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Joe and Zan Tyler

Joe and Zan Tyler

Listen to a brief interview with Joe and Zan as they share excerpts from sessions and discusses their heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.

 
Joe and Zan Tyler homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of twenty-one years. When they began homeschooling in 1984, Zan was threatened with jail by the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. After prolonged legal battles for the rights of their family and homeschoolers in their state, Joe and Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) in 1990. Zan served as its president for ten years, and Joe currently serves as the chairman of the SCAIHS board.  
 
Zan is the director of Apologia Press, where her goal is to support homeschooling parents by bringing them the very best authors and biblically sound resources. A longtime speaker, writer, and homeschooling advocate, she derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging homeschooling parents across the country and around the globe. Her greatest desire is to give parents a sustainable vision for raising their children for Christ while providing them the very best education.
 
Zan has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year and has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest South Carolina honor a civilian can receive. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric and has served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org. The author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential, Zan is also a popular columnist. She is the South Carolina Ambassador for the Home School Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping homeschool families in need.
 
Joe has worked in the information systems industry for thirty-two years and is the project manager for Apologia Educational Ministries. He  has served as a PCA elder since 1984 and has taught parenting and marriage Sunday School classes and Bible Studies. He enjoys speaking with Zan at homeschooling conferences. In the past years he has spoken in Japan and Hawaii and conventions throughout the U.S.
 

Hear Joe and Zan Speak

 

Listen to a brief interview with Joe and Zan as they share excerpts from sessions and discusses their heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.

2012 – Laughter is the Best Medicine

Joe and Zan’s Speaking Topics

 
Laughter Is the Best Medicine: Marriage Lessons from Real Life 
Joe Tyler says, “Zan was my best friend and ministry partner when we were in college. I knew I loved her and wanted to know how she felt about me, so out of the blue (we had never dated), I proposed to her during our junior year. She didn’t speak to me for a month.” In spite of this rocky start, Zan and Joe have thoroughly enjoyed thirty-five years of marriage. They have experienced many joys and triumphs and weathered many storms. Along with the varied hats Joe wears in the home, he is in charge of attitude adjustments and comic relief. 
 
“Being able to laugh through the years has helped me survive things like threats of jail, the pressures of twenty-one years of homeschooling, and the stress of life in general. Joe makes sure I laugh a lot,” says Zan. Come enjoy a refreshing session of humor and encouragement as Joe and Zan share candidly about the ups and downs of married life (including their biggest fight ever), while focusing on the biblical principles that have served as the unshakeable foundation of their marriage. Understanding and embracing the magnificent biblical vision of marriage is the key to a vibrant relationship.
 
Husbands and Wives Unite! Work Together or Fall Apart in the Homeschooling Journey
Joe and Zan Tyler have been married for thirty-five years and homeschooled for twenty-one of those years. In the midst of that, they spent a decade working in the legislature for homeschool freedom. They had to learn how to work with each other and their children as a team in order to survive and thrive! Joe and Zan will encourage you and make you laugh with their down-to-earth, honest style as they share how they worked through the following issues in their family—and how you can too. 
Figuring out the father’s role in homeschooling (How involved should he and can he be?)
Working through differences of opinions about homeschooling and family life
Cultivating each child’s unique potential
Developing strong relationships in your home—and with your in-laws
Preparing children for life in the adult world
Keeping Christ central in the midst of the daily challenges of life
 
Support for Homeschooling Leaders
 
Joe and Zan have been involved in homeschool leadership for over twenty-five years. They have seen it all—from the courtroom to the legislature, from starting co-ops to state organizations, from homeschooling preschoolers through high schoolers. Joe and Zan have a heart to support leaders. They can tailor talks to meet the needs of your group. They discuss marriage, discipleship in the home, homeschooling while leading in support groups/co-ops/state organizations, and casting homeschooling in the best possible light, among other topics. 
 
Do you need speakers for your support group leaders’ retreats and meetings? Joe and Zan Tyler have been actively involved in homeschool leadership for over twenty-five years. They are inspirational, practical, and well-acquainted with the problems and issues facing homeschool leaders.
 

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