About Us


Lighthouse Homeschoolers started in 1991 with about 10 families. Over the years the group structure and leadership has changed to accommodate its growth. Though there have been many changes since its inception, Lighthouse is a cooperative of parents that strives to meet the needs of the families within the group. Field trips, educational events, social activities, and parent/teacher support are the major focus of the group.


Our board is made up of volunteer homeschooling parents who are here to help you!

Lighthouse Homeschoolers is a Christian led organization. Our Board of Directors is required to sign a Christian statement of faith, and we seek to glorify God in all we do. We are not an exclusively Christian group, meaning that our general members are not required to sign a statement of faith. It has always been our goal at Lighthouse Homeschoolers to be a light to all homeschool families in our community, and we welcome you to join us on this journey!

Feel free to reach out to any of our board members for help!


Sylvana serves as Director for the Lighthouse board. She is involved in a variety of things going on at Lighthouse including membership and FPEA.

Sylvana began her homeschooling adventure in 2011 after leaving her full time career to be home more. She enjoys quality time with her husband Gary and their two children and exploring new things together. She loves helping other moms and dads “go Green” affordably and loves arts and crafts.

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Gary serves as treasurer for Lighthouse. His servant heart has him involved in a variety of other things going on at Lighthouse too.

Gary began his homeschooling adventure in 2011 . He enjoys quality time with his wife, Sylvana and their 2 children, and exploring new things together.

Gary Spangler (2)


Joanna is our new Secretary of Lighthouse. She processes applications and greets members who sign in at the teacher meetings as well as keeping us all recording all of our minutes during board meetings.  She and her husband Tim have been married since 2001 and together they have two children; Ellie and Ethan.  They have been homeschooling for 9 years and have lived all over the northeast but have been enjoying the Florida sunshine since 2017. While it has been great not having to shovel snow, she admits to missing the changing leaves in the fall.  She has a masters degree in Library Science and enjoys coffee, reading aloud and traveling with her family.

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Rebekah is The Living Arts Coordinator for Lighthouse, she oversees group attendance to local performing arts shows, secures contracts with theaters, assigns individual arrangers for each show, as well as ensures that Lighthouse maintains an impeccable professional relationship with the theaters.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Robby, since 2002. They have 5 blessings, Abigail, Wyatt, Henry, Jonathan and Olivia. They started their homeschooling journey in 2009. Rebekah, herself was also homeschooled K-12th grade!  They enjoy country living, gardening, raising chickens, a goat and a horse. They like hiking and camping and just being outside.  They strive to serve God in all that they do, and live a life that is pleasing to Him.

Rebekah Edwards (3)


Maurie is our Social Activities Coordinator. She oversees the children’s activities at the teacher's meetings and the end of the year program. She is also our Little House Coordinator. Maurie is married to her super supportive husband, Christopher. Together they have 4 boys: Chris, Westley, Maverick and Sterling. They are entering their 7th year homeschooling and she gives all glory to God for that. She loves planning parties and helping others along their homeschool journey. She has a background in theater and music and loves to explore with her boys.



Stephanie is our Social Activities Advisor. She assists the Social Activities Coordinator to plan children’s activities at the meetings and the end of the year program. Stephanie began her homeschool journey in 2012. She has been married to her best friend and husband since 2007 and together they have 3 children; Adelynn, Loraina and July. She became a stay-at-home mom in 2017 after working in the veterinary field for 15 years. She enjoys spending quality time with her family painting, crafting and enjoying nature while tending her garden, chickens and rabbits.

Lighthouse Stephanie Wilkerson


Claudine serves by overseeing the Lighthouse Keepers committee. Lighthouse Keepers volunteers strive to encourage and uplift Lighthouse members by actively supporting the spiritual and physical needs of Lighthouse families. They are devoted to praying for each individual family, helping provide meals for families during times of need, and providing individual support and encouragement.



Bambi serves by overseeing the Lighthouse website.  She has 5 children: Caitie, Chloe, Ronan, Declan, and Finnegan. Bambi grew up in Lakeland and is a "retired" high school English teacher. Their family decided to make the switch to homeschooling in 2019 so the kids could learn at their own pace and focus on things they are interested in doing.

LH Bambi

Lighthouse Group Coodinators

Maurie Lieber, Little House

Brandy Thomas, Middle House

Renee Bischoff, Teen Titans

Carol Bauman, Calendar Coordinator & Beacon Editor

Sylvana Spangler, Senior Graduation