DEANI VAN PELT, PhD
JENNIFER SPENCER, EdD
DOUG SIKKEMA, PhD
MATT MULLINS, PhD
SHANNON WHITESIDE, PhD
MIN JUNG HWANG
When her eldest was a toddler, Min “met” Miss Mason and immediately scoured online used bookstores for the unicorn “pinks,” which were the only hardcopies discoverable then. Subsequently, she was swept off her feet by this Gospel-centric educational philosophy and methods. With fire in bones, she immediately began working to bring Miss Mason’s principles to every opportunity she had over the years. This included her work overseas during her season in university administration and education, serving international students and faculty families from over 60 nations. Then, later, as the Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit with a mission to rescue and empower pregnant women escaping forced abortion, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking.
You will often find Min enjoy hosting book clubs, Charlotte Mason co-ops, and “mother nurture” workshops for fellow homeschool moms. Yet as an introvert, her favorite pastimes are dating her husband, Young (with Vancouver and NYC as their hometowns, they are foodies!), blissfully painting or reading away the day with a cup of tea, and exploring new terrain in God’s creation with her four adventurous children.
AMBER O'NEAL JOHNSTON
Committed to bridging the gap for her four children, Amber has embarked on a journey of uniquely merging living books with life-giving books and a culturally-rich environment to ensure that their education is not merely a legalistic Charlotte Mason venture but an honest experience that honors the Truth while helping her children to see beauty in themselves and others.
Amber shares her observations on home education, books, travel, and more at www.HeritageMom.com, and when asked about her path she likes to smile and say, “In my house, Charlotte Mason has an afro.”
CARROLL SMITH, EdD
The loves she has developed find voice in her pots. Traceried windows pierced out of clay reflect her love for buildings – discovered while teaching high school History of Architecture classes, a visit to Italy, and in her beautiful city of Hamilton. Local birds and flora etched onto vases and mugs show her love for the created world – found on countless walks along the escarpment with her Nature Study students. Sandra’s pottery is constantly evolving as she discovers new spaces, plants, and techniques. She sees the windows in her pots as little glimpses into what she holds dear – her faith, her family, her joy in both teaching and learning.
DONNA JOHNSON, EdD
The day our 2nd son, Joshua, was born we knew that we would be homeschooling our kids. God had brought my attention to homeschooling through my teaching at Drake University and through my private flute studio where I had the privilege of teaching several homeschooled students. The interactions these students had with me as well as with other family members stood out as something our family desired. Sadly, I do not remember my initial discovery of Charlotte Mason, but I do know God placed her early on in my research path. Glenn and I live in Des Moines, Iowa, with our three children, Daniel, 15, Joshua, 12 (has Down syndrome), and Lydia, 10. Both Glenn and I continuously study Charlotte Mason’s approach to life and learning through past and present participation in the Friends of Charlotte Mason Central Iowa mother’s and father’s study groups, as well as the Idyll Challenge. Glenn and I currently lead the Idyll Challenge 3 Couples group. I have also taken online classes (Living Education Lessons) with Nancy Kelly and have attended the Living Education Retreat each summer for the past 10 years (4 of these have been with Glenn). Our family has been involved in a local Charlotte Mason cooperative learning community for the past 6 years where I have led Composer Study and Hymn. I received my Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Florida State University as well as my Master of Music in Flute Performance and minor in Baroque Performance from Indiana University. In addition, I studied with an internationally acclaimed flutist in England, Trevor Wye, and began my doctoral studies at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. I taught at University of Florida as well as Drake University and currently am the adjunct flute instructor for Faith Baptist College. I have taught private flute lessons for 30 years in my home as well as through video calls. You can find information regarding my studio at www.erikaleakemcknight.com.
Photo by Lathan Goumas/Strategic Communications
Kim has a degree in Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and has taught flute, piano, voice, choral music, musical theater, folk ensembles, worship ensembles and Musikgarten for over 30 years in public, private, and home-based educational settings.
Lauren loves Jesus, is a wife to Adam, and a proud mama of three, and a lover of coffee, books, and chocolate. She has been homeschooling using Charlotte Mason’s principles for the last eight years, and her eldest daughter has just started her first year of high school which is new territory for her. Lauren and her family are originally from Harare, Zimbabwe; however, they’re in their sixth year of living in Johannesburg, South Africa where they are blessed to be part of a thriving Charlotte Mason community.
JOHANNA PÉREZ RAY
ERICA JARRETT, M.D.
JOHN THORLEY, PhD
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