Elective Tutors

Chris Carl

  • Sewing 

Chris is the mother of 6 children and has been homeschooling since 1995. She has been sewing since she was 13 years old and has sewn everything from baby clothes, to elaborate costumes and dresses, and recently recovered her living room couches. She has been involved with Children’s Ministry for many years which has given her the opportunity to teach children in a classroom setting.

This will be her fourth year teaching Sewing I & II at WEST.

Connie Bendickson

  • Cooking for Real Life

Connie Bendickson is passionate - and gets very excited - about the beautiful foods God created to nourish our bodies.  Her desire is to feed her family with foods that will best nourish them for optimum health.   Though food is her passion, she doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.  She loves to teach others how to get back to the basics and make healthy eating simple, nutritious, and delicious.

Connie grew up in her parent’s small town café, married her high school sweetheart, graduated from the University of St. Thomas with an accounting degree, climbed the corporate ladder for a few years, and is now a homeschooling mom to two healthy eating teenagers.  A life-long learner, Connie is currently a student at Trinity School of Natural Health.   

Jeff Herringshaw

  • Light Bearer’s Worldview

Jeff Herringshaw graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific
University in California in 1984, majoring in English and minoring in
Biblical Studies. After teaching English in the People’s Republic of China
for a year, Jeff returned to the U.S. to earn a secondary teaching
credential for English and World History from Sacramento State University.
He then went on to teach middle and high school writing and literature for
four years.

In 1992, Jeff and his family joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM), becoming
one of the organization’s Discipleship Training School directors. For the
past 19 years, he has taught young people, including his own three
children, to embrace their faith, love God with all their hearts, and
understand why they believe what they do. He recently completed his Master
of Arts degree in Christian Thought at Bethel Seminary.

His work with YWAM has taken him to more than 30 countries, giving him a
well-rounded perspective of other cultures and worldview systems. It is
his passion to teach young people to think clearly about what they believe
so they can choose to live out their faith with their whole heart.

Heather Kipp

  • ACT Test Prep
  • PSEO College Algebra II
  • PSEO Calculus

Heather Kipp graduated with a B.S. from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN, majoring in Mathematics Education and Bible in 2000.  She is receiving her M.A. in Education from Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN with a concentration in Online Teaching. 

She has been teaching mathematics in various capacities for the past 14 years.  She has taught high school mathematics, ACT prep courses, tutored individual students, and started a tutoring ministry.  In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mom and has been homeschooling her own children for the past four years.  She has a passion for teaching mathematics and enjoys helping students become life-long learners.  Many of her favorite tutoring experiences have been while ministering to students in the inner-city, and she is always blessed when she sees students overcome struggles and begin to thrive.

Her interests include music, reading, hiking, and gardening.  She is actively involved in her local church and at CityLifeWorks, a ministry in her North Minneapolis community.  

Kari Smith

  • Basic Photography

Kari loves nature, color, adventure and pretty much anything having to do with fun. She graduated from St Cloud State with a degree in Elementary Education and throughly enjoys teaching and hanging out with students. She also loves photography, cinematography, graphic design and anything creative. Kari has taken pictures for engagement shoots, 5k races and non-profit fundraisers among other things. Some of her favorite photography is in nature, especially the fall and spring seasons when the colors are their brightest. Kari is also an avid camper/road tripper and finds any reason she can to be outside exploring new places. Kari worked for the last 12 years at an organization called Real Resources that is home to YouthWorks Missions and Youth Specialties where she served with both organizations. While there, Kari served in a variety of capacities, including spending seven summers out in the mission field in various remote parts of the United States. She attends Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove and is very much plugged in to the youth ministry there. When it is nice outside you can find her hanging out in her hammock enjoying creation.