Marsha Ransom, mother of 4 children and freelance writer, has been homeschooling for 12 years. Over the years, she has homeschooled all grades, K through 12. Residing with her husband, Dwight, and children in southwest Michigan, she enjoys reading, cooking, walking on the beach, and downhill skiing. She has been published in a variety of publications, as well as online, and is a field editor for Taste of Home Magazine.
Marsha is actively involved with her local homeschool support group. She served on the planning committee for their homeschool cooperative, where she teaches creative writing and coordinates field trips. She also speaks at homeschool conferences and curriculum fairs, providing support, information, and encouragement. Marsha is always available as a resource person for new homeschoolers, and is a state liaison person for the National Home Education Network, helping homeschoolers find local support in her state. She has compiled an extensive file of helpful Web sites, and enjoys linking homeschoolers with information via e-mail lists, bulletin boards, and Web sites.
After her son Ryan, an automotive student at the county technology center, became the first to be placed in a dealership through the Automotive-Youth Education Services (AYES) program, both were invited to become members of the center's AYES Advisory Board and the center's National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) recertification board. As homeschooling parent and student, they brought a unique perspective to discussions of new policies. Ryan is now an instructor in the automotive technology program at the center, and Marsha is a member of a subcommittee of the AYES Advisory Board which interviews and selects candidates for AYES placement.