Allison Thorp

Allison homeschooled from 1993 until her youngest child graduated in 2011, three kids from starting line to finish! Her two oldest graduated from college with Bachelor’s degrees, and her youngest will graduate from Nursing school in 2015. Allison’s , B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Delaware is in Art History, and those who have eaten her cooking agree that Allison’s meals are works of art…that become history soon after she serves them!

Allison handles the office administration for 7 Sisters and Mt. Sophia Academy, and is the guru of coordinating large celebrations for her homeschool and church communities.

Kym Smythe

Kym holds a B.A. from La Salle University in Spanish Education and International Business, and an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. In the interest of keeping things diverse in her life, she has done stints as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Youth Minister, and Family Daycare Provider. She and her family raise puppies for The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Kym’s passion for people and ability to look on the bright side make her Spanish and other classes at our local umbrella school as much fun as the homeschool choir she directed for several years in our local homeschooling community. Kym gets the party started!

Sabrina Justison

Sabrina is a speaker, playwright and a singer-songwriter who has taught Fine Arts as well as Literature, Writing, and Latin at her local homeschooling-day-school. She has created more than 15 Drama Camp two-week-intensives and is a wordsmith who enjoys helping people articulate and understand the vision and mission of an individual or an organization. She also serves as an associate pastor at LifePath Church.

Sabrina began homeschooling in 1995. After she and her children walked through the difficulties of divorce, she was blessed to meet and marry Fred, and their blended family has 7 now-grown children and 3 grandchildren. She seems to have the gift of resiliency; hard stuff happens, but God can be trusted. Download her media kit for speaking information here.

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Sara Hayes

Sara and her husband Carl have homeschooled their five sons from the starting gun to the finish line – son #5 graduated from high school in 2011. She teaches Algebra and Consumer Math at Mt. Sophia Academy, and has taught science, history, and literature in co-ops.

In her father’s Christian bookstore, Sara gained many years of experience with bookkeeping and customer service, and her excellence with numbers keeps the less-precise Sisters from accidentally ruining the business!

Marilyn Groop

Marilyn Groop is known as The Mastermind ‘round these parts; she has a remarkable way of taking a seemingly unreachable idea and turning it into a reality we all can share. Homeschooling her six children since 1990, she has dealt with a variety of learning styles and learning abilities – from gifted to learning disabled. Three of her six children are adopted and some had emotional issues that interfered with learning.

Since 1998, she has been a single parent and continued to homeschool despite the challenges that situation offers – graduating the youngest in 2015. In God’s faithfulness, her homeschool community was one of Marilyn’s sources of strength and stability during that tumultuous time. She loves to learn and she loves to see others succeed in learning.

Marilyn holds a BS in Physical Therapy from New York University. She, along with Vicki, founded Mount Sophia Academy – a homeschool umbrella and day school, where she continues to act as principal and academic advisor, as well as teaching some classes. This, along with spending time with her adult children and five grandchildren, helps her stay young (at least she hopes!)

Beyond her love of learning, though, is her desire to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” In Christ alone Marilyn finds the wisdom and strength to say, “Yes!” to all the seemingly unreachable ideas God speaks into her life.

Vicki Tillman LPCMH, BCC

Vicki Tillman

Vicki Tillman’s mission is to advance God’s kingdom by investing in people. She has lived this call as advisor to the upperclassmen in her local homeschool community for 18 years and as a homeschool coach.

As a speaker, curriculum developer, counselor and life/career coach, Vicki shares her expertise in homeschooling, prayer, healthy life and career topics, and mental health topics through her coaching at posts at 7 Sisters, Pike Creek Psychological Center and Vicki Talks Prayer. 

A homeschooling mom for 20-plus years, all five of Vicki’s children graduated from homeschool high school and have completed various degrees at college and graduate levels.

Click here for Vicki’s media kit.

Vicki holds an MA in Counseling from Liberty University, and has worked as a counselor and life/career coach at Pike Creek Psychological Center since 1996.