So what about me?
I have three amazingly weird and wild children, all at various stages in their life. My oldest is a English major at a small liberal arts college in Vermont, where she interprets 13th century Catalan manuscripts for fun (not kidding!), and will graduate in 2018. My middle daughter is a United States Marine, and is pretty bad-ass in all she tackles in life. My youngest son is still being homeschooled and enters the highschool years in the fall. He adores video editing, and is self-professed MacGyver (remember that TV series?), by trade.
My husband has been my love since our highschool days, and for the past twenty-six years. I have dreams of moving to a farm, but for now we live with an array of both yard and house pets, and try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to grow organic vegetables. Mostly, I plant seeds in my green house and watch them not grow, because playing in the dirt shouldn’t be just for kids!
I love writing.
I love homeschooling.
I love creating new things.
I consider it a miracle that I get to be involved with all three every day.
P.S. I hoard homeschool curriculum.
No, really I do.
What I enjoy most is coaching new families—being the person to help families realize their own skills, talents, and deep bravery when it comes to homeschooling.
But the success of any homeschooling family doesn’t just lie with the coach.
Great coaches know that families have many different needs, and help to them to craft a vision of home education that suits their lifestyle and own philosophy of education. Great coaches help families find their own power, help them plan the future, and help them live in the moment, to maximize their child’s potential.
Together, we will remove obstacles and devise strategies that will help empower you to transcend any challenge that makes its way into your path.
So who am I?
Early on, I was a Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit Nurse and held advanced certification in Neurosurgical and Critical Care Nursing. But when I got to the point where my oldest was struggling in school, was miserable, and failing most subjects; I had to make changes, and fast. Add in a diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome, and well, things came crashing down pretty hard for our family. I learned all I could about Tourette’s, and about homeschooling, and then those two worlds collided perfectly.
I grew up in Connecticut in a large, Brady Bunch type family. Although, we never had a maid named Alice!
I spent over seven years as the Executive Director of one of the largest homeschooling groups in Rhode Island. It became a place for me to share my love of homeschooling with others. A place to nurture my creative energy. Leading the homeschool group allowed me to meet thousands of families, and customize homeschooling plans for their unique needs.
I have been the keynote speaker at homeschool graduation ceremonies, given Homeschooling Through Highschool Workshops, and my favorite, Homeschool 101 Workshops — Getting Past the Fear, across the United States.
After more than a decade involved in the homeschooling world and helping homeschooling families, my book, Out of the Box Learning~Empowering YOU On Your Homeschool Journey, was published in January 2017. Part memoir, part homeschool how-to blueprint for homeschoolers, Out of the Box Learning is an essential guide for both experienced and brand new homeschoolers.
Today, I live in Rhode Island where I enjoy blogging, gardening and dabbling in my next book release!
Homeschooling can seem overwhelming, and the journey to home education is not always easy. Whether you are new to homeschooling or well-experienced, Out of the Box Learning~Empowering YOU On Your Homeschool Journey, has something for everyone.
Join me as I share my own story of heartbreak, joy, chaos, perseverance, and finally, success; on the muddy path to homeschooling.
Out of the Box Learning is both heartfelt memoir, and step-by-step guide to alternative learning through homeschooling. Out of the Box Learning will inspire readers to rethink the landscape and purpose of education, when we fully trust our kids as inherent learners.