Allison Thorp

Allison Thorp is our dependable sister!  She serves as an editor and curriculum developer, as well as anything else we ask her to do!

Allison homeschooled from 1993 until her youngest child graduated in 2011, three kids from starting line to finish!  All three children went on to earn bachelor’s degrees. Allison is married to Wayne, who recently retired after teaching elementary school for 35 years.  Together they are enjoying their first grandchild.  Allison’s B.A. from the University of Delaware is in Art History.  Allison has enjoyed teaching MLA research paper, art history, and music history to local homeschool high schoolers as well as planning and coordinating large celebrations for her homeschool and church communities

Keep an eye on those shy ones…who knows how much they will accomplish!

Kym Smythe

Kym holds a B.A. from La Salle University in Spanish Education and International Business, and an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. In the interest of keeping things diverse in her life, she has done stints as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Youth Minister, and Family Daycare Provider. She and her family raise puppies for The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Kym’s passion for people and ability to look on the bright side make her Spanish and other classes at our local umbrella school as much fun as the homeschool choir she directed for several years in our local homeschooling community. Kym gets the party started!

Sabrina Justison Bio

Sabrina is a speaker, playwright and a singer-songwriter who has taught Fine Arts as well as Literature, Writing, and Latin at her local homeschooling-day-school. She has created more than 15 Drama Camp two-week-intensives and is a wordsmith who enjoys helping people articulate and understand the vision and mission of an individual or an organization. She also serves as an associate pastor at LifePath Church.

Sabrina began homeschooling in 1995. After she and her children walked through the difficulties of divorce, she was blessed to meet and marry Fred, and their blended family has 7 now-grown children and 3 grandchildren. She seems to have the gift of resilience; hard stuff happens, but God can be trusted. Download her media kit for speaking information here.

Consumer Math Financial Literacy

Sara Hayes

Sara Hayes: If Sara says something, we stop and listen! (She’s always right!)

God has a place in the world for quiet people, too…you know, those who prefer a backstage, supportive role to the public spotlight of leadership. Sara is one of those quiet people, and God has used her mightily backstage in a variety of roles over the years.

She and her husband Carl have homeschooled their five sons from the starting gun to the finish line – son #5 graduated from high school in 2011.

In her father’s Christian bookstore, Sara gained many years of experience with bookkeeping and customer service, and her excellence with numbers keeps the less-precise Sisters from accidentally ruining the business! Her history in the business world impelled her to create 7Sisters’ ever-popular Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective.

She has taught science, history, and literature in co-ops, Algebra and Consumer Math at MSA, and managed the Tri-State Homeschool Network’s Senior Chorale and its 60+ high school singers.

Her gentle voice may not bellow over the crowd, but words of encouragement are always on her lips.

Marilyn Groop

Marilyn Groop is known as The Mastermind ‘round these parts; she has a remarkable way of taking a seemingly unreachable idea and turning it into a reality we all can share. Homeschooling her six children since 1990, she has dealt with a variety of learning styles and learning abilities – from gifted to learning disabled. Three of her six children are adopted and some had emotional issues that interfered with learning.

Since 1998, she has been a single parent and continued to homeschool despite the challenges that situation offers – graduating the youngest in 2015. In God’s faithfulness, her homeschool community was one of Marilyn’s sources of strength and stability during that tumultuous time. She loves to learn and she loves to see others succeed in learning.

Marilyn holds a BS in Physical Therapy from New York University. She, along with Vicki, founded Mount Sophia Academy – a homeschool umbrella and day school, where she continues to act as principal and academic advisor, as well as teaching some classes. This, along with spending time with her adult children and five grandchildren, helps her stay young (at least she hopes!)

Beyond her love of learning, though, is her desire to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” In Christ alone Marilyn finds the wisdom and strength to say, “Yes!” to all the seemingly unreachable ideas God speaks into her life.

Vicki Tillman LPCMH, BCC

Vicki Tillman Bio

Vicki Tillman’s mission is to advance God’s kingdom by investing in people. She has lived this call as homeschool mom, advisor to the upperclassmen in her local homeschool community for 18 years and as a homeschool coach.

As a speaker, curriculum developer, counselor and life/career coach, Vicki shares her expertise in homeschooling, prayer, healthy life and career topics, and mental health topics through her coaching at Vicki Tillman Coaching. posts at 7 Sisters, Pike Creek Psychological Center,  Vicki Tillman Coaching and  Vicki Talks Prayer. 

A homeschooling mom for 20-plus years, all five of Vicki’s children graduated from homeschool high school and have completed various degrees at college and graduate levels.

Click here for Vicki’s media kit.

Vicki holds an MA in Counseling from Liberty University, and has worked as a counselor and life/career coach at Pike Creek Psychological Center since 1996.