MEET OUR 2017-2018 TUTORS!
Ms. Cynthia Beck, B.M., M.M.
Cynthia Beck (Ms. Cindy) has been playing the piano since age 6, and has taught private piano for over 15 years. She has taught music in the classroom for students from Preschool through 12th grade in both the Chicago and Washington, DC areas. She has served as choir director and musical director at Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet, Illinois; Bullis School, Potomac, Maryland; and Christ Episcopal School, Rockville, Maryland. Cynthia graduated from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. It was during this time that she developed a real love for music education, and went on to receive a Masters in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She maintains ABD status for her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cynthia has also taught private voice at the Musical Theatre Center in Rockville, Maryland in addition to maintaining her own private piano studio. She currently plays on the worship team at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN. We are blessed to have such an enthusiastic and gifted musician join us and guide our students to explore and sing the music our Lord loves to hear! “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” Eph. 5:19b.
Mrs. Sharis Cooley, B.S., B.E., M.A.
Science Fun! (K-3rd)
Science Fun! (4th - 6th)
Sharis Cooley grew up with a love of science. Her father was a scientist and encouraged her to pursue her love in her studies and professionally. Sharis graduated from college with a Chemistry degree and minors in Physics and Math. She also graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and after working for some time in her field went back to school to get her masters in teaching high school Chemistry from an experiential perspective. Now Sharis has 4 children, whom she loves to teach! Along with the blessing of staying home to raise and homeschool her children, Sharis is excited to have the opportunity to now teach your children science through this wonderful co-op! It is so much more fun to teach science to a group of children as they all bring their unique perspectives. We are blessed and excited to have Sharis join us as a tutor this year!
IEW Prep: Writing Fun (K - 3rd)
IEW Fundamentals & Fundamentals Plus (4th - 7th)
IEW Advanced Writing (7th - 10th)
Intro to Speech & Communication (4th – 7th)
Nancy is a seasoned homeschooler of seven children. The Djerfs 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 she continues to support families as they make educational decisions on behalf of their children. She 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 Registered IEW Instructor since 2008. Teach has affectionately called Nancy, "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!
Mrs. Laura Glassel, A.A.S., B.S. M.A.
Laura Glassel grew up in the New England area, Germany, and Minnesota. She received her associate's degree in Aircraft Maintenance, her bachelor's degree in Missionary Aviation, and her master's degree in Bible Translation from Bob Jones University. As part of her education, she earned both her aircraft mechanic's and pilot's certificates. Her involvement in the aviation world has given her a keen interest in seeing science applied in every-day life. During her college years, she tutored high school students in math and science, and learned a lot about teaching techniques and learning. She has since been able to transfer her tutoring skills to the classroom situation in order to share her passion for science with more students. Laura has been tutoring and teaching junior high and senior high classes in the Twin Cities since 2008.
ART: Mixed Media (K - 3rd)
ART: Extended Projects (4th - 8th)
ART: Focused Projects (7th - 12th)
Terri LOVES teaching art and learning new things! God has gifted Terri with the ability to teach art and she loves being able to glorify God in all that she does. She considers herself blessed with having had the opportunity to teach art at many different homeschool co-ops for the past 12 years and also a number of years with Young Rembrandt's. She has worked with gifted children, has held private lessons, and also held summer clay- and oil painting camps throughout the years as well. She has homeschooled two of her children from infancy through PSEO. Her family has been involved in missions, Terri has led women's Bible Study groups for many years, and she continues to chaperone youth events. Besides teaching art, her passion is 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! Some of her interests include all kinds of art, traveling, cooking, sewing, knitting and loving on people!
Senora Patty Noguera, B.A.
Spanish 1, High School Level (7th+)
Spanish 2, High School Level (8th+)
¡Hola! I would like to introduce myself, my name is Patty Noguera Demopoulos, and I was born in Colombia, South America. My family moved to the United States when I was two years old. I was raised in a bi-lingual family where Spanish and English were spoken; many people refer to this as "Spanglish." I relocated to Minnesota to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree from St. Cloud State University. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, two children and three grandchildren. I have taught Castilian Spanish and Language Arts for thirteen years for grades kindergarten through eighth grade and also am a private tutor for children and adults. I developed the Spanish program with Spanish Language Standards at a private school where I worked for ten years. The Spanish program’s focus is to allow the student to become comfortable with another language and culture. I want them to be confident in their abilities to communicate with others different than themselves. Overall, the outcome would cumulate in a Spanish education which fosters the spiritual, emotional and cognitive strengths of each individual child. I have been given the "gift" of teaching from our Lord and the joy it brings me is complete! I relish the gleam in student’s eyes when they exhibit "The Joy of Learning."
Mrs. Heather Sandahl, B.A., M.A.
Heather Sandahl is an IEW homeschool graduate from St. Cloud, whose passion is literature! She received her B.A. in Literature and her M.A. in English from St. Cloud State University and is a Registered IEW Instructor. Heather has previous experience teaching college writing courses and tutoring. Recently, she worked as a Library Assistant with Anoka County and is always looking for a good book recommendation! Mrs. Sandahl lives in Anoka with her husband and young son. Teach is thrilled to welcome Heather to our co-op this year!
Mr. Oliver Skurdahl, M. Ed.
Oliver has more than 26 years of teaching experience in public elementary schools. He is a St. Paul native who has lived in Brooklyn Park for the last 24 years. He has a B.A. degree from Bethel University and a Masters of Education degree from St. Mary’s University. He and his wife, Barbara, attend Grace Church in Eden Prairie, where Ollie teaches in the elementary department. Even though he has recently retired from public education, he has a continuing commitment to make learning history interesting as well as informative. He excels in motivating students to participate in the learning process. Through a variety of tasks and projects, his students come to view the study of history as a stimulating subject rather than just a boring collection of facts. He enjoys tutoring his unique history courses at several area homeschool co-ops.
Mrs. Esther Williamson, M. Ed.
Esther Williamson is married to Jim and has two precious boys (Vincent, 16, and Tad, 12). Besides home-educating her "guys," her passion and joy is to teach math. Her own, undeveloped problem solving skills were re-trained and refined during her teaching classes, so she can relate to your students! She has a Minnesota teaching license (grades 7-12 mathematics), a Masters in Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota, and 21 years of experience teaching and tutoring math to all ages, kindergarten through college students. In the past she has taught classes at Eden Prairie High School and at Minnesota School of Business and currently works as a private math tutor for students in the western suburbs.
Erica graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was homeschooled through high school, and now has six years of experience teaching science to students of all ages, from preschoolers to college undergraduates. She also works part-time as an adjunct professor at Northwestern teaching biology. Erica loves to be active outdoors, and has taken groups on trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for research and studies in biology. Her passion is to teach others about God’s incredible creation, leading them to a greater excitement about what surrounds them, and pointing them back to our amazing Creator!