Heritage Teaching Staff

Kamela Anderson- High School Humanities and director of K-12 English Studies
 

Kamela is a life-long native of Montana who developed a love for learning in a variety of different school settings.  Educated in Christian schools and public schools alike, Kamela embraced the rewards and challenges of homeschooling her three daughters and is committed to teaching a new generation a love for and excellence in imparting the word in all its forms.  She received her B.A. in English and Theatre along with her teaching certification in grades 6-12 from Montana State University in 2000.  After a year of teaching sixth grade at Heritage Christian School (HCS) in Bozeman, MT, she worked with the school to develop and launch its high school program in 2003.  She then returned to the classroom taking her original sixth graders through their years of English studies until they graduated in 2007.  In addition to English studies, she has taught pre-Algebra, Biblical Studies, and produced and directed multiple theatrical productions for HCS and the Bozeman community. Kamela is privileged to be in the classroom, teaching and instructing in wisdom and virtue.

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Tara Bailey -  Fourth grade

Tara grew up in Southern California and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara with a B.A. in elementary education. After teaching for a year she married her husband, Matt, and continued teaching 4th and 5th grade until the birth of their first of five children. They moved to Montana in 2002 right out of residency and Matt began his practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Whitefish. Tara homeschooled until her oldest reached high school, learned of Heritage, and enrolled her into its amazing program. Tara has three children in college and two still at Heritage. She enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, running, and reading as well as spending time with and taking care of her family. 

 

 

 

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Sandra Bois- Administrative Assistant
 

Bio coming soon! 

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Rebecca Chertudi- 8th grade English & Literature
 

Rebecca Chertudi grew up in beautiful Missoula, Montana, where she learned to love the humanities.  Although her degree at Washington and Lee University in Virginia was in East Asian Languages and Literatures, she also studied Classics extensively.  Two years after graduating, Rebecca and her husband, James, left the United States for Japan, where they developed their own curricula and taught English to approximately 3,500 elementary and junior high school students.  The lure of teaching in the United States was too strong to resist, however, and after three years in Japan, Rebecca returned to Montana, where she developed her own Latin curriculum and taught Latin and History at Whitefish Christian Academy for four years.  Rebecca has worked in our nursery and preschool program and our elementary history department.  This year, she is excited to move up a few grades to share her love of words and stories with her students.  

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Staci Cope- Choir Accompanist

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Kristin Cotton- Kindergarten

Kristin Cotton, a life long Montanan, grew up in Bozeman.  She and her family moved to the Flathead valley four years ago, now residing in the beautiful, little town of Lakeside.    Kristin attended and graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Biology.  During this time, Kristin was able to live in Valencia, Spain and finish her Spanish studies.  After graduating from Gonzaga, Kristin moved to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University’s accelerated nursing program, graduating with a  B.S.N, Magna Cum Laude.  Kristin has practiced nursing over the last nineteen years in many areas of health care.  She has considered it such an honor and privilege to be able to help and care for people during difficult times in their lives.  Kristin has been married for fourteen years to her amazing husband Ted.  They have two wonderfully fun kids, Macy and Teddy, and a handsome, red, golden retriever, Willie Nelson.    She and Ted have been classically educating their kids for four years.  Kristin has a passion for God’s word and has enjoyed studying  with BSF.     When there is free time, Kristin enjoys being outside hiking, mountain biking, and taking the cold plunge into Flathead Lake.

 
Rachel Cremer- 2nd grade & Director of K-3rd 
 

Rachel grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a BA in Elementary Education in 1996.  She taught school and coached swimming until marrying Jake in 1999 when they moved to Plains, Montana.  She continued to teach in Hot Springs, Montana until the birth of their first born, Isaac.  Rachel homeschooled her three sons and daughter until 2014 when she returned to full time teaching and pursued an Integrated Arts (MFA) Degree at the University of Montana. Rachel joined the Heritage community seven years ago and has enjoyed homeschooling her children in this community.  In her free time she can be found drinking a hot cup of chai, reading, hiking, and driving between Hot Springs and Kalispell.

 

 

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Cora Crumley-  Geometry & 6th grade Math
 

 

Cora graduated from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor's degree in both mathematics and music. During her time in college, she took a year off to be a student missionary in the Micronesian Island of Yap. After college, she spent a year in northeast California teaching middle and high school math at a small Christian school. After getting married, Cora and her husband moved to the Seattle area so she could pursue her Master's in Teaching from Seattle University. They spent the next three years there, and she taught 7th grade math. This year, Cora and her husband welcomed identical twin girls into their lives, and they moved to Kalispell. While Cora has enjoyed maternity leave, she is anxious to get back into the classroom and teach math. She also enjoys snowboarding and skiing, hiking, and spending time out on the lake. 

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Phil Cunningham- P.E. 

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Celena Daniels- 3rd grade Foundations

Celena Daniels grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville with a B.A. in Health Science.  Upon completion of her Bachelor's degree, she packed up all her belongings and drove out to New Braunfels, TX to be a part of TBarM Camp's first discipleship program.  There her passion for recreation and ropes course facilitation was born.  Her career involved managing 5 different ropes courses and facilitating programs in team-building, problem solving, and communication.  She can be found reading game books, playing games, or thinking up a new game as well as skate skiing in the winter or hiking and mountain biking in the summer.  She is excited about merging her passion for games and learning in the classroom. This is Celena's 7th year at Heritage as a parent and 4th year as a teacher.   She and her husband have been married for 16 years and have one daughter in 6th grade who started at Heritage as a kindergartener.   

 

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Mary Davidson- Preschool Director

Mary describes herself as "wife to one wonderful man, mother of five amazing wildlings, sister to eight beautiful siblings, daughter of one incredible woman, and aunt to so many"! Mary's family is her greatest joy in life and to know her is to know them! Growing up and even still now, Mary has felt called to take care of the youngest of Gods' children in some capacity, whether it be her own or those God places in her life through friends and family. She love the opportunities this offers for empathy, compassion, kindness, joy, and encouragement. Being the PreK teacher and helping form our future is such an amazing adventure.

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Ashley Fischer- K-2nd Astronomy

Ashley grew up in Kalispell and is a 3rd generation educator - both her grandfather and father taught for the FFA program.  Her husband, Mark, is also a multi-generational Montana educator, former school administrator, and wrestling/softball coach.  Teaching runs deep in their families. In 2009, Ashley received her BS in Elementary Education from Montana State University.  She spent the first 5 years of her career teaching 4th grade in Kalispell Public Schools.  In 2010 Ashley traveled to Ethiopia to join up with a friend in the peace corps where she was able to teach in classrooms throughout the country.  In 2015, Mark and Ashley welcomed their first child, and that year she stepped out of education to be a stay-at-home mother. They now have 3 children; Kate, Luke and Leah.  In addition to her lead role as a mother and wife, Ashley helps guide K-12 youth formation classes at Risen Christ and St. Matthews.  She is trained to provide professional development to educators around the state in the area of math.  Over the last 10 years Ashley developed an onboarding mentorship program to support new teachers in our area.  Outside of the education realm, Ashley has a passion for designing homes and Mark has a passion for building them, which led to the decision in 2020 for Mark to embark on a new career as a contractor.  In 2021, by the grace of God, Mark and Ashley began homeschooling through the Heritage Academy.  Their eyes have been opened to the beautiful world of hybrid learning and they have been blown away by this amazing program and even more amazing community.  

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Jessica Milligan- Preschool Assistant

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Kimberly Guillory- K, 1st, 3rd Math
 

Born and raised in West Valley Kalispell, Kimberly graduated with the first Flathead Valley Homeschool
graduating class of 2001. She finished her Elementary Education and Early Learning degree in 2009 from
Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. After teaching 4th grade on a Reservation in North Dakota, she
returned to the valley to marry her high school friend. She now lives with her five “little human” children
and her favorite “mostly grown human” husband Jed. When she isn’t performing motherly duties (and
most of the time when she is) she is found outside in her flowers, soaking up the sun, in the lake
swimming, on the lake fishing, or in the woods wandering. Her greatest desire for her family is that they
grow gentle and curious and never too smart for kindness. Her kids are entering elementary school, and she is grateful to be embarking on the journey of home education.

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Kimberly Hansen- High School Humanities

Kim grew up in Annapolis, Maryland near the banks of the Chesapeake Bay and United States Naval Academy.  After graduating in 1998 from Covenant College with a degree in Business, she married Pete and started life as a Navy wife.  Following nine years of Navy life, Kim & Pete landed in Oklahoma and eventually transferred to the Air Force Reserves.  While in Oklahoma they began their home-schooling journey with their four children.  Over the years Kim tutored for the Classical Conversations Co-op in Enid, spending two years at the Foundations level and four years directing the Challenge A program.   The Hansens moved to Kalispell in 2020 and participated in the Flathead Valley Classical Conversations program for a year before joining Heritage.  When she isn't baking cupcakes or decorating a wedding cake, Kim loves being outdoors paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, or rollerblading.  She is also content to sit by the lake with a book.  She enjoys getting to know the Heritage community better and encouraging students to love God well through their academic pursuits.

Michelle Hernandez - Middle School History & Logic,  Worship Director

Michelle Hernandez was born in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to Montana when she was three. Surrounded by huckleberries and wildflowers, she grew up homeschooled with her four siblings. When she was twelve, Michelle moved back to Japan where she and her family worked as organic farmers for Nozomien, an organization for special needs adults, which was run by her grandparents, the pastor and wife of Tokyo Covenant Church. Six years later, she returned to Kalispell with her family and attended Flathead Valley Community College, transferring to Montana State University to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in English Education. Upon graduation, she moved to Okinawa, Japan, and taught at an international, bilingual church school for a year. Once again returning to Montana, she worked at Whitefish Christian Academy where she fell in love with the classical Christian education model. There, she taught both in the elementary and middle school. Michelle is married to her best friend, Nik, and is the happy mother of two young boys. She is blessed to be a part of the Heritage community and have the opportunity to teach students -- all to the glory of our Lord. 

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Nik Hernandez- Worship Director

Nikolas Hernandez was born in West Covina, California. He moved to Kalispell at the age of two and has lived in the valley ever since. As a teenager, he planned to move away, but the more he prayed, the more God made it clear that this was where he was supposed to be. Nik is joyously married to his beautiful bride, Michelle, who also teaches at Heritage Academy. They have two young boys, Gabriel and Isaiah. For the past fifteen years, Nik has been a part of worship ministry both in churches and various interdenominational ministries. He is passionate for youth and adults to grow in ardent worship towards the one true God, Jesus Christ. He desires to encourage the students at Heritage to view worship as more than the time spent singing in assembly or church, but as a giving of their whole lives. He enjoys long walks on the beach, apologetics and discussing theology over a Reese's peanut butter cup blizzard. Nik is an Electrical Apprentice and is currently studying to attain his Journeyman's License. He hopes to pursue further education studying History, Government, and eventually attend seminary.

 

 

Trina Karow - Elementary Art

Trina has been immersed in art for her whole life. She began painting in adult oil classes at age 10 and went to work at an art gallery at age 13. There she learned matting, framing, and art restoration. In high school, she studied under nationally recognized NWS/AWS watercolor artist Judy Morris, was art editor of the Student Literary Magazine, first place winner of the Harry & David Bear Crk Corp card design/scholarship, and her artwork was featured in the Best of the Best art shows at the Rogue Gallery. Trina went to college to become an art teacher at the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon State University, and graduated from Bilmes School of Art in 1993. She taught art before having children, and has spent the last several years as full time, homeschool mom of three boys: Caleb, Nate, and Elijah. She has continued to use her talents for the Lord through some mural work at schools, churches and private homes, VBS stage and classroom designs, and occasional art workshops for home school students in both Wyoming and Montana. Trina has been in the classroom at Heritage for many years, and her talent speaks for itself.

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Gwen Kashmier- Latin, House Program Director, Event Coordinator
 

Gwen Kashmier has lived in Montana all her life and moved to Kalispell in 2010.  She attended Montana State University and received her B.A. in K-12 Health Enhancement (P.E. and Health) in 1999.  She taught In West Yellowstone for four years as she coached, advised classes, and organized track meets. Gwen has taught classical studies for three years with Classical Conversations, which included Latin. She has been involved with co-op groups and serves the children and youth at her church.  Most of all, Gwen loves to see kids know the love that the Lord has for them, which includes her two children she has homeschooled for 12 years. Gwen also enjoys the outdoors,  crafting, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

 

 

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Josh Lancaster - Community & Development Director

 

Josh grew up in Denver, Colorado and met his wife, Marlo, in Flagstaff, Arizona.  They’ve been married 27 years and have been working with teenagers in youth ministry and education this entire time.  Recently, he worked as the head of the Visual Arts Department at Glacier High School where he taught for 12 years.  Josh has a BA General Studies in Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University, an Education degree from Rio Salado College, and a Masters of Education: Secondary Ed. from Plymouth State University.  He is excited to embark on the task of donor development, family ministry, and connecting people in this amazing community.  

Marlo Lancaster - Science, Program support
 

Marlo has taught the biological sciences for the past 19 years. She has her secondary teaching certificate in Biology, Health, and Physical Education and has held her certification in Washington, Arizona, and Montana. Teaching in both the private and public sectors she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her subject area. Well-known for her dynamic personality, Marlo has a unique ability to make science entertaining.  Her students are engaged because her enthusiasm is contagious!  Marlo's two boys are Heritage students, and she is constantly organizing activities to make life more fun at Heritage.

 

Buffi Lloyd -  High School humanities, 6th grade English & Literature
 

Buffi grew up in Ventura, California and met her husband while completing the radiology technology program at Loma Linda University, after which, she pursued licensure in abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, and cardiovascular sonography at AHU in Orlando Florida. She and her husband then worked in Guam at a mission clinic for six years where two of their four children were born. Feeling the need to be closer to  family, they moved back to California where they lived for 10 years before moving to Montana. After 23 years of working in radiology, Buffi finally found the opportunity to pursue her love for teaching. For the last six years, Buffi has taught at Heritage Academy and has fallen in love with the mixture of strong Classical Christian curriculum, friendly staff, and fabulous students. She completed her BSRS in Radiologic Sciences from Loma Linda University four years ago and her MA in Communication with an emphasis in Education from Grand Canyon University last summer. Eventually, she hopes to teach health sciences at a collegiate level.

Niki MacLean- Spanish Instructor & Activities Coordinator
 

 

Niki became fluent in Spanish while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1996-1998.  A lifelong learner, Niki has been teaching Spanish and ESL classes for students in preschool through college in both public and private school settings for the last 20 years.  She has led student trips to Argentina and Mexico and has also traveled in Paraguay and Venezuela. Originally from Denver, CO, Niki and her family moved to her husband’s hometown of Whitefish in 2010.  She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a Colorado teaching license. Locally, she has worked as a Music Together teacher at North Valley Music School, taught Kid’s College and Continuing Education Spanish classes at FVCC and served as a Youth Minister for six years.  She has also coordinated field trips for Heritage for the last four years. She is passionate about dynamic, relationship based education, serving Christ, and forming future disciples for our Lord!

 

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Cortney Marx- 2nd, 4th, 5th Grade Math

 

Cortney grew up in a small town in southern Oregon. She knew she wanted to be a teacher since the first grade and has wonderful memories of her teacher, Mrs. Brown, who she aspires to be like. She remembers coming home from school, gathering up her dolls and school supplies,  and  "teaching" them. Her passion for teaching grew stronger as Cortney got older, so it was no surprise that after graduating high school, she went on to college to pursue her teaching degree. She attended George Fox University  and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, K-8th. Her teaching experiences range from being the lead third grade teacher at a private Christian school, substitute teaching K-12 in public schools, being a support special education teacher, working with students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, being the lead teacher for first through sixth graders while teaching a different subject to a different age group every 45 minutes, and tutoring. No matter the education setting, Cortney loves to teach! She lives with her extremely supportive husband and her puppy, Juneau, a Border Collie Labrador mix, who is now four-years old. Cortney's hope for her is to become a certified therapy dog, who can visit schools and support struggling students. 

Ashley Mason- Earth Science, Geology, Montana Field Studies
 

Ashley started her career in music in 1986 as a voice major at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem North Carolina. She was nearly finished with her degree in voice performance when she transferred to Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina to receive her B.S. in Geology with a minor in field biology in 1992. Ashley then came to Montana to teach for the Glacier Institute and completed graduate work at The University of Montana – Missoula in Environmental Studies. A veteran naturalist and conservation educator, Ashley is a former Ranger Naturalist for Glacier National Park and educator for organizations, such as The Glacier Institute, Swan Ecosystem Center, and Flathead Audubon Society.  In 2012 she was voted Audubon Educator of the year. Currently she teaches Geology courses at Flathead Valley Community College and is a Naturalist/Instructor with Road Scholar, The Glacier Institute, and the MSU Outdoor Campus Ministry Program.  Ashley loves to take the miraculous drama of God’s Creation and turn it into a story that will captivate her students.  She has homeschooled her two daughters for the past 12 years.

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Lisa Ochenrider- 3rd grade Astronomy
 

Lisa grew up in Alaska, where she developed a deep love for Jesus, people, and adventuring in the great outdoors.  She attended Multnomah Bible College in Portland, OR, and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2003.  In 2004 she met a wonderful, passionate, and adventurous medical student named Mark, moved to Washington, and married him. They spent the next 12 years completing residency, starting and running a small medical practice, and having five beautiful children.  In 2016, the adventure continued as they moved back to the Flathead Valley where her husband grew up. Lisa has been an educator since 2012, first at a private school and then in co-ops and home-school settings.  At Heritage, she loves the combination of wonderful teachers and classmates mixed with the gift of having her children at home most days. Lisa began teaching 3rd Grade English at Heritage in 2018. She loves the opportunity to get to know the students and families and hopes to inspire them to love learning and know the depth of God's love for them.  During their free time, the Ochenriders enjoy time with friends, camping, rafting, hiking, and exploring God's beautiful creation together.

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Jenny Petersen- Tuition and Accounts

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Andrea Pickens- High School Humanities

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Melissa Quast- Admissions and Academic Records

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Beth Rainford-  7th Grade English & Literature, Academic Assistant & Instructional Coach
 

Beth and her husband Eddie live in Whitefish and have four children.  Beth went to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she earned her Bachelor’s in Spanish and Environmental Science.  As a post-graduate, she earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching.  She taught at the middle school level for three years before staying home to be with her two youngest children.  For the last 14 years Beth has used her training as a teacher to homeschool her children, to pastor youth, and to coach high school track. Her passions include her family, the Bible, teaching youth about the amazing expanse of God’s love, and running.  She is very blessed that God has asked her back into the teaching world with a community of such faith filled teachers, parents, and students.

 

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Jen Rowe- First grade Morning Foundations

Since she was little, Jen always wanted to be a teacher. She attended the University of Oregon where she received a Master of Science degree in education. She spent a lot of time working with kids in different capacities as a volunteer for Campus Life, a before and after school care director, and a Sunday school teacher and kids' worship leader for her church. After graduation, she taught kindergarten at a private Christian school.  This is where she met Bryan, a student's uncle who picked him up from her classroom. They got married and had the pleasure of getting to teach two sweet boys that became her nephews. She went back to get a Masters in Teaching to study reading specifically at Pacific University. Soon after, Jen and her husband Bryan accepted teaching jobs at the same middle school. Once their oldest son was born, Jen found different ways to volunteer and work with kids, eventually starting a co-op for homeschoolers. Jen and her husband wanted a better community for their boys to grow and moved to the Flathead Valley to start a new adventure.  Jen loves being outdoors, going to new places and discovering all the beauty of this world with her family.

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Susie Sullian- Choir 

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Christie Thomas- Parent Partner Coordinator

 

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Erin Tintzman - Program Support and Admissions Director

Erin grew up in Idaho, immersed in classical education.  She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in dental hygiene.  Erin has a unique passion for life and helping others grow.  Married to her fabulous husband, Dan, and mother of four amazing children, she has homeschooled for 12 years by the Lord’s faithful leading.  With an appreciation and love for people, Erin uses her gifts to build up the Heritage community through organizing and overseeing the class days, as well as many "behind the scenes" tasks, which are too numerous to list. She cherishes the Heritage community and the support, opportunities, and relationships that come from studying together. Erin enjoys the sun, hiking, biking, singing, crafting, camping, skiing, down comforters, Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, and coffee.

Jane Turner - Program Director, Physical Science, & Algebra 1
 

 

Jane and her husband, Josh, are the founders of Heritage Academy. Jane graduated from Flathead High School in 1999 and from Covenant College in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in chemistry. While attending college, she worked with a homeschool supplement group in Chattanooga, TN. For several years, Jane tutored math and science and has now taught elementary and middle school lab science classes at Heritage for 11 years. She is a homeschool mom of nine children who loves all kinds of curriculum and research, hiking, camping, reading aloud, spending time with family, traveling, and a clean house. Most of all, Jane loves to see students and families grow to love God, love others, and love learning so that they can use their gifts to shape culture. 

Susan Wagner- Art

Susan Wagner, mother of five, has been a committed homeschooler for the last 25 years.  She received her B.A. in Home Economics Education with an emphasis in Clothing and Textile Design and a minor in Art Education from the University of Montana.  She taught high school home economics before having children and has led many homeschool activities over the years, including teaching a Model United Nations class.  Besides enjoying teaching students, she loves art and working with a variety of mediums.  She worked with ceramics in college and has since been enjoying watercolor when time allows.  

 

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Cara Yeh- Algebra 2

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George and Joni Young- Pre-algebra

George Young grew up in New England, has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, and began his career as an engineer before moving into software.  He and his wife, Joni, moved from Virginia to Montana in early 2020 and live out on Swan Lake. They absolutely love being in Montana!  George most recently ran the government business for a Pre-IPO company that went public called Elastic.  He currently serves as an advisor to startups in the software industry and is a cofounder of a professional services company called Bearing Technology, which serves the US government.  George has a passion for math and critical thinking and its application for many facets of life and business.  George became a Christian in his late teenage years and went on to receive further training after college at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Hamilton, MA. George and Joni have a blended family with 7 children (ages 11, 11, 12, 25, 26, 29, 32). George and Joni serve as lay counselors.  As a family we enjoy all things outdoors including hiking, fishing, skiing, cross country skiing and all kinds of watersports.

 

Joni Young was born and raised in Central Florida and received her BA in Television and Radio Communication. She began her career in television news. Joni went on to build a successful financial business as a series seven licensed stock broker. After selling that company, she went to work on capitol hill with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption to pursue her passion of adoption work. She has also spent many years as a volunteer in animal welfare, working both practically and legislatively. Joni and George love working as a team and are both enthusiastic lifelong learners and teachers. By far her very favorite job is as a wife and mother to her seven children, four of whom have successfully launched.