KANSAS CITY METRO AREA (Kansas)
April has a background in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She
worked as a teacher in the public school system and realized that she wasn’t
free to give Godly instruction in accordance with her Christian beliefs.
She became passionately committed to home-centered education.
April currently directs a Foundations & Essentials Community in Shawnee, KS.
She has been married to Aaron for 20 years and they have 3 sons and 3
daughters, and have been homeschooling for 12 years. Aaron & April are
committed to serving God, helping His people, and advancing His Kingdom.
April and Aaron passionately desire to see parents choose home-centered
education that is both Godly and Classical in nature. They want to help
parents see the do-ability of a classical education at home. They invite you
to join them in using the incredible curriculum provided by Classical
Conversations and seizing the opportunity to participate in the support of a
Classical Conversations Community. They look forward to meeting other
parents in the Kansas City area and walking with them as they embrace Godly,
Home-centered, and Classical Education for their children. With the Lord’s help, April plans to develop 3 new Foundations/Essentials
Communities in the Kansas City Metro+ and 3 new Challenge Communities to
help meet the needs of homeschoolers who are looking for “The Best
Homeschooling Can Be!” and who want to be a part of a Classical
Conversations Christian Community.
Charlene Diaz has been married since 1998, and she and her husband have two boys. She has homeschooled both of her children since 2004 when her oldest was in Kindergarten. She has used multiple schooling programs and approaches, until the Lord led her to Classical Conversations. Charlene knew then that homeschooling through high school would be achievable for her and her family!
Since joining a community, her first year in Classical Conversations had her tutoring Essentials, Directing in her second year, and became a Support Manager as she approached her third year. She is passionate about the Lord, her marriage, her children, and helping other families who wish to homeschool. Her goal is to serve the Lord passionately through Classical Conversations and help change the face of education through this incredible tool! Charlene sees God doing incredible things in South Central Kansas. She looks forward to hiring 3 new Directors and opening Challenge I in the Wichita area for 2013-14, and seeing Winfield add two more programs to their area.
Homeschooling her two children has been the mission of Jill Pettis for the last ten years. Classical Conversations supplies Jill with the accountability to provide her children with a quality education. When Jill and her husband started homeschooling, they named their school "Diakrisis Academy" based on the Greek word for "discernment." This was inspired by the verse in Hebrews 5:14 "But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." Jill understands that with CC, her children can acquire the tools of logic and rhetoric necessary not only to attain the discernment required to know God, but the ability to make Him known to an unbelieving world.
Jill's hope is to connect the homeschooling families of the Central Kansas region, who may feel alone, to communities of like-minded families in their own neighborhoods. Jill works to see, families learning together, families building relationships, and families making a difference. By developing CC communities in Topeka, Lawrence and surrounding communities, and hiring like-minded community directors and tutors, Jill will help parents achieve high standards of learning for their children from age four through graduation.
Between the months of October and April, visit one of our communities and see our programs and communities in action!
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