What is CHEWV?

“Defending freedoms, serving families … together” is what we’ve been doing since we were first founded in 1990. It’s the bedrock of who we are and why we exist.

Not so many years ago, West Virginians had very limited homeschool freedoms. In fact, legislative issues still arise that threaten the future of homeschooling in West Virginia – more often than you might think. The good news is that CHEWV is committed to doing whatever it takes to defend your freedoms and to serve families all across this great state. We’re at the Capitol and in legislative meetings. We’re all around the state providing services. We answer family-specific questions. We network with state and national leaders. And we do it “together” – with families like yours.

If you’re not currently a part of CHEWV, we invite you to join with us in the important work of protecting and advancing homeschooling in West Virginia.

“Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”

Psalm 127:1

We firmly believe that the homeschooling freedoms we collectively enjoy, are the gift of God. Since our inception, we’ve prayed and sought the Lord, asking for His guidance and His direction. Because we believe that parental, religious, and homeschooling freedoms are endowed by our Creator and protected in our Constitution, we advocate from a strong position. As a result, the freedoms of all law-abiding families, Christian or not, are defended.

Our Mission

CHEWV is a ministry established to encourage and support West Virginia families in the exercise and defense of their God-given responsibility and Constitutional freedom to train and educate their children at home.

We Strive

  • to impart a vision of family life which inspires Christian families to disciple their children and
  • to assist those families in accomplishing their vision with excellence.
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We Seek

  • to further the interests of all parents who choose to educate their own children at home by all lawful means;
  • to support homeschooling families through practical service;
  • to promote homeschooling as a valuable means to strengthen families, as well as an environment that facilitates discipleship of children in the Christian faith.

We Work

CHEWV Board

Andy & Jennifer Cogar

Andy & Jennifer Cogar

CHEWV Board Member

The Cogars make their home in Bridgeport where they homeschool their four children. In addition to coordinating Twitter and graduation, they are assisting with long-term CHEWV planning.

Email: graduation@chewv.org

Don & Kim Kincell

Don & Kim Kincell

CHEWV Board Member

The Kincells, from Morgantown, oversee the monthly e-newsletter and the website. They homeschooled their three daughters, all of whom are now graduated, for over sixteen years.

Email: media@chewv.org

James & Wendy Summers

James & Wendy Summers

CHEWV Board Member

The Summerses are the coordinators of Home School Day at the Capitol and several of our regional events. Boasting one homeschool graduate in college, they continue to homeschool the younger of their two sons. They hail from Clay County.

Email: hsdc@chewv.org

Leadership Team

John & Edie Carey

John & Edie Carey

Legislative Liaison

John, with Edie by his side, has served faithfully as CHEWV’s legislative liaison and homeschool lobbyist for over 19 years. They boast four homeschool graduates and two homeschooled grandchildren.

Email: jcarey.heritage@gmail.com

Dennis & Melody Sheppard

Dennis & Melody Sheppard

Facebook Manager

Brian & Becky Price

Brian & Becky Price

Testing Coordinators

The testing area is an important function and CHEWV is grateful for the Prices’ volunteer service. Residing in Reedsville, WV, they have four children and have been homeschooling for more than 15 years.

Email: testing@chewv.org

Justin & Amber Morris

Justin & Amber Morris

Homeschooling 101 Director

Paul & Terri Massie

Paul & Terri Massie

Community Groups Liaison

After homeschooling in the Charleston area for 15 years, Paul and Terri recently graduated their third and final homeschooler. Now they bring that vast experience to their new role as liaison to support groups, co-ops and other community groups.

Email: community@chewv.org