Middle School Mentors

Chris HeadshotChristopher Jones, American and British Literature, English: Focus on Language Arts

Christopher Jones (alias Mr. C) has for several years taught classes on history, civics, and Defense Against the Dark Arts both on- and off-line as part of the growing private/homeschool movement. This will be his third year teaching full time. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Classics (Roman History) and minors in English and History, and has a lifetime in politics—including running a presidential campaign–to go with acting, singing, and writing. A sought-after speaker on education and history, he is also a working writer, with four published books, dozens of articles and essays, and a long-running popular blog. Mr. C resides in Lehi, UT with his wife Mrs. C, their eight children, two cats, and a growing flock of free-range finches.

Paul HinksonPaul Hinkson; Science

Paul graduated from UVU with an Associates of Science and is currently working on a Bachelors in Physics Education and Masters in Education. He is a foam sword enthusiast and plans how to terraform Mars in his spare time. Paul will respond to the names Paul, Beardy, Brother Beardy and ‘you.’ He lives in Mt. Pleasant, UT with his wife Christine (Sister Brother Beardy) and a flock of chickens and ducks.

Connie VossConnie Voss, Mentor for US History, and Principles of Liberty

Connie Voss graduated from Brigham Young University and New England College. Her Master’s degree is in Public Policy, with a 4.0 GPA and a perfect score on her thesis. She has many years of teaching experience, including early morning seminary. She also served an LDS mission in New Mexico and Colorado. In addition, she keeps active in local elections and state political issues.  A native Californian, Connie homeschooled five successful children. She and her husband Bob live in Paradise, California with their dog Odie.

Karen WardKaren Ward, Mentor for Art Appreciation

My name is Karen Ward. While I was in middle school I attended a Civics Club and an Art Class. At that moment in time I decided that I was ether going to be a Constitutional Lawyer or an Artist. I then went on to study everything else and explore every other career path. I am now studying illustration (And loving it!) and biology as a Junior at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Coincidentally, my husband’s goal is to become a Constitutional Lawyer. So I get the best of both worlds. We also have a sweet little boy named Ethan.

I have taken art classes since I was 9 years old. I have always used colors to express my feelings and emotions. I have also always had an interest in the human body. I have been able to combine both of these interests and my long-term goal is to become a medical illustrator, and own my own studio where I can teach. I want to share my love of art with others and inspire them to create. My inspiration for Art comes from humanity, the colors around us, and the scriptures. Some of my favorite life accomplishments include, serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, marrying my husband, Caleb, having my little boy, Ethan, and having nine of my art pieces displayed in the Spori Student Art Gallery at BYUI.

Some of my hobbies include, but are definitely not limited to, painting, drawing, reading, walking, spending time with family, and training for a Spartan Race that will happen in the very distant future.

Carolyn MarriottCarolyn Marriott, Mentor for US Geography, Spanish

Carolyn Marriott has a passion for learning and teaching. Besides homeschooling her own seven children since 1993, she has years of experience teaching youth in church and academic settings. Recognizing the value of contributing to and gaining from a community, she and her children have participated in homeschool groups in Washington and Utah where she has taught a variety of topics from Spanish, to U.S. History, to Economics. Currently, she serves as chair of Lighthouse Commonwealth of Iron County.

Carolyn has traveled in Chile, Central America, Europe, Canada, Argentina, and the United States, broadening her appreciation for the beautiful world and its people. She served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University.

Currently, Carolyn lives with her husband and youngest daughter, Lizzy, in their historic home in Beaver, Utah. She loves gardening, eating chocolate ice cream, reading, going on long walks; and she now understands why grandparents brag about their grandkids so much.