Jeremy C. Young is an energetic advocate for social justice and the humanities, with a passion for protecting the rights of homeschooled children and promoting the historical discipline. He was homeschooled K-12 and has been involved with CRHE in a volunteer capacity since its founding in 2013.
Jeremy is currently the communications and marketing manager at the American Historical Association, the world’s largest professional association of historians. Previously, he was an assistant professor of history and director of the Institute of Politics and Public Affairs at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. He is the author of The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2017; paperback, 2019). He earned his PhD in US History from Indiana University in 2013.
Jeremy's commentary on American politics has appeared in over a dozen U.S. publications including the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Sun-Times, and in international publications on four continents. He has been interviewed in Newsweek, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Christian Science Monitor, and on NPR’s The Takeaway. He is a 2021 New Leaders Council Fellow.
Rachel was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school in Indiana, where her parents were on the board of a regional homeschool organization, the Southwestern Indiana Home Educators Association. In 2010, Rachel completed her M.A. thesis at Ball State University, titled “Ideologues, Pedagogues, Pragmatics: A Case Study of the Homeschool Community in Delaware County, Indiana.” In early 2012, Rachel was invited to be present at the founding of the International Center for Home Education Research. In 2013, deeply moved by several high profiled deaths of children in homeschool settings, Rachel co-founded Homeschooling’s Invisible Children with Heather Doney. Rachel Coleman recently completed her dissertation on the role of children and childhood in the rise of the Christian Right, and received her Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 2018.
Samantha Field was homeschooled from first through twelfth grades, and grew up in an authoritarian, fundamentalist church that belonged to the Quiverfull and Stay-at-Home-Daughter movements. She eventually escaped as a young adult and graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a BS in Secondary Education before attending Liberty University to pursue an MA in English; she received an MA in Religious Leadership from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2019. In 2013, Samantha began writing and speaking about her experiences and has been published at Relevant, Rewire, the Establishment, Sojourners, interviewed for the Wall Street Journal and Marie Claire, spoken at several conferences (Courage Conference, Break Free Together, Queer Christian Fellowship) and featured on several radio programs, including BBC4’s Things Unseen and Beyond Belief. She has also been involved in various activism efforts, largely managing communications for her local county’s Democratic party, several non-profits, and social media campaigns like #IKDGstories.
Benjamin was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. He received a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Union University in 2012, and worked as a CPA at a public accounting firm in North Carolina for seven years, specializing in nonprofit audits and tax compliance. In 2018, Ben received a M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and is currently working as a financial software engineer. Ben’s experience in homeschooling was uniformly positive, and he wants to ensure all homeschooled children have access to the same opportunities that he enjoyed.
Sarah (Morton) Henderson was homeschooled from kindergarten. Her family attended a variety of fundamentalist churches, and took part in various religion based groups including ATIA. She is the second child of a family of nine, and in her tween years, homeschooling stopped completely and she helped raise her younger siblings, as her mother's health was failing. Her family moved frequently to escape multiple children's aid investigations triggered by reports of child abuse and educational neglect.
When she was 17, Sarah decided to finish her education, so she went to public high school and had to leave home in order to be able to attend. She now holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Waterloo. While in school, Sarah lobbied extensively with children's aid to assist her younger siblings, and after two years, they finally stepped in to ensure that her father was removed from the home and her siblings attended school. Sarah was struck by how difficult it is to help children who are being abused or educationally neglected under the guise of homeschooling, and is committed to advocacy efforts to assist such children.
Acacia Learned grew up in Massachusetts and was homeschooled until ninth grade, when she started public school. In 2012, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts. Since graduation she has been working in the digital marketing field. While her education experience was mostly positive, Acacia became passionate about advocating for other homeschoolers after she joined an online community for homeschool graduates and realized how easy it was for abuse in homeschooling to go unnoticed. Acacia still lives in Massachusetts with her husband and cat.
Dr. Chelsea McCracken grew up in Maryland, where she attended high-quality public schools K-12. She studied French and math at St. Mary's College of Maryland and went on to earn her Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University in 2012. Her first book, a reference grammar of an indigenous language of New Caledonia, was published by De Gruyter in 2019. Chelsea became involved in the homeschool reform movement as a result of the abuse and educational neglect experienced by her homeschooled family members. Her two peer-reviewed articles on academic achievement in Alaska correspondence schools were published in 2020 in the journal Other Education. Chelsea previously worked as a tenure-track faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences department at Dixie State University, where she instructed students in research methods and guided them in designing their own educational programs and assembling portfolios of their work. Chelsea currently works for a linguistics research firm in the private sector. She lives in Maryland with her spouse and their fur babies.
Kate Corbett Pollack, who identifies as Culturally Deaf and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), attended public schools and an experimental private Quaker High School for 9th grade. She attended both well-funded east coast public schools with outstanding disability services, and, after moving to Oregon, underfunded, overcrowded city schools with limited disability services, giving her insight into different educational experiences. Kate attended an excellent public high school after 9th grade with a Deaf program and excelled in art and writing. Kate earned her B.A. in History from Hunter College in New York, New York, and a M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University’s School of Education, in Syracuse, New York. Kate also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies from Syracuse. Kate began studying disability and crime in her graduate program, and her focus turned to homeschool when her research revealed the high number of disability homeschool homicide cases. Kate currently is the Coordinator of the Disability Cultural Center at Syracuse University and founded the Committee for Disability Access Syracuse (CDAS). Her research focuses on disability and inclusion in higher education; disability law and policy; institutions and asylums; and disability, crime and abuse.
Victoria was homeschooled, in her mother’s words, from birth to high school graduation. She is the oldest of five children, two of whom are disabled. After her graduation and transition to college, her parents' efforts in educating their remaining children dropped off almost entirely. Her siblings continue struggling to learn and develop in preparation for the adult world.
For the first 17 years of her life, Victoria’s only social interactions were with her homeschool co-op or the cults her parents were involved in. Growing up primarily in the Messianic tradition, the belief system was sternly legalistic and deeply entwined with purity culture's expectations for women. The traditional expectation was that no woman left her father's home until she was married.
Despite strong discouragement from church members, Victoria moved away and graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA). She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology with honors. In the pursuit of her degree, she closely examined the relationship between psychology and literature. This extended even to partnering with a former teacher to study bibliotherapy - a little-known therapeutic technique that employs literature, lyrics, and other written works to facilitate the healing process in clients from all backgrounds.
Victoria also minored in creative writing at PBA and has been published in several creative journals. Most notably, her creative non-fiction work “The Fire of 2006” illuminated the memory of conspiracy theories convincing Victoria's mother to burn all fantasy literature in the house to cleanse her family of their mental health issues.
Victoria benefits from a wide variety of exposures both in volunteering networks and corporate structures. For one year, she lived in an intentional community with the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network. They worked together to fight homelessness and food insecurity in Sacramento while encouraging each other spiritually. She oversaw the Boston site for Youthworks’ volunteer summer camp, bringing churches from across the country together to meet the immediate needs of the surrounding community. She also directed gift card donations to nonprofits surrounding the locations of a regional restaurant chain. Victoria is now honored to use her experiences to serve the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. Victoria currently lives in College Station with her friends, spoiling their adorable and chunky senior cat.
Alisa Harris was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. As a homeschooled graduate who had a positive experience, she is passionate about working to ensure that all homeschooled children have access to a quality education. She has worked on a wide range of causes as a communications professional and a volunteer: economic and social rights, addiction treatment, mental health, early childhood education, child abuse prevention, higher education, and women’s rights. Alisa has a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College and an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business.
Carmen Longoria-Green grew up in Missouri, where she was homeschooled from first through twelfth grade. Growing up, Carmen learned first-hand the problems that students face in states with little homeschool oversight or student-focused protections, an experience that has made her passionate about improving the lives of all homeschooled students. Carmen was formerly the litigation counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, where she litigated religious-freedom cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Currently, Carmen is an associate in Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office, where she is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Carmen earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College.
Kathryn Brightbill was homeschooled from the start of formal schooling in 1st grade through graduation from high school. She is the second of four children and the first in her family to be homeschooled all the way through school. Growing up in a politically active family, at one time Kathryn was the youngest ever precinct committeewoman elected to her county Republican Executive Committee. She has a B.A. in Information and Computer Science from Covenant College, a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, and her J.D. at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to law school, Kathryn dabbled in several different fields, including spending time on the English faculty at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, VN, where she taught reading and writing for international relations to foreign affairs and international law students.
Eve Ettinger teaches English and Composition at a community college in southwest Virginia. She graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University in 2019, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Kyrgyzstan 2015-17). After being homeschooled K-12 in both California and Virginia, she studied English at Grove City College and has worked in communications and strategy for NGOs focused on issues relating to the Affordable Care Act, community development, and the ERA. She is passionate about advocating for children, disability, mental health, queer, and working class concerns and rights.
Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Cosmopolitan, Glamour UK, Autostraddle, The Establishment, and Longreads. She is currently a nonfiction features editor at The Rumpus.