Our Team

The Cottage is a group of educators with over 35 years of combined teaching and homeschooling experience, who are passionate about walking beside parents to nurture, engage, guide, and challenge our students to thrive, not only in the classroom, but in life!

 
Young Pioneers Kindergarten Class (4 1/2-6 yrs)

Young Pioneers Kindergarten Class (4 1/2-6 yrs)

Amy Sachs

Amy grew up in Southern California where she met and married her husband, David. They moved to Northern California in 1998 to be closer to family and enjoy a slower pace. Following a 15 year career in the health and fitness industry, Amy started a business teaching Gymnastics & Dance to young children, and returned to school to earn her B.A. Degree in Child Development from Sacramento State University. Through her schooling, she became intrigued by the development of the young brain, especially in the areas of social and emotional growth, which inspired her to use curriculum that would foster positive character, socio-emotional growth, and beneficial peer interactions. When Amy and her husband began homeschooling their only daughter in 2011, she wanted to extend her love of teaching to include other homeschooling families. In 2015, she began offering an all day, all-inclusive TK/Kindergarten enrichment class one day a week. She now offers classes for Kinders 4 days a week and hopes to work with children for many years to come, as they bring much joy to her life!

 
Creative Explorers Class (6-8 yrs)

Creative Explorers Class (6-8 yrs)

Cynthia Vaccaro

Cynthia Vaccaro is married to a wonderful husband and is a parent of 3 amazing adult children, two in successful careers with the youngest a student at William Jessup University. She is also a grandmother of two. She homeschooled for 8 years and taught in homeschool co-ops. She loves being creative whether it's painting, sewing, crocheting, knitting or anything creative! Also, she is an avid gardener. She has taught Sunday school, Bible studies, and done charity for the poor.  She was a child care provider, is a published photographer, writer, and editor, and has worked as a customer service representative, administrator, and a business owner as well. Cynthia loves helping children discover their learning potential in creative, engaging, and fun ways while also working on educational standards.

 
Learning Adventures Class (8-10 yrs)

Learning Adventures Class (8-10 yrs)

Laura Ashmun

Laura  has been a home educator of her children as well as children of others for the past 30 years. Laura is a never married adoptive mother of four, a former foster parent of many, and a grandmother of three. Ms. Ashmun completed a course of study at Western Governor’s University working towards a teaching credential in special education. She has a scope of knowledge addressing reading and spelling challenges. She seeks to uncover the genius that resides in every person.

 
The Story of Us (10-12 yrs)

The Story of Us (10-12 yrs)

April Brennan

April has been part of the homeschool community for over 20 years. She has enjoyed homeschooling her own 2 children, now graduated lovely adults. While homeschooling, April enjoyed participating in and teaching in numerous homeschool cooperatives throughout the greater Sacramento area. She has seen homeschooling grow from a grass roots alternative to the powerful nationwide movement it is today. April is a retired Practical Nurse and thus, loves all things human. She is exited to share her passion for understanding both the human body and the world around us with her students! Her strong desire is to equip this beautiful generation with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they will need to become great people and do great things!

 
Pathfinders (5 1/2-6 1/2 yrs)

Pathfinders (5 1/2-6 1/2 yrs)

Amber Blomquist

Amber was born in raised in Chandler, AZ. She completed her Bachelors in Elementary Education through the University of Phoenix. Amber is married to her husband David and they have 5 children. Her family moved to Sacramento in the summer of 2014 to be closer to cousins for their kids to grow up with. She is going into her 6th year of homeschooling with her oldest going into 5th grade, her second going into 1st grade, and the younger three are not quite “school age”. Amber volunteers with her church in the nursery and VBS. She loves to teach and spread the love for learning with kids. This is her second year teaching a homeschool co-op class and she couldn’t be more excited to join the teachers at The Cottage!