About Us

About us

Twenty years ago I decided to begin Homeschooling my children. I have always been an eclectic Home Schooler - searching the world for the very best resources and programs for each of my children. Consequently, due to the very different natures of my four children, I now have a whole house full of resources. I have valued my own homeschool community and the generous sharing of resources, ideas and problem-solving.

For many years I have been teaching Writing Classes for children in my local Home School community. I have also been writing documents for Registration for many families. It is my pleasure now to have the opportunity to develop these ideas online to share with the wider homeschooling community.

Below are some details about myself and our staff... 


Karen Willson

Karen is our Director and the dreamer of Simply Homeschool - she dreams up all the work everyone else should be doing! Karen is also the imagination behind most of our Core Programs. Her favourite Dr Suess is 'Let's have a little talk about Tweetle Beetles.'

Karen has been Simply Homeschooling her kids for 20 years (with 3 adult graduates) and currently homeschools her youngest with parts of all the Core Programs she is writing.

Karen Willson
Liz Inman

Liz Inman

Liz assists Queenslanders to register and report using Simply Homeschool and writes any biblical content for core programs. She has been homeschooling for a couple of years and loves the freedom and flexibility that Simply Homeschool allows in following our natural curiosity and learning about things that matter.

Liz loves questions, horses, glitter and lists. Her favourite Simply Homeschool book is 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.

Rachel Pengilly

Rachel is the Performing Arts core writer, but also loves incorporating English and History. A dramatic person through and through, she loves all things creative. Rachel was homeschooled until Year 4.

While it’s impossible to pick a favourite book, one of her favourites is Winnie the Pooh. 

Rachel Pengilly

Jen French

Jen writes core programs for the youngest Homeschoolers in the family. She has been homeschooling her neurodiverse boys with Simply Homeschool since 2018.

As a former health professional, Jen is passionate about helping children overcome their emotional, social and physical wellbeing challenges for learning success.

She loves quality picture books, crochet, and the sand between her toes. Her favourite Simply Homeschool book is "A Sea of Words" for its glorious paintings and celebration of ocean creatures.

Fiona Morphett

Fiona is the business strategy and marketing guru for Simply Homeschool. She loves an excel spreadsheet, particularly if it is colour coded.

Fiona’s kids have been the testers for the Creative Phonics Core Programs and her favourite Dr Seuss book is Fox in Sox.



Ellie has been homeschooled her entire life and believes she will never stop being a homeschooler. She spent the majority of her high school and primary education buried under a pile of books and has now been given the opportunity to do the same thing at work.

Ellie enters all the books into the website and participates in the creation of Just Good Books, Core Programs and registration documents for all ages. She is also the resident bookkeeper and does pretty much anything else Karen needs help with.

Olivia Fox

Olivia puts together our Hands on Kits. She has never been to school. Her favourite thing about homeschool is the flexibility to spend most of her day baking. Olivia has recently completed a Cert 3 and 4 in Business Administration at TAFE and dreams of opening a cafe.

Her favourite Simply Homeschool book is 100 Things to Know About Food. Olivia loves to cook, dance, make coffees, swim at the beach and play with dogs.


Josie Brand

Josie is our talented and very experienced homeschool Grandma! When her fourth child went to school she went to university to study Special Education. Her first job was teaching children to read who weren't reading under the school system. When school readers didn't work she turned to Dr Suess! A pioneer in the field of homeschooling she developed reading programs for kids who didn't "fit in" to the school system over 25 years ago. She is the brains behind our amazing Creative Phonics programs. 

Josie loves the "Diary of a Wombat" books, but doesn't think she would like to have a wombat as a pet.