The vision for Truth Academy began in 2008 in the local coffee shop. Rebecca Irey and Kellee Metz visited while their kids attended AWANA at Calvary Memorial Church in Navarre. Both of them had been members of other homeschool groups in the past and had concluded that there were certain elements important to them, that were missing from those groups. They started brainstorming the idea of starting their own homeschool group to meet the needs they saw in families.
- They wanted parents to have options to stay with their children or drop them off.
- They wanted parents to have options of what courses would best support and enrich their specific homeschool.
- They wanted an administrator on-site so that if students had gaps in their schedule, there would be a place where they could be and use the gym or the Commons as a study space.
- They wanted a clear Statement of Faith for parents and teachers to sign to encourage like-mindedness in the community.
- They wanted a Discipline Policy that sets the guidelines on how they going to resolve conflict in a Biblically honoring way.
- They wanted to be able to equip parents to reduce their fees for classes with the Scrips program.
- They wanted to focus on the ages of kids, not grades, to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling.
- They wanted to have a time set aside for parents to pray for the needs of our community.
- They also wanted to provide a parent support time where members could encourage each other on our homeschool journey.
With much prayer and God’s grace, the vision was implemented and the doors were opened in the fall of 2009. In the beginning, there were some decisions made out of necessity but were continued out of choice.
When Truth Academy shared the facility with the Calvary Christian school for the first year Friday afternoons was the time they agreed upon. Over the years, there have been questions of whether TA would ever consider changing the day of the week. The answer is “Yes, we consider it every year.” But TA finally decided that it fits us the best for a number of reasons: It allows parents to run their homeschool from Monday to Thursday in a way that best meets the needs for their family; It allows parents time on Friday to reflect what went well that week, what didn’t go so well, and how to make some course corrections; Fridays allow parents to have a weekend to enjoy some family time and Sabbath rest, where they can be more than just the homeschool teacher, they can be parents; and discipleship teachers from Bethlehem Seminary do not have scheduled classes on Fridays so we can utilize their gifts and talents in our young women and men discipleship classes.
TA is frequently asked whether we would consider adding another day of classes to the week. Yes, we have. We have been in groups where they have split the older students from the younger students on different days. What we have seen is that it divides the family. Often parents don’t want to be out of the house that much, so they pick a day, usually for the older students at the expense of the younger students, and ultimately those groups tend to fold when students age out of the group. We have chosen to focus on keeping the family together on one day instead of dividing loyalties. Also, every person on our team is currently homeschooling our own kids so we need to have enough margin and grace to focus on homeschooling our families as well.
Administrator / Treasurer/ Scrips Coordinator
Kristin Keppel was born and raised in Minnesota and still seems to think it’s the best place to live! She has been homeschooling her children since 2010. Her professional background is in purchasing, but the Lord has brought her joy serving in Biblical Counseling and Congregational Care ministries, as well as serving with her husband Andy as youth leaders and on the Overseers Board of their church. They have been married for over 16 years and are grateful for their three children (in addition to all of the stragglers their kids bring home quite often). In addition to reading, singing, watching the Vikings, and Doctor Who, Kristin loves discipling and counseling girls and young women, creating friendships united in the Gospel, and encouraging them from God’s word.
Administrator / Registrar
Nicky is a homeschooling mom of 11+ years and a part of Truth Academy for the past 5 years. Originally hailing from Nebraska, she has also lived in Indiana, Rochester, MN, and currently lives in Prior Lake, MN, with her best friend and husband of 21 years, Nathan, their three children (ranging from 11-15 years old) and an old, three-legged Great Dane. In her work life before children, she worked as a front office administrator in healthcare. Nicky has a heart for Jesus, marriage, motherhood, special needs, hospitality, serving, learning, and teaching. When she has free time, Nicky enjoys home improvement projects, reading, crafting, and gardening.
Administrator / Website Coordinator
Meagin has homeschooled her three children since 2013. Born and raised in Minnesota, she appreciates the outdoors in every season. She views nature as one of God's best classrooms. She loves gardening and woodworking and enjoys sharing/teaching those hobbies with her children. Meagin and her husband have been married for 15 years.