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Math Tutors

Lolene Love

  • FUNctional Middle School Math

Lolene Love is married to Dr. Alan Love and has taught her four children, currently ages 11-18, for all of their school years. She graduated from Cornell University (in Ithaca, NY) with a BA in Biology, specializing in Animal Anatomy and Physiology. Along the way she successfully completed language courses and three semesters of college calculus. She loves the materials from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and has taught group IEW writing classes to a variety of ages for six years. She anticipates the fun and challenge of teaching math to students in the middle grades.

We will combine active, challenging, and hands-on classroom activities with workbook based homework to prepare fifth through seventh grade students for algebra, to use math in real life, and to succeed in high school math courses. 


Heather Kipp

  • WEST Math Team
  • PSEO College Algebra
  • PSEO Liberal Arts Math

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.


Jan Sands

  • Saxon Math 76
  • Saxon Algebra 1/2
  • Saxon Algebra 1
  • Saxon Algebra 2
  • Alpha Omega Geometry (fall semester only)
  • Personal Finance (spring semester only)

For over 30 years Jan Sands has taught, tutored, and tested her own six children and hundreds more.  She’s taught in public and private schools, one-room schools and single grade classrooms, tutored one-on-one and offered algebra classes in her home. She also administers an annual achievement test for homeschoolers.  Jan believes her varied experiences makes her better at meeting students’ individual learning needs.

Her favorite subject is math, and she loves to share the joy of math with her students.  WEST provides her with a uniquely wonderful opportunity to help many students succeed in math.

Besides a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a concentration in math, from the University of Minnesota, Jan Sands also holds a master’s degree in education from Winona State University. 


Heather Johannessen

  • Pre-Calculus

First and foremost Heather loves Jesus and wants live a full life of serving Him. Beyond, that, Heather Johannessen is married to Erik. They have homeschooled their 3 children for the last 16 years, who are currently 17-22 years of age. In 2010, while homeschooling her own children, she earned a bachelor of science from Bemidji State in Elementary Education with an emphasis in middle school math. Over the years Heather has taught everything from art to science. Her favorite part of teaching is working with the students, especially those light bulb moments. She has had the good fortune of tutoring a plethora of students in a variety of levels of math.

Outside of homeschool and education Heather loves spending time with her family, especially traveling, and playing with and taking photos of her 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels; Poppy, Brooklyn, and Tennessee. However, on any given Friday or Saturday night you would most likely find Heather in her movie room, with her family, watching a classic, action or comedy.