Monthly Contributors


Alysha V. Mitchell – Fine Arts and Writing

Alysha is a wife, teacher, and creative writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Covenant College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. Her love of Story fuels her desire to learn more about her Savior through the medium of the written word. It is her hope to ignite the same passion in others. She believes literature is an incredible medium in which one may explore the underlying current of man’s rebellion and the Creator’s fierce love for his wayward children.  Alysha writes at Faith and Fantasy.

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Andrea Thorpe

Andrea is a Christian, life long Jersey girl, blessed wife, and mother of three darling daughters. She maintains a blog at Embracing Him, where she writes about faith, family, food, and homeschooling. A former public school teacher turned passionate home educator, Andrea loves teaching her lively trio in the comfort of their home. When not homeschooling or working at her computer, Andrea can be found hanging out with friends and family, serving in the children’s ministries at her church, cheering loudly at track meets and soccer games, cooking up great dishes in the kitchen, and zipping down the highway in her well-loved minivan.


Angela Parsley – Encouragement and Special Needs

Angela Parsley describes herself as an ordinary girl loved by an extraordinary God! She is a coffee lover to a fault, mother of 3 children ranging in age from 5 – 12, and wife to an amazing husband, author, and Bible teacher. She spends her time managing her family but in her free time she likes to write at her blog You can also find her at Comfort in the Midst of Chaos, a special needs blog and Life Letter Cafe, an encouragement blog.


Ashley Wiggers – Encouragement

Ashley Wiggers grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her late mother, Debbie Strayer, who was an educator, speaker and the author of numerous homeschooling materials. It was through Debbie’s encouragement and love that Ashley learned the value of being homeschooled. Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine, Public Relations Director for Geography Matters and the author of the Profiles from History series. Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her husband, Alex, and their faithful Golden Retriever, Mandy.


Barbara Postma – Encouragement

Barbara Postma is the wife to Chris, the mom to seven (ages 15 to 5), a worship leader, and a women’s ministry leader in her church, and a freelance writer and editor (including writer and editor for HSLDA Canada). Barbara has written a book of scripture-inspired prayers for moms (available on Amazon Hear My Prayers), and is completing a book on her experience with Post-partum Depression. Between lunches and lessons, Barbara blogs at Fuel by Barbara ( )


Belinda Bullard – Encouragement

Belinda is a wife and homeschooling mother of three, Belinda is an author and the owner of A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources, a literature-based history curriculum featuring African-American presence in history, as well as the contributions of other races to American history. A chemical engineer by formal education, she also serves as adjunct faculty for college distance learning programs. Belinda blogs at Simply Belinda and Chronicles of a Blessed Heritage.


Charlene Notgrass – Encouragement

Charlene Notgrass is a Christian, a homeschool veteran, and a writer. She oversees curriculum development for Notgrass Company. She is the author of America the Beautiful and co-author of Uncle Sam and You. Both are one-year courses for grades 5-8. Charlene created A Record of the Learning Lifestyle and the Draw to Learn series. Her current events courses include Celebrate ThanksgivingCelebrate the Savior, and Olympic Games. Her curriculum is available at Notgrass. 

Charlene has always loved being a mother and is now relishing the role of grandmother. Charlene enjoys working with children, especially in her annual role as assistant director for her daughter Mary Evelyn’s historical dramas performed by homeschooled children. She is madly in love with her husband Ray, whom she married in 1974.

Charlene loves to encourage homeschooling mothers, whether speaking at homeschool conferences, counseling mothers individually, or writing her daily blog, Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers.


Diana Barto

Married to her high-school sweetheart for 18 years, Diana Barto is a homeschooling mom of two daughters. She lives in Minnesota and is a baker, shutterbug and sweet tea sipper in her spare time. You can follow her blog at



Elizabeth Curry – Encouragement

Elizabeth Curry is on year 14 of homeschooling her 9 children (with #10 arriving via China at some point next year). Devoted bookworms all, it’s not surprising that much of the learning that happens centers around whatever chapter book is being read. When she isn’t taking care of children or reading, she enjoys sewing, cooking, and writing. Her life of following Jesus with many children in the Big, Ugly House is chronicled at Ordinary Time.


Heather Woodie – Encouragement and Homeschool Methods

Heather Woodie is a homeschooling mom of four children ranging from high school to elementary school. She is a former middle school and high school biology teacher with a BS in biological sciences and a MS in curriculum and instruction secondary education. She and her husband Dan homeschool to allow their kids to pour into their passions giving them extraordinary experiences while still being enchanted by the everyday. Heather blogs at Blog She Wrote where you can read about their homeschooling adventures.


Julie Hiramine

Julie Hiramine is the Founder and Executive Director of the ministry Generations of Virtue that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. As an internationally noted speaker, author and Christian leader, Julie has encouraged and impacted parents and teens both in the US and internationally through her speaking and written materials. Julie graduated from Pepperdine University with dual Bachelors’ degrees in Non Profit Business Management and Sociology. Julie’s background in youth ministry has shaped her into a passionate advocate for raising the next generation to fulfill their God-given destinies. Julie is based with her husband, Kay, and family in Colorado Springs, Colorado and at their other home in Conesus, New York. Julie is homeschooling her five daughters: Brianna, Stacia, Alissa, Hana and Mikayla.


Justin Gregoire

Justin was homeschooled for his last two years of high school and went to college afterwards, only to come back with a 2-year General Ed degree.  Justin has dedicated much of his time to his blog, Homeschool College Navigator, to help homeschoolers (that is, the ones being homeschooled) prepare for college, or even decide whether or not they should go to college at all.


Karen Costello

A veteran homeschooler of 30 years, Karen has been married 37 years,has 4 children (three of whom are grown,married and have already started homeschooling their own children) and is still teaching her 16 year old. Karen has written a book, “Go Fly a Kite: Ten Surprising Strategies For  Success in Your Homeschool” which was featured in WORLD magazine.She has educated a doctor, a nurse, and an accountant, but cannot balance her own checkbook and is queasy at the sight of blood.She loves encouraging  homeschooling moms in their marriages, their child-training, and in their time management. Visit Karen’s website for her blog, homeschooling resources and parenting tips.


Karen DeBeus – Encouragement

God called Karen to homeschool when her oldest was about to enter kindergarten. After thinking, “I could NEVER do THAT!” God had other plans…She obeyed the call and is now, not only loving homeschooling, she is passionate about educating others about homeschooling and encouraging families along the way. Karen is the author 3 ebooks, Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool, Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool, and Bible Based Homeschooling.  She blogs at Simply Living…for Him and Bible Based Homeschooling.


Lainie Magsarili

Lainie is wife to Karl, and mom to 17,15, and 13 year old children. She has been educating at home for eight years and counting. Although her cyberpresence has faded during these busy teen years, her home school journey can be found at Mishmash Maggie ( and devotional podcast, Pause and Ponder, on iTunes. She enjoys teaching women’s bible studies with her local church, as well as, sewing, cooking, knitting, and is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


LaToya Edwards

LaToya is a single, homeschooling mom of two bouncing boys. She lives for the quiet moments of the day which are few and far between with two rambunctious young men running around the house. She strives each day to life fully for God and although she often falls short she is determined to stay the course. She wants to encourage women to always follow the Lord’s direction and path for their lives not matter the circumstance. You can find additional writings by LaToya on Learning to Let Him Lead.

Lee Binz

Lee Binz – High School and College Preparation

Lee Binz, The HomeScholar is a dynamic homeschool speaker and author. She is an expert on how to craft a winning homeschool transcript and get the big scholarships. Lee understands what it takes to graduate homeschool students who are fully prepared for college and for life. Her practical advice and organized presentations have helped thousands of homeschool parents muster up the courage to complete their homeschooling journey. Lee’s mission is to encourage and equip parents to homeschool through high school. Sign up for her free monthly homeschool e-newsletter, The HomeScholar Record, at where you can also get a daily dose of high school help. Check out the Freebies tab packed with training materials for homeschooling parents while you’re there, including her free mini-course, “How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School.” You can also chat with her on Facebook at and Pinterest at Learn more about college admission and scholarships with College Admission and Scholarships Book by Lee Binz, The HomeScholar.


Lori Lane – Music and Fine Arts

Lori and John Lane have been married 29 years and live on a ranch in the beautiful Colorado Rockies where John coaches the local high school baseball team, runs the ranch, and works with Artios Academies. They have four sons ranging in age from twenty-six down to fourteen, two beautiful daughter-in-loves, and a precious granddaughter. Lori is the author of the book, Beginning With The End In Mind, and the founder and executive director of Artios Academies. The Lane family oversees the ministry of Heart of the Matter Online. You can follow Lori at The End in Mind where she blogs about a variety of topics including life on the ranch, arts education, a Biblical worldview of education, home education and more. Her blog also offers many free resources to encourage you on your journey.


Lorrie Young – Encouragement

Lorrie is a former nurse turned homeschooling mom of three under the age of 8. She adamantly declares the two best decisions she has ever made were accepting the Lord as her Savior, and marrying her best friend and husband Ben. She is passionate about writing, family, flowers and Jesus. She primarily spends her time managing the homefront, but in her spare moments you might find her scouring garage sales for good deals, reading a book on the porch or enjoying a long walk with a friend.  She is the leader of the Women’s Ministry at her local church, and she blogs about her life, and the lessons God has taught her along the way at  Life and Lessons Learned.


Mary Kate Warner – Homeschool Crafts

Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove - You can often find her writing about Christian Motherhood, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God.



Melinda Boring

Melinda has been married to Scott for 25 years and has three homeschooled children. Her 22 yr. old son and 21 yr. old daughter graduated from home school in 2006, leaving Melinda an “empty desker” of two along with her 17 year old daughter who will graduate in 2011. Two of her children and her husband have been diagnosed with AD/HD. The children also deal with auditory processing disorders and sensory processing challenges. The name “Boring” just doesn’t fit this family and Melinda shares many humorous moments in her speaking and writing endeavors. Melinda is the author of Heads Up Helping and has been a contributing author to multiple publications. She is a workshop presenter with a passion for helping struggling learners and providing practical strategies, compassion, and understanding for those with special needs. Melinda is also a speech/language pathologist with over 25 years experience and the owner of Heads Up, a company with products for those who learn differently. You can find her blog at the Heads Up website, where she writes as “Heads Up Mom”.


Misty Bailey

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook andPinterest.


Rachael Yunis – Science

Rachael is the Director of Apologia Science, and her husband, Dr. Sam Yunis, an engineer at NASA, have always homeschooled their three sons. Rachael has a Masters degree in Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology, over ten years experience in molecular genetic research, and publication in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals.  A second Masters degree in Biomedical Ethics led to a career as a science writer, as well as, her current position at Apologia. She has volunteered on hospital ethics committees, worked for the American Medical Association’s Institute for Ethics, written articles for the Alzheimer’s Association, and speaks on science, ethics, and homeschooling topics.  She is also a co-author of Apologia’s The Human Body, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, 2nd Edition.


Ray Notgrass – History

Ray Notgrass is a Christian, a veteran homeschooling dad, and a writer. He is the president of Notgrass Company. Ray is the author of Exploring AmericaExploring World HistoryExploring Government, and Exploring Economics, all for high school. Ray is also co-author of Uncle Sam and You, Exploring Tennessee, and Exploring Georgia curricula for middle school. Ray was in ministry for twenty-two years before launching Notgrass Company in 1999. His materials are available at Notgrass Company.

Ray enjoys reading and listening to classic literature and biographies, traveling, spending time with his children and their spouses, and admiring his grandchildren, to whom he is “Notty.” Ray is deeply in love with his wife Charlene.


Rea Berg – Great Literature

Rea Berg enjoys organic gardening, travel to historic sites (especially Paris!), dance and yoga. One of her favorite pastimes is discovering classic children’s books in old bookshops. Rea has a bachelor’s degree in English from Simmons College and in 2006 earned a master’s degree in children’s literature at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston, where she was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. Rea founded Beautiful Feet Books in 1984 to provide quality literature to the home schooling market. She speaks around the country on the joy of discovering history through literature and has written numerous guides on this topic, which have garnered acclaim in the home education community. Along with her husband Russell, she has brought back into print many classic works of children’s literature. The Beautiful Feet Books website is and Rea can be emailed at Rea is a columnist for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and blogs on children’s literature on Rea Berg’s Book Blog.


Sharon Jeffus – Art

Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in Art Education from John Brown University and continued on in her studies to get certified to teach English from the University of Arkansas.  She studied painting at Metropolitan in Denver and sculpting at Southern Illinois University.  She has written over twenty books and has the internationally known company, Visual Manna. Sharon wrote her first book in 1992 and developed the Visual Manna teaching method where art is integrated with art appreciation, techniques, vocabulary and core subjects. You can find her at Visual Manna Art Programs and she is also doing art intensives at Landry Academy.


Victoria Huizinga – Physical Fitness

Victoria is a homeschooling mom of three who writes at Snail Pace Transformations with the mission of helping moms find the time and money they need to pursue their passions while maintaining harmony in their homes. Her own passions include running, biking and knitting. You can find her at Snail Pace Transformations.

Wally Long – Communication, Speech and Prodigals

Wally Long and his wife have home-schooled all 8 of their children. They have been homeschooling for over 24 years now. The Longs hosted and organized homeschool conventions and support groups in Springfield, MO in the early 1990′s. Wally served our country as a US Marine for 10 years and worked as a Federal Correctional Officer for over 20 years, a career from which he is now happily retired. Wally currently assists in the education of the remaining children. In his “free” time, Wally uses his gifts to preach, teach, write, give motivational speeches and teach Public Speaking.