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Adler, Cyd
Cyd Adler
     My name is Cydney Adler, and I live with my husband Tom in Burien.  I worked for over 20 years as a biologist, biochemist, and finally, a manager in the pharmaceutical research industry.  My first job was at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  From there I joined Genetic Systems/Oncogen and then Bristol-Myers Squibb.  When the Bristol labs moved to New Jersey, I decided to take the opportunity to be an at-home mom and homeschool my daughters (who are now SPU graduates with careers of their own).  In 1999, the girls and I helped a friend start The Horsemanship School in Redmond where we worked through 2012.  There I taught riding and horsemanship to over 100 students a week ranging in age from four years old to adults.  I have been privileged to teach a variety of science and geography classes at several homeschool groups and a private school.  I look forward to teaching at Connections in the 2017 - 2018 school year.  I love our Lord and enjoy teaching.  I am passionate about teaching to multiple learning styles and in helping students understand science from a Christian worldview.
Bailey, Lisa
Lisa Bailey
     I have been homeschooling since my first daughter was born in 1995, and I have always loved to read aloud to my children whether it is baby board books, poetry, Five in a Row picture books, Narnia books, YWAM biographies, or lots in between.  I have been married to Scot since 1992 and have seven children ages 5 to 22.  They have all been part of this awesome community since 2002 when my first one turned seven and we were delighted to “get in” to Connections.  This will be our 16th year, and I am so happy to give back and teach my favorite curriculum for the young ones.  While we were serving on the WATCH Board and HOME Board years ago, we met and hosted Steve and Jane Lambert, the writers of Five in a Row.  Not only is FIAR a great curriculum, but the people that wrote it are beautiful, precious people which makes it even more of a delight to teach and share.
Banks, David
David Banks
     Dave Banks has been lead pastor of Lakeview Free Methodist Church for the last 16 years.  He is a native of upstate New York.  He has a B.A. in History from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and M. Div. degree from Asbury Seminary. 
     Dave coaches football at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.  He attended Marshall University on a football scholarship in 1974.  Dave and Linda, his wife, a nursing supervisor at Northwest Hospital, have 4 children; 2 adult boys and 2 young adult girls.
Binz, Alex
Alex Binz
     I was homeschooled from third grade until I graduated high school at the age of fifteen.  After a year at Highline Community College, I entered Seattle Pacific University with junior status and a four-year full tuition scholarship.  I graduated in Spring 2010, magna cum laude, with a self-designed double major in Political Economy and Rhetoric.
     I have been working in public policy at a professional level since I was fourteen, and in economics at a post-graduate level since I was sixteen.  My first job was as a research intern at Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think-tank.  The summer before I entered SPU, I attended the annual conference of the Western Economics Association International in San Diego, where I presented my research in history of economic thought.  I would return the following two years with more of my research.  The summer after my first year at SPU, I was hired by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation to help design an economics curriculum for adult learners.  My senior year, I worked as a research assistant for former Attorney General Rob McKenna, splitting my time between the Consumer Protection, Public Affairs, Policy and Media divisions.
     Since graduating SPU, I have worked as a tutor with public, private and homeschool families and groups in the greater Seattle and Eastside areas.  It is a pleasure and an honor to join Homeschool Connections for my third year and spread my love of learning to more students and families.
Boer, Susie Tucker
Susie Tucker Boer
     I started taking French in 7th grade.  After reading the narratives of foreign exchange students in my French textbook, I knew I wanted to see the world and make friends by speaking the languages of the countries I visited.  I graduated with a BA in French from the University of Washington, and then spent a year studying in Grenoble, France and lived with a French family (1973-74).  After that I came home to the USA and was fully absorbed in raising my family.  It was not until 1998 that I began to teach French at homeschool groups.  At first I used standard textbooks but soon discovered that they were not the best for once-a-week classes, so I created a curriculum that would work for that purpose and it continues to serve students well.  I love to teach students in a way that inspires interest in international travel and cross-cultural friendships.  In addition, I participate in summer distributions of the Jesus Film in Marseille, France, and would love to inspire my students to think of French and other languages as a way to fulfill the Great Commission to tell the world about Jesus. 
Brenna, Terry
Terry Brenna
     I'm a Washington native blessed with a Christian and Southern heritage.  My husband, Doug, and I met 36 years ago at Westminster Chapel choir practice.  We've lived in the High Woodlands community of Kirkland for 33 years, and we attend Alderwood Community Church, still singing together in the choir.  I've had several home-based businesses, but my favorite "job" will always be being a helpmate, keeper at home, and advocate for homeschooling.  We homeschooled our own children to graduation, so now I enjoy teaching yours!  Amanda graduated with honors in Neuroscience from WSU in 2009, and graduated from their College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2013.  She is now completing her residency at Auburn University as a veterinary neurosurgeon.  David, an Air Force ROTC gold scholar at Baylor University, majored in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He graduated, commissioned, and married our daughter-in-love, Kathryn, that same May in 2013!  He now works at NASA's Mission Control at Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.  I've taught classes at several cooperatives since 1998.  I served on the board of directors at Legacy Homeschool Center, where I've been involved since its beginning.  I was a contributing author to TEACH magazine and have spoken at the WATCH convention as well as several other local groups.  I thank the Lord for the opportunities He provides to combine our love for Him with our passions and gifts and then share them and our love of learning with the homeschooling community!
Calvo, Rebecca
     I am an x-ray technologist by trade and have four children, aged 18-26 who have been taught at home since birth.  I have had the privilege of being able to be a stay-at-home mom while teaching both sewing and all levels of math up through geometry in two different school districts.  My experience in yearbook design and publication began in high school as a copy editor and then as assistant to the editor.  I am finishing my fifth year as the Yearbook adviser and my third year as a Photography teacher.  I began my adventure into Photography as a young child and began studying it in high school, continuing to dabble in it while raising my family.  I currently have my own business as a professional photographer.  My hobbies are singing, ballroom dancing, photography, and learning musical instruments.
Campbell, Robert
Robert Campbell
     Robert Campbell began playing the piano at a young age while growing up in northern California.  Since then, he has earnestly followed his goal of becoming an excellent pianist.  Prior to his move to the Pacific Northwest in 1991, Robert earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas.  He has performed in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Kansas, and Washington.  He has played for many special events in the Seattle area, performing a large repertoire of music.
     In addition to his performing skills, Robert is also an experienced piano instructor, having taught private piano lessons for more than twenty years.  His desire is to make piano lessons fun and meaningful for all his students.  He strives to help his students learn the skills that will enable them to be successful and enjoy their piano playing for years to come.  Students are invited to learn in Robert's piano studio, where he is happy to respectfully answer their questions concerning their music.   
Carrier, Steve
Steve Carrier
     My name is Steve Carrier.  For almost thirty years, I have been involved in a variety of ministries, including two mission trips to Mozambique, and a decade of service at a church with the primary assignment of ‘children’s education.’  For the last eleven years, it has been my privilege to share with high school students at two homeschool organizations.  My formal education led me through Seattle Pacific College (University) and the University of Washington where I majored in marketing.  My wife and I live in Duvall and attend Adventure Community Church where I teach Sunday School and have served on the lead team.  I am semi-retired (part time Microsoft employee) but not retired from Kingdom work.  
Coordinator, Playroom
Playroom Coordinator
     The playroom is not a class nor does it have a teacher; but it does have a coordinator who oversees the management of the playroom.  Parents are expected to share the responsibilities of child supervision and care on a rotating basis.  Contact the coordinator if you have any questions about the playroom.
Delaney, Pam
Pam Delaney
     Science to me is the study of God’s handiwork; His amazing creation shows us over and over again His attributes.  The study of science should make us more and more awestruck.  We can be amazed and awestruck and have fun, too – we learn better that way.
     I have a degree in Biochemistry and have worked in labs at biotechnology companies Genentech and Immunex.  I have also served as a Biomedical Technical Writer, taught outdoor education in the California Redwoods, and have taught previously at Connections (Life Science, Chemistry, Biology, Introduction to Science, and PE).
     I live in Lynnwood with my husband, Charley.  Our homeschooled sons, Ben and Sam, are now in college.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy coaching and playing sports, hiking, and traveling.
Duguay, Sharon
Sharon Duguay
     Born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, I ventured west in 1979 and settled in Seattle in order to attend Seattle Pacific University where I graduated in 1982.  Prior to coming to Seattle I attended Spring Arbor College in Michigan, and my areas of study at both colleges were Physical Education and Biology.  I currently live in Shoreline with my husband and our three children ages 18 – 25 years.  We have homeschooled our children for 16 years and have been involved with Connections for the past 12 years.  Our family participates in a variety of church and recreational activities including worship team, hockey, ice skating, camping, bicycling, road trips, and other outdoor activities.  My personal hobbies include reading, gardening, woodworking, and knitting. 

George, Adele
Adele George
     I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Psychology degree and an Elementary Teaching certificate.  The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband, Dave.  We have four grown children, Hannah, Steven, Luke and Lynnae.  I love teaching at Homeschool Connections and am thankful for the opportunity, since our family has been so blessed by the organization.
Gillam, Cynthia
Cynthia Gillam
     Hi! I graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a degree in K-8 education and a minor in music.  I taught in an Atlanta public school for five wonderful years.  I married David, and moved to WA state where he had gotten a job with Boeing.  I homeschooled all my children for all of elementary, one up through 8th grade and am presently teaching one who wants to go all the way through high school!  I LOVE teaching.  I have tutored, substituted in local schools, and taught Japanese Exchange students one summer.  Presently, I help teach a Children's drama and choir group called DPK at Alderwood Community Church.  While teaching my P31 class, I noticed a huge interest in wanting MORE of Dave Ramsey's Financial teachings than just the 7 Baby Steps.  With updated recent curriculum for high schoolers, I am excited to teach this class in the 2017-18 school year!
Gray, Maria
Maria Gray
     I had the privilege of coming to this country as a young girl when my family immigrated from Mexico.  For my parents' vision and hard work and for the opportunities this great country has given me, I am grateful and blessed.
     I have a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.  After working in the oil and gas industry a few years, I married Robert, a Boeing engineer, and came to the Pacific Northwest.  When our first son was born, I retired from public accounting and stayed home.  Being a mom, in my opinion, is the greatest job and I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to home school our kids.  Robert and I have four children, ages 17 to 25:  two UW graduates, one attending SPU, and the youngest a senior at Connections and attending community college. 
     Our family has been part of the Connections family for many, many years.  We have been truly blessed by this wonderful community and its wonderful teachers.  After a three year hiatus, I am returning to Connections to what will be my eighth year as a Spanish teacher.  I am excited to share my native language and the Hispanic culture with your children.  My favorite things to do are studying God's word, taking long walks, and reading.
Groves, Marianni
Marianni Groves
     Marianni M. Groves has spent the last 30 years in and around the Theater.  Marianni is an active teacher who maintains a private acting/audition studio, runs a college conservatory audition program (with a 98% placement rate), and teaches workshops and classes around the Puget Sound.  She was also the founder of CORE Theatrics.  While there are so many of the elements and disciplines that the Performing Arts provides she loves the “intersection of disciplines” that being an Educator and Director provides. 
     Some of Marianni’s past directing credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Street Car Named Desire, Much Ado About Nothing, Les Miserables, Godspell, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Crimes of the Heart, Peter Pan, Kiss Me Kate, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Brigadoon.  Marianni is proud to be an educator, private coach, director, and arts advocate.  Marianni spends her hours not teaching with her husband and two huskies.
Hall, Kevin
Kevin Hall
     Kevin Hall has worked as a professional in music education and performance for over 25 years.  He has taught music in the Everett and Snohomish School Districts, directing jazz bands at Heatherwood Middle School and Glacier Peak High School.  He currently is a Director of Jazz for HM Jackson High School and continues to share his passion for music with students through music mentoring and teaching private lessons on trumpet, trombone, baritone, French horn, and tuba in the Mill Creek, Washington area. 
     A nationally known educator and trumpet player, he served as Program Manager for the largest community music school in the northwest (Musicworks NW) from 1991-2000.  Mr. Hall’s music training and background includes attending Olympic and Green River Colleges and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Education degree at Western Washington University.  As an accomplished trumpet player, Kevin has an extensive performance background with jazz and wind ensembles, including leading his own contemporary groups.  He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious “Outstanding Soloist Award” from the International Association of Jazz Educators.
     Kevin spearheads many creative music education projects.  He is Festival Director for the Mill Creek and Snohomish Valley Jazz Festivals, which have become premier music events in the Northwest.  He also formed and coached a student "Trumpet Octet" which achieved a top honors at the Washington Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Competition.       
Hunter, Jennifer Sam
Jennifer Sam Hunter
     My name is Sam.  No, it’s not short for Samantha and it’s not actually my name, but that is a different story.  This story is about my love of reading, which began at an early age, much to the chagrin of my friends and teachers.  After spending my school years disappointing my friends by choosing books over play time, and getting in trouble for reading during class time, I followed the steps of my bibliophile mother and earned a degree in English (completed at SPU in 1995).  As my three kids arrived and I began homeschooling, I continued to ingest books (when I wasn’t too tired) and introduced my progeny to great children’s books and classic literature during our evening read-aloud times.  Through the years, I discovered that I not only enjoy reading and studying literature, but I also LOVE teaching literature.  I have taught literature and composition classes in three different co-op settings, as well the occasional history class.  As I near the end of my own homeschooling career, I look forward to transitioning from a Connections’ family to a Connections’ teacher, bringing my love of literature to a new group of students and sharing my passion in a way that—I hope—will be contagious.
Jarrell, Laura
Laura Jarrell
     I love art, and I love the Lord!  I’ve been creating all kinds of art for as long as I can remember, and I graduated in 1990 from the University of Washington with a BFA in Graphic Design.  An Edmonds native, I live in Maltby with my husband of 21 years, and we homeschool our three children, ages 16, 14, and 10.  My goal in teaching art is to encourage children to experience the joy of the creative process while teaching them the fundamentals of art and design along the way.  I believe we were all created in the image of God, and since He is the ultimate Creator, we were also made with a great capacity to create art and be creative in many ways.
Johnson, Natalie
Natalie Johnson
     I am a homeschooling mom of four, count ‘em -FOUR- teenagers.  We have homeschooled all the way through and been a part of various co-ops for the past eight years.
     Over the years, I have taught several classes in homeschool co-op settings - ranging from art/craft classes for both elementary and high school, to a high school life skills class.  More recently, I have taught cake decorating classes to elementary school kids in “after-school” programs at King’s Elementary and several area Seattle Public Schools.
     I spent 7 years working as a leader and intern in high school youth ministry.  I really enjoy working with high school students, finding it a great privilege to come alongside them and be able to encourage, inspire, and challenge them to use and share their creativity and talents.
     In my “spare” time, I can often be found ripping apart pallets to create furniture, décor, or whatever current DIY inspiration I have recently discovered on Pinterest.  I also enjoy spending an inordinate amount of time decorating cakes, planning theme parties and spontaneously remodeling my home.  Thankfully, I have been blessed with a -very- patient husband who has been known to graciously eat bowls of cold cereal for dinner while I decoupage, hammer, paint, or tile into the wee hours of many a night…
Kuiper, Marie
Marie Kuiper
     My name is Marie Kuiper.  I am a stay-at-home wife to my husband of 16 years.  I grew up mostly in Washington state and was homeschooled from ages 12 to 15, when I went to community college and studied Early Childhood Education.  I then attended Pensacola Christian College for 3 years, where I majored in Art and minored in Bible.  I loved art, but never thought I could be an artist because I couldn't draw stuff I made up in my head.  One of the early things I learned at art school is that artists use references more than imagination.  Ha!  After college, I  began painting pet portraits on commission, and married my college sweetheart.  I also gave occasional art lessons to children.  Currently I am working on a 365 project where I draw 365 horses (in as close to a year as possible).  I still love art and have worked with many different mediums, but I am primarily an oil painter.  I have no children; but my brothers have 7 between them, and they are happy to loan them to me regularly.  My hobbies include photography, dogs, and reading.
Levari, Dimona
Dimona Levari
     Dimona was born in Israel to an American mother and an Israeli father.  She lived for two years in Nigeria, Africa as a young child and often traveled with her parents to Europe and the United States.  She served in the military, where she was trained in irrigation and landscaping.  She built her own small business and later with her husband, a psychologist, she conducted workshops in areas relating to cognitive psychology and the human potential field.  Together they offered seminars in stress management, memory improvement, and human development.  After the birth of their first son, the family immigrated to the Northwest and Dimona was a stay-at-home mom for several years.  In 2001, she started volunteering at her children's school assisting teachers with math and language.  She loved it and so did the children, which led her a few years later in 2005 to offer her first workshop at the Edmonds Home School Resource Center (now called Edmonds Heights K-12).  Over the past twelve years the scope of her classes increased to include Middle School Skills, Pre Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Pre Calculus and preparation for running start, with hundreds of students enjoying and working hard in her dynamic yet demanding classes.  As a teacher, Dimona sets high expectations and provides much personal attention with the goal of maximizing the potential of each student.  She believes that the importance of learning math is not only in being able to manipulate numbers but in the potential development it offers to become a problem solver and a thorough thinker.  Doing well in math has a magical effect on a child and boosts their self confidence in many areas.  Dimona also tutors privately students of all ages, including adults which she helps pass the placement test into college level classes.
Lorelli, Emily
Emily Lorelli
     As a former public school teacher, I never thought I’d be homeschooling.  But when Anthony (my husband of 18 years) and I were contemplating how to address the problems we saw with our oldest daughter’s experience in the public school, God revealed the possibility of homeschooling to us through the example of several respected families from our church, St. Katherine Orthodox Christian Mission in Kirkland.  The choice to homeschool, which seems so obvious from our present position, required a tremendous leap of faith, which has borne good fruit thus far – glory be to God!
     Homeschooling, while challenging in many ways, has been a natural development for a former high school English teacher who has been “teaching” ever since she was eight and “playing school.”  Fortunately for my students and my children, my skills have improved since that time, especially after graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature in 1997 and a MA in Education in 1999.  I taught 9th & 10th grade English in Northern California for five years until the birth of my son called me home to spend my energies there.
     However much I love being at home where I can teach and nurture my four children, aged 8-15, I missed the particular energies and inspiration of interacting with students in the classroom.  I have been blessed to teach at Connections the last five years and am excited to have the opportunity to teach Beginning Poetry Workshop, Reader's Workshop, and Interpretive Literature: Short Stories this coming year.
Marteeny, Marna
Marna Marteeny
     I received a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington and spent a decade assessing risk for nuclear power plants and nuclear waste treatment facilities.  I taught Test Prep for the GRE and LSAT at the University of Washington Experimental college.  I have an infectious love of math and have tutored math to high school students (and college students) since I was 16 years old.
     Currently, I am teaching math at Homeschool Connections and Math Tutoring from my house with many homeschoolers.
     I have been married to my best friend, Alex, for 26 years and homeschooled my own children (K - 12) as well as volunteer in the homeschooling community.
Meythaler, Lois
Lois Meythaler
     I hold a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Church Music.  However, one of my hobbies is pursuing my interest in a wide variety of fiber arts.  I learned many of the basics of needlework and handwork from my mom.  I made my first quilt when I was ten.  After learning to crochet, I quickly began improvising  to design items.  As a musician, most of the hard work of practicing and performing is in the moment, so it is rewarding to spend time working on a creative project that doesn't disappear into thin air.  Nearing the end of a homeschooling career, I have been able to take more time to pursue my interest in fiber arts once again.  I love learning new techniques and exploring new types of fiber arts.  My family currently includes my husband, Dave, our two boys, and two cats.
Morin, Edward
Edward Morin
     From when I was about 8 years old, I have loved everything to do with electricity and electronics.  I had the privilege of taking Electronics Shop classes every year since 7th grade eventually becoming a teacher’s assistant in high school.  My interest in electronics also led me into Amateur Radio, which I have enjoyed since earning my FCC license while in middle school and eventually achieving the highest, “Extra” class license.
     My high-tech career started as an intern at Tektronix during my high school junior year.  After graduating from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science, I continued working in high-tech positions for nearly 30 years.  Today, I work part-time as a contract Computer and Network Field Engineer and also volunteer in the City of Redmond’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services group.  I became involved with teaching in 1985 tutoring reading at McKinley Elementary School (Beaverton School District in Oregon).  When our first child began attending Audubon Elementary School in 2002, I volunteered periodically as a classroom assistant or field trip chaperon as my work schedule permitted.  My oldest son joined Boy Scouts in 2006 where I have worked with kids from 7 to 18 years old.  In 2012, I began teaching challenging, 1-day classes (I also helped design the curriculum) for both the Radio and Electronics Merit Badges to Boy Scouts (11 – 18 years old) which I continue to enjoy doing.
Morrison, Laurie
Laurie Morrison
     For 20 years, Laurie Morrison has taught writing at Connections.  Laurie and her husband, Mark, have four children:  Megan, Stu, Anne, and Charlotte.  Stu and his wife, Mary, have four children, Micah, Katherine, Carter, and Lillian, so Laurie's other name is "Nana."  Added sources of joy include music and time in the garden.  Constantly, Laurie stretches her horizons through reading.  Being a graduate of Highline High School and Western Washington University, she also earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Washington.  She is one of that rare breed, a Seattle native.  She seeks to follow Jesus Christ more nearly every day.
Norton, Emily
Emily Norton
     My name is Emily Norton.  I am a staff pastor at Church of the Americas, a multicultural and multilingual church in Northgate, where I am the music director and coordinator for most events at the church.  My mother taught Christian Education at a seminary in Colombia for many years.  Because it was all practical and hands on teaching, I began taking her classes as a student at 8 years old.  For our end of the year projects, we were all assigned a group of kids to teach VBS to on a weekly basis for a couple months.   My love for teaching kids (even though I was still one myself!) began in her classroom.
     I was born in Australia and lived most of my life in Medellin, Colombia.  Since my father is from Colombia, my mother from the USA, and I was born in Australia, I carry 3 citizenships.  Our home has always been bilingual, and it is not uncommon to hear a question asked at the dinner table in one language and answered in the other language.  That tradition continues in my home with my wonderful husband of 12 years, Jason, and our little 4 year old beauty, Naomi.  I am so excited to be able to share the Latin culture and Spanish language with the young students at Connections.
Petersen, Tina
Tina Petersen
     Reflecting what God has said in His word from Deuteronomy 11:18-21 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul...you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up...,"  my heart is to encourage homeschooling families for success and to finish strong.   I am a hometown girl having grown up in Edmonds.  I went to a local Bible college and earned an Associate in Biblical Studies degree.  I continued my education graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and a certification in Elementary education K-8.  I met my husband on Young Life's Malibu Princess (aka "The Love Boat").  Together we have always homeschooled our three children and enjoyed it all.  Currently my interests include Biblical History, knitting, music, women's Bible study, spring and summertime outdoors in the northwest, and anything and everything my husband and children are interested in. 
Reichlin, Analiisa
Analiisa Reichlin
     I've known since I was very small that I wanted to be a teacher.  When I took band in the 6th grade, I  began playing the euphonium and fell in love with it.  I combined these two passions and attended WWU in Bellingham for K-12 Music Ed and Music Performance, with a hiatus to study privately in New York and Washington, D.C.  It's a joy to play with my own kids in Advanced Band here at Connections!
     In my 20's I discovered my inner CEO, and started several companies, including the largest Kindermusik studio in the world.  I have spent many hours engaging in my passions for learning about how the brain works, writing curriculum from inductive Bible studies to child development to Latin, and teaching children and adults alike in a variety of subjects.  I'm thrilled to bring arts integration into the academic classroom as a tremendous tool to help students learn and better retain information.  My husband Karl and I have been married for 20 years and have three children: Nathan (now off to university!), Rob, and Natalie.  We have homeschooled since 2003.
Renkema, Kari
Kari Renkema
     I love teaching and working with kids!  I have been tutoring, teaching, and developing curriculum since I was in high school.  Now, as a pastor’s wife and mother of four, I have relished homeschooling my kids, ages 17-24.  I am especially interested in history, science (my course of study in college was biology), and math.  I really enjoy reading about and studying history.  For me, history is the story of the unfolding of God's providence.  To understand God's providential work in the world throughout time is to understand the human condition and appreciate, more fully, the grace and love of God!  In my "spare" time, I enjoy reading, painting and creative media, sewing and needlework, cooking, gardening, tea, and God's beautiful creation!  During high school and college, I taught Sunday school, Girls’ Bible Club, and disadvantaged youth in summer programs.  While attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I worked as a tutor for many courses, mostly math and science, developed a program for teaching education students competency in math, and helped teach a remedial math course as an undergraduate.  In addition, I have taught and developed curriculum for our church homeschool co-ops.  Wanting to know and understand ancient history and incorporate familiar Biblical stories in context, I developed an ancient history course for our church-run co-op.  Also, I have taught church history, which greatly informs the study of the Middle Ages and the Reformation.  I feel very privileged and thrilled to be teaching at Homeschool Connections!  
Roetcisoender, Veronica
Veronica Roetcisoender
     I graduated from Southern Methodist University with Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.  I enjoy math and considered teaching, but in the end, decided to follow the practical application of math into a career in software engineering.  After 10 years as a software engineer and having had my second child, I decided to embark on the next phase of my life and become a full time, stay-at-home mom, never dreaming that I would eventually become a homeschooler.  I am the mother of 3 kids (17, 19, and 21) and wife of Brian, a mechanical engineer.  In addition to homeschooling my own children, I taught English and science classes in a small co-op for 12 years, and this is my 6th year of teaching math at Connections.
Schmunk, Leslie
Leslie Schmunk
     Leslie Schmunk has been making music almost her entire life, singing her first public solo at age 3.  As a child, she studied piano and violin and sang in numerous choral groups.  She received a bachelor of arts degree in Sacred Music in 1987 from Northwest College in Kirkland, WA.  She has been teaching private piano and violin lessons since 1980 and has directed several choral AND instrumental groups.  After the birth of her daughter in 2004, Leslie began researching music education options for her daughter and discovered and began teaching Musikgarten's Family Music and Music Makers series.  She is a recipient of the Musikgarten Achievement Award.
Stangland, Robin
Robin Stangland
     After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, I taught band and elementary music in the public schools in Oregon for four years.  I played French horn professionally with the Portland Opera Orchestra for seven years.  After moving to Washington in 1991, I started the Homeschool Band in this area in 1993, so I could work part time and be home with my kids.  I love to teach and inspire kids in music.  Many of my former students are continuing in music by leading worship at their church, playing in community bands, pursuing music degrees, and performing in musical theater.  I have performed on French horn in the Starry Night Orchestra, Skagit Chorale, Sno-King Chorale, Northwest Chorale, and play trumpet in Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra.  I have been the French horn coach for the Cascade Youth Symphony, Fidalgo Youth Symphony, and also brass and percussion coach at the Mount Baker Youth Symphony Summer Sounds Camp.  My husband and I also run the NorthEnd Jazz Camp.  I am married to Dave who is a band director in the Everett public schools.  We have two daughters, Amanda and Audrey, who also love music and have participated in Homeschool Connections.
Travis, Lisa
Lisa Travis
     Lisa Travis graduated from the University of Washington with 2 degrees in Zoology and Physical Therapy.  She has been married to her husband Perry for 24 years, and is in her 12th year homeschooling their four energetic boys.  Throughout her homeschooling adventure, she has continued to work as a licensed Physical Therapist.  She brings experience from the world of healthcare, as well as 25 years of youth ministry and is excited to engage students on the amazing way our bodies work, as well as important and relevant issues of healthy living the way God designed.
Wescott, Alice
Alice Wescott
     Alice has a Ph.D. in Reading Education and is a specialist in diagnostic testing for children with reading and learning problems.  She has been performing academic assessments for homeschoolers since 1988.  Alice taught a variety of education classes at the university level, has spoken at many national and international conferences on various aspects of reading development and homeschooling, and has had twenty-five articles published in professional journals.  Alice homeschooled all three of her sons.
     She is the owner of EduGreat, a business which travels around the state to teach a homeschool parent qualifying class and conduct the annual testing of homeschooled students.  She also operates a Homeschool Extension Program, Sno-King Academy, that develops state-approved transcripts for homeschooled high school students.
     Alice has been teaching writing classes at Connections since it was first started.
Wills, Amy
Amy Wills
     Leadership is the innate ability to influence others.  Growing up I never saw myself as a leader or that I had any value to offer.  Finally, middle school teachers nominated me to be part of a leadership program.  Their surprising belief in me unleashed my inner leader.  From then on I began to see the potential of other people to lead others. I first developed a leadership class after realizing that most of the students in my children’s private school failed to see their leadership potential.  They did not recognize their incredible influence.  Now it is my passion to help young people identify and develop their leadership skills – to become Christians who influence their world.

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