HOW IT STARTED
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.
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.
BA in Philology from Babes-Bolyai University
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.
BA in Liberal Studies
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. Teacher
Meagan Stanley is a senior at William Jessup University studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She will graduate in the Fall of 2019 and hopes to continue tutoring and teaching English to the next generation. Growing up, Meagan received a classical education, studying subjects such as formal logic, Latin, and classic literature. This educational foundation has fueled her passion for all things English, whether it be grammar, literature analysis, or creative writing. She is currently writing her debut novel, and works as a tutor at William Jessup University’s Writing Center. Meagan has been with the Writing with Kris team since Fall 2018.
MA in English from CSU-Sacramento
CA Single Subject Credential in English
Nathan McQueen teaches writing and composition at William Jessup University, American River College, Folsom Lake College and Woodland Community College. He received his Masters in English - Creative Writing at CSU-Sacramento and has a California Single Subject Credential in English. As a writer, he has had over 20 publications of fiction and nonfiction in various literary magazines and websites. He is the proud father of three daughters and been married for 15 years to his beautiful wife.
He enjoys being able to help his students think critically and improve in their ability to communicate and Writing with Kris allows him the individual time to meet students’ needs where they are at.
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!
Bridget Patton is a native of the Sacramento Valley, growing up in Yuba City in an agricultural family. She is married to Steve and they have three children. Prior to moving back to California in 2009, they homeschooled their children exclusively. For the last nine years, however, their children have primarily attended brick and mortar school (John Adams Academy and Presentation School). Each one of their children, though, has had the opportunity to take a year of independent study during that time as well!
Bridget grew up in a home that was packed with books – literally bookshelves filled from ceiling to floor with good literature! When in college, along with pursuing a BFA in Drama/Dance, she took a second major in Literature. Once it came time to homeschool her own children, she was determined to make sure that fine literature and good writing skills were woven into the children’s curriculum.
Since 2016, Bridget and her husband have served as online instructors for couples throughout the US, Canada and around the world, who are preparing for marriage with Agape Catholic Ministries, and now she delighted to be joining Kris Cordell’s team of writing instructors.
Nicole Larsen, aka “Miss Cole,” was born in Minnesota, raised in South Dakota, and moved to California in 2010. As a child, she was an avid reader and writer. Her first poem was published when she was 17, following several other publications. In high school, she was in journalism and wrote for the school newspaper all four years. In total, she has worked with kids in some aspect for 17 years. She has been a nanny where she helped to home school the children, has worked with children with developmental disabilities, and worked at several after-school programs that required helping with homework and active planning. Currently, she is finishing her degree in English and plans on continuing to get her degree in journalism or education. She is always writing poetry and dabbling in short stories.
What she loves about teaching is seeing the lights come on in her student’s minds and the invaluable gift of touching a child’s life. The students bring passion and purpose to her life and in turn, she hopes to bring purpose to theirs through the avenue of English and writing. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis and her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. If there is anything students know about “Miss Cole” it is that she loves super heroes.
BA in Literature at UC Santa Barbara
California Teaching Credential
Audra always loved children. Babysitting and tutoring since sixth grade led her to earn a B.A. in (College of Creative Studies) Literature from University of California, Santa Barbara and a teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento. Audra taught kindergarten in Rancho Cordova (Folsom-Cordova Unified School District) for 7 years before staying home to raise her own children. When her kids were little, she wrote several First 5 California community grants to lead activities with groups of children 5 and under. Several years ago, she started creating and teaching homeschool classes in the Sacramento area: language arts, math, and history classes, for groups of 1-3 graders and 4-8 graders, as well as kindergarten classes.
Audra home schooled her oldest child until just this year when he decided to go to San Juan Unified’s project-based high school, Unschool. She still home schools her daughters, currently in 4th and 7th grades. She privately tutors students in reading and math. Audra’s interests include traveling, American Sign Language, all of the arts, helping people and, of course, reading!