Charissa Gil (2008)
I have been homeschooled since day one. I am the second oldest of three children. I was born in Orlando,
Florida, where my family was a part of a homechooling group and a 4-H group. With my 4-H group I was able
to participate in State Fairs and go on many field trips. My family has always been very hands-on, and I
enjoyed getting to “do” school instead of just read it in a textbook.
History is one of my favorite topics, and through the years my family has been to countless historical parks
and houses in the Southeast U.S. We have also done some Civil War reenacting since we moved to Virginia
almost ten years ago. I have many hobbies, including playing piano, singing, photography, sewing, reading, and writing. I am also a
piano teacher and a Mary Kay Consultant, and I hope to do photography as a side job. I want to major in foreign language in college,
specializing in French.
I don’t know what the future holds, but God does and He will direct my paths. I love to serve in church through music, and I can’t
wait to see what doors He will open.
Paul Suarez Jr. (2008)
The best thing about being homeschooled was all the free time I was given to explore my own interests; I wasn’t
tied to a strict public school schedule. As a 12-year-old, I knew I wanted to someday go into a computer science
field of some sort. Now I’m a Web-Developer, Admin for several websites, Tech-Support for HSB and HSB2,
and an Open-Source/Linux Freak. I didn’t spend 100% of my time on the three R’s, but without the hours on end
of opportunity I was given to make my own way, perhaps I’d be someone very different than the individual I’ve
become. Is that good? I hope so. With the Lord’s guidance in my life (and the college career upon which I’m about
to embark), I look forward to a productive future! Thank you, Mom and Dad, for pouring so much time and care into my life. (Paul is the
son of Paul and Gena Suarez, publishers of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC ( www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com).
Eric Novak (2008)
For me, homeschooling started right when I was born. My parents have always made sure that I knew “life is
school.” Homeschooling has given me freedom to learn at my own pace and blossom in subjects that interest
me. I was able to learn graphic design and computer science, and now I work in technical support for
HomeschoolBlogger.com. I also work in graphic design for TOS magazine and our home business,
Remembrance Press (publishers of The Gift of Family Writing and The Girlhood Home Companion).
Writing and theology are also big parts of my life, and I enjoy blogging at ericnovak.com. Thanks for choosing
homeschooling, Dad and Mom!
Liz Almon-Anderson (2005)
I graduated in 2005 as “Homeschool Valedictorian.” Since then, I’ve continued pursuing my dream career as
a ballet dancer. I’m in my third season dancing professionally with The Georgia Ballet. I also teach dance to
students between the ages of 2 and 18 at local schools. I just married the most wonderful man on August 9th
of this year!
Jon Almon (2008)
I graduated majoring in music theory. Homeschooling has allowed me to pursue and master my interests in
guitar music theory, worship music, music composition, theater lighting and sound, drama, political science,
business ownership, fencing, martial arts, rock climbing, landscaping (hard and soft scapes), and international
missions. My future plans are to own my own business and continue to apprentice in the area of theater lighting
and electrical while working part-time as a landscaper building hard scapes.
One common theme that rings true for
the homeschool graduate is having time
and opportunity to pursue his own interests. When I was exploring the option of
returning my first homeschooler to public
school, I was told by the guidance counselor at the school to expect my child to
be assigned an average of three hours of
homework per night. If you are in school
all day and doing homework in the
evening, where is the time to hone those
special giftings and abilities? There is not
room in the “school box” for individual
interests. Our featured graduates have
had that time given to them, and the fruit
I am seeing in these young people gets
God has a plan for each life, and homeschooling has given these graduates the
climate and environment to step into His
path for them, with those who love them
most close by to guide and direct.
Do you see why I’m excited about our
featured graduates and alumni? These lifetime learners have been given a great start.
I know that each one is grateful for the
opportunity to homeschool. Hats off to all
of the moms and dads of our graduates and
alumni, for all of their sacrifice and hard