The Academy at Bright Ideas Press is excited to announce our list of teachers who are subject experts and have extensive teaching experience. Our teachers have a love for their Creator, the classes they teach, and their precious students. Our teachers are the heart and soul of our online classes.
For an opportunity to join our team, please contact Karri Iverson at email@example.com.
Mrs. Anderson has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University and spent 15 years in radio broadcasting and national trade association public relations work before homeschooling her sons. She’s taught adults and teens how to be confident communicators and loves her current profession of teaching homeschool students online through The Academy at Bright Ideas Press. She is known for taking the fear out of public speaking, helping reluctant writers succeed and guiding students toward a passion in journalism. She brings a great deal of energy to her online classes, so students stay engaged. She is married to a jetBlue pilot with whom she has three sons.
Rhiannon Appelgrijn is a Long Islander, raised by an Englishman, married to a South African, and currently residing in Florida! She and her husband have been married for sixteen years and have three lovely and energetic children! She loves being a stay-at- home mom and desires to raise her kids to have a deep, enduring relationship with Jesus. Before having children, she taught sixth through ninth grade Language Arts, Literature, and Musical Theater classes at Dayspring Academy for Education and the Arts. Most recently, Rhiannon has taught a high school level literary analysis class and a middle school writing class for two online Christian academies. She is known for teaching grammar rules through rhymes she has written to make the lessons more fun and memorable. She is thrilled to be teaching English I and IV for The Academy at Bright Ideas Press! She prays that God will use her to ignite a lasting love of literature, language arts, and above all, the LORD in the lives of her students.
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Lita Bledsoe has always been an educator at heart; her mother reports that she preferred the school supplies to the toy section as a child. Lita has been homeschooling since 1995, and she and her husband Greg have graduated 4 of their 6 children, but with 2 still at home their homeschooling adventures
aren't quite over yet! She obtained both her Bachelors in Elementary Education (with emphasis in Early Childhood) and a Masters in Gifted Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Lita is currently working in operations and curriculum development for a private online school based in CA, but has been a teacher, math trainer, curriculum vendor, school administrator, educational/school startup consultant, and has been deeply involved in online learning since 1998. In 2007, she discovered she had a passion for instructional/curriculum design, operations and systems support and has enjoyed
continuing to develop her skills in those areas. She is a tech enthusiast, loves all things e-learning, and enjoys exploring and learning about new applications and tools and passing those skills on to others every chance she gets.
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Dr. Sonya Brouillette
Dr. Sonya Brouillette graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She lives in south Louisiana with her husband, Marty, and 3 children (Paycen - 16, Owen - 13, Landry - 10). They live on a small farm and raise Jersey cows, 4-H show pigs, and Orpington show chickens. They also have 3 horses that her children use for youth rodeos. She has homeschooled all of her children and leads at her local co-op. Dr. Brouillette believes that all children can love learning, and she strives to help them find their passion for knowledge.
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Ruth Cooper loves math and math-related topics and thoroughly enjoys the mystery and beauty inherent to the mathematical and engineering worlds... and works to share that delight with others. Ruth has taught and tutored math and math-related subjects from kindergarten level through Calculus I - children, teens, adults, and special-needs students. She believes each student learns in his or her own way and the ultimate goal is to find what it will take for each student to be successful in his or her studies. Ruth is a homeschool graduate and holds a Master's in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) and a partially-completed degree in PreMedical Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has varied interests and accomplishments ranging from lifeguard, EMT, and Uber driver to bookkeeper, test scorer, and webcomic creator (myxnor.com). Ruth loves CrossFit and running and has completed several marathons, as well as a half Ironman and countless shorter races... this is contrasted by a desire to chill at Starbucks, drink coffee, and do Sudoku while pondering ancient mysteries. The Coopers live in Virginia Beach, Virginia and have three boys (9, 8, and 4) and a fish.
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Melissa Craig has teaching in her blood. When her parents, both teachers, didn’t like the local school options, they opened a private school in Connecticut so that they could teach her in the way they felt best. She considers the school to be another sibling, as they grew up together and battled for her parents’ time. Not quite as ambitious, Melissa simply homeschooled her children when she and her husband didn’t like the local school options. They have been homeschooling for seventeen years, and Melissa has taught a variety of co-op classes for six. Most recently, she taught online with Landry Academy for three years.Before her homeschooling days, Melissa was a member of corporate America, where she climbed the ladder, dropped her children off at daycare and worked as a regional manager and trainer for Weight Watchers. Melissa had almost completed MA in Teaching when God called her to stay home and educate her own children. Currently, Melissa works for Bright Ideas Press, where she writes literature study guides and book lists and works in curriculum development and customer service. She is the co-author of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers and the soon to be released A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poets and Poetry. Melissa and her family are learning US geography by experiencing it. Each of their four children,ages 24, 18, 15 and 11 has been born in a different state, and their moves have taken them from Ohio to South Carolina to Delaware to Pennsylvania to Michigan and now to Indiana, outside of Louisville, KY. Thankfully, they’ve been able to simply homeschool through the changes.
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Amy Craven grew up in Southern California and continues to make her home there with her husband, five children, and large extended family. She earned her BA in English from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After obtaining her teaching credential, she returned to her high school alma mater and taught freshman and sophomore English. While teaching, she also earned her MA in education with an emphasis in secondary curriculum and instruction. Her master’s project focused on using close reading techniques to improve student writing. Although Amy left her teaching position after the birth of her first child, her love of words was the catalyst for starting her own company that provides writing services in areas ranging from curriculum guides to deposition proofreading to novel editing. Amy and her husband also decided to homeschool their children and are beginning their second decade with students in 1st through 10th grades. The primary goal of their homeschool is to seek truth, beauty, and goodness, all of which flow from God, the author of every good thing. Amy cherishes the fact that “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4) and agrees with William Nicholson that “we read to know we are not alone.” When Amy is not teaching, she supports her children in following their God-given passions in art, music, youth government, dance, and swim. She is an AWANA Sparky leader, serves in the moms ministry at her church, and volunteers with the local ballet company. She enjoys baking and, of course, reading.
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Ralph enjoys serving as associate pastor at a local church where he oversees the young adult and connections ministries. Ralph is credentialed through the Assemblies of God. He also has a heart for deaf missions and pastored a deaf church for fifteen years. Ralph was raised in a church with an active deaf community and, in hindsight, sees that’s where God planted a seed in his heart to work with the deaf someday. Ralph also has two deaf cousins. After graduating from high school in 1985, he took his first sign language class and was immediately hooked! Ralph went on to be trained as a professional Sign Language Interpreter and worked in the private and public sector operating his own interpreting business for over fifteen years interpreting in a variety of settings. Also, during this time, Ralph taught community education and middle school non-credit ASL courses and deaf awareness workshops. In 2008, God called Ralph to go back to school and become a certified teacher of ASL. He now teaches at the high school level for students seeking foreign language credit; both in private and public schools, oncampus and online. He thoroughly enjoys the roles of teacher and pastor!
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After growing up in Connecticut, Christine graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Bible and psychology . She married her college sweetheart, Keith, and they soon moved to Michigan. They both knew that before having their first child over 20 years ago that they would homeschool and they both have enjoyed the journey. Besides teaching her own children for the past 16 years, Christine has taught in private Christian schools and Apologia sciences to families in her home for 4 years before teaching several classes at the Quest Tutorial. Christine began the REACH Tutorial in 2012 and has been teaching classes in a variety of areas and manages several teachers to meet the needs of local homeschoolers. She and Keith have served in leadership positions over the past 12 years with two homeschool support groups and are currently on their homeschool council serving locally and at the state level. She feels that God has put her in this place and time to share her passion for excellence in home education and to help other homeschoolers continue their homeschool journey.
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Michelle Glandon has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Stetson University. She is certified in her state in Mathematics, grades 6-12. She has been tutoring math for over 25 years. Michelle and her husband have been married for 22+ years. She's his biggest fan and he is hers. They are the parents of four children, ages 15-21. The Glandons have been a part of the same church for over 22 years (and counting). They love the Lord and want His will most of all. In addition to math, she also loves studying personality theories, working with youth theater, Shakespeare, encouraging creativity of students, and can be a bit of a grammar nerd. With over 20 years experience, Mrs. Glandon is a veteran homeschool mom (3 in college and 1 in high school). She is passionate about helping students succeed in math and follow all of the paths that God has laid out for them.
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Michael Godfrey is a project manager for an architectural metals manufacturer in Kent Island MD, and an Adult Sunday School teacher in Apologetics at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dover DE. Michael is married to Christina Godfrey and they have two kids, Catherine and Isaac. Catherine is starting homeschool Kindergarten this year. As a young adult, Michael was unprepared for the atheistic onslaught of college professors and classmates who would attack his Christian faith as ‘quaint fancy’ and ‘un-scholarly’. As a result he became a doubter and questioned everything he had learned about the truth claims of Christianity. This study has become a passion, and he now devours every apologetic and theological paper or book he can find. His experience has also given him a heart for ministering to the young adult community by educating them on the cutting edge debate and evidences for the existence of God and the truth claims of Christianity so they can weather the storm of materialism and popular atheism in the fork-road years of post-high school and college.
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Jen Henriksen has a true passion for adventure! Raised in upstate New York, she moved to the Tampa Bay area right after high school. Her love for Marine Science began while attending St. Petersburg College. In 1992, she was internationally certified as a Scuba Diver. She graduated with her high honors A.A. degree in 1997. After college, she fed her growing passion for Marine Science by volunteering as a Scuba Diver for The Florida Aquarium, where she later served on staff as the Director of the Volunteer Program for six years. Jen logged literally hundreds of hours underwater as a scuba diver while maintaining the dive training & records program for over 500 paid and non-paid staff members. Jen has been teaching students of all ages (from PreK to Adult) for many years. Her favorite classes are those that involve hands-on learning. Her most recent classes include: Elementary, Middle School & High School Writing, Young Entrepreneurial Business, Finance classes as well as Photography, Scuba Diving and Marine Science intensives. Jen's other passions include photography and public speaking. She has worked as a professional photographer and LOVES sharing her love of the craft with others that are just getting started. In addition, Jen has spent the last 15 years traveling as a public speaker and trainer for a private homeschooling company. Be sure to look for her at your state's annual homeschool convention! Chances are she'll be speaking there! Her whole family certainly shares her passion for the water. Jen and her husband Tom have been married for 26 years and are both A.S.A Certified Sailors. They homeschooled their two teenage daughters, (18 & 19) who are both Rescue Certified SCUBA Divers as well.
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Linda Lacour Hobar
Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a genuine “people-person”, and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a deep love for world history where famous and infamous men and women have left their mark on time through the sovereignty of God. In the year 2000, Linda sensed a clear call to write The Mystery of History series for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come that they might know “the mystery of God . . . in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:3) In its 15th year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages. While fact-filled and historically accurate, Linda’s writing style remains warm, personable, and thought provoking. The “Chronological, Christian, Complete” program is user-friendly and includes activities for multiple ages, timeline work, mapping exercises, quizzes, literature recommendations, audio books, and much more to fully engage students of all learning styles. The Mystery of History series has been awarded “Best Homeschool History Resource”, Cathy Duffy’s “100 Top Picks”, Mary Pride’s “Practical Homeschooling Reader Award”, and The OldSchoolhouse “Excellence Award.” A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She presently resides in Tennessee where she continues to study, teach, write, and obsess over matters big and small.
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Mrs. Hunter earned her doctorate in Pharmacy from Purdue University in 2005. She received her Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2015. She has worked in both the hospital and retail Pharmacy settings in the past, and currently works from home as a Certified Health Coach. Amanda is passionate about nutrition and fitness, and the impact it has on disease prevention. She loves learning and teaching others about how God designed our bodies to work and nourishing our bodies and spirits. She also loves teaching Bible classes to all ages of children. Amanda believes her first role in life is to be a servant of our great God. She is thankful for her Godly husband of 13 years, Sean, who shares her convictions. She has homeschooled her 2 daughters (ages 7 and 9) since the beginning, and they live on 5 acres in Central Illinois. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, hiking, and singing.
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Kelly has been teaching since 1996 when she started substitute teaching in the schools near her. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Secondary Education. Her major was History and her minor was in English. She later attended Saginaw Valley State University to change her minor to a major in English. She taught in the classroom setting for just over 10 years before resigning to stay home with her two children and soon learned the third was on her way. She has taught some fantastic specialty classes, such as Criminal Justice, the Holocaust, Geography, and World Cultures. She homeschooled her kids from the start.
When her son was in the second grade reading was a huge struggle and by that summer, Kelly knew he had dyslexia. She has since learned the oldest two children have the greatest degree of dyslexia and her third struggles with dysgraphia. Her youngest is five and she is hoping he has an easier time with learning. Yet, she is now a master in teaching her kids to read, spell, and memorize info in non-traditional ways. She and her kids have been a part of a co-op for five years where Kelly has taught geography, note-taking/study skills, science, and language arts classes. Kelly has also taken several classes the past 10 years to maintain a valid teaching certificate. She is active in her church and a leader of her church’s BeFriender Ministry, a listening ministry that serves as a pastoral care ministry group. Finally, in her free time she enjoys reading, their country life of peace and quiet, helping her husband in their garden, vacationing around the country, spending any quality time with her four children now 13, 10, 9 and 5 years old, and all working together to expand their growing farm of land and animals.
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The desire to be a teacher was birthed in Chris during his eighth grade year. After graduating high school he entered college with that desire still burning inside him. In 1996 he graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Physics. He then went on to graduate from Concordia University, Portland with an M.A.T. in Secondary Education in 1998. His teaching experience spans both Middle School and High School, as well as a variety of subjects, including General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Anatomy, Creation Apologetics and American Government. He was later called into full-time Christian ministry with Lutheran Brethren Youth Ministries, where he helped to lead teams of young adults as they worked in church-planting and outreach.His passion for teaching hadn’t left but had been refocused on ministry, missiology and church leadership. As with most teachers, Chris’ passion for teaching is coupled with a passion for learning. Hence, it was no surprise when in 2002 he enrolled in Seminary. While attending seminary he supported his family by teaching part-time at Hillcrest Academy, a nearby private Christian High School and by serving part-time as Associate Pastor to the Dalton Free Lutheran Parish. In 2005 he graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, MN with an M.Div. and began serving Faith Fellowship in Kelso, WA where he continues to serve today. In addition to the church work, he spent from 2010 through 2016 teaching online for Landry Academy, offering four different courses and serving almost 2000 students. In addition to teaching, he served as Chair for the Science Department, providing more than 50 teachers with coaching and encouragement. Chris has been married for 25 years and has three grown sons. As a homeschooling dad he understand the benefits and challenges homeschool families face and is excited to be able to assist them as they educate their children and prepare them for college.
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Mrs. Lopez and her family live in Rockwall, Texas (just outside of Dallas). Mrs.Lopez has been married to her husband for 13 years, and they have three sons. Mrs. Lopez went to college at Baylor University, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology. She taught in public schools for 14 years, in a local homeschool co-op for five years, and at Landry Academy for three years. Mrs. Lopez has taught biology, pre-biology, algebra 1 and 2, pre-algebra, geometry, personal finance, and independent math studies. She has served in several mentor positions and has taught staff development and training for several school districts in the Dallas area.
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Stacy is the author of Wisconsin’s Flood Journey, and a home-educating mother of five children. She earned a BS in Geology from Michigan Technological University and a MS in Environmental Education from Concordia University Wisconsin. Stacy is currently enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Theological Studies program. Stacy has presented at Creation Research Society and Society of Creation conferences, and is passionate about getting people outside to experience God in the wonder of His creation. In addition to her own children, she enjoys sharing this love with on-line students in science classes she teaches, including Chemistry, Geology, Ecology, and Environmental Studies.
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Joanna grew up as a missionary kid in Colombia, South America, and learned Spanish so she could communicate and play with neighborhood kids! She earned a degree in Music Education from Malone University and loved opening a new world of expression to middle school band students, but found she loved her own children more. Since becoming a stay at home mom in 2000, Joanna has served the homeschool community with both the music and Spanish skills God has given her. She started a band for homeschoolers which grew from one beginner’s class to three full bands and many solo and ensemble groups over the course of a few years. As this took over her life she handed the program off to another homeschooling band mom and focused on schooling her own children as well as Spanish classes for both elementary and high school ages. Joanna lives with her husband Armando, who she “imported” from Colombia, in Dalton, OH. She has always homeschooled her four children, and her passion for a high quality, well-rounded education has increased each year. Currently they are working on grades 12, 10, 8 and 2.
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Marji McIlvaine (and her husband Rick) homeschooled all their six children from K-12, even though she was just going to “try it for one year” with her first five-year-old. The children are all graduated and several are college graduates (Summa Cum Laude), some are in college now, and some are in the work force, each one walking a God-directed pathway. She has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida, with graduate hours in linguistics and testing and assessment (ECU). She began her college career as a pre-veterinary major and garnered many college hours enjoying science. Growing up in south Florida, she went to SeaCamp in the FL Keys where her passion for marine science was ignited through snorkeling, scuba diving and the hands-on study of ocean life. She has been teaching other homeschooled students in a variety of subjects for almost her whole homeschooling life. Marji has studied seven languages (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and Arabic) and worked at UF as a bilingual secretary to a professor in the Animal Science department, thereby fusing her interests in science and language. She teaches Spanish 1-4, French 1-3, elementary Spanish classes, a unique language survey class, and middle school chemistry and marine science classes to homeschoolers of all ages in the mountains of western NC. She also teaches high school marine biology classes, Spanish, French, German, Forensics (speech), writing, and a broad spectrum of history classes to all ages as well. You might say that she is living proof that God will use whatever interest we give him to advance His purposes, and that nothing we give to him is in vain.Marji is an advisor to the Board for the Henderson County Homeschool Association, administers the Woodcock-Johnson IV test to area homeschoolers, and is honored to have been included as a workshop speaker at the NCHE Homeschool Conference for several years. One of her joys is helping her children and other students see the fingerprints of God in every discipline we study – science, foreign language, communication, and history, and helping them learn to use their God-given gifts and interests for His purposes in their lives. There is always more to learn and more to explore – every subject we study is an adventure into some facet of the world and of God!
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Nikki Smith has an excitement for learning that is inspiring to all who are around her! Nikki believes that learning can and should be fun, interactive, and engaging. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Nikki is currently teaching undergraduate classes at her alma mater. In addition to teaching at the collegiate level, Nikki has homeschooled her two boys (ages 16 and 14) for over ten years and has taught in homeschool co-operatives throughout that time. She has also taught classes in an online educational environment for the last three years. Nikki, her husband, and her children have a passion for travel and adventure. She especially enjoys visiting her brother, who lives in San Francisco, and hiking through the Redwood Forests there. She loves to organize the family's travels around historical itineraries and educational adventures. Nikki hopes to one day swim with Blue Whales and see the Northern Lights!
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Carol Topp, CPA (MicroBusinessForTeens.com) is an author, Certified Public Accountant and host of the public television program “Starting a Micro Business.” She enjoys encouraging teenagers to start their own micro businesses. Her goal is to make business and accounting easy to understand via her website, books, videos, and podcasts.
Carol has presented numerous workshops on business startup, taxes, budgeting and personal finance to community, church, and homeschool groups.
She has authored 14 books including Business Taxes and Tips for Writers and Teens and Taxes: A Guide for Parents and Teenagers.
She and her husband live in West Chester, Ohio. She homeschooled her daughters through high school and both had several micro businesses as teenagers.
Jennifer is a graduate of Keene State College with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as a minor in English. She has always known her gifting for working with children and has been in classroom situations as an aid or teacher for over 30 years. Most recently, she taught for Landry Academy, with previous experiences in homeschool cooperatives as well as teaching art in her home studio. Her passion is inspiring students to find joy in reading and writing, as well as in seeing the beauty that the greatest artist ever has created around us. She strives to help students find their creative abilities and take pride and pleasure in the art that they create, rather than comparing their work to others. As a single mom of four boys, whom she homeschools, she is busy helping them pursue their passions of volleyball, scouts, robotics and most importantly, involvement in their church. In the little free time she has, she enjoys reading mysteries and books encouraging her in her walk with Jesus, knitting, creating art, cooking, and baking bread.
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Mrs. Veloso, or "Mrs.V" as her students fondly call her, graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, with a Major in Writing and a Minor in Speech Communication from The University of the Philippines (UPLB). Her academic concentration revolved primarily around Literary Criticism and Stylistic Analysis. She was subsequently given one of the highest scores for an undergraduate paper in the UPLB Humanities Department during that semester and was honored with the rare privilege of being exempted from defending her thesis before the department faculty panel. Although merely a face among hundreds of more talented students, she holds it a unique honor to have survived and have been educated in one of the highest ranking universities in the Philippines as well as Asia. In 1996, along with their firstborn son, she and her husband migrated to America in a small, snowy Michigan town near Lake Huron. After building a close friendship with a wonderful, retired missionary couple, "Mrs. V" and her husband felt a compelling desire from the Lord to pursue home education as a ministry to their children. As a result, after they moved to Middle Georgia in 1998, she began her rich journey as a home educator and lived a relatively quiet and unfettered life teaching her children at home. Since then, she has actively been part of six major home education associations in Georgia, where she enjoyed the profound fellowship of many pioneer homeschooling families. In these organizations, she had the opportunity to volunteer, serve, and even spearhead various events and projects, develop and coordinate high school graduations, initiate a symposium, assist and teach co-op classes, run and organize a library, proctor tests, and coach event projects in Science Olympiad competitions, to name a few. She is sadly at the twilight of her homeschooling journey and is savoring her last semester as a home educator to her youngest son. Currently, she has found much enjoyment in her ministry as a private tutor, mentor, college admission counselor, and test-prep coach to students around her area. She feels blessed that her schoolroom is filled with the gaiety and eagerness of young minds. She feels especially pleased when they come over and visit just for the pure joy of having hot cocoa and cookies and meeting the other "newbies". During her spare time she is a freelance copy writer, editor, and publication consultant for the local businesses of her good friends. She has a heart for missionaries, dreams to be a Bible translator, and loves reading historic books on Christian discipleship. Together with her husband, she serves as a Married Community Group leader at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA.
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Kelly Walter loves everything related to English, creative Writing, editing, and history. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English and Creative Writing with a focus on Nonfiction. She has been married to her husband, John, for 26 years, and they have homeschooled their 3 wonderful sons: Zachary, Nicholas, and Isaiah for 18 of those years. Kelly has taught in her local co-op, has written and maintained online newsletters for homeschool groups as well as state wide groups, and headed her local homeschool group for over 10 years. Kelly is a history buff and loves pulling history and the Bible together to get a clearer picture of our past.
The Walter family has lived in southern Oklahoma for 14 years. Kelly is in the process of writing her first memoir in hopes of having it published in the near future. Kelly loves to instill her love of English and reading into those around her. She is always on the move with Isaiah's travel hockey games, and loves to visit new areas; she also runs a successful home-based business. She loves country music, hockey (of course), reading mysteries and classics, and relaxing in the pool. Kelly is excited to return to teaching and curriculum planning with The Academy at Bright Ideas Press!
Sarah Westcott has a BA from Wellesley College in Political Science, but considers herself blessed to have had an eclectic career ranging from international high-tech consulting, corporate training, business network training and author, and for the last 10 years, running a private financial coaching practice as a Dave Ramsey trained financial counselor. Her most important role, however, is being Mom to four amazing teenage boys. In 2013, the launch of a family-owned business with non-traditional hours inspired her family to explore homeschooling and they have never looked back! Sarah has taught middle and high school level curriculum for her local homeschool co-op, including Civics, Personal Finance, and Economics, and enjoys the high that comes from helping students connect textbook concepts to real-world applications. She serves in her local church in Savannah, GA as a leader in the financial stewardship ministry and sings in the worship choir. She is also the chairman of the board of directors for the Savannah-Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She loves reading, gardening, knitting, hiking, boating, and jigsaw puzzles and is an avid Boston Red Sox fan! Sarah feels her calling is summed up in her personal mission statement "to educate, encourage and equip others in the principles that enable them to pursue their goals and passions!"
Born and raised in Michigan, Dena graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education from Oakland University. She has taught and tutored mathematics for over 20 years, including homeschooling her own three children ages 16-23. Currently residing outside of Nashville, Tennessee, Dena teaches high school mathematics in several homeschool tutorials. Dena’s favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:9, “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” She desires to be pleasing to God in all that she does including teaching mathematics. She is also receiving training through her church, Calvary Bible Church, to become a certified Biblical Counselor.
Melanie Unzicker is currently a home school mother of 3 wonderful children and wife to a wonderful husband, Jacob. They reside in IL and enjoy being close to family. Melanie graduated from Warwick High School in Lititz, PA. She then received a B. A. degree with a Bible minor from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. After receiving her elementary education degree, she taught 6th grade for 6 years and 3rd grade for 1 year at Judah Christian School in Champaign, IL. She currently has been teaching at local cooperatives, volunteering hours at the local Park District theatre programs, and scoring online exams thru Pearson. Melanie’s passion lies in helping every learner feel confident in the material. She enjoys reading, theatre, film making with her family, baking, and REALLY GOOD PUNS. She looks forward to engaging students in the English language with lots of interaction, fun lessons, and exciting assignments.
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The Academy at Bright Ideas Press is a virtual school, offering both live and self-paced classes for middle school and high school students, taught from a Christian perspective. With over 100 course offerings and 30 plus teachers. The Academy is perfect for homeschoolers as part of their regular course load or for others who wish to supplement their learning with our vast array of course offerings.
It is our desire to foster a sense of community! As students continue to do their course work with us and become involved in our extra curricular activities, they will develop relationships with their teachers and with other students