I live in Sacramento with my husband Larry, and our daughters, Shelby (17) and Madison (13).I was introduced to homeschooling at a military women's conference while Larry was serving in the Army. Homeschooling fit perfectly with our attachment style parenting. We love hanging out together as a family and we love learning together. Shelby has attended public school (for short periods of time), charter schools, and schooled at home, but for the most part unschooled. Now she is traveling the world, modeling, and living part time at home. Madison has always been an unschooler and is now an Upstage competition dancer with KM Dance. We are very proud of our girls and very confident that homeschooling is the reason they are who they are today. Homeschooling has fostered their love to learn and kept our family close. Now, because of our children's experiences, we have learned so much and we are able to help others with their own homeschooling endeavors.
We have been members of HSC and local homeschooling groups for thirteen years. I have been the Sacramento County Contact for six years and this is my second year as the County Contact Coordinator, while Larry is our Homeschooling Dads Contact. We love helping families get connected with HSC, connected with their local homeschooling community, and answering questions for families who are just getting started. Going to HSC campouts and being at the annual HSC conference and volunteering have become our family's favorite times of the year!
Through the years HSC has helped us stay on track with our homeschooling goals and aspirations and helped us become better homeschooling parents. Most of all, HSC has introduced us to the greatest homeschooling families to hang out with and learn from.
| Meghan Anderson-Coates - Board Member |
I started home educating my daughter in 1998 in the UK. I didn't know it then, but we were unschooling (at the time, I had never heard the term in the UK). We were an attachment parenting (extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc.) family and home educating/unschooling seemed like a natural progression for us.
In October of 2000 I moved back to the US with my daughter. I attended my first HSC Conference in 2001. It was amazing! Up until then, I had no idea just how many home schooling families there were, and that was just a sampling in California!
In 2008 I was presented with an opportunity to be the Art Deck Coordinator for the conference. I jumped at the chance! I had a wonderful experience running the art deck. I have also been the Butte county contact since early 2008, and I have been a moderator on the HSC e-list since mid 2008. Now, as a board member, I still maintain the e-list among other responsibilities.
I believe HSC is crucial to many people's home schooling experience. A statewide, fully inclusive support network like HSC can make all the difference in a family's home schooling experience. I can honestly say that without HSC, and the connections I've made through it, our home educating life would look very different, and possibly not even exist. This is what drives me to devote time and effort to HSC. I am proud to call myself a member of this community.
| Katheryn Culwell - President|
My husband, Mike, and I live in the foothills of the Cleveland National forest in our own little rural pocket of Southern California. We are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children. We were first introduced to homeschooling through our La Leche League group and knew from the beginning that we would homeschool. We "officially" became homeschoolers in 1998 when our first child was five years old.
I was first introduced to HSC in 2000, at an outreach event. After talking with them and reading several back issues of the California HomeSchooler, I promptly joined the organization. My family became regular campers and conference attendees. I later went on to volunteer at the conference and as a campout organizer for several years.
My family is active in the homeschool communities of Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. I truly feel that HSC has had a profound impact on my family's life. We have gained so many friendships and had so many wonderful experiences at the annual conference and the many wonderful campouts. My goal is to continue to spread the word about HSC and continue to see the organization thrive and grow.
| Joanna Murphy - Treasurer|
My oldest of two children led us to homeschooling in 2001 and we haven't looked back. We've all had the opportunity to grow in our love of learning as we explore our interests wholeheartedly, both as individuals and together. As I was looking for information, HSC was there with all of the nuts and bolts help I needed. When I was looking for community, we joined the campouts and have made some wonderful friends. And then we began attending the annual conference which has continued to be a major highlight and rejuvenator of the year. As my children have grown I've been able to spend more time giving back to HSC as a volunteer answering the 888 line, being a county contact, the County Contact Coordinator and now as the Treasurer. With a degree in Economics, I am completing my education in Accounting, and am happy to use my knowledge and skills in my position as Treasurer.
I live in Santa Rosa with my husband David, two children and many pets, including my horse. I am an avid trail rider and practice Natural Horsemanship, which is the equine equivalent of unschooling. I am also very active in my community and have helped to start two different homeschooling support groups. I have learned a lot along the way in this regard and am happy to discuss this anytime.
| Pam Sorooshian - Board Member|
Pam Sorooshian, and her husband, Cyrus, are parents to three grown homeschoolers: Roya, Roxana, Rose. Pam has read nearly every book ever written about unschooling. She has participated in online homeschooling discussions for the past 15 years and has attended about 25 homeschool conferences. Pam is an economics and statistics professor and has taught at a number of different colleges and universities. She is especially interested helping parents avoid passing their own math anxieties on to their children. She also promotes peaceful family living without punishment and is a staunch defender of teenagers against common societal stereotypes.
Pam misses her little unschooling children, but adores her wonderful grown homesschooled children and considers them her best friends.
| Traci Trevino - Secretary|
My husband Chris and I live in the Sacramento area with our 4 daughters, 2 wonderful teenagers and 1 bundle of joy toddler and an infant! We began homeschooling over 10 years ago when we discovered that the schools in our neighborhood were so overcrowded, parents were waiting in lines overnight to register their kids so they didn't get bused to another district. It didn't take us long to discover the true joys of homeschooling- the freedom, the family bonding, the love of learning, the developing of passions. We quickly embraced the ideas of unschooling and have loved every minute! Our oldest daughter has moved on to community college and we are looking forward to starting the journey again with the littlest one.
We are currently very active with our local support group. We attend park days and various actives. Our community is full of wonderful, supportive families that we love to spend time with!I first discovered HSC when I was researching homeschooling on the Internet. There was so much information, I was hooked! I attended my first conference that year in 2000. I was so excited to find this wonderful new world of parents who were homeschooling. I later came to work on the conference for several years in various jobs, including registration team, volunteer team and assistant coordinator. HSC has been such a valuable resource to my family through the years. I hope to see it continue to thrive and grow. I believe HSC is an incredibly important organization that homeschoolers from all over California can benefit from.