KIM MCDERMID -STEM Hands-On Fun (Ages 7-14)
Hello, my name is Kim McDermid! I was born and raised in California, but moved to Minnesota with my husband four years ago when we felt God calling us to be worship leaders here. We now serve together at Mosaic Church in Osseo and have loved growing in our giftings. This past spring God blessed us with two healthy identical twin boys! I have enjoyed a wonderful maternity leave and am so excited to be back at Wings tutoring this fall. Over the last six years I have taught in several different settings and worked with a wide range of age groups. I also recently finished a masters degree in education at Western Governors University. Throughout my years of teaching, I have continued to prioritize opportunities for hands-on learning. This school year, as we move through the lessons, students will be challenged to think critically, hypothesize, experiment, and learn from trial and error.
Sandy Adler attended Riverdale Community College in Austin, MN to pursue an AA degree in Fine Arts, Minneapolis Community and Technical College for an AA in Graphic/Commercial Design, and Crown College for a B.A. in Christian Education. She is currently a practicing and accomplished artist in both fine arts and graphic design. She is the Director of Marketing, Advertising and Promotion as well as Vice President of Heart of the City Ministries, a non-profit organization led by Sandy and her husband for the purpose of bringing racial and denominational unity to the Body of Christ in the Twin Cities area. Her paintings in oil pastel have been featured in businesses and ministries in the Twin Cities area. She has been teaching art since 2001 in area home school academies and co-ops as well as after school enrichment programs in the local school districts, with over 160 students per year during the 2008-17 school years. In 2006 Sandy won a grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to bring her oil pastels class into a select group of inner-city schools, in order to provide supplies and instruction to students living at or below poverty level. She has also implemented art programs by providing curriculum, supplies and instruction to impoverished communities in third world countries through three mission trips.
An 11-year home school veteran herself, Sandy’s passion is to make art instruction engaging and inspiring for students of all levels, to introduce students to the sheer joy of art even as they learn advanced techniques, and to help them truly learn to “see” the beauty of God’s world around them as they learn art basics and secrets that hone their own skills and abilities as young artists.
SHAYNA BOYLE - PHY-ED (Ages 5-14)
Hello! My name is Shayna Boyle and I have a passion for fitness. I have been in the industry for over 16 years. I graduated in Marketing from the Carlson School but realized quickly that office work was not for me. I needed to MOVE my body. And so do your kids! They need to MOVE their bodies too! I am excited for the opportunity to teach your children how to move their bodies in ways that are healthy and honoring to God. Play is necessary for children (and adults too I might add). I hope to teach them that no matter their skill level, that any child, of any ability, can play and have fun and be themselves (who God made them to be). I hope to instill in them a sense of how much God loves each of them individually, just as they are, and teach them that all movement can be a form of worship to God! Looking forward to this year with Wings!
Hola parents and students:
My name is Mari Rodriguez, I grew up in Mexico. We move here 15 years ago. I have 3 kids (15, almost 13 and 6) and I have the privilege to homeschool them all this time.
Before and during my time in here my husband an I we were formally serving as a children's pastors at Grove Christian center. I have the privilege to be a Spanish tutor for over 10 years at WEST and at Teach Co-op.
I’m looking forward to have fun with your kids and for a wonderful year at Wings.
Mrs. Mari Rodriguez
HANNAH SCHWARZ - BLUE JAYS/ROBINS (Ages 3-4)
Hannah Schwarz is a Wings graduate (when she turned 15) and in 2014 participated in the MACHE Commencement as she graduated from Schwarz Homeschool Academy (high school). She began teaching preschool at Wings as a co-teacher in 2011, and has been the lead teacher since 2012. She has two younger brothers, Nick and Nathan, and learned to babysit and teach through working with them and her mom. She also has been teaching in the 2's classroom since 2007 on Sundays with her mom, and in 2016 kept at it as her mom retired. She also began teaching a 4-6 year old class at another co-op in 2017. In addition to teaching, she has many nanny families she cares for, as well as housecleaning, housesitting, and gardening clients. She was an Explorer with the St Michael Fire Department for 6 years, "retiring" at age 21. In her free time, Hannah enjoys social gatherings and her Bible study group, attending Christian conferences, watching movies and playing Monopoly Deal (and many other games!). You can also find her at the soccer field watching her brother Nathan, and gardening around the yard at home. She's thrilled that her schedule for the coming year allows her to teach in our preschool once again.
CLAUDIA WEIS - Sparrows (the youngest age group in our Younger Classes, roughly ages 6 months thru the 2nd year)
Hello and welcome to Wings Sparrows, the littlest group of our co-op. I am so excited to be the tutor for this class again this year.
A little about me: I grew up in a small town in northern Germany and started babysitting and helping out in our children's ministry at the age of 13. After graduating from high school, I decided to spend a year living in a different country and experiencing a new culture while still working with children. So I came to the USA as an Aupair in 2000. Well, God had a different plan and He introduced me to a young man whom I married halfway into my year and we have been happily married for over 19 years. We have two incredible sons, one is 11 years old and participates in the older Wings classes, the other one will turn two in January and gets to be part of my class.
Throughout most of my adult life I have enjoyed caring for people. I worked in group homes for people with disabilities, in hospitals, labs, home health care. Most recently I have worked as a bilingual nanny, as well as providing event child care for military families. I have been involved in children's ministry for many years and have homeschooled my oldest from the beginning.
I consider it an honor and privilege to care for, and play with your little children and I thank you for your trust.
My hobbies include participating in living history events and spending time in nature with my family.
I look forward to meeting you and your children at Wings!
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)