Eileen created the Home2Teach program while she was home schooling her two youngest children, creating lessons for them and a few students in a small co-op in which she was involved. She is passionate about ensuring children develop and apply strong written communication skills from the time they are young because they cannot succeed in any subject without such skills. Eileen’s degree is in Early Childhood Education, which included extensive English courses. Eileen lives in northern California with her husband and family. She takes great pride in her four remarkable children and three grandchildren, two of whom she now helps her oldest daughter home school. Her two oldest daughters are talented artists in various media. Her youngest daughter (who was home schooled until high school) is now in a PhD program in Human Genetics, and her son (who was also home schooled until high school) has completed his degree in finance and Economics.
Becky lives in scenic Harpers Ferry, WV with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Flagler College in historic St. Augustine, Florida with a degree in English Education. For twelve years, she taught 6th through 12th grade, including gifted, SAT Preparation, and AP Literature. Since 2009, Becky has been blessed to stay home with her daughter, coordinate a mom’s group, and volunteer with her local homeless coalition. She loves to hike along the Shenandoah River, travel with her family, and curl up with a great novel.
Emily holds a B.A. degree in psychology and education from Bryn Mawr College and is certified to teach elementary education (K-6) and English Language and Composition (7-12). As a former elementary school classroom teacher, Emily has a passion for making writing accessible and fun. She has high standards for her students but is warm, compassionate and approachable.
Emily is also a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certified instructor and has taken a variety of graduate courses in literacy education. In her free time, Emily enjoys running, yoga, cycling, volunteering extensively with the military community, and spending time with her husband, young daughter and three dogs.
Heather’s love of children began with her first babysitting job, and she always knew that someday she would become a teacher. She home schooled both of her children up until 2011, and has been with Home2Teach since March of 2010. She loves to travel, spend time outdoors, and if she finds herself with free time, she can be found in a corner with a good book.
Kathy has been teaching at Home2Teach since January 2009. In 2010, she graduated from Western Washington University with an Interdisciplinary Degree in Holistic and Arts-Integrated Education. She also studied creative writing extensively, and has loved working with students to expand their own creativity and spark their imaginations. Kathy now lives in Northwest Washington state with her family.
Kimberly Bonk began teaching at the college level while she was a graduate student at California State University, Chico. She then moved to the Silicon Valley in California where she received her teaching credential and taught high school English to freshmen and seniors. She is married with two young daughters, and has been teaching for Home2Teach since October, 2010.
Laila has been teaching at Home2Teach since October 2013. She was actually a graduate of the program herself, having taken Home2Teach classes since she was ten years old. Laila graduated from Wellesley College in May of 2012, with a degree in psychology and education studies. She enjoys sitting and writing out a well-needed opinion article or working on her different creative writing pieces. Laila enjoys working closely with students in finding their writing spark – and unlocking for them a whole new world of expression, just as Home2Teach once did for her many years ago. Laila currently lives in New Jersey.
Sorrel is a New Yorker who still lives and works in the Big Apple. She is currently completing her BA in History at Hunter College, where she has worked as a tutor in the Reading/Writing Center since 2011. On weekends she rides with her mother at Maple Ridge Farm in Northeastern PA. She volunteers annually at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival and Lendon’s Weekend Educational Program. In addition to riding, she enjoys running, fencing, swimming, archery, sailing, downhill and cross-country skiing, riflery, as well as reading science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and poetry. She also likes cars.
Tara earned a Bachelors Degree in Dietetics with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University and later earned a Masters in Secondary Education. She taught at various private and public middle schools as well as the Community College of Denver. She now lives in California due to her husband’s Army career and is a stay-at-home mom to their toddler son. She works from home as a health and wellness author and editor of a young adult sci-fi series and other novels. She loves to travel and enjoys swimming, hiking, and skiing.
Zach graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in English, and from Trinity College Dublin with a master’s degree in Creative Writing. In between, he helped lead a Shakespeare class for home schoolers and taught in a German high school. Now he lives in Durango, Colorado, where he spends all his spare time writing stories and cycling over mountains.