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


jimmie350Jimmie 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 Marlene

Social Media Team, Google Plus Specialist, iHomeschool Hangouts Production Manager

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

About Sara

Social Media Team, Twitter Party Specialist

sara McClureAn accidental homeschooler, Sara McClure never would’ve guessed she’d trade her Master’s degree and a traditional classroom to teach two sons and a daughter at home. Sara spends her days keeping her three active children busy and engaged with a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of mess. Sara is the author of Happy Brown House where she shares her journey of motherhood, adoption, homeschooling, and creative kids activities. In her spare time, Sara sews for her Etsy shop.

Connect with Sara on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

About Joan

Editor for Special Publishing Projects

JoanOttoJoan Otto and her teenage daughter, Sarah, are radical unschoolers living and learning together in York, PA, and sharing their adventures at Unschool Rules. Joan works full-time as a newspaper editor and freelances as a technical Joan-of-all-trades, from virtual assistant to social media manager to WordPress guru. She loves a good collection of office supplies, dreams of going to medical school, has her black belt in tae kwon do and changes her hair color with stunning frequency.

About Renee

Social Media Team, Twitter Specialist, Google Plus Specialist, Link Up Manager

Renee BrownRenee Aleshire Brown has a heart for writing, cooking, and caring for her family. She’s been married to her Beloved, Michael, for 22 years, it was through adoption that they became parents to Jonathan. Striving to nurture him through Biblical guidance Renee homeschools to provide a customized gifted education in a faith filled environment. She has authored 2 eBooks; Ohio Homeschooling Guide & Directory, and Meal Planning When You Don’t Like to Plan, and has published 2 Planners; 2 Year Blog Planner and her newest book Homeschool Teacher Planner. You can read more of her work on her blog Great Peace Academy.

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 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.

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