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Sofie has a background in teaching violin and is one of the instructors with Thompson Tutoring. She is currently a violinist for the Muskegon Symphony Orchestra. Sofie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance. Her nurturing and positive approach to instruction is well-loved by students.
Bethel loves teaching and working with students of all ages and abilities. She was homeschooled through high school and went on to receive a double Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy and mathematics from Western Michigan University in 2015. Upon graduation, she was granted a teaching fellowship in the pure math doctoral program at WMU teaching various college math classes from Algebra II to applied and engineering calculus. She earned her master’s degree in 2017 and is almost finished with her Ph.D. Bethel has also tutored foreign K-12 students in English as a second language. My many other interests include writing, music, and chess, and a love for the Lord!
Katie holds a Bacehlor’s of Music Education (K-12 Supervision) with a major in Voice and minor in Piano from Aquinas College. She taught in the public and private school settings in Grand Rapids, South Haven and Kalamazoo before homeschooling her four children (with two graduated). Her love for the Lord is apparent in all that she does.
Kim majored and minored in various foreign languages and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1981. She studied in France, Belgium, and also at the Freie Universitat Berlin. Kim taught French for over 30 years at Kalamazoo area private schools, KAT, and privately for preschool through high school students.
Corey has a background in instrumental music instruction. He has a Bachelor’s of Music (Educational Emphasis). Corey served as Director of Bands at West Branch/Rose City Schools, Kalamazoo Schools, and Kalamazoo County Day. He is the owner of Thompson Tutoring, LLC and has been providing private lessons in the greater Kalamazoo area for over 20 years.
Dawn has been an educator in the Kalamazoo area for over 20 years. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (music). Dawn also has an extensive background in teaching piano, voice, and guitar along with serving as a elementary school music instructor, church choir director and organist.
Kristen Scranton has taught at KAT since 2006. Prior to that, she worked as an eighth grade language arts teacher at Mattawan Middle School for three years before having her son and choosing to stay home. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Elementary Education and minors in English, Math, and Science from WMU. She earned her Masters degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Kristen has served on various English/Language Arts committees at Mattawan Schools that integrated curriculums between grades six through twelve. She has worked with over 1,000 public school and homeschooled students who have had a variety of needs, from special education, dyslexic, emotionally impaired, and autistic students to those honor students who needed challenging to keep them interested.
Natalia is from Venezuela. She graduated from the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Currently, Natalia is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Spanish from WMU. She has taught students in K-3, upper elementary, middle school, high school and adults Spanish for over 10 years.
Jamie graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree of Social Work and an Associate’s Degree in Social Services. She has taught various classes including Public Speaking and Communications. Jamie graduated from the Crawlspace Eviction Improv program and started in Improv group called Blab Rates. Her goal is for students to use the skills they learn to be a light in the world.
Kristen is a homeschool mom of six children and has been homeschooling for eighteen years. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in elementary education. Kristen’s loves to share her love of teaching with others and has been an essential part of the tutoring team at KAT for over eight years.
“I love teaching math” is Mrs. Ohland’s mantra! Sue began tutoring at KAT in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physics from WMU. From 1992-1995 Sue taught at Schoolcraft High School and taught part-time at WMU until 2000. She homeschools her children but has shared her “LOVE” for math each Monday at KAT since 2013.
Cheryl has taught in the public school system, earned a Master’s Degree in education, and continues to be involved in the current curriculum standards through private tutoring and maintaining relationships with families and professionals in the public/private sectors and in the homeschooling community. Cheryl has completed additional courses in higher education with a focus on writing and problem solving skills to be the most effective in teaching young students.