Gail Van Ryn has a passion for teaching students of all ages to communicate using various forms of media. She has taught writing for over ten years using classical methods with materials such as the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and Shurley English. She has also been a professor of computer science and information technology for over two decades. She currently teaches web development and online multimedia at the community college level where she encourages students to think about their messaging in addition to their technical presentations. She earned double B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from Marymount University. Gail classically homeschooled both her children from preschool through high school and both have excelled at George Mason University, one with a double major in accounting and information systems/operations management and one with a major in English with a concentration in writing and rhetoric. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting with a local guild, taking humanities classes at the college where she works, going on walks with her beagle mix, serving with her church, and helping with several local Christian ministries. Gail considers it a privilege to join with VSA families in learning essential grammar and writing skills.