The Canadian Schoolhouse Contributors
Get to know the writers of some of the content on The Canadian Schoolhouse. We're proud to have them on our writers' team and have them share their homeschooling life and expertise for homeschoolers. Click on their name to read more about them!
Heidi Mosher writes from just across the border in Michigan where she homeschools three of her children and strives to point them to the Lord. She is also the mother of a recent homeschool graduate. Educated at Dordt College in Iowa (with a Canadian roommate), Heidi currently serves The Old Schoolhouse® as Press Release Manager and Marketing Writer. She loves hiking, studying God’s word, children’s literature, making things look pretty, and all things Dutch.
Aside from God, her family, homeschooling (and books!), Katherine's love lies in stationeries. She and her husband manage growing stationery brands ForestmillⓇ, PrevailedⓇ and Boss StationeryTM in the Philippines. She is also the community moderator of a Facebook group for Office and School Supplies Wholesalers. Katherine blogs at https://kmtanyu.wixsite.com/thiskatwrites.
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Isabelle Baril has two beautiful children, 7-year-old Ayla and 5-year-old Hudson. She has called a few places home across Canada, including Quebec and Ontario, but currently resides, with her husband Devin, in Parkville on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. She has held various roles in the education field, but is currently raising her family and running her business, Mind Growth Education. Her educational achievements include graduating from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, with a Teaching Degree in Social Studies and Special Education, and obtaining an undergraduate degree in Geography and French from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. She has always had a strong passion for helping others, which led her to her teacher career and starting Mind Growth Education.
A homeschool graduate based in Alberta, Barbori Garnet is a writer, artist, musician, gardener, and author of Home at the Office: Working Remotely as a Way of Life. She has a BFA in Painting and Drawing and an MA Communications in Public Relations. Barbori began working on staff at The Old Schoolhouse® and The Canadian Schoolhouse in January 2021. Her other interests include reading, tennis, and enjoying cups of tea with family and friends. Her website is BarboriGarnet.com.
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Diane is founder and owner of GeerLINKS Educational Therapy, bringing 25 years of educational experience through homeschooling her own 5 children, teaching children with learning disabilities, visual and auditory processing difficulties, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental delays. Diane is passionate about helping kids learn, developing their strengths and improving their weaknesses. She loves to share her passion with others, has spoken at many conferences across Canada, and resides in Ontario.
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Kristin is a former teacher who now homeschools her two daughters, age 8 and 6. She has lived many places in Canada due to both her teaching and being an RCMP wife. She blogs at From Kristin and is passionate about helping mothers feel equipped to educate their children. She does homeschool consulting to help those starting out or struggling to choose a curriculum. She loves reading and travelling and actively posts on her Instagram.
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Barboria Bjarne is a freelance writer and artist. She has written, illustrated, and self-published two children’s books: Quanny and Danny (rhyme) and Grayson and the Crumbly, Grumbly, Rumbly Cookie (prose).
Before she had started writing essays and children’s books, Barboria has had many roles: professional tennis player and tennis pro, accountant, homeschooling mom, medical researcher, raw food nutritionist, tutor…but now she’s engaged in her two favorite endeavors – fine art and writing for children and adults.
Barboria Bjarne lives with her family close to the Rockies – growing lavender on her urban homestead when not writing or painting. Visit her at www.bbjarnebooks.com.
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I am a homeschooling mother of two children, from Alberta. We are currently full time RVers living a minimalist lifestyle. I keep busy with books and hobbies, mainly woodworking and pyrography, which I have been doing for a few years now. I enjoy a faith inspired life and look forward to what new inspirations the Lord has in store.
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Stephanie Morrison has been building businesses, mostly from home, for over 10 years, motivated by her strong determination that her two youngest boys would be educated at home. She works for The Old Schoolhouse® on the Canadian team, and also coaches entrepreneurs to start and grow their business from home. Her and her family are all comfortably nestled in the trees in Central Ontario. She loves being a home-body and building up her permaculture property. Learn more about Steph at www.creatingworkandplay.com.
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Edna Latone is a wife, mother, researcher and people person. She has been Homeschooling for 20+ years and has lived in the Peterborough Area for 31 years. Edna has worked as a Public Library CEO and Volunteer Coordinator. Her husband, John is a licenced minister with the PAOC and his day job is delivering car parts (he loves to tinker). They have 2 adult children and 2 children at home. Edna speaks throughout the province to Homeschooler’s about the amazing resources available at Public Libraries. She also is the developer of the “Homeschool Friendly” certification for businesses and community organizations. Edna has a passion for family, flexible learning and community resources. She brings to all she does, her skills as a teacher of children with learning challenges, music skills, librarianship, a passion for Language Arts and History and a love for teaching others about the exciting world of Home Education.
Janet LoSole is a freelance writer living in Ontario, Canada and the author of Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French Linguistics from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Nipissing University. She is a certified TESOL instructor and has taught ESL internationally since 1994. She began homeschooling her daughters in 1997. She writes about travelling with children and homeschooling. Her work has been published in: Canada's Education Magazine, Natural Parent Magazine, The Alliance for Self-Directed Education, Outdoor Families Online, Unravel, and elsewhere.
Nicole McReynolds is a homeschooling mom who resides in Wellington North, Ontario and lives on a small homestead with her two little boys aged 8 and 6. She is taking a more traditional approach to teaching by incorporating a hands-on and natural way of learning. Nicole is the curator of Backyard Bounties, an online source that connects customers to local farmers/small producers and vice versa. Backyard Bounties is accompanied by Backyard Bounties of Southern Ontario (a Facebook group) and Backyard Bounties Homestead on Instagram and YouTube.
Amanda and Stéphane Ostrander are two teachers who decided to homeschool. They live in Greater Sudbury, Ontario where they are happily raising their two daughters, Alexie and Zoé. Avid vloggers, they love to share their homeschool journey, support, and learning ideas with other homeschooling families. See what they’ve got for you on their site Raising A to Z.
Joleen Steel is a Canadian who spent her summers at Arlington Beach, Saskatchewan. Joleen currently lives in Warrenville IL with her husband and youngest son. Joleen teaches kindergarten at a Charlotte Mason inspired Christian school. She writes for all three of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine publications and has published several short stories for children. Joleen is the executive director for www.campingstickkids.org. Go to her website to find out how you can hold camp in your own backyard!