Hi, my name is Nancy Melkerson. My husband, John, and I moved our family to Auburn in 2003 when he found a job in this area after his company moved to Mexico. Prior to that, I had lived in Virginia my entire life. I graduated from public school in central VA and then from Hollins University with a BA in Computational Sciences – equal parts Computer Science, Math, & Statistics. I worked for 10 years as a systems analyst before we made the decision for me to stay home with the children. I enjoy trip planning, travel, outdoor adventure, reading, and crafts. We spend several weeks in VA every year visiting family.
I have a son who was homeschooled through 8th grade and then was placed into public school by his father as part of a custody battle. We all survived the process; he graduated at the top of his public high school class. He recently graduated with honor from the University of Virginia.
John & I have two children. We started our daughter in public school in VA, and it went well until she had a bad teacher with poor grammar in 1st grade. We asked the principal to move her to a different classroom, but she refused, so we decided to homeschool (homeschooling is a different process in VA – I think it was much easier there). When we moved to Alabama, we gave public school another try for the last few weeks of 1st grade. Although she had a fabulous teacher, I didn’t like the options for 2nd grade, so we decided to homeschool again. When our son started Kindergarten, we gave the public schools one last try. Our daughter was very fortunate to be in a combined 3rd/4th grade classroom and kept the same teacher for 2 years, but our son just did not fit in well with the whole public school concept. We’ve been homeschooling ever since. Although Auburn City Schools are generally very good, they do not believe in gifted education until 6th grade when students can start to take advanced math. We couldn’t wait that long to challenge our kids! After graduating with an unweighted 4.0 from the Alabama School of Math & Science in Mobile, our daughter is now a Lee scholarship student at Washington & Lee University where she is studying and doing research in Physics & Math. Our son is a high school student who is dual-enrolled at the University of Alabama. He is interested in Computer Science.
Since there are others in my area who have activities for preschoolers and elementary students, I tend to plan activities for 6th-12th graders, but I include younger students whenever possible. There are a lot of options in the Auburn area, and I try to take advantage of other opportunities within a reasonable driving distance. I look forward to working with our other activity directors and to meeting more homeschoolers as we continue our journey.
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For more information in the Auburn area, visit this Yahoo! group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/a2z-loop/ or contact Nancy to ask to join the local Facebook closed group.