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MEET OUR 2018-2019 TUTORS!

Mrs. Marti Ackland, A.A.
  • Speech Communications
Mrs. Ackland's love for speech goes back many years.  Influenced by her father, who was a high school speech and English teacher, as well as a pastor, she began attending contests before she could participate.  Through high school, she was involved in a variety of individual events that resulted in a state competition all four years.  Her involvement in large group contests included an Outstanding Performance Award and an invitation to perform before the governor of Iowa.  She also participated in the American Legion Oratorical Contest, spoke at her graduation and baccalaureate, participated in drama, and was offered a position as a radio newscaster/disc jockey.  She then attended Crown College, earning her Associate of Arts degree.  During her adult years, Mrs. Ackland has spoken for a variety of women's groups and mission conferences.  She was a speaker for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center and Open Doors (Brother Andrew's ministry).  In her years of home educating, she has taught and coached hundreds of students (and adults), including numerous national qualifiers and for a large variety of speaking situations.  Mrs. Ackland also co-directed the first Minnesota National Qualifying Speech Competition in 2000.  She served on the MN Homeschool Speech and Debate Committee, including the role of chairwoman, for many years, and has served as a judge, judge trainer, and director of state competitions.  She is excited to share her passion for this important life skill with your students!

Jeanne Adams, B.A.
  • History Alive!  Highlights from Ancient History
Jeanne grew up in Orono and became a Christian at age 5 through the witness of her 6 year old friend while playing dolls!  After studying in Colorado and France, she graduated from Bethel University in 2005 with a degree in History and French, and his currently a MN licensed ESL & French teacher K-12.  The past year, she has been instructing Medieval History in Action with students ages 6-12 at Truth Academy, a homeschool co-op.  She has worked in many countries with Youth With A Mission, where she and her husband, Chris, worked for five years.  She has had a wide range of teaching experiences from suburban to inner city schools, as well as Sunday schools and youth groups.  During the past three years she has been home full time with her lovely daughter Luma (3) and her son Caedmon (1).  She loves being home discipling her children and serving with Chris, who is the Family Ministry Director at Grace in Deephaven.  She is involved in the community as a leader in the local MOPS group.  When she has time, she loves traveling, hiking & skiing in the mountains, reading books (especially historical fiction), and hanging out with friends.  She is looking forward to sharing her love of history and God's story through activities and creative projects with the students at TEACH!

Ms. Cynthia Beck, B.M., M.M.

  • Discover Music (K-3rd)
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. Nancy Djerf, B.S.

  • 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.

  • Chemistry (10th+)
  • Physical Science (8th - 10th)
  • Applied Engineering (7th - 9th)
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.

Mrs. Terri Kryzer

  • ART:  Mixed Media (K - 3rd)
  • ART:  Extended Projects (4th - 8th)
  • ART:  Multi-Media / 3-D Art (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!    

Julie Nelson, B.A.

  • Acting Adventures
  • Theater I

Julie Nelson has always had a love for the arts and has spent many years acting, dancing, and singing; after majoring in Theater at Mankato State University.  After teaching at In the Company of Kids Performing Arts Center, she started her own Homeschool Theater Company "Acting with Character" in 2013 which includes classes and performance opportunities for homeschool students from the Twin Cities Homeschoolers for the Arts, South Heights, and now Teach Co-op.  Students attending any of these co-ops may also participate in a spring play production she directs.  

Julie also teaches with Drama Interaction which features programming for children, adults, and elderly with special or other needs.  Private acting lessons as well as a unique inter-generational theater program personally designed for use at Ebenezer Care Center for residents and pre-schoolers further exemplifies her broad application to bring drama to people of all ages and abililies.  

Julie has acted in, written and directed many dramas and plays for various churches, Sunday School programs and homeschool co-ops.  She is enthusiastic about sharing her love for theater with students and helping them explore their creativity and develop their unique talents, along with using these talents to glorify the Lord and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She is married and has four boys whom she homeschooled for eleven years.  


Senora Patty Noguera, B.A.

  • Spanish (K-3)
  • Spanish (4-6th/7th)
  • Spanish 1, High School Level (7th+)
¡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.

  • British Literature and Composition (9th - 12th)
  • Introduction to Literature (7th - 9th)
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!

Mrs. Kristen Savage, B.A, M.S.

  • Science Fun! (K - 3rd)
  • Science Fun! (4th - 6th)

Kristen Savage has been teaching children for the last 18 years.  Prior to having children of her own, she earned her B.A. in elementary education at Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.S. in special education at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Kristen spend years teaching in public and private schools and has a true passion for educating children.  She is currently a mother of six and is thrilled that God has allowed her to marry her love of teaching with her love of mothering in this adventure of homeschooling!  Kristen lives with her husband and children in Shakopee and enjoys travel, long walks with her husband, family adventures, good books, lazy days at her family cabin and time spent in God's Word.  Kristen is excited to be joining Teach as a tutor this year and looks forward to exploring God's creation through science with your children!

Mrs. Esther Williamson, M. Ed.

  • Math Lab (7th - 12th)
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.

Ms. Erica Woytcke, B.S.

  • A Beka Biology (9th+)  
  • Upper-Elementary Science: Earth Science (6th - 7th)
  • Upper-Elementary Science: Microscopy (6th - 7th)
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!