Roya Dedeaux, now 30, was pulled out of school when she was 10 years old, and was unschooled, along with her two younger sisters. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, and baby Wyatt, where she has been enjoying hiking, exploring Hollywood and keeping up her blog, Little House in the Big Park.
Roya has an M.S. in Counseling and a B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist intern, with a private practice in Los Alamitos, and offers email coaching 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 share her unschooling philosophies with her college students.
Roya specializes in art therapy, and has spent most of her life crocheting, knitting, making journals, collaging, and following other artistic pursuits. She is a regular columnist in The Homeschooler magazine, where she writes about creativity and children. Roya sells her hand-crocheted jewelry at www.showyourcolorz.etsy.com and the fabulous “jewelry habitats” she makes with her (also unschooled) sisters at www.jewelryhabitat.etsy.com.
Shannon Loucks is a mom to two always unschooled boys, ages 12 and 10. Before meeting her boys she obtained a Bachelor of Education, certain that her calling was to be a teacher. Quickly disillusioned by the system, she sought out situations that allowed her to delight in the wonder of learning as it naturally unfolded for children. This found her in preschools, recreation centers and traipsing overseas to open an international school in Tokyo. All of this confirmed what she suspected, children truly do learn from their own desires and passion and her role was simply to bear witness from the sidelines leading so naturally into a life of living and learning alongside her own children.