K.E.Y.S of Arizona is honored to work with dedicatedtutors who truly care about your children. They provide a fun yet challenging classroom experience for your homeschooled students. Click on the names below to view the K.E.Y.S. of AZ tutors' biographies.
JZachary Anvik is a high-school, homeschool graduate and currently attends Scottsdale Community College. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a career in theater and dance, but he is willing to go where the Lord leads. Zachary grew up in a homeschooled household and grew to love drama when he after he participated in his first MoezArt Production. He was hooked! For the next nine years, he participated in MoezArt, and now he directs, choreographs, and runs tech for the company in all of its locations including K.E.Y.S. Zach has had the pleasure of working with and gleaning knowledge from Mark Stoddard, Director of Arts at Dream City Church, and Randy Messersmith, Director of Theater at Scottsdale Community College. He puts what he has learned from these two amazing mentors into practice with each class of middle-schoolers that he leads. Zachary has a passion for theater, and he has seen the talents of many young people bloom as they become confident in who God made them. He works each day to instill the love of God into his students as he directs and mentors them in the performing arts.
Megan graduated with two Bachelor's degrees in Communication and in Psychology from The University of Colorado. She successfully homeschooled two daughters through high school. Twenty-three years ago she and her family left their home in Colorado to move to Phoenix and enter full time ministry. Her husband, Bryan, is the Executive Pastor at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship. Since the age of eighteen, Megan has been involved with youth. She has worked as a youth group leader and has been involved with organizations such as Young Life, FCA, and Campus Crusade for Christ. She desires for all to understand the faithful hand of God as seen throughout history and in our daily lives. Megan has a passion to equip young people to know who they are in Christ. She hopes to inspire each student to find their God designed purpose and calling. As a pastor’s wife, she has noticed that many do not have an absolute standard of truth. This realization has become a passion in which she desires to encourage students to stand firm in Christ as they purposely go into the world to share their faith.
Jeanne graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Community Health Emphasis, from Northern Arizona University in December 2011, and has recently completed 40 hours of post-baccalaureate credits in the Professional Teaching program at Rio Salado College. She has four children, ages 20, 18, 15, and 10. Jeanne has been homeschooling her four children since 2005 and is proud to have two high school graduates. Her favorite subject is math, but she is excited to share her love of history, writing, and reading with her students as well. She loves to tutor children and has worked with several students over the years. Jeanne and her husband were born and raised in Southern California, and they moved to Arizona in 1998 to have a better opportunity for raising their family. Her husband, Robert, a free-lance web designer, has been very supportive of this homeschooling journey. Jeanne and her family are new members of Journey Church in Peoria. Jeanne is passionate about giving all children the opportunity to succeed and be loved as God designed, so her home is continuously bustling full of friends of all ages. The Cerrone family is also involved in theatre, specifically through Moezart Productions. They pray to be a staple in the homeschooling community for many years to come.
Mrs. Collin is a co-founder and director of K.E.Y.S. of Arizona. MaryKay has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Grand Canyon University and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University. She homeschooled her three children successfully through high school. Two of them have graduated from Grand Canyon University, and the third is currently a sophomore at GCU. Before homeschooling, she taught elementary, middle school, and high school students in the public-school system. She also worked as a Support Specialist, coordinating multidisciplinary teams to meet the needs of individual students. In addition, MaryKay attended the Interpreter Training Program at Phoenix College and worked as a sign language interpreter for the deaf. She is excited about sharing her love of the deaf community with her students. MaryKay has a passion for teaching and building relationships with homeschool children. She desires to help teenagers see beyond the classroom by developing a zeal for their faith and a vision to become leaders who will impact the world for eternity. She has a unique talent for making complicated subjects entertaining and simple. Mrs. Collin looks forward to sharing her love of learning with K.E.Y.S. students.
For Patty Larson, two of her heart-felt passions combine when she teaches art: Jesus and creativity. Mrs. Larson originally hails from Chicago where she received a full ride scholarship to the Art Institute. While there, she founded the Plainfield Art League of Illinois. She and her family moved to Arizona in 2007. Shortly after moving to Arizona, the Larson family began attending Radiant Church in Surprise; she remains active in group coaching, women’s and student ministries to this day. Because of her creative gifts and her passion for teaching, Mrs. Larson has always combined the two areas whenever possible. She has years of experience in teaching art and Jesus to young people as well as adults. Her students range in age from five to eighty! Working with students of all types and in every sort of educational setting, Mrs. Larson instills an awe for the Creator in her students as she strives to bring glory to God in all that she creates. Presently, she runs a home business, called Artistic Creations, teaches art classes, is a member of the WHAM Art Association (West Valley). She has juried numerous shows, worked on demonstrative events, and painted murals for both WHAM and EMAG (El Mirage Art Group.) She has juried Art is Alive in Surprise, which is an annual student art show, and directed an art and poetry show each year since 2008. Throughout her career, Mrs. Larson has been the featured artist at various galleries in Arizona and in Illinois. She believes teaching is exciting and rewarding because she loves that moment when she sees the expression on her students’ faces as they realize that they used their own hands to create their own art work! Happy to be a part of the K.E.Y.S. family, Mrs. Larson graduates her youngest son from homeschooling in May, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for art and Jesus with her new students.