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Meet the Staff – Columnists

Join us monthly at TOS Magazine to hear from a wide range of well-known regular columnists, all of whom are experts in their fields. They are here to bless you and encourage you to make your homeschool journey as successful as it can be. Many of the writers listed below frequently submit videos and/or slide shows to go along with their outstanding, inspiring articles. Downloading the Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire app will make their columns even easier to read! Download here.

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Deborah Wuehler – Editorial

Deborah Wuehler

Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for TOS, participating author in The Homeschool Minute, wife to Richard, and mom to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging for buried treasure in the Word, reading, writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate!

Dr. Heather Allen – The Factual Homeschooler

Dr. Heather Allen

Heather and her husband, Steve, live in Edgewood, New Mexico, where they have homeschooled their five children, Edward (19), Joseph (17), Emily (14), Hana (8), and Ezekiel (8), for the last fourteen years. When not homeschooling, doing things with her family, or writing for TOS, Heather works as a Human Factors Engineer in her home-based consulting business.

Karen Andreola – The Gentle Art of Learning

Karen Andreola

Karen taught her three children through high school—studying with them all the many wonderful things her own education was missing. Home educators know Karen Andreola by her groundbreaking book, A Charlotte Mason Companion. She enjoys knitting mittens and sweaters and cross-stitching historic samplers.

Adam Andrews – The Literary Homeschooler

Adam Andrews

Adam Andrews is the Director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling father of six. He and his wife Missy are the authors of Teaching the Classics, the popular reading and literature curriculum. They teach their children at home in Rice, Washington. For more information, visit their website.

Amy Barr – The Classical Homeschooler

Amy Barr

Amy Barr is a homeschool mother of three and a full-time instructor of other home-educated students as co-founder of The Lukeion Project, www.lukeion.org. As an archaeologist, she spent more than a decade excavating sites throughout the Mediterranean and teaching Classics at the college level. Amy and her husband Regan lead annual family tours to the Mediterranean and invite you to join them for a tour.

Rea Berg – The Literary Homeschooler

Rea Berg

Rea Berg has homeschooled for more than twenty-five years and loves organic gardening, travel to historic sites, nineteenth-century literature, and dance. With her husband, she owns Beautiful Feet Books (www.bfbooks.com) and can be emailed at rea@bfbooks.com. She blogs about children’s literature at www.reaberg.com.

Leigh Bortins – The Classical Homeschooler

Leigh Bortins

Leigh A. Bortins is author of the recently published book The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education. In addition, Ms. Bortins is the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations, Inc. and host of the weekly radio show, Leigh! At Lunch. To learn more, visit her website or her blog.

Sheila Campbell – His Joyful Homeschooler

Sheila Campbell

Sheila Campbell began homeschooling in 1991, and after the death of her husband in 2001, she homeschooled as a single parent. She also was the parent of a special needs child whom she cared for at home until his death in 2004. Sheila invites you to visit her blog at pausingtopraise.wordpress.com.

Dianne Craft – The Struggling Homeschooler

Dianne Craft

Dianne Craft has a master’s degree in learning disabilities. She speaks widely at homeschool conventions across the country. Her books and CDs have helped hundreds of families remove learning blocks in their struggling children at home. Visit her website, www.diannecraft.org, for many articles on children and learning and to download her free Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling Reader and Writer.

Kendra Fletcher – The Littlest Homeschooler

Kendra Fletcher

Kendra Fletcher is the homeschooling mother of eight, aged 18 down to 3. She has never known what it means to homeschool without the presence of preschoolers and loves to encourage other moms who are beginning their homeschool journeys with little ones underfoot. Her website and blog can be found at www.preschoolersandpeace.com.

Molly Green – The Frugal Homeschooler

Molly Green

Molly Green’s purpose and passion is to empower and encourage keepers at home during this tough economic downturn. She is learning that while the challenges may be great, the opportunities to learn productive ways to care for our homes and families are even greater. Molly welcomes readers’ questions and comments. Visit her website at www.Econobusters.com and sign up for her free E-Newsletter, A Minute with Molly. She also publishes a monthly Molly’s Money-Saving Digest.

Michael Halpin – Haptoon

Michael Halpin

Michael F. Halpin (“Hap”), creator of cartoons since he could pick up a crayon, seeks to use his abilities to glorify Jesus and edify His Body. Subscribe to Hap’s mailing list by emailing him at Haptoon@juno.com, or find his work on www.haptoon.tumblr.com.

Mark Hamby – The Seasoned Homeschooler

Mark Hamby

Mark Hamby is the founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries, where he serves with a dedicated staff to make ready a people prepared for the Lord by building Christlike character . . . one story at a time.

Amelia Harper – The Inspired Homeschooler

Amelia Harper

Amelia Harper is a homeschooling mother of five and a pastor’s wife. She is the author of a complete one-year literature curriculum for secondary-level students and freelance writer for newspapers and magazines.

Andy Harris – The Tech Homeschooler

Andy Harris

Andy Harris is a homeschool dad, father of four, and teacher at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Andy is the author of a number of well-known books on computer programming. For more information, stop by his web site.

Mary Hood – The Ordinary Homeschooler

Mary Hood

Mary Hood, Ph.D., and her husband, Roy, homeschooled their five children since the early 1980s. Mary has a Ph.D. in education and is the director of ARCHERS for the Lord, Inc. (The Association of Relaxed Christian Home Educators). She is the author of The Relaxed Home School and The Joyful Home Schooler and is available for speaking engagements. Contact her via her website, www.archersforthelord.org.

Jessica Hulcy – The Unit Study Homeschooler

Jessica Hulcy

Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS Curriculum, the first curriculum written for homeschool, is an educator and author. Mom to four grown sons, and “Grandear” to grandchildren, Jessica lives with her husband Wade in Texas.

Kate Kessler – Lab

Kate Kessler

Kate Kessler and her delightful husband Mark, an IT mastermind, enjoy their five splendid children. As a Classical/Charlotte Mason homeschooler, she enjoys a varied curriculum, historical fiction, and the many discussions that come up as a result of learning together.

Pat Knepley – The Artistic Homeschooler

Pat Knepley

Pat has a degree in art education, a teaching credential, and is an experienced teacher. In addition to being the master artist for the See the Light ART CLASS DVD series, Pat serves as Director of Children’s Ministries at a large church where she is blessed to be able to blend her passions for art, teaching, and reaching kids with God’s Word. Pat lives in Southern California with her husband and two teen boys.

Antony Kolenc – Legally Speaking

Antony Kolenc

Antony B. Kolenc (J.D., University of Florida College of Law) is an attorney, author, and speaker. He and his wife have homeschooled their five children for over a decade. Learn more about him at www.antonykolenc.com. If you have a legal-related question, e-mail TOS and Tony may get a chance to answer it in his monthly column!

Denise Mira – His Joyful Homeschooler

Denise Mira

Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, has been married to Gregory for thirty-one years. They are the parents of five sons. Denise has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, inspiring change as she shares the message God has given her for families. Visit her blog, www.denisemira.com/blog.php, contact her at contact@denisemira.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter as well.

In Loving Memory – Andrea Newitt – Clef Notes & Brush Strokes/Teachers’ Lounge

Andrea Newitt

In Loving Memory – Andrea Newitt, Assistant to the Senior Editor and Editorial Manager, 2007 – 2012. Andrea passed from death to life on August 9, 2012, finishing her journey here on earth and beginning her eternal walk with the Lord in His joyful presence. Andrea was an expert editor, inspirational writer, and lover of God and family as wife to Mark, mother to Benjamin, Nicole, and Brianna, and daughter of the King.

Andrew Pudewa – Finishing the Race

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (www.excellenceinwriting.com) and a homeschooling father of seven. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. He and his wife Robin currently teach their two youngest children at home in northeastern Oklahoma.

Dr. Brian Ray – The Informed Homeschooler

Dr. Brian Ray

Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., is president of the National Home Education Research Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization, and is internationally known for his research on homeschooling. Brian is married to Betsy and they have eight children and four grandchildren. Please feel free to send your questions about research related to home-based education and raising children to mail@nheri.org.

Tina Rice – About Our Cover

Tina Rice

Tina Rice and her husband Tim homeschool using an eclectic mix of classical and relaxed materials. She is in her sixteenth year of homeschooling, with nine more to go. When Tina is not schooling, reading, or writing, she is busy making tie-dyed clothing and gifts.

Malia Russell – The Organized Homeschooler

Malia Russell

Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to five children (newborn to 21), and an author, conference speaker and director of www.homemaking911.com and www.wheatnthings.com.

Zan Tyler – The Veteran Homeschooler

Zan Tyler

Zan is the Director of Apologia Press, a division of Apologia Educational Ministries; the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential; and an international speaker. Her goal is to empower and encourage parents in the eternally significant task of homeschooling. Zan and Joe homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of twenty-one years.

Diana Waring – The Relational Homeschooler

Diana Waring

Diana Waring, author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest, and History Revealed curriculum, discovered years ago that “the key to education is relationship.” Beginning in the 80s, Diana homeschooled her children through high school—providing the real-life opportunities to learn how kids learn.

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