Zan Tyler’s homeschool journey began in 1984 when homeschooling was illegal. The state superintendent of education threatened Zan with jail for insisting on homeschooling her son. 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 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.
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. She is currently writing a new book to be released by BJU Press in the spring of 2020.
As a popular author and speaker, Zan’s passion is to encourage parents to raise children who love the Lord, understand their callings in life, and become active citizens who understand the the principles of freedom that undergird our American heritage. She currently represents BJU Press Homeschool/HomeWorks by Precept and writes for Home School Legal Defense Association. For sixteen years, Zan worked with Christian publishers to develop homeschool curriculum and resources. She considers the twenty-one-years she and her husband, Joe, spent homeschooling their 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.