Bridges’ Instructors

 

Emily Berg

Emily Berg received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Adolescent/Young Adult Language Arts Education from the University of Akron. She embodied the entirety of the English department at Heritage Christian School in Canton for two years – teaching Bible, Speech, 9th grade Language Arts, World Literature, American Literature, and British Literature – before becoming a full-time mom. She is currently a wedding planner and coordinator, and this is her first year teaching at Bridges. She loves to teach whenever she has the chance – including in various church capacities and while her kids are trying to have fun, much to their chagrin. She believes that no matter what you most love to learn about, you can’t do so without language; words (and putting them together effectively into sentences!) are power! Emily loves the Harlem Renaissance, semi-colons, gardening, tea, traveling, and meeting new people. She lives with her husband Andrew, a pastor, and her two ornery, opinionated children in North Canton.

 

Mrs. Berg will be teaching Language Arts.

 

 

Ethan Comfort

Ethan Comfort was homeschooled as a child and is an alumnus of Bridges. He graduated from Kent State University in 2017 with a BS in Chemistry where he performed undergraduate research in an organic chemistry lab and helped manage KSU’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship ministry. After graduating he backpacked through Europe for five months before working first as a chemist at an analytical lab then at a rubber company working in the microscopy department. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Statistics.

 

Mr. Comfort will be teaching Physical Science.

 

 

 

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 14 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 homeschooled their four children for 21 years, and just recently graduated their last child! Her hobbies include gardening, learning French, reading, going on adventures, and traveling the world.

 

Mrs. Crock will be teaching Chemistry.

 

 

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 before her girls were born. She enjoys learning about health and fitness and is constantly looking for ways to improve the health of her family. She is currently teaching flag classes through Simply Praise, a dance company she started with a friend. She and her husband Dan have two daughters and have been homeschooling them for 13 years. Her oldest daughter is a 2021 graduate! This is her seventh year being a part of the Bridges Co-op. She looks forward to getting her students to move!

 

Mrs. Fill will be teaching Physical Education.

 

 

Michelle Kennerk

Michelle Kennerk received a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. She moved to Chicago to pursue a career in textile design. After ten years in Chicago, she and her husband moved to Northeastern PA for three years of study at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. Since coming to Canton, she has been involved with Connect and Bridges Co-ops, and has loved every minute of working with her students. Her favorite motto is “Draw what you see, not what you think you see.” 

 

Mrs. Kennerk will be teaching Elementary Art.

 

 

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 coached and judged 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 Debate.

 

 

Nathan Jarosz

Nathan grew up as a Christian homeschooler from kindergarten through high school. He has earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in General Management from Thomas Edison State University and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Malone University. Nathan is an Eagle Scout, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), and an international leadership trainer. Nathan runs a nonprofit called LITE: Leadership Influencing Teen Empowerment that provides leadership development training and emotional intelligence training to students. Nathan has served over 3,000 students in Summit and Portage Counties in the last four years with his programs. Nathan has trained both youth and adults in leadership skills across the country and in China for about 14 years. Communication and public speaking skills are a major part of leadership. He looks forward to working with Bridges and their students.

 

Mr. Jarosz will be teaching Speech.

 

 

 

Catherine Marx

Catherine Marx received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance with an emphasis in Accounting from Malone University.  She was employed by ComDoc, Inc. and Diebold, Inc. as a purchasing agent before leaving to stay home full-time with her children.  After 2 years of being home, her husband thought it would be fun to start his own business.  Mrs. Marx kept the books, ran payroll, invoiced customers, and handled taxes for that business. To this day she does similar bookkeeping work for another small business. She and her husband, Derek, have 4 amazing children and they have been homeschooling for 9 years.  This is her third year as part of the Bridges co-op and her second year teaching.  She looks forward to teaching her students financial responsibility as good stewards of all that God has given.   

 

Mrs. Marx will be teaching Economics.

 

 

Rebecca McClary

Rebecca was introduced to the world of public speaking in high school and never looked back. She continued to participate in elective speech, and interview courses as she completed her Bachelor of Arts, in Communication Studies, at Kent State University. For the past eight years, she has been a stay-at-home mom advocating and caring for her daughter with special medical needs. She recently started as a PEERS Parent Advocate for Greenleaf Family Center of
Akron. She has co-run several fundraisers for March of Dimes and spoke at their Signature Chef’s Auction event. She also served as a parent advocate on the board of Home Health Waivers for Ohio Medicaid. Her family is anxiously awaiting to add another child(ren) to their family through adoption. Rebecca lives at Lake Cable with her husband, daughter, and their three dogs. She loves boating, swimming, Disney, scrapbooking, and being outside. She is excited to guide your students to be confident public speakers!  

 

Mrs. McClary will be teaching Speech.

 

 

Julie Moledor

As a missionary kid, Julie Moledor lived in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, Africa, until the age of 20, thoroughly enjoying any adventures the continent had to offer such as scuba diving, hiking, safaris, camp-outs on the beach, outdoor markets, and most importantly the opportunity to serve others. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Malone University. She has worked in a variety of hospital settings, including medical-surgical, admissions, and the emergency department but is currently a stay-at-home mom. Julie and her husband Joel have four rambunctious boys and have been homeschooling for nine years.  She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her boys, and nurturing their love for science and the Creator of the world around us.  She loves tea, all things health and fitness, and experiencing other cultures. This will be her fifth year teaching at Bridges.

 

Mrs. Moledor will be teaching Biology and Elementary Science and is the Bridges’ Executive Director and Communication Administrator.

 

 

Caleb Norrick

Caleb Norrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Sport Management from Malone University as well as a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. Caleb spent five years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations at Malone where he oversaw all 18 varsity sports, including their home games, travel, equipment, and budgets. Caleb currently works at Faith Bible Church where he oversees the student ministries and helps with missions and operations. He is well traveled and enjoys visiting new places, reading a good book, and trying his best to play along with Jeopardy! He has a passionate interest in history and government and enjoys a good discussion about them. His favorite books are historical biographies and memoirs, especially those on post-World War II American leaders. Caleb and his wife Lexy live in Plain Township and enjoy traveling and hosting friends and family. 

 

Mr. Norrick will be teaching Government.

 

 

Emily Peresie

Emily Peresie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Malone University. Two years later, she received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. Emily spent two years teaching grades 9-12 at Ashland High School and another seven years in Southeastern Ohio at Vinton County High School.  She also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Malone University, as well as at Stark State College for 3 years. Emily has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember, and she works to instill that same passion into her students as well.  She believes that a love for language and literature will create lifelong learners. Emily and her husband, Brian, have four boys who are active in sports and love to be outdoors. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and exercising.

 

Mrs. Peresie will be teaching Great Books and Introduction to Writing.

 

 

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, focusing on Language Arts and Math.  She and her husband Bruce have four children and have been homeschooling for eleven 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 portfolio assessments each year.  This will be her fifth 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 Jr. High Literature and is the Bridges’ Executive Director and Registrar.

 

 

Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas received her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Stark State College. She is currently employed part-time in a dental office in Akron. Valerie and her husband, Jeff, have four children and have been homeschooling them for the past 11 years. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, camping with her family, and anything outdoors. This will be her first year teaching at Bridges. Valerie has previously been involved with other homeschooling co-ops and tutoring. Science is a subject she is passionate about and is looking forward to sharing that joy with her students while instilling a love for learning!

 

Mrs. Thomas will be teaching Jr. High General Science

 

 

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’s degree in Art and Early Education. Upon graduating, she got married and raised her family of five children. She has homeschooled her children for 16 years. She has taught Spanish and art for seven years, five of those years with Bridges.

 

Mrs. Waters will be teaching Jr. High/Sr. High Art and Spanish 1A, 1B and 2.

 

 

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 for both radio and print.  She and her husband Jared have four children and they have been homeschooling for 16 years.  Melissa has taught a variety of classes in homeschool groups over the past 12 years, but writing has always been her passion. She believes that writing is fundamental for success in just about every subject, and thoroughly enjoys instilling confidence and developing skills in Bridges’ students.

 

Mrs. Weimer will be teaching two Essentials for Writing classes and is the Bridges’ Executive Director and Teacher Liaison.

 

 

Kaylene Williams

Kaylene Williams graduated from Malone University with a Bachelor of Arts in education and is licensed to teach grades 7-12 Language Arts, Speech and Drama as well as a licensed K-12 Intervention Specialist.  Kaylene has worked for Plain Local Schools, Canton Montessori and is currently a teaching artist for Arts In Stark.  After performing with an improv company professionally in Cleveland for two years, Kaylene co-founded, directed and performed with Canton’s professional improvisational comedy troupe, “Scared Scriptless,” for over a decade.  Kaylene is also a writer, director and enjoys creating original dramatic and comedic works for Canton First Friends Church. 

 

Mrs. Williams will be teaching Drama.