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 SPANGLER // DIRECTOR
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.
GARY SPANGLER // TREASURER
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.
VALERIE EICH // SECRETARY
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.
HEATHER WISE // BEACON EDITOR
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.
ASHLEIGH DONAHUE // LIVING ARTS LIAISON
Ashleigh serves as the Living Arts Coordinator for Lighthouse, overseeing group attendance to local performing arts shows. She secures contracts with theaters, assigns individual arrangers for each show, as well as ensures that Lighthouse maintains an impeccable professional relationship with the theaters.
She has been married to her amazing husband Luke since 2001. They have three children and have been homeschooling since 2015. Ashleigh left her full-time career to spend more time with her kids and to give them a Christ centered education. She loves volunteering at her church with the Kindergarten and first grade classes as well as reading, shopping, and spending quality time with her family.
CHRISTINA FELICIANO-CONSUEGRA // SOCIAL ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR
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 THORNTON // FIELD TRIP COORDINATOR & COMMUNITY SERVICE LIAISON
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 BUTLER // PRAYER/CARE COORDINATOR
Marcia serves by overseeing the Lighthouse Keepers. This committee of Lighthouse volunteers strives 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.
LORI MEADOWS // WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR
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.
JODI JONES // ADVISOR
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.
DANETTE KNOWLTON // ADVISOR WEBSITE/FORUM
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.