Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency

Renita Gerlach

My journey in education began when as a teenager I served on a mission team in the Philippines, and taught English to some Bible school students there! Returning to the States, I obtained my Bachelor's degree and then, while teaching middle school Language Arts at a Christian school in Lancaster, obtained my master's degree in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (focusing on English as a Second Language).

A detour led me into the world of home education when a teacher friend suggested I evaluate students after my first child was born and I quit full-time teaching. That was in 2000, and since then I've found a lot of joy and fulfillment in meeting with students and their parents, and encouraging them in their journey, offering advice and direction when needed. Since 2001, I have also taught writing, literature, and speech classes to middle and high school students once a week in my home and/or a co-op setting. Most importantly, I am thrilled to be able to teach my own three children (my oldest graduated in 2018, and in the 2020-21 school year, I have a high school senior and sophomore).

I am certified to teach and evaluate grades 7-12 and would like to assist homeschool parents in providing the best possible education for their children by offering a thorough yet relaxed evaluation in my home. The evaluation consists of an interview, about one hour in length, during which I look through the portfolio with the student, discuss it, and type a detailed report with the student's biographical data, my own credentials, a general overview of the student's activities, and a specific outline of the material covered in each class during that year, highlighting the student's strengths. The parent is welcome to sit with the student and me during the interview. Please contact me with any questions you have!

Renita Gerlach

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