Denise Boiko With a BS in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Mary’s University and an almost lifelong interest in writing, Denise Boiko has strong interests in both of these areas. After working as a clinical laboratory scientist in a hospital lab and then as a product development scientist for SmithKline Diagnostics, Denise became a full time homeschool mom during her children’s years of schooling. For the past 11 years, she has taught writing, biology, and literature classes at sites such as HEART Academy in San Jose, Crossroads Enrichment Center in San Mateo, individual homes, and private tutoring settings. Denise Boiko wants to use her interests and background to help students appreciate the beauty and orderliness of God’s creation, and also to encourage them to use the written word as a way to minister to others and to share God’s truths. Her interest in writing has resulted in publication of short stories, articles, a poem, and a 400-page book on college preparation for homeschoolers. Homeschooled and Headed for College: Your Road Map for a Successful Journey walks parents and students through the often-perplexing path to college admissions. Denise and her husband Ron have attended Calvary Church, Los Gatos for 32 years. They are the parents of two students homeschooled from K-12. Julie received a BS and MS in Biology from Stanford and an MD from the University of Pittsburgh and is a pediatrics resident at UCSF. Steve received a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC and is employed in the field of data analytics in the tech industry in Silicon Valley.
Elizabeth Shimada has homeschooled for 15 years. She has an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering (Santa Clara University), a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering (Cal Poly-SLO), and ten years in industry. She currently teaches math and science classes at HEART Academy and HSLDA Online Academy.
Laurie Reitinger was a “rocket scientist” before homeschooling her son. She and her husband are both engineers, and they homeschooled their son, Jonny through 9th grade. He started attending The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale in 10th grade. Some of her favorite subjects to teach were math and science. She has a passion for showing how science confirms God’s creation and is not contradictory with it and for getting students excited about seeing how science explains the wonder of God’s creation. She also loves numbers and solving math problems. While homeschooling, Laurie taught Science and Art to K-4th graders in a homeschool co-op one year, led park days and presentations with a homeschool group for five years, co-led a Science Book Club one year where kids read biographies and discussed the achievements and world views of scientist inventors and did related experiments, helped the kids enter a science fair, was a leader at several VBS clubs – one as Science Experiment Lead, led a LEGO camp with pulleys, levers, gears, and wheels. She has also worked with youth as a counselor with the Junior High group at church, teaching Sunday School, coaching at homeschool sports days, and is a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts. She is also a proctor for the Iowa Basic and Terra Nova standardized tests.
Laurie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. After graduating from Stanford, she worked for 2-1/2 years at a small start up solar engineering company and then worked for 17 years at Lockheed Martin as a Thermodynamics Engineer, Flight Sciences Engineering Manager, Systems Engineering Manager, and Propulsion Engineering Manager (hence, “rocket scientist”) before retiring to homeschool her son. She also holds a Professional Engineer license in CA. She has designed and signed off on all the drawings of their own house remodel and at one time wanted to be an architect.Laurie also has two older stepsons in the Bay Area. One son is married and has a 3 year old – so Laurie and her husband, Greg, are grandparents! Laurie loves cooking, gardening, designing and planning, swimming, yoga, working out, hiking, camping (or glamping), boating, reading, sewing, art, and spending time with family.