All because my daughter Michelle – who has autism, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, borderline intellectual disability, and various medical conditions – said, “Mom, I want my story to help other children like me…
Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. is an author, speaker, and creator with Memoria Press of the Simply Classical Curriculum, a full-year series designed for children with special learning needs. Cheryl and her husband homeschooled their adopted twins (both with autism, learning disabilities, and mental illness) from the children’s infancy through high school. The children’s love of history, literature, and Latin persuaded Cheryl of the benefits a classical education for any child.
With a master’s degree in special education, lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, Cheryl has studied in a university Occupational Therapy program, tutored, taught in early childhood classrooms and private special school summer programs, helped implement an innovative inclusion program among twelve elementary schools, spoken at her state’s Council for Exceptional Children Conference, led I.E.P. meetings, and conducted assessments on behalf of children with
special needs. Yet her most humbling education came through her own twins at home.
Author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child (Memoria Press, 2013), Cheryl is perhaps most pleased with the response to the Simply Classical Curriculum voted #1 in Special Needs (Old Schoolhouse Magazine) in 2016 for the second year. Cheryl has spoken in Michigan, Wyoming, California, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and in her home state of Missouri.
Cheryl serves as writer for The Classical Teacher, advisor to the Classical Latin School Association, editor of the Classical Lutheran Education Journal, member of the LCMS President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Lutheran Education, and lifetime member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education.
Cheryl lives with her husband of more than 25 years and their forgiving and forbearing adult twins, Michael and Michelle, in a wooded community where they can all swim in the lake, grow spinach and kale in their backyard garden, and stargaze on blankets in the open field.
Jeannie Fulbright is a certified Christian Life Coach and a mother of four with a love for God’s Word, her family, homeschooling and encouraging parents and teens to pursue their calling with passion and purpose. Of her four children, only one remains at home. Her oldest daughter graduated from homeschooling in 2012, attended the University of Georgia on scholarship and graduated from UGA Magna Cum Laude. Jeannie's sons are students at Georgia Southern University and her youngest is in high school.
Jeannie earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Texas and is finishing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Fairfield University. She and her husband Jeff, a practicing lawyer, lived in Texas and California before settling in Georgia. Jeannie began speaking and writing in college as a sportscaster for the University of Texas radio and a headline writer with the Daily Texan. Since then, she has focused on building up the Christian community through teaching marriage classes with her husband and writing Bible studies. For years Jeannie has enriched and ministered to the homeschool community through speaking at conventions, blogging, writing articles for various publications and authoring a best-selling elementary science series.
After her homeschool journey began, Jeannie discerned an immense need for Creation-based, scientifically sound, engaging and easy-to-use science curricula. Her background in science at the University of Texas, as well as her writing experience, inspired her to create the Apologia Young Explorer courses. To make the homeschool journey even easier, Jeannie has recorded audios for almost all of her textbooks. Currently, she is creating College Yes U, a series of books to help students not only navigate high school and the tricky college admissions process, but to succeed in college once they've landed on campus. In her limited spare time, Jeannie dabbles in fiction, penning novels in several genres.
Jake MacAulay serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), an educational outreach that presents the founders’ “American View” of law and government. IOTC has produced thousands of graduates in all 50 states with a full understanding of the Biblical principles on which America’s founding documents are based.
The former co-host of the syndicated talk show, The Sons of Liberty, he is an ordained minister and has spoken to audiences nation-wide, and has established the American Club, a constitutional study group in public and private schools.
Jake has been seen on Yahoo News, Fox News, The Blaze, AP, CBS, NBC, The Weekly Standard, and more.
Carolyn Simonds has been actively involved in HOME's ministry for many years. She is a veteran homeschool mom of six children. Carolyn serves as a teacher and mentor to other HOME leaders, and plays a leadership role in a number of HOME events and endeavors.
Kathi has served on the HOME Board for many years. She has worked with homeschooling families in Maine for more than 30 years, and helped to author Maine’s homeschool law. Kathi teaches gifted & talented students in Maine, is a Professional Associate with the Gifted Development Center in Denver, and teaches online courses for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Chris and his wife, Tiffany, are founders and pastors of Life Source Ministries in Brunswick, ME. They have served within HOME's ministry as coordinators in various areas for a number of years, and currently serve as HOME Board Members. For Chris and Tiffany, homeschooling was a decision of faith made together before having children. They have a heart for helping families build healthy homes, as well as fighting for parental rights. Chris and Tiffany reside in Georgetown, ME with their seven children.
Raylene has been homeschooling since 2001, when she withdrew her oldest child, now a homeschool graduate, from public school. Raylene continues to homeschool her teen-aged son. She has been serving within HOME's ministry since 2005 in a variety of capacities. Currently, she is a local homeschool group leader and serves HOME as a Virtual Office Assistant, helping to coordinate many projects. Raylene is also the founder and lead educational facilitator of Creation Exploration Ministry. Raylene resides in Camden, Maine, with her husband, Dr. Thomas Kane and her son.
Bill is a homeschool dad, member of the HOME Leadership Team, a software entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. He and his wife, Ruth, reside in Greene, Maine.