"If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed...
The Olsens are a homeschooling family in New River, Arizona. They are members of Arizona Families for Home Education and leaders of Desert Hills Christian Homeschoolers. Richard is a Certified Quality Engineer and has a B.S. in Chemistry. (See Richard's Resume.) Richard teaches math, physical fitness, lab science, and Bible studies at home. Teri has a degree in Library Technology. She teaches language arts, literature, history, geography, general science, and other subjects in their homeschool.
Teri recently published a 420-page book of quotations entitled Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom. She also writes a weekly "Not Just For Kids Page" for The Desert Advocate newspaper. In addition, Teri founded the Knowledge House Learning Resource Center and she is the Arizona State Coordinator for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. In her spare time, Teri maintains this website and is working on another book - From Trauma to Triumph: Our Arizona Home School Roots.
Peter, 15, began reading at age two and has always been taught at home. Peter's main interests are science, architecture, computers and animation. Jonathan, 10, has been using the computer since he was two years old. Jon is a good artist, cartoonist, storyteller, and actor - he especially enjoys doing stunts and mock battles! Joshua, 5, is following in his brothers' footsteps. He loves Legos, Hot Wheels, trains, and computer games.
Rich and Teri met in a Creative Writing class at Mesa Community College on September 25, 1980. They were married on September 25, 1988 at that same location in a ceremony incorporating their own vows and verses. In 1998, Rich and Teri renewed their commitment and converted to a covenant marriage, which became a legal option in Arizona just in time for celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary.
The partially earth-sheltered bi-level house that the Olsen family lives in was custom-built from original blueprints designed by Teri. It was constructed in 1989 on two acres of land in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. In 1990, their property was certified by the National Wildlife Federation as Backyard Wildlife Habitat #8496.
The Olsens enjoy sailing, kayaking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, photography, gardening, exploring around the state of Arizona, and vacationing on the California coast. Teri's other hobbies include collecting rocks, shells, stamps, coins, postcards, bookmarks, and snail figurines.
The Olsen family may be reached at the following e-mail address: . Read our homeschool and family mission statements, as well as our statement of faith, by clicking on Missions.
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