Meet the Careys!
We are pleased to introduce the Carey family this month. John is CHEWV’s Legislative Liaison and is already working hard during interim meetings as the 2019 Legislative Session begins to take shape.
How long have you been homeschooling?
Edie and I homeschooled for 28 years, beginning in 1988 and ending in 2016.
Tell us a little about your family.
We graduated four children. Two have completed college, while the other two are still working on their degrees. They have such varied interests, ranging from helping families through a local non-profit, to pursuing advanced degrees in plant sciences and biology, to entrepreneurial endeavors. Our main goal was to raise children who would love their God with all their heart, soul, and mind. They have demonstrated this in their concern for others and their desire to remain lifelong learners.
What was your style of homeschooling?
We had a very eclectic style of learning that included unit studies, and modeled Charlotte Mason and Classical styles of education. Our goal was that our children would get their liberal arts education at home, rather than in college. As a result, they were able to easily CLEP out of many general education classes and intelligently engage their professors on a variety of topics.
Whenever we began a trip to church or a friend’s house, each of us prayed for those we were to spend time with and encouraged our children to not just share, but listen to others as well.
How are you involved with CHEWV?
I have been the CHEWV Legislative Liaison since 1999. I could never have been successful if my family had not taken the time to involve themselves in this work – by going to the Capitol, attending meetings, and editing everything I write in emails and news articles. Doug, my youngest, was even quoted on the floor of the House, when at four years old he saw an empty piggy bank in a Delegate’s office and asked, “Where’s the money?”
Anything else you’d like to share?
My family deeply appreciates CHEWV families who provide the financial and prayer support that has allowed this work to move forward year after year. CHEWV’s networking with families has enabled so many to respond as needed to the challenges that are presented every year at the state capitol, and their strategic partnership with HSLDA raises the standard of professionalism that is required for homeschoolers to remain respected by state legislators.
We are grateful that John and the Careys work so hard on our behalf. And we are thankful for those who join CHEWV and make that financially possible. When it comes down to it, CHEWV is a community of current and veteran homeschool families working together to serve God and one another. If you have not yet joined us, we invite you to become a member today!