Audrey seeks to find ways for families to be inspired in their education at home. With so may questions looming of “Can I really do this, and for how long?” She hopes to reach the heart of parents yearning for their children to truly reach the full potential God has created for them. In this quest, she values a grassroots approach to spreading the “good news” of Classical Conversations. Word of mouth is her strongest ally. And providing tools for families to continue a lifetime of learning is her goal. With an excellent team of directors and tutors, Audrey welcomes you to participate in an Informational Meeting, a Parent Practicum, an academic boot camp, or an Open House! The door’s unlocked, c’mon in
“This is overwhelming, frustrating, and lonely,” Dana admitted to her husband, Mark, referring to their homeschool. For years she had been reading about the classical Christian model of education, but struggled to satisfactorily implement it with their 4 children. In 2010 Dana heard about Classical Conversations, decided to follow their doable plan, and continues to be delighted with the results. She especially loves her children’s current grasp of the the flow of God’s history, hard-earned ability to write good papers, and skill to engage in family discussions.
Dana does not want others to be overwhelmed, frustrated, or alone on their homeschool journey. This motivates her to share what she has gone through with people on the South Plains, so others will be equipped with the tools of learning. Dana’s vision is to know God by studying what He has both created and revealed and then go on to apply this knowledge to glorify God in ways He has gifted and called her. She appreciates the classical model’s methods which equip us with the tools for this calling.
Donna’s vision for Classical Conversations is simple. She wants to bring as many people with her as she can. She wants more families to learn about CC and all that it has to offer. Classical Conversations has changed her life. It is exactly what she has been looking for all her life. As a Challenge A director, she desires to walk alongside like-minded families who share the same passion for their children. We need to change this generation and we will be able to do that one family at a time. Donna aspires to be around people who love their children, who plan to educate them to the best of their ability, and who want to put forth the effort to do just that. Classical Conversations has a vision to do the same. She is grateful for this opportunity to share her passion with others so they may see the vision and capture it for themselves.
Unsure about placing their son in a public school with overcrowded classes and knowing he needed more one on one instruction, Jayme and Steve considered the idea of homeschooling their first born. “Can we fail him on the kindergarten level-it is only for one year?” they said to each other. Then Jayme was invited to a Classical Conversations open house. She didn't know much about classical education but quickly realized it would be a perfect fit for her family. Seven years later they are passionate about homeschooling their son, JP, and daughter, Reagan.
Tutoring Foundations in CC for several cycles has given her the platform to share the classical model with current parents and potential members. As a Support Manager she hopes to expand that reach even further by introducing Classical Conversations to other families in the Texas Panhandle searching for a solid classical education. By conducting information meetings and equipping parents through 3 day practicums, Jayme's desire is to assist parents in their own homeschool journey.
Upon receiving the Classical Conversation catalog in 2010, Jeanette was thrilled to read about the Challenge program. She had learned the vital importance of family as well as biblically based education while walking in ministry with her husband Allan for twenty years. They are blessed with eight children who have provided them lots of opportunity to experience public, private and home school education processes. Their three oldest children attended and graduated from the public school system. Jeanette and Allan knew in their hearts that they were called to home schooling but spent many years without the encouragement and support they needed. “We found ourselves constantly changing curriculums and programs and we knew this wasn’t the best way for us to educate our children. It even caused confusion at times but we simply didn’t have the answer.” They knew well the difficulty of staying on track while being inundated with new methods, philosophies and program and at times the feelings of inadequacy even made them consider giving up. When they found CC’s Challenge program and the classical model of education, Jeanette says “it made so much sense helping us understand the way a child learns.” She wanted her children to learn how to think, to go deep in their understanding not simply wide and shallow in their learning.
Jeanette and her husband want their children to not only learn to think and study well, but to see God in everything they learn and do in life, “to know God and make Him known” in every sphere of their lives. Jeanette truly believes the support that CC provides for families is invaluable for their home school journey. Her passion is “to share what I have learned during my journey and to also learn from other parents.” The Jones’ have two children in the Challenge program, and two in Foundation and Essentials. Jeanette also serves as the director for the Challenge A class on her campus. Jeanette says.” I have seen so clearly in my own children that the Foundations and Essentials programs are a fun way for our children to learn and memorize, as well as prepare them for their entry in the Challenge program. “ Jeanette’s vision for her family and for her community is that they continue to home educate their children through high school. As SM her desire is to encourage families and equip them to find success and fulfillment.
Although Jeannie had been effectively homeschooling her daughter and son for five years, Classical Conversations added a fresh and unanticipated element. Now after being involved for several years it gives her family accountability and structure. Also excited that all of the subjects fostered a biblical worldview, she appreciated that the curriculum always reflected back to Christ. Another important aspect was the community of other likeminded families to walk with on the homeschooling journey.
Jeannie’s goal is to equip, empower, and encourage other parents in the Permian Basin to educate their children with the classical model and to ultimately impact the world for God’s glory. Knowing that He specifically places each child into their family for a purpose and that parents are familiar with and love their child more than anyone else could, they are the ones that are most motivated to see their child succeed in their God given path. Ultimately, Jeannie’s aspiration is to create lifelong learners in her children and all she associates with through Classical Conversations.
Kristal's desire is to empower families to know God in every facet of their lives through a classical, homeschool education. Classical Conversations has
provided her teenage children the depth of understanding and the power of articulation that they were unable to attain in traditional public and private school. These tools of reason and expression are the instruments they are able to use to share who God is.
Kristal is excited to partner with parents from Alvin to LaPorte to reclaim the education of their children for God's glory. She will be conducting a variety of events, such as Information Meetings, Open Houses, and Practicums, focusing efforts to develop new communities in La Porte/Seabrook Area, Webster, and Santa Fe while continuing to build new programs in existing communities of Clear Lake, Friendswood, and Alvin. By providing parents the tools of learning and instructing them in the use of those tools, Kristal and her team will prepare parents to give their children the precious gift of education.
Laura's passion is to train her children through a classical model to become the leaders of tomorrow. When her children were little she wrote a pre-K to 2nd grade curriculum for her family. After her son completed the entire curriculum with excellence she needed to find a different curriculum. Talking with a friend she found out about Classical Conversations and knew that this will be a great fit for her family. She believes that children need to learn to defend the gospel and teach others about God. Classical Conversations gives not only the children but the parents the tools they need to Know God and make Him known!
Through Classical Conversations, Laurel and her husband have been fully equipped to be the educators of their four boys during their school years. Laurel is grateful for the assistance and training that CC constantly offers. Laurel’s heart is to encourage parents to redeem their children’s education and to truly enjoy the gifts and freedom the Lord has provided them. She realizes community and relationships are the foundation upon which this idea is built and that many families are lacking this in their journey.
Her goal is to become more involved in the Forney/Rockwall/Terrell and its surrounding areas and become an advocate for parents of all walks of life. She will host regular Information Meetings and Open Houses to help bring awareness of CC to families. Laurel also plans to have a presence at family festivals to make connections with the parents around her. She is ready to see God’s great plans revealed!
Maggie Steele wakes up every day and thanks the Lord that for the last fifteen years instead of recording debits and credits in some company’s financial statements. She has had the opportunity to teach her three children at home. Homeschooling in Germany and Japan while her husband served in the military allowed for fantastic field trips, but it made finding community and encouragement difficult. Sometimes, when she was up early before the kids, she would wonder: “Was she doing it right?” “Was she doing enough?” Classical Conversations provided the community, certainty, and simplicity that she and her family yearned for. Living out Classical Conversation’s mission to “Know God and Make Him Known” is a much loftier goal than she began with, but God’s purpose brings peace. Maggie’s desire is to encourage other families who are considering homeschooling their children through high school.
Maggie is passionate about equipping the next generation to be responsible citizens and Godly leaders. She believes that meeting each student at their level, giving them effective methods, and fostering a Christian worldview will build a love for lifelong learning in our families. Maggie’s vision is to develop and support Classical Conversations communities in Garland, Richardson, and Plano. In January, she will begin offering Information Meetings explaining the tools of classical education and how to become a part of a CC Community. In the spring and summer, look for Parent Practicums to learn more about educating classically with a Christian worldview. In the fall, enjoy the support and fun of a Classical Conversations community.
As a seasoned homeschool mom of 10 years, Margie had a light bulb moment when she realized the orderly way God intended for us to learn could best be attained through a classical Christian education. After attending a free, three day practicum with her good friend she realized through Classical Conversations she and her husband, Luis, could provide a structured classical Christian education without having to reinvent the wheel. Using CC to homeschool her four kids gave her freedom and brought back the joy of learning to her family as well as to herself.
Margie is dedicated to the calling that the Lord has placed in her heart to spread information about Classical Conversations to others. She is passionate about helping others see that CC is here to help equip parents to feel confident in homeschooling their children through high school. As a Foundations and Essentials director, and now Support Manager for the extended Concho Valley, she will be holding Information Meetings this spring in the extended Concho Valley, specifically Grape Creek and Stephenville, to help parents understand what it means to homeschool their children classically through Classical Conversations.
Our purpose is to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning needed to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation and to inspire others to do the same.
Sadie’s vision for the Rio Grande Valley, is to make classical Christian education available to every family, while at the same time, reaching out to the larger community to share how a classical Christian education cannot only change a generation, but a nation. One 3-Day Practicum will be held in the summer months to further explain the classical model and to practice teaching math classically to our children. Two 1-Day Practicums were held this winter to provide stronger support to homeschooling families, and two Excellence in Education Events were held to educate, equip, and energize the local community. More than 144 free Parent Information Meetings will be held in the RGV this year, along with more than 84 Open House opportunities for parents and children to attend a day of class with us. Further support is offered through two Stanford 10 Testing sites.
In addition, Sadie is diligently working to create three more communities in Edinburg, Mission, Harlingen, Brownsville, and Mid-Valley areas. If you would like to become a part of this international homeschool movement, at a local level, please contact her.
As a military family, by the time Stephanie’s first-born son had turned 14, they had lived in 7 states. Needing some continuity in academic programs and resources, Stephanie was drawn to Classical Conversations, which provided all she desired. Being in a community energized her efforts and revitalized her approach to homeschooling. She is passionate about homeschooling and sharing the love of Christ. She knows Classical Conversations is the way to provide continuity regardless of where the military plants her, be consistently encouraged, and provide her children with an outstanding education with a solid Biblical worldview.
Stephanie sees Classical Conversations as a means to tangibly support and encourage homeschooling families by equipping them to home educate their kids using a tool belt heavy with resources. She desires to see CC communities in Texas begin in Graham and Vernon, and to grow the existing communities in Wichita Falls and Weatherford. It is her fervent desire that her children and all children in Classical Conversations graduate firmly rooted in the Word and Truth.
Susan and Rodger knew they wanted their children to have a better education than they received, but the big question was, "How do we do that?" When Susan went to an information meeting and learned about Classical Conversations, she knew that this was the missing piece of the puzzle. It became clear that this was doable for the long term. Classical Conversations would be able to teach their children, over time, to be independent thinkers, to write and speak persuasively, and to have the confidence to stand strong for the truths of the Bible.
Susan strongly desires to share with parents, that they can be equipped to homeschool their own children as Classical Conversations walks alongside them providing the practical tools they need through weekly community meetings, practicums, and other educational boot camps to assist them in becoming successful. Classical Conversations allows parents to confidently take the plunge and bring their children home.
Tressa never would have imagined she would be educating her four children at home, especially with no formal degree in education. With her husband’s support, she sought a better way to cultivate a love for learning for her then third grade daughters. She devoted her time and energy into learning and teaching her children classically over a span of three years. She discovered Classical Conversations through a family who had a passion for their community and home school. She attended a local parent practicum, and decided to join a community after grasping the depth and magnitude of this program. CC gives the tools, confidence, and community to help families home educate with excellence, fulfillment, and success. She found that CC restores two generations of learning and secures the two into a partnership as they soak in knowledge, grow in understanding, and bear fruit in wisdom.
Engulfed with that same passion, Tressa joined a new community as a tutor and has continually sown into Classical Conversations. She thoroughly enjoys empowering others using her administrative giftings and leadership capabilities. With her family’s support, she felt led to strengthen and expand her area in new role as Central Texas Support Manager. Tressa hopes to encourage families just like hers to join in on this fulfilling journey. She desires to lead the cause to continually equip parents within her region with the vision and tools to stay on course for success. Above all, Tressa’s greatest endeavor is to promote and advance the partnership between parent and student to know God through His creation and to make Him known.
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