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Andrea Chen and Jay, her husband of 15 years, reside in the southern tier of New York. They
are the parents of 1 boy (13 years old) and 5 girls (10 years - newborn). They met at the
university where Jay was a visiting student from Taiwan working on his MS in computer science and Andrea was working on her MA in Psychology.
Andrea went on to complete her Ph.D. in Psychology with a research emphasis in learning, memory and development. She worked for several years as an associate professor at the university before her promotion to motherhood. During her children's early years she worked as a freelance writer for publications such as "Growing Child" and also developed behavioral programs for children.
The Chen's homeschool adventure began a few months after their son began Kindergarten at a Catholic school, and 8 years later they still enjoy sharing their faith and love for learning with their children 24 hours a day. Through the years Andrea has tried several approaches to
homeschooling and has now settled into the Classical approach with an emphasis on living books for history studies and science.
Andrea set up the website Catholic Scholars Online back in the days when the majority of the homeschool web sites were Protestants. She still maintains that site and also moderates the Catholic homeschool and women's message board Oro Et Laboro.
The Chens are daily communicants and are actively involved in Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at their church. Andrea is a third order Carmelite and also spends spare moments studying apologetics. Jay has recently begun his journey as a third order Franciscan.
D.D. "I have been homeschooling for 9 years. I have taught every grade at least 2 times if not more. I have four graduate children and next year I will have 4 students grades 1,4,7, and 9 along with two pre-schoolers."
(as of ~2000)
D.E.S. has been homeschooling for eight years. She has three children with special needs and high intelligence.
D.G. has been married 11 years. "God has given us three wonderful and very active children and we are praying for more. Kyle will be 6 this month and is in first grade. Casey is 3 1/2 and he primarily just plays all day. No formal schooling at all except for fun number games and manipulative play. Mercy at 6 months makes sure we don't school too long without taking a break. ;-) We started Catholic homeschooling August 1997 with Kindergarten and started using the Classical Approach a year later."
(info current as of ~1999)
Elizabeth Hockel has been homeschooling for three years. She has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Her children's ages are: 7, 5, 4, 2, 8 months, and #6 due next spring.
(as of ?1999)
J.D. has been married 8 years now and has just started homeschooling this year. "We have 3 little girls ages 5 (turning 6 soon),3 (turning 4 soon) and 1 (turning 2 soon). My oldest is only in kindergarten so we haven't been all that strict this year with homeschooling. She is reading very well already and she seems to be a wiz in the math department too! We hope to homeschool through highschool but we'll see about that then! I am planning on creating my own curriculum right now because I seem to be using a lot of new things that people have not heard of yet. I use Laura Berquist and Marva Collins as my guides right now."
(as of ~2000)
Jeff Vehige (rhymes with “Peggy”) is a stay-at-home dad who is homeschooling his four children who range in age from newborn to seven. He went to public school his whole life, hated almost every minute of it, and upon graduation set out for Los Angeles to become a rock star. He did not succeed in this goal. Upon returning home, he began to participate in a young-adult parish Bible study where he not only developed a voracious interest in theology but also met his future wife. However, before he would pursue a degree or a relationship, he entered a monastery for a year to discern a vocation to the priesthood. Eventually, he would earn a B.A. and an M.A. in theology from the University of Dallas—a small Catholic liberal arts university in Irving, Texas—and marry his Bible-study sweetheart. His ultimate goal of earning a Ph.D. in theology and teaching on the college level fell by the wayside with the birth of his second child and only daughter. After enrolling his oldest son into kindergarten, he realized that in good conscience he could not send his children to public school without first trying to homeschool them. Though the first year was difficult, he has settled into the role as his children’s private tutor and, much to his surprise, has found in it great delight and fulfillment
You can read what he thinks about the Church, literature, and contemporary culture at a team blog, Thursday Night Gumbo.
He also runs the St. Peter Canisius Apostolate.
K.B. and husband are third year homeschooling parents of four (soon to be five). "My great dream is to somehow put on an outdoor performance of one of the Greek dramas in original Greek. In the meantime, feebly attempting to give our children a strong, Classically-based, Catholic home education...and enjoy the process."
(info as of ~1999)
K.C. is a homeschooling mom of 2 daughters ages 6 and 7. She is not Catholic although she is Christian and reads lots of Catholic literature.
(as of ~2000)