Patsy Brekke (also known as Ms. B.) is the head honcho of Writing Foundations.
As a child, Ms. B. was “the eighteen-page girl” who wrote stories that never ended, and she has loved writing ever since. Driven by her love of English and passion for teaching and encouraging middle and high school students, she graduated from Moorhead State University with a BS in English. Ms. B. has been teaching English since 1987. She has taught English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Reading, and Study Skills in Minnesota, Oregon, and California. She has extensive experience with the California Achievement Writing Project and scoring timed essays, the Achievement Via Individual Determination Program (A.V.I.D.), The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Curriculum Development, and Leadership Training. On two occasions, Ms. B. was nominated Site Teacher of the Year at Wilson Academy of International Studies in San Diego, California. She proudly received the A.V.I.D. Teacher of the Year award from the San Diego County Office of Education in 1993.
Following her desire to take the mystery and misery out of writing, Ms. B. developed her own set of lesson plans after completing the IEW Teaching Writing Structure and Style program in 2001. Her lesson plans became Writing Foundations, and the program has been constantly evolving and expanding ever since.
Ms. B. was accredited in 2008 by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. She tutored writing at The Academy through YEAH (Youth Educated At Home) from 2001-2016 and at WEST from 2009-2016. In 2008, Ms. B. started teaching online classes, and in 2016 she moved all of her classes to a webinar setting as Writing Foundations expanded worldwide. She continues to write curriculum and occasionally works as a teaching consultant, speaker, and publishing editor.
Ms. B. currently resides in Northeast Tennessee. Her favorite out-of-class activities are hiking the Appalachian mountains and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite colors are orange, green, and purple.
Zoe Brekke (also known as Miss Zoe) is the head editor of Writing Foundations. Her writing career began in 2000 when she was four years old. As she sat in her mother’s class, Zoe wrote a story about “the horrible king who abominated everyone.” Thus began her glorious ascent into the world of English and her love of college-level vocabulary.
In 2008, at the age of twelve, Miss Zoe began contributing to the family business by keeping records and scoring Technique Practices in the back of the classroom after she had finished her own homework. Showing an aptitude for English and an intuitive knowledge of grammar and punctuation, as well as the Writing Foundations/IEW methodology, Miss Zoe began helping Ms. B. edit at the age of fifteen. By the time she was eighteen, Miss Zoe had taken charge of all editing, including training in new editors and managing the scoring and grading processes behind the scenes. Miss Zoe’s knowledge of the English language, technological aptitude, and steel trap of a brain have made her an invaluable part of the Writing Foundations team. She also contracts as an editor with a local publishing company.
Miss Zoe adores her career as an editor and a teacher, and her favorite part of her job is helping students strengthen their writing skills and develop their writing styles throughout their years in Writing Foundations. Miss Zoe also loves hiking, composing, writing stories, and cooking.