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Inkwell began as a one-woman enterprise around a dining room table.

Karen Boniface began her lengthy career in education, first as a graduate assistant and then as a teacher in private day schools, tutoring students during summer vacations. As requests for personalized help increased, she launched in 2006 what would later become Inkwell English Education.


When enrollment grew beyond what she herself could handle, she began grooming a team of people to meet students’ needs. Ones committed to excellence and customer satisfaction.


Karen Boniface

Karen Boniface


Experience: 40+ years

If you had asked me when I was a teen what the biggest decision of my life was, I’d have told you it was a choice my grandma gave the 10-year-old me. Which Christmas present would I prefer from her – a doll or a book? She skillfully sewed beautiful doll clothes . . . but I did love books! How I agonized over my decision!
No wonder I followed a career teaching language and literature to beloved students.

A self-driven introvert, I enjoy connecting deeply with people, helping them to understand themselves.

Linda Crumley

Linda Crumley


Experience: 30+ years

I have known that language arts and I were good friends since I was four – ever since a little desk with the alphabet imprinted along its edges sat near the Christmas tree. I memorized the alphabet that day and, curious about the sounds of letters, I soon read everything in sight.

From those early days sitting at my desk, “teaching” my dolls, I knew that I wanted a life filled with learning and teaching. I enjoy simplifying the learning process and asking meaningful questions to help students understand.

Cyndi Hawthorne

Cyndi Hawthorne


Experience: 15+ years

Every student has a unique learning style. I love working one-on-one with students to develop personalized strategies that will maximize their strengths, overcome their weaknesses, and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Striving to make learning fun and relevant, I adapt curriculum to fit a student’s learning style with things like object lessons, games, memory aids, and art.

When not teaching, I enjoy hobbies and walking my adorable, slightly spoiled chihuahua, Chico.

Wendy Kapusta

Wendy Kapusta

Master Teacher

Experience: 30+ years

ALL students can learn to read and write well. It is just a matter of figuring out how their brain works! I try to help each of my students find what works best for them and have a little fun in the process.

My greatest joy is the "light bulb" moment when a student suddenly understands something he/she has been struggling with!

A credentialed specialist in learning disabilities, I have extensive experience in teaching reading and writing but especially enjoy working with reluctant students.

Tierney Ohly

Tierney Ohly


Experience: 35+ years

As a child I looked forward to the evenings when my mother would read poetry and stories to my siblings and me. Those moments with classic literature began a life-long journey into the world of language arts.
As a teacher, I enjoy positively influencing young lives, especially students in middle school.

Over the years I have taught children using the classical curriculum model, developed and implemented a “Character Counts” program, and designed writing workshops for middle schoolers.

Why Us? 


  • Inkwell consistently earns 5-star Google reviews. 

  • Our team members interview with the owner personally, pass background checks, and share Inkwell’s high standards and values.

  • Every teacher is a degreed professional, former or current classroom teacher, and veteran homeschooler. 

  • Collectively, we have over 125 years of successful experience in education! 

  • Our caring teachers often go above and beyond expectations to support you and your family holistically.


  • For private tutoring students, we create Individualized Learning Plans to accomplish the academic goals you set. 

  • For popular topics, we design hybrid courses of study that combine the best of live and recorded instruction.

  • If your family budget is tight, we offer our expertise at economical rates with independent tutoring and doc help service options.

  • We write original curriculum materials that completely and clearly cover language arts concepts.


  • Since we’re online, you can work and learn with us anywhere any time that fits your schedule. 

  • You can study in the privacy and convenience of your own home – no travel or social distancing required!

  • There’s a service plan to fit your preferences and budget.

  • Payments are easy to make electronically. 

  • Help is a mouse click away during our weekly drop-in Q&As. 

Join Our Team

Inkwell invites great teachers to join our team!


We are always interested in talking with highly qualified teachers who love teaching and students. Use the Contact Us form to ask questions.


Interested candidates must have …

  • college degree or coursework toward a degree

  • subject-matter expertise

  • teaching experience

  • passion for students, reading, and writing


We check the background and verify references for every candidate to ensure that our team is made up of only topnotch and trustworthy professionals.

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