About Education Unlimited
Founded in 1999, we function as a traditional home education management system on behalf of Harvest Baptist Academy in Spruce Grove to provide service to families throughout the province of Alberta. For many years, we have successfully facilitated only traditional home education programs without using provincial accreditation or blended programs and consistently demonstrated principled leadership in home education both at home and abroad.
Although our foundation is biblical, and we encourage a biblical perspective and approach to home education, we offer our services to all who wish to home educate. Our purpose is to recognize the authority and responsibility of parents, and to enable, equip, and encourage them in the training of their children at home.
We enable parents to home educate by helping them understand the requirements of provincial regulations and their own rights as home educators, while at the same time greatly simplifying the required paperwork for registration and funding.
We equip parents by providing them with the knowledge and tools we have gained through our experience and expertise in education with the objective of helping parents to lead their children to responsible adulthood.
We encourage parental authority in home educating by establishing the foundational principles for educating children within the family created by God, and by reminding parents that these principles do not change with time.
We believe in keeping things simple, and freeing parents to simply be parents.
We have a vision and a heart for family and traditional home education. Our founders and staff are leaders whose long time contributions to home education are helping families in Alberta and beyond!
Léo & Faye Gaumont - Education Unlimited Founders & HBA Facilitators
Léo and Faye are among Alberta's pioneer home educators! Léo is a professional educator with over 40 years of experience, 25 of which were spent in the classroom mostly at a high school level. Léo is also our director and principal facilitator. Faye is an experienced home educating mom (and now grandma), the office administrator, as well as a trained teacher. Léo and Faye not only educated their children at home but are now mentoring them as they home educate their own children.
Léo has experience and vision that make him stand out among home education leaders. He has spoken on home education in most Canadian provinces as well as in the United States. He is a pioneer in advocating for the admission of home educated students into post-secondary institutions across the country, and has conducted the most detailed research studies on this issue in Canada. His decades of experience and extensive research have left him firmly convinced that a home education provided by loving parents is the best education any child could possibly receive.
Léo & Faye consider it a privilege to minister to those who have a sincere desire to honour God as they "train their children in the way that they should go”.
Brian Coldwell - IBCES Chairman
Brian Coldwell is the Pastor of New Testament Baptist Church of Edmonton and Chairman of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society. This nonprofit society and charity operates two accredited private Christian schools grades K-12 (Harvest Baptist Academy & Meadows Baptist Academy) in the Edmonton area, including a large Home Education Program with students throughout Alberta. Brian studied and trained at Victory Baptist Bible College and was ordained in 1985. He and his wife Kathy have served in Christian Ministry and Education for 35 years.
Michael Reilly - HBA Principal
Michael Reilly was born and raised in Edmonton, AB. As a young boy he was very active, always wanting to be on the move. This desire and enthusiasm spilled over into adult life as Michael chose to pursue a career in Education. He committed to focus his energies into the development of children and has always had a strong desire to see his students become well rounded citizens. After Michael completed his education at the U of A, Michael entered the teaching profession with a passion to connect with students of all ages helping them gain knowledge and wisdom on a variety of subjects.
Michael has a heart for children and compassion to meet the needs of each student while making their learning experience fun. Michael’s experience working with after school care programs, special needs children and those of other cultures has allowed him to serve in a variety of programs as an educator and volunteer.
With his current role at Harvest Baptist Academy as teacher and principal he is able to use his leadership skills as well as his classroom experience. With a warm heart and ever helpful nature it is Michael’s strongest desire to see growth and Christian values instilled in his students. Helping them to obtain their educational goals and their spiritual growth becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Gene & Ila Hartmann - HBA Facilitators
Gene and Ila have been married for 26 years. On an acreage near Carstairs, they raised four children, Brenna, Abra, Jared, and Mae, as well as many farm critters. Gene and Ila home educated their family from the beginning with a traditional, unschooled philosophy, seeking to raise Godly children. With a heart for marriage and family, realizing it to be the foundation of all, they encourage and inspire parents to run the race toward the goal of seeing the Messiah's completed work in their children.
Nadia Ivanchikov - HBA Facilitator
Nadia was born and raised in Moscow, Russia where she graduated with a Masters in Education, Honours Diploma, in 1997, with minors in psychology and visual arts. Nadia worked in Russia, Israel and the United States before settling in Edmonton, Canada in 2001 and has been facilitating in Alberta since 2010.
Nadia is passionate about providing parents with information and tools that support students in getting the most out of their home education experience, while emphasizing family values and life style. Her desire is to serve her families in a way that she would have appreciated when starting on her own home education journey. She sees the role of the facilitator as one of supporting and encouraging the family, as well as helping to identify the strengths and weaknesses within a program. Nadia works hard on creating and maintaining a community by organizing social events and field trips, and being active in various parent support groups in Edmonton.
Crystal Terhorst - HBA Facilitator
Crystal Terhorst is a mother of two, an educator, an entrepreneur and a pastor. She was born and raised in Westlock, Alberta in a Christian home with two brothers and one sister. After graduating from high school in 1975, Crystal went on to study education at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Crystal secured a teaching position with the Westlock School Division and went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Don Terhorst. The couple settled in Morinville, Alberta and raised two children - Esther Kay and Dalton Bryce. Crystal went to Bible school and received her pastoral ordination in 2004. After a five year battle with cancer, Don Terhorst passed away in 2006.
Crystal now pastors in Morinville Alberta. She has been working with home educators for over a decade. She is an adventurous woman who likes to think outside the box and connect with all kinds of people.
Tamara Westran - HBA Facilitator
Tamara Westran was raised a rural Saskatchewan girl. Due to her nurturing spirit and love of children she felt drawn to becoming a teacher. At the age of 21 she acquired her Teaching Diploma and proceeded to teach elementary and special needs students within various school settings. After becoming married and having children of her own, Tamara decided to stay at home permanently. Tamara then embarked on the journey of home education and embraced the full responsibility of training her 3 children from start to finish.
Tamara has been blessed by being in partnership with Education Unlimited since 2004. Tamara is a fellow sojourner and is well acquainted with home education. She has a heart for children, family well-being and the brokenhearted. Many families have commented on her warm and caring presence that helps them feel safe to open up and put their concerns into words. She will listen to understand your needs and aid you in ways that are in alignment with your goals and desires.
Gary & Beth Wiens - HBA Facilitators
Gary was born and raised in Mountain View County in central Alberta. His family was actively involved in the Bible College that was located in Didsbury. Gary completed his Bachelor of Religious Education with a Christian Education major and went on to complete his Bachelor of Education as well, with a major in Industrial Arts.
Beth grew up in a family of 6 in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. As a teen she felt led to attend Bible College, which brought her to Didsbury. Beth graduated from college with a diploma in Bible. Gary and Beth were married and began their family in Didsbury.
Following post-secondary training, Gary taught for a while in the area of special needs and occupational programming, but he felt a desire to be more involved where he could present the truths of God's Word. During this time Beth ran a homeschool book store, was president of a local homeschool support group, home educated their four daughters, as well as worked alongside Gary in ministry. Together Gary and Beth have been active in the homeschool community for over 18 years. For 7 years they also enjoyed working with AHEA to provide the children's program during the conference.
Beth has recently published two fictional novels on the home educating family, "Bringing Them Home" and "As for Me and My House". Presently Gary and Beth are transitioning out of full-time ministry with GoodSeed International to work full-time supporting home educating families.