Lori McKee Walker
Lori Walker is passionate about the idea that learning is a natural process, and is an inherently fun process. It feels good to learn, so why are so many students bored and disengaged?
Lori is the founder and Executive Director of Village Home, where learners have fun learning! Village Home is a learning community that is built on choice and autonomy for learners. Learners are all unique, with unique interests and learning styles. The Village Home model allows learners to pursue their interests as an individual while also participating in a family-friendly, community learning environment.
Prior to founding Village Home in 2002, Lori was the Director of Training and Curriculum at Learning Forum, based in California, where she designed academic and life skills curriculum, trained teachers, and facilitated programs for teens. She also served as a facilitator herself at programs in the United States and abroad.
Lori has over 12 years of experience teaching and training adults and children in a variety of subjects, from pscyhology to accounting for REITs. Lori is an engaging instructor who presents material in a way that is accessible and entertaining.
She earned BA degrees, graduating summa cum laude with distinction and honors, from SMU in Business Management and Psychology, with an emphasis in child development.
Lori’s two daughters provided the initial inspiration for Village Home, and her job as mom is the best job she will ever have. She lives in Beaverton with her daughters, husband, and assortment of four-legged animals.
Caren de la Cruz
Very soon after the birth of her son, Caren and her husband agreed homeschooling was the best option for their attachment parenting family. Although their parenting style and decision to homeschool were departures from their own upbringings, they were certain these choices aligned with their family values. Caren enjoyed the natural curiosity of her children and was attentive to making sure that inquiries were answered promptly and interests were further pursued. Her children have been at Village Home for their entire educational experience so far, and she can’t imagine having taken any other path (and neither can the rest of the family!)
After time at the University of Toledo, Cleveland Institute of Art, and community college, Caren moved to Portland and held administrative and office manager positions prior to becoming a stay-at-home Mom and small business owner.
Catherine Dunster (Coming soon)