Michelle Hontz of Raleigh County is a second-generation homeschooler and the Financial Director for R.E.A.C.H.


Michelle, a homeschooling mother of five, also helps with a program intended to serve the community called outREACH. Coordinating carwashes and Christmas caroling at the local assisted living facility are ways


Michelle has helped work against the disconnect that may inadvertently happen when families choose to homeschool. She also teaches piano and believes strongly that homeschoolers benefit from investing in one another.

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Financial Director



Lisa Jenkins, of Raleigh County, WV, lives deep in the mountains in a cedar home with her coal-miner husband and their four children.

After earning a B.Sc. in Education, she invested several years in the public schools, which has left her with a deep respect for her fellow educators.

Lisa has homeschooled for seven years, serving on Steering for the past six.

Advocating for educational choice is a natural fit for Lisa, as it allows her to share her perspective from her time in both sectors.

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Grant Scholarship Director

REACH Co-op Liaison


Jaime Ward, wife of Nick and mother to five, has served on REACH Steering Committee for almost as long as she has been homeschooling.


A resident of Summers County, Jaime serves as the REACH High Committee Liaison supporting the effort to provide scheduled activities for those 12 and up, and also serves as Membership Director.


Jaime has homeschooled ten years, graduating her eldest in 2019, and is committed to supporting REACH as it aims to meet the growing needs of southern WV homeschoolers.

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Membership Director


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Melanie Bethel, who was homeschooled K-11th grade, is in her eleventh year of homeschooling her 3 children.


She and her husband Matthew moved back to WV after his twelve years of active duty military service and are thrilled to be actively involved in the homeschooling community.


Although she utilizes her music degree on a weekly basis by teaching piano lessons and serving in the music ministry in her church, her true passion is to raise Emma (15), Callie (12), and Noah (10) to serve Christ by serving others.


This is her fourth year on Steering where she currently serves as Testing Director.

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Testing Director



Nicole Lynn, US Navy veteran and military wife, is a proud resident of Greenbrier County.


She holds a degree in Criminal Investigations and is currently volunteering with American Heritage Girls and R.E.A.C.H.


Nicole has been homeschooling for 17 years. After serving as foster parents in FL, she and her husband were blessed to adopt three of their 4 children, aged 10-19. Their eldest will be graduating college in February with her BFA.

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Events Director


Laura Meadows, R.E.A.C.H.’s Media Director, is a wife to Chad, mother to three, and resident of Fayette County.


With two boys already in their high school years, and a daughter in 4th grade, she finds keeping life simple is a must in order to stay focused on her roles as pastor’s wife, mother, and educator.


Laura is heavily involved in R.E.A.C.H. by heading up activities and teaching co-op and art classes, as well as creating and sending the newsletter.

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Media Director


Jamie Buckland is a resident of Mercer County, WV where she lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and 4 children. 


Jamie is Executive Director and Headmistress of Appalachian Classical Academy, a tutoring program for homeschoolers. She also works with homeschool group leaders as a professional consultant.


Most recently she was appointed as REACH's Legislative Liaison, working to bridge the gap between parents and representatives. Reach Jamie at

Legislative Liaison