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Be There: A Brave Role Model for Parents with Karen O’Connor

Podcast S3E13 Karen O'Connor

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to the person who has had the single greatest impact on me as a mother, role model, and writer. Of course, I’m talking about my mother, Karen O’Connor! We had such a wonderful conversation on the season finale of the podcast—looking back at both my childhood and the way she shared the homeschooling task with me and my sister, and how she has grandparented our children. Truly: this is a “DON’T MISS IT” episode!

Stick around til the end. Her final bit of advice is GOLD!

Episode 13: Karen O’Connor

My mom is the author over over 85 books, an intrepid hiker of mountains and coastlines, and an avid line dancer. She has consistently modeled self-care and personal growth to me for my entire life. She’s a popular national speaker who has helped thousands of women, in particular, find the strength to be the best versions of themselves. I can’t wait to share her with you!

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Leaving a Beauty Mark on the World with Joules Evans

Podcast S3E12 Joules Evans

Every homeschool faces a crisis of some kind. Some of us get the diagnosis that alters the rest of our lives. Today, on the Brave Writer Podcast, I welcome my friend and homeschool comrade Joules Evans. Joules faced that life-changing diagnosis in the middle of her homeschooling journey. She talks to us about the brave shifts she and her family made and where they are today.

Don’t miss this podcast! It’s tempting to avoid facing our mortality. Yet being compassionate and prepared is a gift we give ourselves and others. I’m excited for you to meet Joules!

Also, I’m giving away her signed book on Instagram today (ends Wed 9:00 AM ET)! Come enter to win!

Episode 12: Joules Evans

Joules Evans is the mother of three grown kids whom she homeschooled all the way to the end of high school. All three are doing big brave things in the world. Joules, herself, is a breast cancer survivor. Her diagnosis shattered the taken-for-granted life she and her family had created and forced them to recreate their homeschool and their lives. Join me for an especially important episode.

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How TeachThought is Innovating Education & Empowering Students with Terry Heick

Podcast S3E11 Terry Heick

The insights of homeschooling are transforming traditional education! You are on the cutting edge of that transformation.

Today, on the podcast, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing you to an impressive education innovator: Terry Heick. Terry runs the enormously popular website: TeachThought.com.

Hundreds of thousands of teachers follow Terry’s work where they learn the principles of home education in his advice for their classrooms. You know the primary source of that advice? Homeschooling! Terry left the classroom and now, he and his wife home educate their kids!

I have frequented Terry’s site for years as a tool for research into the field of learning. His understanding of kids and how they learn dovetails beautifully with Brave Writer’s pedagogy. I reached out to Terry for this podcast and was delighted that he was eager to be a part of our program.

Let’s just say this: If you lack confidence in homeschooling in any way, Terry’s interview will give you the research and data that help you trust this homeschool practice because:

HOMESCHOOLING IS ACTUALLY THE BEST WAY TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN!

TUNE IN now! I promise: your energy and confidence will soar once you listen!

Episode 11: Terry Heick

Terry Heick is the founder of TeachThought.com. He is a former school teacher turned “educational dreamer.” His hundreds of thousands of followers are keen to learn what Terry shares. Why? Because his fresh approach to education was honed in the homeschool he and his wife created for their children. Terry takes natural learning, self-directed learning seriously. He hopes to be a part of the revolution that transforms how we educate our young.

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Poetry, Fanfiction, and Chronic Illness with Susanne Barrett

brave Shift Podcast S3E10 Susanne Barrett

As I considered guests for this season of the podcast, it occurred to me that I had never shared our most senior Brave Writer instructor with you! Susanne Barrett and I are homeschool friends, writing colleagues, fellow Californians, and passionate writers. Susanne has taught with Brave Writer for more than a decade, instructing our high school students in topics ranging from the MLA Research Essay to Fan Fiction to Shakespeare! She shares on the podcast about all of that and more—including her own struggle with chronic illness in the midst of her very full life.

Episode 10: Susanne Barrett

Susanne homeschooled her four children, has over 2 million fans of her fan fiction, and is one of our most beloved writing instructors. She shares her teaching and personal writing experiences on today’s episode!

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Coming soon to the Brave Writer blog, we’ll be featuring interviews with our fabulous writing instructors. Here’s our first written interview with Susanne Barrett!

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Learning to Trust Yourself, Your Child, & the Process with Stephanie Elms

Brave Shift Podcast S3E9 Stephanie Elms

Today’s episode will help you learn to trust! As our podcast guest Stephanie likes to quote, “There are no educational emergencies.” We can start with our kids wherever they are, just as they are.

Stephanie Elms is a 15 year homeschool veteran and our senior homeschool coach in the Homeschool Alliance. She helps parents find their footing and keep it in this long, challenging, wonderful journey.

Episode 9: Stephanie Elms

Stephanie and I met when she invited me to be a part of the Virginia Homeschoolers’ conference. I knew right away we were kindred spirits. Stephanie has homeschooled her two sons with kindness, intuition, and a hefty dose of trust. Her insight in the Homeschool Alliance is so popular, one member said, “If you close the Alliance, I’m going to have to have Stephanie on speed dial. I can’t get by without her!”

Today’s podcast gives you a chance to get to know Stephanie and her heart for helping homeschool parents live their best lives. Enjoy!

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