FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

About Libby
About Libby

Libby Landry brought self-directed and inclusive learning to Midland, Texas in 2015 when she founded West Texas Homeschool Co-op, which became Open Skies Learning Community LLC in 2019.

 

After the birth of her daughter and prior to coming to Midland, Libby was a key staff member at Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton, Oregon. Village Home, which is prominently featured in the 2015 documentary “Class Dismissed,” provided her working experience in the alternative education environment that she brought with her to West Texas. 

 

Before becoming a mom, Libby’s career was in marketing and sales, business and revenue management in the travel industry. Her 20 year career included management and director level positions with Carnival Cruise Lines, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton, Holiday Inn, and others. The marriage of this experience with her passion for revolutionizing the typical homeschool education experience has proved to be on point with the success of West Texas Homeschool Co-op. 

 

Libby's eclectic education pursuits show the success that is possible by being a self directed learner. After leaving high school she decided to pursue certification in Travel & Tourism (1990) to help her gain employment with companies that would allow her the opportunity to move and travel as desired. Later, she attended Marilyn Hickey Bible College through correspondence (1994/96) when correspondence classes were done by cassette tapes and pounds of photocopies through the mail, and she served in various ministry roles during those years. Her continued desire to help others prompted her to pursue certification in several modalities of Ayurveda at The Ayurvedic Institute (2018) with Dr. Vasant Lad who is credited with bringing Ayurveda to the West. With this knowledge she has led meditation & pranayama classes, individual well-being counseling and more. Libby has been an avid student of Kabbalah for a number of years and started a study group and library while living in Beaverton, Oregon. In addition to directing West Texas Homeschool Co-op, Libby offers her services as a homeschool counselor, helping families along the various points on their journey. Her current memberships include the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, the Alternative Education Resource Organization, and she has served on the Garden Committee at Sibley Nature Center since 2016. She is the foreman of a ranch north of Midland where she resides with her husband Tom and their daughter Avigail. Libby enjoys watching movies, cooking and spending time outside with her animals.

She may be contacted at libby.landry@openskieslearning.com.    

2019/2020 Leadership Team

 

PROGRAMS & CLASSES

About Janeen Guynn

Janeen Guynn, Programs and Classes Leader, taught in public schools for a decade before becoming a stay-at-home mom, and then an unschooling mom. She lives with her husband, two young daughters, and a family friend. She has been with Open Skies since the Fall of 2016 and really enjoys the focus on self-directed learning and social interactions. Her biggest interests are outdoors, education, kids, and reading. When not reading about education, you can probably find her playing outdoors with kids. She can be contacted at Janeen.guynn@sbcglobal.net.

ICYMI COMMUNICATIONS LEADER

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About DeeDee
About DeeDee P.
DeeDee Putzel is the ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!) Communications Leader. She and her husband have three children and she has been actively homeschooling them for 6 years. Homeschooling is more than just education for her family, it is a life philosophy that influences many parts of their lives. She has a strong belief in child-led education and delight directed learning. When her family moved to West Texas she spent some time seeking out a group that had a like-minded philosophy and was amazed to find Open Skies, as it fit in with exactly what she wanted for an enrichment program for her children. Open Skies has been a blessing for her family and she is fully committed to the success of the Community and eager to serve to continue that success. When not working on educational opportunities, she can be found reading, crocheting, browsing Pinterest, and drinking all the coffee. DeeDee can be reached at 
putzelmommy3@gmail.com
 
CONTACT US

Open Skies Learning Community

P.O. Box 53724

Midland, TX 79710

 

 

Libby Landry, Director

libby.landry@openskieslearning.com

 

 

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