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Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6 KJV

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Homeschool 101 Slideshow

Encouragement for the journey


Counties in our region

What SMHEA Does For You

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As a chapter of THEA we monitor the State and Local Legislation in order to protect your home education freedom.


We connect you with resources you need on your homeschooling journey such as

  • Umbrella schools

  • Co-ops, Tutorials, and Support groups

  • Other Local Resources


You can do this!

Here is information on how to get started.



Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) is a chapter of the Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA)

 We are a Christian led organization that provides support and encouragement to the homeschooling community of the East Tennessee Smoky Mountain region.  Participation is open to anyone interested in supporting and protecting the God-given right to home education.

SMHEA is the local chapter of the Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA).  Membership in SMHEA includes membership in THEA, which is the statewide advocacy organization that monitors legislative activity in the Tennessee legislature ensuring our freedom to educate our children in the way we choose and in our own homes.

THEA was instrumental in getting the initial laws passed that provide us with the freedom to homeschool in the state of Tennessee and continues to advocate for and monitor state and federal laws affecting our freedom to home school.

We serve an 18-county region in East Tennessee including  Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Pickett, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties.  We strive to provide connection between THEA at the state level and support groups, co-ops, umbrella schools, and individual home educators at the local level.

"Our mission is to encourage families who are considering or engaged in home education by providing information and resources, advocating for home education freedoms, and building connections for support and communication."

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