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About Us

Helping Homeschoolers Since 2002

With over 30 years teaching experience and 20 years of homeschool experience, Marguerite Gaspar is dedicated to serving homeschool families throughout California

Marguerite Gaspar, M.S. 

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Supplementary Authorization, General Science

Reading Specialist Certification

Founder & Director

Marguerite Gaspar is the founder and director of

the Talega Preparatory and  Athletes 1st Academies.

She has homeschooled her three children, has been a California-credentialed middle school math and science teacher since 1991, and has been supporting homeschoolers through her academies since 2002.

Marguerite Gaspar, Director

Jennifer homeschooled her three children from kindergarten through high school which led them to earn college degrees in math and computer science.

Jennifer Schmit, B.S.

Mathematics, Statistics

CHN Local Contact

Homeschool Veteran, Blogger, Tutor 

Jennifer is the Co-Founder of Talega Prep and serves as our homeschool advisor to families seeking additional guidance in curriculum planning and design. Jennifer also tutors students in all subject areas, with expertise in higher-level math and statistics.


Jennifer homeschooled her three children for over 20 years, served for over a decade as a CHN local support representative, and has worked as a statistician for the Department of Defense and in consumer marketing.   

Jennifer Schmit, Advisor

The Talega Preparatory Academy opened in 2002 when homeschooling mom, Jennifer Schmit, reached out to her classroom teacher sister, Marguerite Gaspar, seeking a PSP umbrella school to support her local homeschool group members.

A strong advocate of homeschooling, Marguerite was eager to help. 

Marguerite created the Athletes 1st Academy to serve the many elite athletes who reached out to her seeking help to reclass.  A1A's primary purpose is to help student-athletes repeat 8th grade with a Gap Year. For over a decade, Marguerite has been streamlining the Gap Year process to simplify the transition from middle school,  to Gap Year, and on to high school.


A1A was created to make the Gap Year affordable and easy to manage for student-athletes who need

a flexible schedule that accommodates training, practice, and competition.

Like all our services, Talega Prep's and A1A's programs serve families coast to coast where local laws permit.


Personalized consultations are available at the rate of $95/hr, via Zoom.

Visit for more information about the

Talega Preparatory Academies

and our services to K-12 homeschoolers nationwide.

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