About Us


Lighthouse Homeschoolers started in 1991 with about 10 families. Over the years the group structure and leadership has changed to accommodate its growth. Though there have been many changes since its inception, Lighthouse is a cooperative of parents that strives to meet the needs of the families within the group. Field trips, educational events, social activities, and parent/teacher support are the major focus of the group.


Our board is made up of volunteer homeschooling parents who are here to help you!

Lighthouse Homeschoolers is a Christian led organization. Our Board of Directors is required to sign a Christian statement of faith, and we seek to glorify God in all we do. We are not an exclusively Christian group, meaning that our general members are not required to sign a statement of faith. It has always been our goal at Lighthouse Homeschoolers to be a light to all homeschool families in our community, and we welcome you to join us on this journey!

Feel free to reach out to any of our board members for help!


Sylvana serves as Director for the Lighthouse board. She is involved in a variety of things going on at Lighthouse including membership and FPEA.

Sylvana began her homeschooling adventure in 2011 after leaving her full time career to be home more. She enjoys quality time with her husband Gary and their two children and exploring new things together. She loves helping other moms and dads “go Green” affordably and loves arts and crafts.

sylvana spangler


Gary serves as treasurer for Lighthouse. His servant heart has him involved in a variety of other things going on at Lighthouse too.

Gary began his homeschooling adventure in 2011 . He enjoys quality time with his wife, Sylvana and their 2 children, and exploring new things together.

Gary Spangler (2)


Valerie is the Secretary of Lighthouse. She processes applications and greets members who sign in at the meetings. Valerie Eich ("Ike") has been married to Kirk since 2000. They have two children, Joshua and Addelynn. They have been homeschooling since 2014, and thinks they have finally gotten the hang of it!

In her spare time, she loves spending time at the YMCA, doing fun things with her family, all things natural health and wellness, and helping her husband restore their 102-year-old home.

Valerie Eich


Heather publishes the monthly newsletter, The Beacon. She has been serving Lighthouse since 2012. She enjoys reading, bargain hunting, attending the theater, and experiencing life's adventures with her two children.

Heather Wise


The Living Arts Coordinator for Lighthouse, oversees group attendance to local performing arts shows, secures contracts with theaters, assigns individual arrangers for each show, as well as ensures that Lighthouse maintains an impeccable professional relationship with the theaters.


Christina is the Social Activities Coordinator. She facilitates social activities such as the children’s activities at the meetings, the Thanksgiving Social, and the end of the year program. Christina is married to her husband Jose, and they have two daughters, Adrianna and Carmen Lily.

She began her homeschooling journey in 2014 after resigning from full-time employment and relocating from the Northern VA Metro Area to be a stay-at-home homeschool mom. She enjoys spending time with family, singing, working with the children's and ladies' ministry at her church, meeting new people, traveling, cooking and tending to her mini farm of 18 chickens, 4 ducks and a dog.



Wendy is the Field Trip Coordinator and Community Service Liaison. She has been married to Russell for 10 years (and counting) and they are raising arrows (Psalm 127). She is a versatile and determined mom who enjoys allergy-friendly cooking, crafting, and sewing. Some might say she is OCD with organization skills. She has been homeschooling since 2013 and can't imagine school any other way!



Marcia serves by overseeing the Lighthouse Keepers committee. She has been married to her husband, Mark since 1998 and they have three children that she has been homeschooling since 2010.  Both Marcia and Mark are ordained pastors and actively serve in their church teaching both children and adults.  In her spare time, Marcia enjoys spending time with family, crafts, scrapbooking and decorating cakes. Her God-given mission is to show the love of God to everyone she meets through relationship, connection, prayer and care.
Lighthouse Keepers volunteers strive to encourage and uplift Lighthouse members by actively supporting the spiritual and physical needs of Lighthouse families. They are devoted to praying for each individual family, helping provide meals for families during times of need, and providing individual support and encouragement.

Marcia Butler (2)


Lori serves by overseeing the Lighthouse website.  She has been married to her husband Larry since 1991.  God blessed them with a son, Keaton and beautiful daughter-in-law Sarah, (both Homeschool Graduates 2012) and three precious grandbabies!    Now God has called Lori to homeschool a new foster daughter and remain active with the homeschool communities in both Pinellas and Polk counties. Lori also cares for her elderly mom.

Her favorite verse is Romans 15:13 (NIV) May the God of hope give you all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lori Headshot


Jodi serves as an advisor for the Lighthouse board to help things run smoothly after leaving her role of director which she held for __ years. She began her homeschooling adventure in 2006. Jodi enjoys cooking for her husband and four children. She also enjoys essential oils and arguably has a Pinterest addiction.

Jodi Jones


Danette serves as an advisor for the website and forum. She has been a member of Lighthouse since 2012. Her family began the homeschooling journey in kindergarten and loves it! They enjoy learning and exploring new things with their daughter… the fields trips, theater, and park days.

The friendship and support from other homeschooling families has been a blessing. She is married to Derek and loves doing family activities: tennis, saltwater fishing, going to the beach, camping, and just exploring new places.


Lighthouse Group Coodinators

Jeanette Ford, Little House

Melissa Odom, Little House

Natasha Sawyer, Middle House

Laura Rains, Middle House & Lighthouse Advertising

Christina Pourroy, Teens

Jane Germany, Teens

Jennifer Torres, Teens

Krystal Ostrom, Senior & Kindergarten Graduation

Alison Gendron, Box Tops for Education