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The Indiana Foundation for Home Schooling is governed by a Board of Directors composed of home educators with years of practical experience home schooling, and community leaders with a passion for improving and expanding opportunities for all home schooled students, including disadvantaged students.

The motivations of the organization's founders and board members is Christian faith-based, but its services and resources are offered without regard to anyone's religious affiliation or belief, in an effort to encourage Indiana families in their home education experience. Our board of directors have a statement of faith and it is listed on the bottom of this page.
Map Your Future 2014, Board President, Michael Jarrell; his wife, Robyn; Board Treasurer, Lenora Housman; Board Member, Marilyn Rowlett; Board Member, Francesca Plett. 

Michael Jarrell, President Michael Jarrell and his wife, Robyn, homeschool their youngest daughter who is in 7th grade. Michael understands the vital role the father has in educating his children. He lives his life following his family's motto-J.O.Y. Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last. Following this motto has allowed him to become a better father and educator ensuring his daughter's education is solid. He is a retired disabled Army Veteran with over 20 years of service. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and MBA from Oakland City University.

Lenora Housman, Committee Chair for Graduation & Map Your Future, Lenora Housman is a veteran homeschool mom and support group leader. She is a member of the Marion county 4H Advisory Board and 4H Club Leader and Volunteer in Marion County. Lenora is an LPN at St. Vincent Hospital with 30 years experience. Having taught her special needs daughter from kindergarten through high school, Lenora believes homeschooling is a viable option for any child facing learning challenges. 

Francesca Plett, Secretary, Francesca Plett is currently homeschooling her four children ages 5-16 and was exposed to both traditional public school and homeschool as a child. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Over the past 15 years, she has been an active leader with La Leche League in Pennsylvania and Indiana. Currently she is a leader and board member with the Marion County 4H group. In addition, she volunteers in childcare with a church sponsored English As A Second Language tutoring program and also at the Downtown Life Center as a Support Services coordinator. 

Marla Hood, Treasurer, Marla brings many years of homeschooling experience to our board. She is married with four children and a beautiful little foster daughter. She puts Christ first in all that she does. She is the Board's newest member. We are excited to have her join our team. We care confident is the added addition we need.


 Statement of Faith


  • We believe in the Scriptures of the Bible as the final and Supreme Authority in faith and life.
  • We believe in one God, made manifest in three:  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ, by offering himself on the cross, paid the penalty of man’s sins, that we now may enter the family of God on the basis of his shed blood.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection and imminent return of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
  • We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, thereby becoming children of God.


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