(Total Health and First Aid)
I studied Law Enforcement at Lakewood Community College and worked as a Police Reserve Officer for the city of St. Paul at the same time. This really instilled safety mindedness. Lack of funds kept me from completing school. I married and we have 4 children now young adults. I started homeschooling in 2002. My youngest graduated in 2012.
I have been a Health a Safety Instructor since 2009; teaching for The American Red Cross and Partnership Homeschool Co-op. In the past few years I have been able to teach for a few more homeschool co-ops including WEST Classes. God has given me a memory for details in this area and an ability to communicate that information to others in a way that they can understand. I have taught persons of all ages; adults who have previously had bad experiences in learning environments have been successful in my classes. I have taught persons with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, deformities, persons with English as a second language and even persons with no English, all have been successful in my classes.
I enjoy teaching kids the most; they are curious and always have such interesting questions. I have a little experience in drama through church and am able to bring that to my kid’s classes to help make their learning experience a bit more realistic and fun. I am able to customize classes and am willing to spend extra time with a student when necessary. I invite parents to observe at any time, you are always welcome
Chris is the mother of 6 children and has been homeschooling since 1995. She has been sewing since she was 13 years old and has sewn everything from baby clothes, to elaborate costumes and dresses, and recently recovered her living room couches. She has been involved with Children’s Ministry for many years which has given her the opportunity to teach children in a classroom setting.
This will be her third year teaching Sewing I & II at WEST.
Cooking for Real Life
Connie Bendickson has been passionate about healthy food for the last 15 years. Her desire is to feed her family with foods that will best nourish them for optimum health. With a passion for helping others, Connie founded a ministry called Healthy Moms, Healthy Families, taught many classes, published a newsletter, ran a grocery buying club, wrote a book, spoke at conferences, and published various magazine articles – all in an effort to encourage others in their quest for healthier eating habits.
She is passionate – and gets very excited – about the beautiful foods God created to nourish our bodies. Though food is her passion, she doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. She loves to teach others how to get back to the basics and make healthy eating simple, nutritious, and delicious.
Connie grew up in her parent’s small town café, married her high school sweet heart, graduated from the University of St. Thomas with B.A.in Accounting, climbed the corporate ladder for a few years, and is now a homeschooling mom to two healthy eating teenagers. A life-long learner, Connie is currently a student at Trinity School of Natural Health. Visit her blog at: www.cafediasozo.blogspot.com
(Light Bearer’s Worldview)
Jeff Herringshaw graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific
University in California in 1984, majoring in English and minoring in
Biblical Studies. After teaching English in the People’s Republic of China
for a year, Jeff returned to the U.S. to earn a secondary teaching
credential for English and World History from Sacramento State University.
He then went on to teach middle and high school writing and literature for
In 1992, Jeff and his family joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM), becoming
one of the organization’s Discipleship Training School directors. For the
past 19 years, he has taught young people, including his own three
children, to embrace their faith, love God with all their hearts, and
understand why they believe what they do. He recently completed his Master
of Arts degree in Christian Thought at Bethel Seminary.
His work with YWAM has taken him to more than 30 countries, giving him a
well-rounded perspective of other cultures and worldview systems. It is
his passion to teach young people to think clearly about what they believe
so they can choose to live out their faith with their whole heart.
(Introduction to Photography)
In 2006 I started my own photography business while I was taking photography courses from Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie. My particular area of expertise is portraiture with digital DSLR cameras in ambient lighting conditions, but my training goes beyond that. In addition to my own freelance work, I have been a wedding photographer with Wilson Aesthetics LLC since 2011. My experience includes engagements, weddings, maternity, newborns, family portraits, senior portraits, photojournalism and conceptual photography. Please feel free to check out my online portfolio at mariahjoyphotography.com.
For nearly my entire educational career I was homeschooled, along with my older sister and younger brother. I loved it! I am really blessed to have had such a rich and positive experience. This is one reason why I have a strong desire to support other parents and their children in this amazing journey of homeschooling. I now have a BS in Urban Studies from Northwestern College, St. Paul.
When I first picked up a camera, it was like discovering the language of my heart! The role of photography in my life has been a channel for glorifying God by being the artist He has designed me to be. It has also developed beyond self-expression – to an instrument of loving others and helping them to see themselves the way God sees them, and to see the world the way God sees it. It is a huge desire of mine to provide a healthy environment and the resources necessary for students to discover their talents and passions, and to explore photography to see if it is one of them.
In addition to photography, in my spare time I enjoy bicycling, camping, writing poetry and research articles, playing cards and board games with my family, thrifting, being by the ocean, experiencing a good thunderstorm, travelling, and learning about other cultures.
(ACT Test Prep)
Heather Kipp graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, majoring in mathematics Education in 2000. She is currently completing her M.A. in Education from Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN with a concentration in Online Teaching. She has been teaching in various capacities for the past 14 years. She has taught high school mathematics, ACT prep courses, tutored individual students, and started a tutoring ministry. In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mom and has been homeschooling her own children for the past four years. She has a passion for teaching 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.