What have I learned from twenty-one years of homeschooling? Just this: the Spirit is my most important resource (and it’s free!). Repeatedly it has been the Spirit that has showed me how when I didn’t know how. It was the Spirit that turned obstacles into beautiful opportunities, tears into triumphs, exhaustion into exhilaration. Where I couldn’t see a way, the Spirit opened my eyes to ways I had never even considered. Over the years I have learned that this help is more readily available when I apply three principles, ask clear questions, and am willing to act on the impressions that come. I’d like to share these with you and show the impact they have had on me and my family. No matter where you are in your homeschool journey and no matter what you are struggling with, come. The Spirit has the answer for you.
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.