Hi, I’m Andrea!
My name is Andrea Thorpe and I’ve always loved teaching and writing. I graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an elementary teaching certificate. For nine years, I enjoyed a fantastic career as a classroom teacher and counselor in grades K, 1, 2, 5, and 6.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services, I worked as an elementary school guidance counselor. In 2002, I married the great guy I met on a blind date. When JT and I started our family two years later, I became a stay at home mom and dove into all things domestic.
My Homeschool Journey
When our oldest daughter was three years old, my husband and I did what everyone else around us had done and what we thought was best; we enrolled our daughter in preschool.
At the end of the school year, my husband and I had a conference with our daughter’s teacher. When we asked what our daughter would be learning the following year, we discovered that our daughter already knew most of the concepts.
That’s when I realized I could give my daughter a great educational experience from the comfort of our home. My husband and I felt led to homeschool so we prayed about doing so. God confirmed our desires and we began our homeschool journey in 2008. We’re now homeschooling all three of our fabulous girls ages 9, 14, and 16.
A Few More Details About Me
I love to talk to others about homeschooling. I have had the opportunity to speak at the VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair in Richmond, Virginia and at the Southeast Homeschool Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
I’m also a writer. A few years ago, I penned Sharing Our Thoughts: A Biblically Based Parent and Child Journal. The book is a special resource designed to help parents and children slow down and connect with one another. I’m currently working with a publisher to create another children’s book that will be available for purchase in spring 2021.
When I’m not teaching my own children, I enjoy teaching English classes to the high school students in my local homeschool community. I also love to hang out with my family and friends, search for bargains in antique and thrift stores, and work on home décor projects.