Elective Tutors

Jan Sands

  • Personal Finance

I hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education. My bachelor’s degree includes a concentration in math.

I have been tutoring and teaching students in math, algebra, and geometry for over twenty years.

Parents of my students have told me that their child’s opinion of math has changed from least favorite subject to at least tolerable, and in some cases even enjoyable. Parents have also reported improvement in their relationship with their child once math was eliminated as a cause of conflict between them.


Chris Carl

  • Sewing 

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 fourth year teaching Sewing at WEST.


Connie Bendickson

  • Cooking for Real Life

Connie Bendickson is passionate - and gets very excited - about the beautiful foods God created to nourish our bodies.  Her desire is to feed her family with foods that will best nourish them for optimum health.   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 sweetheart, graduated from the University of St. Thomas with an accounting degree, 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.   


Jeff Herringshaw

  • 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 four years.

In 1992, Jeff and his family joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM), becoming one of the organization’s Discipleship Training School directors. For more than 20 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.


Heather Kipp

  • ACT Test Prep

Heather Kipp graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, majoring in Mathematics Education and Bible in 2000.  In 2014, she received her M.A. in Education from Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN with a concentration in Online Teaching. 

She has been teaching mathematics in various capacities for the past 15 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 five years.  She has a passion for teaching mathematics 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.

Her interests include music, reading, hiking, and gardening.  She is actively involved in her local church and at CityLifeWorks, a ministry in her North Minneapolis community.  


Kari Smith

  • Basic Photography

Kari loves nature, color, adventure and pretty much anything having to do with fun. She graduated from St Cloud State with a degree in Elementary Education and thoroughly enjoys teaching and hanging out with students. She also loves photography, cinematography, graphic design and anything creative. Kari has taken pictures for engagement shoots, 5k races, and non-profit fundraisers among other things. Some of her favorite photography is in nature, especially the fall and spring seasons when the colors are their brightest. Kari is also an avid camper/road tripper and finds any reason she can to be outside exploring new places. Kari worked for the last 12 years at an organization called Real Resources that is home to YouthWorks Missions and Youth Specialties where she served with both organizations. While there, Kari served in a variety of capacities, including spending seven summers out in the mission field in various remote parts of the United States. She attends Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove and is very much plugged into the youth ministry there. When it is nice outside you can find her hanging out in her hammock enjoying creation.


Kristina Eaton

  • World Religions

Kristina Eaton is very excited to be returning to WEST to teach World Religions. Kristina previously taught Speech and Public Communications at WEST in its inaugural year. Kristina also offered this World Religions course at the Partnership co-op last year. She enjoys creating a fun and informative class environment, with lots of space for questions and discussion.

Kristina has her B.A. in Biblical Studies from the Univ. of Northwestern St Paul, along with minors in Intercultural Studies and Ancient Languages. After graduating, she followed her desire to expand her education and intercultural experience by getting her M.A. in Biblical Studies from Singapore Bible College. Her studies and adventures have brought her to more than a dozen countries on five continents as a teacher, a student, a missionary and a relief worker. She now lives in the metro area with her husband and fellow world-traveler, Scot, and their two-year-old son, Kenny. Kristina is happiest when she’s sitting in the sunshine reading a book, playing board games with Scot, or coloring while watching Star Trek or Doctor Who. She also blogs at daugherofsarah.wordpress.com


Jennifer Holt

  • Study Skills

Graduating from the University of Minnesota at Morris with a Bachelor of Arts (English major, Biology and Chemistry minors), I took classes in a variety of disciplines as I loved learning then as much as I still do now.  I postponed applying for medical school as my husband started seminary, then changed my career path permanently as God led me to stay home with the family He would give us.  Five children and ten years of homeschooling later, I’m so thankful for the path on which the Lord has led my family and me, during which he prepared me for things I could have never foreseen.  The opportunity to tutor allows me to share my enthusiasm for learning and hopefully pass it on. 

I have a passion for engaging all styles of learners, and enjoy incorporating that into each of my classes, whether it's having a coffeehouse-style discussion in Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, helping students apply Study Skills lessons of note-taking and planner usage into their other classes, role-playing the action of an enzyme in Biology, or using molecular model kits for Chemistry students to see (and touch!) how molecules form.  My goal is to not only make learning effective and fun, but also memorable.  Starting my sixth year at WEST, I look forward to presenting the power, beauty, order, and creativity of God to Biology, Chemistry, Study Skills, and Literature students.   God is so good!