Tj was first taught at home in the second grade by his parents in northern Vermont, and he was homeschooled nearly every year after that until he graduated. For much of that time, his family lived in foreign mission fields. Tj earned his juris doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law while serving as a legal assistant at HSLDA. Now, as an HSLDA Staff Attorney, Tj answers general legal questions and assists members across the country experiencing legal difficulties.
Tj and his wife, Susan, have seven children: Josiah, Suzanna, Ella, Makenna, Jonah, Annika, and Ezra. They look forward to teaching all of their children at home.
Workshops from Tj Schmidt ( may vary by event location )
Top 10 Homeschooling Legal Issues
In this workshop, Tj discusses current legal problems homeschooling families encounter in your state and what HSLDA has done to protect homeschooling within your state. The workshop also looks at national homeschool issues and how HSLDA is addressing them.
How Being Taught at Home Changed My Life
In this session, Tj shares his story as a homeschool graduate, starting with his family’s early decision to begin homeschooling in the mid 80’s and moving through the high school years and beyond. Tj traces God’s direction and provision through it all.
Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs: What Legal Issues Do You Need Know About?
This workshop covers everything you need to know about your legal rights when homeschooling a child with a special educational need. Tj discusses your right to homeschool and highlights any reporting requirements across the country that are unique for families of children with special needs. This workshop also covers your right to seek an evaluation from the public school of your child’s needs as well as your right to decline a school’s individualized education plan (IEP) for your child. Tj shares information for parents who live in states where homeschool students are eligible for special education services and talks about the pros and cons of seeking these services through the public school. To ensure that your specific issue or question is addressed, this workshop has plenty of time for your questions.