I am so excited to join Texas Home School Coalition! In order to introduce myself to the team at THSC and to group leaders across Texas, I wanted to let you know that first and foremost I am a Christian, and my entire identity becomes more and more dependent on what God wants me to be each day, as I attempt to grow deeper in the knowledge of Him. I am a wife to Mike, and mom to six children, aged 11 – 29. I came to faith later in life; thus I spent many of my younger adult years learning how best NOT to live. I am truly grateful that we serve a loving, merciful, and just Father; I would not be where I am today without His mercy!
I have home schooled for eight years, counting the three years I taught preschool to my daughter and children in my home-based child care. I have been teaching elementary education and above since 2010. My first year to teach elementary began in 2010, when my daughter started kindergarten and my son began fourth grade. They are now in the fifth and ninth grade, so I am taking my first tentative steps of home schooling high school!
Before working from home and home schooling, I worked outside the home, primarily in accounting and office administrative roles, while my school-age children attended public school. Raising a toddler, an elementary student, a middle school student, and two high school students was tough for a mom who worked full time, and my prayer time had become very focused on this feeling that I had to find a way to be more present with my family, as I was away from home nearly 12 hours a day, five days a week. One morning in September 2007, I remember crying out to God to help me know where he wanted me, because I missed my family and I loved my job. Additionally, my job provided a much needed income and phenomenal benefits for my family. I remember having some concerns over minor daycare issues and shedding a few tears on the way to work, but I felt peace that God would show me what His plan was. A few hours later I, along with my co-workers from the accounting department, was requested to attend a meeting with our CEO and my supervisor. When I walked in, I knew immediately something was important from the somber faces, and what appeared to be tears in both of their eyes. The company was downsizing, and the three of us were given seven weeks notice to finalize everything for our department. All accounting functions from the Dallas division were to be transferred to New York, where their department was already performing the work for the other three U.S. branches. I had a surge of fear and panic, and then was overtaken by a complete calm. I had my answer. I couldn’t help but laugh through my tears; God did want me to be home with my family and I was finally certain of that.
In November 2007, I began working from home, running a small, home child care. It didn’t take me long to realize how much I loved teaching at home! I had always remained as active with my children’s education as possible. Therefore once I began staying home and working from home, I truly felt called to teach my children from home! As my older children continued in and graduated from public school, I began home schooling my youngest two. Because of my love for the students in our community, and my uncertainty that I could really “do” this home school thing, I ran and was elected to serve on the school board from 2010 to 2013. This is how I came to meet Tim Lambert. I attended a school board convention in Austin, Texas, where I had been intrigued to attend a lecture entitled “The Home School Feud.” I had visited the THSC website many times, but that day I was able to see a little of the work that THSC does–in action. I remember watching an entire room of somewhat combative public school administrators and school board members soften their tone after sitting through the presentation, which included a discussion from Tim Lambert. During his presentation, he discussed the benefits of bridging the gap between public schools and the home school families in their districts. I began paying more attention to the issues that THSC supports after that, and really lifting this organization up in prayer. I have often used the website for helpful information for members of my home school support group and co-op for which I serve as the director, Grace Christian Educators, and for me.
I am so amazed at the way our Father is strategic, and seems to place a challenge before me at just the right time, because He knows that I am about to need this training in the next chapter of my life. The last few years I have served as director of our home school co-op, so I truly am on this journey with you as a leader of a co-op and support group. I have stayed up late reading the stories of some of the leaders who have been selected as leader of the year, and I wish I could sit with every one of you over a cup of coffee for a few hours and hear your precious stories! I can’t wait to begin a working relationship with other home school leaders across Texas, and help bridge gaps and build relationships between THSC and Texas home school families! I also look forward to getting to know everyone at THSC and learning about all the people who help make the work of this ministry possible!
If you are a member of a home school support group, I want to hear from you! You may send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to submit your group’s current information so that I can reach you and place your group’s information on our database for other Texas home school families. Check out our support group listing to confirm your listing is correct and make additions or changes as necessary.
Also, are you a member? Please consider membership for you personally and your group, and encourage your members to join THSC!