I am a reluctant homeschooling mom turned homeschooling advocate. I never wanted to homeschool. I looked forward to the day that my children were off to school and I could finally get some rest! But, after a couple of years at the local public school, I knew that it wasn’t the place for my children. Lots of wasted time coupled with lack luster learning and a dyslexic child brought us all back home.
We were better for it. There were days that I wished they were in school and it would be so much easier, but the other days in which the light went on in their minds and we bonded….I knew we made the right choice. We homeschooled for eight years.
Last year my good friend, Jessica, came to me with the idea of opening our own center. I jumped at the chance. I had been thinking of ideas for a new type of homeschool center for years. When I was homeschooling my children, sometimes I just needed a break. The problem was I never found a place that they could go, meet friends and complete their schoolwork. This is the concept of The Mettle Room. My vision is to have a place that homeschool children can gather and work on their studies. If you think of a one-room school house, this is the concept of the Mettle Room.
Education: I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and a Minor in International Business. I also have a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. I taught first grade for couple of years prior to having my children. During their homeschooling years, I was blessed with an opportunity to return to the classroom teaching Home School history classes; which I did for six years.
My favorite quote: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” by Charles R. Swindoll, Christian Pastor
I have been a legal assistant for over 20 years. It comes with flexible hours that has allowed me to go on weekly adventures with my two boys (almost always with Missie and her boys) to parks, beaches, farms, museums, and many other exciting places, participate in their classrooms weekly, go on field trips, and volunteer for their little league.
I have been thinking about a new chapter in my life for several years and I have always had a heart for children. I was very active in my boys’ education beginning with a co-op preschool all the way through their high school years. I brought the idea to Missie who had been talking to me about homeschooling for years.
The Mettle Room is a merger of both our ideas into one concept.
Education: AA in Early Childhood Development
“Great teachers focus not on compliance, but on connections and relationships.” -P.J. Caposey