About Kishami Academy

Our Curriculum


Our school is designed on a 3-year repeating cycle that ensures a broader world-view rather than an American-centric world view. Each unit is 6 weeks long. Each time a student revisits a unit, the material becomes more in depth for them. We use composition notebooks, and make table of contents pages so that everything they learn is handy and available for them as they progress through their academic life. 

YEAR 1 (2018-19; 2021-2022)


Unit 1: The Beginning--solar system, chemistry, physics

Unit 2: Mesopotamia/Middle East--engineering, nutrition

Unit 3: North Africa--environment, desertification

Unit 4: Important Topics in U.S. History--space race, engineering

Unit 5: Middle Ages/Renaissance--architecture, biology, viruses’

Unit 6: WWI/1900-1930--chemistry, physics

Unit 7: Russia--electricity, magnetism

YEAR 2 (2019-20; 2022-23)


Unit 8: Paleontology--geology, volcanoes, plants

Unit 9: MesoAmerica--biology, biodiversity, America’s animals

Unit 10: Greece/Rome--biology, human systems

Unit 11: N/NW Asia--rise of technology, nuclear age

Unit 12: Colonialism/Imperialism--Plagues & People, microbiology

Unit 13: WWII/1930-1950--biowarfare, ethics

Unit 14: Oceania--oceanography, islands

YEAR 3 (2020-21; 2023-24)


Unit 15: Evolution/MesoAfrica--archaeology, earthquakes

Unit 16: Southern Africa--anthropology, brain/gut science, epigenetics, wetlands

Unit 17: India/SE Asia--Asian beliefs, weather, energy

Unit 18: Europe--heredity, biology

Unit 19: World Geography--fossil fuels, borders

Unit 20: 1950-Present--global warming, insects, economics

Unit 21: Central/South America--anthropology, ecology, rainforest

Executive Functioning:

These are the skills and concepts that are the most important to be
working on to help students attain the necessary mental abilities to self-monitor, guide, and motivate, manage time, organize, etc. These skills are taught throughout every subject, every day. However, it is up to each student whether they will choose to follow directions and work on these skills daily. Showing comprehension of a skill in one area and then claiming they do not know how to do something in another area that uses that exact skill means that they are not proficient and have not learned to generalize the skill in a way that can help them in their future

Requirements for graduation to full unschooling -- higher learning:


Completion of 5th-grade Saxon math text and confidently working through the 6th-grade text while having mastered Khan 4th grade and steadily working through 5th-grade mastery.


Working through 6th-grade spelling lists and consistently spelling all previous list words correctly. Showing evidence that they can use phonetic guidelines to spell unknown and new words.


Grammar concepts should be continuously used in all areas of academics as they are taught. We directly teach grammar in addition to encouraging the habits necessary to help a student edit their own work with basic grammar knowledge -- which is the ability to speak coherently and be understood.

Reading & Comprehension:

Reading with competent comprehension in an Interactive Reader
6th grade or above. Comprehension is shown through making connections within the reading itself as well as between other subjects, experiences, personal research and past readings.

Comprehension is a whole-life ability because nothing is stand-alone and unconnected.


According to Kishami Academy’s writing rubric, students should be scoring at least 18.5 points (7th grade). This score ensures that students will be able to use the written word to further their careers, write persuasive documents, make requests, and organize presentations in
a manner that makes them sound coherent and professional. They must also be consistently presenting grade-level work at a 6th grade (16 points) level in all areas of academics. Writing must consistently show evidence of spelling, grammar, and metacognitive abilities.

Kish Widgren

Head Teacher

Kish Widgren


WELCOME!  My name is Kish Widgren. I am the head-teacher, owner, and founder of Kishami Academy, LLC.

OUR MISSION is to see all students succeed by addressing their needs individually. Each student is empowered as we fill in knowledge gaps, allowing them to learn at their pace, and aid in physical balancing of mind and body by bridging disruptive connections within the brain.

About Kish


I love reading and research, especially with the goal to find techniques that may help a student more efficiently.

I embrace the opportunity that arises when I find I have to say, “I don’t know” because that means I get to learn something new.

I enjoy applying the things I learn and seeing the resulting change in the students I work with.

I think the most amazing moments are when students discover something on their own or make a new connection to the material.

I am not afraid to try new things when the old are not working to my expectations.

My Certification


Colorado Professional Teaching License #213400

Social Studies Education (7-12)
Elementary Education (K-6)
Special Education, Generalist (5-21 years)
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12)

Professional Education


B.A. History, Minor in Anthropology. California State University – Bakersfield

M.A. Education, emphasis on CLDE. Colorado State University – Pueblo

My personal educational experience comes as being a Mother of a son with Autism and a daughter with ADD. Through raising my children, I discovered I was high-functioning autistic, and have been able to use the experiences I had learning to survive without a diagnosis to help my son, and my students, understand their own internal workings.

Teaching Experiences


I have been teaching in one form or other since Kindergarten when I assisted my teachers with lower reading groups before running down the hall to my own reading group. Since then, I have studied with my mom, home-schooled my brother, tutored my friends, used my ability to read and understand directions to tutor those in classes I had never taken before. I like to learn!

These experiences have given me insight into practices that do and do not work, politics that hinder education, and ideas that I can apply freely in my classroom as needed to address the needs of each student.


  • Sunday school, 2-3 year olds (4 years)
  • AWANA, 3-4th grade (2 years)
  • Pioneer Girls, 5-6th grade (3 years)
  • Home-Scholar group, preschool-11th grade (2 years)
  • Substitute Teacher, 5 districts in California (2 years)
  • Substitute Teacher, 5 districts in Colorado (4 years)
  • ELD teacher, 4th grade + Intervention (1 year)

My Likes


Food:  Pizza, tacos

Color:  Teal, maroon, purples

Candy:  Plain chocolates or chocolate covered toffee

Shows:  Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Firefly, Star Trek (all), NCIS

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, research

Qwin Morgan, Instructor

Mathematics & Language Arts Volunteer Instructor

Qwin Morgan


I'm a very eclectic and creative person. I love getting to spend an afternoon in the library. I always have some new thing I desperately want to learn about. I fell into teaching by accident and found I loved it! To have found Kishami Academy is a delight. A place to volunteer my time, doing something I really enjoy.

Teaching Experiences


  • Colorado State Substitute Teacher 1998-2012
  • B.S. Science & Criminal Sociology USC Pueblo 1998 
  • A.A. Graphic Arts PPCC 1984
  • Certificates: CNA, EMT B&I
  • Military Service: Army (92B10) 1985

My Likes


Color: Dark green, lilac

Food:  Vegetarian, rice & pasta, peaches, strawberries (allergic to peppers)

Size:  2XL anything soft, short or no sleeves

Shows:  Scooby Doo (all), Ghibli (Anime)

Hobbies:  Reading, rocks

Animals:  Red pandas, turtles

Sarah Setterlind

Staff Support Services

Sarah Setterlind


Currently on Cancer Leave: We miss her as a Tuzya, but her amazing mothering skills are what makes her a great addition to our school. Therefore, she is out with her family as long as she feels the need.

Working with students has been my passion and focus since my very first job working in public schools. I feel very fortunate to be able to help the students who need it most in a setting where I and my colleagues have the freedom to create new and innovative methods of instruction. One of the most rewarding parts of working with special needs students has been helping identify exactly where they are at, collaborating on a plan of action with my colleagues and then seeing the growth that results.

I also love the outdoors, exploring the world with my husband and daughter, and laughing as much as possible.

My Certifications


  • Board-Certified Behavior Therapist specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy
  • “Highly-Qualified” in Special Education via CO PLACE Exam
  • Professional Education
  • BA in Biology & BA in Zoology, Colorado State University

Teaching Experiences


  • Special Education Paraprofessional, Rifle High School, Rifle, CO
  • Title 1 Paraprofessional, Monterey Elementary School, Colo. Springs, CO
  • ABA Therapist, ACES
  • ABA Therapist, Alpine Autism Center
  • Tutor, Kishami Academy
  • Sciences Instructor, Kishami Academy

My Likes


Food:  Pretzels, cultural fun foods

Candy:  Fruits, chocolates (NO coconut)

Color:  Blue

Shows:  Community, The Office, Shark Tank, Perfect Strangers

Hobbies:  Hiking, video games, crafts, baking, animals