Region 8

 

Welcome to Region 8, which includes Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties.  As your regional liaison, I am here to encourage you in your homeschool journey. Please let me know if we can help you or answer any questions,

If the support group name is listed in blue, you may follow the link to find out more information about that group.  

If you are a support group leader in Region 8 and you have a support group that is not listed here, please contact me so I can add that information to our website.  Also, if you notice something is missing or in error in the support groups listed below, please contact me so I can make the necessary corrections.

Diane Helfrich

Diane Helfrich is an empty-nesting fourteen-year veteran of homeschooling. Raised in Nebraska, Diane grew up driving wheat trucks and showing cattle, modeling, sewing, and cooking—all the while raising spiders in jars, molds in drawers and entertaining pet snakes and salamanders. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, graduating with a BS in biology. She began employment in December 1979 with IBM in Rochester, Minnesota (notice how that biology degree played out!) in a publications department doing manual proofreading. One thing led to another, and she found herself learning to be a programmer. She eventually became a personnel manager and a multi-location technical manager.  Once a second child came along, Diane decided to trade an industrial career for one at home. Homeschooling began when her son was in second grade--and was quickly tuning out. The DDIA Center of Achievement was initiated! (Be careful in naming your school…David, Diane, Ian, and Anna, when put into an initialism, look remarkably like a government agency!) Her eclectic life and unbounded curiosity have worked well for homeschooling!  They continued to homeschool both of their children through high school. During her homeschooling tenure, she taught many classes for the HOME (Homes Offering Meaningful Education) co-op day ranging from elementary choirs and science to high school biology, chemistry, and philosophy. She served on the HOME board for five years.  She is now doing some freelance editing. She also decided that life without children was not fun, and she has adopted a yearly class of sixth graders for Confirmation at her church. 

Diane is married to David, a civilian intelligence specialist for the Department of Defense at Ft, Bragg. Ian, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, received his European masters in economic policy at the Barcelona School of Economics, his American masters in economics at Indiana University, and is working on his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech. Anna is at George Mason University in Virginia as an honors college student. She is majoring in conflict analysis & resolution with a focus on justice and reconciliation; she hopes to use her degree to work with human trafficking populations, particularly in war-torn countries. 

Diane is the NCHE Region 8 liaison and is excited to serve homeschoolers in her area. She is passionate about getting homeschoolers started correctly and welcomes new contacts.