Carol de Vries, after teaching in a Christian school and on the mission field in Europe,  homeschooled her three children (each with very different learning styles) through high school. Teaching public speaking and writing in a number of different settings, Carol pursued further training with the Institute for Excellence in Writing and has been teaching as an IEW certified teacher for a number of years. She believes passionately that to communicate effectively and competently, students need to be taught early to love beautiful words and expression, and she especially enjoys helping middle schoolers improve their writing skills.