The vision for Truth Academy begain in 2008 in the local coffee shop. Rebecca Irey and myself, Kellee Metz, visited while our kids attended AWANA at Calvary Memorial Church in Navarre. Both of us had been members of other homeschool groups in the past and had concluded that there were certain elements important to us, that were missing from those groups. We started brainstorming the idea of starting our own homeschool group to meet our needs.
- We wanted parents to have options to stay with their children or drop them off.
- We wanted parents to have options of what courses would best support and enrich their specific homeschool.
- We 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.
- We wanted a clear Statement of Faith for parents and teachers to sign to encourage a like-mindedness in the community.
- We wanted a Discipline policy that sets the guidelines on how we're going to resolve conflict in a Biblically honoring way.
- We wanted to be able to equip parents to reduce their fees for classes with the Scrips program.
- We wanted to focus on ages of kids, not grades, to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling.
- We wanted to have a time set aside for parents to pray for the needs of our community.
- We also wanted to provide a parent support time where we could encourage each other on our homeschool journey.
With much prayer and God’s grace, we implemented our vision and opened our doors in the fall of 2009. At the beginning, there were some decisions we made out of necessity, but we continue out of choice.
When we shared the facility with the Calvary Christian school for the first year, they gave us Friday afternoon as the time that worked best for them. Over the years, we have been asked if we ever consider changing the day of the week. The answer is “Yes, we consider it every year.” But we 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.
We are frequently asked whether Truth Academy has considered 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, Co-founder, Treasurer, Scrips Coordinator
Kellee Metz is a Christian mom, home educating her two sons for over 14 years, and is married to her best friend for 23 years. Kellee graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in finance, then three years later, a law degree. After working in an insurance defense law firm for two years, she decided that she wanted to be a lawyer, travel, and get paid. So she joined the Air Force as a JAG (Judge Advocate General) lawyer. She served eight years in the Air Force and was stationed at Edwards AFB in California and Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan. Her oldest son was born in Okinawa, and when he was three months old, her family moved back to the states to her husband's hometown in Minnesota. Although she has stepped out of legal practice, she has embraced and been trained by Peacemaker Ministries in Biblical conflict mediation and and seeks to bring that Biblical worldview to Truth Academy. Kellee and Rebecca Irey started Truth Academy over seven years ago with a sincere desire to minister to homeschool families with enriching class options that disciple and train students yet provide the needed support to parents for the homeschooling journey. She feels privileged to continue serving Truth Academy families and investing in students' lives who will step out and use their God-given gifts and talents for the glory of God.
Administrator / Registrar
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 / Website Coordinator
Amanda Fisher was born and raised in WI, and moved to MN to attend Bethel University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Spanish Education. After quickly realizing that being an educator in the traditional public school role was not God's calling for her, she continued her work experience in administration and marketing. Amanda grew up being actively involved with Youth With A Mission, which fueled her desire to travel and participate in short term missions throughout her childhood and young adult life. Feeling the pull to return back to Spain where she spent time studying in college, she participated in a Discipleship Training School through YWAM which greatly strengthened her faith and knowledge of Biblical teachings. Amanda married her husband, Brian, shortly after returning and together they have three daughters. For the past decade, Amanda has been a full-time stay-at-home mom and began homeschooling in 2014. Aside from raising and teaching her girls, as well as spending time with her husband, she enjoys meeting new people, being outside, spending time with her family, reading, and traveling when possible. Her passion is homeschooling her girls from a Biblical perspective, but she also enjoys learning new things that help keep up her administrative skills and seeks out opportunities to volunteer in various roles in her church and community.