Lainie and Miro (mother and 19-year-old son) share their adventures from the Road of Life, discussing issues of humanity, global citizenship, unschooling, worldschooling, slow travel, family travel, volunteering, travel inspiration, and living in the moment as they explore the big beautiful planet, they call home.
On their ninth year of travel, 36 countries and many personal changes later, Lainie and Miro continue to slow travel, living an inspired possession-free-lifestyle, volunteering and learning naturally from the world. They are following their interests on the road, as the planet has been transformed into their classroom. Often you will hear Lainie say “we are blessed to be accidental unschoolers.” Lainie has also become an advocate for “life learning” at any age. Lainie and Miro describe their greatest accomplishment as the ability to participate in the world without fear
Creator and owner of Brave Writer, the online writing and language arts program.
Brave Writer exists to empower you, the homeschooling parent, to be writing coaches for your kids!
Julie’s years of working in the professional world of writing equipped her to become an expert in the writing process. Graduate school and teaching at Xavier University helped deepen her experience of academic writing and keep her up to date with current trends in composition. The best writing (the kind you love to read) is that which combines the authentic, entertaining voice of the writer with the cool discipline of research and well-constructed argument or storyline. Brave Writer aims to bring that sensibility to all its classes and courses.
Along with having homeschooled her five children for 17 years, Julie’s homeschool credentials include 10 years teaching theater and writing for a local Cincinnati homeschool co-op of 300 students, a four-year membership in the steering committee of a local Charlotte Mason organization, speaking in the US, UK, and Canada at homeschool conventions, and hosting Brave Writer events all over the United States.
Brave Writer officially opened its doors in January 2000 and has taught tens of thousands of families from all around the globe.
Julie grew up in southern California, attended UCLA (Bachelor's in history, 1983), studied abroad in France, spent a summer in Democratic Republic of Congo, lived in Morocco for four years, and earned her Master's in theology from Xavier University (2007). Today, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she enjoys running, PG tips tea every morning, and kayaking.
Author Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, WE, ION, Forbes Living TV, UShopTV, and The Homeschool Channel. She has been a keynote and featured speaker at numerous homeschool conferences, schools, clubs, college nights, and is a Fox News contributor. Jean currently travels across the United States and other countries speaking about how to go to college for FREE!
As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to getting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise. Her daughter also earned free grad school and her son earned free law school!
Jennifer Henson ( a.k.a “The GOAL DIGGER”) is a nationally sought after test prep expert specializing in the ACT test. Jennifer, who was Winton Woods City School’s (OH) Teacher of the Year in 2014, holds a Master of Education degree with a Bachelor’s in English from Xavier University—where she was a walk-on tennis player. She’s taught 23 years and coached ACT prep for over 8 years-- and has an army of teachers trained to assist her requests for tutorials. Her former ACT students now attend notable higher learning institutions, including Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Texas A&M, The Naval Academy, and the University of Kentucky—among others. Jennifer has assisted students from California to Connecticut—and states in between—to reach their personal ACT goals. No score is too low or too high, as she has doubled the scores of students starting at the low end, in addition to helping initially higher scoring students achieve the coveted 36 on every section of the test. Jennifer is available for group speaking engagements as well as team/group education about the testing process.
Jeffrey Mays is part of a team of brothers heading up Novare Science & Math and Centripetal Press. Besides overseeing marketing and technical development, Jeffrey is a writer and conference speaker. His role involves speaking to teachers and homeschooling parents year-round to solve problems and help develop excellent science programs. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a Master’s from Covenant Seminary. Jeffrey has been a teacher of science, history, and mathematics in middle and high grades, both public and private schools. He also homeschooled one of his own children from 10-12th grade. He is currently pursuing an MFA program in Creative Writing. Jeffrey is a novelist and short story writer. His debut novel The Former Hero was published in 2014 by AEC Stellar Publishing. He the father of four adult children and lives in Austin, Texas.
Tony Miglio is a nationally sought-after test prep expert specializing in the math section of the ACT Test. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Psychology. He has been a teacher/tutor for more than 12 years with the last 8 years specializing as a tutor for the Math section of the ACT. Tony has coached students all across the United States to help them reach their personal ACT goals. No score is too low or too high, as he has raised the math scores by as many as 8 points, helping students on all ends of the spectrum: Helping students with lower scores achieve benchmarks, assisting other students reach the scores needed to attend their college of interest, and helping other students grow their scores to earn scholarship money for school.
Pranoy Mohapatra has been a private tutor for the past decade, and he loves what he does! He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Biological Sciences, attended Des Moines University School of Medicine, and holds a Masters degree from Columbia University.
Pranoy started off working for mass tutoring companies and realized that the lessons and work were not individualized, so he began making his own lesson plans and tutoring students in a personal way.
Dr. Christopher Perrin is an author, consultant and speaker, who specializes in classical education and scholé (learning from rest). He is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. He co-founded and serves full time as the CEO at Classical Academic Press, a classical education curriculum, media, consulting and training company. Christopher serves as a consultant to charter, private, and Christian schools, as well as homeschool co-ops across the country. He is the former board vice president of the Society for Classical Learning and is currently the director of the Alcuin Fellowship of classical educators. He has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world.
Christopher received his B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as the founding headmaster of a classical school in Harrisburg, PA for ten years. He is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, Greek for Children, and co-author of the Latin for Children series published by Classical Academic Press.
Christopher has a passion for classical education and is a lover of goodness, truth, and beauty wherever it is found.
Lesley Phelps is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at StraighterLine. StraighterLine provides low-cost online courses to help students save money on earning a college degree. Lesley’s career spans a variety of leadership roles in the higher education sector. Prior to joining StraighterLine, Phelps served as SVP of Sales, Marketing and Product Management for Regent Education and as Regional Director of Student Finance for DeVry University. In this role she oversaw all aspects of financial aid and student account functions for 17 campuses.
Prior to DeVry, Lesley was the Director of Product Management at ELM Resources and VP of Business Development and Product Development for Wachovia Education Finance. In these roles she developed products and services to meet the changing needs of post-secondary institutions.
By leveraging her over 20 years of experience in higher education, including competency-based education strategy and initiatives, Lesley brings critical experience and insight to StraighterLine’s partner institutions, helping colleges and universities improve student success, improve access, with a focus on educational outcomes.
Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Business from Washington State University.
Dr. Rob Reynolds has more than three decades of experience as an educator and learning innovator. He has worked as both teacher and administrator at the high school and college levels and has also served as a textbook publishing executive and successful founder and leader of education technology startups. He has been an active researcher and blogger in the learning technology space since 2003 and is a recognized innovator in the online learning experience. Rob currently serves as the Executive Director of TEL Library, a non-profit, public library dedicated to providing affordable learning to anyone, anywhere.
Andy Wells serves as Head of Schools, is an instructional designer, award winning baseball coach, with experience working with high school and college level students. A father of three beautiful daughters, Andy knows the importance of parents being actively engaged in their children's education and encourages parents to become involved in person and online.
Nicole Yacura is a former homeschooler who is now a student at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She was homeschooled for elementary, middle school, and half of high school. Her years of homeschooling helped her find her strengths and poise, to the point of which she was tutoring college students at the age of 16. Nicole will be graduating at 20 with her B.S. in Environmental Science and she plans to pursue her Ph.D. to become a research professor. She is currently a Research Assistant, content writer for Time4Learning, private tutor, and Resident Assistant. Homeschooling allowed Nicole to find and focus on her passion for the environment and gave her the skills necessary for research.