Meet Peggy and Karen


Peggy Webb

West River Academy was founded in 1993 when Peggy was looking for an umbrella school for homeschooling her three daughters. She wanted something simple and affordable. She wanted the freedom to apply what she was learning about home education without being told what to do or how to do it. Since she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she decided to start her own school.

“There must be other families who would like to have the kind of school I was looking for,” she thought. And she was right!

West River Academy is unique in its ability to offer full support while not interfering with a family’s right to educate their children in the way that works best for them.

Peggy has a teaching background, having taught English as a Second Language in Japan and at universities in Ohio and Colorado.


Karen Abe

Peggy’s oldest daughter, Karen, was unschooled her whole life. Find out more about our Unschooling Perspective below. Karen never stepped foot into a traditional classroom until college. After graduating magna cum laude from DeVry University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management, while holding down a full-time job with Edward Jones Investments, she soon decided to leave the corporate world and follow her passion of education.

In February of 2015, Karen came to work with West River Academy as the Assistant Director.

We at West River Academy do our best to answer your phone calls personally and give you the valuable information you need for making a wise decision about this important step for your family. We will hold your hand as you get started and be there for you as much as you need us.


“Thank you so much for giving me such an incredible and unique educational opportunity! Honestly, I thought this would be too good to be true. Your kindness, and helpfulness, as well as your words of encouragement and understanding, meant so much to me. I don’t think you realize this, but you became a very important piece and a great blessing in this puzzle we call life. Thank you for being part of it.
~ Becki, Chihuahua, MEXICO


I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to you for all you do to keep West River Academy as a wonderful alternative to the traditional public school systems. It gives families maximum flexibility in choosing the curriculum appropriate for their children. Good luck in your continued success!
~Gail, Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Please contact us for a free initial consultation so that you can decide if we are a fit for your family.
Call 949-492-5240 or Email us.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Listen to interviews with Peggy
Natural Moms Talk Radio interviews Peggy on unschooling and eclectic homeschooling.
Listen or read the transcript!

Listen to an interview with Peggy and her 15-year-old daughter.
Peggy and 15-year-old Rachel are interviewed on The Relaxed Homeschooler talk radio.
Listen to show #6!