Andrew’s Super Power: Equipping parents and teachers to train their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.
Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.
Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fifteen, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Find out more about IEW at IEW.com.
Andrew’s conference workshops are titled: Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing and However Imperfectly: Lessons Learned from Thirty Years of Teaching
Rachael’s Super Power: Honesty & Transparency
Rachael Carman: I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this former control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father. “ I challenge mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to the Lord.
I invite moms to join me in loving God passionately and worshiping Him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. ” You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as I speak of my own struggles with perfectionism and impatience and share my challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life.
My honesty will surprise you, and my humor will put you at ease. I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. My husband and I own Apologia Educational Ministries, I’m an author and speaker—I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.
Rachel’s conference workshop is titled: Most Important Subject to Teach Your Children
Davis’ Super Power: Helping Young Adults Actually “Adult”
Davis Carman got started on his homeschool adventure with a providential two-by-four on the side of his head. Twenty-six years and seven graduates later, he hopes to share some of the lessons he’s learned along the way to help other families enjoy the most successful, satisfying, and Christ-centered home school possible. He is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of creation-based science, math, and Bible curriculum for homeschooling families. He blogs at apologia.com/blog and is the co-host of the Let’s Talk Homeschool podcast. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!
Davis’ conference workshop is titled: How to Help Your Young Adult Children Actually “ADULT”
Steve’s Super Power: Building Faith Families
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and six special grandchildren. Their fourth son has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
Steve’s conference workshops are titled: Home Education or School at Home AND Fear Not! You & Your Student Can Learn Math Together
Britton’s Super Power: Motivating Greatness
No one understands education like Britton LaTulippe. This homeschooling father of eight is the author of more than 70 children’s books and The Art of Raising Children for Greatness series, creator of several early-learning curriculum sets, and the founder and president of Blue Manor’s Online Academy. After attending an elite prep school in Virginia, he realized that the greatest disparity between the rich and poor was not their wealth, but their quality of education. Now, it is LaTulippe’s mission to bring high-quality education into the world of homeschooling.
Britton’s conference workshop is titled: Finding Truth in a World of Fake History
Gena’s Super Power: Making Music Easy for every Homeschool Mom to Include in her Homeschool
Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for over 25 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It has been her joy to teach elementary and junior high choir, high school voice classes, private voice lessons for teens through adults, early childhood music and movement classes (babies through preschool), elementary general music, music appreciation for elementary through high school, and to serve as musical director for stage musicals.
Gena blogs about homeschooling, family, fashion, and more at I Choose Joy!, shares resources and reviews for including music in your homeschool at Music in Our Homeschool, and provides easy-to-use, click-and-go online courses for all ages at Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com.
Gena’s conference workshops are titled: 7 Top Reasons Every Homeschool Should Include Fine Arts and How to Use Living Books to Teach Music in the Homeschool
Steven’s Super Power: Helping homeschool super heroes protect their parental rights and decriminalize homeschooling
Steven Policastro is the founder and director of the International Association for Creation, a global Christian 501(c)3 ministry dedicated to bringing quality Christ-centered education to the nations. He leads a team from around the world that is dedicated to amplifying learning from a biblical worldview, increasing access to homeschooling, and protecting parental rights throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. In 2020, in partnership with the national Christian homeschool leadership and the Ministry of Sports & Culture, the team initiated and drafted public policy that legalized homeschooling in Bolivia.
Today, he leads his team in:
1. Scaling success by equipping experienced community leaders across Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific with the tools necessary to provide sustainable, local solutions for students, parents, and teachers.
2. Facilitating high-level government discussions regarding the formation of education freedom zones in Mongolia.
3. Establishing a national education framework for the Ministry of Education in South Sudan.
4. Brokering refugee resettlement talks between national homeschool leaders in France and their European Union counterparts who are engaged in the current conflict over parental rights.
Steven has presented to and engaged in dialogue with top world leaders, including government officials and Ph.Ds. in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, leading his team in facilitating ground-breaking diplomatic discussion on education reform that is qualitatively and quantitatively transforming nations. His efforts have opened access to critical infrastructure and opportunities for millions of individuals to continue to benefit from strategies that are amplifying learning, increasing access, and protecting rights in over one-hundred nations. He is a media spokesman in various areas of expertise, from education reform to transformative peace processes.
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Steven‘s conference workshop is titled: Homeschooling Around the World
Annette’s Super Power: Learning to Relax
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette’s homeschooling journey began in 2010 when her oldest was finishing up preschool. She realized he was ahead of the curve and felt that he would “get lost” in the large class sizes. After much prayer, she and her husband decided homeschooling was the right fit for their family. Over the years their homeschooling methods have changed and grown into what works best for their family, which is a mix of Charlotte Mason and Unschooling while they travel the United States in their RV fulltime.
Annette’s conference workshop is titled: Ideas to Keep Your Littles Occupied while Teaching Older Kids
Mike’s Super Power: Storytelling.
Pastor and author Mike Curtis brings adventure to life in his new Noland Kids Adventure book series. Growing up in a sports-focused family that loved camping, exploring, and all things adventure, Mike dove into teen ministry in his early twenties to bring the Good News to a distracted and struggling generational. He is married to the popular homeschooling author and speaker Meredith Curtis. They live in Lake Mary, Florida and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. As a spiritual dad and pastor of Powerline Church, his passion is sharing life-giving principles from God’s Word that impact and transform others.
Find Pastor Mike on Facebook and Instagram.
Mike’s conference workshop is titled: The Superpower of Storytelling
Meredith’s Super Power: Joy
Meredith Curtis, homeschooling mom of 5 amazing children and Grand-Merey to 7 angels, writes, speaks, and loves to encourage families in their homeschooling adventure. Meredith loves reading and traveling. She uses living books, hands-on projects, and “travel” to teach to instill wonder and love of learning. With gratefulness to the Lord, she is a curriculum creator, publisher, and the author of Healthy Living for Christian Teens, Who Dun It Literature & Writing, HIS Story of the 20th Century, and God Bless the USA Exploring States and Territories.
You can find Meredith at PowerlineProd.com, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Check out Meredith’s homeschool resources at Powerline Productions’ online store. Read her blog at Homeschool Joy at PowerlineProd Blog, and Listen to her at Finish Well Podcast. Join one of her online classes at True North Homeschool Academy.
Meredith’s conference workshops are titled: Travel to Learn U.S. Geography and Healthy, Happy Homeschool
Dachelle’s Super Power: Inspiring Kids to Read
With over 20 years of experience as an educator, and a homeschool mom herself, Dachelle understands the challenges of engaging children with classic literature. Her solution, Literary Adventures for Kids, is a comprehensive language arts curriculum that incorporates a touch of magic dust and “rabbit trails” to inspire students from preschool to high school to read. Dachelle’s courses encourage critical thinking and facilitate meaningful conversations, making them a valuable resource for educators and parents alike.
Additionally, Dachelle is the creator of Hide The Chocolate, a popular blog where she shares her experiences in homeschooling and parenting using a relaxed Charlotte Mason approach. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
Dachelle’s conference workshops are titled: Unlock the Magic of Shakespeare: Learn How to Introduce Your Children to the Bard and Watch Them Fall in Love! and Creating a Morning Time Routine to Start Your Day Off Right!
Christine’s Super Power: Empowerment
Christine Suarez is a homeschool mom of two in Brooklyn, NY, with a decade of expertise in education, psychological development, and homeschooling. Her website, bloomingbrilliant.net, empowers parents with resources, support, and encouragement.
Christine’s conference workshops are titled: Becoming a Homeschool Hero: Empowering Yourself with the Confidence to Happily Educate Your Children and Supercharge Your Homeschool Planning
Gabi’s Super Power: Engaagement
In a chaotic and often contentious world, crafting a place of rest and peace for ourselves and our families is more important now than ever before. With an emphasis on the art of homemaking and placemaking, writer and teacher, Gabi Haberer, encourages mothers to view their role through a Biblical lens while elevating the daily rhythms of life-giving work at home so families find rest, faith, and hope in an unhurried, home-centered life.
Gabi’s conference workshop is titled: The Art of Placemaking: Surviving the Chaos of Today’s World
Brandee’s Super Power: Probably… multitasking 🙂
Brandee Gillham is so thankful she left the world of teaching collegiate anatomy to become a full-time mama. The Lord called her to spend her days homeschooling her four cowpokes (with one of those precious boys already in heaven) and she encourages other by telling them that no time invested in our children will ever be wasted. Her deepest prayer is that she will raise these men to be warriors for Christ and passionate learners. She and her cowboy enjoy serving as fourth generation ranchers on the family operation in Northeast Colorado raising beef cattle, quarter horses, chickens, and bees. If she is not at home teaching her children, she might be in a tractor or on a horse or delivering a baby. She can be found with a .22 or camera in her hand, or a baby on her hip, but preferably not at the same time. She doesn’t drink much coffee but can be seen with a cup of sugar as she loves to bake and serve food to others. She believes in Jesus Christ, home discipleship, patriotism, agriculture, hard work and speaking the truth with love and laughter.
Brandee’s conference workshops are titled: Raising Warriors and Tips for Organizing Your Home/School
Aimee’s Super Power: Restful Homeschooling
Aimee Smith is a second-generation homeschool momma, author of The Restful Homeschool Resolution: 21 Days to Transform Your Homeschool, and host of the Rest in the Homeschool Trench podcast. As homeschool mom to four children, Aimee lives in the daily tension between God’s call to the task of homeschooling and His call to rest as His daughter. Her family’s homeschool story could be chronicled by persistent struggles and battles of life, including a decade-long battle with Aimee’s autoimmune disease. Aimee is passionate about utilizing academics as a tool for discipleship, encouraging moms to seek rest in our busy days, and seeing our culture transformed through families committed to Jesus.
Join Aimee at AimeeSmith.com for encouragement to cultivate a restful heart so you can experience victorious rest in the midst of your homeschool days.
Aimee’s conference workshop is titled: 21 Days to Jumpstart Your Homeschool Year and Teaching Strategies for Homeschooling with Chronic Illness
Mandi’s Super Power: Partnering with Parents: Draw out your Child`s Potential
Mandi Frost is from Zimbabwe and home educated her 3 young adult sons, two of whom had learning challenges. As a certified academic life coach, career coach and parent coach, Mandi created coach programs (Teen Mentorship 101, GO PROGRAM) to support (tw)teens to build executive function skills, cultivate healthy thinking patterns, so they make better choices and build strategies to manage their lives confidently and responsibly. Mandi loves to develop curriculum and her newest venture is a Time Tools for Teens online course (launching soon)! Mandi partners with parents in “The Coach Approach” to parenting and home education – drawing out a child`s potential and creating more connection and relationship – “The counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, and a man of understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:5 Her Home Harmony Masterclass provide parents with coach strategies on how to guide and equip their family in making healthier life choices, encouraging respectful responses, building better time management and focus so children manage their lives with accountability as they work together to honor God.
When Mandi is not coaching, she is reading, studying her Bible, walking in the mountains, road tripping, or missing her sons (as her and her husband are empty nesters). Being outdoors brings a special calm and peace and a reminder of God`s goodness and provision having lived in Africa (Zimbabwe) and experienced life-threatening trials and life-changing transitions.
Mandi’s conference workshops are titled: Time Tools for Teens and Shift your parent-superpowers and expertise
Katie’s Super Power: Making discipleship easier–and deliciously fun!
Katie J Trent puts the FUN back into the FUNdamentals of Family Discipleship! She’s the bestselling author of “Dishing Up Devotions: 36 Faith-Building Activities for Homeschooling Families” and “Recipes for a Sweet Child: Creative, Bible-based Activities to Help Your Family Thrive.” She’s also the founder of Family Faith-Building Academy, an 8-week digital family discipleship course for Christian parents, as well as a popular blogger and speaker who infuses faith and fun to build strong families. Katie resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband of 18 years and their two children.
Katie’s conference workshops are titled: Connecting & Correcting: How to Effectively Discipline Your Kids Without Creating Disconnection and Do’s & Don’ts of Discipleship: How to Effectively Build a Faith that Lasts
Kelly’s Super Power: Help, hope, & humor so you can make learning simple in your homeschool.
Kelly is a homeschooling mama living in Maine with her husband of more than 20 years and their four children, two of whom are homeschool graduates, and five pets. She is a veteran homeschooler who is passionate about helping the homeschool community simplify their homeschool, find their authentic learning style, and embrace the chaos that often comes with raising a family.
Kelly’s conference workshops are titled: Simplify Your Homeschool with Books and You Are Enough: Fighting homeschool doubt with Truth
Christy’s Super Power: Teleportation: the ability to instantly appear in any location, to offer my expertise and support to homeschool families all over the world.
Christy Gandara is a former classroom teacher and homeschool mindset mentor who challenges families to examine what matters most and to use the unique gifts inside themselves. Her three “bugs” are finished with homeschooling and working on their advanced education. When not coaching or creating printables she can be found in the yard feeding the birds and squirrels or walking her cat Percy.
Christy’s conference workshops are titled: Tips for Keeping Kids Engaged and How do I Know my Child is Learning? Assessment tips for Homeschool Families
Sara’s Super Power: Unit Studies
Sara is a Daughter of the King, and math teacher-turned homeschool mom to four kids (including a set of twins!). She loves encouraging other moms on their homeschool journeys and shares curriculum reviews, tips, and resources on her blogs Blessed Homeschool and Techie Homeschool Mom.
Sara’s conference workshop is titled: 7 Components of an Effective Homeschool Unit Study
Justina’s Super Power: Music, encouragement
Justina Thurston of Jus’ Classical is a musician, video and course creator, and songwriter. She has a degree in music therapy and has worked as an early childhood music teacher for over 20 years. At her church, she also helps with the music ministry, playing oboe in the orchestra, and teaching Sunday school to early elementary-aged children, using her Westminster Shorter Catechism songs. Justina is also a blessed wife and homeschooling mom of three. At Jus’ Classical, she seeks to encourage other homeschool moms and families, especially in focusing on Christ, making memorizing painless through music and in enjoying great art and classical music through her courses, like The Composer Detective, and the Jus’ Classical Fine Arts Membership. Justina is also the host of the Music & Art Homeschool Summit.
Justina’s conference workshops are titled: Simple Ways to Include Listening Activities in your Homeschool and 10 Reasons to Study Art Appreciation
Tauna’s Super Power: Discipleship Focus
Tauna Meyer is the author of ProverbialHomemaker.com and the curriculum Sound Words for Kids: Lessons in Theology. Tauna is a homeschooling mom of six who speaks to women with encouragement that is relatable and tools that work in real life! She has a passion for helping moms overcome the hurdles that keep them from homeschooling successfully, all while pointing themselves and their children to Christ. She and her husband, Aaron, also serve as leaders with OCEANetwork.org, the Oregon Christian homeschool organization that works to protect and expand homeschool freedoms in Oregon.
Tauna’s conference workshop is titled: 5 Strategies for Intentional Bible Teaching & Discipleship in Your Homeschool
Amy’s Super Power: Finding What Your Special Needs Child Needs to Thrive
Amy Bodkin is a Consultant and Public Speaker serving homeschooling families with needs that fall outside the norm. She is uniquely qualified to help homeschool families with a wide variety of special needs. Amy is an Autistic Adult, has an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and homeschools her two Autistic kiddos. Amy takes a Developmental Approach paired with Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy that “children are born persons” and are worthy of the respect due to persons. You can check out all that Amy does to advocate for the better treatment of children at her website. It’s as easy as ABC: Ally, Boost, and Connect! Ally with Amy through her podcast, “Special Needs Kids Are People Too!” Get a Boost with her Educational Resources. And Connect through her Membership Group and Private Consultations!
Gretchen’s Super Power: Being the Swiss Army Knife of Advice and Encouragement
Gretchen Roe has 21 years of home education experience with her six children, five of whom are college graduates. Although she considers herself a reluctant homeschooler, she now says it was “the best journey of my life.” With a degree in psychology and child development, she has spent the last 27 years in positions of homeschool advocacy, developing special bonds with families of children who have to work harder to learn. A former business owner, she has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. Gretchen began working for Demme Learning in 2014 as a Placement Specialist and now serves as the company’s Community Relations Coordinator. She loves the outdoors, all things furry, chicken raising, and beekeeping. She serves her local community as the high school swim coach and is a second-degree Taekwondo Black Belt.
Gretchen’s conference workshops are titled: Your Student’s Math Struggles Are Not Their Fault and Reading & Spelling: One Journey, Two Paths, and How They Connect
Shannan’s Super Power: Turning homeschool subjects into family travel adventures.
Hi, I’m Shannan. My travel motto is my teaching motto! “The World is Our Classroom”. I can pack a travel itinerary and my live, online classes the same way I pack my carry-on. Tight, exciting, and on budget. I love dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, thoughtful conversation, captivating itineraries, and stamps on my passport.
Shannan’s conference workshops are titled: Smart Travel Super Hero: Family Travel that Counts and ‘Level-Up’ with Educational Field Trips: Make it the best day ever.
Laura’s Super Power: Managing Multiple Littles
Laura McKinney Adams is a wife and a 2nd generation homeschooling mother to three. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University. While at Liberty, she met her husband, who is a fellow homeschool graduate. Laura’s writings have been published in Greenhouse Magazine and Homeschooling with Heart. She writes about classical education, lifelong learning for moms, and homeschooling the early years at lauramckinneyadams.com.
Peggy’s Super Power: Strength – to not only scale an aerial silk with just my two hands, but to endure through the hard times God has allowed to happen in my life to teach me important life lessons
Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a leader in the homeschooling community and popular speaker addressing a wide variety of topics she learned through her homeschooling years, as a cancer survivor, influencer, and business owner. This physicist turned home educator left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home, which eventually turned into a lifetime calling.
Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017 and now leads an organization that empowers thousands of families across the globe each year to create specialized home education plans. Peggy is also the host of the very popular live broadcast and podcast, Empowering Homeschool Conversations, a weekly talk show where her guests address relevant issues related to customizing homeschooling for unique learners. Peggy is the former: Texas Home School Coalition Special Needs Team Lead Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators Special Needs Coordinator Mothers of Preschoolers Area Coordinator for MN, ND and SD She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and trained as a Precept Bible Study leader. Plus, on the side, she is a professional aerial silks performer and instructor at her other business, Eternal Aerial Arts LLC. To book Peggy to do an aerial performance at your event, click here to learn more. In her free time, Peggy enjoys healthy cooking, paddle boarding, hiking and reading. She and her husband Doug live in League City, TX, and after 19 years of homeschooling have now graduated all three of their children from their home school.
Peggy’s conference workshops are titled: Be Angry…and Train Your Kids and Flipping Special Education Homeschooling
Penny’s Super Power: Encouraging and Equipping Parents for Homeschool Success
Penny Ross taught her own three children at home from birth through high school graduation. She led the homeschool ministry at her church and realized she was getting more and more inquires such as “I don’t go to your church but can I ask you about homeschooling?” So at an age when many of her friends were retiring, she opened her own small business, Tools for the Home Educator in Torrance, CA, where she mentors and coaches the next generation of homeschoolers. Her specialty is in helping families determine their own homeschooling style and then assisting them in mapping a pathway to success. Penny is married to her college sweetheart, Greg, and together they delight in seven grandchildren.
Penny’s conference workshops are titled: HOMESCHOOLING … WHEN LIFE INTERVENES! and ESCAPING THE CLASSROOM
Leilani’s Super Power: Truth
A homeschooling mom of four kids, Leilani applies her 10+ years of experience as a classroom teacher to provide homeschool evaluator services to Florida families. Leilani’s youngest has Down’s Syndrome, which has inspired her to start connecting with other families on similar journeys to share support, information, and encouragement…because all families are exceptional! Leilani also has a passion for encouraging families to homeschool more biblically.
Leilani’s conference workshop is titled: Are We Forgetting Why We Homeschool? Biblically Homeschooling in A Secular World
Jenn’s Super Power: Finding processes to make your homeschool life easier
Jenn Dickerson is a homeschool mom of 3, a singer, and a planner. If she is not singing in the van on the way to homeschool co-op, you’ll find her checking off lists at home. She learned the art of list-making when young and now helps others organize their homeschools over at Homeschool-Planning.com.
Jenn’s conference workshops are titled: 7 Types of Homeschool Calendars and How to Plan Your Own and Enjoy Your Homeschool with a Group Learning Time
Kimberly’s Super Power: Equipping homeschool moms with solid biblical truths
Kimberly is a wife, homemaker, and homeschool mom of 3 who loves Jesus. She loves encouraging moms to cultivate their homes with joyful intention through Biblical motherhood, homeschooling, artful homemaking on a dime, and family discipleship.
Kimberly’s conference workshop is titled: Equipped and Called to Homeschool
Michelle’s Super Power: Encouraging and empowering parents who are homeschooling teens
Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as coaching and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and grandma to five! Three of her children are now successful entrepreneurs. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one coaching, courses, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschool their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams, learn more at www.HomeschoolingteensSuccessfully.com
Michelle’s conference workshop is titled: Homeschooling an Entrepreneur
Michelle’s Super Power: Equipping and Encouraging Special Needs Parents
Michelle McCarthy is a YouTube content creator at the Brave Homeschooling Mama. She lives in VA with her husband and two children. Michelle has a master’s degree in special education and taught public school for 12 years. She loves to equip and empower special needs parents in their homeschool journey.
Michelle’s conference workshop is titled: How to Get Your Child with Autism Motivated to do their School Work
Penny’s Super Power: helping special needs families excel
Penny Rogers has been homeschooling her special needs kids for over 20 years. Autism, dysgraphia, and dyslexia are just another day in her special needs world. Now she uses her superpower of helping special needs family excel to make their best life.
Penny’s conference workshops are titled: How To Pick Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum For Your Neurodivergent Child and Movers, Shakers, Denim Cloth Haters – How To Homeschool A Sensory Intense Child
Amber’s Super Power: X-ray Homeschool vision! With it Amber helps families look beyond circumstances and see way to overcome, adapt and shift to have their most successful school year yet!
Amber Smith and her chef husband of 26 years, raised ten wild children in southern Iowa. Her desire to help homeschool parents avoid burnout, build their best life, with strong relationships, led her to start blogging at 200 Fingers & Toes. That is where you can find the latest articles, product reviews, new In Due Season Homeschool Podcast episodes. Amber serves the homeschool community as a freelance writer, reviewing and contributing to popular homeschool blogs and magazines by sharing tips and tools used in their homeschool over the last eighteen years. Wherever she speaks, Amber offers practical examples to equip your homeschool, define your goals, dream bigger and build relationships that are vibrant and active.
Amber’s conference workshops are titled: Want a Faithful Sidekick? Start with Your Homeschool Schedule and Kryptonite proof your homeschool with SIX Keys that will help you build a super plan!
Sara’s Super Power: Encouraging curiosity, creativity, character, and connection
Sara Jordan is the blogger behind Heart and Soul Homeschooling, a site created in 2008 to encourage and equip homeschool moms to confidently provide a delight-directed education to their children. She is a mom of three homeschooled daughters (including one graduate), a speaker, and a homeschool consultant. Sara has a degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development, which began her interest in educational alternatives like homeschooling. She enjoys creating and sharing unit studies, lapbooks, and more hands-on learning resources to help homeschool families find the fun in lifelong learning.
Sara’s conference workshop is titled: Discover Your Purposeful Homeschool Vision
Pamela’s Super Power: My superpower is making learning fun.
Pam is a former teacher turned homeschool mama to three boys. She has merged her passion for teaching with her experience as a mom to create Little Learning Moments, a space dedicated to play-based learning for our littlest learners (ages 0-5).
Pam’s conference workshops are titled: What do preschoolers really need to know? and Using Play-Based Learning in Your Homeschool
Christine’s Super Power: Making Poetry fun and hands-on
Christine has been homeschooling for twelve years and is the author of A Year of Poetry Tea Time, Relaxed Homeschooling, and the founder of the International Homeschooling Poetry Contest. She’s been homeschooling for 13 years and worked with children of all ages for 9 years prior to that. She is passionate about teaching and creating memorable learning experiences. She is on a mission to share with everyone the importance of poetry in a child’s education.
Christine’s conference workshops are titled: Make Poetry Your Secret Weapon and Live Poetry Tea Time
Jen’s Super Power: Joy & Patience
Jen Merckling is a homeschool consultant, curriculum developer, speaker, and writer—who loves helping moms find joy and grace in their homeschool and parenting journey! Jen taught 2nd grade in the public school system, but has spent the last 20 years homeschooling her 6 kids (3 have graduated and 3 are still at home—a sixth grader & 9 year-old twins). She is the author of Ready for Reading, a beginning phonics program tailor-made for homeschool families!
Jen’s conference workshops are titled: Am I Doing Enough? and 5 Tips to Make Any Homeschool Curriculum Work For You
Sarah’s Super Power: Empowering homeschool moms to raise confident readers who love books
Sarah Miller lives in Michigan with her husband of 12 years and 2 children, who she has homeschooled since birth. In addition to being a homeschool mom, she is also an educator with over a decade of experience teaching kids in preschool through high school. Sarah’s signature program, Reading Better Together, helps homeschool parents teach their kids to read with confidence using scripted lessons and side by side stories that make the process of learning to read fun. Sarah blogs at Homeschooling 4 Him, where she shares tips and tricks to make homeschooling simple and fun. Her advice has been published in national publications including Parents, National Geographic Kids, and Yahoo Lifestyle.
Sarah’s conference workshop is titled: 3 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Teaching Kids to Read (and How to Fix Them!)
Janine’s Super Power: Training parents to be Deuteronomy 6 Disciplers.
Originally a high school teacher in her native Australia, Janine McNally is the founder and director of Grace4Kidz, a non-profit that produces gospel-centered resources. In her spare time, she is a writer, professor, and doctoral student and has just published her first book “When You See Fireflies. Equipping Parents and Leaders to Minister Effectively to Generation Alpha.” She has been involved for over 40 years in pastoral and church planting ministry alongside her husband and, most recently, children’s ministry. She passionately believes in empowering leaders and parents to reach Generation Alpha for Christ.
Janine’s conference workshops are titled: Parenting Generation Alpha and Parenting your preteen.
Laura’s conference workshop is titled: A New Way to Schedule: Planning Your Homeschool Day with Young Children
Carol’s Super Power: Simplifying toddler activities
Carol Jones is a qualified teacher with a background in early years education and special needs. She is the owner of the website My Bored Toddler which provides easy toddler activity ideas and educational activities for busy parents.
Carol’s conference workshop is titled: EASY ways that toddlers can learn through play.
Terrie’s Super Power: homeschooling special needs
Terrie McKee is an author, speaker, podcaster, and blogger who also homeschools her youngest daughter. Married to Greg (who is paralyzed), together they have four children who all have varying special needs. A follower of Jesus Christ, she teaches adult Sunday School and writes books to encourage Christians on their faith journey. As a homeschooler, she also encourages and inspires other Christian homeschoolers as they home educate their children.
Terrie’s conference workshops are titled: Teaching History with Minecraft and Homeschooling Girls with ADHD
Lesa’s Super Power: Not Giving Up
Lesa is the author of Misfit Mama Bear Haven! Lesa has four kids ranging from 2 to 19. Through social media and the blog, on4 can find stories about what life is like parenting kids of vast age ranges. Also included are homeschool adventures, honest talk about chronic illness, being a parent to multiple autistic children, and all the things this Mama learned along the way…and maybe a bit of fashion flair! The goal of Misfit Mama Bear Haven is to build a community of people from all walks of life. Lesa wants to help people find homeschool and parenting resources that fit their needs and help them feel and look fabulous along the way! Find Bear Haven Mama also on Facebook and Instagram
Lesa’s conference workshop is titled: Self-Care and the importance of Mental Health for the homeschool mom
Lisa’s Super Power: I create educational opportunities that take families in the right direction
Lisa Nehring has 1 husband, 2 graduate degrees, 5 kids and a blackbelt in homeschooling. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Having homeschooled her 5 Kids for 30 years, Lisa takes delight in knowing that her growing passel of grandkids are also being homeschooled. Lisa is the founder and director of True North Homeschool Academy, a 4th-12th grade full service on-line Academy. Our world class teachers utilize time testing educational tools, cutting edge tech, the SAMR model of education and gamification to provide a unique and innovative program that nurtures our growing international community. You can also find Lisa over at “Its Not that Hard to Homeschool” – blogging, podcasting and nurturing a growing community of families who are interested in or currently homeschooling Lisa believes that education is the transmission of culture and is passionate about transmitting a culture of Truth, beauty and goodness to a world desperate for all three. She believes that education is a great tool to bear witness to a living God!
Lisa’s conference workshops are titled: Intimidated about teaching your kids the Bible? and What class must every high school student take in High School Career Exploration!
Christian’s Super Power: I like to talk a lot about relationships and home life.
Christian Horstmann was blessed to grow up in a homeschool family that was grounded in faith and dedicated to loving Jesus Christ. He now enjoys speaking and writing about family-centered topics such as building stronger relationships, practical home life, and the challenges and blessings of homeschooling from the perspective of a homeschool graduate. He loves to spend time with his family, enjoying God’s creation in rural countryside America or reading a great book together.
Christian’s conference workshop is titled: Strengthening Young Hearts: Building Relationships in Dark Times
Monique’s Super Power: Making science fun
Monique is the owner of Living Life and Learning where she shares engaging hands-on science activities for young learners. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her 3 kids and homeschooling her youngest. If she’s not working on her website or creating resources, you can find her in the garden enjoying green tea and dark chocolate. You can find Monique on Living Life and Learning, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.
Monique’s conference workshop is titled: How to Teach Science Without a Curriculum
Kerry’s Super Power: Inspiring moms to raise leaders who love learning, make wise decisions and influence others for Jesus Christ
I’m your hostess, Kerry Beck . . .
I’m so excited to share these veteran homeschoolers with you to give you confidence to homeschool with success. I’m Gigi to my grandkids, so I’m starting over this year with Kindergarten. I love it. I homeschooled my 3 kids for 10 years. They’re all adults and my girls are moms, themselves.
You’ll get to know Gentry during Homeschool Super Heroes Week because she conducted our Super Hero Secret Interviews. retired homeschooler. I hope I can share the lessons I learned so you can do better in your homeschool.
I enjoy meeting with moms to encourage them in raising, educating and encouraging their own kids. I also have a strong desire to show families how to give their children a love of learning. I love being a mom, a Gigi and a homeschooler. One of my kids said, “I’m bringing my kids to you for all those fun activities.” Well, I can’t wait.
Most importantly, I want to share my faith with you. It’s my faith in Jesus Christ that gives me strength and courage to walk through days of rejection – loneliness – abandonment and lead me to peace, joy, victory and real forgiveness. Who could ask for more?
Sit back and let our Homeschool Super Heroes help YOU!
Get rid of your overwhelm and homeschool with confidence after you hear our Super Heroes. If this is your first year, you’re in for a treat.