Hi! I am a 30-year-old mother of two giggly toddlers, wife to an amazingly supportive, intellectual husband, and a terribly curious person. I love to know why people think the way they do, what inspired a piece of art, what propelled the development and eventual collapse of an ancient civilization, why some words and phrases ring in my ears long after they are said, and so many other things. And I especially love online learning: as the oldest of seven homeschooled children, I reveled in taking classes from experts on the other end of a dial-up connection all through high school. After I received my B.A. in English, Music, and Classical Studies from Hanover College, I spent a year tutoring writing online before switching to a brick-and-mortar classroom to teach 4th-6th grade Latin and 11th-grade Medieval History at Regent Preparatory School of Oklahoma. It was a marvelous experience, but with my family ten hours away in Indiana, I found I preferred the flexibility of working from my laptop. I signed on with The Potter’s School, the same homeschool tutoring company my mother had worked for while I was in high school, and deeply enjoyed teaching English writing, composition, and grammar to students from grade school through high school for four years. During that time I met my husband, moved to Pennsylvania to marry him, and give birth to my firstborn son. Parenting a newborn became my top priority, so I resigned from The Potter’s School but retained the hope that before long I would teach again–at the very least, I plan to homeschool my own children! Luma Learn is a great opportunity for me to try dipping my toe back into the teaching waters without taking on too heavy a workload.
It probably goes without saying that we are a Christian family, but here are some details: we attend an Evangelical Free church in our community and love spending time with our small group based out of that church 2-3 times a month. We also really love the creative arts gathering that meets at our church once a month, where we examine all kinds of art (music, paintings, poetry, dance, mixed compositions, etc.) through the lens of how well we can represent God’s truth and beauty and connect to the promptings of his Holy Spirit through the work we create.
Aside from that, I volunteer with the new mothers meal ministry and another non-profit that reaches out to underprivileged women and their children. I love to write, especially poetry and essays, but I have a ROUGH draft of a novel after a successful National Novel Writing Month run, as well as 30 pages of another unfinished novel and endless ideas scattered on bits of paper or Word documents. I love grammar but usually ignore the rules in casual conversation so as not to appear stiff (you tell me, is it working?)! I love the outdoors–I grew up on 16 acres of land!–and long for the day when I have a yard for my boys to run around in (right now we live in a town home). I love cooking, but the fire alarm in my kitchen does not.
And I love Latin, which I’ve studied since 3rd grade thanks to my mother’s pioneering homeschool efforts! One of the greatest joys I’ve ever had was teaching Latin to grade schoolers, firstly because we all had SO much fun, and secondly because it amazed me to see their confidence grow as they mastered something that seems so strange and foreign at the start. Also, it’s hard not to delight in the opportunity to share your excitement over something you love, and I simply love the sound, the feel of Latin words when I say them, and the rich ecclesiastical and ancient history that accompanies the language. I would love the opportunity to share that joy with a new group of young learners in the coming year!