Liberty Learning Academy
L-12 Educational Support & Enrichment Center

Instructors

 
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stacey bickmore

I am the wife of a high school teacher/coach, and a mom to two teenagers, two dogs, and two cats. I adore all animals, crafting, chocolate, and Pugs. I have been an elementary teach for over thirteen years, and have taught all elementary grades in some aspect, except kindergarten. My passion is teaching second and third grade, but I love kids of all ages. I have taught in homeschool programs/schools for the last 6 years, and absolutely love it! My teaching style is eclectic, in that I try to find what works each year by using a variety of methods, resources, and approaches. I love to glean ideas from other teachers, parents, and unashamedly Pinterest, and then add my own creative twist to them. It takes a village! My classroom is usually not a quiet one. We explore, create, play games, and laugh as much as possible. I strive to make my lessons engaging and fun, while incorporating my students’ interests and focusing on meeting the standards. My classroom is also a place where we make mistakes, correct them, and then move on, learning to forgive and accept each other in the process. My goal as an educator and parent is to foster a love for learning and inspire children by guiding, encouraging, and praising them. I believe that, “Children learn more from who you are, than what you teach.”

 
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sherry torgerson

I am a mother of three active boys, ages 14, 12, and 9. My hobbies have become taking my boys to all their sporting events and supporting them. As a family, we also like spending time at the lake and the beach.

I have a degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics. I really enjoy teaching math. My favorite moments are being present when students realize they can do it and not be intimidated by math concepts. I love seeing the "light bulb" moment when it all makes sense.

 
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kathy marmer

I've been working with children in many different capacities over the last twenty-five years. My favorite ages are four, five, and six year olds, but I love all ages.

I am originally from the South, but I have lived in three large cities, and reared four children here in California. My college courses were completed in Long Beach, CA, where I earned a degree in Child Development.

TK and Kindergarten are both years of visible growth in the the exploration of reading, language arts, and numbers. I believe that the love for learning can happen overnight. My goal is to reach each kind of learner through the use of centers, manipulatives, tasks to develop find motor skills, as well as science and art. Our time will be spent learning through play, exploration, and creativity.

 
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Mindy Chittock

I live with my husband and 3 children in a small town in Nevada County where my husband manages his family owned businesses. As a family, we love to spend time together traveling, working on our property, or taking off to the mountains to hike or kayak on the lake. I also love long-distance running and other physical activities, reading, gardening, and spending time with our animals.

I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis on Early Childhood Education. I taught locally for several years in 1st -6 th grades, but most of my time was devoted to teaching 1st grade. I love children and value the opportunity and privilege to teach them.

As a teacher, I strive to create a positive learning environment where we all feel comfortable and safe in the learning process. True learning involves taking risks, asking questions, and making mistakes. I believe in hands-on, engaging activities and lessons that will build a solid foundation
and prepare students with the skills to become life-long learners. I find ideas from many resources and tailor it to what my students need individually while meeting the state standards.

You will see me use a variety of teaching methods in the classroom. I do whole group lessons, but most of my instruction will be in small groups or with individuals to best meet each student’s needs. I look forward to working with you and your child and sharing in the joy of learning
together!

 
 
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Liz Schopfer

Hi! My name is Liz Schopfer and I have been teaching Grades 7-12 in the California Public Schools since 2002. I have found that personalized learning and small classes are the most effective method for teaching our young people. Classic curriculum and short story/novel units are essential for our future generations and my focus and expertise has always been on reading and writing. I have a genuine connection with students and truly look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for literature with your children.

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Darcie Sanders

I'm a Utah-raised girl with a soft spot for huge dogs. Being Mom to my 3 children is my greatest blessing. Our family loves the mountains, riding bikes, playing tennis and MUSIC!


My degree is in Theater and Media Arts and I have taught children in many subjects and capacities. Being a homeschooling parent myself, I appreciate the challenges and beauties of this choice. My top objective is to create an environment that gently challenges and engages students where they feel encouraged, supported and befriended. I believe every child is a person of value that deserves respect and someone that believes in them. I love class discussions and giving space for kids to share what they learned or their opinions. I also want to encourage students to practice and eventually master critical skills to propel them in self-driven learning for their future.

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Hannah Heuseveldt

I am the mother to two wonderful kiddos, Ben (11) and Cora (9), both of whom attend Liberty Learning Academy. My spare time usually finds me outdoors- gardening, running, or working on projects around our home with my husband. My husband and I also enjoy fishing and camping with our kids and our labradoodle, Skye. I also give horseback riding lessons and continue to learn and grow myself as a rider and trainer. I graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Studio Arts, and I’m excited to step into a new season as a teacher at LLA!

This will be my first year teaching Story of the World and 4th/5th Science, and I am excited to be involved in LLA in this new capacity. I have watched my own children grow and flourish at our center. I believe that the smaller classroom settings, learning flexibility, and student/teacher support have helped them feel confident, engaged, and excited to learn. I am looking forward to giving the same support to the families at our center!