Deborah Stevenson, mother of two children, Samantha and Cassandra, realized that homeschooling is what all parents do from the time children are born, and that it was a natural thing to continue to do so. So she did.
Deborah became involved in legal work as a result of homeschooling her children. She became involved in protecting her right to homeschool as a parent before she began attending law school. She homeschooled, as well as drove her children to college, where they took courses during the day, and went to law school at night. She currently practices Education law and Appellate law privately in addition to working as Executive Director of NHELD, LLC.
Ms. Stevenson formed Connecticut Citizens to Uphold the Right to Educate (C.U.R.E.) in 1989 in order to assist all parents in the state to retain their right to instruct their children at home without government interference. Because she believed in the tenth amendment’s provision that all powers not specifically granted to the federal government belong to the states and to the people, C.U.R.E. remained a state organization protecting the rights of citizens in the state. It was not until 2003, when Deborah realized that there was a continuing effort by another organization to actively promote the adoption of federal regulation of homeschooling, that she decided to form National Home Education Legal Defense. A national organization was necessary in order to inform and assist parents in all states in halting federal regulation and retaining authority in the states to instruct their children in freedom.
Deborah has no background in public education. She does have an extensive background in home education, having taught both her children since birth at home.
Ms. Stevenson also has an extensive background as a public speaker. She spent ten years as a reporter interviewing all sorts of interesting people from parents to Presidents. She also hosted many radio programs on a variety of topics throughout her ten year career. As a parent and an advocate, Deborah has been the guest on many radio and television programs throughout Connecticut and the country. She has also conducted many workshops on homeschooling and the law.
You can find articles that Ms. Stevenson has published in Home Education Magazine, Family Times, and on NHELD, LLC’s website, www.NHELD.com, to name a few.
*** We are pleased to have Deborah Stevenson with us for the Love to Learn Homeschool Information and Resource Conference. She is a huge resource and will provide thought provoking sessions for new homeschoolers as well as those homeschoolers who have been homeschooling for years. We look forward to her thoughts and ideas, and will provide two main sessions for her to talk about NC state laws, how homeschoolers can protect their homeschooling rights, federal legislation, how homeschoolers can be empowered, and much more. We will also be providing at least one break out session where you can ask Mr. Stevenson your questions.***