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Parent Spotlight

Elkins Family


A Family's Passion for Education

Michael and Debbie Elkins


The educational journey our family has taken isn’t typical. All of our children were homeschooled because we were not happy with the educational system at the time. This was the most frightening choice we ever made but making the decision gave us and our children an opportunity to explore the world without the confines of the status quo. There were lots of field trips, conferences, and other like-minded families to interact with. Given this freedom, we encouraged each of our children to pursue their passion and seek out life experiences and varied forms of education which provided a means for them to follow their dreams.

This is not to say the experience was without bumps and a couple of jolts. We still had all the same problems all parents experience. However, for the most part, it’s been a good journey. We have four children. Two are stay-at-home parents, one is a chef, and the third is an up-and-coming scientist now attending UCR as a senior.

As parents we are very proud of the accomplishments of our UCR student. Learning Japanese, to the chagrin of my mother who would have preferred Spanish. Graduating from RCC with distinction. And now graduating from this fine and wonderful research university. A place where exploration, acceptance, and guidance are pursued with the same passion as my wife and I tried to give to all of our children so many years ago. If this is your wish for your child, you have come to the right place and you have left your child in good hands.


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