OWNER, AUTHOR, & PRINCIPAL MENTOR MOM
Mrs. Carol Gary has been married to her husband Grant Gary since 1991 and they have been ardently homeschooling their sons in the Phoenix area of Arizona since the fall of 2000. They have four sons; two of whom they continue to homeschool and two of whom have gone home to be with the Lord. They faithfully attend their local church and are fully devoted followers of Christ. Their family is a member of a local homeschooling support group and she enjoys digital photography/scrapbooking in her spare time. Most of all, she loves reading to her children; who especially love her range of “voices”.
She served in the leadership of a large, local support group called "The Homeschool Ministry" for twelve years. Over this time, she interacted with hundreds of homeschooling families in various stages of the home education process and has a heart to help others succeed in teaching, discipling, and mentoring their children. She developed The Balanced Homeschooler (TBH) Mentoring Program to provide a unified resource for the common concerns and questions that she was called upon to regularly address about home education, discipleship, and home management. Recently, she has also published a companion title for parents to mentor their own homeschooled teens: The Balanced High Schooler.
She regularly presents at various homeschool conferences and events and joined the speaker lineup in 2016 for the Home Education Council of America. In addition, she and Grant serve on the Board of Directors for MoezArt Productions, a local drama company specifically designed for homeschooling families.
Since 2013, she has served as the AZ State Ambassador and her husband as a Community Ambassador for the HSLDA Compassion (formerly the Home School Foundation); the charitable department of Homeschool Legal Defense Association designed to help families continue to homeschool through hard times. She has received the HSLDA Compassion National Service Award six times as she and her husband work with their team to meet a number of unusual and pressing needs in their local homeschool community.
She is active with her alma mater, Grand Canyon University, faithfully supporting CCN's (Children's Cancer Network) annual Run to Fight Children's Cancer sponsored by GCU and currently serving on GCU's ALPHA Advisory Board to better serve homeschooling families in the AZ community. She and her husband also created and annually support the Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship administered through the Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation. Proceeds from The Balanced Homeschooler's products and services go to support this scholarship in Evan's honor that is especially for students entering the STEM or medical fields.
Carol earned her B.S. in Marketing from GCU in Phoenix, Arizona in 1990, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning the university’s highest academic honor; the Ray-Maben Scholar award. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from GCU in 1998 as well as the distinction of being named GCU's “Outstanding Business Administration Graduate of the Year” award. She worked and advanced in the corporate environment in operational management and quality process consulting in both the retail and information technology industries for over thirteen years until 1998 when she transitioned into her favorite role of all; full-time mom.
PRINCIPAL MENTOR MOMS
Over the years, women who have served as Principal Mentor Moms for The Balanced Homeschooler Mentoring Program all have their story of how they came to homeschool and how the program helped them in some pivotal way within their own personal journeys. Read on to be inspired!
Megan Allison resides in Glendale, Arizona with her husband, Tim, three boys, and a German Shorthaired Pointer, Godiva. Born and raised in a small Indiana town, Megan became a Christian at 9, and met Tim, a pastor’s son in college. Tim and Megan married and moved to Arizona in 2004 in search of warmer temperatures and promising job opportunities. The Allisons are committed to their church family and serve in various capacities. Their family participates in a weekly PE class and homeschooling support group in the North Phoenix area.
Megan earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, in hopes of caring for animals. Today she houses dogs of all sizes through her active dog sitting company, and she wrangles three busy boys, Daniel, Ben, and Noah. Sometimes she feels like she lives in a zoo. She enjoys running, reading, and exploring the great state of Arizona. Her family can often be found camping in one part of the state or another.
The Allison’s path to homeschool was a non-typical route. Playing school, enjoying being read to, collecting scratch-n-sniff stickers, excelling as a student, and remembering every field trip from elementary school should have been the early indicators of a life-long love of learning and natural inclination of a teacher’s heart. However, Megan assumed the experts would teach her children, and she would assist as a vigilant homework enforcer. Dedicated to raising their children to know and love the Lord, Megan has been a stay at home mom since the birth of their first child. The pressure to ensure their children would be accepted into their school of choice, their oldest son attended a nearby Private, Christian school in pre-school. Megan’s middle boy was diagnosed with a severe speech delay near his third birthday. The path to secure him the help he needed to speak led them from Public school, Private school, and ultimately homeschool. Megan has been homeschooling since 2014.
Tim and Megan joined their homeschool support group board in 2017. They serve in the role of treasurer and Megan organizes field trips. It is their hearts’ desire to serve, defend, and encourage their homeschool community- new families and seasoned ones- in any capacity that God calls them to.
The Balanced Homeschooler was exactly what Megan needed to jumpstart her homeschooling years. She now homeschools all her children. Encouraging other moms and walking the journey with other like minded women is a great blessing. God has given each mom the unique gifts and talents that He sees fit for accomplishing His purpose in each family’s life. Megan is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community as a mentor mom.
Faith Heil has been married to her husband Jaymie since 2005. The Heils are originally from Minnesota and have lived in Arizona since 2012. They have homeschooled their two sons since 2013. Faith loves reading, is a tutor for Classical Conversations and helps to care for her younger brother who has developed early onset Alzheimer’s.
Faith and Jaymie work together to serve families as soccer coaches for two boys’ teams that are affiliated with their local church. Every season, they love to get to know each team member and their families and consider it a privilege to share the love of Jesus on the soccer field in a fun and active way. Faith and Jaymie both came to the Lord very late in life, but are thankful every day that He never gave up on them. They now focus on how they can share the blessings they’ve received.
Mrs. Heil earned her B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Hawaii in 1992. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota in 1997. She worked in the corporate environment as well as her own businesses until 2014. Her areas of speciality were leadership development, corporate succession planning, performance management/metrics, and the alignment of people and business processes.
Faith is passionate about encouraging other mothers to be intentional! She redirects here corporate leadership experience to demonstrate how documenting vision, setting goals, and actively measuring progress are ingredients for success. She feels honored that she can be part of program like the The Balanced Homeschooler to bless others in the way that she was blessed by the program.
Kamille Mora has been married to her husband Joel Mora since 2000. After navigating the public school system for five years with their then three children, Selah, Malachi, and Jabin, the Moras began homeschooling in 2011. They are Phoenix natives and enjoy partnering with their local church to proclaim Christ’s message of hope to their communty.
Kamille refers to homeschooling as the calling which turned her life upside down but finally right side up! She has learned that homeschooling is far more than a method of education, it is discipleship. It is the vehicle through which God has chosen to heal her family and equip them to fulfill His call on their lives.
She is passionate about encouraging women in their journeys as wives, mothers, and helping moms create their best homeschool environment. She has faithfully served as a TBH Mentoring Mom since 2012.
When she is not mentoring or teaching, Kamille can be found curled up with a book, in over head with her latest DIY project, or enjoying time with her family who recently welcomed baby Lydia!
Sarah Ramsey has been married to her husband, Geoffrey, since 2002. Sarah was raised in the great state of Michigan and met her husband when they attended the same military college in New Mexico. Their travels brought them to Arizona where they are raising their 5 children.
Sarah's eldest son was in public school until the beginning of 4th grade when the family realized that the school system was failing them and harming their son's confidence and happiness. They decided to pull him out of school temporarily, just until they could find a program and school that could be beneficial. Homeschooling was to be a very temporary option. However, once Sarah had the opportunity to learn more about homeschooling and experienced incredible guidance and fellowship from The Balanced Homeschooler, she realized that this is what God had called her family to do.
Sarah had very little support outside of her immediate family when she began her homeschooling journey. It was through The Balanced Homeschooler that she found the confidence and support she needed to help her to continue on the path that God had called her to. Therefore, she has become passionate about wanting to offer that same support, fellowship and guidance to other moms that may need it! Sarah feels that homeschooling is God's wish for our children and wants to encourage and support moms and families that are hoping to pursue that path. She is honored to be a mentor in this incredible program and is blessed to be a part of such an inspirational group of women.