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Elective Tutors

Braxton Carvette

  • How to Read Your Bible

Brax Carvette completed his Associates degree in Christian Worldview in the spring of 2017. He is returning to Bethlehem Baptist College and Seminary to attain his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies with a concentration in Biblical Exegesis. Brax is looking forward to either entering ministry or continuing his education into seminary once he completes his bachelor’s degree. Brax has been married to his lovely wife, Jessica, for one year and has a dog named Riggs.

Brax has been serving as a teacher at his church’s youth group for the past eight years. He hopes to continue to share his love of the Bible with students at WEST this coming fall.  God has truly gifted us with His word. It is imperative that we are equipped in our knowledge of the word as we engage with others in our world.


Diana Dutcher

  • The WEST Kitchen

Diana was born with a passion for cooking good food. She was raised in a kitchen at the family restaurant in Columbia Heights; which is closing its doors in 2017 after 45 years in business. The entire family is looking forward to having more time to embark on new endeavors. For Diana, that means continuing to teach at St. Thomas University as an adjunct professor in the Engineering Department’s graduate program for medical device design, teaching at WEST Academy, spending the days raising three young children, and growing a home-based business through teaching people how to reduce their toxin intake and live chemical-free.

Diana has been a volunteer at the Kitchen Window Culinary School since 2013, which allows her to be a teacher and a student. New skills, tips, and recipes are constantly being acquired so the WEST Kitchen will stay fresh and relevant.

Diana and her family currently attend Genesis Covenant when the kids decide to cooperate on Sunday mornings. Her other hobbies and interests include reading, cooking for friends and family, hosting do-it-yourself parties, and boating.


Tiffany Pavlish

  • Computer Applications

In 1990, Tiffany Pavlish graduated from Normandale Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Office Systems and Management. While working as an Agency Secretary full time, she achieved a Business Education degree in 1993 from the University of Minnesota. Rather than teaching in high school classrooms, Tiffany choose the route of a computer applications trainer in the business world where she taught for 14 years before staying home with her four children. 


During her time as a trainer, Tiffany had the opportunity to work with large and small companies locally as well as across the country. A portion of that time was also spent at Normandale Community College, where she taught semester classes for 1.5 years. After Normandale, she taught with the Continuing Education departments at North Hennepin and Anoka-Ramsey Community Colleges respectively. In recent years, Tiffany has returned to the classroom teaching computer application tools to a group of homeschooled students and is excited to be a part of WEST.
The real-life examples Tiffany has gleaned from teaching in the corporate world and community colleges are what fuel her passion for this class. Her goal is to stretch your student beyond the basic computer application skills and look at tools that will explain how the software works. This background information will springboard your student into the next realm of confidence and skillset necessary to help them succeed when accomplishing school work, landing an entry-level office job, and/or excelling as a PSEO/college student.


With God as a compass, alongside with her husband, Tiffany has been homeschooling her children since 2006. Her heart bubbles over with joy when her students experience a “light-bulb moment” – when their eyes light up and confidence surges as they capture the information for themselves and understand its significance in the world around them – it grows self-assurance! 


Besides receiving joy through teaching, Tiffany also adores the book club she belongs to and meeting local historical Christian fiction authors in person. Tiffany has also learned through that group how to make soaps, lotions, and lip balm. She never stops learning and has quite the collection of books and curriculum!


Hunter Fraser

  • Private Piano and Guitar Lessons

Hunter Fraser is a Minneapolis singer-songwriter and worship leader. He is a professional freelance musician as a vocalist, guitarist, and keyboard player and has a background in classical and jazz piano. Hunter has been involved with churches in the Twin Cities area including Open Door, Rockpoint and others as well as with local artist Joel Hanson (PFR), the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, and his own music projects including the Hunter Fraser Band.  Since 2010, Hunter has been growing students in their piano and guitar abilities while at the same time, helping students reach musical goals they have set. Hunter has designed lessons to be engaging, and student-oriented.  Check out Hunter's music on Spotify or www.hunterfrasermusic.com

Hunter graduated from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul with a degree in public relations.


Brenda Howe

  • Introduction to Photography

Brenda lives in Greenfield with her husband Brian and their 4 children ages 6-21, and has been homeschooling for 16 years.  Her father was a photography hobbyist, and she grew up with a darkroom in her basement, developing her own film and prints.  She became a  lifelong photography enthusiast and launched a part time portrait photography business 5 years ago.   She is thrilled to share with students her passion for seeing the beauty and uniqueness in their surroundings, and the skills to capture it!  You can see her work at www.brendahowephotography.com

Brenda also has an AA degree in Paralegal studies and worked as a Paralegal in Minneapolis for 10 years.


LeAnn Liberator

  • WEST Phyed

LeAnn has a national group fitness certification, a current CPR, AED and First Aid certification. She is a current coach for Special Olympics. She has a passion for helping every student feel valued and part of a team.
LeAnn has been homeschooling her two boys for thirteen years and understands the need for movement and team involvement. She is excited for the new school year and considers it a privilege to sow into the life of your student.

Her interests include hiking, biking, resistance training,  coming alongside others to motivate positive change.


Susan Robinson

  • Personal Health, Safety, and Fitness for Life

Susan Robinson, with the help of her wonderful husband, has homeschooled for the past thirteen years and is thrilled to begin her first year tutoring at WEST.  She has worked for several major universities as a certified Health/Fitness Instructor, coordinating programs, teaching classes and leading student development initiatives. She has additional experience as an exercise rehab specialist, health educator, first aid/CPR instructor, coach, consultant, and presenter. She believes in service as “soul medicine” and is active in her church and community, helping out as needed.

Filled with love for God and His creation, Susan continues to grow in her desire for all that is good, true and beautiful and hopes to inspire her students to do the same.  She is passionate about seeing each student’s gifts and potential, then watching them work hard to achieve their goals. Susan has a B.S. in Education (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and an M.S. in Education (Virginia Tech), with concentrations in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. 

Susan loves life and see it as an exciting journey with all its twists and turns, and especially enjoys family time, recreation in nature (hiking, biking, walking, canoeing, you name it!), music, reading, crocheting, cooking, gardening, and just being. Prayer and experiential learning with students of all ages is the fuel that keeps Susan moving.


Jan Sands

  • Personal Finance

I hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education. My bachelor’s degree includes a concentration in math.

I have been tutoring and teaching students in math, algebra, and geometry for over twenty years.

Parents of my students have told me that their child’s opinion of math has changed from least favorite subject to at least tolerable, and in some cases even enjoyable. Parents have also reported improvement in their relationship with their child once math was eliminated as a cause of conflict between them.


Chris Carl

  • Sewing 

Chris is the mother of 6 children and has been homeschooling since 1995. She has been sewing since she was 13 years old and has sewn everything from baby clothes, to elaborate costumes and dresses, and recently recovered her living room couches. She has been involved with Children’s Ministry for many years which has given her the opportunity to teach children in a classroom setting.

This will be her sixth year teaching Sewing at WEST.


Jeff Herringshaw

  • Light Bearer’s Worldview

Jeff Herringshaw graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in California in 1984, majoring in English and minoring in Biblical Studies. After teaching English in the People’s Republic of China for a year, Jeff returned to the U.S. to earn a secondary teaching credential for English and World History from Sacramento State University. He then went on to teach middle and high school writing and literature for four years.

In 1992, Jeff and his family joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM), becoming one of the organization’s Discipleship Training School directors. For more than 20 years, he has taught young people, including his own three children, to embrace their faith, love God with all their hearts, and understand why they believe what they do. He recently completed his Master
of Arts degree in Christian Thought at Bethel Seminary.

His work with YWAM has taken him to more than 30 countries, giving him a well-rounded perspective of other cultures and worldview systems. It is his passion to teach young people to think clearly about what they believe so they can choose to live out their faith with their whole heart.


Heather Kipp

  • ACT Test Prep

Heather Kipp graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, with majors in Mathematics Education and Bible and a minor in Science in 2000. In 2014, she received her M.A. in Education from Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN with a concentration in Online Teaching.   

She has taught mathematics in a variety of capacities and levels - elementary math through college courses.  Prior to teaching at WEST she taught high school mathematics in the public schools, ACT prep courses, tutored individual students, and started a tutoring ministry.  In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mom and has enjoyed the opportunity to homeschool her own children in addition to teaching PSEO math and ACT Test prep classes at WEST. She has a passion for teaching mathematics and enjoys helping students become life-long learners.  Many of her favorite tutoring experiences have been while ministering to students in the inner-city, and she is always blessed when she sees students overcome struggles and begin to thrive.

Her interests include music, reading, hiking, and gardening.  She is actively involved in the music ministry of her local church and serving the practical and spiritual needs of others at CityLifeWorks, a ministry in North Minneapolis. 


Jennifer Holt

  • Study Skills

A graduate of the University of Minnesota at Morris with a Bachelor of Arts (an English major with Biology and Chemistry minors), Jennifer Holt loves learning as much now as she did then. The opportunity to serve as a tutor for WEST and a teaching assistant for Crown College allows her to share and pass on this enthusiasm for learning. 

Jennifer has a passion for engaging all styles of learners and enjoys incorporating that passion into each setting for classroom instruction.  Whether it is having a coffeehouse-style discussion, role-playing the class content, or using hands-on models, Jennifer’s goal is to make learning effective, fun, and memorable.  She is delighted to have served seven years at WEST, where she has tutored Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Study Skills, and Literature.  Jennifer looks forward to a new year of personally supporting students while communicating God’s power, beauty, order, and creativity.