Bozeman Homeschool Teachers

MEET THE EMERGE TEACHERS

Biology

Jeanine Allen was born and raised in upstate New York. She attended Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University where she graduated with a  Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She and her family were missionaries to Peru for six years and lived in the beautiful Andes mountains in Cusco. Since then, she spent the four years teaching high school Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky, before moving to Bozeman in 2014. In her free time, Dr. Allen enjoys cycling and hiking all around the Gallatin Valley, as well as cooking and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Mandy Bowker

Choir, Personal Finance l & ll, Life Skills: Personal

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.

Kirsten Daniels

Theater

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

Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Oceanography

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, Holly Hauskins, a wife and homeschooling mother of four daughters, has called Montana home for sixteen years. She received her undergraduate degree in English and her Master of Arts in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Having taught a variety of high school literature and writing courses in both public and private schools, she is passionate about reading great literature and learning to communicate well.

Suzanne Haverkorn

US Geography & Culture, Montana History, Civics, Social Media Marketing, Photograph II & B / Yearbook, Time Management & Study Skills

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

Web Design I and Art I, II, A & B

Bio coming soon

Penny Johnson

Literature A & B, History of Invention, History of Explorers and American Heroes

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 and history. Mrs. Johnson and her husband, Broose, have been married for 30 years, have ten children and homeschooled for twenty years. She has lived in California, Florida and now Bozeman for the past eight years. She enjoys good books, movies, crafts, raising Belgian Tervuren dogs and babies. She loves Jesus, her family, God's Word and the mountains.

Phil Kornachuk

US History and Leadership, Fitness & Problem Solving (fall semester)

After over 21 years of worldwide service in the Army, Mr. Kornachuk and his family now call Bozeman home. Whether serving as an infantry private in the Yugoslavian crisis, a Ranger lieutenant in Iraq or a field grade Special Forces officer in Afghanistan, he has been on the sharp end of modern US history.  After spending the last few years teaching US military history, leadership and real-world fitness at MSU, he is ready to build fit, knowledgeable leaders at EMERGE. Having seen the power of God’s grace and faithfulness during times of crisis, Mr. Kornachuk is excited to be working with young men and women of faith.  When not at work, he can be found outside trying to keep track of his eight children with the help of his uber-capable wife.

Michelle Martin

Neuroscience and Home Maintenance

Michelle Martin's passion has always been figuring things out and passing on to others what she learns. Her career began with an unexpected scholarship, allowing her to graduate with a doctorate in neuroscience from Marquette University in 2000. Except she was supposed to fail, as she had untreated epilepsy which caused her to lose her memory on a regular basis. She still can't tell you what the questions were on her qualifying exam. Her career lasted only a few years before she became a full-time mom. But she never lost her passion for learning and teaching, doing it on the side. Since then, she has taught autistic kids who were "unable" to understand social cues on how to draw and interpret emotion in pictures. Packs of boys who couldn't figure out long division... she convinced them it was easy and fun. Professional musicians who tell her they could never "get" chemistry, you can predict the answer. To get her to learn something, just tell her she can't do it. To get her to teach it, just tell her that someone can't understand it.

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.

Annie Moss

3rd - 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Moss has been teaching since she was six years old. While her first teaching position was located in the basement of her parent's house with her stuffed animals acting as her students, that imagination ignited a love for teaching that eventually lead her to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. Annie moved to Washington, D.C in 2014 after graduating from Montana State University and gained professional experience working on Capitol Hill before moving back to Montana in 2016. That experience lead her to other opportunities outside of the realm of teaching. While she took the "scenic route" back, teaching has always been her passion and she is thrilled to be part of the team at EMERGE. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her three Mini Australian Shepherds, doing wedding videography, or enjoying a tractor ride in the hay fields with her husband! 

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).

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!

Jennifer Skinner

Middle School English 6, 7 & 8

A Montana Native, Jennifer Skinner grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front before moving to Bozeman to pursue her dream of becoming an Elementary Teacher. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education along with her Minor in Reading Teaching, Mrs. Skinner taught as a 5th Grade Teacher at Petra Academy for two years before she and her husband welcomed their first daughter into the world. In her spare time, you can find Mrs. Skinner reading books on her front porch while sipping a warm cup of coffee, exploring God’s beautiful creation through hiking with her family, playing board games, singing on the worship team, testing out new baking recipes, or re-purposing old pieces of furniture.

Charity Ross

Forms of Government, World History, World 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.

Trevor Webb

Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Alg l, Google docs, Keyboarding, MS Office, Earth Science,  Space Science, and Vehicle Maintenance

Trevor Webb graduated from MSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He enjoyed taking higher level math classes including Calculus I, ll, Statistics and Methods of Data Analysis. Mr. Webb is passionate about helping young men and women understand the fundamental concepts that will enable them to be successful in whatever field the Lord calls them to. His hobbies include woodworking and tinkering with old cars, allowing him to creatively implement math practices into everyday life. Ultimately, his desire is to see young people grow in relationship with our savior Jesus Christ and to use their gifts to serve others.

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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