“Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all
around your table. ” —Psalms 128:3
In the year 2003 Tammy was looking for a biology curriculum to assist her in homeschooling her two highschool age sons. She could not find what she was looking for on the curriculum market. So Wes, with his 15 years of corporate film production experience, and his natural love of science, decided to make the curriculum she was looking for. In 2004 Westfield Studios was founded and production for Biology 101 began.
The 101 Series
The objective of The 101 Series is to provide easy to use, understandable and visually rich highschool-level homeschool curriculum. Biology 101 and Chemistry 101 are part of a planned science series. The next film: Physics 101 is in pre-production with an expected release date of fall 2013.
The Olson Family
Wes and Tammy have four children (all homeschooled): Lucas (25), Micah (22), Rebekah (18) and Hannah (11). Wes and Tammy are committed to serving God and to having a family that glorifies Him in the way they interact, work, play and live. They recognize how important a good marriage is to the health of the family as a whole.
They have two firm dates: every day they spend about an hour walking together, discussing what's happening with themselves and the children, spiritual issues, and their thoughts about the future. Once a month, on the “anniversary day” of their marriage, they have a date to celebrate their love and commitment to each other.
In 2010 Lucas and Micah both married, bringing two daughters-in-law into the family.
Wes Olson took an interest in film production way back in the 1970’s when video was still recorded on reel-to-reel tapes. He attended the film school at the University of Southern California with the hope of getting into film production. After one semester, his life radically changed. Wes became a Christian, and God took him on a twelve-year “detour.” Video production faded far, far away and disappeared over the horizon.
Since becoming a Christian in 1979, Wes has been an avid student of the Bible. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he later moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Multnomah Bible College where he graduated in 1984.
In 1991, through a series of unexpected events, Wes began making corporate videos in Portland, Oregon, learning filming, directing, lighting, sound design, and editing.
For the next fifteen years, he produced videos for local companies like Boeing and Portland General Electric. Corporate clients especially appreciated his ability to take complex subjects and make them understandable to their audiences.
Using his skills of film making to further the Kingdom of God had long been a desire for Wes. Winning first place in the Creation Category at Vision Forum’s 2004 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival was just the nudge he needed to shift his focus from the corporate scene to the production of Biology 101.
Wes and his wife Tammy met while attending Multnomah Bible College and were married the day after graduation, twenty-seven years ago. They lived in the Portland, Oregon area until 2000 when they moved to Kamiah, Idaho situated in the Clearwater Valley.
Tammy is responsible for making the house run smoothly around the daily life of a home-based business while continuing to homeschool her two daughters. She is behind the advertising for the 101 Series and is the coordinator for business and home activities. She enjoys gardening, crafts and interior decorating.
Lucas married Tessa on June 19, 2010 and they live and work in Lewiston, Idaho.
He is an Eagle Scout and likes camping, hiking, biking, knife throwing, the great outdoors, guns, lively conversations, his Savior and spending time with his wife.
Lucas has a love of music and occasionally plays the piano at a local bakery/coffee house called the Sage Bakery.
Micah married Aleah on July 3, 2010 and lives in Harpster, Idaho where He works for a local construction company building new houses and remodeling. Micah followed in the footsteps of his older brother and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His interests are in construction, architecture, photography and natural/sustainable living. He plays guitar and loves his job, his Savior and his wife.
Rebekah is in her senior year of homeschool. She is responsible for shipping and handling at Westfield Studios. She makes quirky "flair" buttons and magnets and sells them at local Saturday Markets and craft fairs. She loves her horse named Romeo, her parents, siblings and Savior.
Hannah is a joy around the home and likes dolls, the colors pink and green, playmobil, reading, crafts and cooking. She is responsible for making lunch everyday for the Westfield Studios family.
Both Rebekah and Hannah are growing into young ladies, with their focus on the high calling of being Godly wives and mothers.