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While home educating her three children, Zan founded two highly successful nonprofit organizations--SCAIHS (a homeschool accountability and support organization named in SC state law, empowered with the same authority as local school boards in approving homeschools in SC) and Excelsior! Academy (a homeschool co-op serving 300 children from 1st through 12th grades). Zan has written and published three books: 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential, Refined: A Homeschool Mom's Call to Trust, and Anyone Can Homeschool (co-authored with Dr. Terry Dorian). Zan has also worked for Broadman & Holman Publishers as a homeschool acquisitions editor; Crosswalk.com as their homeschool website editor; Apologia as their worldview, history, and language arts director; BJU Press as a speaker/consultant; and HSLDA as a contracted editor/writer. Zan has spoken at many homeschool conventions and meetings throughout the US and internationally.
In 2015 Zan was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. And the governor of South Carolina presented Zan with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian in her state can receive.
When the Tylers began their homeschooling journey in 1984, the state superintendent of education threatened Zan with jail for insisting on teaching her child at home. For the next eight years, she and her family battled for homeschool freedom and the establishment of landmark homeschool legislation in South Carolina. In 1990, she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led her to serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capital, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. As a popular author and speaker, Zan’s passion is to encourage parents to raise children who love God, understand their callings in life, and become active citizens who know the principles of freedom that undergird our American heritage. She currently works with BJU Press Homeschool/HomeWorks by Precept and HSLDA. For sixteen years, Zan worked with Christian publishers to develop a homeschool curriculum and resources. She considers the twenty-one-years she and her husband, Joe, spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be one of the greatest privileges of her life. Zan has been married to Joe since 1977 and together they have three children and seven grandchildren. In 2015 Zan was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. And the governor of South Carolina presented Zan with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian in her state can receive. As a prolific author, Zan is best known for her book 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential. Refined: A Homeschool Mom’s Call to Trust a new book was released by BJU Press in the spring of 2019. You can find Zan at zantyler.com.