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Our History

The Homeschool Association of California is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began in 1988 when a small group of Bay Area homeschooling moms got together to start what was then called the Northern California Homeschool Association.  Since then we've grown to a statewide organization.  Those original families have moved on to new life stages and passed their vision on to new members, that vision being an inclusive homeschooling organization dedicated to supporting homeschooling families in all their many flavors.  We hold to the belief that homeschooling families are the ones best able to make their own educational choices

Meet the Board

Erika Davis-Pitre (She/Her) - President

Photo of Erika Davis-Pitre, an  older Black woman wearing glasses and a big smile.

Erika and her husband Michael have 4 adult children - 1 daughter and 3 sons. They also have two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons. She and her husband live in San Francisco full-time after living bi-coastally between there and Connecticut for many years. Erika and her family had been un/homeschoolers for many years and with her unschoolers grown, she wants to work to make sure that all Californians have this educational choice now and in the future. Erika became co-president of the HSC Board in 2018, after years of volunteering as a legislative liaison for un/homeschoolers, as a speaker, workshops coordinator and panelist at many un/homeschooling conferences all over the US and Canada, and as a moderator of several online un/homeschooling groups. Erika has stayed on as president for longer than she had originally planned, to guide HSC through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is always keen to increase the participation of young families in the organization.

Emily Tonkin (She/Her) - Treasurer & Secretary

Photo of Emily Tonkin, a middle aged White woman who is smiling.

Emily has 20 years experience homeschooling with her always self-directed kid on the California Central Coast. For the past decade, her family has been on the road as much as possible to take part in homeschooling gatherings around California and other Western states. Before becoming a full-time homeschool parent she worked in a variety of industries including video production, database management and customer support. Homeschooling, particularly unschooling, has been the key to stress-free learning in her neurodiverse family, and she is committed to helping all families feel included and supported in their homeschooling journeys. Emily has previously volunteered with HSC as well as attending many conferences and campouts and is enthusiastic about supporting and empowering HSC volunteers.

Linda Maepa (They/Them) - Special Initiatives Director 

Photo of Linda Maepa, a middle aged Black woman who is smiling and wearing a blue sweater.

Linda is a scientist, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and small-scale farmer. Professionally, they focus on renewable energy and electric transportation, cyber-physical security, and pre-K through Ph.D. education, especially in the sciences. Informally, they work on pregnancy, childbirth, and maternal-child health issues; peer breastfeeding support; and mental health and wellness. They grew up in Kansas and Saudi Arabia and is a dual citizen of the United States & South Africa. Linda is the gifted/2e homeschool mom of three gifted/2e children. They began their homeschool journey as a Navy spouse stationed in Hawaii before relocating to San Diego and eventually the Bay Area where they and their children started a new family. Over their 10+ years of homeschooling, they've mostly been an unschooler but have incorporated Waldorf and Oak Meadow curricula; online schooling in elementary and high school; used a daily schedule and none at all; schooled under a PSA and under a homeschool charter. A life-long learner themself, they practice experiential and project-based learning alongside learners. Their previous board experiences have been with LGBTQI, women's, academic, and youth development organizations. 

HSC Board
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