HLA Counselor since 2008
HLA Archway Academic Counselor

My family and I live on a farm in West Tennessee. My husband Michael is a farmer and it has been our joy to raise 3 beautiful girls. I began my homeschooling journey in 2000 when my oldest daughter Andrea, now attending University of Memphis Nursing School, was in the 2nd grade. My decision to homeschool came at the perfect time. I started my middle daughter, Chesley in Kindergarten and it went so well that the next year I pulled Andrea from her private school and began my homeschool adventure. Little did I know that my middle daughter would receive a 2nd diagnosis at age 6 of brain cancer in February of the 2001 school year. She was first diagnosed at age 3. This was a devastating blow to our family, but all along I knew that God had his hand on the timing of my homeschool beginning and He would be with us every step of the way. I would never have wanted to send Chesley to school after her surgery and treatment for her cancer. It was truly a gift from God for me to have my girls at home with me and to know that Chesley was safe and could learn at her own pace. Reading was difficult for her due to her treatments and homeschooling was the perfect match for her struggles.

We were blessed with the arrival of our third daughter, Alana, in 1999.  What a blessing! So, of course there was no doubt that she would be homeschooled as well. She is now in 11th grade and thriving academically. Our family has faced many struggles, including the passing of Chesley in 2007, but God has sustained us through them all and has blessed us beyond measure. Homeschooling my children has been the biggest blessing of them all. There is no substitute for the time spent with them, watching them grow into strong Christian young women.

God provided an opportunity for me to counsel homeschool families through HomeLife Academy in 2008. This was just what I had been praying for, as I was praying God would use me in a powerful way to minister to others. I wanted to use my trial to be a blessing to others. It gave me insight to the fears and insecurities of life and I was thrilled to pray and counsel new families through the fears of that first step into homeschooling. Please, contact me if I can be of service in any way at calente@homelifeacademy.com.