Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency

Deborah Koelsch

 I have a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I taught 35 years in the public school system, teaching students with Intellectual Disabilities, mostly at the middle school level. My students were significantly delayed, with a variety of diagnosis including Down Syndrome and Autism. I evaluated my sister-in-law's 3 children throughout all their years of homeschooling, graduating each one with the PHAA diploma. 

My particular classroom was so similar to homeschooling in that I had up to 12 students, all working at different academic and emotional levels, and all with different strengths and needs for learning. Not all children learn in the same way, at the same speed, with the same modes to share that knowledge. I get it! And I get you! 

Now that I am retired from public school teaching, I have time to spend encouraging homeschool families, especially those with children with special educational needs. I love seeing how each family embraces homeschooling and watch the children grow and flourish. It is a joy not to be under the constraints of the state and district with their unrealistic mandates. 

I can provide Special Educational Needs Objectives pre-approval, testing (using the Woodcock-Johnson test), evaluations at all grade levels, and PHAA high school diploma evaluations. I live in western Lancaster County, and am willing to travel for testing and evaluations, especially to the Allentown area and between Lancaster and Wellsboro. 

I am a champion for homeschool families, and evaluations are a celebration of the hard work you and your children have put into your year. 

You can contact me for pricing, what to bring to an evaluation, and what to expect at an evaluation.

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