About Jessica

Jessica Parnell, Homeschool MomI am passionate about homeschooling. I love everything about it. The freedom to structure your day in a way that works for you; the opportunity to dig deeper into topics that ignite your child’s interest; the time to spend developing character, imparting wisdom, and building confidence; the freedom to design a curriculum that meets your child’s specific needs and strengths . . . I could go on and on.

Who am I? My former public high school students know me as Miss Salzman; my students from our homeschool coop know me as Mrs. Parnell the writing, speech, Shakespeare and government teacher; my children know me as Mom & teacher; my Bridgeway Homeschool Academy students know me as principal; and the many families I support know me as homeschool evaluator.

As a homeschool evaluator, I have the privilege of meeting homeschoolers who use all different approaches. From unschooling to a classroom approach, they come their evaluations equipped with a homeschool portfolio that tells their story. I have learned a lot from those families and have been able to share my knowledge with each family.

As a homeschool consultant, I have had the privilege of helping several students gain scholarship funding, of guiding parents of younger children through the process of determining the right approach for their child, and of watching as each student grows and matures into a young adult ready to take the next step.

As a homeschool mom, I have a distinct advanatage. I can take all that I am learning through evaluations and my own research and apply it to our own program.

It is an exciting field and one that I am passionate about.

I bring that passion to Bridgeway Academy, where our approach is very different from most academies. Why? Because I have learned from homeschooling and from evaluating that there is no such thing as a cookie cutter child. Every child is different; every child learns differently; and every child has a specific purpose. Our job is to ensure that we are raising our children to fulfill that purpose.

For some, that will mean a strong academic program in all subjects; for others, it will mean a focus on math and science; for others, it will mean the opportunity to develop a specific skill or vocation; for still others, it will mean an accelerated program that includes college courses in high school.

My goal with this blog, it do the two things I love the most: write and help others. My hope is that through this blog, you will find the answers you need, the insight you seek and a passion for homeschooling that makes all of those tough days worthwhile.

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