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 began in1987 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
Jamie Heston is a 12 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, 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, Treasurer
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.
Laurie Gracia-Alikhan - Board Member
Laurie is a mom and educator. She began homeschooling her children five years ago. As an educator, her goals were based in making education accessible for all people. Her hobbies include reading, writing, art, crafting and studying her family geneology. She is currently editor of HSC's Homeschooler Post where she encourages other homeschooling families to connect while sharing their resources and stories. Laurie is happy to serve the HSC community and hopes her work will help develop a network of learning and increased possibilities for all of our children.
Makeba Garraway - Board Member
Director of Inclusion
Makeba moved to the Bay Area from London in early 2019, with her husband and two young children (now 7 and 5) who have always learned outside of school. Makeba has previously worked as a medical doctor, university Mental Health Advisor, and freelance instructor in Mental Health First Aid, but since moving to the USA she has joined her children in becoming a full time unschooler. As a woman of color, an immigrant, and the mother of an autistic son, Makeba has a keen interest in advocating for inclusive spaces where everyone feels seen, welcomed and respected. She is excited to help build on the strong foundations that have been laid by the HSC Board since 2018, to ensure that the HSC membership truly reflects the wonderfully diverse spectrum of homeschoolers across California. Makeba enjoys writing- she has previously published her academic work in journals/ books, but nowadays writes mainly about homeschooling and parenting in blogs (Huff Post Parents) and magazines (Secular Homeschooler). Makeba also enjoys tap dancing and yoga, both of which have helped to maintain her physical and mental well being during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Emily Tonkin - Board Member
Emily has 17 years experience homeschooling with her always self-directed teen in the Monterey Bay area. For the last 5 years, 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. Home/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.