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. She loves to encourage and equip homeschool moms like you who have a tough time teaching writing—by creating products you love, speaking at homeschool conferences, and writing articles to help make teaching writing so much easier!
Kim and her husband Jim make their home in Southern California where they homeschooled for 15 years. They have three adult children and nine
practically perfect busy grandchildren. With their kids’ families living as far away as England, the Kautzers do a LOT of traveling each year. Kim also enjoys a good book, the Sunday crossword puzzle, tea with milk, and dark chocolate.
Are you interested in inviting Kim to speak at your homeschool conference or parent meeting? Visit her speaker page for workshop titles and descriptions.
Have you ever wished you could just call and talk to someone in person about your curriculum? Your wish has come true!
Misti’s is the friendly voice you hear when you call WriteShop. As our curriculum consultant, she brings years of experience to the table. Overwhelmed? Confused? Misti will talk you off the ledge. Panicked about teaching writing? She’ll help you come up with a plan that works for YOU. 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.
Before homeschooling her own kids, Misti taught many different grades 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. She and her husband Greg live in rural Nebraska, where they stare at a pond, putter in the garden, and drive their family crazy.
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 her 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 vendors, schools, and co-ops 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 and survives on cookies and coffee. She blogs about autism and homeschooling at Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland.
Jimmie is the genius behind all the freebies and special promos that you’ve come to love. Co-owner of Homeschool dot Marketing, she oversees many of WriteShop’s marketing and social media efforts and coordinates our affiliate program.
Jimmie’s 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 student, whom she homeschooled through high school. Jimmie resides in Memphis, Tennessee.
Nancy “gets” elementary kids. That’s why our WriteShop Primary and WriteShop Junior series are so popular! Her creative ideas make writing easy for you to teach, and the engaging hands-on activities make it fun for your children to learn.
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. Her books have been published by Zondervan, Sleeping Bear Press, and Scholastic, among others. She 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, she loves sewing patchwork quilts, gardening, and photography. Learn more about Nancy and her books at nancyisanders.com.