STAC Celebrates the Diversity of our Families: Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we interviewed one of our members, Michelle Salas, about her background and why she loves STAC.

Tell us about your background and your family.  

I was born in Mexico City. I’m a middle child. When I turned 18, I went to Montreal, Canada, and spent 6 months there. That was my first taste of freedom. Back in Mexico, I studied Dentistry and worked in Mexico City until I moved to the USA in September of 2007. I moved to San Francisco to be with my boyfriend, who is now my hubby! We used to live in the same city and we met because my sister married his brother! So yeah, sisters with brothers.

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New to Homeschooling? Come on In!

Every parent at STAC was once a “new” homeschooler.  In fact, our community is composed of a wide array of homeschooling families. Some are just starting out and  some are preparing to see their oldest kids graduate. We have families that always intended to homeschool, and those that fell into homeschooling because public school was not a good fit.

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Back To School Season?

STAC is not back “in session” until early September, so what does this back to school season mean for us?  It was only 2 years ago that STAC came together in a whirlwind of determination and excitement, led by a group of parents determined to create an inclusive and welcoming space for our kids to learn and grow together. In a matter of only…

STAC is not back “in session” until early September, so what does this back to school season mean for us?  It was only 2 years ago that STAC came together in a whirlwind of determination and excitement, led by a group of parents determined to create an inclusive and welcoming space for our kids to learn and grow together. In a matter of only 10 weeks, STAC’s founding board incorporated, rented space, and recruited instructors and families to embark on the journey. So, in some ways, this back to school season is a time for STAC to look at where we have been, and to reflect on how far we have come.

At the same time, STAC is also excited to look forward to where we want to go. One thing that sets STAC apart from other homeschool groups is the fact that we operate with a Board of Directors composed of members of our community. The Board is committed to the best business practices, and to financial transparency. Our first board members have all now fulfilled their original terms of service, and so this back to school season opens with a new “year 3” STAC board with goals that will continue to lead our organization forward. It is a thrilling time to be mapping out STAC’s journey to support our families in lifelong learning, and continuing to build our inclusive community.

STAC is also excited to have a new website, where it will be easy to see upcoming events, to contact our board and instructors, and to find information about all that we do. We have amazing new classes for all ages (adults included!), fun parties planned, and many opportunities for getting to know each other and building community. 

So, while STAC may not officially be “back to school” quite yet, it is a great season to be part of the secular, inclusive, nurturing community that we are creating. If you are already part of STAC, we are glad you are here. If you are curious about what we do and how we do it, spend some time on our website or contact one of our board members to learn more. 

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