Lang Arts / English Tutors

Ms. Patsy Brekke & Miss Zoe 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 received the A.V.I.D. Teacher of the Year award from the San Diego County Office of Education in 1993. Ms. B. is the owner of Writing Foundations, Inc. and the author of the timed essay program Essays on Demand. She has taught writing classes at various locations since 2001. Accredited in 2008 by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Ms. B. has received the highest ranking of Accomplished Instructor. She also works as a curriculum writer, consultant, speaker, and publishing editor. Ultimately, Ms. B.'s desire is to come alongside other homeschooling parents and take the mystery and misery out of writing.

Miss Zoe Brekke has grown up in the Writing Foundations classroom. Her literary career began in kindergarten when she enthusiastically joined the Level 1 class and wrote her first fable about “the horrible king who abominated everyone.” Miss Zoe has worked as a Writing Foundations curriculum developer, administrative assistant, and editor coordinator since 2012. She is the author of the delightfully entertaining Grammar Warm Up stories used in the Writing Foundations classes. As a homeschooling graduate, Zoe enjoys editing papers, substitute teaching, homemaking, and snuggling with babies. Miss Zoe is currently pursuing accreditation as an IEW instructor while she assists Ms. B. in the classroom.



Robin Fraser

  • Introduction to Communication & Speech

Teaching and empowering students with knowledge and the love of learning is a high value to Robin.  She is thrilled to interact with students in the classroom.

Speaking publicly has been a part of Robin's career throughout the years.  Developing the art of public speaking offers students a life-long skill in any career or life circumstance.  Bringing her experience to an engaging, lively and hands-on classroom is exciting for Robin.

Robin holds a degree in education – has taught a variety of subjects in the inner-city public schools at the middle/junior high level.   In 1993, Robin won the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year Award for Wisconsin.  She has also served as an inner-city youth director, has worked in the corporate world and has served in church:  council member/teacher/ministry lead and more.

Robin is a home educator of 13 years.  She is the founder of a homeschool co-op, co-founder of WEST and has recently finished two years of schooling to earn certification as a Spiritual Director.


Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk

  • Essay Writing

As an active member of both the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International, Vitalia is an award-winning international speaker and published author who has worked with many businesses in a wide array of industries across the U.S. and Canada offering high-content, interactive leadership, sales training, and goal-achievement workshops that are filled with fun, humor, and teachable moments.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota with an M.Ed. in Spanish Education and a minor in theatre and speech communications, she helps numerous clients as a mentor and coach in the areas of persuasive and proposal writing, as well as speech development, composition, presentation skills, and industry knowledge of self-publishing, as well as the "Professional Speaking Biz".

As a mentor, consultant, and supportive friend to so many, Vitalia's main passion is to help others pursue their dreams and achieve their personal and professional development goals. Many have turned to Vitalia for guidance and direction to improve their own communication skills through more effective speaking and writing.  Vitalia is an energetic, enthusiastic, and engaging instructor, who helps her clients and students communicate for results!


Jennifer Holt

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
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!