Finding Myself in the Spotlight

Today brought a nice surprise. VaHomeschoolers honored me in their Volunteer Spotlight. I’m flattered, and I’m especially touched that people have found my presentations and articles about homeschooling of such value.

We’re all in this together, folks. It’s gratifying to know people feel inspired by my talks and writing, but I derive my inspiration from parents, educators, librarians, youth leaders, and coaches who have great ideas about empowering kids to learn and advance their skills.

I’m also inspired by others who do great work for VaHomeschoolers. It’s easy to volunteer with smart, capable, fun people who are working to help homeschoolers — and to help the world understand homeschooling.

Homeschooling can seem so “other” — and then you find yourself interested in homeschooling.

If you are considering homeschooling, it’s great to find out people at VaHomeschoolers have already put together the information you need to make a good decision.

If you are an educator, legislator, grandparent, or member of the media, it’s kind of amazing to find that homeschooling parents at VaHomeschoolers have used professional level skills to put together the facts you need to understand homeschooling better.

If you are currently homeschooling, you’re grateful that someone at VaHomeschoolers has already compiled information about drivers ed, homeschooling high school, finding a local homeschool group, end of year progress, working with local school divisions, and so much more.

And we’re all grateful that VaHomeschoolers volunteers have worked for years to protect homeschooling’s legal status in Virginia, representing homeschooling to legislators without mixing home education with religious or political issues.

In fact, one thing that makes VaHomeschoolers especially valuable is that it is an inclusive organization. Reflecting the actual population of homeschoolers, the membership and board of VaHomeschoolers are diverse in their religious beliefs, political affiliations, and approaches to homeschooling, and all of us choose to work together on our common interest: homeschooling our kids.

VaHomeschoolers is an island of bi-, tri-, multi-, and non-partisan work in the midst of a sharply divided red/blue sea. It is a relief. It is full of people who learn, who are open to ideas, and who value others.

I have been privileged to work with people who make all this happen, and you could too. If you’d like to volunteer with VaHomeschoolers, check out the volunteer page. I’d love to work with you, too!

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One Response to Finding Myself in the Spotlight

  1. Anne says:

    Congratulations, Jeanne!

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