If you’re a homeschooler in Indiana, you may or may not have met your IAHE regional reps. I had the privilege of meeting our regions reps when we first moved here and got involved with our local homeschool group. We live in region 10 and this month I was able to interview our previous region reps, who have now serve as IAHE Board Members. Learn more about them in this month’s spotlight post.
- Please give your names.
Greg and Kimberly Laskowski
2. How long have you been homeschooling?
This is our 16th year.
3. What are the ages of your children?
19 years old, 12 years old, and 7 years old
4. At what age did you begin homeschooling your children?
With our oldest,we were eager to start and began when he was three. With our two younger children, we started when they were five.
5. Why did you choose to homeschool?
Our reasons for homeschooling have changed over the years. When we began, our oldest had health issues, classrooms in our school district had a minimum of thirty children (we lived outside Washington D.C.), I didn’t want to miss out on eight hours of my child’s life everyday, and we wanted to choose what he would be taught & when, all from a biblical worldview. Now we homeschool because we feel it is God’s desire for our family to learn together from a biblical worldview and we no one else cares more about our children than us. We want to see them have a relationship with The Lord, Godly character, and the best education tailored to each child.
6. What is your favorite aspect of homeschooling?
The nurturing of relationships…my children’s relationship with the Lord, our family relationships, relationships with friends, and nurturing our children’s love for learning.
7. What region did you represent?
We were representatives for region 10, but are now on the Board of Directors for IAHE.
8. How long were you region reps?
9. What were your primary responsibilities as regional reps?
We were to represent the IAHE in our region and help families in their endeavor to homeschool, whether they were at the end of their homeschooling journey, the beginning, or just considering it. We also connected with the homeschool support groups and co-ops, so we could direct homeschoolers to the groups in their community, as well as get information from the IAHE to them.
10. What was your favorite part of being a regional rep? Why?
Our favorite parts of being the regional reps were meeting new people and helping them in their homeschool journey. Homeschooling can change the harmony of a home for the good, it can knit hearts of parents and children, and it can change a child’s heart about learning and relationships. Getting to be a small part of that or be witness to it…that was worth it’s weight in gold.
11. What was your least favorite part of being a regional rep? Why?
The calendar. We were terrible at updating our region’s calendar and we hated that about ourselves…we liked connecting with people so much more and it showed. We now have a person in our organization who handles all the calendar stuff. Love that girl!
12. How can we best support our regional reps?
When you know of events in your area, pass on that info to them. If there are people looking for homeschool info, give them the contact information for the region’s representatives. If your reps ask you to share information they sent you, please do.
13. What is the best way to communicate with our regional reps?
All our regional reps can be reached by email or through their phone extension with the IAHE. Every region has a page on our website (IAHE.net) with contact info for each representative couple.
14. What are the qualifications of becoming a regional rep?
We do have an application process and a few of the qualifications are that you must live and homeschool in Indiana, have a love for homeschooling, have a heart to serve others, and time to do the job.
15. What made you decide to become a regional rep?
Initially, our love for God, families, and homeschooling which gave us a desire to help people. After we were a part of the IAHE family, we learned so much more about this terrific organization and wanted to help in other areas. We had no idea what a blessing it would be to be a part of the IAHE.
I am so honored to be a part of the IAHE Social Media Team this year as we help bring more awareness to all the things IAHE does for us homeschoolers. There are so many different aspects of this wonderful organization and our regional reps are just a small portion of it. If you don’t know who your regional rep is or even what region you are in, there is a map and a list of each regions reps on the IAHE site.