When Katie’s daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor, her family was uprooted and sent 500 miles away to St. Jude Hospital. Upon arrival, she encountered a chatty mom who said she should put her other kids in school because homeschool and cancer are just too hard. Thankfully, she had been gradually adopting an unschooling approach to school. The flexibility that unschooling allows saved her homeschool. It equipped her children to flourish in an impossible situation. She will share practical steps to deconstructing a classroom mentality and how to bolster your homeschool to stand firm in life’s waves.

Katie Dugdale is a child of God, lover of Christ, wife to an amazing man and mom to 4 beautiful kids. Her family has been homeschooling from the beginning and have just finished their twelfth year. It is a constant journey. Each of Katie’s kids was born in a different state. They have many chapters in their story, and Katie has several years of teaching experience through the public school system, homeschooling her own children, working with the church youth group, and teaching in local homeschool co-ops. Katie holds a degree in early childhood education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. She served on the board of directors of the Henderson County Homeschool Association for six years as activities director, treasurer and secretary. Katie now co-directs Classical Scholars Homeschool Co-op in Mills River, NC.

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