I attended the University of Minnesota at Morris from 1991-1995, to prepare for medical school and to learn as much as I could in multiple areas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (English major, Biology and Chemistry minors), 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 tenyears of homeschooling later, I’m so thankful for the path on which the Lord has led my family and me. He was preparing me for things I could have never foreseen. In my fourth year at WEST, my fascination with science remains strong, and I greatly look forward to the adventure of exploring the power, beauty, order, and creativity of God!
Linda Kaye Williams
This is my third year teaching at WEST and it is my pleasure to explore physical science. In addition to Physical Science, last year I taught Chemistry for WEST and Mathematics at The University of Saint Thomas. I like science and students. It is exciting to work with the minds of the future. I have previously taught polymer chemistry to high school students and was Chair of the 3M Science Training Encouragement Program, which was designed to introduce students to science and technology in industrial settings. I have also taught mathematics at The University of Michigan.
In industry, I worked as a Research Chemist and Process Engineer for 3M and IBM. I hold six patents in thermal dye technology. I have a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from The University of Michigan. Continuing education includes graduate coursework in polymer chemistry, engineering, polymer processing, and industrial chemistry.
I am blessed to have a husband and two high energy, intelligent children that have helped us optimize “hands on learning.” We made volcanoes after eating thanksgiving dinner. Thank God for gravy and science.
(Answers in Genesis Earth Science)
(Apologia General Science)
Melissa Kuch is excited to teach earth science at WEST! She received her Minnesota teacher’s license in elementary education and middle school science in the fall of 2011 through the University of Minnesota, where she is currently finishing her Masters of Education degree.
Her Bachelor of Arts degree was earned in 2001 through Northwestern College in St. Paul, where she majored in Bible and Graphic Design. Now she enjoys combining her knowledge of Bible, science, and art to bring a creative classroom experience to students, based on both biblical and scientific knowledge. Working with the home school community has proven to be very rewarding for her, as she has spent the last year teaching science classes for Anchor Co-op in Andover.
Making science fun for the students has become a passion for Melissa, and she enjoys bringing hands-on learning experiences to students while developing positive relationships. Other teaching experiences she currently holds include substitute teaching for the Elk River Area School District and being a private piano instructor.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys the great outdoors by traveling, hiking, and biking with her husband Brian.
(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.