Board of Directors and Staff
Lisa has studied Mason since providentially hearing of her from Ranald and Susan Macaulay at a Rochester, MN L'Abri Conference in the summer of 1982 while an undergraduate education major at Covenant College. Upon returning to school that fall, she found a few of Mason's volumes in the college library and was entirely swept up in what she recognized as a much needed antidote to the decidedly mechanistic approach to teaching prevalent in most teacher education programs and even Christian education practice in those days. She was blessed to find a school some years later (Intown Community School) that employed Mason's methods and has enjoyed a career of teaching, learning and sharing Mason's ideas and practice with those who endeavor to bring a "sane" education to children and families in diverse settings. Lisa lives in Cincinnati with her husband Matt who is a PCA pastor and two dachshunds who preside over home security. She is a catechist in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children's spiritual formation program at Faith Presbyterian Church, and the director of Great River Learning, a non-profit organization that brings Charlotte Mason education to Cincinnati in the forms of classes for homeschooled children, in-service training for schools, and educational rehabilitation to students of all ages, shapes and sizes. Lisa serves as chair of the board of the Charlotte Mason Institute. She holds a B. S. in Early Childhood Education from Covenant College and a M. Ed. in Literacy Instruction from Georgia State University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelli has been involved in the Charlotte Mason Community for over 15 years. She currently facilitates the Peoria area Charlotte Mason Study Group and enjoys studying and discussing those vitalizing ideas on education and life. She is also privileged to be involved in a few Charlotte Mason Institute projects and is excited about all the research, development, training and support that CMI brings to our communities! She has a passion for sharing the beauty and breadth of ideas in a Mason educational approach with others through speaking, mentoring, consulting, and supporting educators. Through God’s abundant grace, her children were home educated through high school graduation and are currently university undergraduate or graduate students. In her studies over the last few years, she has been encouraged and challenged to consider the magnitude of this relational education, ‘a liberal education for all’, that Mason aims to place before children with ‘minds astonishingly alert’. email@example.com
Just like so many others, Kerri was introduced to the life-giving principles of Charlotte Mason through the reading of For the Children’s Sake. She and her husband, Scott, along with their five children (ages nine to nineteen) are growing in their ability to live out these principles on their direct-to-consumer farm in Franklin County, NC. Besides leading a monthly CM study group for moms in North Raleigh, she and the kids regularly enjoy rescuing used, living books wherever they can be found for the purpose of finding new loving homes for them. Kerri is currently assisting in the development of a high school curriculum for Mason's Alveary. She holds a B. A. in Sociology from Wheaton College. firstname.lastname@example.org
Antonella and her husband, Nicholas, began their homeschooling journey in 2015 with their (thankfully) all-things-winter-loving daughter in Manitoba, Canada. Antonella “discovered” Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy while exploring homeschooling options when their daughter was a toddler, thanks to a few different benefactors who simultaneously recommended Charlotte Mason to her. As she began reading more about Mason, Antonella recognized that CM would be a great fit for her family. In just a few years of educating the CM way, these philosophies have shaped who she is, at least as much as (if not more than) they have shaped her daughter! She recently began collaborating on a major effort to make Charlotte Mason’s poetry widely available in a variety of digital formats. She is helping with the transcription of the manuscript of Mason’s The Saviour of the World, volume VII. She is the digital editor of poetry for CharlotteMasonPoetry.org. Antonella and Nicholas are taking part in a monthly online discussion group, reading CM’s six educational volumes over two years. Antonella co-founded a Manitoba Charlotte Mason group and is marvelling at how many people in her sparsely populated province are using Mason’s philosophy in the education of their children. She holds a B. Mus (Honors) and a M. A. Music Criticism from McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. She is currently secretary of the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Mason Institute. email@example.com
Nancy lives in a little town on the prairie called Windom, Minnesota. She and her husband Kent have home-educated their six children for over 20 years using the principles and practices of Charlotte Mason. Nancy has helped build a thriving educational community in southwest Minnesota that continues to learn and grow. She administrates the Parents’ Midwest Educational Union (PMEU), a parents’ book discussion group; Truth, Beauty, Goodness (TBG), a student learning cooperative; the teacher-training Awakening sessions; and the Living Education Retreat, now in its 12th year of sharing and spreading the ideas of Charlotte Mason. Speaking, consulting, and mentoring are three of her favorite things to do. A trip with Kent and dear friends to Ambleside, England in 2014 forever changed her understanding of Mason’s teacher training and deepened her love for Mason’s relational philosophy. She writes at her CM-inspired blog, Sage Parnassus. Her newest project, Living Education Lessons, is an online mentoring community. She enjoys family, 'bright eyes', flower gardening, collecting vintage honeypots, exploring the flora and fauna of new places, and of course--books. She holds a B. S. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Liberty University with cognates in English and Education. firstname.lastname@example.org
Art and his wife have been home educating their three children for more than a decade. Over this time, Art has been studying Charlotte Mason's writings and attempting to apply her living ideas to his family's homeschool. In this course of time Art has written several essays about Charlotte Mason's theology and philosophy which have been published in the two volumes of Essays on the Life and Work of Charlotte Mason, published by Riverbend Press. Art also blogs regularly about Mason's theory of education at CharlotteMasonPoetry.org. Art walks in Mason’s theological tradition as a member of an Anglican church near Detroit, Michigan. Outside of the home, Art leads product engineering for a Chicago-based software company. He received his B. S. degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University. email@example.com
Gladys is a CM educator with over two decades of experience in the home and school classroom. She has found the truth in Mason’s words, “Education is a life.” Although all six of her children have reached adulthood, she finds herself drawn to all of the beauty learned through her years educating with the Mason philosophy. Art museums, living books, and travel nourish her spirit, and she is eternally grateful to live in the truth that “Every child is born a person.” She holds a B. S. in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Montevallo and a masters degree in education from Regent University. Along with serving on the board of the Charlotte Mason Institute she serves on the board of the Alabama International Dyslexia Association. She is a certified educational therapist, an academic language therapist in training, and operates a thriving private practice. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenn lives with her husband and three children in the beautiful bluegrass region of Kentucky. She is passionate about her faith, home educating her children, and seeing as much of God’s creation as possible! Jenn grew up in a home that encouraged self-education, so Charlotte Mason’s philosophy was a natural fit for her family. After moving to Kentucky and struggling to find an established CM community, Jenn decided to host information sessions on Mason’s philosophy of education. Those sessions led to a book study, which led to a summer cottage school, which led to the establishment of Overstone School, a Charlotte Mason cooperative school. Overstone will graduate its first senior class in 2017. Today, there are over 300 CM home educators and many support groups and book studies in the Bluegrass region.
Jenn is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and holds a B. S. with Special Attainments in Commerce. Jenn also maintains CharlotteMasoninCommunity.com, a website designed to help parent-educators around the world find support groups, conferences and retreats that will inspire, encourage and instruct them in CM’s philosophy. You can contact Jenn through CMIC or through the Bluegrass Charlotte Mason Community Facebook page. email@example.com
Brendan has been working in the area of consumer finance as the Director of Education and Community Relations with a non-profit credit counseling agency. He is an NFCC certified counselor and has been in financial counseling since 1999. Brendan has completed the Fair Credit Reporting Act training and certification process. He develops and delivers financial skills training and home owner education seminars on multiple topics, including reverse equity mortgage, foreclosure prevention, credit, budgeting building savings and identity theft. Brendan has presented “Train-the-Trainer" workshops throughout the Eastern United States. He has served as an intermediary for the Virginia Individual Development Accounts program, an 8:1 savings program to help new businesses and first time home buyers. He conducts webinars on the national level for consumers on financial matters. Audiences have included United States Department of Justice, Harvard University, Federal Reserve Bank, National Basketball Association, National Football League, New York Times and Federal Housing Administration.
Brendan has organized and led teams to work with disaster relief victims on the domestic and international level. Trips have included Russia, Kosovo and the Dominican Republic. He has a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Business Administration and is a home school dad of over 20 years. He serves as the Charlotte Mason Institute's treasurer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Carroll Smith
Dr. Carroll Smith was introduced to Charlotte Mason at a L’Abri conference in the 1970s. While a young middle school teacher working within a mechanistic educational system that he saw neither inspired nor engaged his students, he attended Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s presentation on Mason and knew that the ideas of Charlotte Mason were what was missing in his professional training to become a teacher. He will always be grateful to Susan for then sending him Mason’s book, An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education, which gave him the scope and framework of Mason’s ideas. From there the seeds of ideas given by Mason in her various books have slowly taken hold and have grown year by year as Carroll worked as a middle school teacher, school principal, professor of education and university dean. Over the decades of working with children and teachers, teaching undergraduate and graduate education courses including philosophy of education courses, and helping to establish CMI as an accrediting agency, he finds that CM gets the ontology of children correct and thus, subsequently develops a philosophy of education and methods of education that match to the child as a person. He founded the educational nonprofit, The Charlotte Mason Institute, to promote the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason and cherishes the relationships that have gown over the years through a collective camaraderie with people interested in seeing education from a very different paradigm. He enjoys reading, gardening and discussing ideas with friends. He and his wife, Andra, have two adult children and live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Roanoke, VA. He enjoys speaking on Charlotte Mason’s theories and practices wherever he is asked. Carroll holds an undergraduate degree in Intermediate Education (grades 4 - 8) and a master’s in School Administration from East Carolina University, and a doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. He is the Executive Director and Founder of the Charlotte Mason Institute.
Dr. Jennifer Spencer
Dr. Jennifer Spencer has been an educator for eighteen years in public, private, and home schools. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, a masters in Elementary Education, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She was lucky enough in 2009 to be part of the team that digitized the Mason archives for the Charlotte Mason Digital Collection. In 2011, she helped found Willow Tree Community School in Shelby, NC, where she worked as teacher and principal for four years. Jen currently works from home as an independent education consultant, researcher, and sometimes-blogger at Cuppa with Jen. In the past she has served on the Board of Directors at the Charlotte Mason Institute. Jen enjoys hiking, reading, and supporting her two children in their musical endeavors. She lives in Gaffney, SC with her husband, Wes; the kids, Drew and Marley; and one sweet, spoiled, and ill-mannered lapdog, Buddy. She currently serves as the projector director of Mason's Alveary.
Robin Hancox lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, Mark, and a good natured Chesapeake Bay retriever named Hoppie. She has two married daughters, six beautiful grandchildren and a new grandbaby due mid-May, 2017. Robin holds a B.A. degree in Human Resources Management and a Master's degree in Human Resources Development. She retired from her full time human resources software consultant position in October, 2015. She helps with home schooling three of her grandchildren, enjoys sewing, quilting, reading books and traveling with her husband. She currently serves as the part time administrative assistant for CMI.