My name is Karon Ruiz and I have administered California Christian Academy, PSP since 1998. During my early years as the CCA Administrator, which I call, "the homeschooling pioneer movement" I was homeschooling four children ages 8 through 15, having begun my own homeschooling journey in 1987. After moving to the Central California in 1980, I married my husband, Armando Ruiz, an HVAC contractor. We've been married for 41 and raised a family of four. My adult children are now in their 30’s and early 40's and three have given us eight grandchildren. Three of my four adult children graduated at home. All went on to college and one finished law school.
Today’s homeschoolers have a much easier road than we pioneers. Curriculum companies abound while we first-timers had to scrounge for books, convincing publishers to sell them to us. If we ventured out during the day, we experienced many raised eyebrows, persuading us to shield our kids from public view during the typical school hours of 8 am to 3 pm.
In the nineties, we had a huge community of homeschoolers in our area providing many extra-curriculars. As teenagers, my children enjoyed outside classes like art, biology and the higher maths taught by other parents who had skills in these areas. My kids joined an all homeschool choir with 150 children. Eventually I left my PSP and began administrating my own school in the late 90’s with two other families.
A Christian since 1974, it is His foundation of which I base my life. Grasping the unconditional grace of God and that without Him, I have no hope, has made a huge difference in my life. Realizing that when Jesus died on the cross and said, “It is finished,” He meant it. There is nothing any of us can do to add to the cross. We can’t earn anything from God. It is all about Him and what He does for us. I have included many more details to my journey of grace in an article I wrote in 2014, called Under His Grace: From Legalism To Love. I would love to have your feedback if you care to read it.
My first book, Grace In The Shadows is Book One from the Journey of Grace Series. Book Two in the series, entitled Grace In The Darkness, should be released in 2024. Here is an excerpt if you care to read it.
Let me know how I may assist you in your homeschooling journey. Because of my schedule, I am able to answer emails as time permits.