Elementary School Mentors/Authors

Rachel SniderRachel Snider, Story Author for Biographies of Great Inventors and Great Scientists Unit Studies

Rachel Snider has had her nose in a book ever since kindergarten. This habit led to her eventual graduation in 2001 from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She homeschools her 5 children and has taught various classes for Kaplan.

She has also mentored classes at Front Range Liberty Commonwealth in Broomfield, Colorado, and acts as a writing mentor and coach whenever she gets the opportunity. She always has quite a tower of books on her nightstand which she loves to read and discuss.

Rachel Keppner

Rachel Keppner, Story Co-Author for US History: The Building of a Nation and Theater Appreciation Unit Studies

Rachel Keppner, known as “Mrs. K.” by her Shakespeare students, and called “Mom” by her 13 children, loves to create! She has written curricula for Shakespeare that is used in both homeschools, as well as in homeschool groups in the United States and Canada. (Her Shakespeare creations can be found at www.yeshakespeare.com) She also creates music and characters when she performs onstage, as she has been doing since the age of 8 years old. She has been writing regularly since 2006, when she created her first of many online blogs, and LOVES her current project of writing US History stories for Ensign Peak Academy. When she is not writing, she enjoys teaching her children at home, reading beautiful literature, singing sacred music, and sewing costumes for plays.

Katrina LantzKatrina Lantz, Story Author for Astronomy Unit Study

Katrina Lantz was born and raised in Arizona and currently resides in Southern Utah with her husband and five children. She has taught for five years in a commonwealth school setting, and is continuing her studies at Brigham Young University in neuroscience and psychology. As a hobby, she also loves to study astrophysics and the unifying theory of myth written about by Velikovsky and Talbot. She is the author of the children’s series Drats, Foiled Again! (Apr. 2018) and the motivational self-help book The Healing Bucket (Jan. 2019).

Crystal HaitsmaCrystal Haitsma, Story Author for Biographies of Great Scientists and Great Inventors Unit Studies

Crystal grew up in central and southern Alberta, attending University in Lethbridge and graduating with a BA in Psychology. She currently resides in Montreal, Quebec, while her husband is taking a full-time MBA program. She started homeschooling her kids after her first son attended Kindergarten, and has been homeschooling now for 7 years. She hopes to do her masters in Psychology when her 4 kids, 3 boys and one little girl, are a little older. She currently loves to read non-fiction and learn about historical figures, interesting new concepts and books on psychology and parenting. She is an avid reader, and reads aloud with her children daily, as well as on her own. She recently started writing again, something that she always enjoyed as a child and throughout her University career. Crystal also loves music, the outdoors and travelling. She’s spent 4 months of the last 2 years living in an RV trailer and travelling around North America with her family.

Jennifer Wheeler, Story Author for US History: The Colonial Era

Jennifer Wheeler is an avid book reader and lover of all things literature, writing, and music.  As an English Education Major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jen added a love of teaching to her love of literature. After receiving a B.S. in English Education from IUP, Jen taught for several years in the Fairfax County Public School System where she instructed 10th and 11th grade students in English and Language Arts.  During that time, she also served as a curriculum developer and testing coordinator for her team. Jen and her husband John married in 2006 and were blessed a year later with a beautiful daughter. They have been homeschooling their four children since their oldest, Katie, entered Kindergarten in 2011. Jen is very interested in various homeschooling philosophies and methods and was blessed to serve as the president of the East Coast Conference Team of Latter-day Saint Home Educators for 3 years.  She is a book and curriculum junkie, and in her “spare time,” she loves to read, knit, spin, make music, and go on adventures. She is affectionately named “The Energizer Bunny” by those who are closest to her because she never stops going, and truly finds joy in learning and adventuring wherever the Lord leads her.

Bonnie White, Story Author for The Animal Kingdom and Plant Kingdom Unit Studies

Bonnie fell in love with biology and plants in her high school science classes and loves to learn more about this beautiful world that God created for us to explore and enjoy. After traveling the United States for a year, Bonnie has settled in Alabama with her husband and five kids where plants and bugs are plenty! Learning about new things and sharing these with others is a lifelong passion.