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Adler, Cydney
Cydney Adler
     My name is Cydney Adler, and I live with my husband Tom in Burien.  I worked for over 20 years as a biologist, biochemist, and finally, a manager in the pharmaceutical research industry.  My first job was at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  From there I joined Genetic Systems/Oncogen and then Bristol-Myers Squibb.  When the Bristol labs moved to New Jersey, I decided to take the opportunity to be an at-home mom and homeschool my daughters (who are now SPU graduates with careers of their own).  In 1999, the girls and I helped a friend start The Horsemanship School in Redmond where we worked through 2012.  There I taught riding and horsemanship to over 100 students a week ranging in age from four years old to adults.  I have been privileged to teach a variety of science and geography classes at several homeschool groups and a private school.  I look forward to teaching at Connections in the upcoming school year.  I love our Lord and enjoy teaching.  I am passionate about teaching to multiple learning styles and in helping students understand science from a Christian worldview.
Bailey, Lisa
Lisa Bailey
     I have been homeschooling since my first daughter was born in 1995, and I have always loved to read aloud to my children whether it is baby board books, poetry, Five in a Row picture books, Narnia books, YWAM biographies, or lots in between.  I have been married to Scot since 1992 and have seven children ages 7 to 24.  They have all been part of this awesome community since 2002 when my first one turned seven and we were delighted to “get in” to Connections.  This will be our 18th year, and I am so happy to give back and teach my favorite curriculum for the young ones.  While we were serving on the WATCH Board and HOME Board years ago, we met and hosted Steve and Jane Lambert, the writers of Five in a Row.  Not only is FIAR a great curriculum, but the people that wrote it are beautiful, precious people which makes it even more of a delight to teach and share.
Banks, David
David Banks
     Dave Banks was lead pastor of Lakeview Free Methodist Church for the last 18 years.  Recently Dave has taken on the role of Greater Seattle Fellowship of Christian Athletes Metro Director.  He is a native of upstate New York.  He has a B.A. in History from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and M. Div. degree from Asbury Seminary. 
     Dave coaches football at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.  He attended Marshall University on a football scholarship in 1974.  Dave and Linda, his wife, an OB nurse at Evergreen Hospital, have four children; two adult boys and two young adult girls.
Binz, Alex
Alex Binz
     I was homeschooled from third grade until I graduated high school at the age of fifteen.  After a year at Highline Community College, I entered Seattle Pacific University with junior status and a four-year full tuition scholarship.  I graduated in Spring 2010, magna cum laude, with a self-designed double major in Political Economy and Rhetoric.
     I have been working in public policy at a professional level since I was fourteen -- my first job was as a research intern at Discovery Institute, a think-tank based in Seattle.  Since I was sixteen, I attended and presented research at the annual conferences of the Western Economics Association International.  In 2007 I was hired by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation to design an economics curriculum for citizen activists.  During my senior year of college, I worked as a research assistant in Public Affairs and Media for former Attorney General Rob McKenna.
     Since graduating SPU, I have worked as a tutor and teacher for public & private schools and homeschool families in the greater Seattle and Eastside areas.  It's a pleasure to return to Homeschool Connections for my fifth year to spread my love of learning with more students and families.
Campbell, Robert
Robert Campbell
     Robert Campbell began playing the piano at a young age while growing up in northern California.  Since then, he has earnestly followed his goal of becoming an excellent pianist.  Prior to his move to the Pacific Northwest in 1991, Robert earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas.  He has performed in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Kansas, and Washington.  He has played for many special events in the Seattle area, performing a large repertoire of music.
     In addition to his performing skills, Robert is also an experienced piano instructor, having taught private piano lessons for more than twenty years.  His desire is to make piano lessons fun and meaningful for all his students.  He strives to help his students learn the skills that will enable them to be successful and enjoy their piano playing for years to come.  Students are invited to learn in Robert's piano studio, where he is happy to respectfully answer their questions and encourage their musical growth.  
Carrier, Steve
Steve Carrier
     My name is Steve Carrier.  For almost thirty years, I have been involved in a variety of ministries, including two mission trips to Mozambique and a decade of service at a church with the primary assignment of ‘children’s education.’  For the last eleven years, it has been my privilege to share with high school students at two homeschool organizations.  My formal education led me through Seattle Pacific College (University) and the University of Washington where I majored in marketing.  My wife and I live in Duvall and attend Revive Church.  I am semi-retired (part time Microsoft employee) but not retired from Kingdom work.
Coordinator, Playroom
Playroom Coordinator
     The playroom is not a class nor does it have a teacher; but it does have a coordinator who oversees the management of the playroom.  Parents are expected to share the responsibilities of child supervision and care on a rotating basis.  Contact the coordinator if you have any questions about the playroom.
Delaney, Pam
Pam Delaney
     Science to me is the study of God’s handiwork; His amazing creation shows us over and over again His attributes.  The study of science should make us more and more awestruck.  We can be amazed and awestruck and have fun too – we learn better that way.
     I have a degree in Biochemistry and have worked in labs at biotechnology companies Genentech and Immunex.  I have also served as a Biomedical Technical Writer, taught outdoor education in the California Redwoods, and have taught previously at Connections (Life Science, Chemistry, Biology, Introduction to Science, and PE).
     I live in Lynnwood with my husband, Charley.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy coaching and playing sports, hiking, and traveling.
Duguay, Sharon
Sharon Duguay
     Born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, I ventured west in 1979 and settled in Seattle in order to attend Seattle Pacific University where I graduated in 1982.  Prior to coming to Seattle I attended Spring Arbor College in Michigan, and my areas of study at both colleges were Physical Education and Biology.  I currently live in Shoreline with my husband and our three children ages 20 - 27 years.  We have homeschooled our children for 16 years and have been involved with Connections for the past 14 years.  Our family participates in a variety of church and recreational activities including worship team, hockey, ice skating, camping, bicycling, road trips, and other outdoor activities.  My personal hobbies include reading, gardening, woodworking, and knitting.
Froelich, Sara
Sara Froelich
     My name is Sara Froelich. I was born Sara Lemieux in Vancouver, Canada.  I have a degree from the University of British Columbia in French Literature, which included two years of study at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec.  I have also lived in Scotland, London, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, traveled to much of Asia including Cambodia, and through much of Eastern and Western Europe including Rome and Greece.
     My family moved to the USA in 2000, and my husband and I became American citizens six years ago.  I am passionate about studying the American Constitution, Western Civilization, and John Locke (and Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, and Milton Freedman).  The Great Books of Western Civilization (The Classics) have been our primary humanity texts in the high school years in our homeschool.  I chose this path of study to homeschool my children for various reasons:
1) to learn about our Western Heritage (I love history, literature, and the arts),
2) to have a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ writings by fostering my children's insight into the education which influenced these amazing individuals, and
3) to expose my children to the education received by JFK and Winston Churchill, but on a budget.
4) I wanted my children to understand Western Civilization as deeply as possible so that they would have a model to study other great civilizations in depth and with true appreciation.  (I love studying Eastern Civilization especially Chinese and Japanese.)
     I love to give children the opportunity and confidence to spread their wings and discover what abilities were kindling inside of themselves all along.  My first two homeschooled children are at Belleview College for their junior and senior years and my youngest, Isabel, is 14.  My resume includes teaching ESL, French, history, literature, and public speaking.  I am looking forward to teaching in an environment in which I may commence classes with The Lord's Prayer. 
Garcia, Lena
Lena Garcia
     Even as a young girl, Lena knew she had to create.  Because of this desire she explored a variety of mediums.  Her love of the arts and of expression has inspired her to teach, create, and perform.  Currently she offers classes at the Francis Anderson center for Adults, at Edmonds Heights K-12 for middle school and high school, and at Connections.  Art is Lena's passion, but her primary job is a wife and mother to two kids in traditional school.  Her oldest will be entering fourth grade and her youngest will be entering first grade.  She and her husband enjoy taking the kids camping, mountain biking, and creating as a family.
Gillam, Cynthia
Cynthia Gillam
     I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in K-8 education and a minor in music.  I taught in Atlanta public schools for five wonderful years.  I married, moved to WA state, and homeschooled my children.  I LOVE teaching.  I have tutored, substituted in public schools, and even taught Japanese exchange students one summer.  I have been teaching at Homeschool Connections for four years now.  Recently, my husband and I “retired” from teaching a children’s drama/choir group at Alderwood Community Church after ten years of serving.  We continue to serve in various ministries at ACC.  We have one son attending college in CA and one daughter homeschooling plus attending Running Start classes at EvCC as a high schooler.  I love to garden, travel, read, hike, and snuggle my cat, Pumpkin.
Grace, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Grace
     I am a happy and creative homemaker with three kids and a hard-working husband.  Our family has been a part of Connections for over a decade.  My youngest is 11, so we plan to be around for awhile.  I taught sewing for the 2011-2012 school year, kitchen skills in 2017, and was involved with the Playroom for over seven years.
     I received my degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA and also worked in Design and Marketing at a manufacturer in Quito, Ecuador.  The past 20+ years I have dedicated to being a mom, and I still do some sewing and alterations from home.  We've been members at ChurcHome, formerly The City Church, for over 20 years.
  Yearbook is an exciting new adventure for me, but I'm looking forward to combining my administrative and creative skills to bless the students and families of our community.
Hall, Kevin
Kevin Hall
     Kevin Hall has worked as a professional in music education and performance for over 25 years.  He has taught music in the Everett and Snohomish School Districts, directing jazz bands at Heatherwood Middle School and Glacier Peak High School.  He currently is a Director of Jazz for HM Jackson High School and continues to share his passion for music with students through music mentoring and teaching private lessons on trumpet, trombone, baritone, French horn, and tuba in the Mill Creek, Washington area. 
     A nationally known educator and trumpet player, he served as Program Manager for the largest community music school in the northwest (Musicworks NW) from 1991-2000.  Mr. Hall’s music training and background includes attending Olympic and Green River Colleges and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Education degree at Western Washington University.  As an accomplished trumpet player, Kevin has an extensive performance background with jazz and wind ensembles, including leading his own contemporary groups.  He is a two-time recipient of the prestigious “Outstanding Soloist Award” from the International Association of Jazz Educators.
     Kevin spearheads many creative music education projects.  He is Festival Director for the Mill Creek and Snohomish Valley Jazz Festivals, which have become premier music events in the Northwest.  He also has coached trumpet soloists and student ensembles to achieve top honors at the Washington Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Competition.       
Heald, Mindy
Mindy Heald
     My name is Mindy Heald, and I am a professional photographer.  I enjoy photographing children, teens, and family portraits.  I have also photographed some weddings, nature and landscapes, and have spent a fair amount of time at Evergreen Speedway photographing race cars in action and have had my work published in Late Model Racer Magazine. 
     I am a grandmother of six (soon to be eight) wonderful grandkids and enjoy spending time teaching them life skills.  I enjoy vegetable gardening and sharing the fruit of my labor in gardening.
     I have homeschooled my four kids from the beginning ages through high school while participating in Connections as well as other co-ops.  I now enjoy helping my daughter as she homeschools her five children.
     I am excited to share my passion for the art of photography while teaching the photography class, and I hope to impart the passion and joy of this art to my students while giving them the technical proficiency to bring their unique visions to life.  
Hunter, Jennifer Sam
Jennifer Sam Hunter
     My name is Sam.  No, it’s not short for Samantha and it’s not actually my name, but that is a different story.  This story is about my love of reading, which began at an early age, much to the chagrin of my friends and teachers.  After spending my school years disappointing my friends by choosing books over play time and getting in trouble for reading during class time, I followed the steps of my bibliophile mother and earned a degree in English at SPU.  As my three kids arrived and I began homeschooling, I continued to ingest books (when I wasn’t too tired) and introduced my progeny to great children’s books and classic literature during our evening read-aloud times.  Through the years, I discovered that I not only enjoy reading and studying literature, but I also LOVE teaching literature.  I have taught literature and composition classes in three different co-op settings, as well the occasional history class.  Now that I am done homeschooling my own children, I love the opportunity of bringing my love of literature and writing to a new group of students and sharing my passion in a way that—I hope—will be contagious.
Jarrell, Laura
Laura Jarrell
     I love art, and I love the Lord!  I’ve been creating all kinds of art for as long as I can remember, graduating from the University of Washington in 1990 with a BFA in Graphic Design.  I live in Woodinville with my husband of 23 years, along with our three children ages 18, 16, and 12.  Our oldest is a homeschool graduate and is now enjoying college, and we continue to homeschool Alex and Talia.  My goal in teaching art is to encourage students to experience the joy of the creative process while learning the fundamentals of art, so that they can grow in their own creative journey.  The Bible tells us we were created in the image of God; since He is the ultimate Creator, that means we were made to create, too.  His inspiration is all around us!
Johnson, Natalie
Natalie Johnson
     I am a mom of four children (two graduated and two teens) and am in my 17th year of homeschooling.  We have homeschooled all the way through with each of our kids and been a part of various co-ops for the past eleven years. 
     Over the years, I have taught several classes in homeschool co-op settings - ranging from art/craft classes for elementary through high school, to a high school life skills class.  I have also taught cake decorating classes to elementary school children in “after-school” programs at King’s Elementary and several area Seattle Public Schools.
     I spent seven years working as a leader and intern in high school youth ministry, and I really enjoy working with teenagers.  I find it a great privilege to come alongside them and be able to encourage, inspire, and challenge them to use and share their creativity and talents.
     In my “spare” time, I can often be found ripping apart pallets to create furniture, décor, or whatever current DIY inspiration I have recently discovered on pinterest.  I also enjoy spending an inordinate amount of time decorating cakes, planning theme parties, and spontaneously remodeling my home.  Thankfully, I have been blessed with a -very- patient husband who has been known to graciously eat bowls of cold cereal for dinner while I decoupage, hammer, paint, or tile into the wee hours of many a night…
Kuiper, Marie
Marie Kuiper
     My name is Marie Kuiper.  I am a stay-at-home wife to my husband of 16 years.  I grew up mostly in Washington state and was homeschooled from ages 12 to 15, when I went to community college and studied Early Childhood Education.  I then attended Pensacola Christian College for three years, where I majored in Art and minored in Bible.  I loved art but never thought I could be an artist because I couldn't draw stuff I made up in my head.  One of the early things I learned at art school is that artists use references more than imagination.  Ha!  After college, I began painting pet portraits on commission and married my college sweetheart.  I also gave occasional art lessons to children.  I love art and have worked with many different mediums, but I am primarily an oil painter.  I have no children, but my brothers have eight between them, and they are happy to loan them to me regularly.  My hobbies include photography, dogs, and reading.
Lorelli, Emily
Emily Lorelli
     As a former public school teacher, I never thought I’d be homeschooling.  But when Anthony (my husband of 20 years) and I were contemplating how to address the problems we saw with our oldest daughter’s experience in the public school, God revealed the possibility of homeschooling to us through the example of several respected families from our church, St. Katherine Orthodox Christian Church in Kirkland.  The choice to homeschool, which seems so obvious from our present position, required a tremendous leap of faith, which has borne good fruit thus far – glory be to God!
     Homeschooling, while challenging in many ways, has been a natural development for a former high school English teacher who has been “teaching” ever since she was eight and “playing school.”  Fortunately for my students and my children, my skills have improved since that time, especially after graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature in 1997 and a MA in Education in 1999.  I taught ninth & tenth grade English in Northern California for five years until the birth of my son called me home to spend my energies there.
     However much I love being at home where I can teach and nurture my four children, aged 10-17, I missed the particular energies and inspiration of interacting with students in the classroom.  I have been blessed to teach at Connections the last seven years and am excited to have the opportunity to teach College Prep Reading, College Prep Writing, High School Prep Writing, and Interpretive Literature: Short Stories this coming year.
Lyons, Melani
Melani Lyons
     Mrs. Lyons has deep and wide directing experience that spans genres including comedy, immersive theatre, Shakespeare, comedy, and group devising- however her passion is musical theatre!  And it shows with over forty musical directing credits to her name.  Mrs. Lyons regularly shares her expertise in educational theatre locally with university students as a guest lecturer and nationally through online webinars as an official mentor with RE:THEATRE.  Recently she was honored to present on her directing work with an emphasis on community engagement and equity at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s national conference in New York City.  Mrs. Lyons has applied her experience to writing musicals and is the playwright of Summer School Rocks!, A Mother for Neverland, The Amazing Ever-Changing Alice in Wonderland, Bad Apples, and Lasso the Moon.  www.lyonsandsamuels.com  She is also the founder and artistic director of Dandylyon Drama, a thriving non-profit theatre organization that supports performing arts in local schools.  www.dandylyondrama.org
Marteeny, Marna
Marna Marteeny
     I received a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington and spent a decade assessing risk for nuclear power plants and nuclear waste treatment facilities.  I taught Test Prep for the GRE and LSAT at the University of Washington Experimental college.  I have an infectious love of math and have tutored math to high school students (and college students) since I was 16 years old.
     I teach math at Homeschool Connections and Math Tutoring from my house.
     I have been married to my best friend, Alex, for 28 years and homeschooled my own children (K - 12) as well as volunteering in the homeschooling community.
Morin, Edward
Edward Morin
     From when I was about eight years old I have loved everything to do with electricity and electronics.  I had the privilege of taking Electronics Shop classes every year since seventh grade, eventually becoming a teacher’s assistant in high school.  My interest in electronics also led me into Amateur Radio, which I have enjoyed since earning my FCC license while in middle school and eventually achieving the highest, “Extra” class license.
     My high-tech career started as an intern at Tektronix during my high school junior year.  After graduating from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science, I continued working in high-tech positions for nearly 30 years.  I first became involved with teaching in 1985 tutoring reading at McKinley Elementary School (Beaverton School District in Oregon).  When our first child began attending Audubon Elementary School in 2002, I volunteered periodically as a classroom assistant or field trip chaperon as my work schedule permitted.  My oldest son joined Boy Scouts in 2006 where I have worked with kids from 7 to 18 years old.  In 2012, I began teaching challenging, 1-day classes (I also helped design the curriculum) for both the Radio and Electronics Merit Badges to Boy Scouts (11 – 18 years old) which I continue to enjoy doing.  I discovered homeschool co-ops in 2015 and their desire for more STEM classes.  I designed the curriculum for Turning On to Electronics from scratch and, in 2017, started teaching approximately 90 homeschool students at five different co-ops.  It has been many years since I could honestly say “I love my work,” and I am so thankful to the Lord for the opportunities to teach that He has led me to.
     I have been married for over 28 years.  My wife and I have lived in the Redmond area for over 20 years and have two sons (21 and 13) and a “rescue” dog named Lily.  I have been a Christian for over 34 years.  I grew up in a Catholic family in the Portland area, learning about and believing in God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit for as long as I can remember.  In 1983, as a young adult, I came to know the Lord and the redemption that we have through Jesus Christ, in a more personal way.  Today, I am an active member of Pine Lake Covenant Church (Sammamish) which has been our church home since 2006.  I also believe that science provides us with tools we can use to explore and better understand God’s marvelous creation.
Munson, Kerry
Kerry Munson
      I first realized that I loved teaching students while working summers at Hume Lake Christian Camps, a large Christian youth camp in California.  Because of that passion, I studied education at California State University Fresno, where I received a BA and a K-12 Multiple Subjects teaching credential.  I also am a graduate of Multnomah Bible College in Portland, where I met my husband, Jeff.  Graduate school for Jeff at the University of Washington led us to Seattle in 1991, and it was during grad school that I taught sixth grade at King’s Schools in Shoreline for five wonderful years. 
     I love being a homeschool mom and am excited to teach at Connections!  In my 19th year of homeschooling, I have graduated my two oldest sons from high school and have two more to go.  Homeschooling my kids has been a highlight of my life.
     We are involved in our church, Crossway Fellowship of Lynnwood, where I taught Sunday School, lead a Bible study, teach in our women’s ministry, serve adults and kids with special needs, and help host a community group.  In my rare spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, baking, watching sports, and walking my dog.
Norton, Emily
Emily Norton
     My name is Emily Norton.  I am a staff pastor at Church of the Americas, a multicultural and multilingual church in Northgate, where I am the music director and coordinator for most events at the church.  I was born in Australia and lived most of my life in Medellin, Colombia.  Since my father is from Colombia and my mother is from the USA our home has always been bilingual, and it is not uncommon to hear a question asked at the dinner table in one language and answered in the other language.  That tradition continues in my home with my wonderful husband of 15 years, Jason, and sweet six year old beauty, Naomi.  I am so excited to be able to share Latin culture and the Spanish language with your student at Connections.
Petersen, Tina
Tina Petersen
     Reflecting what God has said in His word from Deuteronomy 11:18-21 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul...you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up...," my heart is to encourage homeschooling families to be successful.  I am a hometown girl from Edmonds.  I went to a local Bible college and earned an Associate in Biblical Studies degree.  I continued my education graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and a certification in Elementary education K-8.  I met my husband on Young Life's Malibu Princess (aka "The Love Boat").  Together we have always homeschooled our three children and enjoyed it all.  Currently, my personal interests include Biblical history, knitting, music, women's Bible study, spring and summertime outdoors in the northwest, and anything and everything my husband and children are interested in. 
Reichlin, Analiisa
Analiisa Reichlin
     I've known since I was very small that I wanted to be a teacher.  When I took band in the sixth grade, I began playing the euphonium and fell in love with it.  I combined these two passions and attended WWU in Bellingham for K-12 Music Ed and Music Performance, with a hiatus to study privately in New York and Washington, D.C.  It's a joy to play with my own kids in Advanced Band here at Connections!
     In my 20's I discovered my inner CEO and started several companies, including the largest Kindermusik studio in the world.  I have spent many hours engaging in my passions for learning about how the brain works, writing curriculum from inductive Bible studies to child development to Latin, and teaching children and adults alike in a variety of subjects.  I'm thrilled to bring arts integration into the academic classroom as a tremendous tool to help students learn and better retain information.  My husband Karl and I have been married for 22 years and have three children - one at university, and two teens. I have been homeschooling for 16 years.
Renkema, Kari
Kari Renkema
     My husband, Marc, and I have been married for 27 years and have four children (ages 19-26), two of whom have graduated from college and two still in college.  Marc is the pastor of a wonderful church in Bothell, and we have loved raising our family here in the beautiful Northwest.  I have always had a passion for learning and aim to inspire a love of learning in everything I teach.  I enjoy people, love working with kids, and have been tutoring, teaching, and developing curriculum since high school.  During high school and college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I taught Sunday School, Girl's Bible Club, Vacation Bible School, and disadvantaged youth in summer programs.  While attending Calvin College, I wavered between majoring in Classical History, Biology, or Mathematics, eventually settling on Biology.  At Calvin, I worked as a tutor for many courses, mostly math and science, developed a program for teaching education students competency in math, and helped teach remedial courses in math as an undergraduate.  In addition, I have taught and developed curriculum for my own children, our church, and homeschool co-ops.  I admit to being a perpetual student, relishing reading and learning.  I also enjoy painting, needlework, sewing, baking, tea, and God's beautiful creation!  And now, it is both my joy and privilege to be teaching at Homeschool Connections!  
Rocco, Jeff
Jeff Rocco
     Jeff Rocco has worked on, off, and around stages from Kitsap to New York City for the past 19 years.  He has been blessed to work with innovative and established companies like StarQuest International, The Walt Disney Company, and the Araca Group, as well as groups with strong community ties like the Harrison Players, Spokane Civic Theatre, the Armonk Players, and others.  His most important work, however, has been with young people in school arts programs, community groups, and one on one coaching.  Whether shining in the lights of Broadway or sweating outdoors on a stage in the middle of West Virginia, Jeff has enjoyed sharing stories of love, hope, faith, and redemption with audiences and building meaningful relationships with the theatrical community.  The power of theater has helped him shape his own relationship with God in ways he never imagined.  He moved back to the Pacific Northwest in September 2018 to run the Seattle branch of the Christian Youth Theater.
Roetcisoender, Veronica
Veronica Roetcisoender
     I graduated from Southern Methodist University with Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.  I enjoy math and considered teaching, but in the end, decided to follow the practical application of math into a career in software engineering.  After ten years as a software engineer and having had my second child, I decided to embark on the next phase of my life and become a full time, stay-at-home mom, never dreaming that I would eventually become a homeschooler.  I am the mother of three kids (19, 21, and 23) and wife of Brian, a mechanical engineer.  In addition to homeschooling my own children, I taught English and science classes in a small co-op for 12 years, and this is my eighth year teaching at Connections.
Schmunk, Leslie
Leslie Schmunk
     Leslie Schmunk has been making music almost her entire life, singing her first public solo at age four.  As a child, she studied piano and violin and sang in numerous choral groups.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sacred Music in 1987 from Northwest College in Kirkland, WA.  She has been teaching private piano and violin lessons since 1980 and has directed several choral AND instrumental groups.  After the birth of her daughter in 2004, Leslie began researching music education options for her daughter and discovered and began teaching Musikgarten's Family Music and Music Makers series.  She is a recipient of the Musikgarten Achievement Award.
Smith, Kate
Kate Smith
     I am a native Seattlelite who migrated to California to go to college.  I graduated from Mills College with my teaching credential and Liberal Arts degree in 1993 and spent the next six years teaching in the Bellingham area as well as the California Bay Area, where I taught fifth grade at Milpitas Christian School.  When I had my first child in 1999, I left teaching (excited to be a mommy but sad to leave my beloved classroom), and my heart was set on homeschooling my own kids.  We moved back to Washington in 2005 and now have three daughters ranging in age from 19 to 10.  I've been homeschooling now for 13 years and wouldn't have it any other way.   I love curriculum (and talking about curriculum!) and see co-ops as a great way to enhance homeschooling and get connected with our community.  Connections has been a blessing for our family - we are going on our fifth year here and my second year as a teacher/parent.  I have taught in the past at Seattle Christian Homeschool Co-op.  This year I am teaching a class for seven to nine year olds called "Loving Literature."  I can't wait to share some amazing books with the kids at Connections and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming year!
Stangland, Robin
Robin Stangland
     After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, I taught band and elementary music in the public schools in Oregon for four years.  I played French horn professionally with the Portland Opera Orchestra for seven years.  After moving to Washington in 1991, I started the Homeschool Band in this area in 1993, so I could work part time and be home with my kids.  I love to teach and inspire kids in music.  Many of my former students are continuing in music by leading worship at their church, playing in community bands, pursuing music degrees, and performing in musical theater.  I have performed on French horn in the Starry Night Orchestra, Skagit Chorale, Sno-King Chorale, Northwest Chorale, and play trumpet in Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra.  I have been the French horn coach for the Cascade Youth Symphony, Fidalgo Youth Symphony, and also brass and percussion coach at the Mount Baker Youth Symphony Summer Sounds Camp.  My husband and I also run the NorthEnd Jazz Camp.  I am married to Dave who is a band director in the Everett public schools.  We have two daughters, Amanda and Audrey, who also love music and have participated in Homeschool Connections.
Travis, Lisa
Lisa Travis
     Lisa Travis graduated from the University of Washington with two degrees in Zoology and Physical Therapy.  She has been married to her husband Perry for 26 years, and is in her 15th year homeschooling their four energetic boys, although two have graduated and are off on their own adventures.  Throughout her homeschooling journey, she has continued to work as a licensed Physical Therapist.  She brings experience from the world of healthcare, as well as 25 years of youth ministry and is excited to engage students on the amazing way our bodies work, as well as important and relevant issues of healthy living the way God designed.  She loves mentoring young people and is looking forward to another great year at Connections.
Travis, Perry
Perry Travis
     I love helping youth navigate these years - so many choices and decisions that affect their future.  Building confidence in who God has made them allows them to more fully live into what God has for them.  Building confidence can happen through many venues, experiences, and courses.  During the 2019-2020 year, I look forward to joining youth in their life journey through my class "Communication - The Art of Connecting."
     Opportunities that God has given me and used to shape me:
• Graduation (H.O.M.E.) Emcee - 2018
• Windermere Real Estate Agent
• Youth Pastor – 14 years
• Campus Pastor and Teacher at Cedar Park Christian - 10 years
• Coach – soccer for 25+ years.
• Grads Night Out chaperone for H.O.M.E. – 1 year
• Senior Class Adviser for H.O.M.E. – 2 years
• Married to the famous Mrs. Travis
• Father to Jordan, Caleb, Joshua, and Nathan
Wescott, Alice
Alice Wescott
     Alice has a Ph.D. in Reading Education and is a specialist in diagnostic testing for children with reading and learning problems.  She has been performing academic assessments for homeschoolers since 1988.  Alice taught a variety of education classes at the university level, has spoken at many national and international conferences on various aspects of reading development and homeschooling, and has had twenty-five articles published in professional journals.  Alice homeschooled all three of her sons.
     She is the owner of EduGreat, a business which travels around the state to conduct the annual testing of homeschooled students.  She also operates a Homeschool Extension Program, Sno-King Academy that develops state-approved transcripts for homeschooled high school students.
     Alice has been teaching writing classes at Connections since it was first started.
Wittenmyer, Rose
Rose Wittenmyer
     I am passionate about teaching kids God's word!  I've been homeschooled all my life and at age six my mom taught me to memorize the Sermon on the Mount.  Having these verses still on the tip of my tongue continues to help me through my spiritual journey and has inspired me to memorize five more books.
     For eight years I was on track to be a professional ballet dancer and held many lead roles in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's productions.  When God led my life in a new direction, I focused on learning the harp and training my business talents.  Now I have decided to combine all these skills into starting a business that puts large portions of the Bible to music and dance, enabling little kids to memorize it.
     Being homeschooled has taught me that kids are smarter than they look.  I've gained teaching experience through many outlets: making Sunday School curriculum for various audiences (including kids, disabled adults, and foster children); teaching a ballet class at Legacy and co-teaching math and karate at Heritage; helping as a teacher's assistant in public school programs, and leading various summer camps.  Over the years, I have come to appreciate the importance of teaching others to memorize Scripture by leading groups of teenagers in memorizing books of the Bible, as well as helping two to six year olds to memorize chapters of Scripture.  My goal is to teach kids complex topics about God in fun, understandable ways, pushing kids to achieve more than most would consider them capable of!
Zieger, Meka
Meka Zieger
     My degree is in Graphic Design & Illustration (from RIT).  I’ve freelanced everything from logos to billboards.  And now I keep an illustrated journal.  I’m not a certified teacher–as homeschoolers do, I taught myself to teach.  I’ve read dozens of books on education & schooled two of my own through K-12 (still practicing on two).
     Eleven years ago a co-op board member suggested I offer a journal class.  I did–& discovered my passion.  I help folks draw via journal-keeping with my own 32-week curriculum.  We cover all the usual art lessons, but the personal & bookish qualities of the journal spark a thing in my students.  I’ve taught in Seattle & Eastside co-ops; run workshops for kids, adults, and seniors; & presented at retreats.  To get an idea of an “illustrated journal” & a peek into my life, visit: lifeinaday.posthaven.com

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