Tim Lambert, president of Texas Home School Coalition (the state home school support organization since 1986), has been involved in home school leadership in Texas since 1984. He and his wife Lyndsay taught their four now-grown children at home for 16 years, graduating the last two in 2000. As the head of the organization for the leading home school state in the country, Tim is recognized as an authority on home education issues in Texas.
Lyndsay Lambert, a graduate of Texas Tech University, home schooled her four now-grown children for sixteen years. She assisted Tim, her husband of over thirty-five years, in serving the home school community, first in helping to start and lead their local support group and, from 1990 – 2013, in running the Texas Home School Coalition, the state organization committed to serving Texas home schoolers.
Lyndsay also blogs on her own website.
Stephen Howsley, Public Relations Manager, Since graduating home school in 2013, Stephen has attended classes at Richland College, where he plans to complete his general education requirements before transferring to Texas A&M, where he plans to study business and political science. He hopes to go to University of Texas Southwestern Medical School to study cardiology. In addition to interfacing with nearly 40 legislators, Stephen also writes press releases, gives interviews, and works with the press.
Joshua Newman, Grassroots Coordinator, is a 2014 home school graduate and plans to pursue a career in computer science, though he intends to remain active in politics. Josh’s role on the THSC Watchmen team consists of communicating with the offices of 33 representatives and senators, keeping the public up-to-date with the progress of the session, finding those who can testify in committee for or against a bill during the session, and coordinating public responses to bills that come through the legislature.
Born in California, Jeremy soon moved to Texas with his family at an early age. As the third of six children, Jeremy graduated as a life-long home school student and now lives in Dallas, where he teaches Lincoln Douglas debate in the NCFCA, a national home school speech and debate league. Jeremy worked as a policy analyst on the 2013 Watchmen team and began working full time as the Director of Public Policy for THSC in the fall of 2013.
Kay Orr, THSC Leader Liaison, is a home school mother of 5 and has been married to Chris for 23 years. She has a love and respect for home school support group leaders that stems from her own time as a local support group leader. In addition to serving leaders, she serves on the THSC Events team as the Speaker Liaison and Event Planner.
Peggy Ployhar, as the Texas Home School Coalition’s Special Needs Consultant, leads the special needs ministry for THSC. This ministry includes consultations, event speaking, relevant blogging and the Special Buddies® program at THSC Conventions.
Peggy is the former MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) Special Needs Coordinator whose home school journey started when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
Peggy, her husband Doug, and their three children (18, 16, and 11) live and home school in Conroe, TX.
Leslie Stevens, former THSC Special Needs Consultant, and her husband have two adult children whom they home schooled. In 2008, THSC approached Texas Special Kids and Grace Community Church about helping to develop a program for children with special needs that would run in conjunction with the Children’s Program. Leslie was on the Board of Texas Special Kids and the Director of Special Needs at Grace Community Church in Lindale, Texas. From this meeting, Special Buddies was created, and now is in its eighth year. In 2013 Leslie resigned her position of eight years to be at home with her youngest daughter, Kirsten. Kirsten is a medically fragile child with Down syndrome and Autism. Leslie is the Director of Special Buddies and has been since its inception.
Isaac Sommers, Lead Policy Liaison, since graduating from home school in 2014, Isaac has attended Howard Payne University, where he is part of the Honors Academy. He is double majoring in public policy and social sciences, with an emphasis on jurisprudence. Isaac plans to attend law school after he graduates. As the lead policy liaison this session, Isaac’s responsibilities include working closely with a number of state senators and representatives; analyzing thousands of pieces of legislation; drafting bills and amendments to bills; writing and coordinating letters to various government officials, requesting policy change; and overseeing THSC’s legislative session policy team.