Our Contributors

Editor-in-Chief – Gail Nelson

Contributing Writers and Artists

Tavia Fuller Armstrong – www.theunplannedhomeschooler.com

Tavia is the Unplanned Homeschooler, writes a quarterly advice column (The Unplanned Homeschooler), writes books, creates the Unplanner and more. Tavia, also known as The Unplanned Homeschooler, is an award-winning freelance writer, author, convention speaker and homeschooling mother of three awesome kids. She recently published Homeschool Bullies: Dealing with Mean Kids, Cliques and Mama Drama. You can follow her blog and find her new book at www.unplannedhomeschooler.com.

Amy Azevedo 

I teach college English and literature full time. I have recently self published a book of poems, and my novel is currently with an editor. I first started homeschooling my oldest when he was in first grade and now he is a junior in high school. My other two are 9 and 12. They are in classical conversations this year on thurs. We are eclectic and I’ve dived into several curriculums. My middle son is dyslexic so that’s a challenge in itself. We’ve done umbrella schools, groups and even online curriculum.

Tina Hollenbeck – www.hsroadmap.org

Tina and her husband Jeff are raising two daughters and have another waiting for them in the arms of Jesus. She advocates passionately for homeschooling, writes regularly for her blog, Being Made New (tinahollenbeck. blogspot.com) as well as several other venues. She also serves as staff writer for Celebrate Kids, Inc. (celebratekids.com) through which she has co-authored the booklet Celebrating Children’s 12 Genius Qualities. She is the coordinator of The Homeschool Resource Roadmap (hsroadmap.org), and is the founder and lead admin for The Christian Homeschool Oasis (facebook.com/groups/christianhomeschooloasis), a virtual support group for homeschoolers. In addition, she is developing a public speaking ministry and is available to address homeschoolers, women’s groups, and young people on a variety of topics. In her spare time, Tina enjoys singing on her church’s worship team, exercising, and scrapbooking.

Cindy  LaJoy – www.bluecollarhomeschool.com

Cindy is a mom of five internationally adopted children, each with his or her own unique learning style, strengths and challenges. She has found homeschooling to be her greatest life work as it enables her to continue to learn along with her children. She is also the founder of Blue Collar Homeschool, which includes a web site and Facebook group that provides support, encouragement, and resources for homeschoolers whose children are non-college bound and headed towards careers in trades or technical fields.

Mama Darling – 

Mama Darling is the writer of the blog Five is an Adventure, she is French (nobody’s perfect…) and lives now in Australia with her husband and their 3 homeschooled children. She loves photography, travelling, children literature, she also loves to cook especially delicious comfort food, she knows how to plan and she always discovers hidden places. But what she loves the most are her four darlings. Read her blog at fiveisanadventure.com

Ann Musico – www.threedimensionalvitality.com

Ann is a certified holistic health coach, author and independent nutritional consultant who works with women of all ages to empower them to enjoy lives of vibrant health and wholeness in a way that is simple and effective. Her focus is on nutrition and detox as they impact health and wholeness as well as weight loss. Visit her website at www.annmusico.com to learn about the coaching options and weight loss plans she offers as well as the numerous free resources you can access.

Dr. Kat Patrick – 

Kat has degrees in English from both the US and the UK, and taught in UK secondary schools. Fun fact: secondary school teachers have to teach classes of ALL the grades each year, so instead of having 4 or 5 sets of 6th graders, they have one set in each of the 7 years. More evidence of British inefficiency!!! Kat now uses this vast experience and expertise to teach online courses in English for high school homeschoolers all over the world. See her website at www.dreamingspireshomelearning.com or her family blog at www.boyschooling.blogspot.com

Candy Richey – www.thercmag.com

Dr. Regula Schmid

Regula is a homeschool mom of 3 children.  She and her husband, Ed Lim, raise and teach their children multilingual and multiliterate in English, Chinese, Swiss, German, and Spanish.  Regula is originally Swiss, so she speaks exclusively in Swiss to the children and reads to them in German, since Swiss is not a written language.  Ed teaches the children in Chinese.  Spanish is woven into the mix by other loving caregivers and teachers.  Regula also teaches education and leadership courses at the University of San Diego and is the CEO and chief consultant of Dr. Schmid Educational Consulting.

Lori Svensen – www.facebook.com/amarabooks

Lori Svensen is trying to stay a stay-at-home mom while returning to home schooling.
Her current business ventures include photography, astrology and writing. She can be found on Facebook as Viking Ventures, Viking Visual and A’mara Books. Her long-term goals include returning to the land to raise rare-breed livestock and become as self-sufficient as possible to avoid having to get a real “career.” Lori is also an amateur radio operator, a lapsed Mensan and a member of the Appalachian Shawnee Tribe.