Herb and Jenny Albertson serve on the MPE Conference Committee, overseeing the youth hosts (volunteers). They live in Olathe with their 6 children: Abi (21), Ben (20), Celeste (17), Daniel (14), Ezekiel (10), and Zachary (6).
Why did you first begin volunteering for MPE?
We started working with MPE for the Spring 2014 conference because we had children who were volunteering and the leaders asked us if we wanted to be involved with the youth.
Our number one reason for serving with MPE is to encourage youth to serve and be involved with area homeschool families.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Getting to know homeschool students and see them interact with adults in a positive way.
Any surprises or challenges with your volunteer position?
Spring is a busy time for families. It has been difficult to gather enough youth to fill the host roles that can be less fun than working the Children’s conference.
God has always worked things out and the youth have stepped into roles they hadn’t imagined they could do. Families report the youth hosts have been a big help and have made a difference for the conference.
Share a little about your family with us.
Herb works at MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Jenny keeps busy with homeschooling Celeste, Daniel, Zeke and Zac. Jenny also leads Children’s Bible Quizzing at Living Hope Church.
Abi works at a daycare full-time; Ben works several different jobs; Celeste and Daniel both work part time and are involved with Nazarene Youth Bible Quizzing; and Zeke and Zac are involved with Children’s Quizzing.
Daniel recently joined the Trail Life group connected to MPE.
What were your reasons for choosing to homeschool? Why is homeschooling important to you?
Jenny has an Elementary Education degree from Southern Nazarene University. When Abi and Ben were little we were preparing to live overseas and decided to school them at home rather than be involved with boarding schools or incorporate them into local schools.
We continued this when we returned to the US and we knew this was a valuable way for our kids to learn wherever we lived.
It is important to us to be able to decide what our kids are taught and be sure that they have biblical foundations to what they learn as they follow Him into the world.
How would you encourage other MPE homeschooling families?
There are tough days, there are easy days, there are many busy days, but the relationships your kids develop with each other and with you as their parent/teacher make it worth it.
No two kids learn the same way. Be willing to investigate all the curriculum options and ask questions of other homeschool parents.
Attend the conference where you can see current curriculum and meet other parents. You may even run into someone you know that you never guessed they homeschooled their kids.
Thanks so much, Herb and Jenny Albertson!
See how you can volunteer your time and talents by filling out this form.
Also, find more information about how your students can get involved as Youth Hosts at the MPE Conference.