Over 20 years ago, Kris began her own homeschool journey when her oldest child was ready to "start school." For the next ten years, she enjoyed traveling the road of a homeschool mom of four...twists, turns, potholes and all. Then Kris decided it would be "fun" to invite a few friends to join her children for a literature study. She quickly learned that most parents struggle with teaching their children to write...and most children struggle with their parents' teaching of writing. It just seems like "It's never good enough for Mom." Similarly, Mom struggles to know "What should I expect from my child?" After all, there is no Answer Key to your child's writing. And so the journey began. Needless to say, one thing led to another, and more than ten years later, Kris's journey as a writing teacher continues as she works with teachers, parents, and students to discover just how fun great literature and writing can be.

Kris and her team of teachers have enjoyed working together as they discover effective ways to use literature as a springboard for teaching writing. Without doubt, one enhances the other. It just makes good sense to use great writing to teach great writing. These teachers find that when students read a great novel along with their classmates, they "experience" the novel through engaging class discussion, analytical writing projects, and creative enrichment opportunities. Kris says, "The books we study together are unforgettable."

In addition to teaching children, Kris loves mentoring other teachers and parents. Sadly, with so many curriculum options, parents become confused, overwhelmed, and exasperated. Kris's practical nature and no nonsense approach provides a breath of fresh air to parents and teachers, shrinking the mountain into a mole hill. Her writing workshops provide a solid foundation for parents to begin teaching literary analysis and writing to their children.

Thankfully, Kris and her team of teachers offer classes throughout the greater Sacramento area. In addition, they are available as tutors either in person or via Skype for those who live far away. They are committed to helping parents train up the next generation to think critically and communicate effectively.

Our Team



Kris Cordell

  • BS degree from San Diego Christian College
  • more than 25 years experience teaching literature and writing

Kris homeschooled her four children through high school, and she is the owner of Writing with Kris.  She is passionate about reading, and she loves discussing literature with others to develop critical thinking. Kris also enjoys working with other teachers to formulate a unique and practical approach to teaching writing and critical thinking as she and her students study great literature.

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Claudia Paduraru

  • BA in Philology from Babes-Bolyai University
  • MBA

Claudia is a credentialed English teacher, who has worked over the years with students from different backgrounds, in various settings. Her experience ranges from teaching in public schools, both in the US and in Romania, to working with small groups of homeschooled students, teaching Sunday School, organizing children's camps and more. Claudia has a BA in Philology (English and French Language and Literature) and a MBA degree. Currently Claudia is spending most of her time and energy raising her two young children, whom she is homeschooling. Claudia joined Kris's writing team in September 2016.


Sheila Bradley

  • BA in Liberal Studies
  • Teaching Credential

Sheila has been married for 24 years and has two children in college.  She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University where she also earned her teaching credential.  Sheila home schooled her 2 children from 4th and 7th grades thru high school.  Sheila has taught 5th grade in a private Christian school and has been a substitute teacher in several school districts around the state.  She has privately tutored students in reading fluency and writing.  Sheila is the current representative for Total Language Plus and has been certified by Institute for Excellence in Writing.  

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Kryn Bradley

Kryn is currently a student at Oklahoma Baptist University studying Children's Ministry and Family Community Service.  Upon graduation in December 2017, she hopes to find a position working for a church as a full-time director of a Children's Ministry.  Kryn has a passion for education and desires to see other people find joy in learning as well.  Although she has been a tutor of a variety of subjects, including math, biology, and philosophy, her favorite subject to tutor is English because it is one of the few subjects that allows for creativity and personalized expression of thought. 

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Tracy Thomas

Tracy has been self-employed since 2001, fulfilling various contracts such as nanny, home-schooling other people’s children, teaching writing classes, tutoring Classical Conversations Challenge programs, and caring for her mother-in-law. During that same period, she has also homeschooled her own three children, the oldest of whom is now 18 and is working to finish high school with the Classical Conversations Challenge program. Her youngest is 10 and in 5th grade, and her middle child is beginning Challenge A this fall. In addition to teaching Classical Conversations classes, she is excited to be teaching with the Writing with Kris program.


Julie Snyder

Julie has had the privilege of homeschooling her daughter for the first eight years of her formal education. With extensive medical issues, her daughter required many surgeries and endured sometimes days, weeks, or months of recovery time. As her nurse, Julie had to learn to balance physical needs with social experiences and educational habits that would help her grow into a brilliant student with a bright future. Julie loves a good challenge. She also loves to watch a student grasp a concept, develop skills and succeed! She believes that with effort and time, each person can learn to communicate more effectively. Writing is a huge portion of communicating, but it doesn't need to be overwhelming. With the tools we have to offer, Julie feels certain that each student will grow and blossom, becoming confident in the skills needed to be a good writer. She has extensive experience working with students of all ages, from preschool age through college level. She is passionate about teaching with kindness and joy. Learning is wonderful and Julie hopes to pass that love onto others!