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Meet Our Tutors

Sarah Belden

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan with a major in Chemistry and minor in Biology. She has shared her love for teaching as a substitute teacher for Allegan Public Schools. While homeschooling her three girls Sarah has taught various science courses from K-12 at co-ops in the area. She began her journey with KAT teaching High School Biology and added Advanced Biology in 2018. Her goal is to inspire a love for learning in her students and nurture their minds!

Barry Bond

Mr. Bond began his training in Tae Kwon Do in 1974 at Oregon State University while studying his MBA degree in Marketing, Finance, & Accounting. Barry received his MBA from OSU in 1975, is a real estate Broker, & martial arts instructor with a 2nd Dan Black Belt Certification in Tae Kwon Do & 3rd Dan Black Belt Certification in Tatsu Te Ryu Karate-Do.

Diane Bowman

Diane is a homeschool mom of 32 years. She enjoys learning about history and loves to make it come alive for her students. Diane holds a degree from Aquinas College, grades K-12 supervision. Her hope is students will learn to see the hand of God in History and how we can learn from what He has done in the past. She is a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and wife to Brian from 36 years.

Melanie Brown

Melanie Brown received her Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. She worked as a social worker for Head Start and the foster care system for many years. Melanie is a home school educator for three children from PreK-High school and has home schooled for 12 years. Melanie is currently a youth leader with her husband and loves working with teens!

David Chapman

David is the father of five amazing children and husband to Sarah. He is passionate about homeschooling and teaching the next generation! David has a Business Management Degree from Michigan State University and  Master's in Business Administration from Wayne State University. He has taught Business Management, Marketing, Personal Finance, and Professional Workshops and SMC. David also currently owns and operates two real estate companies. Instructing students in Business, Faith, & Life is his passion! 

Ann Cripps

Ann holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University. After teaching in both public and Christian schools in the Kalamazoo area, she has spent the past 20 years at home educating her four children and teaching at various homeschool co-ops near Three Rivers. Her two older daughters graduated in 2017 and 2019. Ann’s son and youngest daughter are current KAT students. She has been married to Jim for 30 years, loves teaching, and counts it a privilege to serve alongside other homeschool families as they educate their children.

Charity Dear

Miss Charity is a high-energy, enthusiastic, and FUN educator! Making memorable experiences with children & allowing movement and energy is her mantra! She received her B.A. from Cornerstone University in Language Arts & Elementary Education. She worked in Rockford Public Schools before starting her family. Charity's ultimate passion and calling is children's ministry and she is currently the Children's Ministry Director of FaithWay Church. Miss Charity believes God is at the center of all wisdom & knowledge & is eager to translate that into the classes she is teaching at KAT!

Anthony Dear

Mr. Dear, Tony, is the pastor of FaithWay Church in Plainwell, MI. His passion is to teach others about the bible, history, and, most of all, Jesus. Tony has a Bachelor's Degree in Bible and Youth Ministry from Cornerstone University & is will soon receive his Masters in Biblical History & Archeology from Liberty University & Newburgh Theological Seminary. He is excited to bring his love for history, art, and literature, & fun to the World History classroom!

Kaela Hartmann

Kaela has a background violin, viola, cello, piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, and flute. She has a Bachelor of Music. Kaela is very nurturing and positive in her approach to instruction.

Lisa Hyma

Lisa has been teaching at KAT since 2015. Prior, she taught 3rd and 4th grade a total of three years. She has a B.A. from Grand Valley State University majoring in English with a minor in Elementary Education. She also received her Master's of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on educational differentiation from GVSU. Lisa has experience working with students from various age ranges and reading levels and strives to meet each student where they are to nurture their love of reading.

Karen Kiser

Karen brings over 20 years of experience to KAT! She been with us since 2007 and what a joy it has been! Karen holds a B.S. in Secondary Education. Previously she taught for 12 years at Southside Christian School in SC. She herself homeschooled three of her eight children. Karen ignites a love for learning in her students!

Sue MacQuarrie

Ms. Sue is a 24-year homeschool veteran and WMU graduate. She studied art from childhood through college at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She teaches at the Young Rembrandts after school program and is a teaching artist at Painting with a Twist. Her passion for teaching art is known throughout the Portage area. Ms. Sue also has taught dance in Michigan for 21 years.

Richard Mayer

Mr. Mayer is first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. He brings over 32 years’ experience teaching in grades K-12 in the public schools with a focus in high school and has been a beloved KAT tutor since 2010. Rich has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Teaching of Science from WMU. His major is Earth Science with minors in Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Elementary Science.

Sarah McCollum

Sarah McCollum is a certified speech-language pathologist, with specialized experience in early childhood. She has a special interest in working with individuals who require the use of Augmentative & Alternative Communication and in working with individuals who have articulation/phonological disorders. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University with a major in Allied Health Sciences, with emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology, and a minor in Spanish. She is married to Austin, the love of her life & has one daughter with another on the way. Long-time member of Calvary Bible Church.

Justin McCoy

Justin is the Next Generation Pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo where he has been ministering to students since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Cedarville University in Pre-Seminary Bible in 2008. Since then he has earned a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies, a Master of Religious Education degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Theological Seminary. His passion is to teach the next generation what it means to follow Christ!

Nancy Micklatcher

Nancy graduated from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in music. For 15 years I taught in elementary classrooms throughout New England. I received my Master’s degree in Literacy Education from the University of Southern Maine in 1994. Over the years I have taught writing to hundreds of students.

Cori Nichols

Mrs. Nichols mother was a Home Economics teacher, so her culinary education began early in life and has continued ever since. Cori received her Bachelor of Science degree from Taylor University where she studied English, Secondary Education, & has spent the last 10 years homeschooling her children. She has continued cooking as her favorite hobby for many decades, consistently seeking out new recipes and techniques to learn and perfect.

Sarah Ohland

“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.

Kristen Olson

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.

Pat Polstra

Pat has a BBS (secondary education) from Crown College. She loved teaching at a small private school in Grand Rapids and have continued my love of teaching and community with children’s church ministries, RBM’s Released Bible Time, and co-op.

Natalia Saba

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.

Kristen Scranton

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.

Corey Thompson

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 Thompson

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.

Shawna Wilder

Shawna graduated from Hope College in 1993. She is a homeschool mom to six children with three being graduated. Shawna has been married to Craig for 29 years! She is a faithful follower of Christ and attends Calvary Bible Church.  Shawna has been a tutor with Homeschool Performing Arts for many years and a part of the KAT community as a parent and serving on the board and PAC and now as a tutor! 

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