2015 Conference Speakers

The number before the talk represents the session number; the letter represents the interest code.          

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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 graduated three homeschooled students into adulthood and lived to tell about it. Their youngest is now in college, and their oldest two are married fathers of two grand-girls. Active in the homeschool community for over twenty years, Diane still provides achievement testing and consulting for homeschoolers. She also teaches online science classes. She shares information and encouragement on her blog www.dallenhomeschoolreviews.com.

1          O P T   Online Instruction: The New Frontier—with Marjorie H. McIlvaine
5          B          Elements of Style: How to Homeschool in the Twenty-first Century—with Mari Fitz-Wynn

 

 

Angela Highsmith Armstrong has been happily married to Toriano for over fourteen years. They have three sons. During their homeschool journey, they have experienced several milestones including graduating their oldest son in 2012. They have homeschooled over ten years. During their years of homeschooling, they used their trucking company as an educational tool by schooling over the road on the big rig. This gives their sons, an opportunity that's like no other: to be able to understand geography by exploring the highway. Angela enjoys serving in the homeschool community as a local support group leader and as the volunteer coordinator for Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc.

1          G          Getting Unstuck! Moving from Surviving to Thriving!


 

Dr. Brent J. Aucoin and his wife are homeschooling their four boys. He is associate dean of the College at Southeastern and associate professor of history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas in 1999. He specializes in American history, with an emphasis on race relations and African-American history, and he has authored two books.

5          P          Preparing Your Children for College-Level History Courses

 



 

Cathy Barnett and her husband, Morris, graduated from Bryan College and have been married thirty-six years. They are blessed with ten children, ages fourteen to thirty-five, five by birth and five by adoption. Morris and Cathy began homeschooling in 1996, convinced that God had called them to teach their children from a biblical worldview and with academic excellence. Cathy is a homemaker and has been active in her local homeschool group, serving on the advisory board for several years and teaching Latin and other classes for their enrichment day.

5          M         Let's Get Organized!

 


 

Dee Black, senior counsel at HSLDA, has been the lawyer responsible for matters involving HSLDA member families in North Carolina for the past twenty-four years.

9          G B      Legal Issues Affecting North Carolina Homeschoolers

 

 

 



D. Kevin Brown and his wife, Pam, have been married twenty-four years and are parents of four children (two adopted from China) and have one grandchild. They have been homeschooling for eighteen years and have one married daughter (a homeschool graduate) and three 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.

6          G T       Why Don't They Believe Like I Do?
 

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 on subjects including literature and writing, parent training, high school records and transcripts, and, also, microbusiness for homeschool families. She is author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and Get a Jump Start on College. Whether teaching high school students to love literature, parents to be more effective teachers, or families to create multiple streams of income, Janice’s focus is on sharing the joy of the journey. Her website, www.Everyday-Education.com, offers inspiration, resources, and a free e-newsletter.

2          M Y O  Become the Mom You Want Your Children to Remember
10        M Y O  Be the Learner You Want Your Child to Become

Debbie Crawford is a widowed, single homeschooling mom of two. Her daughter, who is twenty, graduated from homeschool in 2012 and is currently at NCSU where she is studying industrial design. Her fifteen-year-old son is a sophomore. Debbie enjoys reading, Tae Kwon Do, church activities and hanging out with her family. She became widowed in her first year of homeschooling and now has ten years of homeschooling experience. She looks forward to completing her schooling with the graduation of her son. She is excited to encourage those who are on the solo parent and homeschooling journey!

3          M         Single, but Not Alone!—with Joanne Giff


 


Andrea Daley has been married to Chris, her knight in shining armor, for twenty-three years. They have been blessed with ten children, ranging from seven to twenty-two years of age and have been homeschooling for twelve years. Originally from Canada, she graduated from university with a degree in psychology and plans to work full-time. Her professional career lasted only nine months, for the Lord intervened, and before leaving the hospital with her first baby, she knew she would be a stay-at-home mom. She is actively involved in her church, the youth group and the deaf community. Adoption (the oldest) and disabilities (Usher Syndrome) have both stretched and blessed her family over the years. Three children are now successfully in college with yet another preparing to leave the nest this fall. Andrea has gleaned much wisdom and experience over the years in many areas of homeschooling. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

9          P          High School Smorgasbord

James and Tanya Dickens have been married for seventeen years. They are the proud adoptive parents of five children, ages nine (almost ten), nine, eight, six and four and have been homeschooling since 2009. James is an attorney and Tanya is the treasurer of NCHE and the president of their local homeschool co-op, High Point Home Educators. They have written multiple articles that have been published in the GREENHOUSE magazine.

1          Y          Striving Past the Culture of Mediocrity
8          G          The Thrill of a Thriving Marriage
 

 

 

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. She has also 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 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. Kristen brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.

1          G B      Seven Things about Homeschooling I Have to Keep Re-learning
4          L Y O    Do You Have a Struggling Reader?
6          L Y O    Strategies to Teach a Struggling Reader
10        L Y O    Teaching the Learning Disabled Child

Mari Fitz-Wynn has nearly twenty years of experience as a leader in home education. She published her first book, Take Heart 26 Steps to a Healthy Home School in June 2014 and has published a myriad of articles for NCHE GREENHOUSE magazine and various other home education newsletters. She is a home education consultant and president of Heart for Home School Ministries, Inc. Her blog is Heart Matters. (www.heartforhomeschool.org). She is the former lobbyist for NCHE.

5          B          Elements of Style: How to Homeschool in the Twenty-first Century—with Diane Allen

 

 


J. Mark Fox has been married to his best friend, Cindy, for nearly thirty-three years and has been the pastor of Antioch Community Church in Elon, NC, for twenty-eight years. Mark and Cindy have seven children and three grandchildren and have homeschooled for twenty-seven years. The Foxes enjoy running, traveling and just sharing life together. Mark and Cindy have been to Colombia with their children, and Mark has traveled to Kenya or Ghana with six of them. 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 local newspaper and has taught public speaking at Elon University since 1990. He hosts a weekly podcast at www.healthychurchradio.com. You can read his column and find out more about Mark at www.jmarkfox.com.

4          G          How to Raise Kids to Be Best Friends
7          G          How to Do Church Where Homeschoolers Thrive

Jessica Frierson is a second generation homeschooler now teaching her own nine children. She has experienced firsthand the explosion of homeschooling from the handful fighting for the opportunity, to the thousands embracing that freedom today. She and her husband, Ernie, knew from the time their first child was born twenty years ago that home education would be their only choice. They moved back home to North Carolina in 2000 to take advantage of the less restrictive homeschool laws here. When told she would never walk again after an injury in 2012, she testified to the doctors that she served a big God who could do big things and that she was confident He planned to enable her to hike her beloved mountains again. Last Mother's Day, she was able to join her family as she gave Him praise from the top of a beautiful waterfall in South Mountain Park. She joyfully serves the Lord through ministry to her family, serving in her local church, writing and encouraging others with the testimony of the treasure of love she has discovered in our Lord Jesus Christ.

3          G          Order in the Heart, Order in the Home

Joanne Giff graduated from the UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in international studies. She worked for the federal government for ten years both domestically and abroad. Approximately two years after her first child was born, she decided to abandon her chosen career to be at home with her daughter. She now has four children, two in college and two still at home. She has been a home educator for fourteen years and singly homeschooling for approximately seven of those years. She has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to dyslexia, and is currently working toward certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham practitioners.

3          M         Single, but Not Alone!—with Debbie Crawford

 

Kathryn (Bell) Gomes, the third child of Kermit and Debra Bell, was homeschooled K-12. A Commended National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction, she earned a full tuition scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh where she double majored in French and mathematics with a minor in Arabic. She then continued her studies at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a master’s in education. A Teach for America alum, Kathryn spent seven years teaching mathematics in urban Philadelphia schools. Now a stay-at-home mom, she teaches math and French online through Debra Bell’s Aim Academy. Kathryn and her husband, Jason, live in an ethnically diverse neighborhood on the outskirts of Philadelphia with their one-year-old son, Joseph.
1          P          Six Secrets of a Successful College-Prep Math Program
4          T P       Homeschool to Campus: Ten Things You Should Know Before You Leave Home
7          T P       Five Ways God Used Homeschooling to Strengthen My Faith and Prepare Me to Engage the World
10        G          What Our Mom Did Right; What Our Mom Did Wrong

Dara Halydier has five boys and homeschooled over twenty-one years. They are now launched and doing well! She is the author of Practical Proverbs for Older and Younger Students and As They Sit and Stand: A Resource and Guide for Teaching Your Children the Bible. Dara is the executive director of Abiding Truth Ministry, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses biblical training to mentor, train and teach life skills to young people and families. Dara speaks at homeschool conventions and women's retreats all across the United States.

3          P          Gracefully Letting Go: Preparing You and Your Teen for the Next Step
6          P          High School Fun! All the Subjects without All the Textbooks
9          G L       Raising Exceptional Children: Geniuses to Those with Learning Disabilities

 

Caryn Hommel, homeschool mom and author, holds a degree in Spanish language and literature from NCSU and taught Spanish in public schools for ten years. Her delight with teaching Spanish using Total Physical Response (TPR) and Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS) motivated her to develop a unique DVD-led curriculum to help other homeschoolers benefit from wonderful, brain-friendly approaches to foreign language instruction. She has designed and implemented a summer school ESL curriculum and made presentations to both the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina and the Johnston County Second Language Network. She assists families in the homeschool community by offering private and co-op classes, conducting free seminars and speaking at homeschool conventions. The Hommels have homeschooled since 2003 and have graduated two students. Caryn continues to teach her younger two children and thinks that exploring life and learning as a family is the most fulfilling way to spend your days!

7          G          Foreign Language and Homeschooling—the Adventure Begins!—with Marjorie H. McIlvaine

Brian and Susan Jerby are the parents of ten children, five of which are from Ethiopia, and have been homeschooling for twenty-two years. They have graduated three of the children and will graduate their last two in 2027. Brian is a surgeon and farmer, and Susan is a former operating room nurse who has found great joy in educating their children and assisting her husband on the farm. Homeschooling has been a great blessing in their adoption endeavor.

11        Y O L    Adoption and Homeschooling: One Family's Experience

 

 



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. He is also on the board of The Society for Classical Learning (SCL).

2          G          What Is Christian Classical Education (and How Do I Do It)?

 

 


Laurie Lollar, a single mom of five, has homeschooled all of her children from the beginning. She just graduated the youngest in 2014. Although she has a bachelor's degree in nursing, she was privileged to stay at home to raise all her children and homeschool them, even after being abandoned by her former husband in 1999. Laurie has endured many fiery trials and known God's provision, mercy and grace through them all. Although life did not turn out the way Laurie had planned, she has learned and has known a deep intimacy with God. This workshop will encourage other struggling moms in God's Word and His ways.

7          M         Homeschooling in the Furnace
 

 

Elizabeth Macdonald runs the US branch of Crossbow Education, a family run British company, founded nearly twenty-five years ago by her father, a special education teacher, and her (dyslexic) mother. Crossbow has become one of the leading British suppliers of educational resources, supplying to over 60% of all schools and colleges in the UK. Elizabeth has focused her attention on visual stress in the last year, a syndrome which affects over 20% of the population, and is dedicated to ensuring that all of the latest research carried out in Europe is successfully brought to the US.

7          L Y O       Struggling Readers—Fonts, Color and Visual Stress

 

 

Mike and Ronda Marshall are the parents of six (ages twelve to twenty-nine) and have graduated four children from their homeschool in Asheville, NC. They are in their twentieth year of homeschooling. Mike is an electrical engineer, working as an engineering consultant to the electric utility industry. They have served on the NCHE board since 2003; Mike has served as president and regional director, and Ronda is currently the homeschool helps director. They have established and coordinated local homeschool support groups, email groups, co-ops, enrichment classes and conferences. Ronda is now serving as the director of Biltmore Baptist Church Homeschool Ministry that serves families in western NC. Over the past few years, they have had the privilege of speaking at various support groups and state conferences where they love having the opportunity to encourage families in this wonderful homeschooling journey.

4          B          Choosing Curriculum
11        B          Getting Off to a Great Start

Debbie Mason and husband, Spencer, have four adult children who were homeschooled. Alexa graduated from UNCC and is a homeschooling mother. Scott graduated from Grove City College and Regent School of Law and is an Army lawyer. Levi has his master’s from NC State and is a computer engineer. Mereda graduated from Chapel Hill with a degree in dramatic arts and creative writing and has just finished her first novel. An NCHE board member since 1988, Debbie has coordinated the conference speakers/workshops since 1990 and been the editor of GREENHOUSE since 1995. She is the new events director. She directed a large homeschool 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 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          P          Homeschooling High School
4          G          Avoiding Burnout
8          P          Preparing for College

                                              11        P          Parenting the Homeschooled Teen

Kevin McClain and his wife, Brea, started homeschooling in 2002. Kevin has a master’s in education, instructional technology, from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in educational studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he works as an educational technologist. In 2010, he joined NCHE's board as education vice president. In 2012, he was elected NCHE president.

2          G B      Homeschooler Identities: Looking at Research

 

 

 

Matthew McDill and his wife, Dana, homeschool their nine children in Creston, NC. Matthew is the new NCHE region 3 liaison. He 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, two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in biblical studies.

8          G          How to Stop the Fighting in Your Home
9          P T       Ten Ways to Teach Your Children to Know God’s Will for Their Lives

 

Marjorie H. McIlvaine and husband, Rick, have homeschooled for twenty-six years and in four states. All six of their children have graduated from homeschooling. They now have two college graduates, one son employed locally and three in college classes plus working and volunteering in their church. 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, oh, the whole of God’s incredible creation!

1          O P T   Online Instruction: The New Frontier—with Diane Allen
7          G          Foreign Language and Homeschooling—the Adventure Begins!—with Caryn Hommel

 

Robert M. Nelson is division chair of arts and sciences at Montgomery Community College with sixteen years’ experience teaching psychology and advising in the NC Community College System. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Liberty University and has past experience working in public mental health, DSS and the YMCA. He has his M.A. in counseling and B.S. in psychology from Liberty University and a graduate certificate in sociology from Appalachian State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Robert is a NC homeschool graduate and a firm believer in home education. He has been married to his wife, Dana, for eighteen years, and they are homeschooling their three children, ages four, six and eight.

10        P          NC Community College Opportunities for Homeschoolers
 


Charles Nettles and his wife, Sarah, who have eight children, are in their twenty-ninth year of homeschooling and have always homeschooled. Their children range in age from thirty-five to twelve. Their four oldest have completed college with a master’s degree. Their fifth is a college junior, 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 local, district and state levels. He and his wife, Sarah, are on the board of their local homeschool support group (which they co-founded over twenty-five years ago). In his spare time he works for Duke Energy at the McGuire Nuclear Station.

3          B          Getting Started and the Homeschool Law


Kelly Rogers is the mother of four wonderful daughters, two of whom are graduates of the Rogers Academy. One holds two bachelor's degrees (digital media arts and photography), and another is pursuing her degree in wildlife management. The two youngest are still enrolled in high school, while one is also attending a cosmetology program as a dual enrollment student. Kelly has a B.A. from Marshall University. For the last twenty-four years, Kelly has served our nation as a military wife and mother, and the last twelve years she has homeschooled these four very distinct young women. Kelly taught in a private school prior to deciding to homeschool her family. Kelly and her family also own and operate The Pilgrim's Journey Bookstore in Fayetteville, one of the state's largest homeschool bookstores.

6          G          "We're in the Army Now!" Homeschooling and the Military Life
 

Dr. Marcus Ross is a geologist, paleontologist and leading young-Earth creationist. He serves on the faculty of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he is associate professor of geology and assistant director of the Center for Creation Studies. Dr. Ross has collaborated with each of the major creation organizations (including Answers in Genesis, the Institute for Creation Research and Creation Ministries International) on research, outreach projects, videos and is a regular contributor to Answers Magazine. Dr. Ross is also the CEO of Cornerstone Educational Supply, which produces fossil, rock and mineral kits designed specifically for Christian educators and students.

10        G T       Noah's Ark: Where Scripture Meets Geology

 


Jonathan Paul Shockey, Lt. Col. (retired) and his wife, Joy, are the homeschooling parents of Savannah and Landen. Joy earned a B.A in visual arts from St. Andrews University. Jonathan earned a B.S. in finance from Virginia Tech and a master of aeronautical science from Embry Riddle. When Savannah was two years old, they accepted an invitation from Joy's sister to attend the 2001 NCHE Conference. By the end of the conference, they knew that homeschooling was part of God's plan for their family. After living and being active in several communities and churches while serving in the United States Air Force, including six years in Germany, the family now resides in Sanford. Jonathan is currently an assistant director of operations at Pope Army Airfield and serves as NCHE region 7 liaison.

2          T P       If Considering Military Service, Prepare for Battle


John Smoak is serial entrepreneur and father of five boys who has homeschooled for the past fourteen years. He is a speaker, author, consultant and humorist. He is also the creator of The EarnSum Money & Envelope System and the founder of EarnSum.org. John has learned a few things from his successes, and he has learned a lot from his mistakes. He has a heart for families and for equipping entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs to fulfill their dreams and have kingdom impact. John began his career as a design engineer and quickly realized that was not his passion or purpose. He has spent eighteen years in roles with increasing responsibility in sales, sales management and general management for two Fortune 100 companies. He also has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur having founded businesses in construction, service, consulting and retail. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering and an MBA and is pursuing his PhD in Christian business. He has licenses in professional engineering, general contracting, electrical contracting and residential building.
11        P T       Teaching Critical Life Skills through Entrepreneurship

Robby Stanley is an award-winning science educator with nearly twenty years of experience teaching physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, physical science, astronomy and more! Among other tasks, he creates amazing science videos and catapult designs at Discovery Place in Charlotte. He and his wife, who was homeschooled, are homeschooling their two children. Hiking enthusiasts, the Stanleys enjoy hiking to waterfalls or other scenic spots.

10        O P      Kitchen Table Science: From Catapults to Giant Air Zookas

 


 


Amanda Wares and her husband, Michael, have been on the NCHE board for five years, four of those as region 5 directors, and Amanda currently serves as activities director. They make their home in Greensboro, where Michael owns a cold-storage warehouse, and Amanda homeschools their four busy children! Susannah, eighteen, is their first homeschool graduate and is a freshman at Belhaven University, studying dance. The three children at home are Killian, thirteen, Katrielle, eleven, and Deacon, five. This is the Wares' tenth year homeschooling. Michael's background is in computer engineering, and Amanda was a sign language interpreter. Now, she enjoys teaching sign language at their local homeschool enrichment classes. Amanda is also passionate about encouraging new homeschool moms.

6          M B     The Girlfriend's Guide to Homeschooling or "All the Things No One Tells You"
9          Y B       Homepreschooling: What to Do with Our Smallest Students

Brian Wasko has worked with teenagers his entire adult life. He taught public high school English for ten years and served as a youth and family life pastor for twelve years. He has been a wrestling coach, a summer youth camp speaker and a rapper with two professional recordings in the early 90s! He currently directs Centerville Homeschool Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he also teaches literature classes. He is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com, a revolutionary writing skills development program. Brian has worked as a freelance writer, is the author of WriteAtHome’s proprietary curriculum and manages the WriteAtHome Blog (blog.WriteAtHome.com). He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English. Brian’s personable, humorous and enthusiastic speaking style is popular with audiences young and old. Through his speaking, Brian is able to communicate his infatuation with words, his passion for learning and his love for teenagers. Brian currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Melanie and his four home-educated, teen-aged daughters.

3          P T       The Most Fascinating Discussion of Grammar in the History of the World (or Your Money Back!)

Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for over thirty years. In 1989, Jim decided to do something more with the craft than he had been practicing solely for pleasure. He and his wife, Randy, formed a production company, Greathall Productions, and have thus far produced over forty-eight storytelling recordings. A sampling of titles includes Greek Myths, King Arthur and His Knights, Tales from Cultures Far and Near and Sherlock Holmes for Children. Jim’s Greathall line is the recipient of over 100 national awards from organizations such as The American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Foundation, NAPPA, the Parents’ Council, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, The Film Advisory Board, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award and has received the highest acclaim from countless homeschool journals and leaders. Greathall’s motto is, “Intelligent entertainment for the thinking family.” He and Randy live in Charlottesville, VA, and are proud parents of their married daughter and son-in-law.

1          G          George Washington, Role Model: Teaching American History
5          D          The Loving Father: The Why and How of Dads Telling Stories

Angela Wilkinson, M.Ed., has homeschooled for eighteen years. Previously, she had thirteen plus years of teaching in public school (Teacher of the Year honors three times), chairing the exceptional children’s department, overseeing other educators, developing individual strategies/modifications for students, and initiating/leading the first inclusion teaching model in her school district. Currently, she is an educational consultant, specializing in LD, dyslexia, autism, behavior modification, ADD/ADHD and also is a certified Woodcock-Johnson IV administrator and also administers other assessments. Angela is passionate about her faith and the ministry opportunity of walking alongside homeschool parents. She offers encouragement through educational strategies, teaching tools and identification of learning styles, and thereby helps students/parents to discover the keys to unlocking their unique doors of learning. Married to Kent for twenty-seven years, Angela homeschooled all three children throughout their educational journey. Their youngest is a senior graduating in May.
5          L          Learning Differences: Teaching to Your Child's Unique Learning Style
8          L          Let's Modify!

Hal and Melanie Young are the parents of eight children who were homeschooled from the beginning (with three of them graduated so far). Their first six were boys, which led to their first book, Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys. They have spoken in thirty-two states and three provinces about the challenge and blessing of making biblical family life practical, which is also the name of their weekly podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. Hal and Melanie served over ten years on the NCHE board and now live in noisy familial bliss in Smithfield.

8          P          Passing the Baton
10        G          Ballistic Homeschooling: The Art of Teaching Boys