Rae was home schooled from grade 1 through 12 and enjoyed every minute of the journey. In the LaRocque house, learning was fun! Whether it was racing with her sister to complete the math lesson first (with the fewest mistakes), researching every current or passing interest, reading as often as possible, or working with their menagerie of farm pets, Rae's parents taught her that learning is not just something that happens in a classroom from 9 to 3 on weekdays. Learning happens everywhere and should be enjoyable!
Socratic Dialogue Online Program Manager
Nicole Noster was home educated for 10 years (Gr. 3 – 12) and upon graduating, obtained her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a classical liberal arts college in California. The College uses only primary sources, in particular the great books of Western civilization, to teach students to think logically and objectively across an array of subjects. Rather than lecture, professors guide students using Socratic dialogue, a process that Nicole realized as ideal for prompting students to grapple with questions and come to the answers as conclusions rather than memorized information. After graduation, Nicole worked in program development and management, putting her skills to good use with programs she believed in. Nicole and her husband, Simon, home school their 4 children and strive to always create a culture of learning in their home. In some of her random free time, she likes to garden, help on the family farm, perform choral music, and read lots of everything.
Terry is happily married to Richard, and she spent 26 years home educating their four daughters: Natasha, Rachel, Mikayla and Julia. She loves the Charlotte Mason Philosophy, Unit Studies and really enjoyed eclectic learning with lots of hands on learning and books when home schooling the girls.
Carolyn's school experience growing up varied from a local school in Central America, a year in a one room country school in Canada, a year being home schooled and grade12 in a large modern high school in Calgary. Those transitions taught her that the methods used with education were not as important as her own personal motivation to learn.
Janelle is married to Ed, and they have 3 children: Emily, Abigail and Sheldon. They have been homeschooling for 13 years. Family time is very important, and they like to spend their time together outdoors; camping, walking, and with the horses. You will often hear the guitar or piano being played in their home as they love to create music.
Financial Services Manager
Melissa was raised on fresh air, hard work, and unconditional love in rural north-eastern Alberta. She was "officially" homeschooled for the second half of her school years, but was introduced to learning at home well before gaining the title of homeschooler. The second-oldest of four sisters, Melissa learned the truth of the proverb, "Many hands make light work," and discovered that laughing with a sister over a shared chore made the time pass more quickly.
In 2008, while a student, Saul began working part time in the WISDOM office. He dedicated his time mainly to filing and some administration. After taking time off to focus on finishing his high school education at home, he returned to general administration with WISDOM in 2012. He gradually made the shift into the Finance Department, where he began working full time in 2014. His favourite thing about working at the WISDOM office is working with joyful people; whether it's other staff members who are always so generous and caring, or WISDOM parents who juggle a million things but still somehow manage to be calm and at peace.
Jim Burgess is a home schooling father to 4 children. As a young adult, Jim had the chance to witness the benefits of home schooling in his brother's family. When he met and married a home schooled graduate, it was with the definite intent to home school their future children.
Naomi started working with WISDOM in 2005... actually, much longer if you consider that the original WISDOM office was in the front room of her childhood home. Over the years of formally working for WISDOM her work evolved from odd jobs, stuffing magazines and cleaning the office to filing and print management. After a while her role developed into Editorial Assistant and Art Design Technician. She became a font nerd and InD layering geek who loves to make things beautiful to look at and attractive to read.
Haley was homeschooled from grade one to twelve with WISDOM. Being the fourth oldest of eleven children she never felt that she missed out on the full classroom experience; there were always fellow students around! She highly values her childhood and is grateful for the amount of time she got to spend with her family, allowing for the beautiful relationships that she shares with her siblings.
When she was seven, Haley’s family moved out to an acreage. At the time she enjoyed having the wide open fields, small forests, and many animals to play with and let her imagination run wild in. However she loathed her gardening chores. Since then she’s grown to appreciate the bounty, and the joy that growing your own food brings, and has found a new passion in learning how to forage.
Shortly after high school she served as a missionary with NET Ministries of Canada for two years. These were two of the most joy-filled and formative years she has experienced. Learning how to cooperate and work closely with a team of young adults taught Haley what it means to love intentionally and serve joyfully. She treasures the relationships that were formed these years and still keeps close contact with some of her teammates despite living across the country from them.
Working with WISDOM has been an enormous blessing in Haley’s life and she appreciates the opportunity she has in being able to serve a cause she is passionate about. When not at work you can find Haley playing board games or sitting on roofs with her friends and a good glass of wine, swinging on her hammock with a book, or planning her next adventure in travelling!