Written by Ashley Lawson, and Dennis and Amanda Compton of Sugar Creek Christian Home Educators (SCCHE)
Dennis and his wife Amanda have been married for almost 19 years. They were wed in 1996, and have three children: Justin, age 14, Grace, age 12, and Noah, age 10. They began home schooling when their oldest was four. Amanda taught Justin to read and when she approached Dennis about home schooling he told her, “Well, we can’t mess up preschool.”
The schools in their area were terrible, and neither were anxious to put their children in the hands of the local school district. Amanda read every book she could find about how to home school because she didn’t know anyone who did. They started doing school at home in September 2005.
When Amanda was asked how she and Dennis came to be in leadership, she replied, “It’s funny, but I once took a spiritual gifts test given by our pastor just before beginning home schooling. He said the test showed I wasn’t cut out for leadership roles. Dennis has always been a born leader! When we moved from Illinois (where we were for nine years and our kids were all born), we found a home school group in our new area and immediately began offering ideas for new programs. The leaders at the time basically said, ‘Great idea! Thanks for heading up this new program!’ From there we just stepped up to help more and were voted onto the board in 2011.”
Dennis and Amanda began in leadership of Sugar Creek Christian Home Educators (SCCHE) in the 2011/2012 school year as vice-presidents, and spent a year observing the presidents of the group. The following year they were voted in as presidents of SCCHE, where they continue to serve.
They both love home schooling and plan to continue all the way through high school with their three children. “It is because we have such a passion for home schooling and parent-driven education that we enjoy serving in SCCHE. We get to meet new home schoolers, encourage them, and support their pursuits in their children’s education,” explains Amanda.
Amanda couldn’t have summed up my heart for serving home school leaders any better! I feel the same way she does about the amazing group leaders I meet. I recently had the pleasure of visiting with the Comptons at the Gala in Houston, Texas, along with some other leaders from near the Houston area. It is easy to see how deserving the Comptons are of this award!
Do you know a group leader serving your group with the same love and dedication as Dennis and Amanda Compton? He or she could be selected as Leader of the Year in 2016. Please be sure your group members nominate your deserving leader for the 2016 North Texas or South Texas Leader of the Year!
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