- We believe families raising children is a God-given right/calling
- We believe parents should be empowered to raise the next generation of leaders
- We believe the best place for children is in a home with a loving family/parents
- We believe that homeschooling is the best model for educating children
- We believe in Keeping Texas Families Free
2019 Gala Speakers
Dr. Helen Jackson’s life as a young girl was lived first in Southern Alabama and South Carolina, and was during the time of the tail end of southern Jim Crow racism. Her family later moved north to Washington D.C. Growing up, there were multiple guardians, including her uneducated grandparents. Her late teenage years were primarily spent living alone, seeing her domestic worker maternal grandmother-guardian only a few hours on the weekend.
Despite this, she excelled in school, and her early career was as a NASA Mathematician/Engineer intern several decades ago. During that time, she worked alongside with her now deceased husband, inventor John W. Jackson, a NASA engineer who patented many inventions, most notably “the imaging X-ray spectrometer”, now in wide spread use internationally by the medical, scientific and technical world.
While in her early career, she became interested in homeschooling partly as a result of some damaging interactions her oldest son, then in grade school, had endured in a Virginia public school. Due to her husband John’s job change, they moved from Washington, D.C. to Duncanville, Texas, which is where her homeschooling journey began.
Unknown to her at the time she embarked on her journey as a home educator, homeschooling was either illegal or viewed with controversy back in the 1980’s. This resulted in having to move from state to state, and being under constant harassment, surveillance and condemnation from state and local authorities.
Nonetheless, her children’s academic success was phenomenal as a result of their being homeschooled. Her oldest daughter, who she graduated from homeschool at aged 16, is a professor of epidemiology and an author/ coauthor of 76 plus documents in the field of epidemiology. The other children, upon completing their college degrees, are all successful in their careers.
After her children had completed their high school education, she went back to school to obtain her Masters and then PhD in Nuclear Physics from Fisk, Vanderbilt and then the Air Force Institute of Technology. She is now does Applied Physics/Machine Learning for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Prior to that she was a research physicist for the Air Force Research Laboratory and part time faculty at Wright State University.
She is very active in mentoring the underrepresented in STEM and is a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences. She believes in the achievement of academic excellence, whatever the method of education. She has fought for excellence in education for decades through teaching her own children, as well as mentoring and tutoring public and private school students.
J. Shelby Sharpe
J. Shelby Sharpe was born and educated in Fort Worth, Texas, until he went to the University of Texas in Austin for undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 1962 he met and married Martha Holland from Stamford, Texas and they have three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grand child.
J. Shelby Sharpe, J.D. (University of Texas School of Law) was licensed to practice in 1965 following his graduation from law school. He served the Supreme Court of Texas as a briefing attorney for Chief Justice Robert W. Calvert from 1965 to 1966. He is licensed to practice before all state courts in the State of Texas as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits and before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
He has been in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas since 1966 and is owner of Law Offices of Sharpe & Rector. During the 1980s, he represented the Home Schoolers in the Leeper case. He represents three seminaries, numerous churches, Point of View and Global Power Supply out of Santa Barbara, California. Over 90 percent of his practice involves the defense of religious organizations. There are many reported opinions in favor of the religious organizations he has represented.
2019 Celebrity Guests
Texas Home School Coalition is the authority in Texas on home schooling. Our coalition of three organizations positively impacts the lives of more than 100,000 home schooling families in Texas.
Since 1986, we’ve been working to secure and maintain the liberties of Texas families through advocacy and service, as well as influencing the political processes that determine law and policy relative to home schooling families and parental rights in Texas.
Our staff and volunteer network of more than 100 Texans with home schooling experience is what makes us the experts in all aspects of home schooling in Texas. And we’re here to serve you!
THSC Executive Staff
It’s up to you, Texas…
How Your Donation Assists Texas Families:
For 30 years, the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) has worked tirelessly to advance homeschooling and protect parental rights in Texas. As the state organization for homeschooling, we promote understanding and acceptance of home education, protect and advance parental rights, and encourage and assist homeschoolers.