Meet the 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference Speakers:
Heather Bowen is the founder and owner of LifeofaHomeschoolMom.com. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse who traded in her scrubs and began blogging full-time in 2013. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping homeschooling moms to find balance and beauty in their busy lives. Heather is also the owner of HomeschoolBlogging.com where she inspires and teaches others how to share their stories and achieve their blogging goals. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Felice Gerwitz is an author, a podcaster and the owner of Media Angels, Inc. a publishing company dedicated to helping families. The Gerwitz’s have five children and four homeschool graduates, their last will graduate in 2018. Felice has authored over 19 books and 4 titles were selected in Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 and 101 Homeschool Curriculum Picks. Felice’s book, The Insider’s Guide to Successful Science Fair Projects was selected as book of the month for God’s World Publishing. Felice is the owner of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. Felice podcasts at Vintage Homeschool Moms, A Few Minutes with God, and the Writing and Podcasting Advice Show. When she is not podcasting, Felice can be found in the kitchen baking or at a field, watching a softball or baseball game. The Gerwitz’s have been married for 38 years and live in Florida.
Marianne Sunderland is a homeschooling mother of eight unique children ages 7 to 26, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record setting around the world sailing campaigns. Because 7 of her 8 children are dyslexic, Marianne is a passionate dyslexia advocate with a heart to educate and encourage families, not only to understand dyslexia, but also to discover and nurture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom. Marianne’s web site, Homeschooling With Dyslexia, provides weekly articles on homeschooling kids with ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia that will bless and encourage you: http://www.
Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mother of six. She wasn’t born organized, but God has given her the grace to graduate three students, blog at Psychowith6.com, podcast at HomeschoolSanity.com, and author the book The Organized Homeschool Life. She is also the author of Grammar Galaxy elementary language arts curriculum and is passionate about helping homeschool teachers raise readers and writers. She loves telling homeschool moms that if she can do it, anyone can!
Richele McFarlin is an Orton-Gillingham tutor and work at home mom of four who has a collegiate background in educational psychology. She began homeschooling almost 16 years ago. Her passion is to help moms on their homeschool journey. She is the owner of Ruby INK Design, where she gets to see her hex colored dreams come to life. You can also find her blogging at Talking Mom2Mom where she creates Charlotte Mason inspired & outside the box learning materials.
Karrie Chariton is a homeschooling, stay at home mom of 3 kids. She has been homeschooling for 6-1/2 years. In addition, she is a wife and crazy cat & essential oil lady. She also has two work from home businesses and enjoys Houston, Texas where as a family they love trying different coffee houses and ethnic restaurants.
Lindsey Stomberg is a stay at home, work from home mom to six children ten years and younger. She homeschools and enjoys large family living. When Lindsey is not changing diapers, cleaning house and cooking meals, she enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix with her husband … because let’s get real, who has energy after 8PM when you have that many kids? As her husband would say, Lindsey is a chronic hobbyist. She is always learning a new skill whether that be graphic design, making cloth diapers, or streamlining a start up business with her 9 year old daughter. Lindsey likes to DIY her way around the home, explore natural remedies, and create new and exciting recipes in her Instant Pot during her downtime. Lindsey is co-owner at Talking Mom2Mom. Talking Mom2Mom is devoted to providing necessary encouragement and quality educational resources to homeschooling families. Lindsey is the author of The ABC’s for Godly Children Bible Curriculum and co-author of It’s the Heart Not the Hemline: A Biblical Unit Study on Modesty and The Five Solas: Signs to Follow on the Narrow Path.
Heidi Kreider and her husband, Chad, have been married for 24 years and are the parents of Eric and Lexi, Emily, and Ellen, and the grandparents of one sweet little girl, Quincy. For sixteen consecutive years, she has homeschooled one or more of her three children and now only has one left in the her nest. Heidi is actively involved in volunteering with the Indiana Association of Home Educators as a content writer, Convention workshop speaker, and Social Media Manager. One of the things Heidi is passionate about is helping women find ways to make an income while being a stay-at-home mom. When she’s not working from home as a freelance writer and speaker, Heidi enjoys writing, crafting, Sunday dinner with her family, and any moment she can get with Quincy.
Monique Boutsiv is a homeschooling mother to 3 kids in grade 1, 4 and 11. She has been homeschooling for 10 years and enjoys a relaxed homeschooling approach using lapbooks and notebooking. She shares kids activities and resources for homeschooling mothers at Living Life and Learning. She also works from home as a graphic/web designer at Moniquebdesigns.com. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram.
Shaunna Evans is a former classroom teacher with a masters degree in early childhood education. Over on her website, Fantastic Fun and Learning, she shares creative learning activities and fun things to do with kids. A planner and organizer at heart, Shaunna also combines those skills with her background in blogging and social media management to help others reach their goals online via her company, Elite Virtual Service. A busy work at home single mom, Shaunna balances online entrepreneurship while homeschooling one child and supporting another who prefers public school. It’s a busy life, but it’s well worth it!
Jenny Ervin is the happy wife of 23 years to Steve and Mama of 8 children ages 20 down to 5. She blogs over at amothersheritage.com as well as runs several home businesses. With a passion for helping other moms be able to stay home with their families Jenny mentors over at https://www.facebook.com/
Annette Breedlove has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their five children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her 9 angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating Free Printables for homeschool families and she gets her scrapbooking fix in by making Subway Art for herself and her readers. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and Pinterest.
Tauna is a [domestically challenged] homemaker and a homeschooling mom of 6. She and her husband Aaron live in beautiful NW Oregon enjoying the rain and raising their children for the Lord. Tauna has a passion for encouraging homeschool moms to pursue God’s call on their lives (no matter the learning curve) and rely on Him to equip them for the task! You’ll find her at ProverbialHomemaker.com, bringing you encouragement and practical tools for your journey.
Cathy homeschooled her children from K-12th grade, and was a home school curriculum consultant for 20 years with the National Writing Institute. She’s talked with thousands of parents and students about the education issues most important to them, and now she writes about the things they discussed most often. Currently she coordinates curriculum programs for families and tutors kids from first grade through college. Cathy is a certified Sign Language Interpreter who has developed teaching programs for students who were deaf, blind, and deafblind, and who had Aspergers and autism. She has also taught in private school settings. You can contact Cathy at her main site, cathycanen.com.
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Phyllis is an ordinary woman who serves an extraordinary God. She homeschooled three of their
children from preschool through high school. (1992-2009) Her passions are her Lord, her family, and her writing. She has written a column on mothers and daughters for a magazine for five years, and various articles and book chapters for The Old Schoolhouse. Phyllis has also written several books, including her favorite,Purposeful Planning. You can reach her at Phyllis@Phyllis-Sather.com or on her website.
Terri Hedrick lives in Florida with her husband and their two teenaged daughters. She was an educator before having her own children, and has continued to work as an online instructor over the years while also homeschooling her girls. Terri has learned that it is possible to wear many hats while homeschooling, you just have to know the right questions to ask before you do! One of her passions is helping other homeschooling families. Terri is also a homeschool consultant and evaluator. In their free time, Terri and her husband blog together about their homeschooling, homesteading lifestyle here: http://ourhappymedium.
A former elementary and middle school teacher, and now a mom of a toddler and a preschooler, Connie Deal is an exhausted toddler mom’s secret weapon! She transforms typical days into exciting adventures with fun-filled activities and a dash of pizzazz. Connie also helps busy moms gain back time and help get their households running like well-oiled machines by creating and using routines that work. Connect with Connie on Facebook and Instagram or check her out at ConnieDeal.com.
Carol Topp, CPA (TaxesForWriters.com and MicroBusinessForTeeens.com) is an accountant, author of the Micro Business for Teens book series and a retired homeschool mother. She enjoys encouraging teenage and adult micro business owners. Her goal is to make taxes and accounting easy to understand via her websites, books and webinars. She is the author of 14 books including Business Tips and Taxes for Writers and Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out. She is also the host of the public television show Starting a Micro Business and a podcast called The Dollars and Sense Show. Her website, HomeschoolCPA.com has been awarded a Top Accounting blog annually since 2014. Carol lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and has two daughters who were homeschooled through high school.
Melissa Langford is the owner and writer of the blog BlessedSimplicity.com where she encourages moms of large families by providing practical tips for homemaking, homeschooling and natural living. She is a devoted wife to her husband of 20 years and homeschooling mom of six amazing children. She is also an advocate for foster care and adoption in her community and through her blog.
Known as the Sex and Money Mrs., Danielle Tate not afraid of the tough topics no one wants to talk about in the church. Danielle is an author, blogger, speaker, and former budget coach with a passion for setting women free. As a budget coach she helped many families find finance freedom. Danielle believes the church at-large needs to have honest, bible-based conversations about money and sexual integrity. Danielle, her husband Brad, and their son Wyatt are a full-time RVing family with a love of the outdoors. They currently live in the Gettysburg, Pa area. Find Danielle online at DanielleTate.org and on social media @TheDanielleTate.
Lara Molettiere is a saved-by-grace and fueled-by-coffee homeschooling mom. Her heart is to help you weed out the overwhelm homeschooling can bring. Her purpose is to help you learn how to plant good seeds, cultivate lovely relationships with your children, and grow good things in your home and homeschool. You can find her at Everyday Graces Homeschool.
You might find Betsi Hill on her boat with her husband, Jim and their Maltese Zach, uncovering stories in exotic locales, or exploring in her home of Florida in search of stories that are waiting to be told. As a magazine editor and freelance writer, she wants to help others discover the freedom of freelance writing. Connect with Betsi at Betsi’s World, and pick up the latest guide to what’s happening in Florida!
Alexis Mathews got her start in the online world as a popular family blogger over thirteen years ago. Over the years, Alexis developed a deep understanding of online marketing and virtual assisting. She found that she loved working with entrepreneurs, as she was an entrepreneur herself! She also appreciated how many responsibilities an entrepreneur has to juggle and realized that outsourcing marketing could help entrepreneurs drastically increase their productivity and business success. Her love of virtual assisting naturally grew into helping others, especially fellow homeschool Moms through the Virtual Assistants Making Money Course, coaching, and the Virtual Assistants Business Community.
Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men and My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina. Listen to their podcast, read their blog, and learn more about their speaking here.
Amy Michaels helps kids enjoy learning with brain-based learning activities. She shares fun and easy ways for moms to enrich a homeschool education. You can find her books, ecourses, and leveled thinking activities on Amazon and ThriveHomeschooling.com. Amy is also dedicated to helping busy moms find focus, joy and balance in mom life – especially those moms running a business. She shares time-saving tips, clever ideas, and the BEST products for moms at ThoseCleverMoms.com.
Stephanie Eidson is a thirty-something, homeschooling mom of two, that married her best friend in 2003. She is the owner and founder of The Multi Taskin’ Mom, Homeschooling on Accident, and Homeschool Printables for Free. Her passion for helping homeschooling moms turned her writing hobby into a full- time job. Since 2013, she has devoted her free time to creating homeschool helps, printables, and a character curriculum: My Character Matters.
Tiffany Andrews is a VERY outmatched mama to four crazy amazing kiddoes, a Jesus follower, homeschooler, blogger, and coffee fanatic. She traded in life as a full time pharmacist for days filled with ABCs, Latin declensions, and constant character training. You can read about how God’s power is perfected through her abundant weakness at Outmatchedmama.com. Her desire is to equip and encourage mamas like you to be more of the women God made them to be. She is the author of Bible Bites: A daily Bible study for busy moms, Parenting Peters: A look at discipiling the strong-willed child like Jesus did, and the Maintain your Homeschool Focus e-Course.
Most days you’ll find Katie Hornor answering client emails or working on her next book in the front room coffee shop of their 250 year old home in tropical Mexico. She’s an author, speaker, curriculum developer, Christian homeschool Mom of 5, and the #RelationshipMarketing brain behind Blogging Successfully and TheBlogConnection.com, helping women entrepreneurs spread their message to more people while making more money.
Michelle Huddleston is the Homeschool & Lifestyle Advisor, Curriculum Resource Creator, and Blogger behind With the Huddleston’s. This homeschooling mompreneur of four blessings is passionate about creating a virtual community for all homeschooling moms to have feasible options, frugal resources, and phenomenal fellowship with other moms on this journey. Self-published author of her best-selling book, Just for Today’s Homeschooling Mom, it is Michelle’s desire to see homeschooling families live unapologetically authentic.
Ana Willis is the unhurried homeschool mom of 3 and wife of 11 years. She is a former pastor and health coach, who loves working as a social media and online marketing strategist, and blogger. She loves to encourage, inspire, and empower moms to go from stressed to blessed by providing them with the tips, strategies, and resources they need to succeed. Ana is the founder of They Call Me Blessed and the creator of 5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Years, Hebrew for Homeschoolers, Grow Your Blog Partying in 30 Days, and the Beyond Blessed Life Planners. She leads a vibrant online community for homeschool moms on Facebook and you can connect with her at www.facebook.com/
Stephanie blogs at Happily Homegrown – Where homemaking, homeschooling, and homesteading meet. She is a New Jersey certified teacher and homeschool advocate with over fifteen years of elementary teaching experience; first in New Jersey’s public schools and currently while homeschooling her three children. In the nice weather, you can find her in the garden, but in the winter she spends a lot of quality time in the kitchen cooking and baking with her children.
Jen Merckling is a former elementary teacher and has been homeschooling her 6 kids for 14 years–she’s got 3 teens, a kindergartener, and 3-year old miracle twins. She has a passion for helping moms find joy and grace in their homeschool and parenting journey! In the middle of dishes, diapers, and laundry–you can find her blogging about the homeschool life at jenmerckling.com.
Claudia Pennington is a marketing professional with more than 10 years experience. Claudia provides technical SEO audits and Google Analytics audits for websites large and small (e-commerce included) to improve traffic, rankings, and conversion rates. Claudia is certified in both Google Analytics and Google AdWords. Her expert-level knowledge of and extensive experience implementing Google Tag Manager makes her one of the best analytic minds in the business. Claudia also trains and coaches bloggers via online training courses she created, which you can learn more about at SEOAuditGuide.com.
Crystal Paschal spent 8 years in the classroom as a pre-K teacher before making the jump to full-time blogger and homeschooling mom. Crystal writes about reading and literacy at Fundamental Children’s Books (www.itsfundamental.info), and when she’s not blogging or teaching, she likes to read, crochet, and spend time with her family. She’s also passionate about helping other moms find success with their blogs, and she wants to connect with YOU! Please reach out with your questions or just to chat!
Jen Reyneri exists to boldly excite, ignite and inspire others in their Kingdom journeys. Busy homeschooling mom of two daring boys, she and her husband Luis lead a local stewardship ministry and hit the road whenever possible. Jen is the founder of #LetYourWriteShine retreats, Shine Digital Marketing and WordTraveling.com, a successful travel blog. She inspires others to GO! and is purposefully driven toward poetry, training up the next generation of leaders, cultivating ‘in real life’ community, hosting new friends in her beach cottage, and strong iced espresso.
Anne Marie Gosnell has a Masters in Education with a focus on developing curriculum and instruction. Her life journey includes over 25 years in Children’s Ministry: Sunday School, Puppetry, Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, Awana, and various outreach ministries. She is the author of two books and the founder of www.futureflyingsaucers.com where she shares creative, engaging Bible Object Lessons, Sunday School ideas, and Children’s Ministry activities so parents and teachers can share Jesus with confidence.
Sean Allen is the creator of Character Badges and a proud father of six. Sean is passionate about nurturing children to grow up with a desire to follow God and his ways. He loves to dream up creative and engaging ways to capture their imagination and to inspire them to give their very best effort in whatever God has set before them. Sean received his bachelor of fine arts from Avila University in 2013. Along with designing products that assist families in the important work of discipling their children, he also partners with his lovely wife in several other online businesses. You can find him blogging about the adventures, joys and challenges of parenting at characterbadges.com.
Kathie Morrissey is the mother of 8 children, wife to Alan for 39 years, and a committed homeschooling mom of 31 years. She is the founder of The Character Corner, where she loves to blog about parenting, family life, homeschooling, and life in general. Kathie is a popular speaker at home school conventions and support groups, as well as ladies retreats. She is also the author of two popular character curriculums, and several other books
written to encourage parents and help them parent with purpose. Her heart’s desire is to help and encourage parents to be purposeful in raising Godly children with strong Christian character, who walk in purity, and have a heart for God.
Danielle has been homeschooling, or “lifeschooling,” for 14 years and has run the WINGS Homeschool Group for the past eight. She has a passion for helping other homeschoolers learn how to homeschool in a way that does not compete with family life, but actually enhances it…homeschooling done in a spirit of freedom, not legalism. Her desire is to see more families set free from the world’s expectations of what education is and to discover that God has made each family unique and has also placed in each of their children special gifts and desires that He wants to use. The verse that guides the Papageorgious in their pursuit of lifeschooling is Matthew 6:33, “But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and ALL these things will be added to you.” (Emphasis mine).
Sheri Graham is the founder of SheriGraham.com where she writes and creates products to help women live intentionally. Sheri is the author and creator of over sixty books on homeschooling, homemaking, and family. Sheri lives in the Midwest with her husband and children.
Penny Mayes is a professional art teacher, a professional educator, and a homeschool mom of 20 years. Her passion is integrating hands-on art with history and art history unit studies. She is also a wife and mother of three adult children. She holds a master’s degree in education and makes her home in North Carolina.
Erin Persinger is the owner/founder of HomeschoolBalance.com. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Erin is a former accountant who traded her career to become a full-time mommy in 2007. She and her husband decided to “try” school at home in 2012, and they fell in love with the homeschooling way of life. She is passionate about helping busy moms balance homeschooling with their hectic lives, and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed. Her blog is a calling and a labor of love.
Michelle Cannon is a single mom homeschooling special needs kids. She blogs at The Heart of Michelle, where you’ll find her offering tips and support on homeschooling and parenting kids who have Asperger’s, dyslexia, processing disorders, and bipolar disorder.
Elena LaVictoire is a graduate of Baker College in Flint, MI. She worked for 25 years as a home-based medical transcriptionist while homeschooling her six children. Her adult children graduated and successfully entered trade school, college or directly into the work force. She is still homeschooling her 7th grade daughter and her pre-school aged granddaughter. She has been blogging since 2002.
Meryl van der Merwe grew up in South Africa where she worked as a computer programmer and then started her own software company. After moving to the USA in 2003 she began homeschooling her 4 children. She has been teaching live classes at her local co op and online classes at FundaFunda Academy for over 10 years. In addition, she coaches homeschool Science Olympiad and Quiz Bowl teams and an inner-city First Lego League team. In her spare time, she loves reading and travel.
No one understands education like Britton LaTulippe. This homeschooling father of five is the author of Reveal-ing School and more than 70 children’s books, creator of several early-learning curriculum sets, and the owner of Blue Manor Academy.
Penny is a homeschooling mom who blogs at Our Crazy Adventures In Autismland. Based on her own personal & sometimes difficult experiences with autism, she educate families of children with autism on how to navigate their world from diagnosis to adulthood. She speaks to groups on a variety of topics related to autism. She offers real life advice and ideas through her blog by providing printable therapy techniques, ebooks and DIY posts.
Lisa Yankey’s kindergarten teacher predicted she would grow up to be a criminal. Her high school career counselor told her to become a mortician. Instead, she ended up getting paid to watch paint dry. Then she became a public-school teacher. In contrast to the world of paint, teaching six-year-olds turned out to involve significantly more bodily fluids than she had envisioned. She began law school with the goal of advocating for educational reform but graduated and found her niche at a non-for-profit clinic practicing immigration law. Lisa began homeschooling shortly after her oldest child had a disastrous start to public school first grade, and she has never looked back. When her oldest child told her he wanted to study Chinese, she agreed to let him try it. He was six. She thought he wouldn’t last a semester. But, to her surprise, he did well! She and her husband have backgrounds in foreign languages, including proficiency in foreign languages other than Chinese, but they couldn’t find guidance on how to help their children learn a language they didn’t speak. They researched successful methods and used their own skills and experiences to find ways to help their children enjoy learning foreign languages. Years passed and Lisa was asked over and over, “How are your children learning a language you don’t speak?” Lisa wrote down her answers, did a lot more research, and finally became the author of “The Homeschool Path to Foreign Language.” Lisa still loves immigration law, and kept her career as a part-time attorney. She gets to advocate for educational reform through homeschool avenues. Lisa resides in Indiana with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a cat.
Misty is thankful for God’s grace and restoration throughout her life. She is passionate about being real through every stage of life to encourage women that they are not alone in their struggles. As a homeschool graduate, she knows that homeschooling is the right path for her children. She enjoys watching her children’s excitement to learn grow, as they follow a child led homeschooling method. She is the founder of Year Round Homeschooling, where she shares resources, encouragement and more for other year round homeschooling families! She and her husband have been married for 12 years and they’re journeying through life together in Maine, as the owners of Misty Morning Cottages. On her list of favorite things you’ll find; literature, photography and essential oils, wherever she is one or more of these items are sure to be close at hand. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and G+.
Carla Jansen is a science teacher turned homeschooling mom of five children. She is passionate about high-interest, hands-on, child-led education, and loves how homeschool allows children to experience education in a real-life setting. She especially loves exploring, traveling, and trying new things with her family. Biking, rock-climbing, chocolate, and Chinese food are some of her favorite treats! She is a National Geographic Educator, has a BS in Biology and Teaching, and is finishing a MS in Geosciences and Teaching. You can find her online at Preschool Powol Packets and Teaching Without Chairs.
Jan L. Burt is a 25-year homeschooling veteran, mom to five children, happily married to Tony for 27 years. She is the owner/operator of JanLBurt.com and blogs at MomsWhoHomeschool.blogspot.com
Misty Mendoza has been a Christian, homeschooling mom for 14 years and counting. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 5 children, ranging in ages from 2-19. Being a homeschool mom has been one of the biggest blessings of her life. Misty has a heart to encourage other moms to find joy in their homeschool journey. Having a child off at college now, she has witnessed how fast the years fly by and inspires fellow moms to make memories with their children. She has seen firsthand how important making memories is to building a strong family. When she isn’t homeschooling and doing “mom stuff,” Misty enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and going on walks. She also has a passion for blogging and shares about motherhood, homeschooling, and foster/adoption at manyseasonsofmotherhood.com .You can connect with Misty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or email.
Jeniffer Do Nascimento is a child of God, wife, and mom of six whose love of literature flows in every subject of her homeschool. Her minimalist mentality helps her keep the house somewhat clean and fresh, delicious food on the table without breaking the bank. She stretches every penny, makes every moment count, and is never far from a good book and cup of coffee. You’ll find her journey of frugal living and homeschooling her brood at Thou Shall Not Whine.
An entrepreneurial homeschooling family, Andrew and Sara Elizabeth, aka Team Skill Trek thought they had life-skills covered. During a routine vacation, the penny dropped and they were shocked to see skill gaps in their children, tweens, and teens. Unable to find a life-skills program that would solve this problem and meet the unique needs of their large family, they created a comprehensive, flexible, and customizable life-skills curriculum that meets students at their developmental level. The parents of seven children, including children with special needs, they understand the unique challenges that homeschooling families face with scheduling, academics, field trips, co-ops, family life, and balancing it all. Skill Trek provides a curriculum the whole family will use and enjoy. Not only does Skill Trek prepare young people for adulthood, it’s powerfully building and strengthening family relationships.
Hillary Moore is first a follower of Jesus, wife to her husband of eighteen years and mama to their six children. They’ve been homeschooling and homesteading for more than fifteen years in Indiana. And she is learning all that she doesn’t know daily. Three things that have been learned to make each day great – trust in the Lord, time outside, and tea (many, many cups of tea).
Veteran homeschooler Pat Fenner feeds her passion for encouraging and inspiring homeschooling moms by writing at her blog BreakthroughHomeschooling.com. Catch her excitement about parenting and homeschooling middle and high-school-aged young people when you subscribe to the site, and get practical helps for parenting teens, ideas for creative “real life” learning activities, support for homeschooling thru high school, and lots of encouragement for moms.
Dana Hanley writes at Life Led Homeschool (http://lifeledhomeschool.com)
Katie Glennon, owner of Katie’s Homeschool Cottage, is a homeschool mom of 15 years with two boys in college. She is a former educator of over 30 years of experience with degrees in English and Secondary Education who enjoys sharing her passion and experience in learning with homeschoolers to help them enjoy their homeschool journey.
Erica Johns is a longtime homeschooling mom of six, and owner of EnrichmentStudies.com, where she helps homeschool families bring more fine arts into their lives. Still smiling after 20+ years of homeschooling, Erica is passionate about time with her family, which not only includes her own original 6 kids (now ages 15-25), but also a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, and three precious grandchildren. Erica loves to encourage other moms in their journey, with positivity and practicality.
Hi! I’m Kathryn Brunner! I’m a homeschooling mom of two girls ages 3 and 6. I’m also an early childhood music educator. I am passionate about child development and music literacy. I’m on a mission to help parents and children enjoy making music together! Since earning my license and certification as a Musikgarten instructor in 2005, I have had the privilege of leading thousands of young children in joyful musical play in my own piano and Musikgarten studio, church and community. At Musik at Home (mymusikathome.com) I come alongside parents like you to help you incorporate music into your homeschool. I offer Musikgarten’s developmentally sequenced classes by way of video to help you savor precious musical moments and give your child a solid foundation on the path to music literacy! It is an absolute honor to join this year’s Homeschool Mom’s Conference as a presenter. I love sharing my passion for music education. I’ve also had the privilege to do so as a presenter at the Music Teacher’s National Association Conference, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, George Mason University’s Piano Pedagogy Department, and several local music educators associations. In my spare time (if I can ever find any!) I enjoy composing music at the piano, recording my music (iTunes!), baking with my daughters, knitting, exploring essential oils and all things natural, and going on sweet walks with my family.
Kristi Bothur writes on This Side of Heaven where she delights in encouraging women as they serve their families, embrace their femininity, and deepen their faith in Jesus, and also on Naomi’s Circle, the pregnancy loss ministry she and her husband began after the second trimester loss of their second daughter in 2009. A former public school teacher, Kristi is now a homeschool mom of two and a homeschool leader in her community, where she has directed a Classical Conversations Foundations/Essentials (K4 through grade 6) program for four years. She is a transplanted northerner living in the South, and especially loves the one week in the spring and the fall when it is not too hot and not too cold. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys watching old episodes of the Waltons with her family while eating popcorn – the more buttery, the better.
Michelle Osborn, a 21-year homeschool veteran and mom of four, is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental. She has helped three of her four children pursue the college process. Her passions besides being a wife, mother and homeschooler include music and encouraging homeschool moms.
Jennifer is a Jesus-loving wife and on-the-go homeschool mom who loves writing and tries to keep up with her guys. She is also the founder of A Helping Hand Homeschool, providing creative support, resources, and money-saving ideas for homeschool families. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Amy Blevins lives with her husband and six beautiful children in the state of Virginia. As the owner of Encouraging Moms at Home, Amy loves to help moms with the tips, tricks, ideas and tools they need to win at this mom thing! Besides writing, Amy enjoys homeschooling, hiking, reading, singing, teaching, and serving Jesus above all.
Kimberly Garcia is a wife and homeschooling mother of four children–one daughter and three sons. She has been homeschooling for about 16 years, and with her husband has graduated two of their four children. While teaching her children at home, she learned that she enjoys writing curricula, and began her own publishing company. Although she is an engineer by degree, she is a lover of writing and grammar, and has been teaching writing for several years to her own children and to local children in the homeschooling community. When she is not actively teaching, Kimberly spends her time publishing educational workbooks, homeschooling resources, and adult coloring books. To learn more about her or her company, Brookdale House, you can find her online at www.brookdalehouse.com.