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About Janice . . .

Janice Price

Since her twenty-year homeschooling career has been followed by seven years (and counting) as Rainbow’s homeschooling and product consultant, Janice Price considers homeschooling a way of life - a meaningful and purposeful way of life. She and Scott (her husband for 32 years) have three children, Rachel, Anna, and David - all homeschooled from kindergarten (birth, actually) through high school graduation; all three now university graduates. As with many homeschooling moms, Janice has worn various related hats - coordinator of a new to homeschooling support group; educational consultant for Westbridge Academy (an umbrella school for home educated, gifted students); administrator of Peoria Co-operative Academy which is both a history-based unit study co-op and a type of support school offering science labs, choirs, and classes on a variety of subjects; exhibit hall coordinator for the local home school convention. Janice has a B.A. from Phillips University and a M.Ed. from Idaho State University and before her homeschooling career, worked for several years in student personnel administration at three different universities.


About Donna . . .

Donna Krahn

With over 25 years in education, Donna Krahn comes with classroom experience. She has been married to Gary Krahn for almost 30 years and is the mom of Steve and Suzy. During her time in the classroom, she has taught at a variety of levels and subjects, from preschool to high school. Over the years she has volunteered in many capacities, been a junior high and high school youth sponsor in her church, and tutored students who needed a little extra help. She has organized science fairs and workshops, and has judged spelling bees and speech contests for ACSI. Donna joined the Rainbow Resource team in 2006, loves it, and looks forward to a long and happy career serving the homeschool community. Donna has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education and a second bachelor’s degree with a concentration in early childhood education, both from Lincoln Christian College.


About Deanne . . .

Deanne Crawford

Deanne’s journey into homeschooling began in 1997, when she and her husband, Manuel, made the decision to bring her daughter home from the local K-8 school. In 2013, the bittersweet day came when the journey ended with the graduation of their son. Eclectic in her approach, Deanne sought to pick and choose materials that best met the needs of her children and is a self-proclaimed "curriculum junkie." Inspired by the Moore approach, Deanne and her family included service as a core of the children's education. As a family, they have served in leadership positions for their local homeschool group, cooked and served in community soup kitchens, volunteered at their local Christian radio channel, as well as an array of other opportunities.


About Sara . . .

Sara Carothers

Sara comes to us with a foreign language background. She taught high school French in Peoria and Decatur, Illinois, including the International Baccalaureate and AP programs. Her experience in the public school system has been useful to our homeschoolers at times. She is quite interested in helping homeschoolers incorporate foreign language at all age levels. Sara is very creative and has a knack for coming up with creative teaching ideas for parents. She has a Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in French/Secondary Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum from St. Xavier University of Chicago. Working at Rainbow has opened up a different side of education for Sara and she finds the world of homeschooling fascinating. She has two sons: Nick is 19 and in college at the University of Illinois and Adam is 17 and is aiming for West Point post high school.


About Gina . . .

Gina Burmeier

Gina has been homeschooling for 10 years. Her oldest, David, will graduate next spring and is interested in pursuing a career in electrical engineering. Emily, her daughter, will graduate in 2014 and hopes to pursue a chemistry degree. Her youngest, Ryan will be starting eighth grade, and thoroughly enjoys studying his Bible, playing basketball, and drawing. She has had the opportunity to start a homeschooling group as well as advise and talk with many families interested in homeschooling in her area. Having used many different types of curriculum, she is familiar with different approaches and learning styles. Traveling to homeschool conventions for eight years with her family has given her the opportunity to meet many other homeschooling families. She has also been involved with a speech and debate club for homeschoolers and has traveled to many tournaments with her oldest son.


About Ruth . . .

Ruth Tennis

"We'll give Kindergarten a try," were the words that started Ruth's homeschool career. Each year they tried homeschooling again. Sixteen years later, she graduated the last of 4 children. Though varied, her teaching methods have included hands-on activities, cross-disciplinary approaches and lots of great literature. Ruth has undergraduate degrees in English and Interpersonal Communication and a Master's Degree in English from Truman University in Missouri. Before homeschooling, Ruth taught college-level English composition and English as a Second Language in China and Illinois. Believing communication is a significant way that humans reflect God's image, she considers it one of the most important skills to build in children. Ruth loves reading, learning new things and practicing the art of thankfulness. She also enjoys wordplay and believes there's always room in any day for a little "Winnie the Pooh."