Heather Shirley

Heather Shirley

Leading Learner

As a “set apart” woman or man, as a home-educating parent, part of the journey is learning to listen to others. Many times “others” come in the form of good books that contain insightful voices and good conversation. Many educators call these voices and good books “the great conversation.” Others have gone before us and leave a living legacy, if we’ll just make some time to listen. A large part of Heather’s Sanctified Woman vision is “setting apart” time to read good books and contemplate truth with others. If this idea resonates with you, then click on the different events that Heather and her family host and register for an upcoming event. There is usually lots of reading, great conversation, and good food.

Heather Shirley and her husband Ed started G.I.F.T. homeschool in 1999 where they have graduated two of their three children. In the early years of her family, Heather taught Precept Bible studies and then, in 2003, with her BA in Mathematical Engineering from University of Louisville, a reinvigorated love for learning and a heart to equip parents, Heather joined the budding Classical Conversations leadership team where she is able to serve and support parents who commit to learning alongside their children.  in 2013, Heather received her CiRCE’s Master Teacher certification from the CiRCE Apprenticeship and is currently pursuing her MA in Humanities. Every year, whether Heather schools her own children or tutors other students, she discovers new and wider relationships between things. Her learning motto is: a learning life is a life of humility and entering in.

Emily Shirley

Emily Shirley

Leading Learner

Emily Shirley is a Classical Conversations alumnus who participated in the Foundations and Challenge programs for a total of twelve years. Outside of school, she enjoys rock climbing, swing dancing, and reading great books. Some of her favorite books include War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, and Philip Schaff’s eight volumes of History of the Christian Church. She works for Classical Conversations MultiMedia, helping with production and digital asset management, and she currently attends Montreat College located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

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