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Our Team

Designed for a Purpose, Living with Purpose

H.E.A.R.T. has an outstanding team of dedicated teachers, all of whom are dedicated Christians, passionate about their subject area and determined to help students learn and grow.

Allyson Anderson

Team Building | Creative Writing

My name is Allyson Anderson and I am excited to be teaching team building and creative writing this year! My family and I love traveling and being outdoors. I have a degree in psychology with a focus on child development. My three children keep me on my toes daily and I enjoy seeing them grow in our homeschool journey.


Michael Buettner

Survival and Outdoor Skills | Healthy Living for Life

Michael Buettner is dad to three amazing kids and husband to a very patient wife. He and his wife have been homeschooling since 2014 and have been a part of HEART since 2015. Michael believes it is our role as parents to disciple our children, develop their strengths, and identify and equip them for God’s calling on their life. He truly enjoys helping kids find the confidence and joy that comes from discovering new talents and abilities through conquering challenges.

Katrina Cardella

Free Form Fun | Strategic Games | No Bake Baking |

Cooking Around the World

Katrina Cardella is a mother to four children and has been homeschooling for eight years. Together they enjoy going on nature walks, playing in the mud, having dance parties, reading great books, or creating obstacle courses to tire each other out. Being a part of HEART brings such joy to her family and she looks forward to all the laughing and learning they’ll do together in free-form fun and cooking. 

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Cara Crumrine

High School Science | Personal Finance

Cara has been married to her husband Dan since 2008, they has 3 children, Atticus, Soren and Maeve. Cara graduated from Cedarville University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She works part time as a nurse leader for a hospital in central Illinois overseeing their national nursing excellence designation. Cara and her husband were both homeschooled growing up and Cara has participated and taught in co-op settings for many years. 

Cara is passionate about learning about the world God created through scientific inquiry and loves connecting with people of all ages. Cara and Dan chose homeschooling because they are passionate about learning and connecting with those around them. Car and her family moved to the area a few years ago and have loved being a part of HEART. Cara is excited to transition to the teaching role this school year. 

Brittany Guiterrez


My name is Brittany Gutierrez. I have a dedicated husband and three outgoing children. Two years ago, we took a leap of faith and began homeschooling our children. That leap brought us to HEART. We witnessed God growing a community that we wanted to be a part of. We jumped in with both feet. My husband, Fernando, and I began teaching Spanish together. When an opening for a Kindergarten teacher arose, I couldn’t hold myself back. I have such a passion for the foundational joy of learning at this age.  I love praising and glorifying God through glitter, glue, and giggles with these amazing littles. I am so humbled to be teaching your Green team students and watching them grow together. 


Deb Hayashi

Leadership | Physical Education

Deb Hayashi received her Masters in Arts Degree from Loyola University, Chicago.  God has blessed Deb with her husband Brad and four wonderful children.  Deb's second career in life has been an adventure of being a CEO, CFO, Executive Chef, Head Maid, Lead Landscaper, and Child Behavior Researcher of Hayashi, Inc.  In addition in 2012, Deb felt called to start homeschooling her children.  Deb accepted Christ as her Savior in March 1997 and is continually trying to strive to live a Christ-centered life.  

Chrystal Holden


Chrystal Holden has been married to Matt since 2007, and they have two daughters together (Evolette and Cecily).  She has always been passionate about the sciences, arts, and engineering.  After college at Virginia Tech, Chrystal started her engineering career in the pharmaceutical industry, while dabbling on the side with home remodels and interior design.  In 2017, she felt God put it on her heart to start homeschooling her oldest, Evolette, for her kindergarten year.  Chrystal had never imagined she would quit her job and start homeschooling, but her family has been on this amazing journey ever since.  Chrystal loves having the opportunity to teach through the lens of the Gospel and to connect with the remarkable HEART students. 

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Rebecca Hunt

Study Hall Monitor | Pre K/K Art

Rebecca Hunt is married to Brian and has been blessed to be a homeschool mom to her two children since 2020. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Huntington University and a master’s degree in youth development from Michigan State University. In her 12-year career, she served in full-time ministry to disadvantaged children, specialized in small group and individualized instruction at a public junior high school, and cared for infants through preschool-aged children as an early education instructor. She enjoys bicycling with her family, gardening, and inspiring her students through literature, art, and music.

Jennifer Jensen

Speech and Debate

Hi! I am Jenny. I am the homeschooling mother of two children, Noah and Raeya. I am supported in this journey by my wonderful husband, Danny, who opened a fitness facility 6 years ago and also works as a Sales Manager at an IT Solutions Provider in Des Plaines. I graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Sociology and Inequality Studies and completed an M.S. in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University in 2018. I was a Clinical Therapist for a brief period of time before homeschooling and have a huge passion for learning, which I’m thrilled to be able to share with my students. I love spending time with my family, reading, playing sports, and being outside surrounded by my garden. I love Jesus and I love education. I am thrilled to be able to combine the two and build relationships with other families along the way. 

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Nathan Lilliebridge

Lego Design

Nathan is 19 years old, a former homeschool HS student, working at both a golf club, as well as Locker Room Manager of a country club. He belongs to two Lego user groups and routinely exhibits his original builds at local shows and conventions. Nathan’s goal is to be a professional Lego builder/designer and he was contacted to audition for the Fox show, Lego Masters, in September 2023. Visit the Sock Monkey Museum in Long Grove, IL to see his unique Lego Bobble-Head Sock Monkey on permanent display. Nathan enjoys puzzles and problem solving, which helps in his detailed and challenging Lego creations. Topics and techniques he’d like to introduce in his Lego classes are Mosaics, Gears & Motion, Car Races, and Lego as an Art Form. Nathan truly appreciates being able to teach a Lego class at H.E.A.R.T.! It will be a fun and inspiring endeavor for all!

Erica Moe

Pre K

Erica is a homeschooling mom to Olivia and Charlie. She attends Village Church of Barrington with her husband Scotty and also volunteers in the nursery and AWANA. She previously taught first grade for 7 years and has also taught kindergarten and preschool.  She earned a teaching certificate for k-12, as well as a Masters in Reading. She believes in building rich classroom community and making learning fun!


James Netzel

Tae Kwon Do

James is happily married to Amy for 22 years and counting with three sons: Thomas, Aaron and Elijah.  He is in his 31st year of studying Tae Kwon Do.  He is a regular attender and member of Village Church of Barrington.  Graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice but never pursued it as Tae Kwon Do was his first love.  He is the owner/operator of the W. Kim Tae Kwon Do location in Mount Prospect, IL.


Stephanie Salisbury

Science Teal, Yellow, Orange

My name is Stephanie Salisbury. I moved to Illinois a handful of years ago from New York, where I studied biology and ultimately majored in Health Sciences. Currently, I work part-time as a Respiratory Therapist, serving patients in McHenry and Lake counties. The rest of my time is spent at home with my two children. My husband and I started our homeschooling journey three years ago. We are dedicated to raising our kids in Christ and enjoy the freedoms homeschooling provides to us as a family. I look forward to sharing my love of creation and science with your kiddos in the coming year!

Carolyn Sharpe

Free Form Fun | Choir | World Music | Recorders | PreK/K Music

Carolyn has been teaching music since her graduation from Bethel University (MN) in 1995. She has taught everything from infant and parent classes to graduate classes for other teachers but loves teaching school age children most of all. After her marriage to Desmond in 2013, she became the joyful mother of Eleanor (2014) and is now thankful to be able to educate her both at home, and through CCA and H.E.A.R.T. Carolyn holds a master's degree from Gordon College in Massachusetts and continues to provide professional development and training for other teachers. Carolyn and her family love traveling and the adventures that come with it! 

Debbie Voight

Advanced Sewing

Debbie is the mother of two girls at HEART, Emma and Ava. She and her husband, Brad, began homeschooling their girls in 2020 and feel blessed with the opportunity to continue their homeschooling journey. She loves spending time with her family, playing sports, traveling, and being outdoors. Debbie retired as a commander in the Navy where she enjoyed serving her country and traveling the world. She was a professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University, where she taught Naval Engineering and Navigation. Upon leaving active duty, she joined the reserves and began a career at Westinghouse Electric Company. She became a stay-at-home mom in 2015 and founded a children’s clothing business, Fox & Heron. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Mathematics and went on to complete the US Navy’s Naval Nuclear Engineering program.

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Joe Walters

Strategic Games

I'm a Graphic designer who lives in Gurnee, Illinois. I have been married for 29 years and have a daughter who is a senior. My passion is to take someone’s vision and ideas, and then bring them to life with a visual flair. I do this through graphic design, and some small illustrations. I have more than 34 years of experience working for churches, ministries, and nonprofits. I have been the main Graphic designer for The Chapel for the past 23 years. I started out my career right out of Drake University, working for a design firm that focused on educational game packaging. That began my love for modern board gaming and Dungeons & Dragons. I understand the importance of education being fun and engaging for kids and parents alike and part of my aspiration is to help grow the hobby by making tabletop games more accessible to people everywhere! I believe if someone says they don’t like playing board games it is because they haven’t found the right game for them. I also have an Etsy store that specializes in board game t-shirts that I design called Getting Dicey Designs.

Tracey Wamsley

Leadership | Cor Opus | Baking

Tracey Wamsley has been married to Jamie since 2002, and they have five children together; Jimmy, Toby, Sammy, Andy, and Charlie. Tracey has a degree in education from Lake Forest College. Prior to having kids, she taught 5th-graders in the Waukegan public school district.  From the beginning Jamie and Tracey were surprised by their desire to homeschool (having come from a public school background), but they have loved the adventure of the past 9 years and wouldn’t change a thing.  Tracey is passionate about seeing her kids become all God created them to be, and helping each of them to uniquely enter into all God has for them. Tracey and her family worship and minister at The Chapel, a non-denominational Christian church serving the suburbs of Chicago. 

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Elzbieta Wojdyla

Kindergarten Aide

Ela was born and raised in Poland. She moved to the United States in 2003 and fell in love with what this wonderful land and its people have to offer. She is married to her loving husband, Pawel, and together are very involved with raising and educating their two lovely children, Matthew and Isabella. Ela has had a passion for children her whole life and was a nanny for 10 years. Those years hold some of her best memories. Her favorite interests are gardening, playing family games, and cooking from scratch. Not long ago, Ela and Pawel decided to take their children's education into their own hands with the help of HEART and CCA. Since then, they have been involved with and dedicated to the organization.

Susie Zilke


Susie has been married to Tim for 24 years. They have three girls: Madeline (18), Olivia (14), and Eliana (14). Susie has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught 2nd grade in the Chicago Public School system for three years before having children. Susie and Tim were surprised when they felt the Lord's call to homeschool their children. They homeschooled for 13 years. It wasn’t always easy, but all that time spent together was an incredible blessing to their family. Their oldest just graduated from high school, and the younger two are enrolled in C.C.A. Susie has also served in homeschool co-ops for 11 years as a leader and taught various classes/learning levels. She enjoys playing board games with her family, traveling, crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, paper crafting, and other crafty things in her free time. She loves creating beautiful things and loves to encourage creativity in children.


Fun Fluency


Fun Fluency uses a multi-sensory language method teaching system that creates an immersion experience for students, while at the same time ensuring understanding. Fun Fluency's multi-sensory language method combines different approaches such as movement, games and songs. In such a fun environment, students actually forgot they are learning, and are completely at ease!

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