Amanda Kleist’s view of education turned upside-down on a single night. Raised in the States and overseas in a wide range of school environments, she thought that she understood what options were possible for her children. A simple talk by a CC director, however, showing students reciting double-digit times tables, scientific classifications, Latin declensions and more, all from memory, showed her a world she hadn’t envisioned before. Now, after years of investing in the CC community and seeing her kids talk to her husband’s college students about laws of thermodynamics and the Middle Ages, she feels drawn to support the organization further and seek to extend its reach.
A project manager by training and an organizational analyst by nature, her degrees, business background, and volunteer work at church all have concentrated on making good systems run better. Recognizing that all she can do is plant and water—it’s God who makes things grow—she nonetheless believes that with His help she can empower directors and groups of parents to equip their children through classical education to know God and make Him known. Amanda is keen to share Classical Conversations with other parents so that the work of home-educating may be lightened by co-laboring and the joy of home-educating may be increased by the rejoicing with others in CC Communities, three-day practicums and in what ever other ways the Lord calls. Amanda is excited to come along side CC Directors to equip them in their role of enabling parents to lovingly and fruitfully educate their children.
Diane was amazed when her kindergarten son could memorize the same program materials as her 10 and 11 year old children. Jordon, now five years old, walks down the hallway singing about the Magna Carta at one moment, then bounces the basketball while skip counting by 6's the next, and never a day complete without practicing the timeline song. An educator at heart, Diane draws inspiration from participating with her own children while they are learning. Classical Conversations program gave her the ability to take an educational component and expand on it based upon her student's responsiveness, keeping interest levels high and the motivation to learn at maximum levels.
Diane, along with her husband Robert, are unified in their vision to establish Classical Conversations throughout the Central Coast area where they were both raised. They embrace CC's Trivium approach to education, showing how God is in the center of all school subjects, arming students with fact supported truth to build their faith. They would like to see at least two communities for each Starbucks that exist in their area, communities flourishing with equipped parents, educating their children with this powerful classical program. Having experienced the fruit of tutoring Challenge students, Diane is committed to lay the foundation for parents to have the confidence to walk their educational journey from Kindergarten through 12th grade
Erica and her husband Scott have been homeschooling their 3 children ages 7, 16 and 18 from the beginning. When their children began the high school years, they noticed an abyss in the way of real support, direction and community. The Challenge programs through Classical Conversations were what drew them to a CC Community. Erica has seen friends give up on homeschooling when they approach the high school years and yet she has seen what a blessing and help the Challenge programs and community are. For that reason, she is passionate about CC, because she sees it as the solution that so many families need! Her vision for her area is to help people feel secure in their choice to homeschool their children with all the fun and flexibility of homeschooling mixed with strong academics and accountability! Erica says, “As Christians, God has given us the body of Christ to help one another, by strengthening and supporting each other. As homeschoolers, likewise, we need the support and strength brought about by a community of like-minded people which is exactly what a CC community provides!” Her verse that sums up this perspective is, Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Homeschooling parents need support! Classical Conversations is the perfect avenue to tangibly provide for the needs of home educators. Countless families have thrived under CC’s method of equipping parents. Homeschooling through high school becomes an attainable goal when coupled with the encouragement of a like-minded community of families, the customizable structure of the classical method, and the CC programs available for every stage of learning. Gina embraced CC as the core of her family's educational approach after having homeschooled for several years; she has been able to experience the vast difference it’s made for her whole family over the span of the last five years. This blessing has been in large part due to the collective wisdom and support of friends who are also pursuing excellence in education through Classical Conversations.Find support through your CC community
Gina serves Central Valley families that need encouragement by introducing them to the customizable structure of a classical, Christian home education as realized through Classical Conversations. This doable approach has equipped parents to educate their children with excellence since 1997. Through Information Meetings and educational events such as the 2014 Practicum, Gina will endeavor to inspire more parents to reap the benefits of a Classical Conversations community in their own hometown.
Because of the Bible's calling for parents to educate and raise up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, Jennifer Benson and her husband Eric felt a passion to educate their children at home. After reading books about different educational philosophies, she was drawn to the intentional academic approach to learning found in the classical model. Desiring to home school through high school, she saw a purposeful plan to educate her twin girls through the high school years with the Classical Conversations programs and so implemented the classical model from the beginning. She has since appreciated the support of having like-minded families to walk with through this journey. Committed to classical education and a biblical worldview, she is burdened by the desire to encourage other parents in this same goal. Jennifer is excited to have been called to lead North County in the Support Manager role.
In order to gain access to a Classical Conversations community, Jennifer stepped out in faith and directed her own community from the onset. She now desires to help grow the classical home school movement in Escondido, on the coast, and in the Rancho Bernardo and Poway areas by equipping other parents to lead new Classical Conversations communities as well. She believes the Lord has blessed parents with the role of educating their children and she desires to empower and encourage them in that role and to see the development of community-based support systems for homeschoolers found through Classical Conversations.
Jessica is a recent addition to the Classical Conversations family but has quickly caught the vision and developed a desire to share CC. It has hugely impacted her home education philosophy and experience. Since recently joining CC, Jessica has seen profound changes in the knowledge, understanding, maturity in the Lord, and joy of learning of her children. Finally, a complete program that gives us tools to raise the educational standard, equips the student to maximize their ability to learn, and empowers parents to implement it in such a way that does not exacerbate our children, but rather helps them to recognize the value in learning and striving for themselves. One Biblical Truth that has been powerful for her family this school year comes from Ecclesiastes 8:1, “A man’s knowledge makes his face shine and the sternness of his face is changed.” Jessica witnessed that change in her boys and is eager to share with others how knowledge and learning can build character when accomplished through the power of our Lord and for His glory.
Jessica is thrilled to serve in this new role as Support Manager, which has given her the tools to spread the word about CC throughout her community. It is her vision that Ventura County, CA will be known as a powerful community for “raising up children in the way they should go,” using CC as a tool that perfectly comes alongside the Word and encourages parents through supportive and inspiring relationships. Jessica would like to help build several new campuses in her area to serve K-12 homeschoolers looking for community, support, encouragement and a high educational standard.
Living in West Los Angeles, Karen and John desire to raise up their now three children to one day effectively influence and engage the culture for Christ. Karen considers it a privilege to come alongside parents who are looking for a better option towards the same goal. As a current Foundations director, a former CC tutor, a lifelong educator, and always a missionary at heart, Karen knows firsthand what God can do through a community commited to know Him and make Him known. Accountability, Best practice, and Community are the ABCs of Karen’s guide to successful homeschooling!She desires to make CC accessible to anyone looking for a community in the West LA neighborhoods and is preparing to develop new programs within her community and help launch new communities in Santa Monica, Culver City, and Westchester areas in the near future.
Karla and her husband of sixteen years have home educated their three children for the past nine years in five different states. The Navy has afforded this diverse exciting opportunity for their family. Their first experience with Classical Conversations was at a Parent Practicum in Sarasota Florida before moving back to Hawaii. When Classical Conversations expanded to Hawaii in 2011 they knew it was an answered prayer and they joined immediately! Continuing to educate herself on classical Christian education and Classical Conversations specifically, Karla began her CC journey as a Foundations substitute Tutor and then a Challenge-A Director. Additionally, Karla enthusiastically stepped up to lead the area as Hawaii's first local Support Manager in 2012 supporting leaders and the growing number of participating families reaching out to all who desired to learn more about Classical Conversations.
With the knowledge gained over the past two years and through God’s perfect planning, Karla now enters as a member of the Southern Pacific Region supporting southern California and Hawaii families. Through her love of God, His people, her family, and Classical Conversations, Karla’s desire is to support local leadership as they lead families to Know God and to Make Him Known.
As a mother of several young children, Kathryn had a heart for classically approached homeschooling, but lacked the tools to implement it successfully at home. Being introduced to Classical Conversations four years ago was both an answer to prayer and a call to action. Inspired by a model of classical education that was infused with a biblical worldview; the George’s began their journey with CC and have cherished each experience. Impressed and blessed by how “doable” this method has been, it is Kathryn’s heart to encourage and inspire the moms of her community that they can do this too!
With the hope of discipling new and veteran homeschooling parents in the classical conversations mission, which is “The Know God and Make Him Know”, as a Support Manager to the beach communities and surrounding area in Los Angeles, Kathryn is committed to holding monthly information meetings, for groups and for individuals. It is her desire that the families in her area would come to know the joy of a weekly community group that offers a wonderful blend of accountability, encouragement and grace.
Classical Conversations (CC) has blessed Rachel's family in their homeschool pilgrimage over the last 10 years. Once she heard about CC, and saw that a plan was provided for homeschooling through high school, she knew that the Lord had removed all her excuses. She and her husband, Kevin, a Pastor, wanted their children to have the opportunity to thoroughly learn about the Lord God and all His wondrous works. After moving across the country from the Southeast to the West Coast, Rachel actively sought to ensure that not only would her own children have access to a local CC community, but others as well. CC has provided their family the vehicle in which they can homeschool through high school while seeking academic excellence for the glory of God, as they sharpen the arrows within their quiver.
Robin and her husband, Ron, have been homeschooling their two children for the last nine years and have been participating in Classical Conversations for the past five. Instilling a life-long love of learning in her children and promoting greater accountability for herself are just two of many reasons she believes in classical education.
Robin’s vision as a Support Manager for Santa Clarita is to encourage others on their homeschool journey. She is excited about the growth of Classical Conversations in her community which is motivating the launch of new campuses in the Fall of 2013. Robin hopes to inspire parents to homeschool through High School through the use of the inspiring Challenge programs.
Shari joined Classical Conversations 5 years ago and serves as a Foundations Director and Support Manager in the County of LA. She and her husband Phil are the parents of nine children, ages 16 to 2. Because they started homeschooling when their oldest was very young, they’ve been involved in the homeschooling movement for years. After running into educational challenges, such as dyslexia, with their children, they were propelled to find a method that worked for them. They were introduced to the classical model and were sold on the different points of the classical approach. Shari noted that many attempting to classically educate their children were coming upon the same struggle as she, that classically educating children on one’s own is difficult. Though skeptical at first, the Schwinds were greatly impressed with Classical Conversations. CC ended up allowing them to successfully classically home-school in a much easier manner. It also filled many gaps and added so much to their children’s education and was a fit even with their dyslexia struggles.
Because of her blessed experience, Shari enjoys sharing CC with other families. She has been amazing to watch the interest in CC expand and grow within her area. She desires to continue to assist other families in the way CC has helped her family achieve their educational goals beyond what they thought possible for their children. Her verse for this school year is 1 Peter 1:7, “With all diligence add to your faith virtue.”
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