Your state homeschool organization, Homeschool Iowa, is led by a terrific team of dedicated board members.
Since its inception in 1992, Homeschool Iowa (NICHE) has been served by an amazing roster of homeschooling parents who were willing to offer their time and talents to promote and protect home education in Iowa.
Our current board members are dedicated to continue and build upon those past high standards of service.
MEET THE HOMESCHOOL IOWA BOARD
JOE & ELIZABETH BAILEY
Jill Oppman and husband, Darren, have been married since 1985. They have four adult children who were all homeschooled, and they are also the proud grandparents of two of the cutest little boys!
When their oldest child was nearing kindergarten age a seasoned homeschool couple approached them and asked if they had ever considered homeschooling. They had never even heard of homeschooling! With direction from this veteran couple, they jumped in and never looked back!
One of the greatest blessings of homeschooling was the closeness it brought to their family.
BOB & CATHY SORENSEN
GEORGE & KIM BLOM
JEREMY & JODI VOS
Jeremy and Jodi have been married for over two decades and have four children, two of whom they are still homeschooling. They have been active in their local homeschool group and are now serving as our Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day coordinators. Beginning with the 2023 Iowa Legislative Session, Jeremy will be our Homeschool Iowa Lobbyist.
JOE & ANGIE O'TOOL
Dr. Joe & Angie O'Tool are passionate about inspiring others that homeschooling IS possible, preserving the freedom to homeschool, and raising awareness of the benefits this kind of education and lifestyle brings. With his focus as a clinician on neurology and brain health, Joe sees the value of home education in a way many others may be unaware of. The O'Tools have been married since 2007 and have five very social, creative children. They have lived abroad, served in various missions and non-profit organizations, and are involved in their local church. Joe & Angie have a heart for small group ministry, love meeting new people, and are always learning and growing. As small business owners, they love how homeschooling fits seamlessly into their life and allows Angie to be involved in their business and their kids to have a variety of learning experiences they would not have if followed the "normal" path. They were both homeschooled from K-12 and had very different schooling environments, but both loved the opportunities and open doors homeschooling afforded them. When asked why they choose to serve with Homeschool Iowa, they shared, "We're excited to be aligned with the trusted leader in home education in Iowa and to see the growth of homeschooling in the coming months and years! We know that, while it is not without its challenges, no one will regret choosing this path for their family!"