About Arizona Families
for Home Education

Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) is the statewide organization that has been serving the needs and protecting the rights of Arizona’s homeschooling families since 1983. AFHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational, religious, and charitable corporation run by a Christian board of directors. AFHE membership is available to all homeschooling parents in Arizona.

AFHE exists to inspire parents to home educate their children; promote parent-led, privately funded, relationship-based home education; and preserve the freedom to homeschool.

Here are a few ways that we accomplish our mission of inspiring, promoting, and preserving as we serve the Arizona homeschool community.

Inspire

AFHE seeks to inspire parents to homeschool their children through encouragement, beneficial resources, and opportunities to connect.

Homeschool Convention

Connect with fellow homeschoolers, engage with amazing speakers, make memories, and find resources and curriculum at the annual Arizona Homeschool Convention.  

Magazine & Blog

Stay encouraged throughout the year with uplifting articles filled with practical ideas, legislative updates, and Arizona homeschool news. 

Support Group Listing

Build friendships, enrich the home education experience, and create a strong, healthy, thriving homeschool community by joining a local homeschool group. 

Graduation

Celebrate the completion of high school with homeschooled seniors from across the state in this beautiful cap and gown ceremony.

Promote

AFHE seeks to promote parent-led, privately funded homeschooling through  

Scholarship Fund

Graduating homeschooled seniors continue the journey of education with financial support for college or trade school through the AFHE Homeschool Scholarship Fund.

Email Subscription

Communicate with the homeschool community through email, legislative updates, and social media

Periodic Workshops

From time to time, we host periodic regional or online workshops.

PRESERVE

AFHE seeks to inspire parents to homeschool their children through encouragement, beneficial resources, and opportunities to connect.

FREE MP3s for New Homeschoolers

AFHE’s set of three free MP3s provides a great way to get started, as you listen to experienced homeschool moms address those common concerns and share how you can get started in this new endeavor. Download Now

HSLDA Discount Membership

Protect your family with a Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) annual membership! Members save on annual HSLDA membership.

Teacher/Educator Discounts

Many companies that offer an educator discount are happy to include homeschool parents in their program. Learn more

Our Philosophy

We operate from a Christian perspective and make decisions from the ethical and moral standards established in the Bible.

We believe that parents have the God-given right to educate their children at home.

We believe families should remain informed about homeschool laws at both the state and federal levels.

We believe that parents are responsible for the education of their children.

We believe that all education has an implicit worldview.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God.

We believe God existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe all men have sinned, both by nature and by act, and it is only Jesus Christ who is able and has paid the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross. He then triumphed over death by His visible, bodily resurrection.

We believe salvation is offered as a free gift to the sinner. This gift must be accepted by faith, not trusting in any personal work but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone.

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors represents a collective unity of individuals with diverse backgrounds, assembled by God, to help AFHE succeed in mission and vision. Ultimately, the Board of Directors is responsible for decision making, masterplanning, providing spiritual leadership, and maintaining a standard of excellence throughout the organization.
Peter and Allison Gentala
President (Peter)
Legislative and Government Affairs
Peter and Allison were both homeschooled for the majority of their primary and secondary education years. As they home educate their eight children they remain passionate about working to preserve homeschool freedoms in Arizona. Professionally, Peter is a lawyer with expertise in public law, constitutional law, public policy, and non-profit organizations.

Joshua and Stacey Sugata

Vice President (Josh)

Joshua and Stacey Sugata met while teaching within in public education, and have been married since 2006. Prior to the birth of their two daughters, the couple committed to pursuing home education. Professionally, Joshua serves within higher education with expertise within the areas of nonprofit organizations, public speaking, instructional design, learning management system administration, and technology integration.

Shawn and Cindy Duell

Scholarship Committee (Shawn)
Secretary (Cindy)
Shawn and Cindy Duell have lived in Tucson since 1996 and their homeschool journey began in 2000. They have six children and should wrap up homeschooling in 2028 or so! They are grateful to have operated a family business since 1996 which has also been an avenue of blessing for others. In addition to being a business owner, Shawn serves as Lead Elder in their church and loves to mentor and encourage Christian men to be sincere and wholehearted followers of Christ.

Michael and Kristina Abbott

Board Treasurer (Michael)
Shawn and Cindy Duell have lived in Tucson since 1996 and their homeschool journey began in 2000. They have six children and should wrap up homeschooling in 2028 or so! They are grateful to have operated a family business since 1996 which has also been an avenue of blessing for others. In addition to being a business owner, Shawn serves as Lead Elder in their church and loves to mentor and encourage Christian men to be sincere and wholehearted followers of Christ.

Scott and Sherry McKown

Board Members

Scott and Sherry McKown have been married for almost 30 years, and have homeschooled for about twenty of those years. As the family celebrates their most recent accomplishment of graduating their last of four children, they are excited to enter a new season. Professionally Scott owns a digital marketing agency through which he and Sherry have co-founded Verapha Relational Advisors, which is a ministry for couples in crisis.

Join the Thousands of Families Enjoying Arizona Homeschool Membership

Arizona Homeschool Resource Packets
Magazine Subscriptions
E-Newsletter and Email Alerts

HSLDA Discount
Workshop Recording Bundle
Convention Admission Discount

Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Teacher Discounts
... and so much more!
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