Welcome to the 13th Annual
NOT Back to School Summit
Online Homeschool Conference - FREE - September 6-20, 2017
This conference will be amazing! JOIN Home Education Council of America to get free access to all the live speakers
MEET THE MENTORS who are speaking this year and check out the AGENDA:
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Wed / Sept 6 / 10am PST
A 21st Century Approach~ Homeschooling: An Odyssey Analogy
What is the Odyssey Analogy? What is the Mastery Approach? Why is it trending? How can the Mastery Approach rock your homeschool? I invite you to join us and learn: Why the mastery approach is more effective than the age/grade approach, both academically and psychologically; How to benefit your children and implement this 21st Century Mastery in your home; Learn ways to avoid burnout; Replicate a unique modern system that has worked for hundreds of homeschool families; All without it taking over your life.
Wed / Sept 6 / 12:30pm PST
Bully Proofing You: Taming The Bully Between Your Ears
Many times our worst bully lives between our ears. In this training you will learn how to stop internal bullies as well as external bullies. You will receive powerful tools that will help you be bully-proof for life.
Wed / Sept 6 / 3pm PST
Just a Housewife: Should Priorities Mean I Lose My Identity?
How to remember who you are, know who to listen to, and strengthen your family as you meet your own personal goals.
Thurs / Sept 7 / 10am PST
What Kids Need to Know about the Social Media Age
The future will have Social Media integrated into our lives in the same way electricity is integrated into our world. And though most of us utilize a portion of Social Media there is little understanding of its actual functions beyond our own use. Join us to understand the uses and abuses of the vast Social Media universe. This important presentation will focus on 3 main topics:
Thurs / Sept 7 / 12:30pm PST
Seeing Fractions is Understanding Fractions
Four out of five people don’t understand fractions! With one clear hands-on model, Steve demonstrates how to perform the basic operations as well as understanding equivalent fractions, reducing fractions, and mixed numbers. The grand finale is how to convert a fraction to a decimal to a percent.
Thurs / Sept 7 / 3pm PST
3 secrets to unleash your teens untapped potential
After working with youth and parents for 17 years on 5 continents, I've learned the few proven secrets to help teens discover and maximize their personal potential. Let's empower the wonderful youth in our lives!
Fri / Sept 8 / 10am PST
Nature Study for the Well-Educated Heart
Nature is God's University. In a day when faith has come under attack, bringing our children near to their Creator through His Creations will strengthen their trust in Him and add a measure of joy to their lives that can come in no other way. "If the trees and flowers, the clouds and wind, all tell wonderful stories to the child, he has sources of happiness of which no power can deprive him." (Flora Cooke) Come take a look at Nature Study, not just for the mind, but for the heart.
Fri / Sept 8 / 12:30pm PST
God in Mathematics: The Number Eight
The number EIGHT is the number of renewal. It includes the octagon, octagram, cube and spirals. They represent new beginnings, rebirth, phases of the moon, renewal, and even Islamic patterns. The number 8 represents the eighth principle of God's word and the symbol of rebirth. In this presentation, you will learn how eight also testifies of the resurrection of Christ, and learn how to draw an octogram and how it is used in nature. Come and be fascinated with the biblical principles of numbers!
Fri / Sept 8 / 3pm PST
Foreign Languages: Fluency Over Mimicry
If learning a foreign language were as easy as falling off a log, everyone would be fluent in multiple languages. So many homeschoolers fail in their goal to learn a foreign language because they practice mimicry rather than pursuing fluency. In this seminar, you'll learn the difference between the two and discover how successful students achieve fluency.
Mon / Sept 11 / 10am PST
Getting Your Kids Through the Classics and the Classics Through to Your Kids
Do you have a hard time getting your kids through the Classics? Do you have a hard getting through the Classics yourself? Do you find that even when you do get through them, they don't get through to you? Learn why I ditched the Great Books, how I motivate kids to read the Classics, how I make the classics relevant to kids, and other secrets to getting kids through the classics and classics through kids.
Mon / Sept 11 / 12:30pm PST
The Power of Games to Engage the Brain and Accelerate Learning
We know from research and experience that learning sticks best when a student feels appropriately challenged. If the challenge is too easy, boredom sets in and the brain turns off. Too hard, and a child becomes frustrated or confused. Games are a powerful tool for accelerating learning because they allow for flexibility in finding the optimal level of challenge to maximize attention, focus, and motivation. In this presentation, Joseph Hoffman, founder and director of Hoffman Academy, will present tools for how you can use simple, almost-zero-preparation games to help master any subject.
Mon / Sept 11 / 3pm PST
Finding Your Homeschool Bliss
There are lots of voices, lots of challenges, lots of opportunities that vie for our attention, and sometimes it's hard to find our groove and know we're on the right track! This empowering presentation will give you practical tips and advice from a seasoned, happy homeschooler on everything from scheduling to home organization to how to stretch your education budget! No, really! I talk fast!
Leave behind your stress and frustration, and join me for an hour of finding your homeschool zen! I'll share with you some secrets that allow you to match it with clarity and purpose that come from knowing you're going to nail it. Namaste!
Tue / Sept 12 / 10am PST
Educating our Daughters for a Whole life
What are the skills your daughters need for a whole life? Many mothers today do not know because they were not taught themselves, often 3 to 4 generations have passed without whole life skills. Discover what those skills are, and how to re-incorporate them with Mother-Daughter Lost Arts groups.
Tue / Sept 12 / 12:30pm PST
Happiness: How to get to cloud 9
Everyone wants to live happier and more fulfilled lives...but did you know that students and parent teachers who are happy while they are teaching and learning generate heightened levels of creativity, increased leadership skills, higher levels of emotional intelligence, improved retention, and better overall academic performance and mental health? In this session, participants will engage in step-by-step proven strategies to increase happiness and reap the rewards. Don't miss this one.
Tue / Sept 12 / 3pm PST
Secrets to the SCHOLARSHIPS Search!
There are 24 billion dollars worth of scholarships each year. Learn how to find money from the cradle to cap and gown! Discover key words to search for little-known scholarships and find out the key that the library holds to unknown money. No matter how old your child is, you will not want to miss out on the money that is available NOW!
Wed / Sept 13 / 10am PST
Let's Play Math Games!
Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed math fact quiz? Are you both beating your head against the wall because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? This workshop will show you fabulous and effective alternatives to worksheets and flashcards by playing easy and fun math card games. Imagine your kids asking you to practice their math facts more! Come and discover games to help your child learn their math facts.
Wed / Sept 13 / 12:30pm PST
The Not So Known Secret For Homeschool Success
No matter the curriculum or philosophy you are using in your homeschool, there is one thing that could make it all better. I have realized that when parents implement one powerful thing into their home culture, homeschooling becomes way more powerful! When parents and children know this one secret for homeschool success they are happier with homeschool and their family relationships improve as well.
Wed / Sept 13 / 3pm PST
How to get your Youth to Actually STUDY
They will you know. —study, I mean. If the right foundation is laid, with five key pieces that need to be leveraged, your youth will step up to the challenge of getting a great Scholar Phase! Learn how to mentor and empower your youth to pay the price of a great education.
Thur / Sept 14 / 10am PST
Prepare Your Children For The Rapidly Changing NEW Economy
We are experiencing the most dramatic changes in the workplace since the Industrial Revolution. The days of graduating high school or college, getting a job, and working there for 40 years before retiring and collecting a pension is already a thing of the past. We are on the brink of a revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. I'll show you how you can prepare your children for this rapidly changing landscape so that they can adapt, innovate, and thrive!
Thur / Sept 14 / 12:30pm PST
5 College Application Tips for Homeschoolers
For traditional students and non-traditional students alike, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when you are applying to college, demonstrating your academic ability is the most important part of the process. For non-traditional students like homeschoolers, though, there are other important criteria that admissions officers also look for — things you’ll rarely find on their school’s admissions page. In addition, there are key choices you can make even before you apply that will help your application stand out during the admissions process. So, if you’re beginning to think about applying to college and are wondering what you can do to increase your chances of getting accepted to the schools of your choice, join us for this inspiring, informative session. By the end you will have a list of easy steps you can take immediately, along with a variety of unique ideas for making your application compelling to any admissions officer.
Thur / Sept 14 / 3pm PST
Join Diana Waring and Dr. Jay Wile as they team up to share homeschool tips.
Fri / Sept 15 / 10am PST
Why You Need to Teach Geology and How
The common approach to teaching Geology is to hit it once, probably in 8th Grade. But Geology is the beginning point of understanding biology, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, archaeology, and so much more. If we hope to win the battle for our children’s minds in the area of worldview, it is vitally important that we teach geology with the importance that it deserves. This seminar will equip you on how to teach geology effectively.
Fri / Sept 15 / 12:30pm PST
The Vast Importance of Soft Skills in Education
Have you ever heard the term "soft skills"? If not, what about "people", "interpersonal" or even "life" skills? These are all the very same thing. Yet, how many conventional schooling options, whether private, faith based, public/state funded, or community/charter, put much emphasis on these skills, if any at all? As a home educator, you, yes YOU, can and absolutely should! SJ Barakony, the founder of SBSL, mentor, & family educational advisor, will discuss just how critical this is whether you are a veteran, new, or just considering the option of educating your children/grandchildren at home.
Fri / Sept 15 / 3pm PST
How to Finish the 1,000 Piece History Puzzle
Can you imagine trying to understand a novel by reading only portions of chapters in random order? Such an approach would produce a disjointed, confused result. Sadly, the study of history is often conducted in a similar manner. In this seminar, you'll discover how to study history both chronologically and comprehensively using a timeline, the library, and the internet.
Mon / Sept 18 / 12:30pm PST
Fostering Lifelong Learners
Sandi and I wanted to give our sons a good foundation in language arts and math along with a love for learning. Our vision worked, for each of our sons is a lifelong student and always learning and growing. We catch a fire from someone who has a fire. This workshop will share strategies for encouraging a passion for learning through books, family excursions, and exposing your family to fellow firebrands.
Tue / Sept 19 / 10am PST
Home Education or School at Home?
When we began our journey of teaching our children, we bought little desks at a yard sale. Then we acquired textbooks and taped the alphabet to the walls around our school room. Later we moved to the kitchen table, and finally we discovered education is not recreating a classroom in our home and teaching our sons as a group, but tutoring each child as an individual with unique abilities and tailoring their education to each of them.
Tue / Sept 19 / 12:30 pm PST
The Principle Effect
There is a lot of talk about principles lately. The word "Principle" is used in many different contexts, but what is the truth? What are principles in homeschooling? Principles are discovered not created. Principles are truths that can be applied to a variety of circumstances including homeschool. Come and learn:
Tue / Sept 19 / 3pm PST
How Do I Teach This Kid?
Everywhere a homeschooling mom turns, there seems to be one more book about some flavor of four learning styles. But these existing assessments never seemed to fully help in the Gary household, so Carol developed a list of her own! Is your child one who learns "inside the box" or "outside the box"? Perhaps your student learns while "staring at the box" or even "talking to the box". In Carol's home, all four of these learners (Moving, Structured, Analytical, and Community) are represented as either primary or secondary learning styles, so she has seen it all! Come and learn how you don't need to purchase a separate curriculum for every possible learning style combination. You can employ strategies that will work for each student while keeping your sanity and learning more about your child's uniqueness and areas for development along the way.
Weds / Sept 20 / 10am PST
Taking The Fear Out Of Fractions
Do you remember the groans in math class when the word ‘fraction’ was brought up? Well, there is a better and less painful way of teaching fractions! Fractions are, dare I say, fun when they are taught the right way. What’s the right way to teach them? Come and find the beauty and simplicity of fractions.
Weds / Sept 20 / 12:30pm PST
Overcoming the Expectation Trap to Save Your Homeschool Day and Your Relationships
We all have an ideal picture of what we want our days to be like and what we want our relationships to feel like, yet many of those days we don't meet our ideal pictures. Why? What happens? Whose fault is it? And most importantly, what can we do about it? Understanding the power and pitfalls of expectations as well as how to find success in a not so perfect day are some of the lessons that will transform your family and your homeschool.
More coming....please return to this page for more of the agenda....
NOTE: ALL TIMES NOTED ARE PACIFIC STANDARD TIME – you will need to adjust for your time zone!
"My husband, Roger, and I are parents of seven children (four sons and three daughters). We are also grandparents to thirteen grandchildren (three granddaughters and ten grandsons)! We have home educated our children since 1983 and we are still in the trenches." Donna loves to be a wife, mother, and grandmother. She also loves frugality, learning, creativity, living providently, gardening, hiking, creating stained glass murals, oil painting, writing poetry, research, and sharing! BA Art '80. MA Ed. ‘08.
Donna is owner and The Homeschool Mommy Mentor at MentoringOurOwn.com She has presented at dozens of home school conferences in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Virginia, since 1995. She created the Mentoring Our Own Yahoo Group in 2002. Donna founded a private cyber-school and cottage school / home education hybrid in 2002. In 2009, Donna and her daughters Julia Groves and Jennifer Walton co-founded Princess Academies, which became Royal Academe 2013, and finally Mentoring Our Own.
Connect with Donna at: http://mentoringourown.com/
Jeanie Cisco-Meth wrote the book, "Bully Proofing You: Improving Confidence and Personal Value from the Inside Out."
She was a high school teacher for over 15 years and saw the devastation that can be caused by bullies. One simply has to look at news headlines to find evidence of the troubling problem which is affecting the lives of many people. Bullying is a global problem but the solution is individual. Her program is an engaging, step-by-step system to preventing and dealing with bullying, and is a powerful solution to this insidious problem.
Debi Tonks is a mother of four active kids of separate, strong personalities, two have special needs. When she found herself homeschooling these four very different children in her in-law's basement during her husband's unemployment, she knew she had to find a way to get on top of everything or drown in the process! What emerged was a flexible system that keeps things flowing, keeps her kids happy, and keeps her (typically scatterbrained) mind clear and focused. Two houses later, and with the system still working strong for her, she now teaches other women how to design and build systems that work for them.
Pat Hade’s business works with youth sports and educational organizations to form their presence in the digital world, so her team sees hundreds of thousands of posts, tweets, searches and images from students every month. In addition to writing and presenting about using and abusing Social Media and the Internet she collaborates with Virtual Safety Monitoring entities to develop educational content for parents and students.
Her book, Social Media for the High School Athlete, has become a staple in the youth sports community and both Teaching Social Media and a new educational series on Social Media are slated for publication in the spring of 2016. Hade’s work has been featured in numerous publications, media and blogs including USAToday
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their fourth son, John, has Downs 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 and has served on the board of Joni and Friends Eastern PA. He is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families
Greg and Rachel Denning
Greg Denning was out on his own at the age of sixteen. The following years were tough, with hard life lessons about what matters and what doesn't, and how to create a life worth living. With grit and a clear vision of the life he wanted to build, Greg was able to graduate college, serve a mission for his church and marry the woman of his dreams. Together they have six incredible children, whom they homeschool and have traveled with to seventeen countries (and counting); worked with leprosy affected in India; started a non-profit organization teaching self-reliance principles in Guatemala; explored beaches and ruins in Mexico and Central America; and driven overland from Alaska to Panama. The Dennings are always on the lookout for a new escapade, are incredibly passionate about education and believe raising a family is the greatest adventure in the world. They currently live in Germany, and are enroute to Morroco. http://gregdenning.com
Connect with the Dennings: http://gregdenning.com
Marlene Peterson has raised eight daughters and one son with her husband, Brent and is thoroughly enjoying being a grandma. She is founder and president of Libraries of Hope which is all about stories and educating the heart. In addition to bringing many of the forgotten treasures of children's literature back into print, Libraries of Hope is also working to restore the ageless and beautiful art of storytelling to our culture. Marlene has compiled a manual for beginning storytellers, 'Restoring the Art of Storytelling in the Home'. She graduated from BYU where she studied Child Development and Family Relations. She and her husband reside in Appomattox, VA, blissfully surrounded by the stories of history.
Tresta Kay Neil
Tresta was raised under the New Mexican sunsets and loves Mexican and Navajo food. She learned about the miracle of the body in nursing school at Weber State. After living in four different states she calls Utah her home. She is becoming well educated while homeschooling her eight children. She remains hungry for knowledge about symbols, rituals and patterns within the scriptures and the ancient Hebrew and Persian cultures. She is the author of “God Saw That It Was Good”, “The Theology Tree” and co-directs a popular Homeschool Conference in Utah with her husband, Thom. Her passion is teaching and writing. If she had to choose only one subject to study she would study the stars. If you ask her about her most embarrassing moment she will tell you a story about sitting on a cactus.
Ellen Gerwitz has been a homeschooler since 1989, has served as a homeschool leader, speaker, and mentor for more than 20 years in New York, and is passionate about helping others to homeschool successfully. Always obedient to God's promptings, Ellen started her own homeschool support company, Honour of Kings, which offers highly acclaimed Spanish courses for homeschoolers, and a comprehensive and biblically-based history curriculum. She has published four books, with two more in the works, teaches ESL for a French company in her spare time, and she and her husband Matthew joyfully participate in the homeschooling of their four grandchildren.
Christopher Hurtado is an Adjunct Instructor of Liberal Arts and Natural Law at Monticello College, Adjunct Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at Salt Lake Community College, Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy and Political Science at Utah Valley University, and President and CEO of Linguistic Solutions, the developer of the Learn Latin via Aesop's Fables method used at Monticello College, and a polyglot with varying degrees of fluency in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek, Latin, German, and Hebrew.
How to contact Christopher:
Joseph Hoffman fulfilled his dream of starting a music academy in 2007, two years after graduating with a master's degree in music from Brigham Young University. What began as private piano lessons taught in his living room has since grown to become Hoffman Academy, with a staff of fifteen music teachers who provide piano, voice, and guitar lessons to over 300 students in the Portland, Oregon area. In 2010, Joseph saw a need for affordable, accessible music education and began creating free online video piano lessons, available at hoffmanacademy.com , which have garnered millions of views. Through these video lessons, Joseph's own piano method, which combines comprehensive music education, engaging teaching techniques, and emphasis on solid practicing habits, has helped thousands of children and adults all over the world realize their dream of learning to play the piano. Today, his online lessons are used by many homeschoolers as well as part of a comprehensive music education.
Rachel and Oliver DeMille
Oliver and Rachel DeMille are the founders of the highly acclaimed Thomas Jefferson Education ("TJEd") model of learning. They are the parents of five daughters and three sons. The DeMilles’ insights are informed not only by dealing with the unique needs, learning styles and gifts in their own home, but through their experience in mentoring and consulting with schools and families on virtually every level, and around the world. Oliver is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author and a popular keynote speaker at corporate and educational events. He is also the presenter of the online educational series Mentoring in the Classics. Rachel is on a mission to heal families, inspire others to detect, refine and unleash their genius and anxiously awaiting more grandbabies. Rachel is the creator and editor of the 2013 Best Curriculum award-winning "This Week in History".
Connect with the DeMille's: http://www.tjed.org
Kim Hoyer is a strategic thinker and implementer. He is in the business of helping entrepreneurs accomplish anything they set their minds to. He has been a start-up, turnaround and sales and marketing specialist with Factor X Solutions Inc. since 1999. In that role, he has a history of producing strong results for a number of clients including: Cirque du Soliel, Leviton, Panorama Mountain Village, The Calgary Flames, RBC Royal Bank, Castle Mountain Resort, Manulife Bank, The Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Grand Pacific Resorts, Farm Credit Canada, TRAK Kayaks, The Brick, Medican Construction, and Lufkin. Kim’s approach combines fun, flexibility, attention to details, and an entrepreneurial style. He and his team are committed to providing unique and innovative educational programs and hands on solutions based on solid strategic thinking and meticulous attention to detail. Kim knows what it takes to motivate people and lead teams to victory and knows that you can accomplish anything…with the right planning, people, performance, and promotion. Kim lives with his wife Carmel and their four homeschooled kids in either Calgary, Canada or San Ramon, Costa Rica (depending on how cold it is in Canada).
You can connect with Kim at any of the following outlets:
Website 1: www.factorxsolutions.com
Website 2: www.wpdoneforyou.com
Author Jean Burk is a veteran homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, Forbes Living TV, UShopTV, and The Homeschool Channel. Jean currently travels across the United States speaking about how to go to college for FREE! After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her daughter also received free grad school and her son received free law school! You can learn more about her curriculum at: www.CollegePrepGenius.com
Kathleen Cotter Lawler
Kathleen Cotter Lawler is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and creator of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. She was one of the first children to grow up under the Activities for Learning principles. Kathleen has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota and has two Masters Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kathleen is the mother of four children ages 18 to 23. Two of the Lawler children have graduated from North Dakota State University and the younger two are attending college.
Kathleen is currently responsible for marketing, sales, and management. She travels all across the US and Canada, sharing the RightStart mission of helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. In her spare time, Kathleen designs and sews quilts, and is re-learning how to unicycle.
When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader — and for good reason! Her proven system based on Four Simple Skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though she's an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even President of the Worldwide Organization for Women (an approved consultant for the United Nations), Nicholeen spends most of her time at home with her husband and four children, which she knows will be her greatest impact and legacy. The fact that she has such an international influence while still being a stay-at-home mom is evidence of the effectiveness of her teachings.
Learn more about her mission and methods at: www.teachingselfgovernment.com
Matthew Blackwood has been involved in Homeschooling since 1981 when his mother saw John Holt, a pioneer of the modern homeschooling/unschooling movement, on the Phil Donahue show. Matthew brings the unique perspective of being both a homeschool graduate and also a homeschool parent. He and wife Alesia (fellow homeschool alum) homeschool their 3 children and expect number 4 to make it's arrival Jan 2016. Matthew & Alesia are also the founders of UnLock Math, Inc. Founded in 2013 UnLock Math serves a growing community of students around the globe with an interactive online math curriculum for middle & high school that "Brings the Math Teacher right into your home".
Lori Dunlap, MBA, worked for almost 20 years in the corporate arena, first as a management consultant and then as a university program director and adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona. In 2010 she left the university to begin homeschooling her two sons, and to pursue her interests in research and writing, with a specific focus on non-traditional education and higher education. She has recently completed a two-year research project focusing on the transition from homeschooling to college, which culminated in her first book, " From Home Education to Higher Education."
You can connect with Lori here: https://teachyourown.org/
A pioneer in homeschooling, Diana Waring cares about how and what people learn. Not only is she an international speaker (4 continents and counting!), she is the author of the Experience History Through Music series and the History Revealed curriculum series. Follow her witty and practical blog at dianawaring.com/blog, check out her fast-paced, God-honoring, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-in-suspense world history products http://www.dianawaring.com/store/history-curriculum , and discover America’s fascinating history as seen through folk music http://www.dianawaring.com/store/experience-history-through-music Learning has NEVER been this fun!
Connect with Diana at: http://www.dianawaring.com
Dr. Jay Wile
Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). As he was finishing up his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry. He went to the University of Rochester in upstate New York to study chemistry, and his fascination with nuclear chemistry earned him a Ph.D. in that field. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. Dr. Wile's love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published more than 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning “Exploring Creation with” series of junior-high and high-school science courses.
You can visit Dr. Wile at: http://www.drwile.com
Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he made his first big find – a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a life-long love with geology. Raised in beautiful Montana, he spent many days rockhounding near the Big Horn River. This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. Patrick has done field study in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and Plains states, the Southwestern U.S., and Israel. He conducts geology classes and seminars in the Seattle area, and speaks at numerous home school events on geology, the Genesis Flood, and our young earth. He also leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier, and an annual trip for families to Yellowstone National Park, where he helps folks discover the Biblical geology of the park. Patrick is the vision behind Northwest Treasures, a 501(c)3 corporation, devoted to creating excellent geology kits, curricula and education for all ages. To help in this endeavor, Patrick has written several textbooks on geology (preK-12), and a rock identification field guide. In the fall of 2012, he opened the Geology Learning Center, a museum/educational center in the Seattle area. Patrick and his wife, Vicki, have three wonderful children and one grandson, and live in Bothell, Washington.
SJ is a CMA (Consultant, Mentor, & Advisor), as well as the founder + C.E.O. (Chief Encouragement Officer) of SBSL, an Educational Solutions Provider.
At 41 years old, he has been an entrepreneur in the education field for 5 years as of the Fall of 2016.
His business model includes designing and/or implementing customizable business solutions for families, individuals, faith institutions, and business owners to help address three deep, fundamental problems with the traditional approach in the K-12, college/university,, and also gradaute tracks of education in our world today.
He is presently involved (or has been actively involved) in the following mentorship and/or advising programs/organizations:
He is a National Steering Committee member
SJ serves his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan (OWU) on the Central Ohio Alumni Leadership Board and is also an active member of a non profit board (ChefVet)
His favorite past-times are: traveling, reading (220+ paper and audio books in the past six+ years); listening and watching inspirational content; connecting people who may not otherwise have met in the course of time; and being a futurist/visionary when it comes to organically transforming the education system for the Gig Economy age/era in which we now find ourselves.
Connect with SJ: http://www.servicebeforeselfleadership.com/
Tresta and Thom Neil
Thom and Tresta Neil are happy parents of eight wonderful children. We met while working at a nursing home in Provo, Utah. Thom is from New Hampshire and served a mission for his church in Italy. Tresta is from New Mexico and served her mission in the Netherlands. Thom waited for Tresta as she served and were married shortly after her return. After they had their first four children, in 4 1/2 years, Thom brought up his desire to homeschool. Tresta thought he was mad! After much persuading she decided to try it and has never looked back! Together they are the owners of Keystone Education and the directors of a popular Homeschool Conference in Utah. They are sought after presenters. They both have a unique resumes: Thom delivered half a dozen sets of twins as a teenager and Tresta sat on a cactus and was involved in grand theft auto.
Carol Gary has been married to her husband, Grant Gary, for twenty-five years. They have ardently homeschooled their sons in Phoenix, Arizona since the fall of 2000; two of whom they continue to homeschool through high school and two of whom have gone home to be with the Lord. She served in the leadership of a large, local support group for twelve years and has personally mentored over seventy-five moms since 2010 through her comprehensive program that she developed titled, "The Balanced Homeschooler." Carol has also served as the AZ State Ambassador for the Home School Foundation since 2013; helping dozens of homeschooling families persevere through hard times while earning the HSF's top National Service Award four years running. Graduating with honors, she earned both her B.S. ('90) and M.B.A. ('98) degrees from Grand Canyon University. As an active alumni, she along with her family devote many additional hours in support of fundraisers and events that benefit GCU as well as their various non-profit foundations.
To learn more about joining a virtual mentoring session with Carol, contact her at email@example.com or www.thebalancedhomeschooler.com. For HSF inquiries, contact her at AZStateAmbsdr@cox.net