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Cheryl L. Swope, M.Ed.

All because my daughter Michelle – who has autism, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, borderline intellectual disability, and various medical conditions – said, “Mom, I want my story to help other children like me….

Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. is an author, speaker, and creator with Memoria Press of the Simply Classical Curriculum, a full-year series designed for children with special learning needs. Cheryl and her husband homeschooled their adopted twins (both with autism, learning disabilities, and mental illness) from the children’s infancy through high school. The children’s love of history, literature, and Latin persuaded Cheryl of the benefits a classical education for any child.

With a master’s degree in special education, lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, Cheryl has studied in a university Occupational Therapy program, tutored, taught in early childhood classrooms and private special school summer programs, helped implement an innovative inclusion program among twelve elementary schools, spoken at her state’s Council for Exceptional Children Conference, led I.E.P. meetings, and conducted assessments on behalf of children with special needs. Yet her most humbling education came through her own twins at home.

Author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child (Memoria Press, 2013), Cheryl is perhaps most pleased with the response to the Simply Classical Curriculum voted #1 in Special Needs (OldSchoolhouse Magazine) in 2016 for the second year. Cheryl has spoken in Michigan, Wyoming, California, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and in her home state of Missouri.

Cheryl serves as writer for The Classical Teacher, advisor to the Classical Latin School Association, editor of the Classical Lutheran Education Journal, member of the LCMS President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Lutheran Education, and lifetime member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education.

Cheryl lives with her husband of more than 25 years and their forgiving and forbearing adult twins, Michael and Michelle, in a wooded community where they can all swim in the lake, grow spinach and kale in their backyard garden, and stargaze on blankets in the open field.

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