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.


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.

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Evelyn (Evi) Kuehn

Adventure, instruction, humor, mystery, and an insatiable longing to connect with people launched a little girl’s love for reading that continues 60 years later! A mother of five and grandmother to 11, Evelyn’s always up for a good read and lively discussion- no matter the age level. As a former homeschooling parent, Sunday school teacher, private school substitute, and children’s ministry director, Evelyn brings more than 35 years of teaching experience to the classroom.



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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

I have 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 my mother-in-law. During that same period, I have also homeschooled my own three children, the oldest of whom is now 18 and is working to finish high school with the Classical Conversations Challenge program. My youngest is 10 and in 5th grade, and my middle child is beginning Challenge A this fall. In addition to teaching Classical Conversations classes, I am excited to be teaching with the Writing with Kris program.


Julie Snyder

I have had the privilege of homeschooling my daughter for the first eight years of her formal education. With extensive medical issues, my daughter required many surgeries and endured sometimes days, weeks, or months of recovery time. As her nurse, I 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. I love a good challenge. I also love to watch a student grasp a concept, develop skills and succeed! I believe 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, I'm certain that each student will grow and blossom, becoming confident in the skills needed to be a good writer. I have extensive experience working with students of all ages, from preschool age through college level. I am passionate about teaching with kindness and joy. Learning is wonderful and I hope to pass that love onto others!