Back to School Conference 2023
About Angelina Stanford
For over twenty-five years, with an Honors Baccalaureate Degree and a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Louisiana, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, Angelina has shared her passion and enthusiasm for literature with students in a variety of settings—everywhere from university classrooms to homeschool co-ops to homeschooling her own three children. In 2012, she entered the world of online teaching, creating a unique online community and mentor relationship with her students. And in 2020 she founded with her husband, Thomas Banks, the House of Humane Letters, providing classes, conferences and other resources for a more humane education. Angelina maintains a high commitment to teaching teachers and students the skill and art of reading well–and in recapturing the tradition of literary scholarship needed to fully engage with the Great Books.
Find her at www.houseofhumaneletters.com.
About Thomas Banks
Thomas Banks has taught great books with an emphasis on Greek and Roman literature, Latin grammar and ancient history for more than ten years both as a private tutor and as a junior high and high school teacher in his native Idaho and Montana. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Classical Studies from the University of Idaho, from which he graduated in 2008. Poetry is a particular love of his, and he has published original verse and translations in The Imaginative Conservative, First Things, the St. Austin Review and various other periodicals.
Find him at
About Donna-Jean Breckenridge
Donna-Jean lives with her family in a four-generation house in northern New Jersey. She comes from a rich legacy of pastors, evangelists, and missionaries, and takes seriously the verse, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.” She herself is a Bible college graduate, with a degree in Biblical Literature.
It was her desire to recreate the best parts of that childhood with her own children. When their oldest child was an infant, early in 1986, Donna-Jean read Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s For the Children’s Sake and found that Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy was the one she and her husband wanted for their home. She currently serves on the AmblesideOnline Advisory, teaches her beloved grandchildren, narrates books on Audible, and enjoys public speaking. She is also involved in church ministry, and she is actively pursuing several writing projects.
About Cindy Rollins
Cindy homeschooled nine children for over 30 years years using Charlotte Mason’s timeless ideas. She is the author of Mere Motherhood: Morning Time, Nursery Rhymes, My Journey Toward Sanctification, The Mere Motherhood Newsletters, Hallelujah: Cultivating Advent Traditions with Handel’s Messiah and Morning Time: A Liturgy of Love along with its Anthology.
She co-hosts The New Mason Jar Podcast with Dawn Duran. She also co-host The Literary Life Podcast with Angelina Stanford and Thomas Banks.
What is important?
What doesn’t matter that much?
Does our philosophy of education matter?
What does it really mean to follow Charlotte Masons ideas and does it make a difference?
Does it matter what books we read?
What we can expect to accomplish and what is outside our sphere of influence with our children?
2023 Back to school Conference
The Long Haul: Learning that Lasts
3:00 pm ET
3:00 pm ET
3:00 pm ET
11:00 am ET
1:00 pm ET
Panel of Moms:
Melissa McMahan, Jami Marstall, Anna Hornstra
**Patreons of Cindy Rollins and/or Literary Life Podcasts – don’t forget your $10 off code!!**