ENGLISH & LANGUAGE ARTS TUTORS
Ms. Patsy Brekke
(Writing Foundations 1/2)
(Writing Foundations I )
(Writing Foundations II)
A graduate of Moorhead State University with a BS in English, Patsy Brekke, a.k.a. “Ms. B.”, has been a Licensed English Teacher since 1987. She has taught English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading and Study Skills in Minnesota, Oregon and California. She has extensive experience with the California Achievement Writing Project and scoring timed essays, the Achievement Via Individual Determination Program (A.V.I.D.), The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Curriculum Development and Leadership Training. On two occasions, Ms. B. was nominated Site Teacher of the Year at Wilson Academy of International Studies in San Diego, California. She proudly received the A.V.I.D. Teacher of the Year award from the San Diego County Office of Education in 1993. Ms. B. has tutored writing for 3-6th graders and 7-12th graders since 2001. She is the creator of Writing Foundations, Inc. and the author of the timed essay program Essays on Demand. Ms. B. also works as a curriculum writer, consultant, speaker, and publishing editor. Accredited in 2008 by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Ms. B. has received the highest ranking of Accomplished Instructor. Her heart’s desire is to come alongside other parents and take the mystery and misery out of writing.
(Introduction to Communication and Speech)
Diane Windingland is a professional speaker, an author (http://smalltalkbigresults.com) and a presentation coach (http://www.virtualspeechcoach.com). A member of the National Speakers Association, she also has attained Toastmasters International highest educational award, Distinguished Toastmaster, which recognizes her for both leadership and communication excellence. Additionally, her speaking education includes improv, and stand-up comedy classes with Stevie Ray’s Improv School. Prior to becoming a professional speaker, Diane worked as an engineer and co-owned a small technology business. In addition to tutoring at WEST, her teaching experience includes presentation consulting with high school seniors at Maranatha Christian Academy on their capstone speeches, homeschooling her own children, teaching a homeschool speech class and organizing an introductory speech class for two 9th grade classes at Elk River High School. A second-degree black belt, Diane also has taught karate.