraging them to explore, be creative, and have fun with writing. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and spending time with her golden retriever, Sully. Beth is excited for the opportunity to follow in our previous teacher’s well-laid footsteps to continue to build confident writers.
Karla Moseley is a small town farm girl from Tyler, Minnesota. She attended Mankato State University and received a degree in K-6 Elementary Education, a minor in Spanish and later a Masters in Elementary Education. She taught for 10 years in the public school systems in Bloomington, Morris, Shakopee, and Inver Grove Heights. Karla has a strong passion for children who struggle with learning and made it her goal to make learning enjoyable for every student. What did she learn in 10 years---parents make the most significant difference in a child’s education bar none.
On April 1, 1997 Karla gave her life to Christ while attending Bible Study Fellowship. A month later she met her future husband. They married and when her first child was born, she stayed home. (Not really, she continued to work with children at church and Community Bible Study.) Karla officially started homeschooling when her oldest child was in second grade. He came home from school and declared, “I am stupid and I hate school!” Having worked with many children who were extremely right brained and knowing the Special Education system, she and her husband opted to homeschool. What a life altering, God centering change it was for them. Karla has been married for 22 years and has two boys and two girls—all teenagers.
Karla has a passion for children and serving the Lord through worship dance. She attended classes at Worship in Motion in Stillwater founded and taught by Barb Choneire. When her dear friend was ready to serve God in new ways, Karla decided to continue the program with her fellow dancer Crissa Evanoff. She has felt God calling her to grow this ministry where children learn to praise and worship God through Messianic & Christian music with tambourines, ribbons, flags, etc. With a new branch of Worship in Motion, comes a new name: Rejoice! Dance Ministries.
Psalm 150: 4 “Praise Him with timbrel and dancing,”
A favorite quote from Revival in Belfast’s Michael Coleman: “There is one thing we do one earth that we will continue to do in Heaven. That is to praise and worship God. That is why we view life on earth, for those who love Jesus, as choir practice for Heaven. To say that praise and worship is the most important category of music today is an understatement. In light of all that, there is no more important activity of the human heart than to praise and worship God. This is the reason we exist. This is our purpose.”
Sheila Myers has been teaching for over 20+ years and graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She taught grade six in St. Paul Public Schools for five years while earning her Master's degree in Education, and also pursuing coursework in gifted and talented education. In 1997 she took a position as a fourth grade teacher in the Centennial School district, and after four wonderful years, became a stay at home mom. About eight years later she took a position teaching at a center, where she floated and taught infants to preschoolers. During that time God led her to a Christian Montessori school where she assisted and taught in a multi-age grades 4-6 classroom, and where she continues to guide young minds. While her children were attending the Montessori school part-time, she homeschooled, which she loved and cherished the time spent educating her own children!
Sheila considers it a privilege to be able to work with homeschool families and understands the importance of parents being their children's first and most important teacher. This year at FCHE she is very excited to teach the Pre/K class, and share her love and knowledge of Minnesota History, US Geography, and love of reading with Book Club. Book Club originated from her tutoring a young boy on the other side of the world, and she is thrilled to share the fun and love of reading with children at Faith.
In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, Bible study and going on long bike rides with her family. Most of all she loves the LORD and feels led to embark on a new adventure at Faith Co-op this next school year.
Pam has thoroughly enjoyed teaching more than 150 people to play the piano over the last 35 years. She also plays for weddings and funerals and has been a church pianist for over 30 years. Pam and her husband live in North St. Paul, have 3 children, the youngest is just starting college, and are actively involved at Stillwater Evangelical Free Church.
Reed Sigmund is a local actor who has been performing on numerous Twin Cities’ stages over the past 21 years. He has also spent the past 15 years directing and teaching throughout Minnesota.
Sandy has held many positions in her career history. She has worked as a nurse, a blood service representative for the Red Cross, a medical sales manager and a business owner. Sandy has been a home school co-op teacher for many years, and loves every minute of it! She sees all of her students as precious gifts, and does her best to bring out their creative talents while showering them with the love of the Lord. Besides being a gratefully humble servant of the Lord, Sandy is a proud mother and grandmother, a loving sister, a faithful and beloved daughter, a voracious reader, consummate student, creative artist, and home schooling advocate. Sandy’s life is filled with love, joyful laughter and much happiness as she joins with creative and dedicated parents who teach their children in their own way. Sandy is humbled and considers it a great privilege to be able to share in this special time of learning and growing with our students.
Laura is the program coordinator for Encore Ensembles, band teacher, and K-3 General Music teacher. Laura is deeply passionate about providing the highest quality music education opportunities in small private and homeschool locations. As a teacher in private schools and having attended a small private school growing up, she understands the unique needs of the Encore Ensemble schools and homeschool locations. Laura graduated with an instrumental music education degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. She is presently a member of the National Association for Music Education, Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, Minnesota Band Director’s Association. Laura currently teaches at West Metro Homeschool, East Metro Homeschool, Burnsville Homeschool, and Saint Michael’s Catholic School for Encore Ensembles.
Laura also leads the band lessons.
Mike Tober is thrilled return for his second year Directing at FCHE! Mike has worked with various theaters and companies in the Twin Cities such as: The Guthrie, Old Log Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble, Zephyr Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Artistry, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Sidekick Theatre, Lyric Arts, Minneapolis Musical Theater, Chameleon Theatre, Theatre In The Round, Lakeshore Players Theatre, The Phipps Center for the Arts, & Actors Theater of Minnesota. Notable credits include: (as actor) Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Lysander/Flute in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing (Classical Actors Ensemble); Anitipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors,Damis in The Metromaniacs (Theatre In The Round); The Squip in Be More Chill (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); Emmett Forest in Legally Blonde The Musical (Paul Bunyan Playhouse); & Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Artistry); (as assistant director) Little Shop of Horrors Directed by Joe Chvala (Artistry); (as director) May The Musical Be With You (A.Y.N.E. Productions); Boeng Boeng; A Streetcar Named Desire (North Central University);Newsies!, Seussical Jr., James & The Giant Peach Jr. (The Zephyr Theater).
Madeline Trumble was born and raised in Berkeley, California. After graduating with a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan, Maddy moved to New York City. She has performed in multiple productions across the country, including Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. She was a member of the original Broadway cast of NEWSIES and has starred in iconic roles such as Mary Poppins in the North America tour of Disney’s MARY POPPINS, Elphaba in WICKED, and Anna in Lincoln Center’s THE KING AND I. Maddy has also performed with multiple regional theatres including: The Muny (Saint Louis, MO), TUTS (Houston, TX), ZACH Theatre (Austin, TX), Deaf West (Los Angeles) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA).
In her free time, Maddy loves playing with her dog and cat (Bobby and George), photography, sewing, jewelry making, knitting, painting, cookie decorating, and vegan cooking.
Deanne is a licensed Spanish teacher in Minnesota. She has taught public and private junior and senior high school Spanish and more recently weekly home school Spanish classes. Because she believes Spanish is a means to communicate with others, she enjoys going on mission trips with students and others to translate and serve Spanish-speakers in Latin America. She has taught with the Algebra for Kids program for many years and believes it is a great way for kids to understand and enjoy math! Using this methodology with her own children as she worked with them over the years of homeschooling has been a privilege with many rewards.