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Lang Arts / English 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.

Nancy Djerf

  • Writing Fundamentals 1/2
  • Writing Fundamentals 1
  • Writing Fundamentals 2

Nancy is a seasoned homeschooler of seven children. The Djerf’s began their homeschool journey before it was popular, which makes Nancy one of the pioneers of the movement in Minnesota. She has taken delight in mentoring other mothers in their homeschool challenges and continues to support families as they make educational decisions on behalf of their children. Nancy has been a homeschool consultant with T.E.A.C.H. Institute and was a co-founder of Teach Co-op. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Child Development, worked as a Child Life Specialist at Minneapolis Children's Hospital, and she and her husband were youth pastors for a number of years. Her skill as a teacher of the primary students is well established and she has skillfully taught IEW classes to middle and high school students as a Accredited IEW Instructor since 2008. Nacny has been affectionately called, "The Child Whisperer," due to her keen ability to reach and teach both the gifted student as well as the struggling student...and all the students in-between!  

Robin Fraser

  • Introduction to Communication & Speech
  • Essay Writing

Teaching and empowering students with knowledge and the love of learning is a high value to Robin.  She is thrilled to interact with students in the classroom.

Speaking publicly has been a part of Robin's career throughout the years.  Developing the art of public speaking offers students a life-long skill in any career or life circumstance.  Bringing her experience to an engaging, lively and hands-on classroom is exciting for Robin.

Robin holds a degree in education – has taught a variety of subjects in the inner-city public schools at the middle/junior high level.   In 1993, Robin won the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year Award for Wisconsin.  She has also served as an inner-city youth director, has worked in the corporate world and has served in church:  council member/teacher/ministry lead and more.

Robin is a home educator of 13 years.  She is the founder of a homeschool co-op, co-founder of WEST and has recently finished two years of schooling to earn certification as a Spiritual Director.

Whitney Grindberg

  • Great Books 

Whitney graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2015 with a BA in English Literature and an emphasis in creative writing. Her illustrious writing career began when she was just seven years old with the hand-illustrated masterpiece known as Eileen the Wondercat. This matured into a love for authors such as Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. Her love of books, both reading them and writing them, continued into adulthood, and God in his goodness began to bless her with jobs that miraculously had something to do with her degree, which includes two freelance writing positions and a fantastic tutoring opportunity. She is married to an amazing man who has an incredible beard, and the two of them have two cats, Mr. Buttons and Josephine, and a Golden Retriever named Cassius. 

Whitney also enjoys sewing, cooking, eating ham, and the occasional video game. 

Jennifer Holt

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

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 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 eight 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.

Susan Kilbride

  • Journalism

Susan graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in biology, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in Venezuela studying floodplain fish for two winters. Her first love was science and nature but as time went on she also discovered a passion for genealogy and history. She’s been a home educator for sixteen years and has taught science, writing, and history classes to homeschoolers both in Hawaii and Minnesota. She’s the author of Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers and a series of historical chapter books on American history, the Our America series. She and her journalism students in Hawaii wrote a book on Hawaiian culture, The Hawai’iana Project that has been put in the Honolulu Public Library’s legacy library, where it is guaranteed to stay on the shelves for 100 years. Susan is also the author of a number of articles in various newspapers, magazines, and genealogical publications. She was the co-author of an article in Biotropica, a science journal.

Susan’s goal is to make learning fun for her students so that they have a lifelong appreciation of whatever subject she teaches.

Bridgett Powers and Rebecca Bergren 

  • Creative Storytelling:  From Idea to Publication 

Once upon a time in the faraway land of Louisiana, a little girl named Bridgett dreamt of becoming a teacher, being a mommy, and using words to take people to magical places. Then, she grew up and discovered her superpowers... In 1993, Bridgett graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana College (Pineville, LA), with dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She earned her Master of Education (MEd) degree in 1994 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dream #1: check. While teaching in public schools, she combined her superpowers of diagnosing students' individual needs and teaching through multi-sensory techniques to save students from boring, frustrating lessons. Now, she
spends her days in Minnesota, as a mild-mannered editor, book formatter, speaker, writing coach, and co-leader of the Write Now writers' group (Living Word Christian Center). When she isn't slaying evil grammar errors or rescuing lost commas in other people's stories, she's off exploring fantastical worlds and the deep places in the human spirit, so she can bring back tales of triumph for her own books, several of which are published. Dream #3: check. What about Dream #2? Well, she gets to play with and teach other people's awesome kids, including those of her fellow superhero, um, tutor.  
Able to leap tall stacks of books and dodge life’s bullets, Rebecca is a home educator of fourteen years, a certified copyeditor, writing coach, and novelist. She has written for various blogs and worked with Trost Moving Pictures in the development, writing, and editing of the full-length feature screenplay Walk with Me (currently being shopped to producers). Her other screenwriting credits include several short films for Save the Storks and various movie promos. Rebecca has a passion for teaching others the power of words and art of storytelling. She inspires other members of her writers’ group, helping them develop their craft and learn to create richer characters. When you don’t find her with her nose in a book or putting her own characters in sticky situations, she's probably making new adventures at the park with her hubby, kids, and their dogs Silas and Molly.  
No villain or nefarious circumstance could keep these two superheroes from joining forces. In 2007, Bridgett's and Rebecca's worlds collided, and a new story-problem-fighting, coauthoring duo was born. In 2016, they made their editing and coaching exploits official with the launch of Light's Scribe Writer Services. Now, they can't wait to inspire the next generation of authors!