History Odyssey, RSO, and our other upcoming publications would not be possible without the hard work of our writers. We searched far and wide for the amazing authors that write the courses we offer today. They might come from a wide-range of backgrounds and educational experience, but all our writers have in common a strong desire to make a difference in childhood education, beginning with the education of their own children. Let us introduce you to these remarkable women:

Blair Lee – Author of RSO Chemistry 1, Biology 2, and the soon-to-be-relaesed RSO Astronomy 2
Meet Blair H. Lee, M.S.: author of RSO Chemistry Level One and RSO Biology Level Two. Blair earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, and Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of California San Diego.
Blair has a long and exciting career of teaching science at the college level. She taught Chemistry at Community Colleges in San Diego County including Palomar College, Southwestern College, and City College. She also taught Biology (Human Heredity) at Southwestern College. Blair found that many of her students were lacking in basic foundational science upon entering college. She believes science can be and should be taught from the beginning of a child’s education. She began working with her own son and his friends on methods of teaching science concepts usually reserved for high school or college students. The results of her research and writing is RSO Chemistry Level One, a concept-rich, hands-on course that engages young people’s minds and lays a firm foundation of science concepts. Blair is the founder of Secular Eclectic Academic (SEA) Homeschoolers. SEA Homeschoolers is a vibrant, dynamic community with almost 20,000 members. SEA Homeschoolers advocates for the exclusive use of secular academic materials when homeschooling. Blair has been handcrafting the education of her non-linear thinker for over 11 years. During that time, she has learned as much about how learning happens from him as he has learned from her. Blair is a passionate advocate of innovative academics using secular materials. Through her speaking and writing, her goal is to empower homeschoolers to dare to be innovative and create something unique and academically-rich when handcrafting their child’s journey through learning. Blair loves to read, cook, laugh, hang out with friends, and travel.

Kate Johnson  – Author of History Odyssey Level Two series
Meet Kate Johnson, author of History Odyssey Level Two and owner of Pandia Press. Kate graduated from University in Florida in 1989 with a degree in occupational therapy. After working for ten years as a therapist and rehab director, she left the field to pursue the priority in her life: her children’s education. Kate has been a homeschooling mom since her oldest (now in college) was in Kindergarten.
Seeing a great need for quality, secular materials in the homeschool arena, Kate directed her energies to publishing science and history courses without agendas. She began Pandia Press in 2004 with the creation of the timeline, R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey, and History Odyssey. As a homeschool publisher, writer, and speaker, Kate strives to make a classical education mainstream and accessible to everyone who wants a well-balanced, rigorous education. In an attempt to justify an out-of-control coffee and chocolate habit, Kate has four children who span from kindergarten to college, and is the co-owner of a few businesses and corporations. In her spare time (ha!) she is a dedicated practitioner of yoga and classic literature, and loves to explore Florida riding passenger on the Harley with her husband.

Margaret Sanders – Author of History Odyssey Modern Times Level One
Meet Margaret Sanders, author of History Odyssey Modern Times (level one) , co-author of Early Modern (level one), and author a soon-to-be-released art history course. A mother to three and wife to one, Margaret Shippen Sanders resides in northeast Georgia. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Agnes Scott College, she received her B.A. in history in 1985, and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1989.
Margaret practiced law for seven years before quitting to raise a family. She homeschooled two of her children for a number of years and taught each of her three children to read. “Really,” she says, “they taught themselves. I was just the coach. That’s my homeschool philosophy in a nutshell. I provide the materials, the encouragement, and the physical and mental space. The child does the rest.” For Pandia Press, Margaret helped to write the third and fourth grammar-level History Odyssey guides. She is currently working on Pandia Press’s first e-book-only publication, an art history guide for teenagers. The e-book will use Dr. Carol Strickland’s Annotated Mona Lisa as its spine and will incorporate projects, suggested essay topics, as well as some additional information about each topic. Written for any high school student interested in learning about art history, the e-book should also help homeschool students who wish to take the AP art history examination. “Each section has enough material that parents and students will be able to pick and choose what they would like to do. They might choose, for example, to do the identifications and the project for one section, the research essay for another section, and the timed essay for a third.” The tentative date for publication of the art history e-book is late summer, 2011.

Kathy Kirk – History Odyssey Modern Times (Level 2) Teacher Guide
Meet Kathy Kirt author of the soon-to-be-realesed History Odyssey Modern Times Teacher Guide. Kathy earned her BA in English and Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in Education from Arizona State University. She taught in both public and private schools for over a decade prior to homeschooling her own two children. Kathy is passionate about learning and history, reads voraciously, and writes fiction as well as non-fiction.
She loves to garden and nurtures a large organic vegetable garden. On any given day, one might find her working with her retired thoroughbred racehorse or riding the trails with her friends and children. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her family.

Terri Williams – Author of RSO Life Level One and Earth & Space Level One
Meet Terri Williams, B.A.: author and illustrator of RSO Life Level One and Earth & Space Level One After being raised in interesting and varied countries outside of the USA, Terri settled in California to earn her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from CSU, Fresno. Following a few delightful years of field studies, she returned to school to receive her secondary teaching credential. Terri taught in public schools for nine years where she developed a love for curriculum development, but the arrival of her own two children inspired her to shift her focus toward homeschooling.
Her love for curriculum development and frustration over the boring science texts available at that time subsequently lead her to Pandia Press and R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey was born. Being able to share a science curriculum that was engaging, rigorous and sometimes messy was a thrill, and then creating fun illustrations for them was the icing on the cake! When Terri and her ever-growing children aren’t actively homeschooling, they are busy (permit in hand) raising and repairing injured wild animals or giving wildlife presentation to classrooms and other groups in the area. Their home can often be found stocked with animals- from owls to ducks to bobcats, in every room and a few in enclosures outside. When the spring baby rush subsides and homeschooling can take a break, Terri likes to be off hiking, backpacking or traveling with her kids or just reading and bird-watching. She currently resides with her children and various beasties on the west side of the Sierras about an hour from Yosemite.

Cathy Whitfield – an author of History Odyssey Level One series
Meet Cathy Whitfield, author of History Odyssey Ancients (level one), Middle Ages (level one), and Early Modern (level one).
Cathy Whitfield and her husband live in North Texas. She has four wonderful children and two amazing grandchildren. After graduating with a certificate in Business, she found a great job as a Legal Assistant and happily worked there for almost ten years.
Realizing the importance of a solid educational foundation and not being able to find that in the local school system, she began homeschooling her three youngest children in 2001. As of 2012, two have graduated and the youngest is still at home completing his high school studies. She currently balances her time between homeschooling and her work as a children’s librarian at the local Public Library.