About Us

About Us

Dr Patrick teaches English
Dr Kat Patrick now resides in her home state of Texas with her four children, three of whom are Dreaming Spires students. Before that, she lived in England for 25 years. Her background includes an MA from Durham (UK), a PhD from Delaware (US), and a UK PGCE (teaching certificate), all in the subject of English. She continues to examine for Cambridge International Exam board for both iGCSE and A-level (UK) exams, and her revision guide for the exam is available now on Amazon.

Mrs Samuels teaches Ancient History

Alison Samuels is a Classics lecturer with the Open University in England, and former home-educating mum. She was one of the first women admitted to St John's College, Cambridge, when it stopped being for men only. She famously taught my children to sing a rousing patriotic Welsh song that apparently brings out the sun on a cloudy day -- but only if you're in Wales, of course!

Mrs Jones teaches Sciences

Kimberly Jones graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with her BSN and served in the military as a medic and behavioral health specialist before taking posts in pediatric and post-partum nursing. Since 2005, she has been teaching science in homeschool co-ops while homeschooling her own children, one of whom is now at university, another who served in the military, and two more who are still at home.


Señor Baker teaches Spanish
and French

Joel Baker is a linguist and teacher of Romance languages and father of five children (ages 1-11) whom he educates at home. He graduated in Spanish and Portuguese from King’s College London and trained as a secondary school teacher of French and Spanish. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in reflective practice and has studied at universities in Colombia and Brazil. He runs a language education business for adults and children, established in 2004.

Mrs Pavlenko teaches English
and Creative Writing
Jackie Pavlenko graduated from Oxford University with a BA Hons in English Language and Literature, before becoming a screenwriter (MA in Screenwriting, London College of Communication). Her plays have popped up on BBC Radio 4, and she once even found herself being photographed by paparazzi who must have mistaken her for someone important at the premiere of a film she'd written. She has taught screenwriting to young adults, and run book clubs in a UK primary school. These days she's a full-time traveller and road-schooler with two boys, from whom she is always learning.

Miss Mason teaches Modern History

Yvonne Mason took her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, then an MA in history from Royal Holloway in London while working as a costumed historical interpreter at the Tower of London. She has been working as an online tutor since 2001 in both English and history, home educates her own daughter, and in her spare time, is an avid embroiderer. She has plans to study for a PhD in Medieval Studies very soon.

There are numerous ways to keep in touch with us. Follow us, like us, subscribe to the blog, comment, share. Details are here:

  • Facebook page = https://www.facebook.com/dreamingspireshomelearning
  • Twitter = @dreaminspiresHL
  • Instagram = dreaming_spires_home_learning
We can also be found on the HSLDA site for vetted distance-learning providers:
  • http://www.hslda.org/highschool/curriculum.asp#OC/DL

Currently, we're looking to expand our teaching staff and subject offerings. Contact Kat Patrick at dreamingspireshomelearning<at>gmail<dot>com

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