Sue Patterson started homeschooling her three children in 1996 when she and her husband decided school wasn’t working out for their kids. After a year or so of curriculum, they began their unschooling journey. She has been active in the homeschooling/unschooling community for more than 20 years and has much to share. Her children are off on their own adventures now, happy to have had such a wonderful childhood and fully prepared for their adult life.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Sue and her kids attended several homeschooling and unschooling conferences where panels of teens fielded questions and shared their experiences. Parents wanted to talk to these teens to find answers that might allay their fears. The teens responded with grace and candor. They were funny and interesting and pursuing a variety of fascinating paths.
But conferences only happen annually, and some parts of the country never get to witness these teen panels. Sue decided to remedy that. She sent out a survey to teens and young adults about their homeschooling and unschooling experiences and her book, Homeschooled Teens, grew out of their interesting and thoughtful responses.
Sue now offers coaching/mentoring to families around the world. She is also one of the founders of the active Facebook group, Unschooling Mom 2 Mom.