Review Team

Pamela Swearingen – Director of Reviews

Pamela has been homeschooling her kids since 2005. She has visited 41 states and 16 countries and now calls the beautiful Pacific Northwest home. You can find her writing about homeschooling, books and downsizing her life at I Read. Do You?

Jane Maritz

When she’s not battling too-sticky play dough and untangling herself from the hot-glue webs surrounding her too-cute felt ladybugs, Jane contemplates how to instill in her four-year-old daughter a heart to change the world for Jesus. Her family has circled the globe and landed in rural Oregon where the grass is green and the sky is blue, though not usually at the same time. Their eclectic homeschool adventures are chronicled at Mozi Esmé.


Laurie is a former public school teacher turned stay at home mom. She taught special education for several years, and is so thankful to be able to stay at home with her family now. Laurie homeschools her children, ages 2 and 9, from a Biblical world view using a variety of curriculum and activities. Her husband is a high school Science teacher, and they are involved in youth ministry at their church. Laurie does freelance writing on the side, and blogs about her homeschool adventures, curriculum choices, product reviews, and more over at Inspiring Jibberjabber.


MacKenzie is a wife, homeschooling mom to two young boys (so far!), birth and postpartum doula, aspiring writer and avid blogger. You can find her thoughts on life and motherhood at The Bold Turquoise and follow her homeschooling journey at The World According to Them.

Samantha Kelley

Samantha is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Rick. They have 6 children, ages 13-2 and started their homeschooling journey 2 years ago. Samantha enjoys blogging about home education, weight-loss success and the Bible in 90 Days challenge on her blog, The Kelley Eight.

Sarah Duggar

Sarah Dugger is happily married to Andre’ Dugger and they have six wonderful children. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has taught in public and private schools and has home schooled her children since 2005. She currently teaches science and ACT prep classes at a local homeschool tutorial and enrichment center. Sarah became a Christian as a teenager and has continued to walk with the Lord and serve Him through her local church where she teaches the college age students and assists her husband in his role as senior pastor. Sarah is a passionate reader and writer and loves to spend time with her family and helping ladies experience the extra degree in life that makes the difference for them.


Carlie has been blissfully married to the love of her life, Michael, since June of 2000. She has been a stay-at-home homeschoolin’ mama to their 3 children since 2001. Carlie currently resides with her family in Germany courtesy of the US Army. You can read about her homeschooling adventures and Christian faith at her blog: So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?

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