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HSLDA's High School Consultants
Sometimes teaching high school may seem like a whole new ball game, whether you are an experienced homeschooler or a brand new one. On those days when you are discouraged and need a listening ear, or you are confused and would like a sounding board on curriculum options, or you are trying to determine where to go for additional help, if you are an HSLDA member you can call (540) 338-5600 or email one of HSLDA's high school consultants. They will direct you to helpful resources, give you some pros and cons of various curricula, and most importantly, refresh you with a reassuring word. All four of HSLDA's high school consultants have walked in your shoes, and they understand what life is like in the trenches of homeschooling through high school!
Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their son from 1st–12th grade and their daughter from K–12 using a variety of teaching options. The Becker’s son has just completed a master’s degree in Information Technology from Virginia Tech after completing a BS in Systems Engineering at UVA, and their daughter earned a BA with Highest Distinction in French from UVA. As a new High School Consultant for HSLDA, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.
During Carol’s homeschooling years, she established two homeschool cooperatives. The first encompassed History/Geography/Drama and ran for eleven years accommodating students from grades 2-12. With a BS and MS in Engineering, Carol also has a passion for science, which led her to form and direct a science cooperative when her son entered the high-school years. She successfully guided a group of dedicated mothers and homeschooled scholars through Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Convinced that homeschoolers must develop and hone analytical writing skills, Carol has shepherded two different groups of homeschooled students through a three-year original high-school English program consisting of Composition I with Lit., Composition II with American Lit., and British Lit. She also taught Algebra I & 2 and Geometry. Over the past eight years, Carol has coached high school juniors and seniors from the public schools to successfully tame the Timed SAT Writing essay, and she currently tutors writing students from middle school, high school, and community college.
Stacey’s childhood dream of becoming a teacher was fulfilled by homeschooling her two sons and two daughters from K-12. She and her husband, Daryl, graduated their youngest child in 2013 after more than 20 years of homeschooling using a variety of teaching styles and curriculums. All of their children went on to college, have successful careers, are married, and (bonus!) plan to homeschool. Stacey is greatly enjoying her growing family, especially her four grandbabies—the first of many, Lord willing!
In addition to serving on the HSLDA High School and Toddlers To Tweens Consultant teams, Stacey fills her “homeschool retirement years” with tutoring students in her favorite subjects (English, reading, and writing), offering professional home and office organizing services, serving as co-coordinator of a local homeschool support group, and pursuing her passion for natural health and nutrition.
Stacey is particularly passionate about encouraging and equipping our teens to be independent, motivated and ready to take-on this world. It is her greatest joy to encourage parents to finish well in homeschooling high school by providing support, tools and resources. She loves to share her heart, enthusiasm and lessons-learned (often the hard way!) through her years of personal hands-on experiences including all the bumps, trials and successes.
Joyce Blankenship earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies at California State University, Long Beach, and her elementary teaching credential at California State University, Chico. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years, as an educational therapist, tutor, enrichment class teacher, and home educator.
Joyce has graduated four of her five children and continues to homeschool her youngest daughter. Three of her children have gone on to earn college degrees, with the fourth finding joy in working with young children.
During her many years of homeschooling, Joyce has used a variety of teaching styles and methods. She loves to share these with the HSLDA members she talks to in her job as educational consultant for HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School and Special Needs Departments. She finds great joy in encouraging parents in their homeschooling journey, whether they need support for getting their teen through high school or resources to help their struggling learner understand math. By sharing the good and the bad of her own family’s homeschooling experiences, she assures parents that homeschooling is something they also can do!
Joyce lives with her family in beautiful Northern Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, visiting historical sites with friends and family, taking walks in the countryside, and singing in community choirs.