Homeschool Talks is an informative podcast about all things homeschooling. We feature exciting interviews with homeschoolers from all walks of life. Each episode is packed with practical tips, inspiring stories, and more.
Homeschool Talks is the successor to HSLDA's now-retired radio program, Homeschool Heartbeat. To browse the Homeschool Heartbeat program archives, click here.
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Mike Smith and his wife Elizabeth, along with Michael Farris and his wife Vickie, incorporated Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983 and were the original board members. Mike grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served for three years before attending law school at the University of San Diego. He graduated in 1972 and was admitted to practice law in the state of California shortly thereafter. He is licensed in Virginia, California, and Washington, D.C.
In 1981, Mike’s life changed drastically when he heard a radio program that introduced him to the idea of homeschooling. Mike and his wife began homeschooling one year at a time to meet the academic and social needs of their children. After several years, however, it became obvious that God had exposed the Smith family to homeschooling for many other benefits, including spiritual development and family integrity. All of Mike’s children are now grown, and three of the four were homeschooled.
When he started with HSLDA, Mike began defending homeschooling in California both in court and before the legislature. In 1987 he came to HSLDA full-time, serving as its vice president until 2001, when he became its president. In addition to serving as President of HSLDA, he also is HSLDA’s lawyer for California, Nevada, and Puerto Rico.
Mike’s favorite part of his job is going to homeschool conferences and meeting those he calls America’s greatest heroes—homeschooling moms.
As the Deputy Director of Generation Joshua, Jeremiah travels across the U.S. to teach students about the principles and practice of conservative politics. He has worked with over 100 campaigns over the last decade. He has also worked for Senator Wayne Allard (CO), the National Association of Evangelicals, the Arlington Group, and of course Home School Legal Defense Association.
As one of Generation Joshua’s key strategists, Jeremiah has overseen numerous campaign deployments and coordinates GenJ’s election efforts, which involves thousands of volunteers in scores of competitive races nationwide. He has managed three PACs, and in 2011 and 2012 he represented the Young Republican National Federation in the pro-democracy, International Young Democrat Union.
When he isn’t busy doing all these things, Jeremiah likes to read. He alternates between fiction and non-fiction to maintain a balanced reading schedule. He also travels to cultural and historic sites around the world and collects pieces of history when his budget allows.
Heather Frommack is the program manager for the educational consultants at HSLDA. She is a speaker, teacher, writer, and 17-year veteran homeschooling momma, having graduated three of her five children to college and beyond. Heather loves to inspire others through authenticity, relevance, and humor. She is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with postgraduate work in weight management, biblical counseling, and teaching English as a foreign language, and is currently working on a master’s degree in educational psychology with a (long!) view towards her PhD. Her message is also enriched by the school of life, which for her has included world travel to more than 13 countries, designing and remodeling homes (while homeschooling!), and moving 15 times.
Heather and her husband have five creative children ranging from 23 to 9 years old, with the two youngest joyfully adopted from Ethiopia eight years ago. She calls homeschooling all five of her children “the best and most challenging career I’ve ever had.”