Parent Mentoring

Presented by: Angela Baker

Parent mentoring is the gem of all gems. Louisa May Alcott calls it “a parent’s subtlest power…to teach and uplift the souls for which they are responsible.” Parent mentoring is a way of interacting with children so that they are involved in and excited about their education. With the skill of parent mentoring, a parent can tap into a child’s internal sense of purpose, direction, and self-leadership. In a world so focused on experts and obsessed with the “one right way,” mentoring has been a vague, fuzzy, and hard-to-apply idea. In this workshop, Angela defines it. Shows it. Explains it. She shares stories of what parent mentoring is, what it needs to be, and why it is the gem of all gems.


When asked what she does, Angela Baker responds enthusiastically, “I do people!” She sees genius and beauty in every person and passionately believes that education should be about discovering and growing that genius. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her children. She is an authentic, down-to-earth home educator of twenty-one years who knows the ups and downs of her “business.” Angela is the mother of seven children. She and her family live on a one-acre farm in rural Erda, Utah, where the main crop is children. Angela is a well-loved speaker whose talent for weaving stories with principles creates a memorable experience for her audiences. She is also an experienced parent coach and youth mentor.
In order to inspire youth to dig deep and engage in a rigorous scholar experience, Angela founded Erda Youth Leadership Academy. She is a mentor for Elevation—Williamsburg Academy’s outdoor high school leadership program—where she invites youth to challenge themselves by climbing rock walls and rappelling over cliffs. She is a certified relationship coach through Townsend Relationship Center. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in family science and a master’s in education. A cherished highlight of her homeschool journey and years of motherhood is the happy hours of reading to her children. She enjoys quiet study, fiery sunsets, family dancing in the kitchen, climbing mountains and rock walls, and refreshing moments of just sitting.

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