Meet Our Teachers
A team of administrators and teachers with many years of experience have put together this homeschool enrichment and academic classes program focusing on organization, integrity, and grace, all to the glory of God. We are working together to provide low cost yet top notch classes, and are thankful to be able to offer some very popular classes taught by teachers who are well- known in the homeschooling community of the Temecula Valley. We thank God for all our teachers and their willingness to give so much of themselves to offer such great classes at Grace. We have many new faces joining the teaching team, using their God-given gifts and talents. We would love for you to “meet” our administrators and teachers so you can know a little more about them…
Alexandria is passionate about ASL as she knows that her knowledge of the language and compassion for the deaf and their culture will enable her to impart her knowledge to the students. Alexandria is attending Mt. San Jacinto College this year in the ASL studies program. She has been involved with multiple community service projects: volunteering as a junior lifeguard, a summer camp counselor for her church, flyer delivery for a real estate company, volunteer for Keepers at Home, worship leader at church, but sharing the gospel is another great passion. She hopes to bring glory to God through writing, teaching, evangelism, and American Sign Language and looks forward to what this next school year holds.
April comes to Grace with a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Azusa Pacific University. She currently works part-time as a bookkeeper for an international adoption agency. Prior to going to seminary, she taught 5th and 6th grade. For over 15 years now, she has been a math tutor for kids in kindergarten all the way up through high school (Algebra 2). She enjoys working with kids and has a passion for teaching.
Bella is a gifted teacher and will be teaching our Musical Theatre again this semester. She homeschools her five children, graduating two already. She has an enthusiasm for life and the Lord that is contagious. She has taught several different classes before, and she also serves in many areas. One ministry that is dear to her heart is the Free Curriculum Exchange ministry that she heads up which blesses homeschooling families. She is also an Awana Commander and has a Praise Hula ministry. Her gifts and talents are many and she is a blessing to have teaching at Grace!
As Bryce began teaching at Grace in the Anatomy class as an assistant, he realized that God has gifted him with a wonderful ability to relate to students and felt God’s tug to change his career from the medical field to teaching. He is now in college and pursing that love of teaching!! He also is a certified CPR teacher/trainer, and has taught many students CPR & Safety, enabling them to obtain their CPR certification. More on his bio to come!!
Cathy is the administrator and registrar, running this program alongside a wonderful team of ladies who have a heart for homeschooling families. She has homeschooled three girls, two that have now graduated. She is also a director at Sunridge Church overseeing babies and toddlers, attending there for over 10 years. She is an LVN, formerly practicing as a baby nurse, postpartum and labor & delivery scrub nurse, and OB/GYN back office nurse. She was also a long-time legal secretary, which instilled a love for organization and paperwork. She has many years of experience with this kind of homeschooling program. She loves the Lord, her family, and friends, but she also loves getting the job done, loves helping and serving people, and she loves Algebra too.
Christina taught Intro to Photography this past year and the class got rave review. She is a gifted photographer herself and is very well-educated with a Master’s in Christian Counseling and Discipleship. She also has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with areas of of study Photography, History of film, Art History, Drawing, Merchandising, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, and American Literature. Her current photography business has an emphasis on personal, business, architecture, landscape, and wildlife/nature, and ministry photography for military deployment, special needs, and terminally ill. She has also taught Art & Digital Photography for K-6th at Valley Christian Elementary School. She began her photographic journey from childhood, but after a serious car accident in high school, photography helped her learn how to communicate and record memories – this was a powerful tool in the healing process. The learning continued on through classes in college and beyond and it’s been her joy to learn and to teach in this life. Christina was also a competitive gymnast for 15 years, competitive swimmer for 8 years, loves to hike, evangelize, and adores her family and all the adventures the Lord takes them on. Her favorite verses are: Acts 17:26, Philippians 4:6-8, 1 John 4:8.
Cindy has been teaching exciting and hands-on science classes for homeschoolers for many years now and we are so blessed to have her continuing to teach at Grace again this year. Her classes are always favorites, and she has a love for teaching and her students that is apparent to all! Some classes she has taught for K-6th and Jr. High levels are Botany, Land Animals, Garden Club, Fun & Run, Marine Biology, Zoology 1 Flying Creatures, Weather Makers and the oh-so-popular Kids in the Kitchen. She has added to her repertoire of teaching with Biology, General and Physical Science too. She enjoys gardening and homeschooled her two sons who are now graduated; her oldest has now graduated from college. She absolutely loves the kids and is very excited to be teaching at Grace!
Claire has been teaching elementary science classes at Grace, and we have received wonderful feedback about her teaching style and her classes. She has been homeschooling for nine years and truly loves learning alongside her children. She has a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology. For six years, she taught grades, 1, 2, and 4 in a public school setting and then worked with homeschooling families for six years at a local charter school. She enjoys serving in children’s ministry at her church teaching grades 1 and 2. She has always had a passion for teaching and looks forward to this upcoming year at Grace.
In college, Dana studied Art, History, Language Arts, and Humanities, but her heart has always been working with children. She has taught children at Inland Vineyard for the past 9 years. She has been gifted with special attributes to teach and lead a classroom. Dana is married and has four children that she homeschools. She has loved teaching at Grace too, and sharing her heart with the children of Grace has been such a pleasure in her life.
Elizabeth has been homeschooling her three children for over ten years now, and has been part of a similar homeschool classes program. She loves kids and teaching them Spanish is such a joy, and a true honor and blessing to be a part of their growth in life. She has been teaching Intro to Spanish class as a good foundation for those students wanting to take Spanish as their foreign language requirement in high school. She has also had fun teaching the younger students in Spanish Fun. She looking forward to continuing teaching Spanish to students in the Fall.
Emily is joining our team for the 2016-2017 school year to teach the Math “Fun”-damentals class for 2-3rd. She has been homeschooling her four children for six years, with her oldest starting high school next year. Besides teaching her own children, she doesn’t have formal teaching experience, but she has taught at VBS, Awanas, and kindergarten Sunday school. She feels led to teach at Grace and is excited about the coming year. She loves the Lord, loves kids and loves homeschooling!
Frank and his wife, Nicole, have homeschooled their children since 2001, and since that time, he has been offering PE and sports program for homeschool kids as part of their business, Dunamix Dance Project. He has also worked at several Christian schools as a PE teacher and sports coach, including football and basket ball, and he continues to do that. We are thankful that he is willing to share his expertise in the area of physical education and sports conditioning with our Grace students again in the Fall.
Heidi has had a great first year at Grace teaching our younger students. She is loving homeschooling her children, and has seen both academic and spiritual growth in all four of her children, Samuel 12, Grace 10, Lillian 8 and Zachary 6. She is married to Ed, a Murrieta Police Officer, and he is a great support to all she does. On his days off, he plans to come to Grace as her assistant teacher. Above all, she loves teaching and sharing the Gospel. Before she became a mother of four, she taught in Lutheran Schools for six years as a first grade teacher. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood and a minor in Theology from Concordia College Bronxville, New York. She is looking forward to again using her teaching gifts to serve the children and families of Grace Homeschool Classes.
Heidi will be teaching our Science All Around Us to our K-1 students. She has already starting planning and is excited to teach these young ones about seeing God’s hand in nature and science. Heidi has her Bachelors Degree in Social Science from CSU San Marcos. She has had teaching experience as a substitute teacher for the Lake Elsinore School District and also enjoys being involved with the children’s ministry at her church teaching 4th and 5th graders. She is married and is homeschools her three daughters. She is thankful for this privilege and the past four years of homeschooling have been the most challenging and most rewarding years of her life. She is also thankful for Grace Homeschool Classes and enjoys joining with other wonderful families to learn new things and grow closer to the Lord together.
Bio coming soon!
Jerry is excited to share his talents and gifts of teaching and woodworking. He attends Sunridge and sought out our administrator to offer this woodworking class. He has worked for 20 years as a construction project manager. He has also served for 20 years as church music director, orchestra, adult and children’s choirs. Jerry has been married for Married 46 years, and has three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Bio coming soon!
Kim has such a sweet heart and desires to fellowship with, support and encourage homeschooling families. She has taught musical assembly time at VBS for many years at her church, and also coordinated for MOPS for ten years. She has taught several PK and kindergarten level classes as well as crochet at other classes programs. She loves making it fun for the kids to learn God’s Word and hide it in their heart!
Kristin is self taught and has been sewing, crocheting and quilting for over 20 years. She got her love for sewing from her grandmother who was an avid seamstress and could create anything she put her mind to. She began teaching Kristin these timeless skills at a young age. Kristin has taught other classes for homeschoolers, but sewing is her absolute favorite!
We are thankful that Loreal joined on our teaching team to take over Chemistry this past year, and also taught Health, but her special passion is teaching art to students. She is coming back this year to teach Beginning Art and Intermediate Art. She was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school so homeschooling has a special place in her heart. She has 4 years of homeschool co-op teaching experience, has her Bachelor of Art degree and another degree in Child Development, and is also a CA credentialed teacher. Even though she is very busy as she serves at church in Children’s and Women’s ministries, and will be teaching two classes, we are excited to say that she is expecting her first child this year too!
Lorraine was called to homeschool her children and couldn’t be happier with her decision to obey God in this area. Besides a passion for music, she is amazed by the human body along and the importance of safety, health and nutrition. Her biggest reward teaching is helping students make wise decisions to make a great future for themselves.
Bio coming soon!
Marianne is an experienced guitar teacher who loves teaching with her gifts will be joining our team of teachers at Grace. She will teaching the beginning and intermediate guitar class on Thursday afternoons. She homeschooled her children for 14 plus years, graduating all three. She herself has taken 5 years of guitar lessons including rhythm, reading notes and basic theory. Her experience includes singing and playing the guitar on the worship team, and with much study, her knowledge of theory continues to expand. Her hope for the guitar classes she teaches is to not only teach the basics of theory and aid in perfecting the skill of the students playing the guitar, but more importantly to place the focus on and to impart the desire to worship God in Spirit and in Truth with music.
Biography coming soon.
We are so excited that Maureen Waite will be coming back on our teaching team…more on her bio to come!!
Melissa will be taking over for Kristi Stiff in our PK ABC’s for Me class. She was homeschooled herself and is now in her second year of homschooling her own children. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies and has been teaching piano to young students for three years and has been an AVID instructor for Riverside Unified School District for 6 years. Since she was also in co-op classes as a homeschooler, she can appreciate the time teachers put into these classes and remembers what a blessing it was to have the opportunity to take extracurricular classes. She has been with Grace Homeschool Classes for a year and not only do her kids enjoy the program, but she loves the opportunities Grace offers to the local homeschooling community. She always wanted to be a teacher and loves working with children so she is very excited to work with the little kids at Grace. It will be such a blessing to see them have fun and learn new things.
Randa attends Sundridge Community Church. She has been a stay-at-home mother of four, but three are now adults. This will be 6th year homeschooling her youngest daughter. She has been an Awana leader for many years, and also taught art classes at Revival program for 3 years. She was very excited to have gone on her own missions trip to Nepal last summer and helped with the planning of the VBS/ training for youth leaders of Nepal. The team was mostly high school students and young adults. Because of her experiences and love for missions work, she is super excited about the high school missions class she will be co-teaching!
Raquel loves teaching younger students and has taught a Lego Learning class, Book Worms and other fun classes. She is married and homeschooling her six children. She is also a gifted published author of Christian fiction books. We are thankful that she can take the time to be on the Grace teaching team to share her gifts. She so she loves writing and looks forward to possibly teaching a creative writing class in the future!
Rosie has been married for 14 years and has been homeschooling my 4 children for 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and would love to teach Psychology to high schoolers one day. She is teaching structured writing using IEW to beginning and intermediate writers. She will also be taking on IEW grammar and spelling. She speaks fluent Spanish, and will also be teaching our younger ones with some basic words, phrases and songs. She feels blessed to get the classroom experience in a God-loving environment where we pray and tie everything back to our Savior. It is an honor for her to teach some of the wonderful children of the other homeschooling moms she has grown to know and love.
Sarah is coming on board to teach Creative Writing on Mondays. She has her Bachelors in Organizational Management with emphasis in Public Relations and Marketing. She has been homeschooling for nine years and has also taught writing and creative writing classes in college. She is a self-employed photographer, graphic designer, and has been marketing director for 10 years. Sarah is looking forward to teaching at Grace.
In her repertoire at Grace are K-2 Human Body and Fun with Biology, but she has taught several other fun and engaging classes through other homeschool co-ops. She loves teaching the younger students, and we are looking forward to having her and Raquel Byrnes team up to make history come alive to these students in tangible ways! She has her degree in Food Science and is a registered dietitian. She has taught at a university and charter school, but she has also homeschooled her three children since they were in kindergarten.
Bio coming soon!
Sherry has two children which are now grown and married, and she also enjoys her two grandchildren and has one more on the way. She homeschooled for 18 years and has taught government and all of the required high school history classes for the past seven years. Her students love her classes and her enthusiasm for teaching, and even the parents enjoy taking part in her classes. She has a great love for history, especially the history of our country and government. She will also be teaching Economics in the Spring. She also loves teaching in-depth studies of God’s word so her students can understand God’s plan as it unfolds in past and current world events.
Tara serves at Every Generation Ministries as the Mobilization Coordinator. In this role, Tara contributes to EGM’s mission to transform children in Christ through His Church. Tara accomplishes this by helping to mobilize local churches, schools and groups for short-term ministry service in the field where EGM is developing or supporting partnerships. Before joining EGM, Tara served as the Children’s Ministry Director at Sunridge Community Church for the past four years. She has been on and lead several short-term missions trips, sharing the love of Christ with children and training children’s workers. Tara and her husband Greg continue to serve in their church’s Special Needs ministry. They reside in Temecula, California with their two children, A.J. and Elizabeth.
With the Lord by her side, a thirst for knowledge, and a craving for variety, Terri Kammerzell feels blessed by the opportunities that continue to come her way to meet and join the homeschool journeys of many families in our community. In fact, ministering to homeschool families and Creation Apologetics are her two primary passions as she serves the Lord with gladness. She is a mother of one, and has homeschooled him from fifth grade until his graduation this June. She has been teaching homeschool classes for over four years, and the variety of topics she has taught covers just about every core subject, with a variety of specific classes in each one! In addition to Creation Apologetics, her strongest suits are math and English, but she loves teaching chemistry and history as well, and has had a blast directing six homeschool musicals! She’s excited for a new year with new opportunities as she transitions from homeschool tutor and mom to homeschool tutor and college student, earning her Bachelor’s in Christian Education from Patriot Bible University. Praise the Lord for His goodness and provisions in every stage of life!
Toni and Cathy have worked together previously at another classes program; they work well together, and Toni is such a valuable asset to the administration team. Even though Toni has graciously taken on the roll of office assistant and a Dean of Students of sorts, she also has had fun teaching the younger students the fun and engaging Survey of America class. She looks forward to sharing her more creative gifts with scrapbooking and crochet offering that in the spring. She homeschooled and graduated her daughter, and all three of her children are grown. She serves selflessly and humbly and her heart for homeschooling families is evident in all she does!
Wendy has homeschooled her children for years, and has a heart for homeschoolers. She has taught several classes to younger students over the past several years, including California History, Spanish Fun, and several art classes. She has a passion for teaching children with the gifts God has given her.
Whitney has been a preschool teacher for many years and has been teaching some of our PK classes on Mondays. She is also an amazing cake decorator and has been through Wilton’s classes and shares this talent in her cake decorating classes. She has three little ones now, one of which will be taking PK classes. We are blessed to have Whitney teaching at Grace.