Fine Arts Tutors
- Introduction to Photography
Mark has been a professional photographer for 8 years, with the last 2 spent as full-time photographer. He specializes in weddings, but has strong experience shooting portraits, events, and sports photography. Mark’s background is in education, having experience at the elementary and high school level, most recently having been a special education paraprofessional at Spring Lake Park High School. He also has over 12 years experience as a high school tennis and basketball coach. Mark has a long history in youth ministry at Vision of Glory Lutheran Church in Plymouth and at Spring Lake Park with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Mark lives in Champlin with his wife, Steph, and their two boys, Jordan and Jackson. When he’s not behind the camera, Mark is usually spending time with the family, playing sports, watching sports, or checking out the local food scene. Mark’s website is www.markfierstphoto.com.
- Contemporary Worship Band
Nick Tucker, owner of Spark Music Studio in Maple Grove, has a bachelor's degree in percussion performance, and is a freelance performer and teacher, playing jazz, rock, country, and funk. He has played with Grammy nominated and Dove award-winning musicians, as well as toured nationally with solo artists and bands. Currently very active in the worship community, he plays at multiple churches around the twin cities from Open Door and Substance, to EagleBrook and WestWood.
Since 2008, Nick has been teaching students piano and drum lessons and traveling around the US performing. With a passion for educating young and old musicians and a devotion to creating a greater imprint in the community, he started Spark Music Studio. Nick believes the best thing a teacher can offer to a student is real life experience. He feels that implementing and sharing what he has learned throughout his career speaks louder than any word from a textbook. Nick's passion for education doesn't end with him teaching, as he loves to learn and study with some of the greatest teachers in Minneapolis. Time spent learning and performing with people ranging from Steve Goold (Sara Bariellis, Owl City, Ben Rector), Dave Stanoch (New Kids on the Block, Sheryl Crow), Dave Hanzel (Celine Dion), Gordy Knudtson (Steve Miller Band) and Joel Hanson (PFR), have been some of the most important educational experiences of his life.
Nick is a young, high-energy teacher who loves to have fun. His goofy personality and hands-on teaching approach will easily keep you engaged. When he's not teaching or performing, Nick loves to go out and listen to other local musicians and spend time with his wife, Anna.
- 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.
Liz Smith graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre from The University of Northwestern St.Paul in 2012. Liz works around the Twin Cities as a theatre director/teacher. She has directed and taught theatre at Maple Grove Middle School, and now works at Waconia Middle and High School as a director and theatre coordinator. Liz has also directed with Bunce Backyard Productions and Cross Community Players over the past couple years. She loves to be onstage whenever the opportunity presents itself. Liz loves to tell stories, real ones and made-up ones. Liz is so excited to be teaching Middle School World History this year and is thrilled to help students learn these stories from history.
When Liz is not in the theatre world, she enjoys days on a lake, reading books particularly biographies, road trips to the mountains and playing madnolin or stand-up bass with her family, friends and husband!
- High School 3D Art
- Middle School Multi Media Art
Terri LOVES teaching art and learning new things!!! God has gifted Terri with the ability to teach art and glorify God in all that she does. Terri considers herself blessed with teaching art to numerous students in a variety of homeschool co-ops for the past 13 years. She has also worked with Young Rembrandt's. Terri’s classroom experience brings the ability to work all sorts of students – new, young, old and experienced. She provides classroom and private lessons – even during the summer months at times!
Terri has homeschooled two of her children from infancy through PSEO. Her family has been involved in missions. Terri has a passion for women and youth. She participates and leads in women's Bible Study groups and chaperones youth events. Besides teaching art, Terri loves to see and help guide youth to live as Christ, become servant leaders, and walk out the gifts they have been given to shine His Light and bring glory to God! Other interests of Terri’s include all types of art, traveling, cooking, sewing, knitting and loving on people!
- Drawing Basics (fall semester only)
- Beginning Oil Pastels (spring semester only)
- Mixed Media A and B (full year)
Sandy Adler attended Riverdale Community College in Austin, MN to pursue an AA degree in Fine Arts, Minneapolis Community and Technical College for an AA in Graphic/Commercial Design, and Crown College for a B.A. in Christian Education. She is currently a practicing and accomplished artist in both fine arts and graphic design. She is the Director of Marketing, Advertising and Promotion as well as Vice President of Heart of the City Ministries, a non-profit organization led by Sandy and her husband for the purpose of bringing racial and denominational unity to the Body of Christ in the Twin Cities area. Her paintings in oil pastel have been featured in businesses and ministries in the Twin Cities area. She has been teaching art for the past 18 years in area home school academies and co-ops as well as after school enrichment programs in the local school districts, with over 160 students during the 2008-16 school years. In 2006 Sandy won a grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to bring her oil pastels class into a select group of inner-city schools, in order to provide supplies and instruction to students living at or below poverty level. She has also implemented art programs by providing curriculum, supplies and instruction to impoverished communities in third world countries through three mission trips.
An 11-year home school veteran herself, Sandy’s passion is to make art instruction engaging and inspiring for students of all levels, to introduce students to the sheer joy of art even as they learn advanced techniques, and to help them truly learn to “see” the beauty of God’s world around them as they learn art basics and secrets that hone their own skills and abilities as young artists.
- Secondary Choir
Linda Lindeen graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She has taught classroom music, directed choirs and musicals for over 40 years in grades K-12 in public schools, Heritage Christian Academy (formerly Medicine Lake Lutheran Academy), local churches and in the homeschool community. Mrs. Linda has also taught piano and is a vocal coach. She and her husband are owners and directors of Front Porch Musical Theatre where they teach and train actors ages 5-18, many of whom are home educated.
They have 3 grown children and 12 grandchildren who are all home educated and fill their lives with joy!
Mrs. Lindeen loves to teach students of all ages the joy of music and theatre, while always maintaining a high standard of excellence. She is excited to see the growth of WEST and has loved teaching her students since WEST began classes.