Charlotte Ellard


Home educating her 12 children for the last 29 years, Charlotte is a seasoned homeschool mom and speaker who enjoys sharing her experiences to encourage others. From dealing with newborns to navigating the college admission process over and over, many lessons can be learned from her family’s blunders and successes. A widow for over four years and still homeschooling, she understands the world of working with an involved spouse as well as the single mom world. Reaching out to encourage all she encounters, Charlotte shares her homeschool survival skills from a definitively Christian perspective.

Jessica Kersting

Jessica Kersting, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with Up-Words Reading®, as well as a mother of three. Jessica graduated from Auburn University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2005. Jessica worked with pediatric clients in a variety of settings before completing her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Carolina in 2012. She has published her research and presented her work on language and literacy disorders in children at national conferences. Before moving to Atlanta, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University where she taught courses in language development and served as a clinical supervisor for pediatric clients. Jessica specializes in language and literacy disorders in preschool and school age children.

Dr. Michael Smith

Dr. Michael Smith has over 28 years of higher education experience. He has served as a college professor and administrator, NSF grant director, pre-health seminar coordinator and presently serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He brings a wealth of experience to the home school and pre-college arena by serving as a home school facilitator for 4 years and conducting pre-college seminars with high school families across the country for the past twenty years. His workshops are engaging and provide real-world strategies to assist parents and students in navigating the course of becoming a successful college student and college graduate.

Jordan Crenshaw


Jordan Crenshaw is proud homeschool graduate! She is now assisting families through the college admission process as an Admission Counselor at Birmingham-Southern College. Jordan has a passion for sharing tips from her trade with fellow homeschoolers in order for you to feel comfortable and confident through your college search.

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