Tutor Bios

Lynda Brock

I am excited to be teaching our youngest learners this year at Eschel!  I believe play is children’s work. In my classroom, young children learn through play, music, art and lots of laughter!   I have been homeschooling our 5 children for over 15 years and have had the joy of planning and teaching many Christian education classes over the years.  I graduated from the University of Northwestern with a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy. I am currently working towards a  Masters in  Library and Information Science and teacher licensure at St Catherine University.

In addition to my love of teaching, I enjoy running, reading, and spending time outdoors with my family.

Elizabeth Buege

Words are my passion, and if my students learn nothing else, I want them to view writing as a powerful tool for communication and expression instead of a pointless chore. A formerly homeschooled student myself, I graduated with a B.A. in English Writing from Northwestern College (now the University of Northwestern—St. Paul) in 2012 and have been working in freelancing and teaching ever since.

In a three-year teaching position (2012-15) at Liberty Classical Academy in White Bear Lake, I developed my own high school Spanish curriculum and enjoyed watching 9th and 10th graders fall in love with language. I also served as the middle school aftercare coordinator, ensuring students in grades 6 to 8 had a safe environment in which to play and study until their parents came for them. Add two years with Liberty’s preschoolers into the mix and you’ve got a general picture of how much fun I had getting to know and teach kids of all ages to love learning.

In my freelance writing work, I work primarily with fiction authors through copyediting (correcting errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure) and manuscript critiques (analyzing novel drafts for their plot, pacing, characterization, descriptions, dialogue, continuity, and clarity). I’m a mentor in multiple Twitter writing contests, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know and encourage new authors as they pour their hearts into their stories. I do my own creative writing on the side when I get the chance, but it’s never as much as I would like!


Bill Cournoyer

Bill has been teaching science at homeschool co-ops since 2004 and has been a web developer and designer since 1998. He has a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. For many years Bill has been studying creationism and apologetics, finding new ways God’s hand appears in nature and sharing these nuggets with his students.  Bill tries to make classes fun and memorable, instilling a love for the subject into his students.

Nancy Harris

I am so excited to be a tutor for our youngest writers this year! I have always loved reading, writing and communicating. And I love helping young ones get excited about getting their ideas from “heart to page.”

My goal is to encourage and help develop confidence and enjoyment in the students during their pre- and early writing stages. I want them to hear good writing and to recognize how important and enjoyable words can be and to whet their appetite to try it themselves with success. I know not every student is a natural writer, but I believe communication through writing is powerful and worth developing.

My experience comes from being a long-time homeschool mom of six with four students (so far) having successfully gone through ESCHEL’s elementary writing program. My family has been blessed to be a part of ESCHEL since our oldest was 4 ½ years old. I look forward to following in our previous teacher’s well-laid footsteps.

Besides homeschooling my 4 remaining students, I enjoy being a part of our church’s Awana program, reading everything I get my hands on, walking with my dog, gardening, and reading aloud with my family.

Kristan Johnson

What a wonderful time we have in our kindergarten class! I enjoy your children. Their enthusiasm to learn inspires me to plan creative and exciting learning activities. I look for ways to have the underlying theme of our lessons be the truth of the Bible as God’s Word and Jesus’ preeminence in our lives. We currently alternate between a year of studying God’s Creation Week and a year long theme of studying The Continents as we learn about the countries, cultures, and people groups of the world.

I have been home educating my children for many years and have been a part of ESCHEL during those years. ESCHEL mornings are a highlight of our week and our family has been very thankful for all the ways the tutors, assignments and classmates have added to our education process.

My background includes a degree from the University of Minnesota in Elementary Education, working as a substitute tutor, and teaching and managing a school-age childcare program through the YMCA. I have taught Sunday School over the years and coordinated the midweek children’s program at our church for ten years.

Linda KaussLinda Kauss

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, Hebrews 12:1.

This is my hope and prayer for each student involved in physical education class.

I began teaching tennis, racquetball, swimming, gymnastics and exercise classes at my local YMCA at age 14, because I had taken every class and the instructors were aware of the gift I had involving teaching. I taught gym for ESCHEL for 12 years and for the TEACH co-op in St. Louis Park for 2 years.

My background is in physical education as well as spending several years playing professional racquetball. My gifts are teaching and organizing and the love of activity. As an eighth grader I wrote my career paper on becoming a “professional athlete.” It is amazing to me that I knew what my gifts and talents were by that age. I would like to help each student recognize their gifts in whatever that realm may be.

Jennifer Logan

I am thrilled to be back at ESCHEL. I have been an Art tutor for ESCHEL beginning in 2007, taking a year off for the birth of our 4th in 2011 and year off while our family temporarily lived in TX on the Christ for the Nations Campus in 2016/17, where my husband was finishing up an extra degree. I am a graduate of UWRF with a minor in Art, I have a passion for sharing that it is God that created art and that, because we serve a creative God and are made in His image, we get to be creative. I am a homeschooling mom of 4. Two of my oldest have graduated from ESCHEL and loved it and I have 2 more still in elementary at ESCHEL. I am looking forward to a terrific year of inspiring your children.

Cheryl Miller

I began homeschooling my children in 1988, and we have been a part of ESCHEL since we began our homeschooling adventure. Five of our six children have graduated from our home school, Faith Academy.  I began teaching Speech Communications at ESCHEL in 1997 and have delighted in the progress of students each year. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Carroll College. I was involved in Forensics (Competitive Speech) during my high school years and have had the privilege of personally applying skills of public speaking in political, church, and community settings. God has taught me many lessons as a mom, homemaker, teacher, disciple and discipler. It is a privilege to serve Him and His students and share a few of the lessons I’ve learned from the Master Teacher.


 Rhonda Reiter

I am excited to join ESCHEL this year, and I look forward to spending the school year touring Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science with the 7th graders.  I have been blessed to be a homeschool mom for the past 15 years to my 4 children with 2 still at home and one joining us at ESCHEL.  Through many of those years, I have had the joy and privilege of teaching classes in another homeschool co-op and in children’s ministry within our church and discovered a love for teaching.  I get excited to help students understand and learn new and challenging concepts that help them better understand and engage in life.  So this should be an exciting year with great labs that help us explore the concepts in the study, laying a solid foundation for engaging in science in future years through a Biblical Worldview.

My education is a BA in Psychology and Behavioral Science with a minor in Bible from Cedarville University in OH.  Our family has resided in Woodbury for 17 years.  Some of my favorite things to do besides teaching are being outside with family or friends walking, jogging, hiking, biking, playing tennis (with someone else equally lacking in skill), camping with my family, enjoying a good cup of coffee with a friend, reading a thought provoking book and even better yet with someone else.

Beth Salmon

Writing skills are important life skills. The ability to express yourself clearly in words will be critical across all subject areas as students grow into middle and high school. I’d like to support your children as they grow academically and socially this year.

I spent 12 years working full time in public education, and now I am at home with my two young children.

I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology (Gifted Education) from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, middle school Social Studies, and Intercultural Studies (missions work) from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.

Outside of ESCHEL, I enjoy photography, gardening, taking road trips, reading, and spending time with my family. I love puzzles and board games.

I look forward to spending time with your children as we write together this year.

 dan_sDan Schneider

I have served as a teacher, Christian school administrator, home school consultant, and education researcher for over thirty years.  I have a B.A. in history, an M.A. in education as well as additional training at the Foundation for American Christian Education and Summit Ministries.  I served several years as a teacher trainer with Nehemiah Institute and am currently serving as a family pastor in a local Minneapolis church.