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Dear TEA Friends,

The recent string of hot days remind us that the end of another school year is quickly approaching! That also includes The Excelsior Academy’s 20th Annual Commencement Ceremony. It is always inspiring, yet bittersweet, watching another class of young adults head off in their chosen directions to pursue their goals, passions and dreams! The Class of 2018 has distinquished itself by the varied paths they have chosen based on knowledge of their interests and abilities, as well as the many old and new pathways available to them. We launch them with the greatest confidence of success and our heartfelt wishes for happiness and personal satisfaction! 

TEA’s office, as normal, closes Friday afternoon on May 11th and re-opens Tuesday morning, May 22nd after the graduation. I will have little to no opportunity to reply to email or calls unrelated to the graduation ceremony during this time since it is reserved for graduation preparation. 

Also, TEA's office closes for the summer on Friday afternoon, June 1st. TEA will be open during designated weeks during the summer to work with rising juniors and seniors on college planning. Those weeks will be decided and announced in June. I will have very little time for other TEA-associated work during these weeks,  unless it is a time-sensitive matter. Please refer to TEA’s Member Page for answers to many of your routine questions.  

Seniors, please submit all final grades for the year to my office by June 1st so TEA may issue final transcripts to your college of choice before the end of June. 

And, as you know, I have down-sized the number of enrolled students in TEA to allow for greater family time. So, TEA continues NOT to enroll any new families or re-enroll any families who were enrolled in the past. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to enjoy my family more after so many years of serving the homeschool community!

Warm wishes for a happy and memorable summer!



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