Beth holds the degree of Master of Arts in Education, with an emphasis on literacy instruction. She worked for several years in public education. As a public school teacher, she taught various grade levels and a wide variety of subject matter. Beth even had the opportunity to teach overseas, in England, and learn best practices from a different perspective. She was then able to take some of the best of those ideas and incorporate them into her classroom. After being awarded the Who’s Who of America’s Teachers in 2006, Beth left public school in order to stay home with her children. During this time, she tutored at-risk children in an after school program and became the interim director for the program, still integrating ideas that she had refined through her experiences. She continued to tutor at-risk children until she then decided to home educate her own children when they became school age. She currently teaches her two children and loves the flexibility found in home education.
Ashley holds the degree of Master of Arts in Education Supervision, specializing in literacy instruction and has been trained in Reading Recovery. She worked in public education for 15 years with a variety of titles. As a public school teacher, she worked with a wide range of student abilities and created one of the first systems in Columbus Public Schools to evaluate children by their progress, not by a grade. It developed into portfolio documentation and evaluations with an alternative progress report. It was well received by parents and administrators alike. This led to her leading many seminars on those subjects throughout the district. She was then asked to conduct summer workshops for teachers and administrators throughout Franklin County from the Ohio Department of Education with a focus on reading and writing strategies in the classroom. She gained deep insight into the process of reading and writing through that experience. She eventually put her career on hold to educate her children at home and currently assists many families with questions about reading, writing, and portfolio assessments. She loves being able to watch her children blossom into bright and beautiful learners. She is truly grateful for that gift.
After a chance meeting in the waiting area at a local piano studio in the spring of 2015, the first ideas for Home School Navigator were born. With similar backgrounds in public education and a passion for helping others reach their potential, co-founders Ashley and Beth started discussing some of the trickier aspects of home educating their own children and soon began casting their vision for how to address these common snags. From these discussions, the platform of the Home School Navigator was first pieced together. They wanted to take their training and expertise in the area of education and share their ideas and experience with a wider audience of fellow home school educators.