Our Mission Statement
The Homeschool Association of California is a nonprofit volunteer-run homeschool organization that:
Honors the diversity of homeschoolers
Supports the entire spectrum of homeschooling
Provides homeschooling information
Monitors and influences legislation
Offers opportunities for families to get together
Provides networking and support for homeschoolers
Empowers families to make choices that respect the rights, needs, and aspirations of their children
The Homeschool Association of California (HSC) is a fully inclusive organization, welcoming homeschoolers of all races and ethnicities, religions, sexual orientation, gender identities, and abilities.
Harassment or bullying will not be tolerated by HSC. The HSC Board of Directors is committed to providing a safe and civil environment in which all members of the HSC community, including adults, teens, and children, are welcomed with dignity and respect.
The Homeschool Association of California is a nonprofit organization (501(c)(3)) that has been around since 1987 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 the support of 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 HSC BOARD
Erika Davis-Pitre - Board Member, Co-President
Erika Davis-Pitre and her husband Michael have 4 children - one daughter (39) and three sons (35, 33 & 26). They also have two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law and two grandsons (11 & 4). 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. So, she has joined the HSC Board 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 hopes to work to increase the membership of HSC and to increase the participation of young families in the organization while she serves on the board.
Tiffany Sandoval - Board Member, Co-President
Tiffany, her husband Jorge, and their three self directed learning kids Jade (1997), Dylan (2003), and Logan (2011) live in Southern CA. They have been a part of the California homeschool community in different facets for the past 17+ years. Tiffany is excited to join the HSC Board because she strongly believes representation matters. The HSC Board leadership plays a critical role in creating an organization that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, inclusion, and equity for ALL CA homeschoolers. Tiffany has two priorities upon joining the Board. One, to support the creation of a legislative watch committee in order to inform our membership about legislation affecting homeschoolers, and two, to help cultivate an inclusive culture that welcomes and celebrates differences, ensuring that all members have access while creating powerful opportunities to deepen the organization's impact. Tiffany plans on utilizing her experience building a successful technology company and creating inclusive spaces to benefit the homeschooling community and to be of service to the HSC organization. Tiffany would love to connect with HSC's membership, so if you have a question or concern, please email her at because your voice matters.
Jamie Heston - Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer
Jamie Heston is an 11 year veteran homeschooler of two teens. She is active as a homeschool group moderator and event organizer in her Bay Area homeschool community. She has volunteered with HSC for over seven years. First, as a Phone Line Volunteer turned Phone Line Coordinator, next as a conference speaker hosting science and craft related sessions, and more recently Nerf battles, and then, in early 2018, she joined the HSC Legislative Watch team, traveling to Sacramento and legislator's district offices to speak out with regard to homeschooling legislation. Jamie also helps her family run a Nerf related hobby business, she hosts monthly Bay Area Nerf battles with over 100 participants, and is also a homeschool consultant. In her "spare" time, she volunteers with women going through custody battles, is the Lead for her neighborhood Nextdoor, and moderates several Facebook and Google/Yahoo groups related to homeschooling or her child's medical condition. How does she do it all? She has the love and support of her husband, three children, and two Australian Shepherds. Plus, she loves it! She hopes to further HSC's mission of supporting homeschoolers across the state and protecting the right to homeschool for all.
Linda Maepa - Board Member,
Director of Special Initiatives
Linda is a scientist, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and small-scale farmer. Professionally, she focuses on renewable energy and electric transportation, cyber-physical security, and pre-K through Ph.D. education, especially in the sciences. Informally, she works on pregnancy, childbirth, and maternal-child health issues; peer breastfeeding support; and mental health and wellness. She 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, aged 21, 18, and 6 years old. She began her homeschool journey as a Navy wife stationed in Hawaii before relocating to San Diego and eventually the Bay Area where she and her children started a new family. Over her 10+ years of homeschooling, she's mostly been an unschooler but has 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 herself, she practices experiential and project-based learning alongside learners. Her previous board experiences have been with LGBTQI, women's, academic, and youth development organizations. If you are a member or a prospective member, she is eager to hear from you about any needs you have as a homeschool family.
Martin Whitehead - Board Member
Director of Communication
Martin has three children and has been a homeschooling father for 25 years. He earned an MBA, studied film in New York, and worked on some of the best known brands in North America. In his spare time, Martin has kept bees and studied the visual display of quantitative information. As an HSC Board member, he aspires to meet the HSC Mission Statement and support the spectrum of California homeschooling families.
Alexx Souter - Board Member
Director of Community Outreach
Alexx is a 24-year-old unschooled graduate from Southern California with a passion for enacting positive change in the world. Alexx has worked with HSC as a Teen Conference Committee member and coordinator and helped to spearhead our Young Adult Conference Program. They teach about LGBTQ+ issues in education and in mental health and are going to school in the hopes of entering the mental health field. Alexx loves what HSC has done for them and is excited to continue that work as a Board Member.