Deborah Kangas is a homeschool graduate and lives in Lenexa with her parents. She is currently a full-time student at the University of Kansas studying psychology and sociology. She works part time as a server at Cheddars and enjoys playing racquetball and spending time with her friends.
Deborah holds multiple roles on the MPE leadership team. She serves as the administrator for the MPE Kids program, the team that hosts the children’s conference that runs during the MPE Conference. She also serves as the MPE graduation event coordinator, leading the student committees throughout the year and facilitating the rehearsal and graduation. She’s also been a part of the Women’s Encouragement Day event in the past.
When did you begin serving with MPE? What’s your number one reason for continuing to serve?
I started serving as the graduation event coordinator in 2015 because the current event coordinator was stepping down, and I helped found the MPE Kids program and have been serving on it since it started in 2011. I love serving with MPE because of the people.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
My favorite part of my job is interacting with so many teenagers and young adults. Watching, and hopefully helping
them grow and mature is incredible.
Any surprises or challenges with your volunteer positions?
Each role has presented challenges but the biggest one for me has been remembering God is orchestrating these events, not me. Remembering that He is in control, it is in His hands. When something goes wrong, I have to remember to trust Him and His plan. It isn’t my responsibility to make sure each thing is perfect.
Why are you thankful for homeschooling?
Homeschooling allowed me to cultivate better relationships with my siblings and my parents, and it allowed me to get a head start on my college education via junior college classes.
How would you encourage other MPE homeschooling families?
I would encourage perspective. Many fights I had as a young child seemed imperative to win in the moment. But a week later, a month later, would I care what the fight was about? No, but I might cringe at the words I had said in anger to a sibling.
Thank you for sharing with us, Deborah Kangas!
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