Instructors

2018 — 2019 School Year

BRIDGES’ INSTRUCTORS

Kristine Crock

Kristine Crock received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Malone College.  Along with teaching Chemistry at Malone College and more recently serving as a Lab Instructor for Organic Chemistry, Mrs. Crock has been a science instructor for a total of 11 years, and has been with Bridges since its inception.  She was employed as a chemist for 10 years, performing general chemistry and metal analysis, as well as holding supervising and training positions. Mrs. Crock enjoys teaching the sciences, and showing the student how science applies to his or her everyday life.  She believes that building a strong base in the sciences can not only be enjoyable but is essential to a complete education. Mrs. Crock and her husband Ron have homeschooled their four children for 19 years.

Mrs. Crock will be teaching Physics and is the Bridges Treasurer and Registrar.

 

Rachel Crock

Rachel Crock received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Malone University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. Along with this, she has completed the academic requirements for application to Physician’s Assistant school, which she plans to attend in the following year. She has worked as a student tutor on campus for the past two and a half semesters, working with professors in Psychology as well as Anatomy and Physiology as a lab tutor. Growing up with a homeschool education, she is interested in helping students understand the positive impact that homeschool education can have for their future academic careers.

Miss Crock will be teaching Junior High Science.

 

Julie Goff

Julie Goff received a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology from Malone College. She is a mother of six and part of homeschooling programs for 15 years. Sign language has become her passion as she has witnessed family members and friends who struggle without the aid of an interpreter. You may find Julie interpreting every Sunday morning at First Friends Church during the 11:00 AM service. Additionally, she has had interpreting experience at funerals, weddings, field trips, church services, etc. Julie has taught ASL, Psychology, and Physical Science for  home school groups for several years.

Mrs. Goff will be teaching American Sign Language 3

 

Erica Fill

Erica Fill received a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Bowling Green State University for grades K-12.   Mrs. Fill taught art for three years at Waterloo Local Schools. She enjoys learning about health and fitness and is constantly looking for ways to improve the health of her family. She and her husband Dan have two girls and have been homeschooling them for 11 years. This is her fourth year being a part of the Bridges Co-op.

Mrs. Fill will be teaching Physical Education.

 

Tara Forgach

Tara Forgach received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education K-12 from the University of Akron, and attended Malone University for two of her college years to play on their basketball team. For the past six years, she taught resource math and language arts in the public school setting, ranging from grades 6-10, and now works part-time in disability ministry. She and her husband are enjoying their new roles as parents to twin boys. Mrs. Forgach values the creativity of writing and hopes to instill that passion within her students.

Mrs. Forgach will be teaching Introduction to Writing.

 

Jeff Gorman

Jeff Gorman earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is the son of two great high school teachers, and he has experience teaching with Classical Conversations, Kaplan, and Future Christian Leaders of America, as well as his own Write Club homeschool class. Jeff writes for the Courthouse News Service website and the West Side Leader newspaper. He is also the Council Clerk for Richfield Village. Jeff is also the only sportscaster to work professionally in baseball, football, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Jeff wrote a book about his announcing adventures, called This Side of the Mic, and he is about to publish his first novel, Wrestling Is Real. Jeff and his wife, Jen, have homeschooled their daughter from day one.

Mr. Gorman will be teaching Introduction to Writing and College Prep Writing.

 

Susan Hornyak

Susan Hornyak is a homeschool mom of five with 17 years of homeschooling  experience, along with many years of co-op experience. She is a practicing Certified Nurse Practitioner of 20 years, specializing in Emergency and Addictive medicine. She received her BSN from the University of Akron and her MSN from Kent State University. Susan is also a Certified Fitness Instructor of 28 years with a passion for health and fitness.  She enjoys living on a farm where her family raises chemical free food. Susan loves sporting activities, especially skiing, and she strives to educate her children on healthy lifestyle choices. She firmly believes if you will “Train up a child in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it. “(Proverbs 22:6)

Mrs. Hornyak will be teaching Health.

 

Hannah Jurkovich

Hannah Jurkovich received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Psychology from Hope College. Hannah has been independently teaching dance for over ten years, including Ballet, Creative Movement, Irish Step Dance, and Jazz. She has experience teaching academics in public school settings as a teacher assistant, and highly values incorporating dance and movement in all subjects to enhance learning. Currently, Hannah teaches dance classes at her church. Her dance passions are worship dance, ballet, and Irish step dance, but she receives the most joy from watching her students grow, have fun, and worship the Creator of movement.

Mrs. Jurkovich will be teaching Irish Dance.

 

Kim Krajci

Kim Krajci has lived long enough to know that she will never, ever use the quadratic formula, nor will the “tone” of a piece of literature ever impact her life, but she is convinced that public speaking is the one thing she learned in high school that she uses daily.  A graduate of Malone University with a BA in Communications, Kim has been coaching and judging high school speech and debate for 10 years, coaching one student to the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament (2013), and two to the Ohio State Tournaments (2011, 2012, 2013).  As a 17-year veteran homeschooler, she has taught speech in homeschool co-ops in years past, and is currently in a speech club herself – Toastmasters International. She has achieved the level of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest award given by this international organization which promotes public speaking and leadership skills.  Kim continues to compete in Toastmasters speech contests.  If you communicate, you are perceived as a leader.  If you want to be a leader, you must be able to communicate – Kim Krajci

Mrs. Krajci will be teaching Speech and Debate.

 

Julie Moledor

Julie Moledor graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Malone University. As a former missionary kid, she lived in Africa until she was 20, when she returned to the states to attend college.  She has worked in a variety of hospital settings including medical surge, admissions, and the emergency department. She and her husband have four boys and have been homeschooling for six years.  She enjoys seeing her boys explore the world around them and develop a love for science.  She also enjoys experiencing other cultures, poring over the fascinating details every part of science contains, and then moving deeper from a biblical perspective.

Mrs. Moledor will be teaching Biology and Elementary Science and is the Bridges’ Communication administrator.

 

Stacey Neidert

Stacey Neidert received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Akron. She has always enjoyed working with numbers, and, since graduating, has worked in the tax, audit, book keeping, as well as customer service fields. She now stays home raising her three children. Stacey is very passionate about personal finance, specifically budgeting, avoiding debt, and setting goals to motivate you along the way. She and her husband put Dave Ramsey’s principles into practice over five years ago when they became debt free. Stacey looks forward to working with the students and witnessing their personal finance excel!

Mrs. Neidert will be teaching Financial Literacy 

 

Erin Schnabel 

Erin Schnabel earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron, majoring in Biology with extensive coursework including cellular biology and human physiology. Along with teaching for Bridges, Erin is also a certified laboratory technician, working directly with private and public pathology labs. This will be Mrs. Schnabel’s sixth year as an instructor in a co-op setting. Erin enjoys traveling and sailing with her husband and two daughters, from the hills of Appalachia to the Savannas of Africa. She strongly believes that learning is a lifelong pursuit, and she looks forward to sharing this passion with her students in the classroom.

Mrs. Schnabel will be teaching Anatomy & Physiology and is the Bridges’ Teacher Liaison.

 

Darby Smith

Darby Smith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Malone University for grades 1-8 and Special Education K-12.  Mrs. Smith taught in a Resource Room for grades 5 and 6 in Northwest Local Schools for 7 years.  She and her husband Bruce have four children and have been homeschooling for 8 years.  During her time staying at home she has completed her Masters Degree in teaching and kept up her teaching license in the state of Ohio.  She has been involved in other homeschool groups and has taught a variety of classes.  She also meets with many families to perform their homeschool assessments each year. This will be her second year teaching in Bridges.  Mrs. Smith loves to read and wants to share that love with her students.

Mrs. Smith will be teaching Elementary Literature and High school Language Arts.

 

Angie Waters

Angie Waters was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She graduated college with a BA in Interior Design. Later, she taught kindergarten in a Christian school for two years, and art and fifth grade for a year. She returned to college during that time and studied two years of Early Education until she relocated to the United States. Upon her arrival in the US, she attended college and received an associate degree in Art and Early Education. Upon graduating, she got married and raised her family of five children. She has homeschooled her children for 12 years. She has taught Spanish and art for four years, two of those years with Bridges.

Mrs. Waters will be teaching High School Art and Spanish 1 and 2.

 

Mark Weimer

Mark Weimer is a graduate of the College of Wooster with a BA degree in History and a teaching certificate for 7th-12th grades.  He recently retired from his career as a sales representative, but always managed to pursue his love of learning and history. Mr. Weimer has been homeschooling his grandchildren in American History, World History and U.S. Government for the past seven years, has taught Ohio History in a homeschool co-op, and has substitute taught in multiple local school districts.  He is part of his church’s youth Sunday School program, teaching through the Bible from a historical perspective, and also manages the church’s bookstore.

Mr. Weimer will be teaching Geography.

 

Melissa Weimer

Melissa Weimer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and an English minor from Malone University.  She has worked for The Press-News and The Repository and has held multiple corporate positions writing press releases, speeches, articles, and advertising.  She and her husband Jared have four children and they have been homeschooling for 13 years. Melissa has taught a variety of classes in homeschool groups over the past eight years, but writing has always been her passion.  She believes that writing is fundamental for success in just about every subject, and enjoys instilling confidence and developing skills in Bridges’ students.

Mrs. Weimer will be teaching Essentials of  Writing .