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Wow……like many other moms, I never expected to find myself here – a homeschool mom. But here I am nonetheless and I’m loving it!

I graduated from Adrian College in Michigan with a degree in Psychology and continued on to earn a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. As a new grad, I was certain that my life would be focused on climbing the corporate ladder and, in fact, I spent nearly ten years in that corporate world and climbing that ladder. But God had other plans for me.

In 1999 Greg and I got married and commenced planning a family. After our son’s birth in 2002, my goals began shifting; I left the corporate world and started teaching psychology part time at Pellissippi State Community College. At that time, I also became interested in educational theories and approaches, brain development, and especially the different developmental timelines of boys vs. girls. I was concerned about the number of boys being held back in school and the numbers dropping out of school entirely. The more I learned, the more I was convinced that homeschooling was the best option for our son and our family. And it has been.

Because our son Emery is an only child, it was important to us that we connect with other homeschoolers. Our family became active members in the local co-op, BHEA (Blount Home Education Association) and Boy Scouts. As part of BHEA, I have taught co-op classes, facilitated roundtables, training, and presentations for parents, and coached students on transitioning from high school to college.

We are primarily eclectic in our homeschooling style. Character and faith have been a top priority, as well as letting our son grow into the man that God created him to be. We have encouraged exploration and getting dirty and have been blessed with a child who, now a high school student, loves reading and the outdoors.

This was not the life I had planned. But God’s vision was so much greater than mine and I have been blessed to have a family, to homeschool, to teach psychology, and to work at HLA. I am excited about the possibilities homeschooling affords students and am available to work with you in helping your students succeed.

I am located in the East TN area, and you can always send me an email diane@homelifeacademy.com, and I’ll be happy to answer your questions!