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My Story

You could say that I am a jack-of-all-trades, (hopefully) master-of-some:-)  I started my career in the business world, specifically marketing, corporate communications and large project management.  Then, I had kids.  When they were very young, I used my skills to teach business at the university level.

Hello, I am Heather Shanks, aka Professor Mom!

With almost 15 years of experience in business management and marketing, I have provided clients with assistance in business planning, organizational oversight, financial management and communications. Prior to homeschooling my own children, I served as adjunct faculty at the university level. My professional background includes oversight and development in the fields of project management, new media marketing, finance, and corporate relations. I have worked for and with a broad range of national and local companies in multiple aspects of their businesses. I have specifically focused my energies on assisting clients in developing executive-level communications strategies, interactive marketing initiatives, and transition management plans.

I hold a Master’s degree in Project Management from Keller Graduate School and a B.S. in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. My home is in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where I live with my wonderful husband, Scott and our two high energy sons. My husband and I decided to homeschool our children after much research in the education field.

I created this blog and my website in order to channel my knowledge and experience to other families. I want to encourage moms, help them develop their personal productivity, and achieve their goals. This isn’t a day job for me, it’s just my way of helping other families. It is wonderful to be able to use my skills to support parents who are working so hard to raise their kids right… To the future!


So, who is Professor Mom?

Professor Mom is me, but it is also every mom who has chosen to homeschool their children.  Homeschooling parents wear many hats

Stay Connected

Here at Professor Mom, we are working hard to develop homeschooling resources, remain aware of current events, and stay connected with homeschooling families all over the world.

You can always check in with me on Facebook.
I post links and resources, as well as my thoughts on our day on Twitter.
When I find good homeschooling resources on other blogs and websites, I try to pin them to boards in a – somewhat – organized manner.





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