About Us: Meet the Gilberts

Combining the two events of travel and homeschooling insures that learning doesn’t have to be boring. We are a family of four life-long learners who love to travel, share our experiences and inspire and encourage others to garner knowledge from the world around them. Certainly traveling broadens your horizons, but no matter where you live, you can always be a tourist in your own hometown. People from all over the world come to your region of the United States to eat, sleep and play. Don’t take for granted the natural and man-made wonders that are within a day’s drive. Learning doesn’t just happen from Kindergarten to your senior year. Learning happens every day.

Scott, driven by ideals and integrity, believes in always reading the directions first, unless he already knows how to do something because he has seen it done on TV once. Because he takes the academic approach, his efforts have a high success rate.

Molly balances a hopelessly romantic vision for what family life could be with the down to earth practical approach that eliminates projects that require too much clean up effort. However, sometimes creativity is a little messy and you just have to decide which is more important that day.

Audrey, 10, is never happier than when she has an art box full of paintbrushes, colored paper, paints, markers, crayons, colored pencils and permission to create. Quick to figure out computer programs, games and apps, she also has a nice appreciation of science and technology.

Finnian, 8, is tenderhearted, caring and full of energy, just like a little boy should be.  Full of imagination and big dreams, he loves anything you can put together or take apart: Legos, Hero Factory, Tinker Toys, tools, and robots.

 

Educational Credentials

Scott attended a private school staffed with college research professors using innovative teaching methods and also public schools in Knoxville, with the exception of a few months of home-bound education due to an injury.  He is a published writer and editor who has taught in secondary and post-secondary schools for nearly 20 years. He holds an MA in English and a BA in Psychology. His Rogerian style tutoring creates the environment for learning and allows students to maximize their potential.

Molly attended a private Kindergarten in Virginia, a military base elementary school in Idaho, and was in a private school from 4th grade to 6th grade and a public school from 7th grade to half of 8th grade in Mississippi. The second half of 8th grade through 10th grade was spent at a military base high school in Spain, and then she finished high school and went on to college in South Carolina. She has a BA in Journalism and has worked in non-profit and tourism marketing for her entire career. She is the owner of a consulting business, Molly Gilbert Marketing.

Audrey attended half-day Pre-K at the nearby public school at age 4; her grandmother was her classroom teacher. Because of her late fall birthday, the private school insisted on starting Kindergarten at age 6, so in our year of limbo, she was homeschooled for Kindergarten. She attended the best private school in Knoxville for K through 4th grade. We went back to homeschooling for her 5th grade year.

Finnian attended half-day Pre-K at our church for ages 4 and 5 and because of his late fall birthday, the private school insisted on starting Kindergartden at age 6, so he attended the best private school in Knoxville for K through 2nd grade. Although he doesn’t really remember since he was only 3 years old, he participated in a lot of Audrey’s Kindergarten homeschool activities. He will essentially begin homeschooling for 3rd grade.

 

Travel Credentials

Scott
United States:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Countries: Canada, Costa Rica

Molly
United States:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri,  New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Countries:
Bahamas, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland

Audrey
United States:
Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee

Finnian
United States:
Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee

(Not counting drive-through States – updated 8/2015)