Practical and Legal Aspects of Homeschooling for Military Families

On this episode, we're talking about the legal and practical aspects of homeschooling for military families with guest Natalie Mack, Military Outreach Coordinator for Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

Episode #21 –  On this episode, we’re talking about the legal and practical aspects of homeschooling for military families with guest Natalie Mack, Military Outreach Coordinator for Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

Twenty-two years ago, Natalie and her husband, a Navy chaplain now retired after 34 years of service, began their homeschooling journey. Her successful children, four grown and one currently in high school, prove that homeschooling doesn’t hold kids back. Natalie credits her children’s relationship with Christ and that they love learning for making them so well-grounded.

Natalie shares how she began working for the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and how her role has evolved over time. She also shares about Natalie Mack, LLC, which provides mentorship to homeschoolers, advocacy for military homeschooling, and homeschool consultations to military-connected educational and DoD organizations.

Also, during the show, Natalie answers some listener questions, including how to homeschool legally as a military family and how HSLDA can help. Additionally, Natalie explains how the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) gives active-duty military families the ability to homeschool overseas in many countries. You don’t want to miss this special episode!

Natalie Mack is an author, speaker, and veteran home educator with over twenty-one years of service to military homeschooling families and military homeschool support group leadership. She is known for her words of encouragement and advocacy for homeschooling, particularly during the journey from high school to college. Natalie is a mom of five, three college graduates, one college junior and a 10th grader.  She is a very newly retired Navy Chaplain’s spouse after serving alongside her husband for 34 years of military service.

Currently serving as President of Belvoir Home Educators, an active large military homeschool support group in northern Virginia, Natalie also owns Natalie Mack, LLC which provides mentorship to homeschoolers, advocacy for military homeschooling and homeschool consultations to military-connected educational and DoD organizations.

In 2020, she became an HSLDA High School Educational Consultant and in 2021, she became the Outreach Coordinator to the Military where Natalie provides consultations and resources to military homeschoolers, School Liaison Officers and military homeschool support groups and state homeschool organizations.

She also has written for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, sharing her perspective on military life with the article “Fair Winds and Following Seas” and on the sandwich generation with “5 Tips for Living Life in the Middle”.  Natalie is the author of her new book 101 Tips for Homeschoolers and is currently writing another book titled Homeschooling on the Move: Military-Style.

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