Kirsten West – Marketing Director

Kirsten West and her husband homeschool their twin high schoolers using a Classical/Charlotte Mason literature-based approach. She also works at The Old Schoolhouse® as the Director of Marketing. She has a doctorate degree in Biophysics, a masters degree in Experimental Physics, and spent many years teaching and tutoring children and young adults. She is the author of the Doodles Do AlgebraTM math series for the creative child, and blogs as DoodleMom at

Tammie Bairen – Executive Manager
Tammie Bairen

Tammie Bairen lives in sunny, historic St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband, John. All three of their children were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school; two are in college and still living at home. The oldest has recently graduated from college and gotten married.

Tammie joined the team in 2013 as a volunteer writer and began editing in 2014. She has written four of the courses on and co-authored five more. She loves to learn, read, build puzzles, and cross-stitch.

Carolyn VanGorkom – Quality Assurance Manager / Curriculum Specialist

Carolyn VanGorkom lives in Northern California with her family.  Her husband, Dan, is a local worship pastor.  Their oldest child–homeschooled from first grade–graduated high school a couple years ago, and their youngest of two is not far behind.  Carolyn’s 15-year homeschool journey was preceded by a career as a credentialed math teacher and as a Christian school teacher of many subjects.  She joins Schoolhouse Teachers as a curriculum specialist on the quality assurance team.  Her other interests include singing on the worship team, writing historical novels (she has two published on Amazon), and blogging about history and current events.  You can find her website at

April Durham – Executive Editor

April Durham is a Carolina Girl, through and through. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling. She worked as a Special Education teacher in the public school system before beginning her homeschooling journey with her own children. April has worked as a freelance editor for the last ten years, and she joined the editing team in 2019. She loves working with words, whether that’s helping others make the most of their written works or creating written works of her own. She has two published books, and she currently writes the Christian Biographies column for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

Jennifer Chandler – Relations Specialist

Jennifer Chandler is a wife, homeschool mom, mentor, freelance writer, and content creator who enjoys encouraging other moms in their homeschooling endeavors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education. Her background includes working in a library, in the classroom, and as a private tutor. She is the relations specialist as well as lesson designer for and enjoys contributing to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

Since 2011 her family has prayerfully walked out their homeschool journey. She and her husband are blessed with five children. Their homeschool method is best described as Charlotte Mason-inspired. She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading aloud to her children, learning new handicrafts, cultivating her gardening skills, bird watching, and writing educational materials for children.

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).