Head of School

Kenneth Noster and his wife, Marlane, were compelled by their firstborn child to begin home schooling in the late 1980’s.  They began with no support network, and their home schooling mirrored the institutional learning they had themselves experienced.  They soon recognized that learning is much bigger than schools.

Within a year, Ken was helping neighbours begin home schooling, and in 1992, he was hired by a nearby school board to organize a home schooling administration.  Recognizing that support for home schooling families requires a very special approach to administration, Ken and Marlane began WISDOM Home Schooling in 1995.

Secretary Treasurer
 

Vic Wiens first became acquainted with home schooling in Alberta when he moved to this province in 1998 to take on the role of principal at Newell Christian School in Brooks, the associate private school for a fairly large homeschool organization. It did not take long for him to appreciate the good work that parents were doing in educating their children. Since that time, he has been the principal of three other schools with homeschool administrations and also homeschooled one of his own children. 

Principal of Home Education

Simon grew up on a farm in rural Alberta where he was home schooled from kindergarten through grade 12.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California, followed by a Bachelor of Education from Concordia University of Edmonton.  Simon taught in the separate school system in Cold Lake before joining the WISDOM family as a facilitator in 2014. 

Having worked in several capacities with WISDOM over the years, Simon now enjoys facilitating, along with the responsibility of Principal of Home Education for the WISDOM Home Schooling department of The Gilbertine Institute. Simon and his wife, Nicole, are the proud home schooling parents of four beautiful children, and feel blessed to experience the joys of their life in rural Alberta.

COO

"There are no teachers, only learners - it is my job as a teacher to create a learning environment." - Monty Roberts 

Born to a home where 'baby talk' was never practised and learning was encouraged, TobyLauren was an avid reader and eager adventurer by the age of four. Her first day of school was a much anticipated event, but after continually being given colouring pages to do while classmates completed their lessons, she soon lost interest in formal 'learning'.  She began home schooling in the middle of grade 3, and continued at home through high school, making the most of her time to include training horses and helping on the family farm, painting and writing, and learning and teaching piano and violin.

Alberta Education requires two evaluations of each home education student, per year, by an Alberta certificated teacher in the employ of your associate board or associate private school. 

The Gilbertine Institute hires Alberta certificated teachers who also home school their own children, or have home education experience themselves, to be our facilitators. Your facilitator is there to help you reach your goals in educating your children, while at the same time satisfying government requirements.

Click on Read more on each one to view the full bio and access contact information.

Michele has been married to Mike since 1985 (30 years and counting) and has come to WISDOM with an array of family life experiences given the children with which they have been blessed.

Their home schooling adventure began in 1994, having 'bumped' into some home schooling families both at church and in the community. An introductory meeting at a Homeschooling presentation ignited their openness to embarking on the adventure. Upon moving to Lamont, 40 minutes east of Edmonton, the Barters slipped quietly into town and began to homeschool their 4 children. Michele was thrilled (most of the time) to be able to have her children home with her.

Nicole grew up in Central Alberta. She was home schooled with WISDOM Home Schooling from birth to grade 12 and if she could have continued home schooling through university, she would have done that too. Nicole is married to Malachi Barter who is also a WISDOM Home School graduate and they look forward to welcoming their first child in the fall of 2021. They both look forward to homeschooling their children in the future as they begin their family.

Pierre-Andre is very excited to be joining the WISDOM team this year as a facilitator. He is looking forward to supporting parents and their families in their homeschooling journey. Pierre-Andre grew up in the small town of St. Paul, Alberta with his parents and six siblings. There he went to school from k-12 and played almost all sports but had a strong passion for hockey. After high school Pierre-Andre continued to play Jr. hockey in Lloydminster and St. Paul while attending the U of A, where he was studying to become a teacher. In 2017, Pierre-Andre received his Bachelor of Education majoring in biological sciences and minoring in chemistry. He then went on to work for Edmonton Catholic Schools teaching math and science at the high school level for 5.5 years. It is through this teaching experience and having children of his own that Pierre-Andre realized the necessity for parents to be the primary educators of their children. Pierre-Andre truly feels that he has answered God’s calling in joining WISDOM Home Schooling.

Joan Bishop has been a WISDOM facilitator since 2011. She feels very privileged to meet with homeschooling families, coming alongside parents with support and encouragement. She is a strong homeschooling advocate who firmly believes that this is the way to raise children, from within close, caring family. She believes that educating children within family is of God's ancient paths; the way of the past that God intended.

Carrie knew she wanted to be a teacher for most of her life. She had a very impactful relationship with her second grade teacher. She was a good teacher, but she was great at caring for Carrie, even outside of tbe classroom. That's how Carrie wanted to be for her students.  After high school she went to Concordia and the University of Alberta. She graduated with her BEd and taught kindergarten-to-grade-six for over 10 years in Calgary, La Crete and Sherwood Park, AB. As she was winding down with teaching, she worked at church as the part time Children's Ministry Director for six years. It was a great experience that helped her to do two things she loves: working with kids and serving God. 

Paul and I have been married for 29 years and we have 9 children. Five of our children have graduated and four are still homeschooling. We began homeschooling in 1999 and have cherished every moment on the journey. We began homeschooling so we could have the freedom to pass on our beliefs and values to our children. We felt that homeschooling was the best way to do so, because we would simply have more time with them. Homeschooling has been everything we hoped it would be and more. God is so good! Thankfully, our journey is not over and we have many more adventures yet to be had with our younger children.

Elizabeth (Liz) and her husband Tim were married in 1991 and have been blessed with 10 children. They served in full time ministry in a church in the Westlock area for 30 years. The Gurnetts began homeschooling in 1999 and have enjoyed continuing to homeschool ever since. While they continue to homeschool their four youngest, six of their children have graduated from high school; three have completed their university degrees and three are currently attending post-secondary. Homeschooling has given them the opportunity to teach and to spend more time with their children as they served together, enabling them to pass on their faith and values to their children even with their busy schedule. 

Sherri is no stranger to homeschool families. Born in Alberta, Sherri was raised as a missionary kid in West Africa, where her parents home schooled her and her siblings through Grade 12. After high school, she obtained a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a minor in French as a Second Language at the University of Alberta. Her first year of teaching was back in West Africa, serving missionary families as coordinator/consultant/itinerant teacher in a small homeschool co-op.

Nola and her husband Don have two adult daughters whom they homeschooled all the way through high school. Nola was a teacher for several years before their first daughter was born. Homeschooling wasn’t initially the plan for their family, but because their children needed to be with them a little longer, and because of observing such good fruit in the lives of other homeschooling families, the Hutchinsons made the decision to try it for a year. It wasn’t always easy, but once they experienced the benefit for their girls and their family life, they were convinced they were on the right path.

Anella graduated with her B.Ed in April 2006. In June 2006, her eldest son, Samuel, was born. Samuel attended his mom's graduation ceremony at 4 days old! Since his birth Anella and her husband, Mike, have welcomed six more children through birth and adoption. 

Anella and Mike have home educated their children from the beginning (with a brief foray into public school); nothing compares to the joy of living life together at home. Anella has a heart for large homeschooling families and the unique challenges faced by parents with many children learning at home. 

Desmond began with WISDOM Home Schooling in the fall of 2020 and is looking forward to meeting and supporting families with their education vision and its pursuit.

It is said that a parent is a child’s first teacher.  This, however, is often understood to mean just the first few years of life, but the parent-child relationship is a life-long commitment.  It is true that what happens in the early years of a child’s life is very critical, but as parents our responsibility for our children’s formation does not end there.

Randy has served with Wisdom for the past 23 years. Randy and Catie are empty nesters with special privileges: getting to lick beaters yourself, having dessert any night of the week, sleeping in until any hour of the day and eating pie for breakfast! For 29 years Randy and Catie raised and home educated their four children, Nathan, Joshua, Esther and Reuben who are now all married and raising children of their own. Nathan, a journeyman carpenter, owns and operates Porcupine Contracting. Joshua operates Kopp Studios as an RCM piano instructor and is a certified electrical journeyman, Esther, a horse trainer, and her husband are outfitters in Northern B.C. Reuben completed his Turf Grass Management program at Olds College and is currently assistant superintendent at Blackhawk Golf Course near Edmonton.

Gordon, and his wife, Leandra, have been homeschooling their seven children for the past 24 years. In 2004, Gordon graduated from UBC with his Bachelor of Education and subsequently worked as a facilitator in Chilliwack, BC, where he and Leandra raised their family. In 2013, they moved to an acreage outside of Grande Prairie where Gordon worked in carpentry and construction until the Fall of 2020. Gordon and Leandra are working as a team with Gordon as a facilitator and Leandra as his assistant and curriculum advisor. Although Leandra was initially a nurse, she has spent the past 24 years homeschooling, being a part of homeschool groups, and encouraging homeschooling moms and families. Gordon and Leandra have graduated four of their children from home. Two have gone on to get degrees in engineering and teaching, one son is currently in medical school and the next son is starting pre-med. The Loewens are currently homeschooling their youngest three children and are genuinely excited to support other homeschooling families in their educational journeys.

Taylore is a kindergarten through grade twelve WISDOM graduate and is passionate about home education and supporting the next generation of home schooling families. As the oldest of four children, Taylore grew up in a family that was going to try home schooling “one year at a time,” which turned into twenty years of home schooling as a family. As a traditional home schooling high school student, Taylore did countless WISDOM online courses to round out her high school education. She was first accepted to Concordia University of Edmonton before transferring to the University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts program. During her time at the U of A, Taylore competed as a Varisty athlete in curling earning two CIS gold medals, a Universiade gold medal and Academic All Canadian recognition. Taylore then returned to Concordia University of Edmonton to complete her After-Degree in Education. 

Mark began as a facilitator with WISDOM in 1998.   He has journeyed with so many beautiful families in the years since.  He and his wife, Lorena, have four children. They live with their two youngest children, Tamara and Daniel, in the beautiful lake community of Sundance in Calgary.    They enjoy the many activities of both rural and urban life. They are blessed to have their two older children and their spouses living nearby.  Sarah and her husband Ben live in Red Deer. Scott and his wife Mariela live in Calgary.

Sue and her husband Dean have been married more than 30 years, and have four sons whom they educated at home through high school and beyond.  Sue loved the time spent at home as a family, learning and growing together.  The kitchen table became the center of numerous discussions, debates, questions, and discoveries.  “Why?” was always encouraged and truth was mined from readings, studies, conversations, and more questions.

Diane and Joe met in high school and were married in 1981 in Calgary. Before their children were born, Diane taught English and French in senior and junior high school. Joe was formerly a Financial Analyst, then made a career change and became a high school Physics and Chemistry teacher. They were blessed to be offered a position with WISDOM in the fall of 1997 and are now entering their 25th year of facilitating. Diane and Joe have also volunteered together in the marriage preparation ministry and have enjoyed years of scripture studies with their small church community. Living south of Calgary on a lovely acreage, Joe and Diane run a greenhouse in the spring.

Our family began on July 29, 1983, when Daniel and I were married. Today we serve our Lord in Lac La Biche, Alberta. God has given us 5 treasures to nurture. Our three daughters are happily married (to former homeschool students) our oldest son this year and our grandchildren have started coming! Our youngest son is on staff at a YWAM base in Quebec.

My wife, Joyce, and I have been blessed with six children, all of whom are grown and gone from home.  We are thrilled to now have grandchildren on their home education journey and to walk alongside the second generation of home educators!

Since 1992, Glenn has held a variety of positions within the educational field along with working extensively within the home school community as a homeschooling facilitator with WISDOM. He seeks to serve home school families by encouraging parents in their capacity to form their children with excellence and to achieve the goals that have been placed on their minds and hearts.

He and his wife have always home schooled their children and upon completion of their oldest child’s high schooling at home, they found multiple post-secondary options available to her. The success Glenn and his wife have found in preparing their children for a future after home schooling only serves to strengthen their conviction that home schooling has been one of their best decisions they have ever made for their family.

From the time that Michelle was very young, she remembers feeling a sense of curiosity and wonder about the world around her. She asked a lot of questions and developed a keen sense of curiosity about nature as she explored the family’s acreage property with her sisters. Michelle was homeschooled from kindergarten through Grade 12. 

Michelle grew in her faith through family discipleship and involvement in church and Bible camps. She benefited from the examples and mentorship of many older and wiser Christians over the years, and has been filled with joy to see God work in her life to guide her into the work that He has planned for her.

Brian and Teri are blessed with seven children. They have been homeschooling in Alberta and BC since 1995. Brian is a teacher at heart and has also fulfilled many roles in the education system. Brian once led the development of a home education program to support local families.

Learning starts in the home. Homeschooling gave Brian and Teri a means to continue enacting their parental duty as stewards of God’s children. 

Organizations like WISDOM Home Schooling and the Alberta Home Education Association have provided the Tajes encouragement, training and resources. In addition, they created a vital sense of community and validated the homeschooling choice. Being part of a homeschooling community continues to enrich the Taje family.

Paul and his wife Mary have been married more than 35 years, have seven children, and home education has been a way of life for them for over 25 years.  The family loves Socratic discussion because it is not just a form of education but a part of daily life – during tea times, during meal times, or while driving to an event. As Mary says, "we have a deep commitment to classical education including philosophy and logic.  It is a part of our life, every day."

Catherine van Kampen is happy to be a part of the WISDOM team.  She has had a variety of teaching positions.  She began teaching in Taiwan in 2004 and that was an adventure!  Next, she moved back to her hometown of Saskatoon and taught Kindergarten while subbing in other schools on days off. Eventually, Catherine ended up in Calgary, her husband Peter's hometown, and taught at both Bishop Grandin High School as well as Father Lacombe High School.  All of these jobs taught her new things...but none prepared her for the next mission she would undertake: homeschooling her own children. From 2013 to the present Catherine has been both delighted and stretched by the process of homeschooling.  Each child being so unique, she is always adjusting, learning to listen, and trying to laugh often. Peter and Catherine have five children.  They enjoy camping and hiking, reading and singing... and thank God for their cozy little house in a big clump of trees. Maybe it looks more like a zoo than a home on some days, but Catherine trusts that good things are growing, and she loves this life!

Peter grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, where he was schooled through the institutional model of K-12. He went on to the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Upon completion of his first degree, he was called to the Seminary, where he attended the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, which is conducted by the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey. Peter describes this as, “one of the most fulfilling and most valuable experiences of faith and community formation one could ever ask for.” Peter completed his Pre-Theology degree majoring in Philosophy and he says that he doesn’t know his minor as he had to take equal amounts of minor classes in Ecclesial Latin, Koine Greek, Catholic Religious History. While in Mission, his passion for hockey seemed to be contagious as he also managed to help get a new outdoor asphalt hockey rink built for intramural street hockey, of which he found himself the Commissioner and ran the league. He is proud to have taught Fr. Matthew, the seminary vice-rector, how to enjoy playing roller hockey. 

High School Advisor; High School Math & Science Specialist

Desmond Kilgannon is pleased to step into the role of Credit Advisor to WISDOM families.  He thanks Rae LaRocque and Vic Wiens for all their hard work in laying the foundation stones and lighting the path forward for WISDOM High School programming.  Desmond began working for WISDOM last fall as a Facilitator and has added Credit Advisor and Subject Specialist (Math, Physics and Biology) to his responsibilities this year. 

Desmond and his wife Claudia homeschooled their three children through high school.  He also worked for 27 years as a Math, Science and Technology teacher.  For the last 12 years of that career, he added school administration to his repertoire, first as a secondary school assistant principal and then as the principal.  Never once, though, did he stop teaching his favourite subject: senior high Math.  As a secondary school administrator, Desmond became very familiar with all aspects of the Alberta High School Diploma and the ways and means of achieving it.  Now, he is rapidly learning the many options open to homeschooled students who wish to pursue specific high school courses or the full Alberta High School Diploma.

Desmond looks forward to assisting families as they discern the best path through high school for their children, whether they wish to pursue a Parent Authorized Diploma, a mixture of traditional home schooling with some Alberta Education credits, or the complete Alberta High School Diploma.

High School Humanities Specialist

 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Siebert to our faculty.  Andrew is eager to continue his life-long exploration of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty with all of the students of The Gilbertine Academy, both WISDOM Home Schooling students and the campus students.

As an interdisciplinary adventurer, Andrew has greatly enjoyed connecting history, philosophy, and literature in his classes as a teacher in the Republic of Georgia - the land of Prometheus and Jason's Golden Fleece.  Along with teaching AP courses, Literature, and coaching debate, he has spent the last six years discovering medieval castles and archaeological sites with his wife Rachel and their four homeschooling children.  Andrew loves the outdoors, discussions about the history of ideas, and writing.  

Starting in Fall 2021, Andrew will be directing all English and Social Studies course challenges for students of WISDOM Home Schooling. At the Gilbertine Academy, Andrew will be teaching English and leading socratic seminars in history and philosophy to high school students, with parent and faculty participation. 

High School Chemistry Specialist

Joe Pollock, and his wife, Diane, have been facilitators with WISDOM Home Schooling for over 25 years.  He has always had a passion for science, especially Chemistry and Physics.  Prior to WISDOM, Joe spent 11 years teaching Science and Math at several Calgary and area High Schools.

Joe and Diane home schooled their five children through to High School Completion, and helped to prepare them for Diploma Exams for the core courses so that they would have easy access to post-secondary studies.

He enjoys advising students to help them be successful in completing Alberta courses.

High School Math & Science Specialist

 

Peter grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, where he was schooled through the institutional model of K-12. He went on to the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Upon completion of his first degree, he was called to the Seminary, where he attended the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, which is conducted by the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey. Peter describes this as, “one of the most fulfilling and most valuable experiences of faith and community formation one could ever ask for.” Peter completed his Pre-Theology degree majoring in Philosophy and he says that he doesn’t know his minor as he had to take equal amounts of minor classes in Ecclesial Latin, Koine Greek, Catholic Religious History. While in Mission, his passion for hockey seemed to be contagious as he also managed to help get a new outdoor asphalt hockey rink built for intramural street hockey, of which he found himself the Commissioner and ran the league. He is proud to have taught Fr. Matthew, the seminary vice-rector, how to enjoy playing roller hockey. 

The Office Staff team is based in WISDOM's main office in Derwent. With a range of skills and experience, one thing that they have in common is a passion for and commitment to home education. Each member of the team was either a homeschooled student or homeschooling parent, so they are well equipped to walk alongside our homeschooling families.

Office Manager

 

Rae was home schooled from grade 1 through 12 and enjoyed every minute of the journey.   In the LaRocque house, learning was fun!  Whether it was racing with her sister to complete the math lesson first (with the fewest mistakes), researching every current or passing interest, reading as often as possible, or working with their menagerie of farm pets, Rae's parents taught her that learning is not just something that happens in a classroom from 9 to 3 on weekdays. Learning happens everywhere and should be enjoyable!

Finance Manager


Melissa was raised on fresh air, hard work, and unconditional love in rural north-eastern Alberta. She was "officially” homeschooled for the second half of her school years, but was introduced to learning at home well before gaining the title of homeschooler. The second-oldest of four sisters, Melissa learned the truth of the proverb, "Many hands make light work," and discovered that laughing with a sister over a shared chore made the time pass more quickly.

Data Manager


Janelle is married to Ed, and they have 3 children: 2 home school graduates and one in high school. They have been with WISDOM Home Schooling for 15 years for a total of 18 years home educating. Family time is very important to the Mailhot family, and they like to spend their time together outdoors, cooking, baking or playing cards and board games. You will often hear the guitar or piano being played in their home as they love to create music.

Socratic Dialogue Online Program Manager


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Nicole Noster was home educated for 10 years (Gr. 3 – 12) and upon graduating, obtained her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a classical liberal arts college in California. The College uses only primary sources, in particular the great books of Western civilization, to teach students to think logically and objectively across an array of subjects. Rather than lecture, professors guide students using Socratic dialogue, a process that Nicole realized as ideal for prompting students to grapple with questions and come to the answers as conclusions rather than memorized information. After graduation, Nicole worked in program development and management, putting her skills to good use with programs she believed in. Nicole and her husband, Simon, home school their 4 children and strive to always create a culture of learning in their home. In some of her random free time, she likes to garden, help on the family farm, perform choral music, and read lots of everything.

Events Director


Marlane is a WISDOM founder and she takes the WISDOM ministry to heart. Home schooling has long been her way of life, and she draws from her personal life when assisting WISDOM families, organizing events, and writing her "Notes to Myself" column for the WISDOM Family Magazine.

High School Advisor

Christian Bekolay homeschooled with WISDOM through graduation. Spending his school years at home fostered a love for family life, and provided many opportunities to discover other little loves for things such as being with nature through hiking, foraging, and gardening, engaging in creative arts by sculpting, carving, and painting, musical pursuits in piano and guitar, a developing passion for cooking and baking, and finally, a very enthusiastic interest in the board game hobby, from collecting to designing games. Christian considers himself a dilettante and aesthete; there is so much beauty in the world that he finds it difficult to focus on any particular aspect, rather, he lives by the motto: "I choose all."

Home School Consultant


Terry is happily married to Richard and spent 26 years home educating their four daughters:  Natasha, Rachel, Mikayla and Julia.  She loves the Charlotte Mason Philosophy, Unit Studies and really enjoyed eclectic learning with lots of hands on learning and books when home schooling the girls.  

Home School Consultant
 
 

 As a home schooling mama of 10 for over 22 years, with seven graduated now, Janice has a wealth of perspective on what works (and what doesn't) in a very busy home schooling environment. She can happily answer your questions and be an empathetic ear, whether you're calling about elementary, high school, or keeping little ones engaged while home schooling older children. With a strong passion for home schooling as the primary means of rescuing our culture, coupled with past office experience, Janice is a perfect addition to the WISDOM team! She joins us part-time in mid-May, and we look forward to working with her.

Home School Consultant


Peter grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, where he was schooled through the institutional model of K-12. He went on to the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. Upon completion of his first degree, he was called to the Seminary, where he attended the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission, BC, which is conducted by the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey. Peter describes this as, “one of the most fulfilling and most valuable experiences of faith and community formation one could ever ask for.” Peter completed his Pre-Theology degree majoring in Philosophy and he says that he doesn’t know his minor as he had to take equal amounts of minor classes in Ecclesial Latin, Koine Greek, Catholic Religious History. While in Mission, his passion for hockey seemed to be contagious as he also managed to help get a new outdoor asphalt hockey rink built for intramural street hockey, of which he found himself the Commissioner and ran the league. He is proud to have taught Fr. Matthew, the seminary vice-rector, how to enjoy playing roller hockey.

Administrative Assistant

Home schooled for part of her own school years, Jennifer and her husband made the decision to homeschool their own 7 children. Their eldest graduated in 2021, and Jennifer still has lots of years ahead as a home school mom! With her past work as an office manager and bookkeeper for a large window covering company, she is an ideal addition to our team. She recently joined our office as a part time administrative assistant, moving seamlessly from data work to proctoring exams and answering your calls.

Finance - Senior Accounts Mamager & Systems Developer


Saul's experience in homeschooling goes back to his early childhood, going through K-12 with WISDOM Home Schooling and eventually starting work full time for the administration in 2014.  He took a couple years off to pursue other ventures, gaining much knowledge and experience working in sales and development.

Family Funding Team Lead

Taylor grew up in a large homeschooling family. As the second oldest of 10 kids, he enjoyed his homeschooling experience through WISDOM from early childhood through graduation.

Taylor has enjoyed working at WISDOM since September 2020, and he loves the office environment. He finds joy in serving the families of WISDOM and working with his fellow employees.

In his downtime, Taylor loves playing board games and spending time with family and friends.

Family Funding Associate & Systems Maintenance


Dylan, along with his wife Katelyn, love the homeschooling lifestyle. Katelyn was homeschooled with WISDOM for her entire education. The Kwasnycias are excited to homeschool their two young children, Henry and Emma.

Dylan began his work as a WISDOM Family Funding Associate in October 2020. Since then, he has enjoyed working for families and with coworkers, and finds it very fulfilling to help WISDOM parents to achieve the same kind of aspirations that he has for his own family.

Dylan enjoys board games, trying to keep up with his kids, and taking the summer "off" to be a grain farmer.

Finance Assistant, Accounts Receivable


Jim Burgess is a home schooling father to 5 children. As a young adult, Jim had the chance to witness the benefits of home schooling in his brother's family. When he met and married a home schooled graduate, it was with the definite intent to home school their future children.

Data Assistant


Abigail is a WISDOM graduate who originally started working part time in the office when she was 15 years old as a Student Employee.  

Homeschooling k-12 allowed her and her siblings to explore each of their individual artistic, athletic, and academic passions as their family explored the province of Alberta, living in nearly every region before settling in Derwent in 2014.

IT Systems Administrator


Levi was home schooled from kindergarten through grade seven near Vancouver BC. There, he lived at a commercial bell pepper greenhouse where he quickly became the on-site IT guy, helping his dad with everything from printer troubleshooting to the climate-control computers. After high school, Levi went to school in England to study live sound engineering, then came back to BC to study web development. He has been working in the technology industry for over a decade.

Graphic Designer


Naomi started working with WISDOM in 2005. Over the years of formally working for WISDOM her work evolved from odd jobs, stuffing magazines and cleaning the office to filing and print management. After a while her role developed into Editorial Assistant and Art Design Technician. She loves to make things beautiful to look at and attractive to read.

Mediated Learning Program Director
Dynamic Assessment


I feel honoured to provide WISDOM parents with a means to help improve their inherent teaching abilities and gain insight into their children’s thinking. Doing assessments, workshop development, and continued development of the Mediated Learning Program has been a blessed journey. But most of all it has been the wonderful children I have assessed that has been the greatest blessing serving WISDOM. I can also see through the children the love, dedication and work the parents have poured into them, and you parents are an inspiration. You are doing a fantastic work!  I live on acreage near Derwent with my wonderful, incredible, fantastic (ok, I’ll stop) wife Liesbeth and we have been home schooling for twelve years. Also somewhere around here are my eight children and if I can remember correctly their names are Nathanael, Rebecca, Sarah, Jonathan, Hannah, Naomi, Miriam and Tirzah. There are also two horses, one dog, too many cats, chickens… and what, one sheep?

Mediated Learning Advisor & Educational Therapist


Lora is a Certified Educational Therapist with an emphasis on cognitive modification therapy. She is the mother of three handsome adult sons who she taught to love learning through WISDOM Home Schooling.  Lora participated in many WISDOM events with her children, including taking in the Mediated Learning workshops when her boys were young. This inspired her to choose educational therapy as a profession. It has always been Lora's dream to be a therapist, and to assist those who are in need.  WISDOM Home Schooling was a part of her family for a long time, and she looks forward to serving other WISDOM families in this new role. Lora dreams of one day living in the mountains, and she loves hiking, kayaking, biking, long walks, music, playing piano, baking, and most of all her family. 

The Parent Support Council (PSC) is a group of home schooling parents who helps advise WISDOM on ways to best serve the home schooling community. PSC members must be WISDOM parents who profess the Apostles’ Creed.  They meet twice a year for an in-camera meeting of the PSC followed by an assembly with facilitators, office staff and administrators.

Members of the PSC:

  • provide prayer and moral support to WISDOM and the governing school authority;
  • are ambassadors for WISDOM by their lifestyle;
  • are a resource for the families of WISDOM (this role is not administrative but supportive);
  • welcome families new to WISDOM;
  • make themselves available for contact by our WISDOM families (see the "Read More" section of each bio for contact information);
  • advocate to WISDOM on behalf of WISDOM parents;
  • assist facilitators with local WISDOM events;
  • may gather or write articles for the WISDOM website or magazine;
  • are politically informed, engaged and aware;
  • update WISDOM families about current issues that impact home schooling (watch for inserts in the WISDOM magazine).

We feel especially blessed to have WISDOM as our homeschool administration!  The support and encouragement we receive is priceless.  We are still teaching four of our children at home, and next year one less. For many years we've had five students, and it seems the load is lifting somewhat, except now we're involved in our grandchildren's lives. We hope to play a supporting role as our adult kids have already begun to homeschool their children. What a beautiful legacy to pass on to the next generations!

We live on a farm near Fairview and we have 5 children, ages 14 and under:  Joel, Rachel, Nicole, Monica and Luke.

We appreciate WISDOM’s position on traditional home schooling, their emphasis on character development and the social and academic activities that they make available to the WISDOM Families.

We live on 10 acres just outside of High Level (no, not High River, not High Prairie, but keep going north, stopping 2 hours short of the NWT border).  God has blessed us with 6 children - 5 sons (21,19,16,3&2) and a daughter (14).  We actually started out with our oldest two in the local Christian school and then God called us to home school our kids and we haven't looked back.  

We first considered homeschooling our children when our oldest child was just a toddler. By the time kindergarten (and the yellow school bus) approached, we had surrendered to God’s leading by choosing to educate our children at home instead of in a school setting.

We have been married for almost 25 years and the Lord has blessed us with our family. We live in St. Albert with our 4 children.  They are a son (20) and 3 daughters 17, 14, and 11. We have been home schooling for about 12 years and all those years were with WISDOM.  One reason we chose to home school was to become closer as a family. We enjoy camping, especially in B.C.  We are active in our church and also our home school support group.  We are thankful to have WISDOM along with us on this journey.

The Harrison family is just a typical, quiet, reserved Alberta family.

Except they aren’t all that typical. Being blessed on a massive scale with 8 kids (3 girls and a handful of boys) is a bit atypical - maybe not among homeschoolers, but it is out of the ordinary. Also, they aren’t all that quiet - there are 10 of them after all. Okay, so they’re an atypical, loud, reserved Alberta family.

Dave and Suzanne Knoch have been married for 21 years.  Now, isn’t that testimony enough to the fruit of home schooling?  They are the thankful parents of Jeremiah, 19, Naomi, 17, Samuel, 15, Selah, 13, Joel, 10, and Isaiah, 7.  They have enjoyed the country life for the past ten years, including  the hard work.