Would you like to talk with an experienced homeschool parent and ask them all your questions? You can do that right here! Even better, these experienced parents are also NCHE approved and trained mentors. They are equipped with all the most updated information and best resources.

If you are an NCHE member and would like to take advantage of your mentoring session, then take a look at the mentors below and decide who you might like to chat with. Click on the “Schedule time with me” link to see their schedules and make an appointment that fits your schedule.

If you would like to become a member, for $35 you will receive one (1) mentor session as well as many other benefits. For $75 you will receive three (3) mentor sessions, membership benefits, and a bundle of five (5) conference recordings.

If you do not want to be a member, or would like to purchase additional mentoring sessions, you can for $30 each.

Evelyn Bickley is a homeschooling veteran. She serves as NCHE’s activities director and has served on the boards of several different support groups and as an adviser to the Zeta Epsilon chapter of the National Homeschool Honor Society. Wife to Barry and mom to four homeschooled graduates, Evelyn enjoys travelling, leading a Gavel Club for teens and advising other homeschool families on their journeys through high school.

Areas of Experience: Preschool, Elementary, High school, Testing, Transcripts and college prep

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April Briley and her husband, Joe, live in Greenville, NC. They were high school sweethearts and have been married for twenty-four years. Joe is a full-time soldier serving with the North Carolina National Guard. April has loved home educating their three children for eighteen years. Currently the youngest is the lone homeschooler, as the older two have graduated. The family spends time volunteering in various areas of their community. April has served in numerous roles in local support groups and enjoys continuing that service with NCHE in her eighth year as a regional liaison.

Areas of Experience: Preschool, Elementary, High school, Testing, Transcripts and college prep, Logistics and scheduling

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Ronda Marshall and her husband, Mike, live in Asheville, NC, and completed 26 years of homeschooling when they graduated the youngest of their 6 children last year. They have served on the NCHE board since 2003 where Mike has served as president and regional director, and Ronda has served as homeschool helps director, advisor and currently as the community relations director. They have established and coordinated local homeschool support groups, email groups, co-ops, enrichment classes and conferences in their area. Ronda served as the director of Biltmore Church Homeschool Ministry that serves over 200 families in western NC. She has had the privilege of speaking at various support groups and state conferences where she loves having the opportunity to encourage families in this wonderful, yet sometimes challenging, homeschooling journey.

Areas of Experience: Preschool, Elementary, High school, Testing, Transcripts and college prep, Special Needs, Logistics and scheduling

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Matthew McDill and his wife, Dana, live in Clemmons, NC, with six of their nine children. If you are looking for homeschool advice from a dad’s perspective, Matthew will be glad to help! He has been in pastoral ministry for over twenty-five years and is now the executive director for North Carolinians for Home Education. He earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and authored the book Loving God: A Practical Handbook for Discipleship. Matthew loves to teach from God’s Word, especially on topics related to family relationships, discipleship, parenting and home education. 

Areas of Experience: Discipleship, Preschool, Elementary, High school, Transcripts and college prep, Logistics and scheduling

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Jennifer Smith was a homeschool student herself in the early 1990s and now enjoys teaching her three dynamic kids. She sits on the board of a Charlotte Mason style co-op and leads the Stanly Montgomery Homeschool Association with her husband. As a regional liaison for the NCHE, she loves to serve homeschooling families in NC with faith, joy, and excellence.

Areas of Experience: Preschool, Elementary, Testing, Logistics and scheduling

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Amanda Wares is married to Michael and has four children, ages thirteen to twenty-five. This is their seventeenth year homeschooling and her twelfth year on the NCHE board, where she currently serves as homeschool helps director. In addition to her roles as wife and stay-at-home mom/teacher, Amanda also serves on the board of her local homeschool group. In all her spare time, she loves to read, plan field trips and encourage new homeschoolers!

Areas of Experience: Preschool, Elementary, High school, Testing, Transcripts and college prep, Special Needs, Logistics and scheduling.

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Melanie Willis lives in Dobson, NC, the county seat for Surry County. We recently moved here from the coast of NC, although I am a mountain girl born and raised in Buncombe County, NC. My husband Matt and I always planned on homeschooling our children and have homeschooled since 2010. Matt & I planted a church in 2005 with two others families and I have been children’s ministry director for most of that time. We recently purchased a farm in Surry County and plan on having an educational retreat center in the future. We raise Dairy Goats along with Jersey cows, donkeys and horses. We are enjoying showing our children a different way of doing life while following the will of God.

Areas of Experience: Preschool, Elementary, High school, Testing, Transcripts and college prep, Special Needs, Logistics and scheduling

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