The AHEA Board
Support Group Liaison
Ted Tederoff is using his computer engineering background to work as a consultant. His current role is in software development. He has an interest in a proper balancing of various government realms, such as civic, church, family and individual. He spent six years on the board of the federal Conservative Party in his Edmonton-Leduc riding. Ted also spent several years involved with Toastmasters and served in various executive club positions. His most important job however, is being husband to Shannon and father to their seven children. Ted enjoyed serving six years as president of AHEA and feels so blessed to continue to serve Alberta’s home educating families. He has a passion for implementing at home the great ideas he comes across from past and current home educators, whether these folks are distant leaders or local friends. Ted realizes that home educators have their struggles yet he is so impressed with the fruit of home education - the friendly, talented and full-of-life young adults.
Support Group Liaison
Shannon Tederoff is the mother of seven children and has been home educating them since the beginning. She is a former public school teacher who never dreamed of home schooling until she had her own children! Her children range ages from kindergarten to young adults. She takes a specific interest in the Convention related planning and this past year did work on the Government Liaison Committee. She would like AHEA to remain strong and be an encouraging and effective presence for the home education community in Alberta! She values the importance of working to protect our freedom to home educate.
Government Liaison, Support Group Liaison
Shawna is pleased to have joined the AHEA Board and serve as a Government Liaison. She has an ongoing fascination with politics, parental rights and how they intersect with our faith. She and her husband have two wonderful teenagers, and have enjoyed homeschooling them for the last several years. In her spare time, Shawna also works from home, loves to visit with people, enjoys lively discussions and a good read.
Board Member at Large
Eugene Gritter is a 50 year old father, married to Marcia for 21 years. They have been home-schooling for 15 years, having begun in Ontario (without supervision or funding, though not without support). They moved to Alberta in 2012 to facilitate a career change for Eugene. Eugene grew up attending independent Christian schools for elementary and secondary education. He then spent four years and considerable funds studying History and Philosophy at Redeemer (then College, now University), in Ancaster, Ontario. He did not earn a degree, however. In 1993-94 Eugene also spent a year ‘teaching’ in a co-operative school in northern British Columbia, using Abeka home-school curriculum. This helped to shape some of his attitudes toward the home- schooling endeavor. When his siblings began home- schooling, watching them and discussing issues with them provided needed encouragement and perspective. Additional support came from a parentally-organized networking group. Eugene and Marcia attend a small reformed (Presbyterian-type) church in Calgary (FRC). While they believe strongly in parental authority and accountability, they also enjoy the fellowship of believers and the corporate accountability within the body of Christ. They are struggling right now with high-school home education for their older kids, but trust God for wisdom and grace to work through it.
Pete was born in small town Ontario, and his Christian parents and four siblings dairy farmed along with an uncle and cousins until after Pete graduated high school and began university. His wife, Andrée, attended the same university as Pete. Shortly after graduating they were married, and Andrée taught school while Pete worked in manufacturing. Shortly after their first two children were born they moved to Alberta, and before long began homeschooling as two more children were added to their number. Homeschooling was admittedly not a first choice, although they had good friends that showed them it could be successful. It didn’t take long before the fruits of homeschooling became evident however. Time together as a family without the kids being away for eight hours or more a day began creating a different home culture. It hasn’t been all roses, as one might expect. Each child acts and reacts differently. But to say they were pleased with the outcomes would be a significant understatement. Personally, each of them has met the Lord. Over the years they’ve tried to serve their church, neighbours and community by being involved and giving back as much as possible. They’re especially thankful for those who broke the trail for homeschooling in Alberta, and thought that perhaps this might be a time to serve this community. They see the cultural landscape changing quickly around them, and they’re concerned for the future of homeschooling in Alberta as they know it today.
Board Member At Large
Peter and Andrée have 4 daughters and began their home school journey in 2005, when they decided to take their oldest two daughters out of school. Their daughters were 12 (just finished grade 6), 10 (just finished grade 4), 4 and 2 when they started to home school. They have graduated 3 daughters and are down to the youngest who is in grade 11. Andrée and her girls have been helping Pete run a small beef farm for the past 7 years, while Pete works full time off the farm. Being a wife and full time stay at home mom has been very fulfilling to her and she would consider it the best calling in her life. She thanks God and Jesus Christ for the opportunity they have had to home educate their children in freedom. She is also thankful for AHEA and the parents that came before them who fought for this freedom that they have so enjoyed the last 14 years of home schooling.
Board Member At Large
I was raised in southwest Calgary in a secular home and attended public school grades 1-12. In high school, I was invited to a church youth group. I quickly joined the various church activities only for the social aspect that it brought to my life. I understood almost nothing concerning spiritual things. One evening, I attended a service where an evangelist was speaking. It was then I became concerned about the truths he spoke, and primarily, my relationship with God. The following Sunday I received Christ as Lord of my life. This gave me a new resolve to finish high school so that I could proceed to college in order to study for the ministry. I graduated from high school with senior matriculation but realized in the first few months that I was wholly unprepared for college. However, with extra classes, I graduated in 1987 with my Bachelor of Theology. After graduating, I began pastoring a small rural church in Alberta. I married my dear wife in 1988 and began family life. In 1995, with the influence of family and friends, we began homeschooling our oldest daughter (then 5). Another motive for our choice to home educate was the desire to avoid what I had experienced in my early education. As time has progressed we have come to clearly understand the merits of home education. All of our 11 children have been home educated. The youngest is almost 8 and promises to give us at least 10 more years of fruitful service to our Lord through homeschooling. Over the years, I have pastored, worked in industry, and farmed. Presently, I am engaged in construction. The Lord continues to work out his purposes in our lives.