Diane and Joe met in high school and were married in 1981 in Calgary. Before their children were born, Diane taught English and French in senior and junior high school. Joe was formerly a Financial Analyst, then made a career change and became a high school Physics and Chemistry teacher. They were blessed to be offered a position with WISDOM in the fall of 1997 and are now entering their 25th year of facilitating. Diane and Joe have also volunteered together in the marriage preparation ministry and have enjoyed years of scripture studies with their small church community. Living south of Calgary on a lovely acreage, Joe and Diane run a greenhouse in the spring.

Our family began on July 29, 1983, when Daniel and I were married. Today we serve our Lord in Lac La Biche, Alberta. God has given us 5 treasures to nurture. Our three daughters are happily married (to former homeschool students) our oldest son this year and our grandchildren have started coming! Our youngest son is on staff at a YWAM base in Quebec.

My wife, Joyce, and I have been blessed with six children, all of whom are grown and gone from home.  We are thrilled to now have grandchildren on their home education journey and to walk alongside the second generation of home educators!

Since 1992, Glenn has held a variety of positions within the educational field along with working extensively within the home school community as a homeschooling facilitator with WISDOM. He seeks to serve home school families by encouraging parents in their capacity to form their children with excellence and to achieve the goals that have been placed on their minds and hearts.

He and his wife have always home schooled their children and upon completion of their oldest child’s high schooling at home, they found multiple post-secondary options available to her. The success Glenn and his wife have found in preparing their children for a future after home schooling only serves to strengthen their conviction that home schooling has been one of their best decisions they have ever made for their family.

Paul and his wife Mary have been married more than 35 years, have seven children, and home education has been a way of life for them for over 25 years.  The family loves Socratic discussion because it is not just a form of education but a part of daily life – during tea times, during meal times, or while driving to an event. As Mary says, "we have a deep commitment to classical education including philosophy and logic.  It is a part of our life, every day."

Catherine van Kampen is happy to be a part of the WISDOM team.  She has had a variety of teaching positions.  She began teaching in Taiwan in 2004 and that was an adventure!  Next, she moved back to her hometown of Saskatoon and taught Kindergarten while subbing in other schools on days off. Eventually, Catherine ended up in Calgary, her husband Peter's hometown, and taught at both Bishop Grandin High School as well as Father Lacombe High School.  All of these jobs taught her new things...but none prepared her for the next mission she would undertake: homeschooling her own children. From 2013 to the present Catherine has been both delighted and stretched by the process of homeschooling.  Each child being so unique, she is always adjusting, learning to listen, and trying to laugh often. Peter and Catherine have five children.  They enjoy camping and hiking, reading and singing... and thank God for their cozy little house in a big clump of trees. Maybe it looks more like a zoo than a home on some days, but Catherine trusts that good things are growing, and she loves this life!

High School Advisor, Math and Science Specialist
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Desmond Kilgannon is pleased to step into the role of Credit Advisor to WISDOM families.  He thanks Rae LaRocque and Vic Wiens for all their hard work in laying the foundation stones and lighting the path forward for WISDOM High School programming.  Desmond began working for WISDOM last fall as a Facilitator and has added Credit Advisor and Subject Specialist (Math, Physics and Biology) to his responsibilities this year. 

Desmond and his wife Claudia homeschooled their three children through high school.  He also worked for 27 years as a Math, Science and Technology teacher.  For the last 12 years of that career, he added school administration to his repertoire, first as a secondary school assistant principal and then as the principal.  Never once, though, did he stop teaching his favourite subject: senior high Math.  As a secondary school administrator, Desmond became very familiar with all aspects of the Alberta High School Diploma and the ways and means of achieving it.  Now, he is rapidly learning the many options open to homeschooled students who wish to pursue specific high school courses or the full Alberta High School Diploma.

Desmond looks forward to assisting families as they discern the best path through high school for their children, whether they wish to pursue a Parent Authorized Diploma, a mixture of traditional home schooling with some Alberta Education credits, or the complete Alberta High School Diploma.

High School Specialist
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Siebert to our faculty.  Andrew is eager to continue his life-long exploration of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty with all of the students of The Gilbertine Academy, both WISDOM Home Schooling students and the campus students.

As an interdisciplinary adventurer, Andrew has greatly enjoyed connecting history, philosophy, and literature in his classes as a teacher in the Republic of Georgia - the land of Prometheus and Jason's Golden Fleece.  Along with teaching AP courses, Literature, and coaching debate, he has spent the last six years discovering medieval castles and archaeological sites with his wife Rachel and their four homeschooling children.  Andrew loves the outdoors, discussions about the history of ideas, and writing.  

Starting in Fall 2021, Andrew will be directing all English and Social Studies course challenges for students of WISDOM Home Schooling. At the Gilbertine Academy, Andrew will be teaching English and leading socratic seminars in history and philosophy to high school students, with parent and faculty participation. 

Office Manager & High School Advisor
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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!

Data Manager
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Janelle is married to Ed, and they have 3 children: 2 home school graduates and one in high school. They have been with WISDOM Home Schooling for 15 years for a total of 18 years home educating. Family time is very important to the Mailhot family, and they like to spend their time together outdoors, cooking, baking or playing cards and board games. You will often hear the guitar or piano being played in their home as they love to create music.

Data Manager
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Abigail is a WISDOM graduate who originally started working part time in the office when she was 15 years old as a Student Employee.  

Homeschooling k-12 allowed her and her siblings to explore each of their individual artistic, athletic, and academic passions as their family explored the province of Alberta, living in nearly every region before settling in Derwent in 2014.

Finance Manager
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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.

Events Director
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Marlane is a WISDOM founder and she takes the WISDOM ministry to heart. Home schooling has long been her way of life, and she draws from her personal life when assisting WISDOM families, organizing events, and writing her "Notes to Myself" column for the WISDOM Family Magazine.

Socratic Dialogue Online Program Director
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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.

Home School Consultant
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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.

Home School Consultant
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Terry is happily married to Richard and 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.  

Home School Consultant
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“For I know the plans that I have for you declares the Lord, plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NASB

For the past 33 years, Carrie and her husband Dennis have lived a life of working hard, raising a family, and a whole lot of moving around – an adventurous lifestyle which has most definitely spoiled them for the ordinary! From Alberta to Texas… and even to the far reaches of Africa, WISDOM has travelled alongside the Martinoskis, playing a vital role in the successful training of their four children and providing educational stability for their nontypical, nomadic life in global missions. Their kids have long since grown and left the next, dramatically changing Carrie’s focus and accelerating her efforts down a career path which is years in the making. Carrie is happy that WISDOM has welcomed her on board and thrilled with the opportunity to pay it forward by helping families navigate through the wide and wonderful (albeit challenging) world of home schooling.

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Christian Bekolay homeschooled with WISDOM through graduation. Spending his school years at home fostered a love for family life, and provided many opportunities to discover other little loves for things such as being with nature through hiking, foraging, and gardening, engaging in creative arts by sculpting, carving, and painting, musical pursuits in piano and guitar, a developing passion for cooking and baking, and finally, a very enthusiastic interest in the board game hobby, from collecting to designing games. Christian considers himself a dilettante and aesthete; there is so much beauty in the world that he finds it difficult to focus on any particular aspect, rather, he lives by the motto: "I choose all."

Family Funding Team Lead
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Saul's experience in homeschooling goes back to his early childhood, going through K-12 with WISDOM Home Schooling and eventually starting work full time for the administration in 2014.  He took a couple years off to pursue other ventures, gaining much knowledge and experience working in sales and development.

Family Funding Associate
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Dylan, along with his wife Katelyn, love the homeschooling lifestyle. Katelyn was homeschooled with WISDOM for her entire education. The Kwasnycias are excited to homeschool their two young children, Henry and Emma.

Dylan began his work as a WISDOM Family Funding Associate in October 2020. Since then, he has enjoyed working for families and with coworkers, and finds it very fulfilling to help WISDOM parents to achieve the same kind of aspirations that he has for his own family.

Dylan enjoys board games, trying to keep up with his kids, and taking the summer "off" to be a grain farmer.