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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Committed to the Cause

SHERRY DEROCCO

Hi, I am Sherry DeRocco. I have lived in the area for nearly 18 years. My husband, Alex, and I have two little girls. They are my main reason and driving force behind all of my homeschool passion. We started out as "covid" homeschoolers but quickly fell in love with the idea of taking back control of our children's education. I run a small learning pod for homeschool enrichment classes which I found a true love for teaching through. I also run the Spanish Springs Homeschooling Group. I will say apart from my family, homeschooling and leading these groups has been the most rewarding thing I have done in my life. The groups helped me find a passion for leading, so when I got the opportunity to join the board, I happily accepted. I believe that it takes a special kind of person to put their heart and soul into building up a community and supporting all of the homeschool families we have here in Northern Nevada. Our board members are definitely those special kind of people and we have a great team in place. I am looking forward to ending the stigma around homeschooling and being there for you all as your Chair for NNHS.

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VANESSA MARTINEZ

Treasurer

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AMANDA VANDUSEN

Editor

Hello!  The hubs and I have 6 kids (3bio, 3adopted). We started homeschooling them when our oldest was 13. He is now 28, yikes! Since then, I have also homeschooled my 5 other children and even some bonus kids a couple of years. They have been the best years of my life. Im currently schooling my youngest two 15 and 13 and my granddaughter who is 2. I started the Secular homeschool group here in Northern Nevada and I am looking forward to serving on the board. Im super excited to create a newsletter that will help keep us all connected!

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AMBER POLEVIYUMA

Secretary

Hey there! I’m Amber P! I am married to my Highschool sweetheart, and we have 2 boys together. We love the outdoors and exploring! The boys have been fishing and hunting since they were babies!


Because of our lifestyle, beliefs and way of living I knew I wanted to have control over our kids' education and homeschool. It was just a matter of getting my husband on board. Since covid hit the yr school was starting for us, my husband agreed and trusted my decision. I think for some, homeschool is taboo and an old way of doing things. Which is why I’m here! I want to shed new light to the community and show how amazing it truly is. I’ve never loved doing anything more and am honored to be a part of the board and heading into my 3rd yr of homeschool.

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MELINA WALBEY

Director-at-Large


Hi, I'm Melina, mom and grand-mere. I took on being with NNHS to help support All families. I still have one unschooled boy at home. I am nowhere near perfect, and neither is my family; so for those having fears about unshooling... If I can do it, so can you! All you need is Love... And a library card!

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ALICIA HANSEN

Director-at-large

My husband, Michael, and I have been homeschooling our 4 children from the beginning. We have lived in northern Nevada since 2000. We currently live in Carson City. Right now, I work full-time and my husband is home with the kids. I have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Math with an emphasis in Statistics. Michael is a diesel mechanic by trade. We have been as active as possible in the homeschool community, organizing an annual NNHS Science and Invention Fair. We are also active in 4-H, leading a Dog Club and supporting other clubs. Additionally, I have served in various positions for many years on the Board of the Nevada Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

 

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STEFANIE WARDELL

Director-at-Large

Hi!  I'm Stefanie Wardell.  My husband, Bill, and I have 2 daughters who are ages 10 and 5.  We have homeschooled since the beginning and I have been fortunate enough to be able to leave my full-time job in 2020 and stay home full-time with my girls.  My hope is to show all homeschool parents that they can do it and help them find "their people."  I'm looking forward to meeting you all at an event in the future!

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