Meet the Staff – Magazine Columnists

Join us quarterly at The Old Schoolhouse® 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. Downloading the Apple or Android app will make their columns even easier to read! Download here.  Or read the current and all the back quarterly issues online here.

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Robert Bortins, North Carolina

Robert Bortins is the CEO of Classical Conversations, Inc., a classical Christian homeschool program with communities in over fifty countries, curriculum in multiple languages, and a robust global network forty-five thousand families strong. Robert and his wife, April, live in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with their three young children.

Dianne Craft, Colorado

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,, for many articles on children and learning, and to download her free Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling Reader and Writer.

Christine Hage, West Virginia

Christine Hage has been homeschooling in West Virginia for over a decade. She strives to live a simple, eternity-minded life as she raises her family and serves in the ministry with her husband. She and her husband lead a local homeschool support group offering encouragement and fellowship to other families. They also offer homeschool support at

Kristen Heider, New Jersey

Kristen is a housewife and mother to an adult stepson and two younger children. She is a certified social studies teacher and has worked as a volunteer at a National Park site, in the education department of a metropolitan zoo, and as a high school history teacher. Kristen has maintained a blog where she relates her family’s learning experiences at since 2015. She is the Business Building Team Manager at The Old Schoolhouse®.

Michelle Howard, Michigan

Michelle Howard is a veteran home educator, author, columnist, speaker, consultant, and librarian who operates “living books” libraries in Michigan and Florida, including the first-known of its type. She wrote the deep, award-winning, literature-based curriculum, TruthQuest History (, to probe history for spiritual truth.
Michelle offers a living-books database and consultations on home education and library development at

Stephanie Morrison, Saskatchewan, Canada

Stephanie, her husband, and two boys are comfortably nestled in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has educated her two youngest boys, ages 13 and 10, since birth. Pursuing her calling to help parents enjoy the responsibility of educating their children, she works for The Old Schoolhouse® in the Canadian division and in sales support helping to connect parents to the materials and programs that help them teach.

Brian Ray, Oregon

Dr. Brian Ray is president of the National Home Education Research Institute ( He has published numerous articles and books, been interviewed by major media, served as an expert witness in court cases, and testified to legislatures regarding educational issues. Dr. Ray is a leading international expert in research on homeschooling. He holds a PhD in science education from Oregon State University. Brian and Betsy have been married forty-two years and have eight children, all of whom have been homeschooled. Donate to the nonprofit NHERI ( and sign up for free research updates.

Gena Suarez, Tennessee

Paul and Gena Suarez have been privileged to support homeschooling since launching The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine in 2001. Their personal journey, homeschooling seven children now aged 11 to mid-30s, reflects their dedication to a faith-driven, family-centric education. They've since expanded their support through the membership learning platform, offering over 400 online academic courses to a global audience, and the Schoolhouse Network, enabling families to join local church-based homeschool co-ops for a community learning experience from a Biblical worldview perspective. Based in eastern Tennessee, their work is focused on providing materials and mentorship that uphold a Christian educational philosophy. For more details or to access them directly, contact

Todd Wilson, Indiana

Todd Wilson is a dad, granddad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down to earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions. As the founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly email for dads, seminars, and products that encourage parents. Todd and his wife, Debbie, homeschool four of their eight children in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more at

Deborah Wuehler

Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor and Director of Production for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. She has eight children ages 13 to 30 and has been homeschooling for over twenty years. Deborah's mission is to point homeschoolers to the Lord in all they do and to encourage them that they can find everything they need for life, Godliness—and homeschooling—in their knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3,4).

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).