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AP course registrations opening VERY soon-- including a new 2nd section of AP World History!
Gwen Umbreit Smith, 2/12/2013

Editor's Note from Susan Richman:  I was so delighted to hear very recently from a PHAA graduate and former AP US History online student, Gwen Umbreit Smith. I know she's going to add wonderful energy to our terrific line-up for AP Online courses for the coming school year-- she's both an experienced online learner and teacher! Be sure to head over to www.aphomeschoolers.com by February 15th, when we unveil our totally renovated website sharing info on all of our 2013-2014 Advanced Placement classes. You'll find full course descriptions (and photos of each teacher!),full info on how to apply, how to pay tuition fees once accepted,  and maybe most helpful of all, student reviews of each course. I think you'll all really like the 'new look' of the website, too! (Much thanks to our daughter, Maya (Molly) Richman Inspektor for her help with the re-design!). And now here's a chance to get to know our newest teacher, Gwen Smith!  

It is with great excitement that I am joining the AP teachers for PA Homeschoolers!  I will be partnering with Mrs. Gloria Harrison to offer a second section of AP World History for the 2013-2014 school year.   In a way, I am “coming home” by teaching my first class with PA Homeschoolers.  In 2001, I walked across the stage at The Forum in Harrisburg to receive an accredited PHAA diploma from my parents who had tirelessly devoted the past nine years to homeschooling me. I am still in awe of the time and resources they dedicated to homeschooling so that I could earn a quality high school education.  I am sure the decision to enroll me in multiple online AP courses was not an easy one, but I am forever grateful that they did. The online AP courses I took were a crucial part of my high school education and I am confident they set me up for the successes I’ve had in my continuing education and career. 

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June 2001, Harrisburg, Pa: Having fun taking pictures on my graduation day with fellow homeschool friends. L-R: Annie Blakeslee, Hannah Richman, April (Smelser) Starr, Gwen (Umbreit) Smith, Meghan (Bishop) Paher. 


In the summer of 1999, I cracked open a seemingly unending textbook and embarked on my first online AP course offered through PA Homeschoolers.  Under the tutelage of Susan Richman, I read and wrote more than I ever had before.  And though learning how to write for an AP course was hard and frustrating work, it was incredibly rewarding.  I received invaluable feedback from my teacher and classmates – I had never had that before!  The only feedback I was used to was my mom’s.   Receiving comments and critiques from a teacher and peers challenged and grew me in ways individual study never could have done.  Gradually the course work shifted from a challenging task to my favorite part of every day. 

Through the relationships I built with my classmates and the guidance of Mrs. Richman....

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