About CEC

What is CEC?

Cornerstone Educational Community offers core subject classes and electives from a Christian worldview taught by qualified teachers. Core subject classes include Literature, Writing, History and Sciences along with electives such as art, French, and Spanish. Students benefit from a classroom setting, improved communication skills, and greater accountability. Sign up for one, two, three or more classes.

Who can participate?

Homeschooled students in grades 7-12.

When do we meet?

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., September through April.

Where are classes held?

Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Telford, PA 18969

About Howard and Doreen McIlwraith

Howard and Doreen McIlwraith grew up in northern New Jersey and have been married for 31 years. After living in northern California for 8 years, they moved to Pennsylvania and started homeschooling their two children in 2006. Their daughter, Heather (21) was involved with CEC for two years (including the first year when the program was called ALC) and is now attending Liberty University online. Ian (18) has spent five years enrolled with CEC and is also our website administrator. Prior to CEC, Howard and Doreen were co-founders of SCHOLA, a homeschool co-op in Quakertown for pre-school through 8th grade, and left that group after leading it for seven wonderful years. They currently attend Christ Community Bible Church in Perkasie where Howard serves as an elder.

About Amy Wheeler

Amy has a BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College. She has had a wide variety of teaching experiences in both public and private schools. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, she taught reading and literature study, as well as middle school algebra. She also spent several years teaching homeschool students at the Master’s Academy of Fine Arts. Amy and her husband Jim live in Green Lane. She has been homeschooling their three children for the past twelve years.

About Melissa Cassey

Melissa holds a BA in History from Eastern University and has done extensive graduate studies in Political Science at Villanova University. Melissa has taught various history/literature and civics classes to homeschoolers for the past ten years. Teaching from a Christian perspective, her goals are to encourage students to think critically about the subject matter and to come away with a sense of appreciation and pride for the rich heritage they been granted. Melissa resides in Warminster with her husband, Jim, and together they worship at Covenant Church in Doylestown. She has one daughter, who is a homeschool graduate, and is now married and in the workforce.



Doreen McIlwraith


Howard McIlwraith


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Melissa Cassey

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Amy Wheeler

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Robin Witter

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