Episode 12: Confessions of a CEO’s Wife with April Bortins

Robert and April Bortins chat about her background, her homeschooling journey so far, and how she integrates faith into teaching her children.

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Episode 12: April Bortins

Summary

April Bortins is a homeschool mom and the wife of Robert Bortins. Together, April and Robert homeschool their three children with Classical ConversationsÂź. Before teaching her own children, April worked as a public-school teacher and head coach for both track and field and cross country. In this special episode of Refining Rhetoric, Robert and April chat about her background, her homeschooling journey so far, and how she integrates faith into teaching her children. They also talk about how she felt joining the Bortins family and what daily life looks like in the Bortins household.

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“I want my kids to be kids. I just want them to know that when they walk their path in this world that they’re grounded through Jesus Christ.” 

April Bortins

Topics

  • Intro to April [0:54]
  • How Robert and April met [1:19]
  • What happened when April thought Robert was going to break up with her [2:08]
  • April’s career as a public-school PE teacher [4:32]
  • How April navigated a new school grant for heart rate monitors [6:17]
  • What it was like for April to become a Bortins [13:53]
  • The joys and challenges April has faced while homeschooling [15:43]
  • Being a minimalist homeschooler [17:48]
  • From homeschooling one child to two [19:35]
  • An average homeschool day in the Bortins household [22:22]
  • How April spends her spare time [25:29]
  • Advice for new homeschool parents [27:41]
  • Raising kids to be kids [28:46]
  • Farewell to April [29:45]
  • “Classical Tools Recap” [30:25]
  • “Current Events Discussion”: Sanctity of life from a biblical perspective  [32:13]
  • Ad: Trail Life USA [36:01]
  • “Classical Crypto”: DeFi wallets [37:43]
  • Outro [42:12]

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