Jayne Wahlberg - Administrator
Graduate of Evangel College in 1978 with AA in Early Child Care and Development. Holds teaching certification for Preschool and Kindergarten.
Administrator of Daycare at Calvary Assembly of God in White Bear Lake, MN during 1978 and 1979.
1979 to 1983 was Executive Secretary at Champion International, Inc.
1983 and 1984, worked as private tutor in the North St. Paul / Maplewood School District (622).
In 1984 she gave up her career to become a full-time mother.
In 1989 she began home-schooling her own children.
Joined a local home-schooling support group in 1990.
In 1996 Jayne founded St. Croix Valley Home School Cooperative, an incorporated organization with the State of Minnesota. The co-op served approximately 35 families (50 children) in its' first year of operation and was located in North St. Paul.
In 1997 and 1998, Jayne moved the co-op to the Stillwater area, where it continued to grow and serve the home schooling community.
By late 1998 the co-op had grown to over 60 families (100 children). The co-op meeting location moved to White Bear Lake, a more centrally located base for the co-op families.
In 1999 Jayne reorganized the co-op under the new name of Home Educators Resource Organization (HERO). Jayne continued in her role as Administrator of the organization, expanding its' customer base to over 80 families (150 children).
In 2000, because of space needs, HERO moved its' home base of operation to First Presbyterian Church in White Bear Lake.
In 2001, Jayne registered HERO as a 501(c)3 organization.. At that time HERO served approximately 100 home schooling families (200 children).
By the second semester of the 2002-2003 school year, HERO was outgrowing its' facility. In September of 2003 Jayne expanded HERO to a three-day program, offered at two different locations (two days at Forest Lake and one day at Woodbury). Registration for the 2003-2004 HERO school year was over 300 students.
In the 2004-2005 school year, HERO continued to grow, and serve about 350 students. Jayne continued in the roll of Administrator at both the Forest Lake and Woodbury campuses.
In the 2006-2007 school year, HERO served 450 students.
In 2006 HERO moved the Woodbury site to a location in Inver Grove Heights.
The 2007-2008, a decision was made to close the southern site and focus on the Forest Lake location. HERO added another lunch room, five additional classrooms, and a study hall room at the facility. HERO also replaced all ten computers in the computer lab with new units.
In June of 2009, Jayne was asked to serve as secretary on the MHA (Minnesota Homeschool Alliance) board. In 2010 she became the treasurer for MHA. Jayne served in this position until the summer of 2012.
During the 2016 and 2017 school years, HERO again replaced all ten of the computers in the computer lab with new Windows 10 systems. In 2018 HERO did a rebuild of it’s computer lab to include all new desk/counters and cabinetry.
Jayne continues to be active as both a homeschool consultant and workshop speaker.
2019-2020 is Jayne's twenty-fourth year leading HERO. HERO continues to register more than 450 students each year.
In 2019 Jayne got another grandchild. She is now the proud grandmother of six grandchildren.