Christina Zimmerman founded Homeschool Now with five children in a bus in Hāe’na. It is now a non-profit school serving 100 students, grades K-8. While Homeschool Now’s alternative style of education has evolved, it has remained relevant and its acclaim has only grown within the community of Kauaʻi.
After attaining a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, Christina began her teaching journey in Lexington, Kentucky in a 5th-grade classroom. The diversity of the school allowed her to work with children from many different backgrounds, abilities, and levels. She quickly learned that she loved molding young minds. A few years later, Christina accepted a teaching position in Hawaiʻi and became a valued teacher in the public schools on the North Shore of Kaua’i, teaching third grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, and special education.
It became clear to Christina that the public school curriculum and style did not meet the needs of each and every child. Some were “stuck in the system” with little academic progress. With a strong belief that individualized instruction and fostering children’s ability to work at their own pace was essential to developing empowered learners, Christina was moved to create an alternative option.
Homeschool Now approaches education with a focus on project-based learning, personalized instruction, and maintains outdoor education as a cornerstone. Along with weekly field trips and outdoor classes whenever possible, Homeschool Now partners with organizations such as The Surfrider Foundation and the Kaua’i Sailing Association to shape curriculum and further the goal of creating the next generation of stewards of the land. It is truly “education without walls.”
“The intent of individualized instruction is to maximize each student’s growth and individual success by meeting each student where he or she is, and assisting in the learning process. It provides the opportunity for students to learn at their own pace, in their own way, and be successful,” says Christina.
Homeschool Now provides quality education while preserving the adventure and wonder of childhood through this multidisciplinary approach to education. Christina continues to help mold Homeschool Now into a program that promotes a positive, safe learning environment while focusing on the highest form of academics that we can offer our children.
To bolster this vision, Christina also opened the Makana Learning Center in Wainiha, which offers free tutoring to students in need of extra support. The goal of the Learning Center is to support virtual or partially virtual students with one-on-one, in-person instruction, whether public school, private school or homeschooled students. Bi-weekly workshops will also be held at the Makana Learning Center, including instruction in art, photography, environmental education, STEAM, ACT/SAT prep, and college applications.
Christina wants to change the world and she does so one student at a time.