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.
Michelle provides expert instruction in writing proficiency for students in grades 5-12. The skills and knowledge gained through participating in her classes will significantly enhance writing skills, analytical processing and articulation of thoughts and ideas enabling students to excel in their current environment.
Michelle, an Army veteran, is a member of several professional associations to include Military Writers Society of America and the Home School Legal Defense Association. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors; most notably – Citi Salutes Realizing Your Dream Competition, Outstanding Texas History Teacher of the year, El Paso Chapter (2011 and 2015), The President’s Volunteer Service Award, the Governor’s Yellow Rose of Texas award and a is recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a certified instructor with the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
She has coached, taught and mentored hundreds of children including multiple award-winning students and published authors. Michelle is also a published author of a home education curriculum guide for grades K-12, Daily Map for Success.
For more than twenty years, Michelle has taken the opportunity to serve on military installations in the continental United States and abroad. As a volunteer and leader, she has served, contributed to, and supported military families on four continents, six countries and six states. Michelle is the founder of over six separate support groups both in the United States and overseas.
Her hobbies include gardening, writing, and various agricultural endeavors. Michelle is married to Brigadier General (Ret.) Donald Fryc and has seven children ages 26-13.
Since 1973, I trained in various martial arts earning a 6th Degree Black Belt – Master Level in Zu Wei Shu Kenpo; a 3rd Degree Blue Belt – Internationally Certified Instructor in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan; and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Chuan Lu Chinese Boxing. I have taught many students for over 40+ years ranging from 4-76 years of age! I competed locally, regionally, nationally, and in 1982, placed 4th in in the world on the USA Tang Soo Do Forms Team in Atlantic City, NJ.
CMA is the collaborative efforts between myself and the late Reverend, Sifu, & Dr. Charles Jackson (my Teacher, Pastor, & dearest Friend) to develop a Christ-centered martial art. Hundreds of hours were used to base CMA on Jesus’ teachings, and not that of another eastern religion. Through these efforts, CMA codified all aspects of the mental, physical, and spiritual training into our unique style of Christ-centered Martial Artists.
I also retired from a successful 18 year career of Loss Prevention.
Now, I am blessed to have received the Lord’s call to Ministry, and in 2015, I BE!-came a District Licensed Nazarene Pastor, presently working as an Associate Pastor in Merrifield, MN. It is not my power or strength that produces any success for me, however. Rather, it is the Lord “who gives us the ability to produce wealth.” I boast of Him and nothing else! Long before either of these careers, I fervently sought the Truth! Jesus Christ is Truth! Thus, I teach & “…preach Christ crucified: Christ the power of God & the wisdom of God.”
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, KMJ Tutoring LLC
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.
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.
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.
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.
I look forward to spending my 2nd year touring Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science with a new group of 7th graders at ESCHEL during the 2018-19 school year!! I have been blessed to be a homeschool mom for the past 16 years to my 4 children with 2 still at home and part of ESCHEL. Teaching others began for me in my daughter’s 3rdgrade Sunday school classroom years ago, which I loved so much that I still teach that age group though she is now in college!! I also enjoyed teaching for several years within another homeschool co-op. I get excited to help students understand and learn new and challenging concepts that help them better understand and engage in life. Apologia’s General Science course focuses our attention on God’s amazing creation 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 18 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.
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.
My name is Cherie Vircks. I am very excited to be joining ESCHEL this year teaching the preschool class. I have a passion for teaching young children and enjoy teaching through play which develops language skills, listening skills, fine and gross motor skills. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Currently, I am home teaching my own children, Graeme (4), Ruby (3) and Elijah (3 months). My oldest two will be joining ESCHEL this year and we are very excited to be joining the ESCHEL Family. Christ centered education is very important to me. I am honored to be able to share God’s love and teach children about Jesus.
I am am a licensed Spanish teacher in Minnesota and a Spanish interpreter for St. Paul Schools. I have taught public and private, junior and senior high school Spanish. For the past ten+ years years, I have been teaching weekly homeschool Spanish classes for elementary and secondary students. Because I believe Spanish is a means to communicate with others and serve God, I enjoy going on many mission trips with youth to interpret and serve Spanish-speakers in Latin America. Homeschooling my four children for 20 years has been a privilege with many rewards.