About Us

Dr Patrick CEO and Head of English

About Us

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 boar 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.

SeƱor 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 at the 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.

Do you have a statement of faith?

We're often asked if we're a secular or a Christian company. The short answer is that the Founder, Kat Patrick, is a Christian, and many of the tutors (who also design the courses) are Christian, but we are first and foremost subject specialists whose primary objective is to be true to the course we're teaching and to the Charlotte Mason principles which serve as foundation to our approach (see this link to explain more about Charlotte Mason).  

To that end, we believe as Miss Mason that there's something more to education than being just a mechanical skill: call it soul or spirit or imagination or what have you, our students are being nurtured to find that spark for learning that we believe is within all children regardless of faith, creed, etc. Some of the courses, such as Middle Ages literature, will have Christian content because religion was a prime mover in writings from that time - you can't really do the subject justice if you leave it out. Other courses, like Ancient Greek History, will have very little Christian content since it's often simply not relevant. 

That being said, every course will be thoughtfully respectful of choices in texts, putting the welfare of our students in a prime position - occasionally, texts may be necessarily graphic or difficult, and we will give warnings and suggest skipping some pages or passages, or even offering alternative texts to read. 

We can assure you that, throughout all our years of offering courses through Dreaming Spires Home Learning, our approach is inclusive for all students from over 28 countries and a variety of faiths, because our focus is on them as individuals and their excitement about their studies, and that this primacy of mind over syllabus is why they tend to do so well in the UK exam system, too.

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

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Twitter = @dreaminspiresHL
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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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