Beth Balmanno started homeschooling ten years ago, when her eldest was scheduled to start kindergarten. She and her three kids consider themselves eclectic homeschoolers, with an emphasis on discovery and fun. She loves taking field trips and road trips with her kids and thinks the detours — all those unscheduled moments — are just as joyful as the destinations. A transplant to Minnesota, she began volunteering with MHA within three months of moving here and has served on the MHA board since 2009. During her free time, she writes novels for both kids and adults.