K.E.Y.S of Arizona is honored to work with dedicated tutors 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.
Tammy Baldwin has had a deep love of cooking for many years. She began working at a restaurant when she was seventeen-years-old. On her first night of work as a dishwasher, the restaurant’s cook got sick and Tammy was asked, on the spot, to take on all of the cooking for the night with the help of a waitress. She served around 350 people that night and continued in the restaurant industry for ten more years. Tammy has since catered every type of event you could imagine and has served as the head of the kitchen for church events, both alone and while managing a team. For Tammy, cooking is never simply about preparing food, but it is seeing the joy that people experience from sharing a delicious meal with those they love. She has been a part of the K.E.Y.S. community for over ten years as a parent, a study hall teacher, and the head of our kitchen. Her goal is to pass the love of creating healthy, delicious meals with love to your students!
Megan graduated with two Bachelor's degrees in Communication and in Psychology from The University of Colorado. In the past few years, her family has expanded quite a bit to include two grandsons and two granddaughters and a new little nugget on the way. Her oldest son is the worship pastor at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship and married to his beautiful bride of five years and her middle daughter which many of you know as Mrs Rivera graduated from GCU and has been married to an amazing man for almost six years. Finally, her youngest daughter graduated with her master’s from GCU and is an addiction counselor at Crossroads Recovery Center. Twenty-six 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.
Sean Brainard is the Associate Worship and Youth Pastor at New Life Community Church in Peoria Az. He has a passion for helping the next generation grow into disciples for Jesus. He also has a heart for leading people in Worship and raising up other leaders. Sean’s road to full-time worship ministry began many years ago while traveling all over the country singing southern gospel music with his family as a teen and young adult. Since then, Sean has really felt called to serve in the local church, meeting people where they are in his own community and helping them discover God’s direction for their life. Sean is married to his beautiful wife Danielle, and they have 2 kids, Skyler and Emery. Skylar is a current K.E.Y.S. student, and Sean is looking forward to sharing his love for worship with the K.E.Y.S. students.
Kaylee Collin has earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Kaylee is a graduate of K.E.Y.S. where she was an integral part of Student Leadership and planning K.E.Y.S. events. For 3 years, she has taught elementary students at a private Christian school in Phoenix both as a substitute and full-time classroom teacher. In 2018, Kaylee returned to K.E.Y.S as an instructor, and she couldn’t be happier! She enjoys using variety of methodologies to motivate students and help them grow in their knowledge and skills. Her goal is for students to develop a love of learning and passion for Jesus!
Mrs. Collin is the founder and director of K.E.Y.S. of Arizona. MaryKay earned 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. They have all since graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University. 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. MaryKay has a passion for teaching and building relationships with homeschool parents and students. She desires to guide and support parents as well as 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.
Mr. Fooks is currently employed by Rogers & Kirby, Inc. which formerly was the Dave Ramsey ELP (Endorsed Local Provider) for financial services in the Phoenix area for over 19 years. 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. Their oldest son Aaron, has graduated from BIOLA University and now lives in Denver with his wife Laura. Their second son Cole, is currently working in the Phoenix area in specialty coffee. Their adopted duaghters are involved in volleyball, dance, and Choir. They currently attend Christ’s Church of the Valley.
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 a large Church in Surprise; she is currently a very active member of Reclaim Church in Peoria; she remains active in groups an 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 2017, and she looks forward to sharing her passion for art and Jesus with her new students.
Melanie earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Special Education through Northern Arizona University. She is currently working on obtaining her Master’s degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Melanie attended K.E.Y.S. for 6 years and is a K.E.Y.S. alumni. While at K.E.Y.S., she developed a love for American Sign Language and realized she wanted to teach children with special needs. While attending college, she had the privilege of using her sign language skills to work with Deaf and hard of hearing students in an educational setting. Last year, Melanie worked at a public school as a resource teacher. This year God has directed her to return to K.E.Y.S. to help students find a passion for learning as well as a love for the Lord. Melanie is involved with her church in the young adults’ group and volunteers in the children’s ministry.
Erin Rathier graduated from ASU with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She had plans to become a High School English teacher when God called her into fulltime Youth Ministry. Erin has spent the last 21 years working with 4th-12th graders, helping them to learn who they are as Kingdom builders. She has been a Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, has written curriculum for youth and adults, written and directed children’s musicals, and enjoyed watching young people become passionate followers of Jesus. Ten years ago, Erin and her husband, Mike, felt God calling them to homeschool their three children, one who has now graduated, a 14 year old and a 12 year old. Homeschooling has been Erin’s greatest blessing. Erin is still writing and passionate about helping young people follow God in all areas of their life.
Mike Rathier has been an integral part of the audio visual teams and worship teams at his church for the last 24 years. He has received years of training and experience in sound engineering on a variety of systems as well as lighting and stage design. He has also worked with his wife in youth ministry and continues to show his love for students and worship through his support of the K.E.Y.S Youth Group on Friday nights! This year, Mike is looking forward to teaching the students many of the production skills he has learned.
Mrs. Amy Reinking earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Teaching from City University. She began her homeschooling adventure as a Classical Conversations Director for the first ever Seattle community. During her time as director, she also taught grammar and writing to elementary and middle school students. In January of 2018, Amy and her family moved to the valley and were thrilled to find not only community for her teen and pre-teen at K.E.Y.S. but also the rigor she enjoyed at CC. Her passion lies in homeschooling her four children, teaching in the classroom, and encouraging others who are on the same homeschool journey. For fun, she teaches group fitness and loves to explore her new state of Arizona!
Mrs. Rutter has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Delaware and is currently pursuing the degree of Master of Arts in the Classics at Memoria College. 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 has finished homeschooling her two girls. One of her favorite things to do is to collect and play as many instruments as she can. She currently performs weekly on eight different instruments and in six different groups. Sue's second love is learning languages. She studied French for 7 years in school and Latin for many years both of which she taught to her children and others. She is eager to share her love of music and languages with students.
Patty is a veteran homeschool mom since 1987. She is an AZ Certified Teacher with a B.S. and M.Ed. and has offered classes in Geography, Government, Arizona History (4th grade), Computer Keyboarding, and Art. As a Teacher-Consultant with the AZGeographic Alliance, Dept. of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning 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. She was the Youth & Government Advisor with the Glendale YMCA for 7 years and now encourages our teens to learn the Constitution as well as the legislative process. She is married, has 4 grown children (all homeschooled at various points of their education) and 2 grandchildren. 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 a Christian atmosphere using non-traditional approaches to make learning fun and memorable!
Anne began two years of her college degree as a pre-med student and after completing two years, she realized she was drawn towards 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 in finance, she continued her educational pursuits with an additional 2 years of business prior to enrolling and completing her Master'sDegree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. Anne understands that mastering subjects take a variety of methods and she decided to focus her teaching style combing auditory, visual and tactile methods. Anne has homeschooled both of her children. Her oldest daughter graduated from ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Barrett Honors Program. Anne's youngest daughter, who graduated in May, attended K.E.Y.S. from 3rd - 12th grade. She will be attending GCU's honor program. Among her many volunteer activities, she has taught AWANA for 5 years, helped with the children’s programming at CCV, served on many boards within the various homeschool support groups and ran two homeschool networks in the NW Valley. She served as an inaugural member of the Maricopa County Homeschool Advisory Board. Anne is currently a certified substitute teacher for elementary through high school students in the state of Arizona.
Mrs. Vandenboom has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education 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 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 youth ministry, creative arts, altar prayer team 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.
Micah Vandenboom earned a degree in Political Science from Arizona Christian University. Micah is a graduate of K.E.Y.S. of Arizona where she developed a deep love of history and writing. Through the study of the past, Micah sees the hand of God moving through history. One of the things she loves the most is helping other people see the wonderful things God has done in the course of human events, using writing and communication as a tool to make that happen. Interestingly, Micah wrote her college senior thesis on the role of the American church in influencing great social reform movements in the United States. God has increasingly given her a heart for her generation and the generation that follows. She firmly believes that God is getting ready to do something amazing in and through these generations and feels impressed to bring understanding so that they will be equipped to walk in the path that God is laying. She has attended Dream City Church her entire life and has been blessed to serve in a variety of ministries over the years. For the past several years, she has had the honor to serve on the worship team, both at the Scottsdale and Phoenix campuses. Micah can’t wait to share her love of history, speech, and writing with her K.E.Y.S. students.
Andrea Winn graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Andrea’s plan was to work with deaf and hard of hearing students, but shortly after graduation God called Andrea into Children’s Ministry. She accepted a position at a church in Colorado building a fun ministry with an amazing team. In 2011, with a two-year-old and a baby on the way, Andrea and her husband Brian began their homeschooling journey with their oldest daughter who was starting 8th grade. Andrea and her family moved to Arizona in 2013 where they continued to homeschool all three of their daughters. Andrea’s oldest daughter graduated, went to college, and got married in October 2019. Andrea’s two younger daughters continue to homeschool and currently attend KEYS. Homeschooling has been an amazing blessing to Andrea and her family. Andrea is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, writing, and Jesus with her students.