After 25 years homeschooling my own 5 children, I’ve now graduated the last one. All have gone on to college -most with scholarships- and all graduated! My oldest two are now parents themselves so I have many more years ahead in which to read wonderful books to and with children!
This will be my 18th year to teach at PREP, where I also serve as a coordinator. In addition, I work with the CIRCE Institute as a classical writing instructor, author, and teaching mentor.
I lean toward the Christian Classical Education philosophy, with its emphasis on a liberal arts education that can serve all students in whatever path they may take. I believe, along with British educator Charlotte Mason, that education is “an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” My goal is to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning, teach the habits of a disciplined student, and model a lifestyle of learning and thinking that goes beyond the boundaries of formal schooling.
Through reading carefully and writing thoughtfully, students can exercise those faculties which prepare them to wisely focus on the true, the good, and the beautiful.
I attended both the University of Arizona and the University of Houston. A lifelong love of words has led me to such various places as the National Spelling Bee (1976), Jeopardy! (2008), and the chance to be published in several homeschool related books and magazines. My family and I are members of Christ Church (PCA) in Katy, Texas.
About My Classes:
I believe in reading carefully and thoroughly. We read full length works whenever possible and study them in depth. At the same time, I believe in choosing works that are not only representative of the “best of the best” but also offer hope and encouragement. I view writing not as a “fact to be mastered” but as a “skill to be coached.” Compositions are crafted from the ground up and the process is as important as the final product. Students have a chance to work until they demonstrate mastery. Responsibility and accountability are very much a part of my requirements and I send out periodic grade reports to keep you updated.
PREP Classes: Bringing Parents and Teachers Together
One of the benefits of a being part of a large homeschooling community is the chance to have our children learn from other adults in other environments. As a satisfied homeschooling mother of 5, I can honestly say that without a program like PREP, our family’s education would not be the same. After participating as a parent, I became an instructor with the program. I am privileged to be involved in the lives of homeschooled young people. They are truly a blessing and a joy to teach.