Over 20 years ago, Kris began her own homeschool jouney 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 opportunites. 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.

Margaret Padilla

Karen Malinowski

Claudio 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.

Sarah Sayles

  • Teaching Credential

Sara Sayles is a credentialed teacher. She retired from San Juan Unified School District in June 2016. She and her family moved from Southern California 23 years ago. Her 2 daughters grew up and attended San Juan schools and went on to complete college. 

Sara has worked with all age groups but her favorite grade levels are kindergarten through 4th grade. She spent the last 19 years teaching in kindergarten and first grade. Working with young students, Sara believes it is imperative they develop strong basic skills in reading, writing and math. Combining reading, writing, hands on activities, music and movement are ways Sara likes to make all learning (and teaching) fun and developmentally appropriate

As an early childhood educator, Sara has always believed that one of her biggest jobs is to inspire young learners to become life long learners. She enjoys teaching and tutoring in the neighborhood where she lives along with walking, gardening, traveling, reading and a new hobby of furniture restoration.