Deborah Stevenson, mother of two children, Samantha and
Cassandra, realized that homeschooling is what all parents do from the time
children are born, and that it was a natural thing to continue to do
so. So she did.
Deborah became involved in legal work as a result of
homeschooling her children. She became involved in protecting her
right to homeschool as a parent before she began
attending law school. She homeschooled, as well as drove her children
to college, where they took courses during the day, and went to law school
at night. She currently practices Education law and Appellate law
privately in addition to working as Executive Director of NHELD, LLC.
Ms. Stevenson formed Connecticut Citizens to Uphold the Right to Educate
(C.U.R.E.) in 1989 in order to assist all parents in the state to retain
their right to instruct their children at home without government
interference. Because she believed in the tenth amendment's provision
that all powers not specifically granted to the federal government belong
to the states and to the people, C.U.R.E. remained a state organization
protecting the rights of citizens in the state. It was not until
2003, when Deborah realized that there was a continuing effort by another
organization to actively promote the adoption of federal regulation of
homeschooling, that she decided to form National Home Education Legal
Defense. A national organization was necessary in order to inform and
assist parents in all states in halting federal regulation and retaining
authority in the states to instruct their children in freedom.
Deborah has no background in public education. She does have an
extensive background in home education, having taught both her children
since birth at home.
Ms. Stevenson also has an extensive background as a public speaker.
She spent ten years as a reporter interviewing all sorts of interesting
people from parents to Presidents. She also hosted many radio
programs on a variety of topics throughout her ten year career. As a
parent and an advocate, Deborah has been the guest on many radio and
television programs throughout Connecticut
and the country. She has also conducted many workshops on
homeschooling and the law.
You can find articles that Ms. Stevenson has published in Home Education
Magazine, Family Times, and on NHELD, LLC's website, www.NHELD, LLC.com, to
name a few.