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Science Tutors

Marty Hage

  • A Beka Physical Science

Together with his wife, Kristyn, Marty home educated his seven children. Marty is passionate about his Christian faith and the evidence for the God of the Bible that can be found in the physical universe in which we live. He has been employed as a research chemist designing, synthesizing, and formulating polymers for a variety of products. He has also worked as an engineering manager in the medical device industry establishing manufacturing operations in foreign and domestic locations. He currently teaches both general and organic chemistry at the University of Northwestern - Saint Paul. His publications include two technical articles in addition to ten US and foreign patents.

Jennifer Holt

  • Answers in Genesis Physics (spring semester)
  • Apologia Biology
  • Apologia Physics
  • Discovering Design with Chemistry
  • Survey of High School Chemistry (fall semester)
  • Survey of High School Anatomy & Physiology (spring semester)

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

  • Introduction to Forensics (CSI WEST)

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 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 genealogical publications and was 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.

Melissa Kuch

  • Answers in Genesis Chemistry Science (fall semester)
  • Answers  in Genesis Earth Science
  • Apologia General Science
  • Answers in Genesis Life Science (returning fall of 2020)

Melissa Kuch received a Minnesota teacher's license in elementary education and middle school science in the fall of 2011 through the University of Minnesota.  Here is where she also completed several graduate level courses in education.  Her Bachelor of Arts degree was earned in 2001 through Northwestern College in St. Paul, where she received a major in both graphic design and Bible, and a minor in art.

Now Melissa enjoys combining her knowledge of Bible, science, and art to bring a creative classroom experience to students, based on both biblical and scientific knowledge. Making science fun for the students has become a passion for Melissa, as she enjoys bringing hands-on learning experiences to students while developing positive relationships. Working with the homeschool community has proven to be very rewarding for her, as she has been with WEST since 2012.  Other teaching experiences she has had in the past include being involved in children's Sunday school programs, substitute teaching through the Elk River School District, and being a private piano instructor.