More about our Founder

Intro Bio

As the founder of American Family Education and mother to her 5 children, Kathryn is anxiously engaged in helping people see their worth, identify their purpose and break through limitations. AFE was organized to be a gathering place where individuals and families could find true community and improve every aspect of their lives. Purpose driven education is her passion and she gets joy from connecting families to a holistic leadership, entrepreneurial education. Since the Fall of 2013, her vision to establish a real Opt-Out for conveyor belt education has blessed many lives and changed the landscape of education forever.

Mission

Jacob 2:17-19 “Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you. But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God. And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.”

Kathryn feels called to liberate the captive and sees that by establishing a true pattern for education and true community that people are supported on their path to understanding their full potential and living a purpose driven life.

Experience

Founder and CEO (And at various times as needed, Teacher/Mentor and Director/Administrator)

04-2014 to Current, American Family Education

  • Developed start-up and scaling cost estimates for business plans. Drove the operational direction, administrative and cost efficiency and coordination of  program initiatives.
  • Implemented brand development strategies, including business development strategies, logo designs, and website designs.
  • Led the organization by developing a professional and ethical culture.
  • Performed periodic budgeting/modeling to project monthly cash requirements.
  • Set up and update customer accounts with interactions, payments and personal information.
  • Utilized social media, email and the web to reach out to individuals and families informing them of educational programs and community events.
  • Created company logos and designed, implemented and monitored an engaging, attractive, user-friendly WordPress web site for promotional and educational purposes.
    Establish and maintain G Suite accounts for team collaboration, storage and communication.
  • Established and maintained best business practices for the organization first as a “not for profit” llc, then as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • Administered all facets of personnel policies and procedures, including conception, modification and approval of professional staff additions.
  • Mentored newly hired educators and provided encouragement and feedback.
  • Facilitates continued education for teaching staff through implementation of quality curriculum training and appropriation of necessary resources.
  • Building productive relationships with parents and students.
  • Monitored and evaluated educational programs to ensure performance objectives and standards are continuously achieved.
  • Modeled expected and appropriate leadership to promote teaching staff and administrative personnels positive interaction with students and families.
  • Performed classroom evaluations to assess teacher strategies and effectiveness.
  • Encouraged interdepartmental and cross-functional teams collaboration in the development and support of student activities, programs and lessons.
  • Led meetings to convey policy changes, gather information and assess employee thoughts.
  • Established a positive, stimulating learning environment for students and an exciting education-focused setting for teachers, ensuring that all felt valued.
  • Worked collaboratively with other teachers to review data and develop instructional strategies to address student learning objectives.
  • Participated in student recruiting sessions and other marketing efforts that required teacher representation.
  • Planned, implemented, monitored and assessed classroom instructional program.
  • Communicated frequently with parents, students and faculty to provide feedback and discuss instructional strategies.
  • Fostered oral language development and critical thinking skills during literary discussions.
  • Created and taught engaging history, math, language arts, leadership, science, etc lessons and activities.
  • Preserved the confidentiality of student records and information at all times.
  • Taught skills in all academic disciplines, leadership, self-development, parenting, the art of teaching, relationships, goals and accountability via both classroom and individual instruction.
  • Met with parents to resolve conflicting educational priorities and issues.
  • Collaborated with teachers and administrators to develop and evaluate school programs including student goals and building parent/child relationships by sharing student success data and insights.
  • Greeted customers and visitors in-person and via telephone calls.
  • Put together realistic budgets based upon costs and fees for effectively operating the business.
  • Maintains a motivates a well-paid team of independent contractors by calculating commission payments in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Builds and deploys operational procedures, training programs and administrative systems to handle the various needs of teachers, parents and children in this customized educational program.
  • Fosters a positive work environment by consistently treating all employees and customers with respect and consideration.
  • Utilized social media, email and the web to reach out to people of all ages informing them of community events, program info and service opportunities.
  • Organizes company files and created a support system to decrease workload and increase productivity of account managers.
  • Developed a program to work with students and increase interest in higher learning.
  • Managed classroom activities, parent conferences, and lesson plans.
  • Encouraged curiosity, exploration and problem-solving appropriate to children’s development levels.
  • Designed advertisements, tradeshow banners and signage from concept through completion.

The “American Family Education” network exists to promote self-directed, leadership education for the information age, building strong students, families, and communities.

“American Family Education” supports families in the education of their children, through a network of local groups and through the establishment of private schools, using a Christian foundation and homeschooling principles. We champion the development of students through an inspired individualized program. These groups and schools connect parents, families, local leaders and teachers with mentors who are leaders in education.

The goals of “American Family Education” are to develop in the student a lifelong love of learning,
strong moral character and self-government, proficiency in all academic subjects, leadership mentality and strengths, an enduring testimony of faith, talents needed to reach their full potential. Also, to develop stronger families and better communities.

All activities, teaching, governance, and administration are to be accomplished in light of the above objectives and in harmony with true principles. All teachers, leaders, administrators, and volunteers strive to be living examples of the values, principles, and skills taught at the school.

Our network is multi-denominational. The Founding Fathers referred to 5 basic tenants as the “religion of America,” and they felt these fundamentals were so important in providing “good government and the happiness of mankind” that they wanted them taught in the public schools along with morality and knowledge. For more about our program, visit our website or contact me.

Public Speaker And Recruiter

11/2014 to 4/1/2018 Life Leadership

  • Achieved a recognized leadership role in the company by building two sales teams, each with over 25 active individuals and couples.
  • Presented informational and motivational talks regarding leadership, entrepreneurship, family relationships, business systems, personal finance, etc. to groups of 30 to 150 people.
  • Participated in multiple panel discussions, sharing business and personal success principles for 20-300 people.
  • Implemented stories and anecdotes into speeches to teach important information.
  • Visited with potential clients, customers and team members in their homes or place of business.
  • Mentored closely with company owners to ascertain the information that needed to be discussed in presentations.
  • Mentored individuals and couples in matters of personal development, family relationships, professional development, leadership and personal finance.
  • Developed and led special events that increased personal, professional and financial abilities.
  • Mentored with business owners on subjects of improving business systems for improved efficiency and success.

Each of us was created and shaped to fulfill an important purpose. I am inspired by the results I see as more of us come together and live “on purpose,” strengthening ourselves by strengthening others. I am looking for others who have a message that needs a bigger stage and those who would like to make a difference. It only takes a small percentage of society that is informed, empowered, and free to change the course for the better. Whether you want to be part of a team or increase your influential reach, Together We Accomplish More.

There is no comparison to this company. This system has opened so many doors and given us so much more than we could have ever expected. The company’s goal and purpose inspire us to dream bigger about who we can become, the difference that we can make to help others, and make the world a better place.

Campus Administrator

11/2013 to 03/2014 Glenn J. Kimber Academy – East Mesa Campus – Mesa, AZ

  • Collaborated with parents, teachers and administrators to discuss the academic needs of students.
  • Maintained safety and security of all youth and staff on campus.
  • Mentored parents of students of all ages, increasing parent-child communication, student progress and enthusiasm for learning.
  • Corresponded with families through email and phone calls.
  • Fostered meaningful relationships among students and their families through field-trip and community events.
  • Met with parents to resolve conflicting educational priorities and issues.
  • Answered inquiries and addressed or resolved issues for current and new interested families.
  • Advised parents and students on crucial academic decisions such as choosing classes and preparing for additional educational opportunities by discussing and identifying their interests and strengths.
  • Helped new families through the enrollment process.
  • Assisted with students as needed and offered constructive feedback to minors under care regarding specific actions, behaviors and words.
  • Facilitated group workshops and one-on-one support for parents to better support their children’s education.
  • Utilized social media, email and the web to reach out to individuals and families informing them of educational programs and community events.
  • Sourced for qualified candidates while screening interviews to identify the best prospective teachers.
  • Encouraged students with special academic interests to fully pursue those subjects.
  • Acquired a general knowledge of school philosophy, program curriculum and detailed knowledge of available courses.
  • Cooperated with parents to support students’ learning and healthy development in school and at home prioritizing strategies to develop responsible, independent learners.
  • Created company logos and designed, implemented and monitored an engaging, attractive, user-friendly WordPress web site for promotional and educational purposes.
  • Establish and maintain G Suite accounts for team collaboration, storage and communication.
  • Worked closely with the school owner to ascertain the information that needed to be discussed in Open House presentations about education.

What a learning experience! At the East Mesa Campus I reworked their website, set up an email/calendar/file-sharing system. Having an opportunity to see the Kimber Curriculum in action for my family and many others, I know how good this school is. I supported families in using the available scholarship programs and brought many new families and some new staff members. I spent much of my time nurturing families and sharing the school with many good people. Working closely with faithful saints striving to provide the very best environment for school age children and helping families regain control of their children’s education is so inspiring! I have come to love the families and staff at this school. This was the first Arizona location for the Glenn J Kimber Academies and I am thrilled to support a growing group of people working to open up more opportunities for an individualized education in our state!

Director of Finance and Administration

02/2010 to 08/2015 Arizona Academy of Youth Soccer – Mesa, AZ

  • Write the approved legal establishment of the organization in Arizona according to state laws and regulations.
  • Write the approved application to establish this 501(c)(3) non-profit sports organization.
  • Create forms and documents needed to administer soccer club business.
  • Utilized social media, email and the web to recruit families.
  • Created company logos and designed, implemented and monitored an engaging, attractive, user-friendly WordPress web site for promotional purposes.
  • Establish and maintain G Suite accounts for team collaboration, storage and communication.
  • Ensured a positive recruitment experience by effective communication, professional enrollment events and maintaining a family-centric culture at events.
  • Assisted clients by answering questions, responding to inquiries and handling telephone requests.
  • Worked with managers to develop annual expense plan goals.
  • Maintained accounting records from clients’ checks and cash receipts.
  • Performed periodic budgeting/modeling to project monthly cash requirements.
  • Reviewed collection reports to determine the status of collections and the amounts of outstanding balances.
  • Contacted clients to collect outstanding payments via one-time or negotiated installment methods.
  • Filed tax returns and prepared governmental reports in compliance with strict standards.
  • Performed administrative tasks such as record-keeping, writing correspondence, set up and updated customer accounts with interactions, payments and personal information.
  • Coordinated master and individual schedules for events, practice times for multiple age groups and skill levels and tournaments.
  • Maintained employee files and handled payroll for 2-6 coaches.

As a founding member of the Academy I helped form this organization. I organized all that was necessary and submitted to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit sports organization. I maintain the financials and all the legal records, do the payroll, prepare all tax forms and support team parents with the management of team finances.

Franklin Parent Organization

05/2010 to 10/2013 Franklin East Elementary – Mesa, AZ

Board Secretary

  • At monthly meetings to plan for the needs of the school, Kathryn organized the agenda before the meetings and took detailed minutes.

Student Filming Coordinator

  • Converted the entire student body’s videos from VHS to DVD (over 700 students).
  • Franklin East students each have a DVD that is used to record clips of their progress each semester. Starting in Kindergarten they are introduced by their teachers in the Fall, then they recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the Spring. Starting in 1st grade they read a poem or short story, then by 6th grade they read a selection from something they have written in class. Upon graduating from 6th grade the student receives his/her DVD.

    As the Coordinator, I schedule the classes and volunteer parents to allow for every student’s participation without missing any of their other activities during the day (ie: recess, computers, music, PE, etc.). I also train volunteers on the use of the equipment and make sure to have a DVD for each student (including those who have transferred from another school) and that each DVD is finalized and sent home with the student at the end of 6th grade.

Webmaster

  • Develop and maintain an online registration program for assigning volunteers for all school programs. Develop and maintain a website for various other resources including a calendar and the organizations contact information. Maintain a presence on Facebook to assist in the networking of members and parents.

Various Church Callings

01/2000 to Current The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Columbia MD – Mesa, AZ – Gilbert, AZ

  • Temple Worker, assisting patrons and training other workers in the Washington DC temple.
  • Taught and organized activities for young women ages 12 to 13 years old.
  • Taught the toddlers in a nursery class during church.
  • Taught the gospel class for young children turning 8.
  • Lead the youth music program for all the youth during church.
  • Missionary work to fellowship new and inactive members.
  • Visiting minister for fellow women in the congregation, sharing a message and doing service.
  • Teaching others and doing family genealogy research.
  • Humanitarian aid (ie: designing and sewing quilts, creating reading instruction supports, and other items for families in need).
  • Given various talks on a variety of subjects to the congregation.
  • Event coordinator, planning and organizing events for a congregation of over 300 people.

Motherhood

Since Spring 2002 to current and started in Columbia, MD

Kathryn always wanted to be a mother. She joys in bonding and connecting to her children, but they are also her main inspiration for her personal growth. She believes that it is her responsibility to become a better person so that she can give more to those she loves and has stewardship with. Getting married at 18 and having her first child less than 18 months later gave her many opportunities to see how much she still needed to learn to be the kind of mother she wanted to be for her children. Now, almost 2 decades later, Kathryn joys in her experiences as a mother to her 5 children and is humbled by the blessing that come from the opportunity to extend her love to the families in the American Family Education communities.


Education

Self-directed And Mentor Guided Study Leadership, Education, And Child Development

A few of the mentors and resources include:

  • Alex Paulos, “Recognizing People”
  • Alfie Kohn, “Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes”
  • Oliver Demille, “Thomas Jefferson Education”
  • Becky A. Bailey, “Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline”
  • Dr. Gordon Neufeld, “Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers”
  • F. A. Hayek, “Law, Legislation and Liberty”
  • Foundation for American Christian Education
  • Glenn and Julianne Kimber
  • John Taylor Gatto, “Dumbing Us Down” 
  • Neil Flinders, “Teach the Children: An Agency-based Approach”
  • Orrin Woodward, “RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for Life”
  • Thomas Sowell
  • W. Cleon Skousen, “The Five Thousand Year Leap”

Speaking Engagements & Major Presentations

2019 April 11, 12, 13 – A FIRM Foundation Conference

  • Leadership in the Home: A Mother’s Perspective Love and connection creates both independence and unity. Examples from moving towards a consecrated life.
  • How will they know? What we learn and how we learn either points us towards truth or creates stumbling blocks. Yes, even learning grammar can bring you closer to knowing the Savior!
  • A Place to Learn What if there were a place for families to learn together? A place to prepare and practice the principles that will build true community. The “floods” are coming, we’re looking for “arc”  builders. 
  • http://americanfamilyeducation.com/3-new-video-presentations/

2019 February 23 – Winter Homeschool Conference

  • Youth Seminar: Why are you letting the adults have all the fun? You can cast yourself as a leader in your life now. Come start the pattern that can set you free, and keep you free to live a purpose-driven life.
  • Adult Seminar: A Place to Learn Together The practices will change and be different for every family, but the principles of true education never change. What if there was a place to set, or re-set, the pattern for yourself and your family? A place that could draw the wisdom into one great safe haven for learning. Parents, you are the best mentors for your young children. Who’s got your back? See the vision turned reality where a community supports the family and true principles are discovered and lived. How much more could we do with our children and ourselves if we had a community to learn how with?

2017 December 9 – Life Leadership Seminar in Ontario, CA

  • Hired to speak to a group of about 100 local leaders and entrepreneurs.

2017 August – Podomatic Series

  • http://kittyspencer.podomatic.com

2017 May 6 – Dream Fair – Promotional Event for American Family Education

  • Workshops and Mini-seminars with local entrepreneurs and leaders

2017 February 17 – Life Leadership Seminar

  • Hired to speak to a group of 50 local leaders and entrepreneurs.

2016 December 1 – American Family Education Parent Meeting featuring Kathryn Spencer in Omaha, NE

2016 November 19 – Oak Norton Interviews Kathryn Spencer on the American Family Education school system

  • http://americanfamilyeducation.com/oak-norton-interviews-kathryn-spencer/

2016 November 8 – iHeartRADIO – Defending Utah interviews Kathryn Spencer

  • How to Get Out of Common Core for Good

2016 November 4 – Defending Utah Conference featuring American Family Education

  • The final Common Core Opt Out
  • http://americanfamilyeducation.com/defending-utah-and-american-family-education/

2016 November 5 – Agency Based Education Conference

  • Launching an Education Revolution: 13 Principles of Success Learning and living these principles of leadership will help change everything.
  • http://americanfamilyeducation.com/2016-agency-based-education-conference-principles-of-leadership/

2016 March 12 – Healing Conference

  • Peculiar People: Let Your Light Shine This talk exposes the False Paradigm (or Pseudo Theory) of Abraham Mazlow’s Hierarchy of Needs NOTE: In spite of his association with humanists, behavioral psychologists, etc.. Abraham Maslow was a hero in his own sphere. He truly was a champion for looking for the good in people and bringing an individual’s strengths to the forefront. He wanted to find the path for more people to find their genius. To close I want to include that late in life, Maslow himself came to conclude that self-actualization was not an automatic outcome of satisfying the other human needs. He didn’t give up on his search for truth and understanding and he attempted to clarify his error.
  • http://americanfamilyeducation.com/a-little-healthy-controversy/

2016 February 4 – Presentation featuring the Edge Journal, designed by Kathryn Spencer

  • http://americanfamilyeducation.com/the-edge-journal/

2015 November – Life Leadership Open Meetings

  • Hired to speak a few times a month at weekly meetings held for 20 – 300 local leaders and entrepreneurs.