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Teaches: American Literature, Old Testament Survey, and Shakespearean Literature

Education & Experience: Thelma attended Western Seminary in Portland part-time for four years. Thelma has been teaching home educated teens for over 14 years. Thelma's goals are to make the study of literature relevant to Christianity and to help students learn how to engage their culture in positive, life-changing ways.

Nathaniel Rodrigues

Teaches: Biology

Education & Experience: Nathaniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organismal Biology from Portland State University (cum laude) in 2011. Prior to his college education, he was a home-school student and frequented Basic Skills for classes such as Latin and Classical Literature. He has been teaching private music lessons for 15 years and recently published a book on the history of classical music. He also has graduate school experience as part of a cadaver dissection team (maybe gross, but definitely interesting) and has particular interest in human anatomy and physiology. Nathaniel also works as a worship leader at his church and has been married to his best friend (herself a former home-school student) for four years.



Teaches: Jr. High Drawing, Color In Art, Adv. Art Lab

Education & Experience: Linda worked in Child Development and in Art throughout her Senior year in high school. She also studied Interior Design at Bassist College.



Teaches:  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Physical Science, Geometry, Earth & Space Science, Physics & Electronics

Education & Experience: Jerry has 3 years Engineering Studies at UCLA; BS in Mathematics at Warner Pacific College and a Masters of Religion/Pastoral Studies at Warner Pacific College. In the past Jerry has taught many core Junior High & High School classes, including the Sciences, Math, English Grammer & Literature, History/Geography/Government, as well as Biblical Studies. Now in his 17th year teaching in Christian high schools, Jerry has also been a homeschool father for 24 years. He and his wife, DaniJo, have four children.

Alexandra Czyzewicz

Teaches: Beginning Choir, Beginning Strings

Education & Experience: Alexandra Czyzewicz has been a well-established private music teacher in the Estacada/Oregon City area for the last nine years. She has a degree in Music Composition from Portland State University where she also played violin in chamber ensembles and Jazz Combos, and sang in the Vox Femina female choir. She has a passion for teaching and music and sharing the joy of making music with others. Homeschooled from Kindergarten through high school she loves working with homeschool students. She is passionate about teaching her students not only to play a wide variety of music, but also to express themselves by composing music of their own.


Teaches: Privately Developed Plan (PDP)/PDP Diploma Program

Education & Experience : Jo Edwards holds both BA and MS Ed. degrees in special education and is a licensed teacher. In addition to home schooling her children through high school, she has taught in public school and eleven years at a small Christian school. Her specialty is teaching in a multi-age classroom that includes students with special needs.


Teaches: World History/Geography

Education and Experience: Randy graduated from Warner Pacific College in 1978. He has taught US History at Basic Skills for the last 7 years.


Teaches: Writing Fundamentals, Interpersonal Communication, Writing with Passion

Education & Experience: Natalie Trust has enjoyed teaching various levels of high school English, Literature, and Drama courses over the past four years. She is passionate about instilling a love for learning in her students and encourages them to continually challenge themselves. She has also privately coached students for contest/scholarship writing. Most recently, one of her writing students received a full ride scholarship to OSU and several other students received numerous cash awards for the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Essay contest and The Veterans of Foreign War National Essay Contest. Natalie received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Warner Pacific College. She enjoyed a variety of internships during her college career, including Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, The Early Learning Center, and The Dougy Center. Natalie lives with her beloved dog Libby and enjoys writing, theater, and music. She loves spending time with family and friends, especially over cups of coffee. She is currently working on publishing her first book.


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