My name is Angela O’Dell. I am a Jesus follower, wife to my very best friend, mom to four wonderful children, fellow homeschool mom, writer at Master Books, and owner of Jellybean Jar Publications.
My husband and I made the decision to homeschool our children in 1998, the year our third child was born. Since then, we have homeschooled for a total of seventeen years. We have graduated our two oldest children, and we are currently homeschooling our two younger daughters.
Through the years, I have served as a leader in our local homeschool group, worked as a homeschool consultant, and taught co-op classes. In 2011, I wrote a two hour long stage play adapted from Disney’s “The Happiest Millionaire” and directed fifty homeschooled children in the production.
In 2009, I began writing my history series, which was picked up almost immediately by a publisher, who specializes in Charlotte Mason materials for homeschoolers. Over the next five years, I completed six volumes in the history series, and five in the Math Lessons for a Living Education series. In March of this year, I regained the publishing rights to all of my books, and a few weeks later, embarked on the adventure of self publishing.
My utmost passion is to live my life completely open to whatever God wants to do through me. I believe that if He can use me, He can use anyone. I want to encourage everyone, who crosses my path, to live sold out to the God of the Universe. He has a plan for you! And it’s a good plan. He has dreamed of you since before you were conceived. He is excited to be in your life, and He wants you to know that you are the apple of His eye. Only He can love like that!
I am also dedicated (and rather addicted!) to in depth Bible study, Biblical archaeology, Apologetics, and the study of the lexical roots of the Bible. My personal growth plan includes learning more Latin and mastering Greek and Hebrew in preparation to study for a theology degree. I process my thoughts through writing, so I always have at least five writing projects in the files of my mind.
Over the last two years, I have worked arm-in-arm with family life professor, pastor, and author, Dr. Gary Newton, to explore, outline, and implement the heart-deep model of education, which he writes about in his book Heart-Deep Teaching and Learning. I have developed and written all of my books based upon this model. It is my sincere hope and prayer to equip my children, and the children who use my books, to be ready to step into the call God has upon their lives and equipped to lead their generation.
Currently, I am serving as a curriculum advisor to the Royal Schools International, which are located in various countries in Africa. I am working to make workshop videos to be shared in the schools there, on how to implement better curriculum choices in their secondary and high school grades, as well as conducting trainings on the heart-deep learning/teaching model.
It is my truest and most fervent prayer that every word I write or speak leads the hearer closer to the heart of my Lord and Savior.