Elective Tutors

Susan Robinson

  • Personal Health, Safety, and Fitness for Life

Susan Robinson, with the help of her wonderful husband, has homeschooled for the past thirteen years and is thrilled to begin her first year tutoring at WEST.  She has worked for several major universities as a certified Health/Fitness Instructor, coordinating programs, teaching classes and leading student development initiatives. She has additional experience as an exercise rehab specialist, health educator, first aid/CPR instructor, coach, consultant, and presenter. She believes in service as “soul medicine” and is active in her church and community, helping out as needed.

Filled with love for God and His creation, Susan continues to grow in her desire for all that is good, true and beautiful and hopes to inspire her students to do the same.  She is passionate about seeing each student’s gifts and potential, then watching them work hard to achieve their goals. Susan has a B.S. in Education (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and an M.S. in Education (Virginia Tech), with concentrations in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation. 

Susan loves life and see it as an exciting journey with all its twists and turns, and especially enjoys family time, recreation in nature (hiking, biking, walking, canoeing, you name it!), music, reading, crocheting, cooking, gardening, and just being. Prayer and experiential learning with students of all ages is the fuel that keeps Susan moving.

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 I & II

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 fifth year teaching Sewing at WEST.

Tutor TBD

  • Cooking for Real Life


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, with majors in Mathematics Education and Bible and a minor in Science 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 taught mathematics in a variety of capacities and levels - elementary math through college courses.  Prior to teaching at WEST she taught high school mathematics in the public schools, ACT prep courses, tutored individual students, and started a tutoring ministry.  In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mom and has enjoyed the opportunity to homeschool her own children in addition to teaching PSEO math and ACT Test prep classes at WEST. 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 the music ministry of her local church and serving the practical and spiritual needs of others at CityLifeWorks, a ministry in North Minneapolis. 

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

A graduate of the University of Minnesota at Morris with a Bachelor of Arts (an English major with Biology and Chemistry minors), Jennifer Holt loves learning as much now as she did then. The opportunity to serve as a tutor for WEST and a teaching assistant for Crown College allows her to share and pass on this enthusiasm for learning. 

Jennifer has a passion for engaging all styles of learners and enjoys incorporating that passion into each setting for classroom instruction.  Whether it is having a coffeehouse-style discussion, role-playing the class content, or using hands-on models, Jennifer’s goal is to make learning effective, fun, and memorable.  She is delighted to have served six years at WEST, where she has tutored Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Study Skills, and Literature.  Jennifer looks forward to a new year of personally supporting students while communicating God’s power, beauty, order, and creativity.