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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.

Mrs. De Vries graduated with a BS degree from Central College of Pella, Iowa, where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Math and Science. She loves science and is thrilled about having the opportunity to share her love of God’s Creation with its mysteries and marvels to students. Bev has been involved with children in one capacity or another for more than 20 years. She is currently employed by the children’s department of Christ’s Church of the Valley, where she uses her teaching abilities and enthusiasm to bring the love of Jesus to young people. She and her husband BJ are also small group leaders and hosts for CCV’s at home Bible studies. Bev has taken advantage of her teaching experience by homeschooling their four children, Zac, Beth, JD, and Jaaz for more than ten years. She enjoys every part of the learning process as seen through the eyes of the young people she touches in the classroom
Lori Foley, an Arizona native, graduated from Grand Canyon College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her Master’s Degree came from ASU with an emphasis in reading, phonetics and special education. She taught in the public school system for 15 years in the K-3 spectrum. In 2006 homeschooling became her focus with her daughter. Eleven years of homeschooling and one more year to complete the homeschool through high school program with KEYS, homeschooling has broadened Lori’s scope of education. Since first grade, teaching has been her passion. She finds ways to provide this service in many aspects of her life. She and her daughter volunteer at church in a K-1 classroom. Lori also tutors during the school year and throughout the summer.
Mr. Fooks is currently employed by Rogers & Kirby, Inc. which is the Dave Ramsey ELP (Endorsed Local Provider) for financial services in the Phoenix area (www.DaveRamsey.com). Brent currently holds an Insurance license in Arizona and is Securities Licensed as a Registered Representative with United Planners Financial Services. Brent graduated with honors from Gospel Temple Christian Academy in West Greenwich, RI. His entrepreneurial spirit started at age 13 when he started his own landscaping business. By age 16, he was managing a company of 8 employees with a gross yearly income of over $100,000. At the age of 21, he obtained his Real Estates sales license. For the next 17 years Brent built a Real Estate practice that was consistently ranked in the top 5 in the State of RI. His numerous ministry and teaching experiences include Youth Leader, Children’s Pastor, Deacon, Worship Leader, and Mission’s Director at 2 different churches in RI. Brent and his wife have homeschooled their four children.  The oldest is graduating from college this year!  They currently attend Christ’s Church of the Valley, and have recently adopted two daughters.
Ginger Gillespie has been studying music since childhood and formally studied music theory and music education at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, MN. She has also played in the concert band, the jazz band, and jazz combos at Glendale Community College where she learned if you play a wrong note once, it’s wrong - but if you play it twice, it’s jazz! She has enjoyed leading choirs and vocal teams at various churches both as a volunteer and as a church staff member. A unique forte she discovered while serving at Christ’s Church of the Valley is an ability to determine how each individual learns music and tailor her approach to better suit the student. She currently has the privilege of serving as the vocal director and working in the Technical Arts Ministry at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship, which she has called her church home since 2006. She has a special passion to encourage students who show interest in arts ministry. Ms. Gillespie strives to instill in students a desire to know God, to explore and develop the gifts He has given them and to use those gifts to serve Him.
Mrs. Griepp has a B.A. in Christian Education from Dakota Bible College in Huron, South Dakota.  Sue is also a RN with an A.S. degree in Nursing from Huron University in Huron, South Dakota.  Sue has always had a love for children, helping people, and being detailed!  She is the administrative assistant at K.E.Y.S. and is the person behind the desk in the office.  Sue has taught and directed a Christian pre-school as well as teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Children's Church, Youth Group, Bible Quiz, and Royal Rangers.  Sue has been a RN since 1986.  Among her varied experiences as a nurse, she liked being a school nurse the best, as it allowed her to once again work with students.  Sue works at K.E.Y.S. where she combines her two loves:  young people and nursing.  She is looking forward to meeting each one of you and answering your questions about K.E.Y.S.  Roger, her husband, and Sue are members of Deer Valley Worship Center where they serve on the praise and worship team. 
Brandi Havir earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and holds a current AZ Secondary Certificate, designated highly qualified in Language Arts for grades 6 through 12, Brandi has been involved in several facets of the education field all around the valley since 2001.  Brandi and her husband enjoyed living the last school year in Buckeye in a fifth-wheel trailer, but they now reside in Deer Valley where they are set to begin their fourth year of homeschooling their 6th and 9th grade sons.  Innovative and always looking to inspire students to read and apply what the read to their lives, Brandi has created unique literature classes for her K.E.Y.S. students and is looking forward to beginning her third year of teaching on the K.E.Y.S. campus
Mrs. Kollman graduated with a BS degree from Grace University in Omaha, NE, where she majored in Human and Family Development and minored in Bible. She loved the theater and spent every moment in Drama throughout high school and the beginning of college. Her original goal was to major in Theater Education and become a drama teacher, but God had other plans. Instead, she married her high-school sweetheart, and they travelled the world with the United States Air Force. She lived in England, Hawaii, and several other places before leaving the Air Force. During their stay in Germany, she spoke at women's events around the country where she leads American Sign Language worship workshops. At the same time, she homeschooled her daughter and taught at a homeschool coop, which allowed her to get back to teaching Drama, Speech, etc.  She has since written several one-act church plays, led a summer Drama Club, and is currently working as a Director for Moezart Productions at K.E.Y.S. and in Surprise.
Mrs. Lacy is a co-founder and director of K.E.Y.S. of Arizona.  She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English for 6th-12th grades from Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS.  She has a passion for teaching and loves to build relationships with her students.  Misti has a special place in her heart for imparting a Christian worldview to her students and helping them to grow into servant leaders.  Before homeschooling her two children, she taught elementary through high-schooled aged students in public, private, and international schools.  She has taught homeschool coops for over 16 years, which is the same time she began homeschooling her two children, who are now in college. (Homeschoolers are her favorite students, of course!)  Misti is especially well equipped at motivating students to think logically while she encourages them with humor and insight to apply what they learn to everyday life.  Through various experiences, Misti challenges students to think about issues from a Christ-centered worldview.  Her family is involved with the Pure Heart Christian Fellowship community.  For many years, she and her husband, Greg, have counselled and mentored couples and young people.  Mrs. Lacy especially enjoys pouring skills and encouragement into the lives of the K.E.Y.S. Student Leadership Team..

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.

 

Mrs. Penrod holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology and Development from Utica College of Syracuse University, as well as a minor in science.  While attending college, she worked for the school newspaper and enjoyed entering creative writing contests.  She is also certified both as a Grief Group Facilitator through Hospice of the Valley and in Child Life Psychology (working with children who have various medical/developmental needs).  She has 22 years of experience working with children and young adults, twelve of which are in tutoring and education.  She has worked with gifted, regular, and special education students.  She especially enjoys encouraging students to reach their full potential with creative and engaging educational approaches.  She and her husband, John, were called to homeschool their own children in 2003 and continue to that journey today. Mrs. Penrod has enjoyed attending Desert View Bible Church with her family since 2002.
Mrs. Rivera graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Youth Ministry from Grand Canyon University. She was in one of the first graduating classes at K.EY.S. where she was involved in Student Leadership. Throughout her high school and college years, Hannah volunteered in the youth ministry at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship. During that time, she found her passion for mentoring youth and helping them discover their identity in Christ. Hannah recently became a mother to a handsome little boy in January of 2015. Mrs. Rivera desires to live a life dedicated to furthering the Kingdom. Hannah is eager and excited to connect with students and encourage them to find their identity in Christ and to have the skills to share their faith in a world in desperate need of Christ.
Mrs. Rodriguez has been with MoezArt Productions as a founder/teacher/artistic director/mentor/director/costume lady for 12 years. She and her sister Leeann founded MoezArt in 2000 to serve the homeschool community through literature, writing, speech, debate and the theatre arts. Mrs. Rodriguez is married to the saintly Steve and is mommy to Michael and Wesley. She is committed to homeschooling, Christian values in the arts, and seeing students develop their God-given gifts and abilities through drama. Drama is a tool that can develop confidence in one’s abilities and gifts. Drama teaches students to work toward a common goal while encouraging each other and developing their skills. Mrs. Rodriguez has no greater joy than to see her students discover their giftedness and use it to glorify God and strengthen the Body of Christ.
Mrs. Rutter has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Delaware. She taught band, orchestra, classroom music, guitar, choir, and piano classes in Christian and public schools for many years before marrying and having a family. Since then, she has been teaching private lessons and always homeschooling her two girls. One of her favorite things to do is to collect and play as many instruments as she can get hold of. Her most recent acquisition is an accordion with which she performed in a (forgiving and friendly) home school recital. She currently performs weekly on the electric bass in the praise band at Heritage Presbyterian Church.  Sue's second love is learning languages. She studied French for seven years in school and Latin for many years both of which she has been teaching to her children and other homeschooled students. She is eager to share her love of languages with high school students.
Patty is a veteran homeschool mom since 1987. She is an AZ Certified Teacher with a B.S. and M.Ed. offering classes in Geography, Government, Computer Keyboarding, and Art.  As a Teacher-Consultant with the AZ Geographic Alliance, Dept. of Geography, ASU since 1996, Patty provides geography outreach for the homeschool community throughout the state. She has received numerous awards: Great Moments in Social Studies 2002-best elementary social studies lesson in AZ, NGS AZ State Coordinator for Geography Action! 2003-2005, NCGE  Distinguished Teacher Award 2004, NGS GeoLiteracy/GeoMath Grants Lesson Writer, NGS Teacher Grant Recipient 2001.  In July 2011 Patty participated in a special Summer Geography Academy that studied the conservation of Native American Rock Art at the Petrified Forest NP.  She was the Youth & Government Advisor with the Glendale YMCA for 7 years and now encourages our teens to learn the Constitution.  She is married and has four grown children--all homeschooled at various points of their education.  Patty feels very blessed to be able to share her love of geography and other classes with homeschoolers and believes her greatest reward is being able to teach your children in a Christian atmosphere using non-traditional approaches to make learning fun and memorable!
Mrs. Stone began two years of her college degree as a biology student. Shortly thereafter, she realized she was drawn to the dynamics of behavior. She switched to the School of Liberal Arts and completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while she minored in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Seeing that businesses had “personalities” of their own, she pursued a career in finance. While she worked, she continued her educational pursuits with an additional two years of business prior to completing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.  Because of her varied background, she further developed an understanding that mastery of any subject matter depends upon many aspects.  She has a passion for teaching material in multiple learning styles that require a wide range of activities and specialized study habits that are not necessarily taught or understood as student.  As a result, Anne decided to focus on teaching and developing class materials and test banks from the student’s perspective. As a homeschool graduate, Mindi, Anne’s oldest daughter, has completed her junior year of college, and Anne has homeschooled her youngest through 9th grade.   Health and the Human Body and Physiology and Nutrition fall into her wheel-house because of her both the medical and nutraceutical exposure with her background in science, a family history of pharmacists, doctors, and pharmaceutical sales representatives.  She has returned to her science and math roots to include Pre-Algebra, Physics, and Human Anatomy. 
Mrs. Vandenboom has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Ed K-8 with an emphasis on Spanish Bilingual & ESL, a minor in Spanish, and a Master's Degree in Education: Management of Programs.  She is a native of Phoenix and has been homeschooling her 4 daughters since 2001. Prior to homeschooling, she was a public elementary school teacher, a gifted education teacher, a preschool teacher, and a community college teacher. She believes learning should be challenging and fun! She has spent the last 30 years working with children and youth in one way or another.  She and her family are longtime members of Dream City Church where she holds a volunteer staff position and volunteers in children's ministry, youth ministry, creative arts and pro-life ministries. Her heart's desire is for young people to have a true and deep understanding of who God is and who He created them to be so they can fulfill the calling and the destiny He has for each one.