Helping Neighbors and Who is Afraid of Homeschooling? (Dr. Ben Carson /Kari Beckman)
Secretary Ben Carson
Secretary Ben Carson is an American politician, public servant, author, and retired neurosurgeon serving as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017. Prior to his cabinet position under the Trump Administration, Carson was a candidate for President of the United States in the Republican primaries in 2016, at times leading nationwide polls of Republicans, Dr. Carson a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous books on his medical career and political stances. He was portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. in a 2009 biographical television drama film. Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson's achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head; performing the first successful neurosurgical procedure on children inside the womb. He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33
Kari Beckman developed her love of education serving as a national officer for an international organization, which is dedicated to fostering a diversity of education options for children. She worked for several years with the Department of Education in Georgia and Arizona, leading an initiative on leadership development in young people. With this zeal for education, her love of children and her conversion to the Catholic faith in 1993, she embarked on a life-changing road that led her to the founding of Regina Caeli Academy and a dedication to classical education in the Catholic tradition. Since its founding in 2003, she has served as RCA’s Executive Director, guiding its growth from a single entity to what is currently sixteen centers in 11 states serving almost 1500 students and children. In 2019, she also oversaw the opening of RCA's first international affiliate, located in Bedfordshire, UK. With 20 years of homeschooling experience, she is a champion of the home education method and considers it her passion to share the great news of homeschooling. She recently has been featured in Forbes magazine as well as internationally on the BBC news network for her work in hybrid homeschool education. Kari and her husband of 26 years have eight children.
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