Michael Knott - Director, Homeschool Marketing and IT
Michael was born and raised in Eastern Pennsylvania and is now the proud father of four, who are early in their homeschooled education. He has worked for Precept Marketing Group since 2004 and has been involved in many aspects of the business including but not limited to: marketing, sales, information technology, social media, and more. He has also run his own successful web development business which focused heavily on graphic arts, social media, and customer service. Michael has also been informally involved with HomeWorks almost since it's conception, by developing many of the sales processes, reporting, marketing pieces, and web platforms that make HomeWorks a success today. His passion is to encourage the next generation to become a light in a dark world that desperately needs to see Him. In his spare time Michael enjoys fishing, DIY home projects, serves on his church's board, and is the Commander of an AWANA program.
Ray Shup - Manager, Homeschool Field Operations
Ray joined the BJU Press staff in 1999 after 28 years in the medical radiology sales and services ﬁeld. Ray was the ﬁrst full-time homeschool representative for BJU Press in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky. After the transition to Precept Marketing Group, Ray served as the territory manager for Christian schools and homeschoolers in Virginia. Ray is currently the Field Operations Manager for HomeWorks By Precept. You can contact him with any questions relating to Solutions Events. Outside Ray’s career he enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail, woodworking, golﬁng, and spending time with his ﬁrst grandchild. Ray and his wife Pam have three formerly-homeschooled, newly-married children, and one adorable grandson.
Stephanie (Takamori) Roberts - Manager, HomeWorks By Precept Sales and Marketing
Stephanie (Takamori) Roberts has worked in various roles at the Precept home office since 2006, including the Precept call center, Receptionist, Executive Assistant, and Manager of HomeWorks Sales and Marketing. Stephanie is married to Daniel, a Captain in the U.S. Army. They just welcomed their first baby into their family in Fall of 2016, and they are thrilled to be parents! Her other great passion is helping the consultants in any way possible to reach fellow homeschoolers with Christ-centered educational materials. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and friends; traveling; serving in the AWANA program at her church; and teaching
Sharon Fisher - Curriculum Specialist / Social Media Consultant
Sharon Fisher holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. She has 14 years of full-time teaching experience at the elementary level, and has spent three years as curriculum coordinator for Bob Jones Academy and elementary author for BJU Press. She is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She has contributed to a variety of elementary educational materials and has presented workshops both nationally and internationally on a variety of elementary-level subjects and teaching methods at Christian and homeschool conventions. Sharon is the mother of four grown sons: Matt, Dan, Joey, and Josh. She and her husband, Curt, enjoy traveling whenever possible and ministering in their local church. Her greatest desire is to encourage others to know and walk with Christ and to help parents and teachers in their endeavor to teach children with a biblical worldview. Her life verse is Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
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Nicole has lived in Arizona for 37 years, the last 21 years of which she has spent in the city of Yuma. Jason, her husband of 23 years, and her two wonderful sons, Caleb and Joshua, are very active in their church. Jason and Nicole lead the youth group as well as sing in the choir with their sons. Nicole has an Associates Degree in General Studies from Pima Community College in Tucson, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University Yuma Campus, and a Master’s Degree in Multicultural/Bilingual Education (also from NAU Yuma). She taught 4th grade for 5 years in a public school. In 2002, the Lord impressed upon Nicole that she needed to be home with her boys, and thus began her homeschooling journey beginning with Kindergarten. BJU Press has been a part of that journey in some way each year. Nicole and Jason credit BJU Press with giving their sons a strong Biblical Worldview and an excellent academic foundation for the future. Nicole enjoyed teaching the curriculum when the boys were younger, but finds the video program helping her sons be more responsible for their own learning. She can’t imagine a better curriculum to help guide her sons into the next seasons of their lives.
Eujeana is a homeschooling mom of 20 years, and she has been a HomeWorks By Precept Consultant since 2004. Her family has used the BJU Press Curriculum as their base for those years, with all four of her children having been homeschooled from the beginning. Academics have always been very important to both Eujeana and her husband, Mark. They believe that BJU Press provided the high quality academics needed to keep them on track while allowing them the time to explore each child's interests after academics. Eujeana thoroughly enjoys talking with homeschoolers all over the country, sharing what has worked for her family throughout the years to accomplish a well-rounded education for her children.
Sheri and her husband, Andrew, have been homeschooling their children using
BJU Press material for the past thirteen years. Sheri had the privilege of growing up in a godly home where her father was the administrator of a Christian school that used BJU Press curriculum. Both Sheri and her husband graduated from Bob Jones University, Sheri with a degree in nursing and her husband with a degree in chemistry. They both ﬁrmly believe that their educational background strongly prepared them for the degrees God has led them to study. They have been involved in full-time camp ministry since 1994, and have currently made the move across the country from the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona to the mountains of North Carolina. Sheri has one daughter and ﬁve sons, so the Distance Learning program has been a huge lifesaver for their family (not to mention her sanity). From the early days of HomeSat to the DVD and now the Online option, the BJU Press material has been a perfect ﬁt for her home and each of her individual children with their speciﬁc learning styles. Sheri is passionate about her children and about helping other families educate their children on the basis of God's Word. She is blessed with the privilege of preparing the next generation to serve God & impact lives for eternity.
Mandy and her husband of 27 years began homeschooling their three children when their oldest was 4 years old. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and taught in a traditional classroom prior to having children. She has been a HomeWorks Consultant since 2007.
Her homeschool journey has come full circle since her youngest graduated from homeschool high school in 2014 and her oldest graduated from college in 2015. She rediscovered BJU Press after her oldest learned to read. She was disappointed with her initial choice of curriculum because it focused too much on decoding and not enough on comprehension. Mandy switched to the BJU Press textbook-only approach, and then gradually started using the distance learning program. She is convinced that the decision to add the distance learning teacher to their schedule allowed them to have three success stories. Mandy has had experience from phonics to transcripts and is eager to offer a listening ear and a word of encouragement for those who are still actively educating their children. She is committed to helping parents capture the hearts of their children at an early age so they will have more years to train them for the Lord!
Shannon is a stay-at-home mom and a pastor's wife. She and her husband have ﬁve wonderful and unique children. In 2001, when her oldest child was in the second grade, they began praying and looking for a program with a quality education that would help them be able to homeschool and relieve some of the planning pressures, which would make it easier for Shannon to care for the younger children. She was introduced to the BJU Press Distance Learning program at a convention and felt this was a perfect ﬁt for her family. She has been using the Distance Learning program ever since, and she is very pleased with not just the education, but the biblical foundation her children have learned. She is excited to have the opportunity to help other families meet their homeschooling needs with the BJU
As a fellow homeschooling mom, Jenn can certainly understand some of the joys and challenges of homeschooling. Thus far, the Lord has blessed Jenn and her husband with ﬁve children, four biological and one very precious little girl who joined her family in early 2012. The children range from one year old to happily married. Her oldest daughter revealed plans to homeschool Jenn’s ﬁrst grandbaby (born in January 2012). As a BJU Press user for the last 14 years, Jenn and her husband found the curriculum to be a PERFECT ﬁt for their family. From Kindergarten to graduation, she has treasured the BJU Press curriculum because it is not a secular curriculum with a few Bible verses plugged into it. The Bible is foundational to every lesson of every subject. This is absolutely imperative for the education of children and the training of their impressionable hearts. With BJU Press the focal point is comprehension, not memorization of facts. Over the years, Jenn has talked with countless moms who began to see gaps in their children's education, felt frustrated by the lack of direction, and were exhausted by demanding lesson plans. Even before Jenn became a consultant, she shared with friends about her love for BJU Press's philosophy, the ease of lesson planning, and many helpful options available to homeschoolers. What a difference BJU Press made in those mother's lives!