Hi, I’m Nancy Kaser. I’m an English and history nerd, author, coffee enthusiast, conference speaker, plant lady, and dog lover. I homeschooled my own tribe of three kids for 20 years and graduated them all from home. When I'm not teaching or being a mom or grandma, I help my husband run a non-profit organization that allows kids trapped in third-world poverty to be fed, educated, and have a hope for their future. I love literature and history, and think every homeschooled student should too! I received my BA in English Literature from Cal State Fullerton, and was a classroom middle school English teacher before I started homeschooling my own children. Being a veteran homeschooling mom myself, I know not all parents feel prepared to teach their kids all subjects. I started The Writtenburg Door because I want to equip homeschooling families to confidently educate their children at home all the way through high school. My goal is to support parents by offering courses that cause students to understand how different people see the world and how they can communicate their own ideas from an educated, well-written perspective.
I’m Janiene Bishop. I have been on this homeschooling journey with my husband since my oldest was in kindergarten. In my limited spare time, I enjoy crafting and modern calligraphy, as well as nature hiking and wild flower collecting. You might run into my little Bishop tribe on a trail, nature journals in hand, studying the wonders of creation together. When I'm not with my family, I teach pallet painting classes and also have a small boutique business where I sell my pallet work, always with a cup of coffee in my hand. Coffee is more precious to me than oxygen. My family has been part of the Writtenburg Door program since it began, and I am thrilled to be able to teach classes at PCLC. Teaching and inspiring my three children through literature, writing, history, and art has been an absolute delight, and I am excited to help parents lay a foundation of learning for their own students.
Hi, I’m Chris MacLeith. I am a wife, a mother, a homeschooler, an attorney, a classic extrovert, and can play board games all day! I love the power of words and am passionate about teaching young people to become eloquent communicators. I have two teenage daughters and homeschooling them has been one of the greatest joys of my life. A cup of coffee and good conversation makes me smile. I believe every child can love learning and accomplish great things. I am privileged and honored to be a part of The Writtenburg Door and to have the opportunity to touch the lives of children through literature, writing, and government.
My name is Samantha Gagliardi, and I’m a nerd on all levels, be it history, music, or any pop culture reference you can think of. (Don’t get me started on Lord of the Rings or Star Wars!) I spent many years working as a professional singer/actress. Most recently I was teaching and living in Shanghai, China teaching a wide range of ages in performing arts and western culture. I am very passionate about learning and finding unique ways to grow and learn with my students, and I am so very excited to continue to grow and learn here with The Writtenburg Door! I was homeschooled for my elementary school years music was a major factor with how I was able to learn, so I love bringing that into how I teach my own students. I am blessed with the opportunity to get to use this form of schooling to adapt to what each student needs to grow in unique and creative ways.
I’m Brian Payne, and I have a passion for educating young people about personal finance and economics. I am a professional financial advisor with more than 20 years of experience in the financial world. As part of the National Financial Literacy Campaign, I teach weekly financial workshops on a year-round basis to adults, and I am thrilled to help high school students go into their adult lives with a clear understanding of economics and personal finance. My wife and I have three children – one in high school, one in junior high, and one in elementary school.
Hi, I'm Staci Ballou. I'm slowly morphing my house into a jungle with all of my plants, and I just had a library built in the backyard to store all of my books. I was homeschooled through the elementary grades, and I am currently in year nine of homeschooling my own two daughters. I love the power of a good book almost as much as I love the power of words themselves. In my spare time, I create travel itineraries and I think all road trips should begin in the dark. I gravitate toward art, National Parks, good conversation, and the ocean. I look forward to being Mrs. Kaser's administrator and contributing to an environment full of good words and excellent education.
Hi! I’m McKenna Vanden Berg, and I am a fourth year college student with a major in Liberal Studies. I’m a lover of vanilla lattes, enjoy hiking with friends, and camping whenever I can. I have recently started to work in elementary school settings with volunteering in children’s ministry at my church and with working at a preschool. Seeing the growth of students through a school year brings me so much joy! I am so excited to continue growing here at PCLC and assisting with all the lovely staff & students!
Hi! I’m Ally Anderson. I am a wife, mother, and passionate homeschool mom. I love bringing lessons to life in my home. My children and I have learned so many amazing things using experiments, adventures, media, books, and fun foods. I have been a parent-volunteer in the Writtenburg Door program, and now I am excited to be an assistant in the Lit For Littles, ABCs of Lit, and Art programs. Supporting homeschooling parents and bringing lessons to life in fun and dynamic ways, brings me so much joy!
The Writtenburg Door - Classical Literature and History Courses for Homeschoolers