CHENM, Christian Home Educators of Northeast Mississippi, is a private organization that was created to help Northeast Mississippi home school families in their quest to “Raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We are a group of Christians who have bound together for the common cause of educating our children. We are not a source for curriculum, accreditation, or supervision. We provide a platform for home school families to share information, socialize, as well as participate in sports, arts, and other group classes. Each of these opportunities is initiated and carried out by volunteers of the CHENM community.
CHENM actually only directly supervises four major events and a yearbook:
We also operate a website and Facebook page where our members share activities, field trips, and information with each other. We do ask that all of our members belong to the Christian faith and pay yearly dues of $25 per family. In order to find out more about membership, please go to our Membership Page. We wish you well in your quest to educate your children and are here to assist you in every step of the way.
Thank you and may God bless you,
The CHENM Board
Meet The CHENM Board
The CHENM board consists of volunteers who willingly give their time and service to the CHENM community. Each board member serves a three-year term in some capacity: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, new member coordinator, and communications.
Scott & Alana Lentz grew up in Verona and currently live in Saltillo. After struggling with infertility for 10 years, they now have six children: Lyra Kate (10), Lila Grace (9), Tucker (7), Lucy (5), Shepherd (3), and Parker (1), a.k.a. the Little Lentzes. Lyra, Lila & Lucy participate in ballet and gymnastics and are active with Keepers of the Faith. Lyra & Lila are also in their third year of piano. Tucker plays soccer and baseball with Park & Rec. The Little Lentzes are also active in the Homeschool Learning Community co-op. Scott is a graduate of Mississippi State University and is the Cybersecurity Manager for BancorpSouth Bank and is the Worship Pastor for NorthStar Church. Alana is a graduate of Blue Mountain College and worked as a teacher before becoming a mom. Her time in the school system changed her philosophy of education which has led to a commitment to homeschool. The Lentzes have a heart for children and enjoy traveling, renovating houses, and being together as a family.
Mark and Gypsee Wilson live in Baldwyn, MS. They have been married 19 years and have one,13 yr old daughter, Ava Grace. This will be their 6th year to homeschool. They are active members of the Homeschool Learning Community and Keepers of the Faith. Ava Grace loves gymnastics and is on the competitive team at Tupelo Gymnastics Center. Mark is the former owner of Napa Auto Parts in Tishomingo, MS. He is now employed by USPS as a rural letter carrier. Gypsee has a degree in Early Childhood Development and taught preschool for over 15 years. She currently teaches preschool gymnastics classes and is a year round volunteer for Operation Christmas Child on the North MS church relations team. They are core members at the Orchard Northside in Baldwyn.
Joey and Nicole Hitt live in Myrtle, MS. They have four children; Johnathon (13), Grayson (10), Rylee (7), and Reagan (4). This will be their fourth full year to homeschool. Their children are active in Spartan soccer, Keepers, Trail Life, and music lessons. Joey is a graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is the Project Engineer for MDOT in New Albany, MS. Nicole is a graduate of Blue Mountain College with a degree in Elementary Education. Joey and Nicole are members of First Baptist Church in New Albany, MS where they serve in many different areas.
Shannon and Brandi Tucker live in Mantachie, MS. They have four children; Lauren (21), Ethan (17), Abigail (10), and Nate (8). This will be their 8th full year to homeschool. Their children are very active in Spartan soccer, Keepers, and Trail Life. Shannon is a graduate of Mississippi State with a degree in History and Business and currently works for Woodmen Life as an insurance salesman serving Mississippi and Florida. Brandi is a homeschool graduate and enjoys being a stay at home wife and mother. She has also been the Moms Night Out Coordinator for CHENM for 3 years. Shannon and Brandi enjoy attending and are very active members of Hope Church in Tupelo, MS.
Brent and Nicole Hudspeth live in New Albany, MS and have been married for 24 years. They have three children; Caleb (19), Shelby (16) and Joshua (12). This will be their third year to homeschool. Caleb is a 2017 graduate of New Albany High School and is currently in his second year at Northeast where he is studying engineering. Shelby, a junior, has been dancing for 14 years and is in the ballet company at New Albany School of Ballet and Dance Arts. Joshua is in the 7th grade and just earned his brown sash in kung fu from Mid South Kung Fu Arnis Academy where he has been studying for 3 years. Brent is a graduate of Northeast with a degree in electronics. He owns his own business, BHE Web and Media Services, and has serviced northeast Mississippi's local businesses and churches for audio and video needs for the past 7 years. Nicole is a graduate of Northeast with a degree in early childhood education. The Hudspeths are all members of First Baptist Church in New Albany. They love to incorporate travel into part of their homeschooling curriculum making every vacation educational in some way.