How Do You Become A ‘Hammer’ In IDEA’S Ham Radio Club?

Guest:

Nola Kruber joins the podcast from the Fairbanks region to discuss the Ham Radio Club.  In this episode, Lindsay and Nola discuss how to become involved in the club, whether you are 12 or 66. You will learn about the community involvement in the club and hear a real-world HAM Radio conversation Involving IDEA students. Two IDEA “Hammers” also join the conversation to talk about learning morse code, radio ettiquete and different technical licensing. Nola also talks about how to make HAM radio an elective offering on an ILP!

Topic:

Build an elective, How to start a club in your region

Guest Biography:

Nola Kurber graduated from college with a degree in elementary education but didn’t teach for quite a while—deciding to stay home with her four children. She homeschooled, took advantage of private schooling and then taught at building-based schools. She and her husband are active in the community. Now, as a grandmother of 16, most of whom are homeschooled, she has the pleasure of working to support homeschool families here in Fairbanks, coming back full circle. Currently, with IDEA Homeschool, she is the sponsor of the Ham Radio Club and she helps lead Bedtime Math Club and Drama club. She is a passionate gardener and has added beekeeping to her repertoire. She and her husband have lived in Fairbanks for about 25 years.

Episode Sponsor:

IDEA’s Contact Teachers. Thanks for all you do!

Resource Links:

Why Are Parent Advisory Committees So Important To IDEA Families?

Guest:  

Heidi Mobley 
Nikki Gore 
Renee Tegen 

Topic:  

Nikki and Renee share how they each got started with their region’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). This parent group within each region holds open meetings for any IDEA member to attend. Listen to this episode to hear how events are developed from an idea to completion, but more importantly, how much this group has positively impacted our families’ experience within IDEA. Heidi Mobley, Field Rep shares stories of families whose lives have changed because of their involvement in the PAC.  

Guest Biography:  

Domenique “Nikki” Gore is an active member in the IDEA PAC for the Matsu Region. She holds the position of PAC Secretary and helps volunteer for many of the events the MatSu PAC hosts. She is a small business owner on top of homeschooling two elementary-aged kids and caring for her toddler. Her family has been homeschooling with IDEA for going on four years now and loving every minute of it! ” 

Renee Tegen is an Air Force veteran and mother to four boys (ages 18, 17, 15, & 11) and has been with MatSu Region IDEA for six years. She joined the PAC in her first year to be involved and stay caught up on events and activities to bring her boys to. After a couple of years, she became the Vice-Chair on the PAC and recently assumed the position of PAC Chair. She has been involved in organizing multiple events each year as well as clubs. Homeschooling has been wonderful for her and her boys and they’re so glad they made the decision to join IDEA.   

Heidi Mobley is a homeschooling momma of 18 plus years and a Field Rep for the Mat-Su Region for four years. When she is not serving the IDEA families, you can find her cooking fantastic meals for her loved ones, skiing in fresh snow, and enjoying soft 80’s rock. Her love for homeschool developed as she taught her three children and further grows as she connects with IDEA families. Her passion for instilling opportunity for enrichment and engagement flourishes as she runs events, stands as a liaison for staff and families, and greets new faces into the program. 

Episode Sponsor:   IDEA’s Business Office 

Ep 15: How Do IDEA Field Reps Bring Homeschooling Families Together?

Guest:

Cherie Taylor and Jen Schutte

Topic:

Podcast host Lindsay Pinkelman talks with Field Reps Cherie Taylor and Jen Schutte about being the fun planners! Field Reps have the opportunity to welcome families into IDEA, ensure questions and concerns are answered, and begin the enrollment process. After that, the fun happens through field trips, office parties and working with community partnerships. Listen to find out how your idea could become an event in your local region.

Guest Biography:

Jen Schutte joined IDEA in January of 2012 with her son, Alex.  They never regretted that decision and only wish they had taken the plunge sooner.  Alex graduated in May of 2019. She has two more students (Morgan and Quinn) moving up the ranks.  She looks forward to crossing the stage with them as well in 2025 and 2032. She believes in being an active participant in her family’s lives enabling them to follow their passions.  She has led clubs such as FLL Robotics and held the positions of Secretary and Chair for the Parent Advisory Committee.  Jen became the Field Representative for the Fairbanks office in July of 2019.  She advocates for all families in the IDEA program.  She maintains communication between families and administration; oversees PAC; welcomes new families to the program; and helps coordinate events, orientations, activities, curriculum fair and workshops. 

Cherie Taylor is a wife and a mama to a 9yr old boy. She is in her 5th year of homeschooling.  She started with IDEA as a homeschool parent & parent advisory committee member.  She joined the PAC to be as involved as she could be in the arena of homeschooling – something that was new to her.  In July of 2020, due to the pandemic, the enrollment with IDEA was quickly escalating & Cherie was hired as a part time field rep – mainly just answering inquiries such as “How does homeschooling work?” and “How does IDEA come alongside families to support homeschooling?” In October of 2020 Cherie was hired as the full time field rep.

Episode Sponsor:

 IDEA’s Resource Room

https://www.ideafamilies.org/families/resource-room/

Resource Links:

Fred Meyers Community Rewards Program

  1. Log into your Fred Meyer Community Rewards Account and designate IDEA as your non-profit of choice.  If you don’t have a Fred Meyer Community Rewards account, you can create one here.
  2. Once you get your account set up and you’re logged in, go to “My Account.”
  3. Once there you can designate IDEA Homeschool as your nonprofit of choice.  You can either search for us by name (IDEA Homeschool) or by our organization number, which is 92911.
  4. Once you’ve designated IDEA as your non-profit of choice, print or electronically capture the bottom of the “Account Summary” page that shows:
    1. Your name, and
    1. That you’ve chosen IDEA as your non-profit designee.
  5. Then email or bring it to your contact teacher.
  6. Once your contact teacher has this information, they will send you your username and password for each of your K-8 students in IDEA to have their own Moby Max account.