The People Behind iHN

Who are the women behind iHN and why did they create it? Find out here.

It all started with a few casual emails and Skype chats between two homeschool moms — Jimmie Lanley and Amy Stults.

From Vision to Reality

Their thoughts about blogging and social media rapidly took shape as the vision for iHomeschool Network. They wanted to see a close-knit community of outstanding homeschool bloggers cooperate together

  • to hone their blogging, social media, and SEO skills
  • to promote one another through link ups with quality content
  • to connect with companies in projects that benefit both blogger and brand.

They started sharing the vision with a few key bloggers and inviting them to participate. In just three months, iHomeschool Network moved from a vision to a registered business with sixty bloggers on board. Now the network has about 100 bloggers.

Below is an introduction to Jimmie, Amy, and a few of the key players in the iHomeschool Network.

About Jimmie


Jimmie LanleyJimmie Lanley, co-owner of iHomeschool Network, is a work-at-home mom who homeschools her daughter Emma. Jimmie’s background is in education (BA in English and a MS in education). It was after seven years of teaching middle school language arts in public schools that she began homeschooling her then Kindergartner.

Her online work began with blogging over five years ago. You can find her primary homeschool blog at Jimmie’s Collage. Her second blog, The Notebooking Fairy, is devoted to notebooking.

Besides her work at iHN and her own blogs, Jimmie is a social media consultant and manager for several clients.

Jimmie lived for over eight years in China and currently lives in Memphis, TN.

Connect with Jimmie at Twitter or on Google+.

About Amy


Amy is a Christian wife of 14 years to her knight in shining armor and mommy to their 10-year-old boy wonder.  When her son was born, she gave up her career as a business analyst for a large children’s hospital and now has chosen to fill her days with Oobleck, Legos, hands-on experiments, and lots of reading. They have homeschooled since birth using a classical, literature-rich method.

In 2007, she co-founded the well-known and popular homeschooling site Heart of the Matter which soon turned into a group blog, digital magazine, and online conference. In 2012, she felt God calling her to other ventures and iHomeschool Network was born.

Amy has a passion for genealogy and a love for helping others trace their family trees to learn more about their roots. In fact, not only is she a descendant of King Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and three Mayflower Pilgrims, but also General Robert E. Lee, and President Teddy Roosevelt are her distant cousins.

This conservative, organized, analytical and creative woman probably should have been born in the 1950’s but she makes the best of all circumstances.

A die-hard Trekkie, she adores her husband and son, loves sweet tea, small kitchen appliances, and holidays, even the silly ones like National Eat Like a Hobbit Day. You can find her blogging at Milk and Cookies.

Connect with Amy on Facebook and Twitter.

About Amber

Social Media Team, Facebook Event Coordinator

Campaign Coordinator

Amber Oliver blogs about learnin’ and livin’ from deep in the heart of Texas. Wife of 13 years, mom of 3, she blogs at Classic Housewife, reads, makes lists, overplans, drinks coffee and procrastinates on house cleaning (but she’s working on that.)
Schooling eclectically, Amber’s main goal is to help her children find God’s fingerprints through all of creation, learning and life.

Connect with Amber on Facebook and Twitter.


About Christin

Social Media Team, Facebook Manager

Christin Slade Social Media iHNChristin Slade has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, homeschooling, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web, especially at her blog Joyful Mothering. Her biggest ministry is to her family and she knows how beautiful, hard, overwhelming, rewarding, and exhausting mothering can be. Her passion is to encourage mothers who need a challenge or a lift (or both). She has been married 12 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 10 down to 2.

Connect with Christin on Twitter.

About Judy

Social Media Team, Twitter Specialist

JudyHochJudy Hoch is a homeschooling mom of seven children, ranging in age from toddler to teen. In between lessons and laundry, she enjoys reading, writing, and providing virtual assistance services. She blogs about homeschooling, homemaking, and large family living at Contented at Home.

Connect with Judy on Facebook and Twitter.

About Dianna

Social Media Team, Google Plus Specialist, iHomeschool Hangouts Hostess

Dianna Kennedy

Motherhood is messy, especially when you have many small children in the mix. Dianna Kennedy is the mother of five, ranging from a tiny toddler to a college freshman. You can read about her misadventures in homeschooling, her challenges of living her Catholic faith and trying to stay fit, all while managing a large family over at The Kennedy Adventures!

Dianna is also a regular contributor to The Homeschool ClassroomCatholic Mothers Online and New Evangelizers.

Connect with Dianna  on  Twitter or Google+. 


About Laurie

Social Media Team, Facebook Specialist

Laurie BostwickGrowing up, Laurie’s dream was to become a wife and Mama. That dream came true over 20 years ago when she became the wife of Toby, her Honey. Thankfully, Laurie’s dream to become a Mama has also been fulfilled as they have been blessed with 5 children, aged 20 down to 10, with one already with Jesus. They’ve always been a homeschooling, homesteading family, and love being together. Currently, they reside in Tennessee on a small (very small) grass-finished beef farm, where they also are joined by a plethora of other pets. Laurie blogs at Our Abundant Blessings and Homemakers Challenge.

Connect with Laurie on Facebook or Twitter.

About Jamie

jamieworleySocial Media Team, Facebook Specialist

Jamie writes about life as a homeschooling, homemaking wife and mama in a family blended by marriage and adoption: See Jamie Blog. She is also a photographer, an enthusiastic adoption advocate, and a social media buff who always does her best thinking with a steaming cup of tea in hand.

Connect with Jamie on Twitter or Facebook .


About Aadel

Social Media Team, Facebook Specialist

Campaign Coordinator

Aadel BussingerAadel Bussinger has been blogging for almost as long as she has been homeschooling. Mother to two creative daughters and a freshly made son, they spend their days crafting, gaming, reading, and adventuring. Adventures come easily being married to her high school sweetheart of 13 years, a career Army man.  She writes about unschooling, Christianity, and military life at These Temporary Tents.

She is also the owner of Homeschool Commons, where she shares her other passion – finding free public domain resources for personal and commercial projects.

Connect with Aadel on Facebook or Google+.

About Michelle

Social Media Team, Facebook Specialist

profile-michelle-cannonMichelle Cannon is a single mom who has been homeschooling for 14 years in Florida. She is currently homeschooling the last two of her five children. The Holistic Homeschooler is where she writes about homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason method, as well as educating children with Dyslexia and Bipolar Disorder.

Michelle is the owner of a green cleaning service in Central Florida. She has studied herbalism and aromatherapy and lives very “green” life. She enjoys gardening, camping and hiking, and believes coffee should be a major food group.

Connect with Michelle on Facebook or Google+ .

About Amy

Social Media Team, Google Plus Specialist

Amy Maze 160Amy Maze is a homemaker, mother to two children, child of God, blogger, and owner of Classical Copywork.

She loves to learn, plan, and create.  When she is not teaching her children or spending time with her husband, you will find her blogging at Living and Learning at Home, which is devoted to connecting, encouraging, and providing resources to the classical homeschooling community.

Connect with Amy on FacebookTwitter, or Google+.

About Carlie

Social Media Team, Google Plus Specialist

Carlie Bio Pic 300x300 SquareCarlie Kercheval is a happily married stay-at-home homeschooling mom. She and her college sweetheart have been blessed with 3 precious children to raise while traveling the world as a military family. Carlie is the founder of So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?™ and Managing Your Blessings. She is also the co-author of the Learning to Speak Life™ family Bible studies and co-host of the Learning to Speak Life™ Radio Show. When she is not busy enjoying her family and the great outdoors, you can typically find her cozied up somewhere under a blanket with a good book.

Connect with Carlie on FacebookPinterest, or Twitter.

About Marlene

Social Media Team, Google Plus Specialist

Marlene GriffithMarlene Griffith is a wife to an amazing husband and a mom to a handful of amazing kiddos. She is the author of A Diligent Heart where she writes about a little bit of everything, such as homeschooling, faith, marriage, family, and parenting. In her not so spare time, she enjoys curling up in a comfy chair with a hot cup of coffee and a great book.

Marlene loves to stay up to date with the latest social media and tech trends.

Connect with Marlene on Twitter, Google +, or Facebook

iHomeschool Network LLC is co-owned and co-managed by Jimmie Lanley and Amy Stults. The bloggers of iHN are independent contractors.