About Me and the Jefferson Scholar Program

I'm Lisa Mauer.

I was once told by a teacher that I would never make it past the ninth grade. I struggled all through school with this negative imprint in my memory and believed I wasn't smart enough to graduate from high school. However, I did but entered college woefully under prepared, ignorant of how studying and learning worked and I really didn't understand the point, except it was to get a job.

I remember sitting in the college library lost and frustrated. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to study.


Struggle and strife resulted in an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, and then a Master's Degree in Education.


In my 17 years of teaching high school students, I've learned how education can help youth in the short term, in the long term, and with personal freedom.

Freedom is not just being able to do anything you want, but the ability to choose to do those things that better yourself and the world around you.

The Jefferson Scholar Program is a program I've been successfully running in my classroom for over 6 years. I developed it after watching some scholars struggle with classes that were too fast, and some that struggled with classes that went too slow. The JSP was conceptualized as a way to help scholars learn to study for their own enrichment rather than for just a grade and at a pace that makes sense for them.

Now, the JSP is headed for homeschool families all over the world. If you are a current or future homeschool parent of high-school-aged youth, and you find yourself overwhelmed or lost, the JSP might just be able to help you.