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Dear TEA Friends,

I know everyone is extremely busy with upcoming end-of-school year events. Besides finals and year-end projects, everyone’s schedules are packed with recitals, competitions, performances, tournaments, and, of course, graduation ceremonies. The end of the school year will be here before we know it. Hopefully, the thrill of the year-end festivities will give you added energy to finish the course before you can breathe a big sigh of relief and start your well-deserved summer break.

As graduation approaches, I’d like to congratulate the members of TEA’s Class of 2019 and wish them the very best as they prepare for their next adventures! We are looking ahead with great excitement to TEA’s 21st Annual Commencement Ceremony with all of its pomp and warmth. It is always such a bittersweet experience and my favorite day of the year. These Fabulous Young People are sure to make our world a much better place to live - now and for future generations. As our theme states: Look Out World, Here They Come!    

Be sure to read the final newsletters of the school year for more summer opportunities for your students grades K to 12 for enrichment learning. And, if your rising high school students are still seeking a STEM placement for the summer, contact me immediately for names of programs that continue to accept applicants. 

As for me, I continue to spend several days each week outside of my office doing reviews. So if you need me, the best way to reach me is by email so I can reply outside of normal business hours as needed. 

In case we don’t speak personally before then, Happy Mother’s Day to all of our TEA Moms and Grandmoms! “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own … “ (Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm). Enjoy this fabulous spring weather before the summer heat arrives!

And to all of our students and their parents: Keep up the great work you’ve accomplished this school year! Try to savor as much of it as you can and 'be in the moment’. The days may seem long, but the years are indeed fleeting! 

With much enthusiasm and pride,



TEA no longer is enrolling any new families. This applies to future years as well. Neither is TEA maintaining a ‘waiting list’. After 20+ years of directing oversight programs and nearing retirement age, 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.
  • Thank you Wendy. It's been so wonderful to have had you as our advisor these past many years. You made homeschool doable for us. I never thought when we started this adventure, that we'd be able to do it through highschool. But each year shed light a little farther ahead, so little by little we realized it was possible. You have been our guidiing light, Wendy. Thanks to you we were able to successfully follow our dream of educating our children outside the norm of school in a building.  Although we've had our challenges, I feel that our girls have a stronger sense of self, a closer bond with each other, they've had more time to spend on creative endeavors, we've had more time together as a family, and we now have the satisfaction of knowing that we provided the kind of education that we wanted for our girls - and it likely helped ... gain access to a great local college with a scholarship. I couldn't be any happier. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful guidance and support. You're the greatest.
  • 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