Kelly Beedle has been educating her children at home for over 15 years, beginning with kindergarten and all the way through graduation. Two have completed high school, three are still homeschooling. Kelly delights in following the Lord’s design for a wife and mother. Her focus is in supporting her husband in the family’s efforts in church ministry, outreach, hospitality, home businesses and skill building with the children. Creative school schedules, meal organization, and growth together in grace and flexibility are a part of trying to get it all done.
Christy Cloud has been married for 26 years to a wonderful man who has been such a blessing to her. She is thankful for their six amazing children, three terrific sons-in-law, one precious granddaughter, and one more grandbaby on the way! Christy has been a homeschool mom for almost two decades, and she leans heavily on the Lord Jesus Christ for daily strength. He is always faithful and good! Christy loves to laugh, sing, and play games with her family and friends.
Lynette Criddle started homeschooling her oldest child in 1989. She’s graduated 8 and has 2 more to go. She has been teaching on parenting and child training for nearly 30 years. She has 4 grown children, 4 in college this fall and 2 in high school. She and her husband Alan have a passion for pouring into this next generation.
Jennie Dagerath is veteran homeschool mom of four boys, ages 15-22. Due to the influence of their pastor and some dear friends, Jennie and her husband, Michael, decided to homeschool even before they had children. Their primary reason for homeschooling was to encourage a strong family and to ensure their values were both taught and demonstrated on a daily basis to their children. She began her homeschool journey in 1999, in Tennessee and continued when the family moved back to Texas in 2008. Since 2008, Jennie and her family have partnered with Classical Conversations on their homeschooling journey. Jennie has been a Classical Conversations Challenge (high school level) director, practicum speaker, and trainer throughout Texas. She has also led workshops around Texas encouraging and equipping parents to homeschool through high school with Classical Conversations. In addition to serving with Classical Conversations, Jennie and her husband, Michael, serve on the board of directors at FEAST, and the leadership board at their church in San Antonio, where Jennie sings on the worship team. Jennie also loves serving as a doula. She enjoys reading, couponing, studying natural food & medicine, watching HGTV and living in the country with her “farm”ily of chickens, goats, dogs and cats. Above all, Jennie loves being a wife to Michael and mom to her boys (Jonathan, Jeremy, Jeffrey and Josiah). It is her passion and delight to encourage other moms in their homeschool journey to do it all joyfully and for the glory of the Lord.
Sheryl Hurlin has been married to her husband, Bill, for 22 years. They have 7 children ages 4 to 18. They have been home schooling since their eldest, now a college graduate, was a preschooler. She likes to share with others the things the Lord has taught her along her home schooling journey. She is currently helping her teens plan and achieve their high school and college goals. She encourages other homeschoolers to earn college credit through CLEPs and DSSTs. Other than home schooling and spending time with her family, she enjoys sewing, gardening, praise music, Bible study and reading. She also enjoys sitting on the front porch drinking iced coffee and chatting with her teenagers. Sheryl would love to answer your questions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Macias is a writer, speaker, and teacher. A homeschool mom since 1993, she now writes and speaks to build strength and courage in women to faithfully follow Jesus, serve their families, and build the Kingdom. Susan’s first book, “UNCEASING: How To Conquer Worry And Pray With Power’ will be published August, 2017. Married to her college sweetheart for 33 years, Nathan and Susan have seven children. You can find Susan at her blog: susankmacias.com.
Trudy Palmer has a love for her students and believes that anyone can be given the gift of reading and a love for learning. She is the founder and director of AACE, Inc., “Friday School,” which originally began in her home over 22 years ago. She is the author of the Gift of Reading program, an intensive phonics program, which has been translated into Korean and is used to teach English as-a-Second-Language in numerous foreign countries and used in Chuck Colson’s prison ministry. She has 30+ years experience working with the language and learning disabled as she has worked with students labeled autistic, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexic, ADD, ADHD, hyperactive, language disabled, those with language/auditory/visual processing differences, hearing and speech impaired, and handicapped. Trudy homeschooled her four children and holds a BS degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish and certifications in Bilingual Ed and ESL. Her phonics program is currently used by many home schoolers throughout this nation and Canada and was reviewed by Mary Pride and Cathy Duffy. In addition, numerous private and public educators, speech therapists, and special education teachers have chosen to use her program. She was a public school educator and co-authored a writing curriculum for Northside Independent School District. She currently has a private tutoring business in San Antonio and teaches at Friday School. For 15 years, Trudy traveled and spoke at educational conferences around the country. Teaching Home Magazine named her one of the “Top 100 Speakers in America.” In 2007, she was honored to be nominated to receive The Distinguished Alumna Award from Southwest Texas State University, her alma mater.