Meet Sidney Sullivan, this year’s legislative intern for Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas (CHECK)!
CHECK is a Kansas state homeschool organization of local support groups around the state of Kansas, including us (MPE), Wichita’s Teaching Parents Association (TPA), and others.
CHECK’s mission is to further the interests of private home education in Kansas by providing accurate, helpful information; encouraging local support groups; and advocating for home education.
CHECK works closely with the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to protect our freedoms.
Tell us about yourself, Sidney!
My name is Sidney Sullivan and I’m proud to be the CHECK legislative intern this 2019 legislative session.
I live in El Dorado with my parents, two cats, and an elderly cocker spaniel. I am an only child.
I’ve been homeschooled since first grade, and am currently in 11th grade. I am taking dual credit college courses through Butler Community College and have currently accumulated 34 credit hours.
In middle school, I won the homeschool geography bee in the Wichita area and attended the State Geography Bee three consecutive years.
I have played golf for the Wichita Warriors varsity team for the past two years, and plan to continue to play. I have worked at Bradford Memorial Library, the public library in El Dorado, for a year now.
I enjoy water coloring, studying history, and collecting comic books.
What made you want to be a CHECK intern?
It gave me a great opportunity to see the process of lawmaking, especially because I am considering a future in law and politics.
Why is homeschooling important to you?
As someone who has been homeschooled since the first grade, I know my education was tailored specifically to me and my family’s Christian and educational beliefs.
What do you hope to accomplish in this internship?
To ensure the safety of homeschoolers’ rights in Kansas.
How would you encourage families in their homeschool journey?
Stay faithful! There are so many supportive homeschool families and groups to encourage one another. This can include sharing ideas, curriculum, teaching styles and skills, and forge lifelong friendships.
What resources do you recommend for other homeschool students looking for internships/job opportunities/college/the next step beyond high school?
Networking with other homeschoolers can be incredibly helpful for finding information from within the community. Researching colleges through the internet or college visits has been helpful for me.
Just rely on your faith, let prayer guide your life to where you need to go.
Thanks so much, Sidney!
Looking to get involved in supporting the homeschool community? Check out the many opportunities here.