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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Shoals - Lisa Gilchrist

Shoals - Lisa Gilchrist

Hi, I'm Lisa Gilchrist from the Shoals area in North Alabama. I've been married for 14 years, and we have 2 children; ages 9 and 4. I put aside my cosmetology career right before my oldest was born to stay home with him. When it was time to officially begin school with him, we decided homeschooling and all the opportunities that come with it were the way to go! We've been with Everest from the beginning and are on our 5th year of homeschooling now. 

I'm currently in aromatherapy school and enjoy all things natural. I work with a team (who I never stop learning from) who educates in natural healthcare, whole foods preparation, essential oils and herbs, wild-crafting, and more. I have many, many interests including a large family garden each year where we like to try growing new-to-us & rare heirlooms, natural health and wellness, specialty diet and lifestyle, connecting and supporting local businesses and farms, supporting our local church, music, and more. Our children's interests include video games, maintaining a YouTube channel, camping, outdoor activities, playing, music, football, hip hop dance, 17th & 18th Century events, and too many others to list.  I want to give my children the encouragement to follow their interests and learn as much as possible.  Life is just more fun when you're an explorer at heart! 

We look forward to another spectacular year with Everest!

Contact info:
256.412.2272