About Alessa

Alessa, the founder of the Maryland Homeschool Association, homeschooled her two children from kindergarten into college. As an advocate for parental rights and social justice, Alessa believes in respectful, collaboration that leads to productive goals that promote and preserve school choice. With a Masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, Alessa is an educational consultant, recognized as an expert witness in matters of special education, special student populations (including homeschooling), and best school fit. She has worked as part of defense teams in divorce, custody, and juvenile criminal cases in numerous counties across the state.

HB 832 Homeschool Advisory Council Forum


HB 832 Public Forum "Debate" On February 22, 2022, Arundel Homeschoolers Support Group hosted a zoom meeting, where MDHSA and the Home School Legal Defense Association discussed the pros and cons of HB 832, a bill that would Read more...

HB 832 Homeschool Advisory Council Forum2022-02-28T14:19:00-05:00

COVID19 Homeschooling


With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID19 virus, public and private schools are struggling to develop adequate plans that ensure healthy and safe social distancing for teachers and students. While no definitive school re-opening plans have been Read more...

COVID19 Homeschooling2020-07-26T11:54:16-04:00

New Laws for Maryland Homeschool Umbrellas and Co-ops


In 2019, the Maryland General Assembly passed 2 new laws relating to nonpublic schools. These laws do not directly affect individual homeschool families, but they may impact homeschool umbrellas and co-ops that operate as state-approved OR church-exempt nonpublic Read more...

New Laws for Maryland Homeschool Umbrellas and Co-ops2019-10-07T12:27:14-04:00