WEST PSEO Instructor Biographies
- Art Appreciation - FAR 1560 - 3 credits (Crown College)
Holly is the homeschooling mother of two crazy-creative, artistic kids who keep the artistic fervor alive in her home. She is a great proponent of the notion that because God is creative, then we are also naturally creative. Our art should reflect not only who we are, but who God is in us. Art is naturally therapeutic but also pushes us to be more than we thought we could be.
Holly graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, but her greatest artistic passion is photography. She thoroughly enjoyed running her own portrait studio for ten years, then set it aside to homeschool her children. Her greatest joy in life (second to truly important spiritual matters) is to watch her children excel in their artistic expression.
- American Literature - ENG 2510 - 3 credits (Crown College)
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.
- Health and Wellness for Life - PED 1515 - 3 credits (Crown College)
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.
- General Psychology - PSY 130 - 3 credits (Crown College)
Anna received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a minor in Spanish. She then went on to get her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the same institution. Anna currently works as a pediatric occupational therapist in Coon Rapids, MN. Much of her current patient caseload includes children with mental health disorders.
- College Writing and Research - ENG 1510 - 3 credits (Crown College)
- Instruction to Literary Analysis - ENG 1512 - 3 credits (Crown College)
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 six 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.
- College Algebra I - MATH 125 - 3 credits (NCU)
- Liberal Arts Math - MATH 115 - 3 credits (NCU)
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.
- American Sign Language I - MLAN 150 - 4 credits (NCU)
- American Sign Language II - MLAN 151 - 4 credits (NCU)
- Foundations of Biology with lab - SCI 1531 - 4 credits (Crown College)
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.
- World Civilizations - HIST 1510 - 3 credits (Crown College)
- Spanish I - LAN 245 - 3 credits (Crown College)
- Spanish I - LAN 246 - 3 credits (Crown College)
Casey Ochs has a Master’s degree in International Management (MIM) from the University of St. Thomas in St Paul and BA degrees in History and Spanish from the University of Minnesota. In addition, Casey holds a Certificate in International Trade from Anoka Ramsey Technical College. For the last 24 years he has worked in International Trade Services with Wells Fargo Bank. There he has been extensively involved in training for import and export customers as well correspondent banks, including financial institutions in Latin America. He has conducted workshops and seminars for a number of trade organizations in the Upper Midwest and institutions of higher learning such as the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and Minnesota State University - Mankato. Casey is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist through the Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade, (BAFT)
Philosophically, Casey believes that students should be exposed to real world application of the knowledge acquired in school, whether it’s business, language study or history. In addition, He believes that learning organizational and time management skills at this level is extremely important. Classes should have a proper balance between lecture, student interaction, work outside of class and field trips when appropriate. Casey’s personal interests include camping, skiing, biking, leatherwork and playing guitar with his family’s band “Cecilia’s Crossing.” He is also a partner with his wife in their home based business, “Casey’s Cache.” Casey went through a personal conversion in 1982 and committed his life to Jesus at that time."
- Introduction to Public Communication - COM 1515 - 3 credits (Crown College)
Cristen Schmalz has a bachelor degree in speech communication from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. She loves the power of words and learning how to construct messages that clearly communicate, inspire, and empower those around you. She will help you to feel comfortable while growing in your skill of public communication. Cristen and her husband, Gary, have four kids. Together they homeschool and travel as much as possible.