Celeste lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their nine children, all age 12 and under.
Once upon a time she was training to be an English professor; now she can usually be found with a baby strapped to her back and toddlers underfoot as she learns alongside her six school-aged kids. She discovered Charlotte Mason before her children were born and has enthusiastically studied her philosophy ever since. But her most humbling and rewarding experience has been putting that philosophy into practice while learning alongside her children at home and with her local community.
She organizes retreats and online book discussions with Charlotte Mason West, moderates at the AmblesideOnline Forums, writes for Common Place Quarterly, curates content for @charlottemasonirl and @keepingcompanycm, and shares the joys of Catholic Charlotte Mason home education at Joyous Lessons and @celeste_cruz.
With a graduate degree in Literature from the University of California-Irvine, Amy had taught in a variety of classroom environments as an Advanced Placement literature teacher and college English instructor. Amy then discovered the 19th century British educator, Charlotte Mason, whose philosophy quickly convinced her to begin homeschooling her children.
As her family thrived using Mason’s methods, Amy wanted to share and learn more about Mason’s philosophy with others, including speaking at the Charlotte Mason Institute National Conference, hosting Mason book discussions and workshops for parents, running a Nature Study Club, facilitating Truth, Beauty, Goodness afternoons, and creating the Mason Academy as director, teacher, and parent. Amy now serves as the Board President of the Charlotte Mason Educational Center of PA and as its Curriculum and Methodology Consultant.