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Joe and Zan began homeschooling in 1984 when the State Superintendent of Education threatened Zan with jail. Since then Joe has been very involved in homeschooling, both through his own family and the homeschool community at large. In 1990, Joe was a founding board member of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) and currently serves as the Chairman of the SCAIHS Board. Joe also serves on the Board for Excelsior Academy—a large homeschooling co-op that the Tylers founded. Joe was a very involved homeschool dad during the course of the Tylers' 21 years of homeschooling. He has served as an elder in his church since 1984 and has taught parenting and marriage Sunday School classes and Bible Studies. Joe enjoys speaking with Zan at homeschooling conferences both nationally and internationally. Joe is the President of Followers in Fellowship, a 501c3 organization committed to preserving and advancing Christian education by supporting homeschool groups. He spent thirty years in the corporate world as an information systems project manager. Most recently he served as the Operations Director for Apologia. He and his wife, Zan, have been married for 42 years and spent twenty-one years homeschooling their three children from kindergarten through high school. Ty is an insurance agent, John is a lawyer with the SC Housing Authority and Elizabeth is currently an executive producer with a major network in LA. All three children attended college on a variety of scholarships. The Tylers have also been blessed with two wonderful daughters-in-law, a fabulous son-in-law, and 7 grandchildren.