Welcome to TEA

Dear TEA Friends,

Happy New Year and best wishes as you round the curve into the second semester! Hopefully you’ve had time to enjoy the pause between fall and spring classes so you can re-group for the remainder of the year. Getting yourself and everyone else back into the swing of things is never easy; in fact, it’s almost like starting a new school year! So, first of all, get yourself organized, and then get the kids in gear, with them taking as much responsibilty as possible for household and their own organization. This includes curriculum, clothes, bedrooms, all living areas, even the car if it is your office on wheels. The simple acts of organizing/cleaning and setting up some basic systems to keep things in order will be so liberating, time saving, even sanity saving! 

Get back on healthy sleep schedules and food selections; reduce screen time and social media time. Don’t try to effect all of this change in a day - it needs to be gradual or you won’t succeed in getting your child’s cooperation. 

Get off to a great start the second half of the year by getting back into the ‘school’ habit gradually, and by getting everyone and everything, including home and vehicle, organized. With that foundation, you'll prevent unnecessary conflicts and frustrations, and feel like you’ve landed in a bed of clover with a rose clutched in your teeth! 

For a cute take on getting back to school, check out this blog, SURVIVE THE FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL AFTER WINTER BREAK at http://happyteacherhappykids.com/survive-the-first-day-back-at-school-after-winter-break-2/ 

Enjoy your time together … treasure each day … and remember that I am here whenever you need me!

Warmest smiles and hugs to all,



Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, TEA no longer is enrolling any new families. This applies to future years as well. Nor is TEA maintaining a ‘waiting list’. After 20+ years of directing oversight programs, I am scaling back to allow more family time in my life. Thank you to all who have inquired or made referrals — please understand that I will not have time to respond to the many families who contact my office about new enrollment. 

Warm wishes!


The Excelsior Academy

The Excelsior Academy (TEA) is a highly respected home education oversight program registered with the Maryland State Department of Education to provide legal oversight to Maryland homeschool students. It is directed by a home education professional with over 30 years experience in the field. TEA knows that each child deserves a truly individualized learning experience and gives families the freedom to create a learning program that best meets their child's needs while fully complying with all State regulations. TEA is supportive of all homeschool methods, from traditional to whole child-centered, and has no religious affiliation requirements.

What are people saying about TEA?

  • Thank you so much for all that you do!!! I feel so blessed to have found The Excelsior Academy, and just in case you ever forget, you are making life and homeschooling infinitely better for all the families who have come after you!
  • Again, I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful experience TEA has been. You have been so wonderful in providing information and any and all help we have needed both academically and emotionally. Your knowledge extends to all aspects of education. You have been truly invaluable!
  • One of the best things about you is your ability to make us feel that the world is open to us and all we have to do is reach for it. :) My daughter was smiling from ear to ear when we finished and I felt very relieved also.
  • Thank you for all you do. You always make things special and fun for the kids.  We love your attitude and enthusiasm.
  •  You are ever so thoughtful and making people feel so welcome. And as always, it was so great to see your smiling face and feel the exuberant presence you bring to a room.  We as TEA families are blessed to have you as our "fearless leader".  
  • Thank you so much for a wonderful graduation celebration today!  My family and I were so impressed with how warm and intimate the commencement ceremony was.  My mother in law even commented that this was the "best" graduation she has ever attended (and she has been to quite a few for her grandchildren. I am extremely honored to be a part of The Excelsior Academy family.
  • Thanks for all you did for us. Homeschooling was the best decision we could have made.
  • You words of encouragement kept me going many a day.
  • Our homeschool community is so blessed to have you as a leader.  The love and dedication you give to each and every kid is just amazing!
  • I remember last summer when I was thinking about doing this and full of fear - you said "if you do this, I guarantee when we talk next year you'll tell me your son is happier, is making friends and things are working much better." Well, you were completely right. Your words stuck with me and it has all come true. I'm taking it a year at a time - but I must say I can't really see myself ever sending him back to traditional school. We'll see, but for now, this is working!! Thanks a bunch