Home-schooling beyond the home

Apr 27, 2011

Ruby Darden, a 25-year Amway Independent Business Owner, was no proponent of home-schooling. Until 1996, when one woman’s talk changed her mind.

Since then Ruby has home-schooled over 900 students to help them graduate high school.

Beginning with her own children, Ruby became licensed to home-school and began teaching a wide array of subjects including English, science and Spanish. After helping her nephew gain the last few credits he needed to graduate, Ruby saw a need within her community to help others.

She began teaching multiple students in the district and helped them gain their required credits. Her help became so sought after that she had to schedule two-hour classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make sure everybody could get in.

The students weren’t the only ones learning as Ruby was able to relate to these kids on a different level than a teacher or parents could. She learned about their troubles and helped them overcome challenges and go onto larger opportunities after high school.

Ruby has scaled back her work, but still holds concern for students in her own community and across the country.

“Today’s kids are even more troubled, and the drop-out situation has gotten even worse,” she says. “It’s going to take a lot more than one person to turn it around.”

Read the full story at Achievemagazine.com. Thanks to Samantha Bourque for contributing to this story.

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