Area Resource People

Thinking of home schooling as an option for your children's education? For those considering home schooling or who have made the decision but don't know where to start, it can be helpful to talk to veteran home schoolers who can relate the challenges and rewards of home schooling first-hand. TennKidsClub has gathered a selection of volunteer home schoolers from Knoxville and surrounding areas who have graciously agreed to serve as Resource People to individuals considering home schooling or who have questions concerning home schooling. All home school for different reasons and have different approaches to home schooling - a trend that is very representative of home schooling as a whole.

The individuals listed have a variety of backgrounds and experience in home schooling. They volunteer their time and availability in order to provide information on home schooling to those who seek it. Your courtesy in communicating with them is appreciated.

Beth Blanchard
Mom of one with 10+ years of home schooling experience. Available to answer questions concerning home schooling from elementary through high school with and without an umbrella school and general home schooling issues.

Beth Bowman
Campbell County area

Jerilyn Lyons  
Veteran home schooler willing to talk to folks about how to get started, umbrella schools, support group options in Knox and Blount counties, organizing your school day, resisting the urge to over commit, home schooling in the elementary and middle school years, and general home schooling issues.

Lisa McDonald
Loudon County/Lenoir City area - Veteran home schooler of 10+ years and mom to two. Experience with support groups, enrichment classes, as well as traditional home independent study. A mom who understands the need for "multi-tasking" and has always worked full-time from home while home schooling and running a construction company. Interested in helping you find activities, classes, umbrella schools, etc. to fit your and your child's personalities. Available to answer questions concerning middle and high school. Area of expertise: dual enrollment and homeschooling in high school.

Nicole H. Simpson
Knox County area - Home schooling mom of two children with 8+ years of home schooling experience. NATS certified tutor. Areas of expertise: organizing/planning, language arts, traditional education methods and curricula, internet resources, available via e-mail/instant messaging (preferred) and phone to talk to new and prospective home schoolers about general home school information, CRS's, laws, curriculum, and the local home school community.

Sarah Small
Blount County area - Veteran home school mom of three, editor, and writer who loves to talk to new home schoolers about getting started; support groups and enrichment classes; choosing activities to fit your lifestyle and personal preference; curriculum choices; organization; and general "how-to's" of home schooling. Chair of American Heritage Girls Troop 131, a Christian alternative to Girl Scouts.

Shirley Vaughan
Farragut area - Home schooler of one for 7 plus years. Knowledgeable in elementary and middle school age groups. Also active in swimming and tennis.