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Meet Our Tutors

Carrie Andersson

Carrie has combined her love of cooking and traveling since her first childhood attempt at recreating European rolls that is remembered by her brothers as “the bullets.”  After graduating from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA and spending a year with Youth for Christ in South Africa, she became the second third-generation pilot in her family before meeting her future husband, also a pilot.  Marriage brought extensive shoe-string budget traveling and the delight of bringing new tastes and cultures and friends into their home.  Raising three kids and home schooling have been added to her passions during the past 15 years.  When not at the library or in the kitchen, Carrie prefers being outdoors: xc skiing, paddle boarding, camping,exploring and gardening. She’s always on the lookout for edible berries and mushrooms in the woods and will definitely stop to pick them!  

Karla Faith

Karla's professional career includes studio painting and drawing as well as commissioned murals. She has been an artist and teacher throughout her career, and her work has been traditional and representational. Her teaching includes painting, drawing, fundamentals of art, art history, art appreciatiion, sculpture, and courses in creativity. She bases her teaching in art history both in imagery and materials. Karla has taught all levels and ages of artists from children to seniors, professionals and beginners. She has taught in a variety of settings including public schools, private schools, Universities, community education, professional schools, and museum programs. 

In retirement Karla continues to pursue her love of art through producing artwork and teaching. 

Sr. Jeff Goodwin, Sr

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, 5th 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.

Cassidy Hall

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.

Kimberly Hanson

I'm excited to tutor Science this year! I graduated from Coe College with a BA in Biology and Secondary Education with a collateral major in Environmental Science. In Science, we get to satisfy our intrinsic curiosity as we study how God's world works. I am a licensed Science teacher but have been joyfully staying home to raise and educate my children for the past three years. My husband and I have six children, ages 0 to 13. We enjoy camping and hiking as a family.

Jason Harms

Hey, I’m Jason Harms. I’ve enjoyed singing for as long as I can remember. Since my college days in the early 1990’s, I’ve had a jazz quintet that I sing in and play guitar with and, by God’s grace, we have had the sweet opportunity to play all around the world singing the Gospel and listening to people from other cultures. There is always music, and I love how a melody can connect people where a language barrier may exist. Since 2001 I’ve been directing the Jazz Orchestras at Bethel University. Feel free to visit www.jasonharms.com for a better introduction. My wife and I have homeschooled five kids and we love the opportunities that this mode of education allows for with the attention given to the individual development of each student’s skillset and interests. I hope to foster new musical friendships with your students.

 

Lynn Kern

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!

Becky Knefelkamp

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! smiley She loves the Lord, loves kids, and loves to write, and is especially happy when the three can come together! smiley

“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

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.

Jaclyn Mack

Jaclyn Mack works with The Zephyr Theatre as a resident artist and teaching artist. She grew up in a large Catholic family, the second oldest of eight children. Raised on a working hobby farm, operated almost entirely by the children, Jaclyn was homeschooled from fourth grade through high school. With a rich background in public speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication, instruction/training as well as accents and dialects, Jaclyn is ecstatic to be working with FAITH Christian to engage students in the art of Speech.

Karla Moseley

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

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 Olson

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.

Ashleigh Peltier

Ashleigh is a lifelong nature lover, writer, artist, and group leader who believes nature provides the best spark for meaningful learning. She is deeply passionate about nature journaling as a method of recording what we learn about creation's beauty and function, and has been teaching quirky, fun, approachable nature journaling workshops for several years. Ashleigh loves gathering people outdoors to connect, learn, and grow, leading nature-based learning groups several times every week and large women's retreats several times a year. Ashleigh has her BA in Strategic Communications from the University of Minnesota and left her career in corporate marketing to homeschool several years ago.  

Kathryn Silvers

Kathryn started teaching in 1981 in Tulsa at Grace Christian Academy and found a love for helping students discover and learn.  In Minnesota she homeschooled her daughter between 4th and 10th grade, and is delighted to have the opportunity to come alongside parents, who are their child's first and best teachers.  She served as a Children's Pastor and Worship pastor over the years, but being a mother was always her highest calling.

After her daughter left for college, Kathryn returned to college to get her BS in Education (with a minor in science), started to teach in Burnsville School District for over 20 years, and got her Master's in Education with Saint Mary's University (focusing on how the brain learns).  She taught from kindergarten through college, as a science specialist, classroom teacher, instructing other teachers to teach science, math, reading and writing. She developed science curriculum for Burnsville and has a passion for making science student-friendly.  

Her philosophy of education is constructive, believing students learn more when they talk rather than listen (although some information to begin with is necessary), and students learn more when they "do", rather than watch.  It is her intention to facilitate Earth Science classes and Engineering and Technical writing classes that provide maximum student engagement and high, rigorous learning that is fun.  She wants to feed students' innate curiosity and develop higher level thinking through open ended questions and students' articulating their ideas and connections.  

When she is not planning lessons or teaching, she loves to garden, travel, host prayer and worship times, and do things with her eight adult grandchildren, like rock climb, hike, kayak, go to art museums, paint, camp at the North Shore or just hold and gaze at her new great grandson. 

Sandy Stauner

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 Thompson

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.

Cathy Van Rossum

Cathy Van Rossum homeschooled her five children for over 20 years, and taught several classes for Eagles'Wings Co-op. She graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Elementary Education/ Social Studies and taught for 4 years before raising her family. For the past 9 years Cathy has been a toddler and preschool teacher at an Early Learning Center in St. Paul. Cathy is looking forward to returning to homeschooling and serving at Faith.

Deanne Willman

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.