Science Tutors

Susan Kilbride

  • Introduction to Forensics (CSI WEST)

Susan graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in biology, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in Venezuela studying floodplain fish for two winters. Her first love was science and nature but as time went on she also discovered a passion for genealogy and history. She’s been a home educator for sixteen years and has taught science, writing, and history classes to homeschoolers both in Hawaii and Minnesota. She’s the author of Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers and a series of historical chapter books on American history, the Our America series. She and her students in Hawaii wrote a book on Hawaiian culture, The Hawai’iana Project that has been put in the Honolulu Public Library’s legacy library, where it is guaranteed to stay on the shelves for 100 years. Susan is also the author of a number of articles in various genealogical publications and was co-author of an article in Biotropica, a science journal.

Susan’s goal is to make learning fun for her students so that they have a lifelong appreciation of whatever subject she teaches.


Jennifer Holt

  • Apologia Biology
  • Discovering Design with Chemistry
  • Survey of High School Chemistry (fall semester)
  • Survey of High School Anatomy & Physiology (spring semester)

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.


Linda Kaye Williams

  • Apologia Physical Science

This is my seventh year teaching at WEST and it is my pleasure to explore physical science. In addition to Physical Science, in the past I have 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 an 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.


Melissa Kuch

  • Answers in Genesis Life Science 
  • Answers in Genesis Chemistry Science 
  • Apologia General Science
  • Answers in Genesis Earth Science (returning fall of 2017)

Melissa Kuch 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 Melissa enjoys combining her knowledge of Bible, science, and art to bring a creative classroom experience to students, based on both biblical and scientific knowledge. Making science fun for the students has become a passion for Melissa, as she enjoys bringing hands-on learning experiences to students while developing positive relationships. Working with the homeschool community has proven to be very rewarding for her, as this will be her fifth year at WEST. Other teaching experiences she currently holds include substitute teaching for the Elk River School District and being a private piano instructor.