Mrs. Stefanie Gazich, ARCHES Administrator
Stefanie Gazich is the mother of six children and the grandmother of six. She and her family are members of Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, MN. She has been home educating for twenty-one years. She is a graduate of Ohio University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. She did field reporting for an ABC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. and was offered a writing position for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. Stefanie believes strong grammar skills polish and enhance one's ability to communicate effectively and professionally. Stefanie has been a tutor with ARCHES for 14 years and loves teaching by engaging students in memorization, recitation, spelling, diagramming, and formation of strong sentence structure. In Pre-Algebra, students participate by working problems on white boards at their desk thus engaging them in the learning process. Struggles her own children had in learning math, sparked creative ways to learn and understand the math concepts. Stefanie currently works part-time at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake as an Administrative Assistant and Elementary Coordinator for Faith Formation. She cherishes the truths of the Catholic church and is passionate in helping children discover the treasures of the Catholic faith.
Courses: Grammar I, Grammar II, Math 8/7, Pre-Algebra, and Keyboarding
Mr. Doug Latawiec
Doug Latawiec graduated Xi Sigma Pi from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Products Marketing. Doug has many years of volunteer teaching experience including eights years at the Minneapolis Catholic Youth Center and over fourteen years as a religious education teacher. He is a home schooling father of fourteen children and is currently planning his eighteenth year tutoring Literature I and II for ARCHES. He is the athletic director and basketball coach of Victory Christian Home School Association serving home school boys and girls from junior high to varsity teams.
Courses: Literature I, Literature II
Mrs. Debra Sivula
Debra Sivula is happily married to her husband, Joel, a mother of six children, grandmother of eight and a mother-in-law to four. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Her first career from 1979 to 1985 was being an oncology nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis and the University Hospital at the University of Minnesota. She retired in 1985 to stay home and educate her children. She is a member of the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake and loves science and would like to pass her knowledge on to others.
Course: Life Science
Mrs. Basia Zebro
Basia Zebro is the mother of seven children and the grandmother of five. She and her family are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Oak Grove, MN. She has home educated her children over a span of the last 20 years. She graduated from Russell Sage College in Albany, New York, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and has been a tutor for ARCHES for the last 5 years. Not only has she been an educator of the social sciences, she taught Ballroom Dance for 10 years at the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake through the Home Education Ministry.
Courses: Earth Science, World Geography, American Government, Algebra I, Algebra II
Ms. Teresa Kostick
Teresa Kostick is an ARCHES alumni and one of eight children. She obtained her Associate of Arts from
Anoka Ramsey Community College (ARCC) while still in high school through PSEO course work. During
her time at ARCC she enjoyed working as a tutor for the Math Skills and Advising Center. She graduated
from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Dental
Hygiene. Teresa is currently working as a dental hygienist for Park Dental in Minnetonka.
Courses: Physical Science
Mrs. Teresa Pontious
Teresa's background consists of a BS degree in Biology from the U of MN, which she followed up with a Medical Technology internship from HCMC and a MT(ASCP) degree. She worked in a hospital Microbiology lab for 12 years and have taught medical technicians. She was accepted into the ARCH Diocese Cohort program in May, 2006 and completed her Master's degree for teaching. She has worked for Catholic Elementary schools and been involved at St. Timothy's in Blaine in the Faith Formation and Confirmation programs. I enjoy working with children and young adults and look forward to the upcoming academic year.
Mrs. Cristy Trandahl
Cristy Trandahl holds a Bachelors of Science in Education with a certificate in Reading/Language Arts. She is a former teacher in the Forest Lake School District and has been home educating her six children within a classical Catholic curriculum for over sixteen years. She has worked as a test writer for Edformation, a leading student progress monitoring company, and has over a dozen inspirational nonfiction works published in some bestselling anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Ultimate Christian, Cup of Comfort, and Women’s Day magazine.
Courses: Composition I, Composition II, British Letters, Little Women Book Club
Mrs. Amanda Sanoski
Originally from central Minnesota, Amanda Sanoski now lives in White Bear Lake with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Church of St. Pius X and worked from 2007-2017 at the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education and a Master of Arts degree in History from St. Cloud State University. Amanda loves all things related to England and British history and is very excited for the upcoming course.
Courses: British History
Mrs. Jill McCormick
Mrs. McCormick and her husband have three daughters and are members of Epiphany Church in Coon Rapids. Mrs. McCormick earned her Bachelor of Arts in both Theology and Classics at the University of Dallas, where she also took classes in the sciences, philosophy, English, and history. She taught Latin at a Classical charter school in Arizona, then Latin and Theology at a Catholic school here in Minnesota, before choosing to set aside teaching to stay home with her children. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom teaching one of the subjects she is most passionate about. The McCormicks enjoy a life of continuous learning and a variety of hobbies, from sports, to roasting coffee, to fine arts, and everything in between.
Courses: Latin I
Mrs. Cindy Goldade
Cindy Goldade is a homeschool mom of three. After attending ARCHES and PSEO at A-R, her oldest is pursuing an agriculture degree at the U of MN and her second is operating his own farrier and horse training business Rolling G Equine. The youngest is a homeschooled high school sophomore. Cindy and her husband own Direct Bore, Inc, an underground construction company. Cindy has a bachelor’s in education with her Master’s Degree in Montessori education. She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is also an international Brain Gym® faculty and is passionate about helping individuals more deeply understand their unique learning styles as well as teaching them strategies to reach their goals. She presents on the brain, learning styles, and movement based learning throughout Minnesota, as well as internationally. Her family is active at the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake as well as very involved in 4-H at the county and state level. Cindy is excited to share her educational experiences as an employee, employer, adjunct faculty, independent contractor, lifelong learner, etc. Her courses are interactive and collaborative opportunities for self-growth.
Courses: Career Exploration and Preparation
Mrs. Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a homeschool mother of six. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Dallas with an emphasis in Printmaking. Although she has spent the last 30 years raising and teaching her children at home, art has played a major role in her daily life. Meghan combines her creative side with her faith by dabbling in stained glass, mosaics and iconography. She loves art history! Over the years she ventured into the world of graphic design and now works regularly with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design. Teaching Drawing I gives her a chance to create by turning off the computer and picking up some good old-fashioned pencils and paper!
Courses: Drawing I
Mrs. Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop is a wife, mom of three and grandmother to five.
She has a background in Montessori Education and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She maintained a position as head directress in more than one Montessori environment before moving on to raise her family. She has since pursued sewing, another passion of hers, and building a solid sewing career.
She spent 7 ½ years working in a drapery workroom designing and sewing for interior designers. She completed 6 ½ years working at KWIK SEW Pattern company as a technical writer, writing step by step instructions for over 100 garment and craft patterns per year of which she has nine self-published embroidery/ sewing
patterns and a self-published embroidery/quilting book.
She currently works as head of design in a bridal alteration shop.