Bozeman Homeschool Teachers

Meet the EMERGE teachers

Kerri Anderson

Eng IV: Creative Writing

Mrs. Anderson moved to Montana twenty years ago to finish her Microbiology degree at MSU. She fell in love with the mountains and never left. For the last 11-years she has homeschooled her two children and has taught multiple academic classes. Mrs. Anderson can be found teaching English this year, a role well suited to her, as her passion for the subject was instilled at a young age. In her spare time she can be found skiing, hiking, watching football or reading.

Delaney Fellabaum

2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Heidi Fry

Algebra II, Chemistry, Geometry, Math Labs, Pre-Calculus and Work Study

Mrs. Fry was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, but has spent her adult life in Bozeman. She was a student-athlete for Montana State and graduated with a B.S in Secondary Education/Broadfield Sciences. Mrs. Fry homeschooled their two children (who are now in high school at EMERGE) but still loves showing them how, where, and why through travel and hands-on experiences. A self-proclaimed science nerd, Mrs. Fry began at Emerge in mathematics and quickly fell in love with the opportunity to take a new approach to teaching math. She believes fun and creative learning should be the ultimate goal of education. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Fry can usually be found on her bicycle, running, hunting, riding her Harley, creating beautiful things, or planning her next adventure.

Jon Goodman

English I, Personal Finance I & II

Sarah Hay

Art: Drawing, Printmaking, Watercolor Painting, Cook Like a Chef, Graphic Design I & II, Yearbook I & II

Mrs. Goodman’s favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband and family, including two grandkids! She also loves reading books, traveling, going to the gym, walking and hiking in beautiful Montana, playing games (and trying to win) with her 9th grade son, learning Hebrew words, gardening, and eating!

Penny Johnson

Art History, Eng II: British Literature, Eng III: American Literature, Explorers, Inventors, & Heroes, Life Skills: Personal, and Psychology

Mrs. Johnson earned her bachelor degree in Psychology from UCLA. Her fascination with people in both the present and past led her to further delve into literature, history and art history. Mrs. Johnson and her husband, Broose, have been married for 30 years, have ten children (most of them grown), and homeschooled for 20 years. She enjoys good books, movies, crafts, raising Belgian Tervuren dogs and babies. Mrs. Johnson loves Jesus, her family, God's Word and the mountains.

Michelle Martin

Home Maintenance, Neuroscience

Michelle received her doctorate in neuroscience from Marquette University in 2000. However, she soon gave up brain research to become "just a mom." She still loves science, though, and loves teaching it, homeschooling her two boys. Due to her science background she is also interested in special ed; she has taught math and science to kids who were frustrated by traditional teaching methods, helped autistic kids learn social skills, and taught dyslexic boys how to read (both examples happen to be her sons, though she has taught in special ed classrooms as well.) She also loves to build things, particularly wood furniture, and to hike in the beautiful Montana outdoors.

Heather Maxcy

4th-5th Grade Teacher

Mrs.Maxcy was born in Jackson Wyoming and spent her youth living and traveling in the United States and Canada. She has been blessed to spend her adult life living part of the year in Alaska and part in Montana. Both of Heather’s parents were exceptional teachers and developed a passion in their daughter for sharing a love of learning with others. She graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Secondary Education/Broadfield Sciences, 5-12 and a BS in Fish and Wildlife Management.

Heather has been blessed to utilize her teaching in a variety of venues: she has run and taught science and church camps for local youth as well as adults, as an educator for the Forest Service she’s written articles, created educational radio spots, and led community events, and has volunteered many hours in youth programs including serving as a leader for the Gallatin 4H shooting sports. Mrs.Maxcy believes that God has a special plan for each and every one of us. The opportunity to work with youth and foster their lifelong love of learning is key to helping them fulfill their plans and dreams and achieve success in their schooling.

When she isn’t teaching or helping with the family business, Mrs. Maxcy can be found pursuing her passion for the outdoors with her husband Chris, and daughter Carol. Their family loves hiking, hunting, fishing, riding horses, traveling, reading and spending time with family/friends. Heather is thrilled to be part of a team of teachers that is so dedicated to education and their students!

Ben McEntee


Mr. McEntee has been playing guitar for over two decades and has played in clubs and venues up and down the West Coast as well as lead worship at numerous churches and camps. He has recorded and released multiple albums (with numerous bands) and currently writes, records, and releases his own music just for the pure enjoyment of it. He loves road trips, the beach, hiking, camping, vinyl records, reading books, listening to live music, and serving young people for Christ. Mr. McEntee is the Associate Pastor of Children's and Youth ministry at Alliance Fellowship Church in Bozeman. He loves spending time with his amazing wife, Danielle and their three daughters: Lucy, Jubilee, and Lavender.

Tasha Oard

Algebra 1, Math 6, 7, and Pre-Algebra

Mrs. Oard is a mom, wife, former kindergarten teacher and report writer for a small college, and current grad student at Sioux Falls Seminary. No matter how varied her interests, fitness has always been part of her adult life. A certified personal trainer with a variety of group exercise certifications and experiences, Tasha loves to help people stay healthy and do things they thought were impossible. Her absolute favorite things are time with loved ones, sunshine, and climbing to the top of a mountain; all of those at once means a total home-run.

Colleen Olsen

Communications, Eng II: Public Speaking, & Eng IV: Business Writing

Wouldn't you agree that a sermon should never be boring?! Mrs. Olsen would be the first to say that collaborating with pastors on their sermons makes her heart sing! Mrs. Olsen has a BA in Speech Communication and an MA in Human Resource Management. She taught Public Speaking at Montana State University, owns multiple businesses in the Gallatin Valley, started the Gallatin Christian Homeschool Co-op and co-founded EMERGE. In addition to her love for Jesus, she is crazy about her husband and her four children. In Mrs. Olsen’s spare time, you will find her enjoying the great outdoors, whether on land (biking and hiking) or in water (skiing, swimming, and surfing).

Katie Ristow

Choir, English 6, 7 & 8, and Worship Band

Mrs. Ristow wanted to be a singer and writer at a very young age, and that is exactly what she ended up doing with her life! She earned a Social Science degree and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential at Simpson University. Though she went right into teaching middle school English and Grammar early in her career, she has spent the bulk of her adult life raising and homeschooling three awesome kids, leading worship in churches in several states, and volunteering alongside her amazing husband. Life has been quite an adventure! She is passionate about appreciating and harnessing the power of words, whether that be through singing, reading, or writing. She is currently the worship director at Alliance Fellowship here in Bozeman.

Joy Sander

Spanish (all grades/levels)

Mrs. Sander has been described as an Extrovert (with a capital E)! She is a lover of life and happiest when surrounded by friends and family. A Montana native, she graduated from Montana State University in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. Since then she and her husband have served with Youth With a Mission in Lakeside, MT and also in the Dominican Republic, where they lived for two years. Since returning to the States five years ago, Mrs. Sander has poured herself into raising her five fabulous kiddos. She is extremely excited to enter into teaching again, where her passions for Spanish, creativity, and encouraging young people will be blended and grow together. A fun fact about Mrs. Sander is this: She took her first missions trip when she was six! It was to Mexico, with her family, and she vividly remembers sharing Spanish and English words with a little Mexican girl she met there. Perhaps that is where her story really began!