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Steffanie Culp

Steffanie Culp has been homeschooling her three daughters since 2007. Steffanie has been teaching classes to homeschoolers since the fall of 2014. An avid reader, traveler, knitter, and learner, Steffanie enjoys teaching how history intersects with many parts of our lives - especially in Art History. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History. She loves teaching and being part of the homeschooling community.

Todd Culp

Dr. Todd Culp has been an instructor of Political Science and History at McHenry County College since 2001. A lifelong reader of the works of C.S. Lewis. He sees the classroom as a great place to connect Lewis' wisdom and insight to our contemporary lives and the challenges we face as Christians today.  

April Follett

April has been married over 20 years and is a mother of four. She has been homeschooling since 2007. April has a love for being outside, physical activities, playing games, crafting, and field trips.

Andrea Heimer

Andrea and her family live in Marengo where, along with her husband, they have been blessed to pastor for the last 10 years. They enjoy volunteering in homeschool cooperatives and serving the local church in many teaching roles, including Family Director for over 3 years. Andrea has more than 22 years of experience leading children's groups, activities, and minute-to-win-it games. She has enjoyed homeschooling their children for over the last 15 years. She graduated from NIU with a BFA and enjoys and appreciates creativity and expression. She considers it a blessing to teach the next generation of world-changers in the homeschool community. She also loves Jesus and hopes there will be pizza in heaven.  

Sandy Laker

Sandy has been married for over 33 years and is the mother of 4 children. She homeschooled her children for 16 years, and her youngest son graduated in May 2016. She has taught high school credit classes in a co-op setting for over 14 years. She has taught science, math, and American Sign Language as a foreign language. Prior to teaching high school classes, she taught elementary and Jr High classes for 5 years. She loves science, math, and creative expression. She has a passion for teaching, both in the homeschool setting and at her church. Sandy has a BSN and has worked as an RN in hospital and home care settings. She quit work when her kids were young to be a stay-at-home mom. She enjoys spending time with her family and being a mentor for a robotics team in Elgin. 

Donna Ricci

Donna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and Sociology. She has been teaching since 1997 through the area park districts and homeschool cooperatives.  She feels extremely blessed to be able to continue to teach Bible, Great Books and American History/Constitution classes to homeschoolers. She is a believer in Christ, mother of three and has been married over 31 years

Nathan Shutters

Nathan Shutters is in his second year of college and has had over 6 years of engineering education. He has spent the last 2 years tutoring both math and science. He enjoys teaching students and loves helping people learn new things in both fun and creative ways.

Nicci Shutters

Nicci feels blessed to have seen the transforming power of God’s grace and the hope found through understanding one’s identity in Christ; she is passionate about equipping both children and adults in the truth of the gospel. She has been very involved in her church for over the last 17 years, serving in both the children’s ministry and alongside her husband, as small group leaders. Nicci has three children, one has graduated, two are still homeschooled. She has been homeschooling since 2013.

Jenny Swanson

Jenny Swanson is married to Jeff and is mom to Mia, TJ, and Toby. She's been homeschooling her kids for over 12 years and has been part of the co-op world for the last 7 years. Jenny and her kids enjoy the friendships that have developed at Hilltop.

Carol Werner

Carol lives in Marengo with her husband, Tim. She recently retired after teaching in Mt.Prospect for 33 years. Besides teaching 5th grade most of her years, she also worked as a math resource teacher and a junior high teacher. In retirement, she is enjoying substitute teaching in Marengo. She is a member of Marengo First Assembly of God where she teaches 3-5th grade Sunday School and helps out with the Wednesday night kids clubs.  

Katie Withrow

Katie Withrow, 35, lives in Island Lake and has been teaching piano for over 10 years. She believes reading music and making music is a gift every child should be given and loves to teach music via the piano. She has a BA in Church Music, Vocal Performance, from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been playing piano since she was 6 years old. Katie gives classical piano instruction while utilizing some methods of Suzuki and other contemporaries. She also teaches theory and chord understanding for those who are interested in playing piano in contemporary worship. Katie was a Worship Pastor for 4 years before following God's call to move with her family to the area. She is excited to continue to spread the love of music with you!