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About Heidi

Welcome to The Unexpected Homeschooler. I am so glad you are here! Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a Christian, wife, and mother of three children. I have been homeschooling for 14 years and counting. I truly love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s awesome being in control of what my children learn and how they do it.

About My Family

I have a hard-working husband who is very supportive of homeschooling. He trusts me to pick and choose the curriculum I want and run our schooling the way I feel is best. I am very thankful he has that confidence in me. I have been blessed with three wonderful children and one of the reasons I love homeschooling is that I get to be around them all the time. Is every day peaches and cream? No! But the good times far outweigh the bad.

The first child is my 18 year old son who just graduated. He has been homeschooled since kindergarten. He puts his all into things he is passionate about. He loves sports and is now studying real estate.

The next in line is my 11 year old daughter who is your typical middle child that goes with the flow. She loves to read and is also active in dancing. She’s very organized and loves to make lists! Not sure who she gets the list thing from? Wink.

Thirdly is our 8 year old daughter who is very spunky! However, she is also very loving when she wants to be and is a mama’s girl for sure! She loves playing with baby dolls and is an animal lover through and through.

Why the Unexpected Homeschooler?

I have always had a desire to teach children. I started at twelve years old volunteering in the church nursery and Sunday School classrooms. By high school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. After graduating with my teaching degree, I was fortunate to get a teaching job right out of college in a private school. After teaching there for two years, I went on to get a master’s degree in special education. I then moved into the public school system and taught for two years in special education and then four years in regular education until my son was born.

While my son was young, my sister-in-law started mentioning she wanted to homeschool my nieces. I had no idea what that was. It was very foreign to me. Why in the world would anyone want to do that? As a teacher, the idea of not putting your child into the school system was crazy!

As time went by, I started learning more about it and the idea began to grow. When I would visit my sister-in-law and brother in the summer, she would take me to a little homeschool store in her town. I was amazed at all the different materials available. It really intrigued me!

As my son neared kindergarten age, I began to have a strong desire to teach him myself. After much prayer, this desire became a reality. No one, including myself, ever expected me to homeschool my children. I had already temporarily left my teaching job after my son was born to be able to stay at home with him so this was actually an easy transition. And so it began that a former public school teacher became a homeschool mom, the unexpected homeschooler.


I started The Unexpected Homeschooler because I have a desire to help people homeschool. There were many that helped me along the way and I want to pass that along. I literally knew nothing about homeschooling and had to overcome many ideologies about it, as well as beliefs about how a child is educated. So often people comment they could never do this and it’s just not true! If there aren’t people around you who know anything about homeschooling, online help is the next best thing. You can truly find a wonderful support system and lots of resources to do this.

Homeschooling is huge and continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year. There is so much information available at your fingertips. I hope that The Unexpected Homeschooler with be one of the sources you come to again and again.

You Don’t Have to Be an Expert

My desire is that if you are interested in homeschooling you will learn everything needed to gain the confidence to do it yourself.

  • Learn what homeschooling is.
  • Find answers to the many questions you may have.
  • Explore the different learning styles children have.
  • What are the benefits of homeschooling.
  • Read about the many curriculum choices that are available to you.
  • Learn what is the best homeschool curriculum.
  • Find out what is the best online homeschool curriculum.
  • How to homeschool a child with special needs.
  • Discover ways to organize your materials and classroom.
  • What does a typical day look like.

And that is just the beginning. If you are already homeschooling, I believe you will find plenty of other great information at The Unexpected Homeschooler that is useful to you as well. I hope you will stick around and join me on this journey.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

The Unexpected Homeschooler

I’m so excited! Out of hundreds of up-and-coming mom blogs, my blog was featured in an article on the best new mom blogs to read.You can check it out by clicking on the image to the left and scrolling to the homeschooling heading.


  1. What a good story! How amazing your family must be to have sacrificed the steady income as a public school teacher! Thanks to you and your husband for committing to your family’s educational needs above money. It makes me happy to see love acted out! Your children will thank you, too.


      • What an interesting story! You seem like both a dedicated mother & teacher.

        • Thank you Lisa!

  2. It’s nice to “meet” you, Heidi. We have much in common–from me being a former public school teacher to homeschooling three kids with the help and grace of God. 🙂 Since my blog’s main focus isn’t on homeschooling, even though we do have helpful posts on it, I’ll be referring my readers to your site for more in depth information. Thanks for offering such a wonderful blog!

    • It’s so nice to meet you too. That’s so neat you are a former teacher turned homeschool mom also. I am finding there are a lot of us out there. I really appreciate you referring your readers to my blog. I will be checking out yours as well.


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