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    Are you a new homeschooling parent wondering what to do? Are you an experienced home educator with stories to share? Do you feel alone in your journey and want some encouragement, or just need to discuss things with someone? Whether your student is just starting preschool or high school, come to the SMHEA HOmeschool Parent read on

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    Graduation Ceremony – May 28, 2016

    The SMHEA graduation ceremony honors graduates (and their parents) who have completed their high school studies. You must be an SMHEA member and pay a graduation fee to participate. If you are not a member, you can join here. Parents and graduates are responsible for planning our ceremony and the reception which follows. There are read on

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    Richard and Nancy Brown Scholarship Award

    The purpose of this scholarship is to honor Richard and Nancy Brown for their years of outstanding service to home educating families in the eighteen counties served by the Smoky Mountain Home Education Association and other families throughout the state of Tennessee. Richard and Nancy Brown served on the SMHEA (Smoky Mountain Home Education Association) read on

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    Join SMHEA today!

    The Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) is a Christian led networking organization that provides general support to the home education community in the eighteen counties surrounding Knox County in East Tennessee. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to see that their children become mature and balanced by giving them protection, provision, and read on

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    A Cup of Cool Water: Helpful articles to encourage and refresh you!

    “A Cup of Cool Water for Getting Started” is a series of fourteen short, practical messages packed with little tips that can make a big difference as you begin your Home School journey! ┬áJust click the “Cool Water: Get Started” button below, fill in the form that follows, and you’ll begin receiving encouragement tomorrow! Cool read on


There has been a lot going on behind the scenes in the Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) for the first half of 2015. In March, after a series of meetings, a new board was seated in response to a call to the general membership that had been sent out in February. The new volunteer board is eager to re-invigorate SMHEA so that it can fulfill its mission of providing advocacy, support, and connection in the homeschool community across the entire 18 county area that we represent. Several updates are in progress and more changes are planned in the coming months to improve service to our members.

In April, the board elected a new volunteer Area Coordinator, John Martin, a small business owner, farmer, and current homeschooling father of three who is passionate about training his children up in the Lord. The new board consists of twelve members, three of whom remain from the previous board: Nathan & Erin Dunn, Linda Hudson, John & Dian Martin, Rich Melton, Sonny & Jeana Partin, Greg & April Shepherd, and Todd & Laura Sparrow. Rich Melton, who has voluntarily served as Area Coordinator for the past several years is retiring from the Area Coordinator position but is continuing to serve as a board member.

We are currently examining our on-line systems for membership and communication, and will be overhauling them in the coming months. One of our first priorities will be to streamline the membership sign up and renewal process. If you have experienced any trouble signing up or renewing your membership, or if you just need to find out if your membership is current, please email our new membership help desk at membership@smhea.org. You may also note that our email systems are changing, and the smheapres@gmail.com and other gmail addresses are being retired. For now, general contact can be sent to info@smhea.org. The SMHEA website is also being updated with new resources and information. Watch for future announcements about our updated systems and please add smhea.org as a safe sender to your spam filters.

Please be sure to join or renew your membership and encourage others who support homeschooling in the state of Tennessee to join as well, even if they are not currently homeschooling. SMHEA is a chapter of the state homeschooling organization, Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA), and our mission of advocacy for homeschooling rights at the federal, state, and local levels of government are supported by your membership. We are working to improve membership benefits and provide new opportunities for building connections within the homeschool community. Please watch for new developments in this area as well.

To this end, we are excited to announce that SMHEA is sponsoring the Appalachian Home Educators Conference which will take place at Johnson University on June 26th and 27th. We will have a booth in the exhibit hall where we will be providing membership sign up and information. The board members will be present for meet and greet events a few times during the conference, and there will be someone there at the booth during the whole conference to answer questions and discuss homeschooling issues. There are many great speakers and activities planned for the conference, as well as lots of exhibitors and helpful workshops. Current SMHEA members will receive a discount on conference registration. Visit the member section of our website for the coupon code.

Thank you for your interest in homeschooling, and we would love to meet you at the Appalachian Home Educators Conference. We have other events and activities proposed for the upcoming year with the aim of better serving the homeschooling community in the region. SMHEA serves Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties in Tennessee.

Please keep the SMHEA board in your prayers and be patient as we move forward with updates and changes to improve SMHEA.

Renew or sign up for your SMHEA membership today.

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