Meet Our Team
Kim is WriteShop’s creative director, co-author of WriteShop I and II and contributor to the WriteShop Primary and WriteShop Junior series. More than anything, Kim loves to encourage and equip homeschool moms who have a tough time teaching writing. Practically, that means overseeing product development, speaking at homeschool conferences, answering customer emails, and creating content for our blog.
Kim and her husband Jim make their home in Southern California where, beginning in 1988, they homeschooled for 15 years. They have three fabulous adult children and nine
practically perfect busy grandchildren. With their kids’ families living as far away as England, the Kautzers do quite a bit of traveling each year. Kim also enjoys a good book, the Sunday crossword puzzle, tea with milk, and dark chocolate. To feed her creative side, she has recently taken up art journaling.
Are you interested in inviting Kim to speak at your homeschool conference or parent meeting? Visit her speaker page for workshop titles and descriptions.
Co-founder of WriteShop, Debbie helped develop WriteShop I and II and serves as our operations manager.
Debbie and Eric’s 18-year homeschooling journey began 1986, when their daughter was in kindergarten. The Oldars, who also have a son serving in the Army, are doting grandparents to a busy but completely adorable one-year-old. When she has a free time (whatever that is!), Debbie loves swimming, hiking, and just being outdoors where it’s green and fresh. She also enjoys reading, babysitting her grandson, and serving with Christian Release Time at a local school.
We’re thankful for Nancy, the creative mind behind our popular WriteShop Primary and WriteShop Junior series for elementary ages. A prolific author of over 80 books, Nancy writes fiction, nonfiction, and educational materials for both adults and children, including Imagination Station novels for Focus on the Family. Nancy’s books have been published by Zondervan, Sleeping Bear Press, and Scholastic, among others. She has a special passion for African-American history and culture and has won several notable awards for her work.
Nancy and her husband Jeff live in Southern California and have two grown sons with families of their own. When she’s not writing, Nancy loves sewing patchwork quilts, gardening, and photography. Learn more about Nancy and her books at nancyisanders.com.
As WriteShop’s curriculum consultant, Misti brings a wealth of experience to the table. Whether you’re deciding on products for your family, school, or co-op, or you need one-on-one help using your WriteShop curriculum, Misti is your girl! Misti has a heart for building relationships with you and your students. She empowers parents and teachers, and provides quality customer service. Through her warm encouragement, Misti takes the fear out of teaching writing. (You can do it, and we can help!)
Part of the year, Misti and her husband Greg reside in hickville western Nebraska, where they stare at a pond, putter in the garden, and drive their family crazy. The rest of the time, they live in Arizona to be close to their adult children. Before homeschooling her own kids, Misti taught elementary through high-schooled aged students in public, private, and international schools. She also founded a large homeschool organization, where she taught high school writing classes (including WriteShop I and II) for 10 years.
Misti is especially equipped at instilling confidence in teachers, parents, and students with both humor and insight. Contact her today! She’ll be delighted to walk with you along your WriteShop journey.
Penny, our super-trusty administrative assistant, serves WriteShop customers with compassion and humor. Do you have a child with learning challenges? Homeschooling a now-grown son with autism has equipped her to come alongside parents like you who struggle with teaching writing to your special needs student. In addition, Penny works with retail stores, assists schools and co-ops with product licensing or group purchases, and holds all the loose ends together. If you have a question she can’t answer, she knows just the right person on our team who can assist you!
Penny, her husband, and their two children make their home in hot, hot, hot southern Arizona, where she homeschools her teenage daughter. She blogs about autism and homeschooling at Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland.
We’re not quite sure where we’d be without Jimmie, co-owner of Homeschool dot Marketing. A homeschool marketing genius, Jimmie oversees many of WriteShop’s marketing and social media efforts and coordinates special promotions, email campaigns, and WriteShop’s affiliate program. Her academic background is in education, and she taught in public schools before living abroad for a season.
She’s mom to a highly creative college sophomore, whom she homeschooled through high school. Jimmie resides in Memphis, Tennessee.