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Biography of Mimi Rothschild, Home School Program Co-Founder

Mimi Rothschild is a co-founder and CEO of Learning By Grace, Inc., a provider of online educational services for Christian home schooling families and the management company for The Jubilee Academy Home School Program. She has filled many roles over the years including manager, designer, educator, activist, wife, and mother to eight children. She has been an outspoken advocate of home schooling, a method of education that she used to educate her own children. In recent years, she has dedicated her life to improving the home schooling experience by providing home schoolers with innovative e-learning technologies.

Upon graduating from college in 1979, Mimi Rothschild struck out on her own, founding the Rothschild Doll Company which manufactured collectible dolls and plush toys. She oversaw the manufacturing process on three continents and led a project to provide jobs for single mothers at her factories in Jamaica and Haiti. Rothschild's dolls were sold in toy stores around the country for eight years.

Mimi Rothschild spent her time off the clock home schooling several of her eight children. Rothschild found that the public school had several problems. First, they did not teach a Christian worldview. Second, they did not adequately serve special needs students or accelerated learners. Finally, she believed that public schools did not provide a safe, learning-conducive environment for children. She criticized the public schools in her 1983 manuscript entitled Children at Risk, after the national report National at Risk.

Mimi Rothschild utilized her expertise in education when co-founding the Massachusetts Home Learning Association in the office of John Holt, home schooling pioneer famous for his manifesto Teach Your Own and book Growing without Schooling. This organization is still serving the state with home schooling solutions twenty years later.

In the early 90s, Mimi Rothschild founded another company called Amazing Gracie's, a consignment shop that provided used clothing to children in needy countries. Additionally, her own growing family was able to use this store as a lesson in real life business. Her line of clothing sold in retail stores in malls while the proceeds were used to ship excess inventory and gently-used clothing to needy children in Russia and Guatemala.

In her decades of home schooling, Mimi Rothschild had never been satisfied with the quality of curriculum available to home schooling families. She avidly worked with home educators to develop co-ops, internships, and real-life learning experiences. She also co-authored several books with her children that were eventually published by McGraw Hill. Her children were thrilled when they found that their books, called Cyberspace for Kids were featured in store windows and shelves. Rothschild went on to author books such as Teen Resources on the Web: A Guide for Librarians, Parents and Teachers and co-wrote Crash Bang Boom: Exploring Literary Devices through Children's Literature.

At the same time, there were few alternatives available to parents who wished to provide their children with a better education. In the 80s, home school was still a nascent form of learning. There weren't a lot of home school resources or curricula from which parents could choose. Mimi Rothschild became a prominent advocate of home schooling, publishing several books and making her voice heard in countless articles.

In the late 90s, Mimi Rothschild combined her professional experience with her desire to take home schooling to "the next level." Realizing the tremendous need for quality educational solutions for families who could not afford private Christian school, Rothschild and her husband, launched Learning By Grace, a provider of online Christian PreK-12 home school academies in 2002.

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