Roya Dedeaux is a grown unschooler who lives in Southern California with her husband, two kids, and assorted chickens and dogs.
Roya has an M.S. in Counseling and a B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a private practice in Los Alamitos, and long-distance counseling for homeschoolers. Her therapy website is www.royadedeaux.com. She is also a professor in the Recreation and Leisure Department at California State University, Long Beach, and loves getting to teach classes about play and leisure! She believes strongly in the importance and power of play for all ages, and has spent the majority of her personal and professional life inspiring others to become more playful.
Roya specializes in using art in her therapy practice, and has spent most of her life crocheting, knitting, making journals, collaging, and following other artistic pursuits. She has a monthly yarn subscription business (www.yarnofthemonth.com), sells earrings online (royaboya.etsy.com), has an unschooling blog (womenofwonderblog.com), and is the author of Protect Their Passions a workbook with practical exercises to help work parents through emotional and logistical barriers to connecting more with their children (www.royadedeaux.com and http://patreon.com/royadedeaux).
Carolyn’s main influence in unschooling was her mom, who had read all of John Holt’s books and subscribed to Growing Without Schooling, even though 4 out of her 5 children went to traditional public school (and the 5th was home/unschooled for a relatively short time). Her mom also was an early advocate of extended breastfeeding and LLL. Her mom, Granny Jean, lives in a little house in Carolyn’s back yard, and continues to be supportive of unschooling.
One of Carolyn’s favorite jobs was working as a camp counselor in North Carolina while in (and just out of) college. It fueled her love for activity, adventure and working with kids. It was also where she learned to play guitar, a skill she has continued to hone and enjoy. Her next dream job was working as an assistant for the children’s summer reading program in Jackson, WY, which eventually led her to get her Master’s Degree in Library Science, working full time while going to school for 2 years and 8 months.
She worked in both public and school libraries before the birth of her first daughter in 2002. After that, she consulted part time in libraries until the family moved to Portland in 2008 to live around a larger community of unschoolers. She was the first employee of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (founded by an unschooling family), and worked part time as their events manager for 5 years until beginning a career in real estate in 2017. She loves helping unschooling families living in or relocating to the Portland metro area.
Carolyn separated from her partner of 20+ years in the spring of 2015, and her divorce was final in the fall of 2017. With some creativity and help from family and friends she has been able to continue to unschool her daughters who will be 17 and 13.5 at the time of the 2019 conference. They have attended every LIFE is Good conference and Carolyn has spoken at three.