Helen Jackson

A “Hidden Figure” in Texas homeschool history, Dr. Helen Jackson was the first African American female invited into the NASA Astronaut program. Heroically sacrificing her dreams for the sake of her children, she became a star witness in the Leeper Case and helped legalize homeschooling.

Helen’s early career was as a NASA mathematician/engineer intern where she worked alongside her now-deceased husband, inventor John W. Jackson.

Shelby Sharpe

When prosecution and jail time plagued Texas parents for simply homeschooling, Attorney Shelby Sharpe led the up-hill legal battle against every school district in the state. After nine years and two appeals, he won.

Shelby was born and educated in Fort Worth, then attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate and graduate degrees. He’s been married to his wife since 1962 and they have three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Senator Bryan Hughes

Senator Bryan Hughes served his first term in the Texas Senate during the 85th Session, representing the 16 counties of Senate District One in Northeast Texas.  Prior, he represented District Five in the Texas House of Representatives.

Born and raised in East Texas, Bryan attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his BBA in Economics, cum laude, in 1992, becoming the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor's degree.  He went on to Baylor University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1995. Bryan then served as law clerk to US District Judge William Steger of Tyler from 1995-1997.

He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life, and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity.  In 2011, Texas Right to Life named Bryan Hughes the Pro-Life Whip of the Texas House. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Senator Hughes as 2017 Legislator of the Year.

As a small businessman, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar.  Bryan is a leader in his church, a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, and active in civic and community organizations.