Carolyn VanGorkom

Quality Assurance Manager, Lesson Designer

Carolyn VanGorkom lives in Northern California with her family.  Her husband, Dan, is a local worship pastor.  Their oldest child-homeschooled from first grade-graduated high school a couple years ago, and their youngest of two is not far behind.  Carolyn’s 15-year homeschool journey was preceded by a career as a credentialed math teacher and as a Christian school teacher of many subjects.  She joins Schoolhouse Teachers as a curriculum specialist leading the quality assurance team.  Her other interests include singing on the worship team, writing historical novels (she has two published on Amazon), and blogging about history and current events.  You can find her website at

Courses taught by Carolyn

Algebra 1: This 36-week course is designed for students who have completed pre-algebra and are ready to advance to the next level of math. This course covers a pre-algebra review, algebraic expressions, solving linear equations, graphing, inequalities, systems of equations, polynomials, factoring, and exponential expressions. It concludes with a final test.

Geometry in Real Life

Geometry in Real Life: Our Geometry in Real Life homeschool math course, created exclusively for, presents the sometimes-complicated world of geometry in understandable, applicable lessons that give every student the opportunity to succeed. Using real-world examples and a touch of humor, this course is a delight for students and parents alike.

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The History of Hanukkah Unit Study is written by Carolyn VanGorkom. Carolyn is a homeschool mom, co-op teacher, former public school teacher, and author. Check out her Running Home series on Amazon. Book One follows the Transcontinental Railroad deep into the mountains of California.

Physical Science: Through downloadable and online readings, experiments/labs, and hands-on projects, students explore the three main branches of physical science—chemistry, physics, and earth science. Topics such as elements, acids and bases, chemical formulas, force and motion, work and energy, electricity and magnetism, geology, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and more are explored.