Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into nine regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
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NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
There are many groups of North Carolinians who are working to promote or practice home education. Find home educators like or near you.
NCHE divides the state into 9 regions. Each region has a director.
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Middle and High school sports include Boys Baseball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country (individual & team), Golf (individual & team), Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Swimming (individual & team), Girls Volleyball
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A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late Spring featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
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The number before the talk represents the session number; the letter represents the interest code.
Interest Codes for Talks
G General interest to all parents T Teens and alums
B Beginners and inquirers L Parents of struggling learners
Y Parents of young children preschool to early elementary D Dads
O Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school) M Mom
P Parents of teens (and possibly teens)
Diane Allen and her husband have homeschooled for over twenty years. They have two homeschool graduates who are now out of college, married and new parents to two cute "grand-girls." Their last homeschooled student graduates in June of this year. In addition to homeschooling, Diane has administered the Woodcock-Johnson achievement test and assisted homeschoolers with learning differences. She also maintains a blog on homeschooling topics and teaches online science classes and in person lab workshops through Landry Academy.
5 G How to Succeed in Co-ops and Classes without Really Trying
8 G Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing--with Marji McIlvaine
Angela Highsmith Armstrong along with her husband, Toriano, has homeschooled nine years. They currently homeschool two and have a homeschool graduate. They have been married thirteen years. During their first years of homeschooling, they used their trucking company as an educational tool by schooling over the road on the big rig. This gave their oldest as well as their middle child the unique opportunity unlike any other —to be able to understand geography by exploring the highway. Angela is a local support group leader and the volunteer coordinator for Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc.
3 G Starting Over Again
Ken Auer is the founder and master software craftsman of RoleModel Software, Inc. (http://rolemodelsoftware.com), pastor-elder of a family-integrated church (Southwest Wake Christian Assembly, http://swcassembly.org), head instructor at the Software Craftsmanship Academy (http://craftsmanshipacademy.com) and homeschool father of three children (twenty-two, seventeen and eight). After twelve years as a successful software developer and leader, he started RoleModel Software in 1997 and, in 1998, he started RoleModel Software's apprenticeship system. By God's grace, he has been learning and working out what God's call for discipleship means in all aspects of life, how to integrate those aspects (see http://kenauer.com), and what it means "to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Luke 1:17, Malachi 4:6).
2 O P T Equipping Your Budding Technology Entrepreneur
Katherine Barnett has been married to her husband Sam and his military career for over twenty-three years. They have nine children, currently homeschooling six, and have been homeschooling for fifteen years. Their oldest son, twenty-one, is a senior in college studying pastoral ministries, and their youngest son, two, is working hard at potty training. She holds a B.A. in English language and literature and is currently co-authoring a book about the calling of a military wife. She and Sam help lead a ministry within their church that seeks to meet the needs of the military families in the Fort Bragg community. It is their passion to see marriages and families made stronger through the struggles within the military lifestyle by connecting them with Christ. SGM Samuel Barnett has seen more than a dozen deployments totaling over ten years of separation from the family. Training their kids with a foundation of faith in God for this calling has been invaluable in helping them to weather the storms of having their dad gone for more than half of their lives. Encouraging moms to trust God during these types of trials and helping them to understand the biblical mandate for the military to help strengthen their marriages is what she loves best, next to Jesus, Sam and her kids.
11 G Homeschooling from the Homefront
Dee Black has been Senior Counsel at HSLDA for the past twenty-three years. He is responsible for matters involving HSLDA member families in NC.
9 G Common Core State Standards and Homeschoolers
D. Kevin Brown and his wife Pam have been married twenty-three years and are parents of four children (two adopted from China). They have been homeschooling for seventeen years and have one married daughter (a homeschool graduate) and three more children still in the home. Kevin pastors Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Wilkesboro, NC and has written, Rite of Passage for the Home and Church—Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults and To Date or Not to Date—What the Bible Says about Premarital Relationships. Brown has a passion to transfer the gospel and the principles of Scripture from one generation to the next. His books are thought-provoking and challenge families to consider whether the culture or the Bible is having a greater impact on the family.
5 G Homeschooling Is Not Foolproof
11 D T Dads—Developing a Spiritual Vision for Your Family
Don Brown is a practicing attorney and author of eight novels, including the national bestsellers Treason and Malacca Conspiracy, both of which reached the #1 ranking on the prestigious amazon.com bestsellers list for fiction. Three of his novels in his Navy Justice Series, including Treason, Hostage and Defiance were rated by Online Universities as among the fifty best legal novels of all time. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice as an attorney but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Don currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC.
7 G T Fiction as a Weapon in the Culture Wars
Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources reflect Janice’s focus on twaddle-free, active learning (she did have boys, after all?). Janice speaks at conferences nationwide. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy and Get a Jump Start on College, among other things. She is also director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE). Whether teaching high school students to love literature, parents to be more inspired and effective teachers, or families how to create multiple streams of income, Janice’s focus is on sharing the joy of the journey and lighting lamps so that others can more easily find their way.
5 B Why Homeschool? Gentle Answers for Tough Questions
8 G Model-Based Writing Lessons from Charlotte and Ben
Davis Carman is passionate about being a husband and father. He and the wife of his youth, Rachael, have been married for twenty-seven years and are blessed with seven children age ten to twenty-three years old. They live south of Charlotte, NC where they have enjoyed the adventures of homeschooling for eighteen years. Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, a leading publisher of creation-based science, biblical worldview and apologetics curricula designed specifically for homeschoolers. Under Davis’ leadership, Apologia now provides online courses through Apologia Academy and social networking through Apologia World. In addition, Apologia publishes books, planners and other resources that encourage and provide practical help for homeschooling families, plus spiritual inspiration for moms via Real Refreshment Retreats. Davis is committed to staying true to the Apologia mission — to help homeschoolers learn, live and defend the Christian faith. Since 2002, Davis has served on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE). He is also the North Carolina Ambassador for The Home School Foundation, which is a ministry dedicated to helping homeschooling families in need. Davis is the author of two illustrated children’s books designed to instill a biblical worldview: Good Morning, God, which is based on Deuteronomy 6 and A Light for My Path, which is an alphabet book based on Psalm 119.
1 B Give Me One Good Reason to Homeschool
7 Y B The First Five Years of Homeschooling (I Mean Parenting)
Thomas Clark is a life-long teacher of mathematics and science with more than forty-seven years of classroom and tutoring experience at all levels, from elementary through adult. He is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics. Consequently, in the last twenty years, he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that challenge traditional methods of instruction and help with both individualized and group learning. In addition, fourteen years ago, he founded VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology. He then began directing his attention toward helping homeschooling parents become more effective instructors, especially in the area of mathematics. Because of his success, he has been a featured speaker at many major homeschool conferences across the country and has been asked to write articles on the subject for several homeschool publications. Tom and his wife, Alice, have been married for forty-two years. They have been blessed with two wonderful children and six precious grandchildren.
2 G Homeschooling Math without a Plan? You’ve Got to Be Kidding
Dr. Steve Condon is the new president of Laurel University in High Point, NC. He received his education and degrees from Boston College, Florida State, Alabama, Ole Miss and Harvard Universities. Prior to coming to Laurel, he has served as dean or vice president at Huntingdon, Lambuth, St. Thomas, Reinhardt and LeTourneau Universities. He was the 20th president of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee. During his presidency the college doubled its enrollment, doubled its appraised value and received full SACS accreditation without recommendation. Dr. Condon was National Coach of the Year five times while coaching his team to four national golf titles in Alabama. In 1988 he won the Gold Medal at the World Championships in Rome, Italy; the first USA Team to accomplish this feat. During his nine year career, he coached twenty-seven all-Americans and had a 100% graduation rate. For his achievements as a coach and athletics director, Dr. Condon is nominated for induction into the NCAA National Coaches Hall of Fame this year.
10 P T Finding the Right College Fit and the Most College Resources
James and Tanya Dickens have been married for over fifteen years. James was in private practice as an attorney. Tanya was a successful salon owner, and an international educator. They both were workaholics driven by the possibilities of building an empire. James graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, as Valedictorian with a full academic scholarship to Duke University Law School. Tanya had opened a new salon in Greensboro, NC. They both were on a path of unmeasured success. Both from small families, they never dreamed of having four kids. Both being die hard entrepreneurs, they never imagined living a “Leave It to Beaver” lifestyle. Tanya had told James that if he was looking for a “stay at home” wife, she wasn’t the one. However, God had a completely different idea of success in their lives. After nearly ten years of marriage, they decided to adopt a child, but God thought it better that they adopt two. One year and three preschools later, homeschooling became the perfect solution for the Dickens family. After becoming a full-fledged homeschool family and serving on local and state homeschool boards, they decided to adopt a son, but God was certain that they would prefer a little boy accompanied by a little sister. James and Tanya have served on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education for three years, and they are currently the president of their local co-op, High Point Home Educators.
4 G Benefits of Homeschooling Adopted Children
6 L No Quitting Allowed
Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned a master’s degree in reading. She has taught first, second and fourth grades in the public schools, as well as a variety of courses in elementary education at the collegiate level. Additionally, she has taught writing and literature classes for the homeschool community. For the last eleven years, she has stayed home to homeschool her two sons, while also staying very busy testing, tutoring and collaborating with her husband, Dr. William Eckenwiler, as they provide a variety of products and services through their educational business, The Struggling Reader, Inc. Kristen brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.
1 L Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?
5 G Multi-sensory Teaching: Not Just for the Learning Disabled
8 L Equipping Yourself for the Struggling Learner Journey
10 G Teach the Way You Were Taught? NO!
J. Mark Fox has been the pastor and one of the elders of Antioch Community Church in Elon, NC for twenty-six years. Mark and Cindy have seven children and three grandchildren and rejoice in the good fruit the Lord has produced in and through their family. The Foxes enjoy singing together, running, traveling and just sharing life. Mark is the author of six books, including his latest, A Faithful Man, published by Xulon Press in 2012. He writes a weekly column for the newspaper which has won five Amy Awards and has taught public speaking at Elon University since 1990. He hosts a weekly podcast at www.healthychurchradio.com.
7 G The Hidden Struggles of Homeschoolers
8 G Marriages that Thrive in Troubled Times
10 D How to Be a Faithful Man
Amelia Harper is the author of Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings, a complete one-year literature curriculum for secondary level student. She is a contributing editor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, a national homeschool publication. She has homeschooled her five children for twenty years, including three who have been homeschooled through high school. She is also a pastor’s wife who works as an English tutor and as a free-lance writer with over 350 published articles and poems to her credit.
3 B Exploring Your Homeschool Options
10 Y O Teaching Your Child to Love Reading
Erik and Rachel Hemingway is a family of eight who wanted to try something radical while homeschooling our children. they sold their home and 99% of our possessions in the US and set out on what ended up being a three and a half year adventure traveling, sailing and living abroad. In the end, they sailed 17,000 miles, saw twenty-five countries, crossed an ocean and even had a baby abroad! They are currently writing a book about the adventure and are launching a family travel podcast website. Their encouragement is that you can teach your children more things than what most traditional books can offer. And in the end, character is what really matters.
1 O P Homeschooling "Outside of the Box"
Ernie Hodges and his wife, Iris, served on the NCHE board for twenty years and homeschooled their three children from birth through their college days and are now actively teaching life skills to their five grandchildren. Ernie is the state commissioner for the NCHE Athletic Commission and administrates the North Carolina Homeschool Leagues and post season tournaments in baseball, boys/girls basketball, boys/girls soccer, volleyball, girls, golf, cross country and swimming. He is a strong proponent of homeschoolers obtaining scholarships to continue their athletics in college as well.
3 P T Homeschool Sports, Are They for You?
Jason Jimenez is a pastor, apologist and speaker and has ministered to families for over fifteen years. He is the founder and president of re|shift ministries, Inc., whose mission is to advance Christians to live out a biblical worldview. Jason is the author of The Raging War of Ideas: How to Take Back Our Faith, Family, and Country, The Raging War of Ideas Study Guide, and coauthored with Dr. Norman Geisler, The Official Study Guide to I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and the soon to be released book, God’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions published by Baker Books. For more information, check out www.reshiftministries.org.
10 G Living Your Faith at Home
Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, the founding author of The Lost Tools of Writing, a co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Veith, and is on the board of the Society for Classical Learning (SCL). Since establishing CiCRE as a research and consulting service to classical educators, Andrew has trained teachers, led board retreats and assisted with institutional development and start up in over 100 schools since 1996. He has been directing the CiCRE Institute full time since the summer of 2000. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI in 1993, where he served as “Lead Teacher,” Foundations Academy (now Ambrose School) in Boise, ID, where he served as Director of Classical Instruction from 1996-2000, The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, NC, where he served as Headmaster from 2001-2003, and The Regent Schools of the Carolinas where he served as Dean of Academics from 2006-2008. He and his family live in North Carolina.
6 G Teaching from a State of Rest
Debbie Mason and husband, Spencer, have four adult children who were homeschooled from birth. Alexa graduated from UNCC and is a homeschooling mother. Scott graduated from Grove City College and Regent School of Law and is a lawyer in the Army. Levi has his master’s and bachelor’s from NC State and is a computer engineer. Mereda graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. An NCHE board member since 1988, Debbie has coordinated the conference speakers/workshops since 1990 and been the editor of the GREENHOUSE since 1995. She directed a large homeschool support group for over twenty-two years. Debbie has a B.S. in secondary education, mathematics and a M.Ed. in counseling. She is a consultant for homeschoolers, primarily for teaching high school and applying to college, and has written a five-year, grades eight through twelve, curriculum, The Mason Plan, integrating all the humanities. She speaks on a variety of homeschool subjects.
2 G Top Ten Passions from a Homeschool Veteran
6 P Homeschooling High School
7 P Preparing for College
Kevin McClain and his wife, Brea, have been homeschooling for ten years. Kevin has a master’s in education from UVa and works in higher education as an educational technologist. He is completing a PhD in educational studies at UNCG, where he is studying educational philosophy and history of schooling. Starting in 2010, he has served on NCHE's board as education vp. In 2012, he was elected NCHE president.
2 G Three Homeschool Movement Founders and Their Legacies
9 G Classifying Homeschoolers
Dr. Matthew McDill and his wife, Dana, homeschool their nine children in Creston, NC. Matthew has a Bible teaching ministry, Truth to Freedom, and is a pastor of Highland Christian Fellowship in Boone, NC. You can read his blog and listen to his podcast at truthtofreedom.org. Matthew regularly teaches marriage and family retreats at Cherokee Cove Family Retreat Center in Mountain City, TN (www.cherokeecove.org). He is also president of High Country Christian Home Schoolers and taught communication at Appalachian State University. Matthew holds a B.S. in communication and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in biblical studies.
4 O P L How to Help Your Children Become Self-Motivated
11 G How to Stop the Fighting in Your Home
Marji McIlvaine and husband, Rick, have homeschooled for twenty-five years and in four states. Five of their children have graduated from their homeschool—two have graduated from college, two are in college, one is in-and-out of college and their youngest is a senior and will graduate in May. Marji’s heart is to encourage other parents in the homeschool journey. She is the on the board of Henderson County Homeschool Association, administers the Woodcock-Johnson test in WNC, teaches with Landry Academy and BBC tutorials, and has a passion for foreign languages, science, writing, history, and, oh, the whole of God’s incredible creation!
6 B So Much Curricula, So Little Time
8 G Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing—with Diane Allen.
Bob Menges resides in SC with his wife, Patti. They have three daughters whom they have homeschooled all the way through high school. Bob is a retired US Air Force veteran with over twenty years of service on active duty. Bob has served as a deacon and teacher in his church for over twenty-five years. As a Christian, his passion has always been to serve his country. He has made it one of his most passionate efforts to teach believers how to "think like a Christian." He is a constitutional scholar who has spent hundreds of hours studying Supreme Court cases in order to use them to teach others how our government is supposed to work. Over the last fifteen years, he has taught more than 135 homeschooled high school students his course on Constitutional Law and American Government. He has also taught courses on the US Constitution to adults in seminars and conferences in order to equip them to be able to hold elected officials accountable to the Rule of Law. In 2010, he served as a consultant and mentor on the US Constitution for Congressman Tim Scott when he ran successfully for the US House of Representatives. Most recently (2013), Bob served as a senior campaign advisor for his friend Curtis Bostic in his campaign for a US Congressional seat. On September 12, 2013, Bob accepted the volunteer position as the SC State Director for the Convention of States (COS) Project. This is a nationwide grassroots effort to call for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the US Constitution that will limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
10 G T The Biblical Worldview of Government and the US Constitution
11 G T Article V and the Convention of States (COS) Project
Heather Mills has been working with the homeschool community for over ten years; ran a K-twelve co-op for seven years; provides Woodcock-Johnson III testing services, and has taught test prep to both home and public schooled students for over thirteen years. A former public school teacher, she has quite a variety of educational experience to draw upon.
3 T P SAT and ACT for Homeschoolers
Joann Nabb has been married for thirty-six years to Paul, and they have six adult children, who have all been homeschooled their entire lives. They began their journey in 1985 and have enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Back in the Stone Age, there were few resources and many critics. They learned to be very creative. Drawing from her experience as a private school teacher and years growing up in Holland and Switzerland, Joann was able to piece together her children's education, making it hands-on and fun whenever possible. Taking advantage of the less stringent homeschooling schedule, they were able to take homeschool French classes to Europe for several three-six month stays on a true shoestring. Many of her students have won national gold or silver medals for French. Today, Joann and Paul have a son who is a marine JAG, a son who is an army reservist and police officer, a daughter who is a teacher, a son who is a nurse, a daughter who studied exercise science, and a son attending UNCC.
4 B Y O Learning All the Time: Make Learning a Lifestyle during Childhood
5 G Teaching Foreign Language
Lindsey Narmour is a homeschool graduate and the author of several books in the Discovering Nature Series, published by Queen Homeschool Supplies. Narmour received her A.A. in liberal arts from Virginia Western Community College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She is now pursuing a B.A in English at Hollins University. She is attending on full academic scholarship. She was one of two students to receive the Coca Cola Gold Scholarship. She was also one of two to receive the Jack Ken Cooke Foundation Scholarship—the largest and most competitive private scholarship in the county.
9 G Charlotte Mason: Her Life and Methods
Beth Ellen Nash has her education degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has fifteen years’ experience working with struggling learners. She was the director and lead teacher for eight years at Hope Academy, a private school in Madison, WI. She closed it in 2011 to shift toward an individualized online and homeschool hybrid option called Wings to Soar Online Academy. She is currently curriculum coordinator and intervention specialist for Wings to Soar Online Academy. She has been the homeschool and special needs consultant for Cornerstone Learning Connections, her dad’s educational store that specializes in serving homeschoolers for the past ten years. Beth Ellen has tutored, assessed, and/or consulted with hundreds of families. She is the author of Wings to Soar: Integrated, Multisensory Language Arts with Words You Really Use. Beth Ellen tailors her talks to the needs of the audience drawing upon her experience with students ages three-twenty-one with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, sensory processing issues, RAD, OCD, depression, anxiety, rape victims, and those who otherwise learn differently from traditional schooling.
4 L Dyslexia Remediation Options
7 L I Just Forgot! Attention, Memory, and Processing Speed
Robert M. Nelson is division chair of arts and sciences at Montgomery Community College with fifteen years’ experience teaching psychology and advising in the NC Community College System. He has been adjunct professor of psychology at Liberty University He has past experience working in public mental health, DSS. and the YMCA. He has his MA in counseling and BS in psychology from Liberty University and a graduate certificate in sociology from Appalachian State University. He is a NC homeschool graduate. He has been married for seventeen years and has three children, ages three, five and seven. He is a second generation homeschooler.
9 P Career and College Promise (CCP)—College Opportunities for Homeschoolers
Charles Nettles and his wife, Sarah, are in their twenty-eighth year of homeschooling. Their eight children (ages thirty-four to eleven) have always been homeschooled. Their four older children have all completed college (two with master’s and two in progress). Their fifth is a college sophomore and the sixth is a college freshman. As a family, they take extended “field trips” across the country visiting national parks and monuments—one year going all the way to Alaska. Charles is active in their church where he is a deacon and teaches Sunday school. He is involved in 4-H on the district and state levels. He is on the board of the local concert association. In his “spare time” he works for Duke Energy at the McGuire Nuclear Station.
2 B Getting Started and the Homeschool Law
Steve Noble is a homeschooling father of four and the host of Called2Action Radio, heard daily across North Carolina on the Truth Radio Network. He also serves as the director of East Coast Mobilization for Harvest America featuring Pastor Greg Laurie. Additionally, Steve teaches civics and Christian ethics for high school homeschoolers in the Raleigh-Durham area. Steve and his wife, Gina, have been married since 1992 and were born again in 1994.
10 G The Ugly Side of Homeschooling
John Notgrass is a disciple of Christ, husband, father and businessman. Since 2003, he has encouraged people through story and song to make a difference in the world for God’s kingdom. John and his wife Audra, both homeschool graduates, live in St. Louis area with their son Henry. Henry had three siblings who are with Jesus, which makes his parents long for heaven even more.
1 G Preserving the Harvest
Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principle speaker and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling and music with clarity, insight, practical experiences 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 of Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his beautiful, heroic wife, Robin, are parents of seven, grandparents of three and educators of their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma’s Green Country.
3 G The Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
5 Y O Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
7 G Freedomship Education: Rebuilding Your Education Paradigm
10 G Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences and Cures
Joshua Rexford, a twenty year old homeschool graduate, has recently finished college and is currently the writer and director for the audience acclaimed Homeschool Theatre group, "F.A.I.T.H. Players," based out of the Fayetteville area. He has a passion for teaching drama and telling stories through stage and screen. He has written and directed for five, full length, stage productions, two one act plays and a feature length documentary. He is currently pursuing a career in independent Christian film.
5 T P O Stories through Stage and Screen
Amanda Wares is a Greensboro native. She is married to Michael, and they have four children, ages seventeen, thirteen, ten and five. This is her ninth year homeschooling, although she was a "wannabe" for years before starting! She serves on the NCHE board as region 5 director. She is passionate about encouraging other moms along this homeschool journey and letting them know they are not alone in their struggles!
7 M B What to Do when Dad Isn’t on Board
9 B Y Homeschooling for Preschool