The numbers before the talks below represent the session numbers; the letters represent the interest codes. See Additional Speakers tab for code descriptions.

Adam Andrews is the director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling father of six. Since 2003 he has traveled throughout the US and Canada presenting an innovative method for teaching the crucial skills of literary analysis. Adam’s dynamic presentations enable students to enjoy great literature as never before, while his fresh insights inspire parents with new vision for their task as educators. Adam earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College in southern Michigan and his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a founding board member of Westover Academy in Colville, Washington. He and his wife, Missy, who holds degrees from Hillsdale College and Harrison Middleton University, taught all of their children at home in Rice, Washington.
1          G         Living Books: Implementing the Ultimate Box-Set Curriculum
3          G         Building the Perfect Reading List: How to Find Great Books for Students of All Ages
Friday Keynote           Piece of (Thunder) Cake: A Solution to Homeschooling’s Crucial Dilemma
5          G         Education in an Hour: Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting
7          G         Designing Your Own Lit Program: A Scope and Sequence Workshop
9          G         The 7 Laws of Teaching and Other Myths
11        G         Teaching with Grace: An Unlikely Path to Success in Your Homeschool

Rachael Carman invites moms to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you and her humor will put you at ease. Rachael is a respected author and a sought-after speaker. In her books, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, Rachael challenges mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to their heavenly Father. She has spoken across the United States as well as in Europe, Asia and Africa. She has been married to her husband, Davis, since 1986, and they have seven kids. She and Davis are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries.
2          G         Teaching Your Children to BLESS
Thursday Keynote      Remember and Do Not Forget
6          G         What about That Child?
8          G         Counter Culture Character
10        G         7 Simple Steps to Sanity

Steve Demme is an adopted child of God. He and Sandra have been married since 1979 and have been blessed with four sons, three daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. Their fourth son, John, has Down syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
2          L          Raising a Special Needs Child and Finding Support for the Journey
4          G         Parents Are Uniquely Qualified to Teach and Disciple Their Children
6          G         Fear Not! You and Your Children Can Learn Math Together
8          G         Successful Family Communication Hands-on Workshop
9          T          Slaying Lions
11        D         Tips for Being a Faithful Dad and Supportive Husband

Andrea Hall, M.Ed., is a certified educator, executive director and mom of 3 with over 17 years of homeschooling experience. As an educator, she designs online courses and teaches through The Study Hall Education Consulting Company, LLC. She was motivated to start the In Real Life Math Community,, by her love of math. Her goal is to create in her students a love for mathematics, one equation at a time. She is also the founder and executive director of EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc., a nonprofit homeschool organization that seeks to enrich, enhance and empower home education in the community ( When she is not working, she likes to blog at where she shares her journey as a busy, working, homeschooling mom.
2          B         Start Strong: How to Start the Homeschool Year Right
3          G         Real World Math for Homeschoolers
4          G         How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum
5          M         Working Homeschool Moms: How You Can Be a Working Mom Pro
7          G         10 Principles of True Education

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his speaking engagements and media appearances, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture. Dr. Myers holds a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He serves as a trustee of Colorado Christian University. Jeff, his wife, Stephanie, and their family live in Colorado.
1          T          How to Stand for Truth, and Be Nice at the Same Time
3          T          Growing Wiser: Being Wise in the Age of “Duh”
4          G         Rescuing Your Children from the Culture of Irresponsibility
6          T          Truth Changes Everything
8          T          Reality, Truth and Jesus
Saturday Keynote       Breakthrough Leadership: 4 Steps to Cultivating Your Child’s Leadership Ability
10        T          Hearing and Understanding God’s Call on Your Life

Durenda Wilson has been homeschooling since 1996 and is a mom of 8 (born 1991-2004). She has graduated 6 so far with 2 still at home. She’s been married to Darryl for 30 years and they have 6 grandkids. Durenda is convinced that home educating is an incredible blessing, but only if we don’t let it hold us hostage to unnecessary expectations and notions of what it should look like. The heart of her message is to encourage families to have the courage to think outside the box and take the time to enjoy this amazing journey. She firmly believes that children are naturally curious, and if parents keep things simple and unhurried, their kids will become lifelong learners. Durenda wrote The Unhurried Homeschooler, a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. She is the owner/host on her podcast (Durenda Wilson) and
1          G         Homeschooling Boys: What They Really Need
3          MP      Preparing Your Mom Heart for the Post Homeschool Years
5          G         Homeschooling: Purpose or Performance?
7          G         Unhurried Homeschooling: Why We Need to Slow Down
9          G         Creating a Family Schedule
11        G         Nurturing Sibling Relationships

The numbers before the talks below represent the session numbers; the letters represents the interest codes.

Interest Codes for Talks
G: General interest to all parents
B: Beginners and inquirers
L: Parents of struggling learners
Y: Parents of young children preschool to early elementary
O: Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school)
P: Parents of teens (and possibly teens)
D: Dads
M: Mom
T: Teens and alums

Diane Allen began her educator journey as a classroom science teacher. After transitioning to a stay-at-home mom, she homeschooled her 3 children to graduation over a span of 21 years while also serving the homeschool community through co-ops, being a testing provider and an online teacher. She was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the NC DNPE director from 2016-2018 and currently works with a University Model School as director of program support. She and her husband love small town living and building relationships with their 4 grandchildren.
9          GTL    Productive Struggle: The Pathway to Growth and Ultimate Success
11        OPT    Homeschooling Effectively through High School


Missy Andrews is co-director of the Center for Literary Education and a homeschooling mother of six. She is the author of Teaching the Classics: A Socratic Method for Literary Education and Wild Bells: A Literary Advent. Missy earned her BA in English from Hillsdale College and her MA in imaginative literature from Harrison Middleton University. She and her husband, Adam, live on a mountaintop in northeast Washington, where she collects children’s books and reads and reads and reads.
2          Y         Lit for Littles: Making Reading Magical
4          M        After Apple Picking: Conclusions, Confessions and Callings
8          G        The Wardrobe Door: A Way into Worlds

Clifton Bennett is currently the head coach of the Hickory Hawks football team, an independent high school team comprised of homeschoolers, public and private school players. A graduate of Mitchell Community College, he and his wife, Cheri, are small business owners of Catawba Valley Sports, a sporting events facilitating group, and they have homeschooled their 5 boys for the past 10 years. Clifton has coached football for 19 years and has a passion for encouraging young men to pursue a godly lifestyle, despite having challenges. As a business owner and coach, he speaks with teens about adversity and allowing God’s strength to be made perfect in the weak moments of peer pressure, family turmoil and just life in general. He feels that his most significant calling is to encourage others to be honest with themselves and God.
5          PT       Building Champions
8          D         Dads Proudly Supporting Homeschooling Moms

Evelyn Bickley is a veteran homeschooler, having graduated all four of her children over twenty-four years. She remains active in the homeschool world by leading a Gavel Club for teens, administering end-of-year testing and serving as the activities director for NCHE. Evelyn is a fan of letterboxing, traveling and chocolate.
9          B         Homeschool 101




Francie Black is a technology consultant with over 15 years corporate technology experience. She started the computer training department for a fortune 500 company and led the design and development of worldwide software applications. She has filmed over 100 TV segments as the tech expert for ABC WLOS News. She launched Home Hacker Camp, with her family, in 2016 to give youth a fun, interactive, hands-on computer hardware and software learning environment.
2          G         Online Privacy: Tools, Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Children Safe Online


Cathie Clarkson has developed a passion for career development through her own journey from musician and educator to small business owner to career transition coach! Leveraging the power of self-awareness and personal development, she has been able to successfully link her natural abilities to her career at every turn and is passionate about helping people of all ages and stages in their careers do the same! Cathie holds a bachelor’s in music and a master’s in organizational leadership and is certified in Myers Briggs. Cathie has been a workshop clinician for LifeWay, Integrity Music, NC Baptist State Convention and The Student CareerPath Planning Program. Cathie has been married over 20 years and enjoys seeing the unique personalities and abilities of her boys (ages 13 and 16) unfold. Helping her boys and other students find their passion and calling is a great pleasure and honor.
7          PT        Calling, College & Career: Discovering Who You Were Created to Be and Where You Are Called to Go

Jeremy and Kylie Cochran have journeyed together in marriage for 20 years. For the past 10 years, they have been homeschooling their 2 children. Jeremy has been a marriage and family therapist for 17 years. At his private practice in Hendersonville, NC, Jeremy specializes in helping homeschool families. He is trauma trained in the therapeutic process of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). His bachelor’s degrees are in communication and vocational ministry. Jeremy and Kylie are trained in critical incident stress management (CISM) for traumatic events and have led debriefings. Kylie has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Before homeschooling, she was a teacher in a NC public school. Kylie has also taught other children in her home and in co-op classes. They desire to support other families on their own unique homeschool adventure.
1          G         Living the Homeschool Dream: Practical Strategies for the Homeschool Lifestyle
3          G         Hope during Trauma

Katie Dugdale is a child of God, lover of Christ, wife to an amazing man, mom to 4 beautiful kids. She has been homeschooling from the beginning and has just finished her eleventh year. It is a constant journey. Each of her kids was born in a different state. She has many chapters in her story and several years of teaching experience through the public school system, homeschooling, working with her church youth group and teaching in her local homeschool association. She holds a degree in early childhood education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. Katie has been on the board of directors of the Henderson County Homeschool Association for 6 years as activities director, treasurer and secretary.
2          GT      What’s in Your Hand? Starting a Micro-business for Teens and Adults
7          BY      Getting Started with Preschool and Kindergarten
10        O        Middle Schoolers Are Weird, and I Love Them!

Dr. Tisha Duncan is a professor of education at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She also homeschools her precocious middle schooler. As a “teacher of teachers,” she has researched and presented on a variety of topics related to child development, literacy instruction and academically and/or intellectually gifted children. Recent research interests include learner-centered instruction, collaboration and technology in the classroom. As a teacher of students of all ages and levels, she is passionate about learning and always desires to not only know more but also to expand her network and share with others!
1          YO      Bringing Books to Life: Connecting through Read-Alouds
3          B         10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Homeschool: Silencing the Inner Voice of Doubt

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 17 years, she has stayed home to homeschool her 2 sons, while also staying very busy testing, tutoring and providing a variety of products and services through her educational business, The Struggling Reader. Kristen has been speaking at conferences all over the United States for over a decade. She brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.
3          LY       Teaching Reading May Not Be as Easy as You Think
5          LY       What if Your Child Is the Fish that Can’t Climb the Tree?
7          L          Learning Challenges? Dyslexia? Delays? Uncovering What’s Going on and Reasons for Formal Testing

Jessica Embry, M.Ed. from Regent University is a homeschool mom and teacher who is passionate about education and helping others succeed in their own homeschooling journey. She offers educational consulting and community classes for parents to share her love of homeschooling with others. Jessica has been a private tutor since 1995 and has been teaching homeschool classes since 1997. Jessica was also homeschooled as a teen along with her 3 siblings. She holds her master’s in education. She also has a BA from Salem College, double majoring in English and chemistry with a minor in math. She currently homeschools her 3 children. With over 20 years of homeschooling experience, Jessica still loves learning more!
3          P          Homeschooling High School: A Time for Discovery

10        G         Gifted Education

Jolene Erlacher, along with her 5 younger siblings, was homeschooled from kindergarten thru 12th grade by her missionary parents in Mexico. She and her husband currently homeschool their twin daughters in central North Carolina. Jolene is a college instructor, motivational speaker and author. She has researched generational trends for over a decade and holds a doctorate in educational leadership. Jolene is the author of 2 books: Millennials in Ministry and Daniel Generation: Godly Leadership in an Ungodly Culture. To learn more about her work, visit
9          G         Tech-Smart Parenting


Dr. Jeff Ertzberger currently serves as a faculty member and director of technology in the Watson College of Education at UNC Wilmington where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional design and instructional technology. A former public school teacher, Jeff has been a featured speaker at regional, national and international conferences. His unique experiences and personality allow him to present sometimes complex technologies in ways that are understandable and fun! As an elder at New Hanover Church and a homeschool father of three, Ertzberger sees the needs of parents in the homeschool and is able to take his knowledge of technology to find ways to make teaching any subject easier and more effective.
5          G         Google Tools for Home Educators and Co-Ops
8          G         Using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality as Teaching Tools

Jessica Frierson is a second-generation homeschooler now teaching her own 10 children. She and her husband, Ernie, knew from the time their first child was born 25 years ago that home education would be their choice. They moved back home to North Carolina in 2000 to take advantage of the less restrictive homeschool laws here. 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.
1          BYO   Homeschool How-Tos


Amanda Garner and her husband, Wes, have been married 26 years and have home educated all 4 of their children. They currently have 2 homeschool graduates with 2 more to go! Amanda is a regular conference speaker, contributing writer for the GREENHOUSE magazine and occasional blogger, but most of all, a regular homeschool mom and wife. In her free time, she can be found binge reading historical fiction or frequenting local cafes for a good espresso. Amanda and her family live, love and do life together in Franklinton, NC.
6          G         Through Deep Waters
8          B         Homeschooling: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Why It’s Worth It

Tom Gurganus is a homeschool dad of about 23 years. He and his wife, Vicky, have graduated 2 girls and have a son still at home. He is an avid board and card gamer and has been running for 11 years. He interviews game designers and publishers and reviews games. Through this effort, he has developed a large game industry network and has connected with 2 fellow homeschool dads with an interest in the intersection of gaming and homeschooling—gameschooling. They have started Adventures in Gameschooling, a site dedicated to connecting schoolers with information and resources to help them use games in their classrooms.

1          G         What Is the Gameschooling Thing Anyway?

Debra Haagen is a homeschooling mother to 4 wonderful children. She and her husband, Perry, a recently-retired Navy chaplain, live in Tennessee. She loves homeschooling, music, scrapbooking, reading, writing, beagles and American Eskimo dogs. With 2 children now successfully in college and 2 still in high school, Debra writes homeschool curriculum for Knowledge Box Central and wishes to help others on their homeschool journeys.
10        G         Homeschooling in the Military


Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has spoken in 30 countries. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves. Attendees leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools and increased hope for building healthy relationships and increasing success in family, life and school. She has authored 6 books—most recent are Guiding Motivation, 8 Great Smarts, and Screens and Teens. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of 2nd graders, a middle school coach and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
9          G         Resiliency: A Necessary Ability for Today’s Times
10        G         Parenting Power Words
11        G         8 Great Smarts: Discovering and Using Your Child’s Intelligences

Lindsay Leiviska is a Christian wife, mom of 3 and an educator with her MA in teaching. She has worked with children for over 20 years in a variety of capacities and has been homeschooling for almost 10 years. She has served as a large group communicator in children’s ministry for almost 15 years and also has served in many other ministry roles, leading and serving women in groups including in MOPS Intl and Community Bible Study, Intl. Six years ago, Lindsay and her husband adopted a newborn boy. The adoption of their son and his transition into their family radically changed their life. It is the painful journey of the past 6 years that has led Lindsay to start her organization, A Heart for All Students. Lindsay is on a mission to empower the amazing children who think and process the world differently by equipping the mommas who raise them.
4          L          Outside-the-Box Teaching

Vanessa Lopez is a wife, mother of 5 amazing children and a daughter of the king of kings. Her deepest passion is for the gospel and helping others connect the truth in God’s word to their everyday lives. In her spare time (wait, what’s that?) she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, puzzles, board games and cooking (especially if someone else is cleaning up afterwards)! She grew up in Clayton, NC, in a secular home. By the grace of God, she is a first generation believer. She has been homeschooling since 2011. During that time, her family has moved cross country twice, navigated challenges with the United States immigration system, had 2 babies, cared for sick parents, and walked out a battle with childhood Leukemia with her now 9-year-old. Jesus has held her through it all and taught her to walk minute by minute with Him!
10        G         Homeschooling in Crisis

Ronda Marshall and her husband, Mike, live in Asheville, NC, and are in their 25th year of homeschooling. They have graduated 5 children and currently have one at home. This year, they were blessed to welcome their first grandchild! They have served on the NCHE board since 2003 where Mike has served as president and regional director, and Ronda has served as homeschool helps director and currently serves as advisor. They have established and coordinated local homeschool support groups, email groups, co-ops, enrichment classes and conferences in their area. Ronda is the director of Biltmore Church Homeschool Ministry that serves over 200 families in western NC. She has had the privilege of speaking at various support groups and state conferences where she loves having the opportunity to encourage families in this wonderful, yet sometimes challenging, homeschooling journey.
1          G         Secrets of Endurance: Successful Co-ops and Tutorials
6          G         Teaching More than One (or Multi-level Teaching)

Debbie Mason and husband, Spencer, have 4 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 and is a mother and fiction writer. An NCHE board member since 1988, Debbie is the NCHE events director and has coordinated the NCHE conference speakers/workshops since 1990. She was the editor of the GREENHOUSE from 1995-2015. She directed a large homeschool support group for over 22 years. Debbie has a BS in secondary education, mathematics and a MEd in counseling.
4          P          Homeschooling High School
6          G         Top 11 Passions from a Homeschool Veteran 

Dana McDill is the wife of NCHE executive director, Matthew McDill. They live in Creston, NC (Ashe County) with 8 of their 9 children ages 6 to 19. Their oldest daughter is married. Dana has been homeschooling for 16 years. She loves encouraging other mothers on their homeschooling journeys because this journey is not for the faint of heart. Dana has personally struggled with hormonal imbalances and adrenal fatigue through which she has learned much! She is a “normal” homeschooling mom who wants to be real about the joys and challenges of homeschooling and to encourage others not to give up. She is still on her amazing journey of refinement and in the trenches just like you!
2          M         Choosing Rest in the Midst of Homeschooling

Matthew McDill and his wife, Dana, have been homeschooling their 9 children for 16 years. Matthew is the executive director for North Carolinians for Home Education and continues to serve as president of the board. Through his ministry, Truth to Freedom (, he teaches and writes about discipleship, marriage, family, parenting, home education and church. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in communication along with 2 master’s degrees and a doctorate in biblical studies.
6          PT        How to Help Your Children Discover God’s Plan for Their Lives
8          PT        Equip Children for Life with 3 Critical Skills


Marji McIlvaine and husband, Rick, homeschooled for 26 years in 4 states and are now officially retired as homeschool parents. All 6 of their children have graduated from their homeschool, and in 2019 the first grandchild was born. Marji’s heart is to encourage other parents in the homeschool journey. She served on the board of Henderson County Homeschool Association for 20 years, administers the Woodcock-Johnson test in WNC, teaches homeschoolers online and in-person with The Academy at Bright Ideas Press, Luma Learn, My Fun Science, BBC tutorials and Classical Scholars. Marji also tutors students with reading difficulties. She has a passion for foreign languages, science, writing, history and, oh, the whole of God’s incredible creation, and for sharing the joy in those subjects with her own children and others in our homeschooling community.

2          GT      What’s in Your Hand? Starting a Micro-business for Teens and Adults
9          OP      Staying Home to Homeschool—What a Concept! Do I Really Have to Outsource?
11        GB      Taking the Mystery Out of Achievement Testing

Julia Nalle and her husband Rob live in a book-filled little house in the woods of central Virginia with their 3 youngest children who were all adopted from Ukraine. Their 2 older sons are grown and out of the house. If you spend more than a moment with Julia, you’ll find that she’s passionate about Christ, her family, adoption and classical/Charlotte Mason styled home education. Julia and her husband spend their days caring for their children, maintaining an adoption advocating blog (Micah Six Eight) and writing a history/literature curriculum called BiblioPlan. Julia also enjoys teaching history and writing classes at a homeschool co-op in Charlottesville, Virginia. Julia has a BS in early childhood education and a master’s in religion with emphasis in Old Testament studies, counseling and pastoral ministries.
5          G         Is History Flatlining in Your Home? 50+ CPR Strategies to Bring It Back to Life

Danielle Papageorgiou has been homeschooling, or “lifeschooling,” for 18 years (she counts birth as day 1!) and runs a blog called She has a passion for helping other homeschoolers learn how to homeschool in a way that does not compete with family life, but actually enhances it—homeschooling done in a spirit of freedom, not legalism. She believes that each family is unique and God has placed in each child special gifts and desires that He wants to use. The verse that guides the Papageorgious in their pursuit of lifeschooling is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Emphasis mine). Danielle has been married to her amazing husband, Jon, for 20 years, and they have 3 talented and fun children, Konur (18), Elleina (15), and Korban (8).
10        B         Getting Started (or Continuing) Lifeschooling without Feeling Terrified!

Craig Seibert is the director of the Christian Citizenship Training Initiative which has served over 1,000,000 streamed videos and digital content to individuals, families, schools, small groups, civic groups and churches. Craig speaks frequently on the topics of freedom and liberty, the founding principles of the United States, and understanding the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. He has written or produced dozens of articles, booklets, brochures and other content and has been a guest on various radio programs and webinars. He works closely with businesses, churches and other non-profits to raise up the next generation of leaders who understand US civics and the responsibility of citizenship. Many local, state and national organizations have used his video and digital content to educate members.

4          TG       Christian Citizenship 1: The 4 Structures of a Healthy Society
5          TG       Christian Citizenship 2: The Keys to Understanding the Declaration and Constitution
7          TG       Christian Citizenship 3: Engaging the Culture with Salt, Light & Courage

Doug Smith and his wife Karen are the parents of 4 homeschool graduates. On most days you’ll find Doug working on the website and helping the homeschoolers who frequent its pages. He has a passion for discipling his children, encouraging others on their homeschool journey, and making technology understandable in plain English.
7          YO      More Than Just Screen Time
11        G   Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together



Amanda Wares is thrilled to be a speaker at Thrive! She is married to Michael and has 4 children: Susannah, 23, Killian, 19, Katrielle, 16, and Deacon, 11. This is their 15th year homeschooling and her 10th year on the NCHE board, where she currently serves as homeschool helps director. In addition to her roles as wife and stay-at-home mom/teacher, Amanda also serves on the board of her local homeschool group and teaches sign language at a co-op. In all her spare time, she loves to read, plan field trips and encourage new homeschoolers!
4          B         Help! I’m New! Now What Do I Do?
6          B         The Girlfriend’s Guide to Choosing Curriculum

Patricia Wesolowski is an author, speaker and homeschooling mother of 9 who is now the homeschool specialist at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. After homeschooling her 9 children for the past 32 years, she is finally finished! Pat has a heart for helping parents find joy in their homeschooling experience and, for that reason, loves teaching workshops in order to encourage and equip parents for a fun and successful homeschool experience. Pat is the host of a podcast entitled “Homeschooling Co-op Style,” writes a blog and has authored numerous unit studies for homeschooled students. Pat has also written a free e-resource to help parents plan for a successful high school experience:
2          PT        Preparing Your Teen for College: It’s Easier than You Might Think!