Farrar Williams

Farrar Williams

former teacher
educational style expert
theater director


Farrar Williams is a longtime educator who left the classroom to homeschool her twin sons. She's now more than ten years into her homeschool journey, and is excited to be helping others individualize education for their own families.

Farrar received her undergraduate degree in history from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and her master's degree in education and teaching from Goddard College, where she focused on alternative approaches to education. She has been lucky enough to have a wide variety of experience in the classroom, including teaching at a traditional public high school and at an elementary school in China.

She spent the longest part of her career at a small Quaker middle school that catered to kids who didn't fit into traditional schools, and Farrar continues to bring the core educational values of Quaker education -- a strong emphasis on the child as an individual learner with individual needs, and on education as an ongoing process, not as a product -- to her work.

Farrar doesn't believe that any one approach or curricula is right for all families. She has an extensive knowledge of different curricula, resources, and philosophies, and has developed her own curricula. She also has experience with alternative forms of assessment. Crafting individualized plans and routines that really work is a particular passion of Farrar's. She is an expert on children's and young adult literature, and on incorporating good books into learning.

Farrar is the author of Tweens, Tough Times, and Triumphs: Homeschooling the Middle Grades. She currently teaches theater locally as well as a high school course based on the humanities core she wrote for Simplify, Global Perspective Studies

Without Farrar's recommendations we might still be flailing around trying to figure out how to get started.  She has her own philosophy for her kids, but was very receptive to where we are and what our lifestyle and philosophy are.  She made suggestions that fit our life and was not pushy or judgmental about what she thought we "should" be doing.

a homeschooling parent in the Washington D.C. area