Our 2017-2018 Staff

Administration

Veldorah Rice

Veldorah Rice is the owner of Write from the Heart. Veldorah holds three BA degrees in English, History, and Communication from Grove City College and a dual MA degree in English and Film Studies from University of Pittsburgh. She is the administrator of all aspects of the company including website maintenance, student enrollment, coach oversight, and development of new classes. In her free time, Veldorah loves to travel and work in the film industry as a producer and art director.

Basic Composition

Katie WolfeKatie Wolfe is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (2005) and a Master of Education degree in Literacy (2009) with Reading Specialist Certification. She and her husband live in western PA with their two little girls and their dog. History, gardening, reading, music, and baking are some of Katie's favorite hobbies. She also enjoys spending time with all of her family and serving in the Children's Ministry at church.


Intermediate Composition

Dana MattiniDana Mattini is a 2010 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Art. Dana and her husband have two sons. who are a joy to watch grow. She enjoys sewing, reading, and making art. Originally from just outside of Pittsburgh, Dana and her family have settled in a small college town in western Pennsylvania where they enjoy spending time with their children, going to church, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey.


Sarah McGrathSarah McGrath holds a BA in Education from Millersville University. She enjoys working with students in order to improve their writing and has been impressed by the skills gained by each student she’s had the pleasure of working with. In addition to coaching, she is a homeschooling mother of five children from one to nine years of age. She also volunteers at a Hispanic church in her area working with the children and making lunch.


Stephanie ConstantinoStephanie Constantino has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a focus on teaching ELA. She's originally from California, but, since she became an army wife, she has moved around the country quite a bit. When she isn't busy teaching, she loves to spend her time hiking, browsing through used bookstores, or trying out new recipes. Stephanie currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and her two children.


Literature Classes:
Literature I, Literature II, and World Literature

Instructor

Veldorah RiceVeldorah Rice is so grateful to be raising her son in the same hometown that she grew up in herself. She holds several Bachelor of Arts degrees from Grove City College and a Master of Arts degree from University of Pittsburgh. When she isn’t writing or Skyping with her daughter in Latvia, she fills her days with walks with the family dog, Makai, knitting with friends, making movies and commercials with local film companies, and pretending to be a movie and television critic.


Composition Coaches

Abigail SalyardsAbigail Salyards lives on a farm in the mountains of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science. She worked as a children's librarian, one of her dream jobs, for a few years. Now she is raising a son, studying herbalism and trying to keep up with the excitement of farm life. Needless to say, she loves writing and reading and is excited to be involved in Write from the Heart, the class that taught her to enjoy good literature not too long ago.

AP English and Independent Study

Veldorah RiceThe AP® English class and Customized Independent Study class are both taught by Veldorah Rice. Herself an eclectic learner, Veldorah is uniquely qualified to teach students in a wide variety of subject areas. She holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees from Grove City College in English, History, and Communication and a dual Master of Arts degree in English and Film Studies from University of Pittsburgh. She has taught at both the high school and collegiate level in all of these subject areas. Veldorah currently also teaches part-time at a local community college and freelances as a producer and art director in the film industry.

Summer Institute

Jenny CowanJenny Cowan is a 2007 graduate of Cedarville University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. When she’s not busy with her kids, she enjoys reading for her monthly book club, training for 5k races with her dog, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She loves everything British, having spent a semester in Oxford, England when in college. Someday she’d love to go back, but for now she has to be satisfied reading Victorian novels and watching Downton Abbey.


Veldorah RiceVeldorah Rice is so grateful to be raising her son in the same hometown that she grew up in herself. She holds several Bachelor of Arts degrees from Grove City College and a Master of Arts degree from University of Pittsburgh. When she isn’t writing or Skyping with her daughter in Latvia, she fills her days with walks with the family dog, Makai, knitting with friends, making movies and commercials with local film companies, and pretending to be a movie and television critic.


Jodi TahslerJodi Tahsler graduated from Grove City College with a BA in English. She has worked as an editor for more than fifteen years, including a Christian publishing company, international building codes, and various freelance projects. Currently, she works for Spectrum Brands - Pet, Home & Garden division. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jodi now lives outside St. Louis where her husband works for the Frontier League (professional minor league baseball). She is the Sunday school coordinator at her church and spends too much time planning activities that

Curriculum Authors

Veldorah RiceVeldorah Rice Veldorah Rice first developed high school classes for Write from the Heart as a way for homeschooled students to discuss literature and write about it in a group setting. Veldorah holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, History, and Communication and a dual Master of Arts degree in English and Film Studies. In 2013, she was asked to be part of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writer's Educator Advisory Group, composed of nine educators who have demonstrated leadership and dedication to the program.


The Basic Composition classes were originally created by Denise Botsford, who founded Write from the Heart in 2005. Denise has since retired.