215 ~ 267 ~ 610 ~ 412 ~ 484 ~ 570 ~ 717 ~ 724 ~ 814
~ Other Areas
~ Other Evaluator Lists
~ Read my Evaluations page for more information about evaluations and choosing an evaluator.
The PDE has a page about evaluators. Please use caution when reading anyone's interpretation of the law. Read the Home Ed Law for yourself.
If you are an evaluator who would like to be listed here, please contact me. E-mail me the following:
1) Your name
2) The appropriate codes:
E = Elementary (grades 1-6),
S = Secondary (grades 7-12),
SPED = Can pre-approve special ed students,
T = offers testing
3) The exact text you’d like me to use - see the blurbs on this page for examples, format, and length.
If applicable, please mention the diploma programs for which you are qualified to evaluate, and which standardized tests you offer.
If you need the superintendent's prior consent to evaluate, please mention that.
4) Your contact information (email address, phone number, and/or web site - whatever you would like me to include).
I will cut-and-paste your blurb, so please double-check grammar, spelling, etc., and format it as closely as possible to what you see here - what you write is what I'll post! (Don't worry about creating the links - I'll add those in.)
YOU MUST put “Please Add Me To Your Evaluators List” in the subject line of your email, or it may get lost in my in-box. If I haven't added you within a few weeks, feel free to ask again - as a busy mom, sometimes I get behind and you may get lost in the shuffle. I update this page once every few months, so sometimes it can take a while. At busy times of the year (Sept, Thanksgiving thru New Years, May), it may take several months. I will send an email letting you know when I have posted your info.
Homeschoolers have a lot of choices available. Please take the information you find useful from these pages and ignore the rest.
Many people, including me, will give opinions on the PA homeschooling law.
I believe that
everyone should read the law for themselves, read a few opinions about it,
and decide for themselves what approach makes sense for their family.
The PA Home Education Law
I might be wrong! I am not a lawyer! Your circumstances may be different! This page, and others on this site, are not intended as legal advice. School districts vary considerably in their interpretation of the home education law. Please double-check legal information with appropriate sources. In particular, the PA Dept. of Ed. may be helpful.
This web page by Pauline Harding for Art Nurk.
Contents may be copied if credit is given.
This page lists Pennsylvania home education evaluators, by area code. You can read more about the written evaluation and and choosing an evaluator at my evaluation page. Please think carefully about what you are looking for in an evaluator and seek out someone who is comfortable with your approach to homeschooling. Ask questions before hiring someone. I have no personal experience with any of the evaluators listed here. I list more-or-less anyone who asks to be listed, so please use the usual cautions when dealing with someone you don't know. Some of these folks are very experienced; others are new to evaluating. Evaluators are listed by area code, but some of them will do “distance” evaluations. See the end of the list for links to other evaluator lists. Remember that anyone who meets the qualifications can do evaluations (except the home education supervisor or their spouse); you may have a friend or neighbor who can provide your child's written evaluation.
I’ve started to add codes to this list:
E = elementary (grades 1-6), S = Secondary (grades 7-12), SPED = Can pre-approve special ed students, T = offers testing.
Evaluators by Area Code
Area Code 215
"I am a PA Certified Homeschool Evaluator and Test Administrator in Philadelphia. I am a Christian homeschooling mom of four and am accepting new families to serve. I love meeting with parents and students to celebrate their accomplishments with them! My graduate work in Reading Education helps me to provide guidance for families who request it." (Added 5/03)
Laura Goldman, 215-969-0099 or email email@example.com
”I am a Pennsylvania Certified Teacher K-6 with over ten years teaching experience. I live in the Ambler area outside of Philadelphia. I hold a certificate in Reading Recovery and was a mentor teacher for my district leading many parent, and teacher seminars in literacy instruction.
Currently, I am a stay-at-home mother of two small children. I believe strongly in the homeschooling movement and am considering doing it myself.” (Added 4/05)
Karen Devine, 215-542-1024, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am a PA certified teacher with experience in both elementary and secondary education. I am also a certified Special Education teacher with a Masters in Reading. I have been home schooling my daughter for over two years and focusing on child-directed learning. I live in the 215 area, and I also do evaluations in the Susquehanna area where my family has a cabin." (Added 6/06, updated 3/09, updated 2/11)
Emily Schnarr, 215-947-5359, 570-806-1354 (cell), email@example.com, http://homeschoolevaluatorspa.com
"I have been evaluating for 17 years for the PHAA, Susquehanna and Mason Dixon programs. I come to your house if you live in Philadelphia, Bucks or Montgomery counties. I am available to evaluate K-12. I write a detailed report." (Added 11/06, updated 3/16)
Gerri Orlando, 215-528-7090, Teachergerri@yahoo.com
"I am a Pennsylvania Certified Teacher K -12 and special education. I have 12 years of teaching experience, several years of tutoring and have been home schooling my children for 5 years. I live in Levittown, in the Lower Bucks area." (Added 6/08)
Cyndi, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-269-8317.
"I am a Pennsylvania Certified Teacher for K-6. I have taught 5 years full-time in Private Christian Schools and substitute taught for 6 years in Central Bucks, Hatboro-Horsham and Centennial School Districts. I hold a Master of Science in Education degree from Philadelphia Biblical University. Presently I am a stay-at-home Mom of two toddlers. I also teach piano lessons through which I have taught several home-schooled students. I previously lived in France and could evaluate for French language." (Added 6/08)
Lisa Henry, 215-491-1019, email@example.com
"I am a PA Certified Evaluator in Lower Bucks and Philadelphia counties. My history as a former home schooled student in Pennsylvania and my current position teaching 5th grade creates a deep excitement in me for working with parents educating their children! I am a committed Christian and love to work with families who are passionate about their child's development!" (added 06/08)
Kristine Ford, 215-620-5891, KristineRF@comcast.net
Uppatinas, a school in Chester County, does home education evaluations.
"I am a Certified Teacher with 34 years experience teaching in public and private schools, including 9 years homeschooling my four children. I am currently in my tenth year at a private Christian school, and my expertise is in science and math. I am certified for grade 7-12, and have been evaluating students for three years. I am also qualified for testing." (added 4/10)
Kathy Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-469-0773
"Sanford and Theresa have been homeschool evaluators since 1989 in the Bucks County area and both possess teacher certification in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We homeschooled our three children from Kindergarten through high school and are committed to helping current and prospective homeschoolers successfully educate their children at home by providing evaluations as well as private and group testing. Sanford works with the following high school diploma programs: PHAA, Mason-Dixon, Erie. Contact us at 215-750-1768 and be sure to visit our website - www.holdenhomeschool.com - for valuable information." (added 4/10)
"I hold a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in Special Education. I hold a B.S. with Honors from Cornell University and a M.S. from Temple University. I taught at a private special needs school for 8 years. Our children, ages 20, 18, and 13 (as of April 2013), have always been home schooled. I am listed with Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency, Buxmont Christian Educational Institute, and Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association. I can evaluate elementary, secondary, and special needs students. Individual testing can be arranged." (changed 4/13)
Audrey Johnson, 215-548-4333, email@example.com
"I possess a lifetime PA teaching certificate for grades K-6. I have many years experience teaching including teacher training courses on a university level. Currently, I direct an after school homework help/activity program at the library where I have the good fortune to meet children who are home schooled and their dedicated parents. I am available to do evaluations in the Northeast/Frankford/Torresdale area of Philadelphia." (added 4/10)
Janet Marovich, SMaro93705@Aol.com
"I am a PA certified and active teacher for elementary, secondary, and special education (grades Pre-K to 12) with over twenty-five years of teaching experience and a Master's of Education from Arcadia University. I have been evaluating homeschool children and young adults since 1995, including reviewing and approving special needs homeschool educational programs. I live in Quakertown, PA, in the Upper Bucks area and service Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, and Lehigh Counties. Please contact me to set up an appointment and/or answer your questions." (added 4/10)
Gloria A. Serianni, 215-538-9574, firstname.lastname@example.org
"As a PA certified elementary school teacher with 6 years teaching experience in Christian schools, I am glad to come alongside your family to complete your homeschool portfolio evaluation. Currently I am a stay-at-home mom in Glenside and a part-time homeschool tutor. Whether you desire a thorough write-up or something more simple, I am glad to accommodate your family's needs. Please call or email to set up an appointment." (added 2/11)
Jenn Sallade, email@example.com, 215.776.1484
"As a former homeschool student and current homeschool instructor and evaluator of six years, I wish to continue supporting the family educational endeavors of our Quakertown community. I hold a Master of Education degree from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Child Development from Liberty University. As a PA certified K-6 teacher, my experience includes full-time instruction in TX, VA, and PA (Lancaster area) in various elementary grades. Currently, I am teaching children's hands-on science enrichment classes, visual arts classes, and subbing in many surrounding districts. Along with homeschool evaluations, I am also available for tutoring and standardized test administration services." (added 3/11, updated 6/11)
Elizabeth Margush, 215-536-8734 (home) 267-254-8393(cell), firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.margush.com/liz/Portfolio
"I am a PA and NJ certified teacher who is looking to work with families who are homschooling their children. I am certified in Elementary Education as well as Early Childhood Education from Pennsylvania State University. I have worked in several schools, both public and private, and am now home with my beautiful girls! I also have experience in learning centers as a tutor, which I am also available to do. I am continuing my professional development and frequently attend workshops to further my education. I live in the Upper Moreland Area and I look forward to meeting with you and your child. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns." (added 9/11)
Lisa Pearsall, email@example.com, (215) 657-5247
Area Code 267
None currently listed.
Area Code 412
"Mother of two forever-home-educated autodidactic children, private-tutor, evaluator, speaker, consultant and support group leader. Able to evaluate for elementary and secondary children. Willing to travel for groups. Able to do distance evaluations. Accepting new families. Able to comfortably evaluate any learning style. Advocate of compliance with, as opposed to over-compliance of, our home education law.
The following is a link to the text of my part of an article about evaluating: http://www.homeschoolheadlines.com/PAconnectionp2.htm#gloria"
Gloria Molek, 412-922-8344, firstname.lastname@example.org
”I am PA certified K-8, and am available to do evaluations in the Pittsburgh area. I have been evaluating homeschooled children for the past three years. My mother homeschools my younger siblings, providing me with a familiarity with the homeschool process.” (Added 2/03)
Caranina Policiccchio, 412-621-4954, email@example.com
"I am a PA certified teacher for Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education. I have experience homeschooling my own children. I live in Indiana County. I am able to award high school credits for both PHAA and ECHSDA. I have moved to Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County (412 area code). I am also still available for Indiana county." (added 4/10, updated 6/11)
Elizabeth Moody, 724-388-9408, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am a PA certified teacher and reading specialist with more than 20 years experience in public and private schools. Most of my experience has been with elementary-aged children, but I've also taught junior and senior high, as well as tutored at Community College of Allegheny County. I have been an evaluator for the Pennsylvania Homeschoolers' Accreditation Agency for the past 13 years (or maybe 14...lost count), and I LOVE it. I recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master's Degree in education, and my thesis was on homeschooling. I am comfortable with children of all ages and ability levels. Two documents which I prepared and like to email to new families are "Fees for Evaluations" and "What to Expect on Evaluation Day." These documents will give you a sense of my personal philosophy on evaluating and how I go about things. I reside in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, and I like to do evaluations in my home. I am willing to travel, however, under certain circumstances, including for families with young children. I do have a dog and 2 cats, so if you or your child is allergic we might want to make other arrangements. You can phone me if you like, but email is typically more efficient, at least to begin with."
Lori Reuss, email@example.com 412-486-8955
"I have a PA Permanent Private Teaching Certificate and a PA Instructional I Certificate. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education and have taught at the Elementary level from 1996-the present. I was a PA home school evaluator from 1996-2002 and stopped due to having young children of my own at the time. I will interview your child, view their work, and type a detailed evaluation. I live in the Pittsburgh area and prefer to evaluate in my home."
Laura Murcek, 412-877-7319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Area Code 484
"I am a Pennsylvania teacher, certified in both Elementary and Special Education (M. Ed. in Special Ed), and have nearly completed a Masters in Reading. I have been teaching for the past 12 years. While I am new to doing home school evaluations, I have a great deal of experience tutoring general academic skills, as well as using the Wilson program, in families’ homes. My background in Special Education, primarily working in a Learning Support Program, provided me with a great deal of experience in administering individual testing to determine reading levels, etc. and develop appropriate courses of study to work with students at their specific instructional levels. I am excited to begin working with families who have chosen homeschooling and learn more about what you are doing in your homes, while at the same time, offering you the knowledge and experience that I have! I live in the King of Prussia area." (added 9/11)
Sharon Bersheim, email@example.com, 484-213-6828
Area Code 570
"My name is Kelly Denlea and I am a certified secondary education
English teacher. I am a PA certified teacher with experience in both elementary and secondary education. I am currently working in the Wilkes Barre Area School District on the secondary level. I have no children of my own, but enjoy working with and have a great respect for families who home school. I would be willing to meet at a variety of places within Luzerne and Monroe counties, as well as doing long distance evaluations by phone." (Updated 05/08.)
Kelly Denlea, (570) 236-7309
"I am a PA certified teacher with experience in both elementary and secondary grades which allows me to evaluate K-12. I have been supporting homeschool families in the evaluation process for over seven years and it has been a pleasure to meet so many diverse families. As an evaluator, I see my role as a support and advocate for the family, not their judge. I support all learning methods from School at home to Unschooling, as no one way could possibly fit all families. Part of my role is to help families navigate the homeschool law and comply, without over complying. It is my goal to take the stress out of the evaluation process. I am available to do in-person evaluations but also provide distance evaluations for families who cannot meet with me in person.
These are conducted by mail/e-mail and telephone.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation at my office in Montgomery County or by distance.
http://homeschoolevaluatorspa.com/ is my website if you would like more information.
(Added 6/06, updated 3/09, updated 2/11, updated 6/13)
Emily Schnarr, 215-947-5359, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
"I am a PA certified educator for both elementary (K-6) and special education (grades K-12). I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education, Mentally and Physically Handicapped. I am currently working towards my master’s degree in teaching and curriculum. I have four years of experience in classroom teaching, private tutoring, and 1 year as a substitute and homeschool parent. For the past three years, I have been providing homeschooling families with evaluations (both special and general educational needs). I am in my third year as a member of PHAA to evaluate students and complete the student’s yearly accreditation. I meet with families in two locations: Orwigsburg and Pine Grove, both in Schuylkill County. Feel free to contact me with any questions.” (added 4/10)
Karen Broadhurst, Orwigsburg, PA, 570-366-3679, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Hello! My name is Susan Young and I reside in East Stroudsburg in Monroe County! I have been a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Certified Teacher since 1981 with a B.S. and Instructional I (K – 6) in Elementary Education. I have 14 years experience teaching in 2 private schools, both at the Elementary (all subjects) and Secondary grade levels (in Science, Math, Bible and Drama), including 6 years homeschooling 4 of my 5 children! I have owned and run daycares and co.op’s, and done tutoring at various grade levels (K-12) in the past. I work heavily with youth groups in local ministries, encouraging young people in art, music, dance and drama! I presently substitute teach in the East Stroudsburg Area School District! I can meet with families at a local church or at local libraries for evaluations. Please e-mail me to set up appointment times as soon as possible!" (updated 6/11)
Susan Young, 570.688.7462, email@example.com
"I am a homeschool evaluator and tester for the last 20 years and an author of 13 books including YOU'VE DECIDED TO HOMESCHOOL, NOW WHAT? I have a master's degree in education and vast experience with children at all grade levels. A PA certified teacher, I've taught in public school, private school, and at an alternative center for conduct disordered youths. I'm certified to grant high school credit with three different diploma programs: the Pennsylvania Homeschool Accreditation Association, the Erie County Homeschool Association, and the Susquehanna Valley Homeschool Diploma Program. I administer the survey (short) edition of the California Achievement Tests on all grade levels from first to twelfth at the parent's request or by state mandate." (added 3/11)
Marsha Hubler, Middleburg, 570-837-0002, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.marshahubler.com
"I am a PA certified secondary mathematics teacher. I have 20 years experience, including homeschooling and online teaching. I am also a private tutor for math, writing, and SAT Prep. I administer Stanford or California Achievement Tests, usually in a small group. I enjoy helping families with high school students to meet state requirements, while also encouraging their child's gifts and strengths. I do a lot of research on curriculum options, and try to help parents weed through all the options if they're uncertain about high school courses. I meet with families in southern Schuylkill County, at my home or church, and am willing to travel to nearby areas."
Marci Howell, home 570-754-4182, cell 570-640-9992, email@example.com
"I am a PA certified teacher with experience in elementary and secondary education. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education from Millersville University and received my Master’s degree in education from Penn State University in May, 2010. I homeschool my own three children. I look forward to evaluating homeschool students and assisting families to success in their homeschool journey." (added 9/11)
Amy Reese, firstname.lastname@example.org, home: 570-708-2980, cell: 570-956-8416
"I am a Pennsylvania Certified Teacher K-6 with five years of teaching experience. I live in Northumberland County and teach in Snyder County. I have an undergraduate degree in elementary education with a concentration in math. I also have my master's degree in reading, and I am a certified reading specialist K-12. As a Christian youth leader, I work with many teenagers who are homeschooled. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with students and parents to assist in demonstrating their achievements through the evaluation process." (added 9/11)
Erin Geiswhite, email@example.com, (570) 850-9475
Area Code 610
"I am a former Special Ed. Teacher (10 yrs). and homeschool evaluator (K-12) living in Brookhaven, PA. I have been homeschooling for almost 19 yrs. and evaluating for 18, and tutoring for 3. I am an evaluator for several diploma agencies including PHAA, Mason-Dixon, Erie Co. and Susquehanna Co., a Notary Public, and can administer standardized tests, including the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement, CAT5, and IOWA Test of Basic Skills. I also do curriculum planning and can approve a special needs homeschool program." (updated 4/10)
Renee R. Morris, Phone: 610-876-5013, Fax: 610-876-5749
"For 21 years I have evaluated students in the Delaware Valley and along the way have met many wonderful families and seen every kind of portfolio. I have graduated 3 sons (totally home educated) and am now teaching my youngest child who is in 11th grade. Also, I have a BA and MS in Elementary Education and taught in the classroom for 14 years. The one on one teaching style of home schooling is definitely the best! My certification is through 8th grade but am now only doing evaluations through the 6th grade as of spring 2012. I do a little bit of tutoring and teach a writing class to a couple of high school students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding my style of evaluating and/or fees. References provided upon request. Have a great year." (Updated 02/08, 6/11)
Gabrielle Contino, firstname.lastname@example.org, Prospect Park, PA, 610-586-9497
"I am a PA permanently certified educator for both elementary and special education (K-12) with a B.A. in Psychology/Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Special Education. I have over thirty-five years of experience in the field of education, including classroom teaching (preschool,elementary and secondary levels), special education consulting for the Iowa State Department of Education (which included program development, classroom demonstration teaching, teacher training, working directly with school districts to advocate programming for students and direct work with parents) and private tutoring. Our family began our homeschooling journey in early 2000. I have been a support teacher for grades K-4 for the Oak Meadow curriculum, providing guidance to families and students who have chosen that path. I am also registered with the PA Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency to evaluate for that program and will be approved to evaluate for both the Erie County and Mason-Dixon high school diploma programs for the 2012-2013 academic year. I have been meeting with families for non special needs and special needs evaluations since 2000, as well as providing program approvals for identified special needs students. I also meet with parents to offer support and homeschool program guidance outside of the evaluation process, including high school level program planning. I usually meet with families in my home in Havertown, but I do travel on occasion (i.e. if it is not possible or beneficial for a student to leave their home environment, etc.). I am open to and familiar with many different styles of home education and I view our time together as a celebration of the joy of human learning and endeavor. Feel free to contact me with any questions." (Added 3/04, updated 08/12.)
Sharlene Goldfischer, Havertown, PA, 610-789-8156; email@example.com
"I am a certified teacher, K-8, and a homeschooling mother in the Broomall area. I encourage a wide variety of homeschooling approaches from unschooling to a prepackaged curriculum. I believe whatever works for the child and the family is best. Even though this is our second year homeschooling, I have been evaluating for three years. I am also able to assist in standardized testing. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please let me know." (Added 5/04)
Leslie Stack: 610-356-2531 firstname.lastname@example.org@comcast.net
"I am approved to evaluate both elementary and secondary grades, as well as the PHAA, Erie County, Buxmont Christian Educational Institute Susquehanna, and Mason-Dixon high school diploma programs. I direct HIS Academy in Chester County, and I am an SAT essay reader. As an evaluator, I see this end of year appointment as a time to celebrate your student’s accomplishment. With 12 years of homeschooling experience and 10 years teaching various classes to groups of homeschooled students, I offer support, encouragement, and advice as parents request that help. As an additional service, I also offer curriculum planning for new and seasoned homeschooling families. For students in the upper grades, I offer high school transcript planning, advice on completing some college work during the high school years, optimal timing of high school standardized testing and college admission liaison services. I love to help students make the most out of their academic endeavors and extra curricular activities. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation. Evaluations are primarily held in Chester Springs, which is about 10 minutes outside of Exton. I service Chester County, Delaware County, and a few miscellaneous school districts in surrounding areas (Twin Valley, Owen J. Roberts, KOP, etc)." (added 2/07)
Patti Achee, email@example.com, 610-827-7149, Chester County
"First and foremost, I am a mom to 10 little ones. I have been lovingly home educating since 2001. I have been through it all as a school at homer, Cyber Schooler, eclectic and now an unschooler by heart. I am a certified teacher for K-8. I have worked with children of all ages, gender and nationalities for years and children are my passion! I truly believe that children and people grow daily, it is part of our nature. I began evaluating in 2006. I am also happy to do consulting and support of burnt out moms (I have been there!). I am opposed to over-compliance and I am happy to help you learn the laws. I will travel for groups, do distance or in-person evaluations. I would be happy to work out whatever system will make your child most comfortable with the process." (added 5/07, updated 3/13) Lisa Hays, 610-588-5719 firstname.lastname@example.org, Bangor, Pa. 18013
"I am a PA Certified Teacher employed by Catasauqua Area SD in learning support. I have been doing evaluations for 5 years, and my wife and I have home-schooled our 6 children for over 21 years. I enjoy meeting with parents and their children at evaluation time, and would look forward to meeting with you. In addition to a rewarding and encouraging interview for both you and your child, you will receive from me a professional and well-written narrative regarding your child's accomplishments throughout the school year. I normally travel to your home, but will perform interviews at our home when convenient. I am willing to travel distances, but do charge for extended travel time to offset fuel costs. I charge $45 for your first child and $35 for each additional child. Short forms are also available for a flat $30. Tutoring available." (added 3/09)
Contact: Roland (Jake) Jacobus, (610) 264-4955, email@example.com
“I am a PA Certified teacher for K-12 in Delaware County. I have taught 22 years full-time in elementary schools and 15 years at the secondary level in Pottstown, Abington, and Penn Delco School Districts. I hold a Doctorate in Education from Widener University and Masters in Home Economics. I have experience in evaluating writing samples for third through fifth graders throughout the Penn Delco Schools. I have mentored and evaluated student teachers from West Chester University, Neumann College and Widener University. As a classroom teacher I've assisted using work as well as show portfolios, and am willing to guide interested persons if needed. I am recently retired with three grown children, one a senior at the University of Delaware, a daughter teaching in Delaware, and a son in California. I have great respect for families who home school including my daughter-in-law in California and niece in West Virginia. I would be willing to meet with your child in Delaware County as well as New Castle County in Delaware. I can also do interviews as well as conduct long distance evaluations by phone. My evaluation will be as simple as possible while complying with the home school laws. It's never too soon to secure your evaluator for the winter or spring of 2009.” (Added 09/08)
Ann Hazlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Uppatinas, a school in Chester County, does home education evaluations.
"I am a Pennsylvania certified teacher that has grading experience in both elementary, secondary schools and for the Mason Dixon Diploma program. My BA is in elementary education. I am currently taking classes for my MA in classroom technology. I have been teaching since 2000 in the Reading School District. I was introduced to home schooling through my sister Angie Staudt (director of Lighthouse Learning Co-op). In the past, I have completed evaluations for the Light House Learning Co-op families. My sister home schools all six of her children and has proven to me that home schooling is a personal choice that can have great results. I have 3 boys in the Wilson School District. My number one hobby is photography. Please feel free to contact me and/or set up an appointment for evaluation." (added 05/09)
Nicole Hanlon, (610) 804-4254 or email@example.com
"I am a PA certified teacher with 5 years of previous teaching experience in the public schools. I am currently a homeschooling mother of 6 children. I have been homeschooling for 8 years and I have been evaluating homeschoolers for 10 years. I am happy to assist you with an evaluation or any questions you may have about homeschooling in PA. I have a relaxed attitude and accept all kinds of homeschooling families. As an evaluator, I feel it is my role to support the program you have chosen and your child's accomplishments. I live in Coatesville in Chester County. I usually do evaluations in my home, but have also done phone (distance) evaluations. Please feel free to contact me with questions." (added 7/09)
Carol Madagan 610-383-4832 firstname.lastname@example.org@aol.com
"I evaluate both elementary and secondary grades, counsel on all aspects of homeschooling, provide transcripts and letters of recommendation, curriculum design, private study in humanities subjects (literature, advanced placement, writing, reading, history, social sciences) through hybrid or distance learning, and traditional face to face or distance evaluations." (added 4/10)
Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo Ed.D. email@example.com 610-349-1573
“I am a PA Certified teacher for K-12 in Chester County. I have taught 32 years, having experience in every grade level. I am certified through the Susquehanna Valley Homeschool Diploma Program. I have mentored and evaluated student teachers from West Chester University. As a classroom teacher I have created curriculum and evaluated needs based upon student interest. As a private tutor, I have encouraged families in the strengths that make each child unique. I have been evaluating homeschoolers for 14 years. As an evaluator, I support the program you have chosen to showcase your child's accomplishments. I live in West Chester, Chester County. Most often I do evaluations in my home. In special circumstances, short term travel may also be possible. If you have questions, please contact me." (added 2/11)
Laurie Diggins, firstname.lastname@example.org 610-524-5713
"Are you looking for an experienced evaluator and consultant who is “homeschool friendly,” “family friendly,” and professional? If so, look no further. Evaluations take place in my home or, if you prefer, in your home or a neutral setting such as a library. I encourage an informal, relaxed atmosphere that facilitates the celebration of the student’s academic achievements, volunteer/service learning projects, internships, or entrepreneurial ventures. The following represents a brief overview of my professional background and experience:B.S.Ed. and M. Ed. from West Chester University, Nationally Certified School Counselor, PHAA approved evaluator (accepts credits for the PHAA diploma program),Over 15 years experience serving Pennsylvania families (first through 12th grade)as an evaluator and consultant. Almost 30 years of full time educational experience as a teacher, and counselor.This year I am accepting new families. References are available upon request. Services offered include homeschool evaluations, pre-approvals for special education programs, program and curriculum consultations, and college recommendation letters." (Added 3/11)
Dennis Kays M.Ed. NCC NCSC. 610-789-7750 (h) Havertown, email@example.com
"Currently, I feel very blessed to be home schooling my three children. We have been home schooling for eight years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it! My desire is to support families who have chosen this same path with evaluations and testing services. Other than the eight years of homeschooling my own children, my experience includes eight years of teaching in public school, two years of working with autistic children, two years of leading teenagers in our church youth group, and many hours teaching home school students in reading, writing, science, and history. I am familiar with the various teaching methods that families choose and hope to provide services to support their decisions. Please note: I am available for the Chester County area as well as the Lancaster Area." (Added 3/11)
Jill Swatton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-873-7823
"I am a PA certified secondary English teacher with experience in both elementary and secondary education. I now have openings for evaluating your high school curriculum and portfolios! I am located within easy driving distance for both Montgomery and Berks county families. I am also currently working at a cyber school, facilitating curriculum for our homeschool families, which has been an incredible teaching experience. I have two boys of my own, and look forward to pursuing a homeschool education for them both. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to ensure your child’s success!" (added 6/11)
Vanessa Royce, 610-587-3782, email@example.com
"I am a PA Certified Teacher (K-6). I currently teach first grade and have 5 years of experience in a public school. In addition to evaluating, I am available for tutoring children with reading difficulties. I hold a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Literacy and am passionate about helping struggling readers become confident readers. Located in Allentown, serving families in the Lehigh Valley. My home, your home, local library or phone/internet (distance) evaluations available."
Please email a detailed request firstname.lastname@example.org@hotmail.com
"I am PA certified to teach elementary and have over 20 years experience teaching. I live in Northern Chester County outside of Pottstown. I am homeschooling my two children in an interest driven, non-coercive setting. I can travel to your house or you can come to mine. Let me know if I can help." (added 9/11)
Amy Entrekin, email@example.com,
Area Code 717
”I evaluate both elementary and secondary students and for the Mason Dixon Diploma program. I am an evaluator with "other qualifications". I have a BS with a concentration in Secondary education. I am a home school parent of 6 children from K-12, including one special needs child. I am familiar with most teaching styles, unschooling, Charlotte Mason, unit approaches etc. I do need prior approval but am already approved in many school districts. I am in the Chambersburg area, but do travel to the Hanover and Huntingdon areas.” (Added 2/03)
Kim Travis, KTravis476@aol.com or call 717-375-2662
"I have completed homeschool evaluations for families since 1989. My PA teaching certificate is permanent, active, and includes kindergarten through 8th grades. I also hold a Masters in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and a BS in Bible from Lancaster Bible College, and I am an approved provider of educational and biblical courses for Christian school teachers through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). Having taught full time in both Christian and public schools since 1984, I still substitute in my local public school district a few days each year to keep attuned to current educational issues and mandates. I am also experienced as a homeschool mom--I taught our daughter's pre-K and 8th grade school years. My full-time ministry involves speaking, writing and singing (find out more at www.hope4hearts.net). Each year I evaluate during the months of April, May, and June at my home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania." (added 6/06)
Nancy Sebastian Meyer, (717-392-2978), firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am a PA Certified teacher with experience in middle school and high school education. My certification is in Biology, General Science, and K-12 Environmental Education. I am a Christian mom with 4 years of teaching experience and a tutoring experience in various subjects K-12. I live in northern Lancaster County, but am willing to travel to Lebanon or York counties." (Added 06/08)
Anne Morgan, email@example.com
"I am a former homeschool mom and have enjoyed completing homeschool evaluations for 17 years. I have experience in both elementary and secondary evaluations and have worked with the Mason-Dixon and Susquehanna Valley Diploma programs. I hold a PA teaching certificate and have tutored and taught all grades from kindergarten through 11th grade. I also hold a Masters in Elementary Education from Millersville University and a BS in Elementary Education from The Kings College (NY). Presently, I am teaching English (ESL) in private schools on the high school level and am certified with the National Institute of Learning Development(NILD) as an Educational Therapist to work with students who have learning disabilities. I am also able to assist your student using various standardized tests if needed. Though most families come to my home in Lancaster for evaluations, I currently travel to several home-schools for evaluations. I would love to help you as well." (added 3/09, updated 4/11, updated 4/13)
Barbara Morrison, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-397-1722 or 717-205-7649 (cell)
"My name is Jayne Cable. My residence is in the West York area of York. I am a Pennsylvania and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) certified teacher. My teaching experience of thirty years was in the Christian School setting. Twenty-eight of those years was at Christian School of York instructing elementary, resource, enrichment, and middle school. I have been an evaluator of homeschoolers since 1994." (added 3/09)
Jayne Cable, 717-845-6720, cell 717-858-4671, or email email@example.com
"I provide evaluations for all levels, testing, and classes. I hold current PA certification in secondary math and biology, private elementary, and specialist in educational technology. I earned a MS in Educations at Drexel University and BS in Biology Education from Millersville University. I have an eclectic teaching experience." (added 4/09)
Nanette Blank, 717-653-6931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"I have a B.A. in English and Classics from Hillsdale College, an M.Ed from Eastern University, and current PA Teaching Certification in Secondary English. I taught English for three years at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA, and recently moved to Lancaster, where my husband teaches Classics at Veritas Academy. I was homeschooled during my own middle school years and currently work preparing and evaluating schools for accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, so I am open to and familiar with a wide variety of subjects and academic approaches." (added 5/09)
Kathryn Walker, email@example.com, 267-980-7287
"I am a Pennsylvania certified teacher K-6, who specialized in early childhood and literacy. I have three years teaching experience at the elementary level, ten years experience running and teaching in a local daycare center, and have also been a private tutor. Presently, I am homeschooling my five children while providing evaluations, testing and tutoring services to local homeschoolers." (added 4/10)
Mary Beth Schachte, (717)554 1564 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
"My name is Holly Fesler (Wellsville, Pennsylvania, 17365). I am a dually certified teacher in the state of Pennsylvania in the areas of special education (K-12) and elementary education (K-6). My bachelor's degree is from Millersville University and I am currently enrolled in a Master's program at Penn State Harrisburg. I am currently a public school teacher in Cumberland County and I coach high school field hockey. I schedule appointments for evenings and weekends. If you select me as your evaluator, I look forward to meeting your student(s) and parents." (added 4/10)
Holly Fesler, email@example.com (best way to initially contact me), 717-586-4962 (cell phone number, please call before 8:00 PM)
"I currently work as a 9th grade English teacher for a Harrisburg school district and live in Palmyra, PA. In 1996 I began my career in special education as an Emotional Support Teacher, I later wrote and taught in an alternative educational program designed for girls, I have worked as a Learning Support Teacher in all core content areas at the high school level and I value individualized instruction. Having taught courses from English to Affective Education, I am Pennsylvania Certified in Special Education K-12 and English 9-12. I am currently the Freshman Academy Twilight School Coordinator (an after school tutoring program for 9th grade students) and Freshman Class Advisor. I have a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and I continue to take classes to enhance my teaching. Other past experience includes training people with disabilities to work in the community and church nursery coordinator. I have been praised for my parent communication skills and as a parent, I truly believe that parents have the greastest insights into their children's needs. Please feel free to contact me to set up an evaluation." (added 4/10)
Laurie Stotz, firstname.lastname@example.org, (cell) 717-756-7676
"I am first, and foremost, a mother with 8 children. I have a permanent, active, PA teaching certificate for grades K-6, along with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Previous to raising a family, I taught in the public school system for five years. I have been providing homeschool evaluations since 1999. I am familiar with many different homeschooling approaches, from unschooling, to Charlotte Mason, to prepackaged curriculums, and I encourage families to use whatever works best for their individual needs and preferences. I am also available to administer private or group testing, if you provide the materials. I live in York County, but am willing to travel for group evaluations. Typical cost is $25 for one evaluation, and $20 for each additional child. Please call or e-mail me with any questions, or to set up an evaluation. Thank you!" (added 9/11)
Stephanie Fonticoba, (717) 292-1716, email@example.com
"I evaluate secondary students and for the Mason Dixon Diploma program. I have over 25 years experience teaching in Christian schools, and I have a Master of Education from Salisbury University. I do need prior approval, but I am already approved in the Shippensburg Area, Tuscarora, Carlisle Area, and Big Springs School Districts. I live in the Shippensburg’s area, but I am also willing to travel elsewhere. If you have any questions please contact me." (added 5/10)
Robert P. Straughan, 717-532-3307, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am a certified elementary teacher who also homeschooled my own children. I am also able to do testing. I truly believe in the value of a homeschool education and went back to school for my teaching certificate so that I could be of service to homeschool families." (added 2/11)
My phone number is 717-244-1248 and my email is email@example.com.
"I am certified as "Highly Qualified" in Private school- Nursery- Kindergarten as well as Elementary Education (K-6). I have taught in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington DC. I am a Christian mom who strongly supports homeschooling. During the school year, I am a preschool director and tutor students over the summer (I have also given art classes to homeschooling groups in the past). I am willing to evaluate in your home or in mine. I live in the Eastern York area and would be willing to travel to do evaluations. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions- I can't wait to share the joy of learning with your family!" (added 2/11)
Amanda Copulos, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-252-6396
Area Code 724
"Homeschooling mom of two for fifteen years. I do not meet the qualifications, so am available with approval from the superintendent. I
am currently approved for Rochester School district and am willing to seek approval from any district. Supportive of ALL educational styles!" (added 6/08, updated 3/09)
Tara Pienkosky, 724-312-8102, email@example.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am PA certified in elementary teacher (K-6), special education (K-12) and special education supervision. I have over 28 years of experience with nineteen years of classroom experience, K-12. I have been in special education supervision since 1998. I am currently the Supervisor of Special Education for the Sharpsville Area School District. I am very receptive to both highly structured and eclectic non-traditional programming. I have provided support for both home education and cyber charter programs." (Added 06/08, updated 9/11)
Christopher J. Smith, M.Ed., 724-699-4996
"I am no longer doing evaluations." (updated 6/12)
Patty Waltermyer, email@example.com
"I recently retired from the Hermitage School District, Mercer County, PA with 26 years of classroom teaching experience. I was an elementary teacher for 18 years and served as Hickory High School’s Gifted Support teacher for 8 years. As an elementary teacher, I taught all subjects including preparation work for the PSSA tests. As gifted support teacher, I worked with the students, parents, and school staff to provide for and implement acceleration, class compacting, course modification, and provided enrichment opportunities to meet each gifted student’s individual educational needs and to meet PA state guidelines. Currently, in addition to doing home school evaluations, I am offer tutoring services in all subject areas, K to 6." (added 07/09, updated 4/10)
Rhonda Paglia, 724-342-0793, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am no longer taking on new families." (updated 4/2013)
Patty Tinkey, email email@example.com
”I am a PA Homeschool Evaluator in Elementary. After several years of teaching in private Christian schools I am now a homeschooling mom of three. My degree, and Michigan teaching certificate, is in Elementary Education and Art Education. My experience at a variety of grade levels aids in my evaluation of students and families. I am excited to minister to families in this unique way. I am willing to serve the families throughout this area.” (added 2/05, updated 4/10)
Jennifer Ledford, 724-256-8132, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Homeschooling mom with PA Teaching Certificate. I have worked in various educational settings including Christian Schools and tutoring. Passionate about helping homeschooling families succeed and available for consulting. Southwestern PA - distance or local evaluations." (added 4/10)
Amy Earnest, 724-833-8645, email@example.com
"I possess a Master of Education degree and am certified by the state of PA to teach Elementary Education (K-6); as well as Middle School Language Arts, Science and Citizenship. I have 4 years of teaching experience within SW PA public school districts. I am available for Elementary evaluations as well as test administration." (added 6/11)
Melanie Halsted, M. Ed., 724-454-7211, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area Code 814
"I am a PA Certified Teacher (K-8) with 9 years teaching experience. I taught Kindergarten for nine years in the public school. When my son was born, I stayed at home to care for my son and two daughters that followed. I have homeschooled for 15 years. My oldest has graduated and is in college, and my girls are in high school. I enjoy meeting new families and helping where I can to make their educational path enjoyable and worthwhile." (added 6/08)
Elaine Chamberlin, email@example.com, 814-328-2364
"We are both certified teachers who teach in the public school system in Pennsylvania. I graduated from Tennessee Temple University in 1997 with a degree in history/political science with a concentration in secondary education. I have a secondary teaching license in Tennessee and Pennsylvania. I currently am teaching 8th grade Social Studies. My wife is 2002 graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in elementary education with a concentration in reading. She has an elementary teaching license and is currently employed as a Title I reading teacher at the elementary school level. We are able to evaluate students at all grade levels. We have experience working with homeschool evaluations." (added 2/07)
Matthew and Jennifer Guisler, 814-644-6873, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am a PA certified teacher with 12 years teaching experience in public and private schools, along with 18 years experience in private tutoring. I have a masters degree in Secondary Education and my teaching background is in Secondary Mathematics. I have also been homeschooling my three children for the past 9 years. Additionally, I offer the Peabody Test for standardized testing. I thoroughly enjoy helping homeschooling families in their endeavor to educate their children at home. I live in the Johnstown area and am willing to travel." (added 5/07)
Natalie Livella, email@example.com, 814-479-2634
"I am no longer taking on new families." (updated 6/12)
Lynne Shaffer, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am an qualified educator with over 30 years of teaching experience. I have experience as a PA certified teacher in the PA Public Schools as a Substitute teacher in the areas of K-12 teaching music, english, history, french, reading, and art. I have served as an interim music teacher and substitute teacher for a private Catholic high school. Most recently I have been the Director of Music (vocal and instrumental) at a private Catholic high school teaching Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Band, Chorus, and Computer Keyboarding. I am a member of PMEA and MENC along with the National Catholic School Teachers Association. In addition, I am a Student Support Counselor with two years experience in foreign exchange studies. My experience also involves over 40 years as a church pianist/organist, choral director, and accompanist. I have over 30 years studio teaching experience in piano, voice, guitar, violin, and clarinet. In addition to holding a Masters degree in Music (pedagogy/performance) I have my Bachelors degree in Music along with a Minor in Art. Currently I am pursuing my PhD in counseling. I have done research in the psychology of music teaching and continue to be involved in studies within that area. I am both a freelance performer,composer/arranger, and freelance artist. I have been involved in Home Education since 1995, teaching both of my daughters from pre-school through grade 12. Since their graduations I have continued to be involved in homeschooling as a consultant and evaluator. I am familiar with and supportive of a variety of teaching styles as well as keeping informed and updated with the PA homeschool guidelines and laws. I provide an interview, written report, and letter of certification upon completion of each evaluation. Additional forms, information, standardized testing, and consultation services are available upon request. My evaluation services are available in all area codes as I am willing to travel (rate charts available upon request.) Please feel free to contact me at your convenience to schedule an appointment by phone or email." (added 07/09)
Nina M. Tedeschi, M.M., B.S., S.S.C, email@example.com, 814-941-6242
"I am a PA Certified Homeschool Evaluator and Test Administrator. I taught elementary school for 4 years and then moved on to middle school for 6 years. My 3 grandchildren are PA homeschoolers which is what brought me to doing homeschool evaluations. I can evaluate grades K-12. This is my 6th year of being a PA homechool evaluator. Education is the foundation to a good future. Contact me at KellyAlbertson04@aol.com I am in the 814 area code but travel statewide helping homeschooling families.My number is 814-359-8657. Feel free to contact me anytime to schedule an apt." (added 4/10)
Kelly Albertson, 814-359-8657, KellyAlbertson04@aol.com
"I am a Pennsylvania Certified teacher K – 6 with an English certification for 7-12. I have been teaching elementary school for over five years. My B.S. is from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, in elementary education and my master's degree is from Pennsylvania State University in curriculum and instruction with a focus in children's literature. I was home schooled during my high school career as well. I would love to talk to you before evaluation, and I have a list of needed information for the evaluation that I can send to you." (added 8/11)
firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 395-5229
"I am a professional educator residing in Somerset County who homeschools our children along with my wife. I have been serving the homeschool community since 2006 as a home education evaluator for grades K-12 and provider of Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. The fee charged for evaluations is $30 for elementary students and $40 for high school students. Homeschool families can expect to receive a short-form evaluation to take with them at the time of the evaluation for submission to the school district. As a professional educator since 1995, I have experience teaching in public schools and Christian schools, teaching on-line courses, and teaching at the college level. The courses I currently teach at the college level often include homeschooled high-school students who are successfully taking courses alongside of traditional college students. I am open to traditional and non-traditional forms of education, so long as learning is taking place. I am happy to answer questions and offer suggestions to address any issues a homeschool family is experiencing. If you would like to schedule an evaluation or have further questions about the evaluation process, please do not hesitate to contact me. I do provide evaluation services up to June 30 of each school year." (added 9/11)
Robert J. Lamkin, Jr., Hollsopple, PA, email@example.com, 814-288-5785
"I am a PA certified teacher. I have my bachelor’s degree in English Education 7-12; I have my master’s degree in Literacy and I am certified as a Reading Specialist K-12, and finally I have an ESL certification K-12. I worked five years at the high school level and this is my fourth year in the elementary school. I am currently teaching as a reading specialist and working my first year as an ESL teacher for a wonderful first grader from Mexico. I have friends that home school, and I do see the benefits in home schooling. I am willing to evaluate and serve families in the Somerset, Cambria and Blair Counties." (added 9/11)
Amy Forcellini, (814)241-6356, firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am a PA certified teacher. I have taught all grades of elementary except Kindergarten during my 16 years of experience in public schools, so I am very familiar with academic goals at each level. I have worked with a wide spectrum of children from the extremely gifted to those in need of a great deal of academic support. I also have experience teaching children with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and ODD. I believe that every child is a unique, wonderful person who has many special talents to discover and strengthen. Homeschooling offers children the opportunity to have their learning tailored to their own personal interests. I am thankful that l will be able to homeschool my son next school year. I live in Hollidaysburg and am willing to travel up to one hour to meet with families. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to set up an evaluation. In addition to evaluations, I provide tutoring services."
Kristy Wall, 814-505-8195, email@example.com
Wendy Girard -
E, S, SPED, T
"I have PA teaching certificates in Early Childhood Education, Special Education (k-12), and Reading Specialist (k-12). I have taught in PA and MD for a total of 9 years. I have two young children, which I homeschool, and look forward to assisting you on your homeschool journey through evaluations and/or testing. I am willing to do evaluations or testing in Cambria and surrounding counties. Please contact me for more information."
"I am qualified to evaluate both elementary and secondary grades and have been involved in home schooling since the early 1980s as a parent and home school advocate. As an evaluator, I see my role as the family's consultant and advocate, not their judge. I support all learning methods from A Beka to Unschooling, and am able to help families navigate the homeschool law and go to bat for them when districts impose unauthorized requirements. I also help families with high school, college admissions and financial aid, career exploration, and military enlistment, including doing transcripts and letters of recommendation, and offering non-state accredited diplomas. It is my goal to bring encouragement to weary home school moms by lightening their load, giving them needed affirmation, and helping them think 'outside the box'. I also do distance evaluations for families who cannot meet with me in person. These are conducted by mail and telephone.
You can get more information about evaluations on my website at: http://www.theexcelsioracademy.com/penn.htm
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an evaluation in your area or by distance.”
See the web site above for current contact info.
"I am a Certified Reading Specialist K-12 with an Ed.S. and M.A.T. degree. I am a homeschooling mom of three for 12 years. I evaluate elementary, secondary and special education students. I also have expertise in holistic learning and multiple intelligences. I advocate for homeschooling families being in compliance with home education statues and laws and being made aware of all supportive resources for that benefit." (added 9/11)
Robin Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Places to Look for Evaluators
The best way to find an evaluator is often word-of-mouth -- ask local homeschooling friends and support group folks for recommendations in your area.
Remember that anyone who meets the qualifications can do evaluations (except the home education supervisor or their spouse); you may have a friend or neighbor who can provide your child's written evaluation.
http://www.phaa.org/evaluators/index.html is the Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA)'s statewide list.
http://www.harmonyhomeeducators.org/evaluators/evaluators.htm is the Harmony Home Educators’ list, covering NE PA.
http://www.countrypreacher.com/homesch/evaluate.html lists one evaluator in Carlisle (717 area code).
http://supportgroup.webs.com/resources.htm from the PMBFC Homeschool Support Group, lists several evaluators in the 570 area code.