Bozeman Homeschool Teachers

Meet the Emerge teachers

Kerri Anderson

Creative Writing and Poetry

Kerri 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.

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.

Susan Beth Breuner

Photography I & II

Bio coming soon...

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.

David Fry

Swing Dancing

I grew up a missionary kid in the small country of Kosovo located in Southeast Europe. During my time there I was mostly homeschooled but finished out my high school years in an international school. I am now in my senior year at Montana State University and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During my time in college I have enjoyed playing several different instruments and managing and leading for the Chi Alpha campus ministry worship team. I have taken a liking to most outdoor activities including biking, hiking, skiing, camping, climbing, backpacking and of course swing dancing. I started swing dancing freshman year and participated at swing related events almost every week until classes went online. In that time I learned a variety of moves and styles and have helped teach the basics to a good deal of freshmen and others who haven’t danced before.

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 (Woodworking), II (Printmaking), A(Creative Drawing) & B (Printmaking) and Graphic Design

Mrs. Hay has a passion for creating. Whether sewing, doing photography, woodworking, or growing plants she is always embracing new art forms. She loves spending time outside with her family hiking, rock climbing, camping, biking, always looking for adventure. She graduated from from Kutztown University in 2006 with a degree in Art Education and is happy to make use of it! Sarah lives in Belgrade with her husband and four children

Jim Johnson

Engineering Technology, Microsoft Office, Google Docs/ sheets/ slides

Jim Johnson comes to Emerge from a career in the field of environmental science and engineering spanning three decades. Jim began his career in 1992 with the University of Montana’s Riparian Wetland Research Program. Since 1996, he has provided spatial data analyses, 3D modeling, water chemistry analysis, biological monitoring, engineering design, and project management solutions to government and industry through interdisciplinary consulting firms. Mine site reclamation and riverine/riparian zone remediation have been the focus of his project experience, most occurring within the demanding regulatory environments of the CERCLA Superfund process, the Montana TMDL program, USACE wetland and stream mitigation programs, and other natural resource management initiatives.

In his spare time, Jim leads the Montana Hunter Education Program for Gallatin County, combining his love and dedication to the sport that lets him enjoy the glory of God’s creation as a participant with his dedication to educating the next generation its good stewards.

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.

Tasha Oard

Math 6, 7, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Interval Training

Tasha 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

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).

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.

Holly Rainey

Cook Like a Chef Middle School and High School

Holly is a fifth generation MT girl who was born and raised in Bozeman and loves to talk about the homesteading era and if ‘our families may have known each other back in the day’. She graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has taught 5th grade, music, library, and art, at each of the private & public schools her four kids have attended over the years. Holly loves spending her summer days on any MT river with her husband & kids, fly fishing, painting, and enjoying the view of the mountains from the boat. She has had the opportunity to visit several countries around the world over the years, and is an avid adventure traveler, where her main goal is to meet new people of all kinds; to sit with locals and hear their stories, eat food with them at their tables, and learn about the arts & crafts that support them. Cooking & trying new foods in new places has been a passion of hers for over 20 years, when she started making a home for her family. Her aunt & uncle were huge influences in her ‘cooking school’ introduction. They introduced her to crazy new flavors, taught her the basics, gave her the best cookbooks and yearly subscriptions to food magazines, where she tried her hand at just about anything that sounded good. She enjoys taking art & cooking classes, and very much enjoys teaching; being alongside students as they expand their minds into new areas of study.

She is excited to be at the helm of Cook Like A Chef with middle & high school students for the Emerge 2020/21 school year.

Katie Ristow

English 6, 7 & 8

Katie 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. Though writing is more of a hobby, it is her favorite way to spend her free time - unless she has a new fiction novel to dive into! Once a middle school English and Grammar teacher, 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. She is currently the worship director at Alliance Fellowship here in Bozeman.

Nick Ristow

Guitar l, ll, A & B

“You don’t look like a pastor!” - Everyone “Yeah, I get that a lot” – Me

Nick Ristow is the lead pastor of Alliance Fellowship in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to moving to Bozeman in 2018, he spent 20 years working with youth and young adults in various ministries. He graduated from Simpson University in 2005 with a B.A. in Youth Ministry and earned a Master of Divinity degree from A.W. Tozer Seminary in 2013. One of his passions is seeing people worship Jesus, and he has been using his guitar to help them do that since he was a teenager. Nick is married to his beautiful wife, Katie, and together they have 3 amazing kids, 1 anxious dog, and 2 fluffy rabbits.

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!

Nicole White

3rd-5th GradeTeacher

Miss White grew up as the daughter of a teacher and believes that the only job more important than being a good teacher, is being a good student. She was born and raised in a small town in Northern New York and moved to Bozeman this summer, fulfilling her life-long dream of moving to Montana. Miss White graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a B.A. in American Studies. Miss White is excited to join the EMERGE team and help fulfill its mission. Miss White lives by the message that true learning should not only be unforgettable educationally, but that it should also help us to grow in character and faith. When not in the classroom, Miss White can be found exploring her new home, traveling, writing and playing with her puppy, Finn. She loves sports, all things outdoors and has always been a “horse girl” at heart.

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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