Bozeman Homeschool Teachers


Kerri Anderson

Creative Writing and Poetry

Bio coming soon

Mandy Bowker

Choir, Girls Vocal Ensemble, Life Skills: Personal, Music K-2 & 3-5, Personal Finance I & II

As a teacher, Mandy Bowker has two passions: music and helping students thrive in the real world. Mrs. Bowker sang her first solo in church at the age of 4 and has been singing ever since. Her performance experience includes opera, symphonic choir, and madrigal groups to name a few. She is currently an active member of the Bozeman Symphonic Choir and has performed with Intermountain Opera. Mrs. Bowker holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor’s degree in vocal and instrumental music education from the University of Sioux Falls. She moved to Bozeman from Seattle, WA, in 2013 and spent almost three years as a financial coach at MSU in the Office of Student Success. In addition to her experience as a financial coach, Mrs. Bowker has served as the bookkeeper for various non-profits in Bozeman and has been a volunteer tax preparer with the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. When she isn’t teaching, Mrs. Bowker loves her job as pastor’s wife and mom to two beautiful daughters. She also loves singing, reading, traveling, and watching movies. Mrs. Bowker has a deep passion for working with students and helping them succeed in all areas of life.

Rhonda Cahill

Biology, Experiments with Physics & Chemistry, Health Science

When teaching science (or any subject), Rhonda Cahill is very passionate about presenting material in a way that is both exciting and interesting to the students so that the desire to learn keeps growing. Mrs. Cahill was born and raised in Gaylord, Michigan, and graduated with her B.S. in Kinesiology and Applied Nutrition from Taylor University.  She later added education practicums through the Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer's Foundation, Cardiac Rehabilitation (Indiana University), and the University of Sports Medicine. She and her husband, Scott Cahill, moved to Montana 11 years ago. Mrs. Cahill has three children, two of whom attend EMERGE and she loves the freedom she has to show her kids a life of adventure, travel and all things Jesus.   When Mrs. Cahill is not teaching, her hobbies range from hiking, camping, skiing, gardening, sewing and a never-ending list of reading. 

Kirsten Daniels

Theater I, II, A & B

Mrs. Daniels has been passionate about theater since age five. Hailing from Minnesota, she is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California and the Baron/Brown Meisner Studio. After an incredible season in Southern Asia, Kirsten spent the last decade acting, directing, producing and teaching in Paris, France. She is excited to be discovering Bozeman and joining the EMERGE team. When not on stage, on camera, or in front of the classroom, Mrs. Daniels can most likely be found playing with her fantastic children, checking out new hiking trails, or hunting for the perfect cup of coffee. 

Heidi Fry

Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Student Government

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.

Holly Hauskins

English Composition

Originally from Missouri, Mrs. Hauskins and her husband moved to Montana almost 20 years ago. She received her undergraduate degree in English and her Masters of Arts in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Having taught a variety of English classes at both private & public high schools over the years, she currently homeschools her four daughters. Mrs. Hauskins enjoys being outdoors, reading good books, road trips, and Oreos.

Suzanne Haverkorn

Civics, Journalism, Montana History, Student Government, Time Management & Study Skills, US History

I am Suzanne. Suzanne I am.

Yes, I do like green eggs and ham…the book that is!

I am a zealous crunchy granola Christ follower. I am passionate about living all out for Jesus the Messiah. Therefore, I view all of life through His lens. Be it my blissful marriage, adventurous motherhood, naughty donkey exercise, slightly crazed kitchen habits and the absolute desire to see God’s image-bearers thrive!

I have been a fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutrition counselor for 15+ years. A Biblical counselor for nearly 13; a home school mom for 12; living GF for 10; a kick donkey researcher for as long as I can remember!

Seriously, I used to drive my parents NUTS with the ‘why?’ question.

I am stoked to be able to join the teaching staff at Emerge. I am truly a strong proponent in equipping the next generations through critical thinking in education.

One more thing! I also totally dig action flicks, 18th century novels, most everything Art Deco and Gustav Klimt. Go figure! 

Sarah Hay

Art I, II, A & B and  Graphic Design

Bio coming soon

Penny Johnson

Psychology, Literature A & B, Art History, History of Invention, History of Explorers

Penny 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. Penny 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.

Desiree McCann

K-2nd Grade Teacher

Mrs. McCann is all about fun and being silly. She chooses joy daily and thanks Jesus for her fun-loving personality.  She strives to bring people joy and it starts with her family. She is a wife to Cooper McCann of 10 years and mom to 4 beautiful children. Desiree graduated with her BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood degree from the University of Montana Western in 2009 and had no idea that her degree would be most useful for her at home homeschooling her own children. Her daily goal is to laugh a lot even on the hardest days. Mrs. McCann is passionate about her God given talents such as photography, being silly with the little children, seeing the un-seen and unloved people in this world and meeting them where they're at and empowering them to be who Christ has called them to be. (Ask her about her mission trips to Uganda when you get a chance!) Mrs. McCann’s most favorite thing to do is to have coffee with friends new and old and to learn more about the people Jesus brings into her life. She is truly a life-learner who is always looking for the next adventure.

Janet Pannell

Grammar, Think Fast, Travel Experience: Israel

While Bozeman will always be Mrs. Pannell's home, she has a serious case of wanderlust which has led to adventures all around the country, usually with a group of kids in tow. She began homeschooling in 2008 in part to give her family more freedom to travel. Before co-founding EMERGE, Mrs. Pannell grew up on a farm in North Dakota, majored in marketing communications, and worked in the marketing departments of several Bozeman organizations. Mrs. Pannell's goal is to give students the opportunity to gain a high quality education while having the flexibility to discover and pursue their unique passions. When in Bozeman, Mrs. Pannell loves skiing, biking, sewing, playing board games, coaching Destination Imagination teams, and hatching new plans for EMERGE.

Colleen Olsen

Business Writing & Public Speaking

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 body surfing).

Charity Ross

Forms of Government, World History, World Geography & Culture and US Geography & Culture

Charity Ross has lived in Bozeman since the early 1980s and is privileged to be the oldest daughter of eight children. She is passionate about history, and cannot tell you where learning ends and teaching begins. For her, it all runs together. Mrs. Ross has created curriculum and has loved teaching history, Bible, geography, and government classes for the past 10 years. She loves to inspire children to seek truth and to witness how the Light of God has neither ceased to shine in the darkest corners of the earth nor in the darkest of times. In her free time, Mrs. Ross loves to quilt and crochet lace.

Joy Sander

Spanish (all grades)

Joy 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!

Tamilla Simpson


Tamilla Simpson is a graduate of Liberty University, holding a BA in Telecommunications. While attending classes there, she spent her evenings running the Tutoring/Testing Center and tutoring mathematics for two-and-a-half years. Mrs. Simpson was in the banking/brokerage industry for nearly fourteen years during which time she acquired numerous licenses for brokerage and insurance. Most of those years were in the employment of Charles Schwab and Co., a company that shares her vision for educating their clientele. She was given the opportunity to teach many of the client classes at their San Mateo, CA branch office. She has personally been an investor and active trader since 1999. She has made her home in Montana since 2010 when she married her husband, Frank.

Sara Zacher

Physics & Chemistry

Sara Maccagnano-Zacher grew up in Churchill, Montana, where her nose was either outside in the beauty of nature or poked in a good book. Her love of nature inspired her at 27 years old to pursue a degree in Physics. She obtained her BS in Physics from Montana State University in 2003, whereupon she moved to Ithaca, New York, to obtain her Master’s (2007) and PhD (2009) in Applied Physics from Cornell University. She and her husband Steve then moved back to Churchill, Montana, where they are raising their two children in the same beautiful, inspiring location. Dr. Zacher enjoys playing with her family in the great Montana outdoors, as well as reading, crossword puzzles and being involved in her church, Connect.

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