Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt was first taught at home in the second grade by his parents in northern Vermont. For nearly all of the remaining years of his elementary and secondary education Tj was taught at home. For much of that time his family was on foreign mission fields. Tj received his J.D. while studying at home from Oak Brook College of Law and began serving as a Legal Assistant at HSLDA. Now, as an HSLDA Staff Attorney, Tj answers general legal questions and
assists members across the country experiencing legal difficulties. Tj and his wife, Susan, have
seven children, Josiah, Suzanna, Ella, Makenna, Jonah, Annika, and Ezra. They are teaching all of their children at home.