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Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson (a homeschooling dad) has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville—where music is an industry in the same way that fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries—Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic…

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Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh is a writer, speaker, author, and one of the religious Right’s most influential young voices. Through his bi-weekly columns on TheBlaze, Walsh reaches millions of readers. He is known for boldly tackling tough subjects and speaking out on faith and culture in a way that connects with his generation and beyond. Matt lives in…

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Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic

Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced VOO-yee-cheech). Nick was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs, with no medical explanation or warning for his condition….

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Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie started the Read-Aloud Revival podcast on a whim. That fateful decision resulted in a highly-rated show that, 2 years later, has nearly 2 million downloads and reaches tens of thousands of listeners with each episode. For over two years, she’s been interviewing leaders, authors, and experts in the read-aloud movement, connecting them with families…

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Steve Demme

Steve Demme

Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and three special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve has served in full- or part-time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological…

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Dr. Angela Gonzales

Dr. Angela Gonzales

Dr. Angela L. Gonzales (Dr. Angie) is a Pediatrician, Licensed Davis® Facilitator, Licensed Davis® Autism Approach Facilitator/Coach, parenting specialist, transformational speaker, and mother of three. Currently, Dr. Angie owns and runs Dr. Angie’s Place in Norco, CA. Dr. Angie’s Place is a learning and wellness facility where Dr. Angie uses her Davis® Facilitator License, medical expertise…

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Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “Cook”), the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic reviews from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave…

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Randall Goodgame

Randall Goodgame

Randall Kilpatrick Goodgame is an American singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music and the creative force behind the family music brand, Slugs & Bugs. Goodgame has recorded eight solo albums and contributed to numerous others. He has written songs for Veggie Tales, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, and Eric Peters. He is also…

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Asheritah Ciuciu

Asherita Ciuciu

Asheritah is the author of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus and Walking with God, as well as blogging at OneThingAlone.com. Asheritah grew up as a missionary kid in Romania, where she witnessed the power of the Gospel to change lives. There on the mission field, she dedicated herself to a lifetime of ministry and went on to study English and Women’s…

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John Stonestreet

John Stonestreet

As President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, John’s passion is to illuminate a biblical worldview for today’s culture. He’s a speaker, writer, cultural commentator, and collaborator of worldview initiatives. John directs conferences and curriculum projects, speaks to groups nationally and internationally, consults on worldview education for schools and churches, and appears frequently on…

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Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He is passionate about seeing students and adults “transformed by the renewing of their minds.” Brett has more than 18 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. He spent 11 of those years as a pastor to students and…

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Jerusha Clark

Jerusha Clark

Jerusha Clark is the author or co-author of eleven books, including Your Teenager Is Not Crazy: Understanding Your Teen’s Brain Can Make You A Better Parent (co-written with her husband, Dr. Jeramy Clark). Jerusha’s writing and speaking ministry focuses on helping others glorify and enjoy God, one thought at a time. On quiet days, you…

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Christopher Perrin

Dr. Christopher Perrin

Christopher Perrin, a former homeschooling father and headmaster of a classical school, is the CEO and publisher at Classical Academic Press. He is a nationally-recognized leader, author, and speaker for the classical education movement. Christopher serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools and homeschool co-ops in the United States and overseas. He is the…

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Norm Wakefield

Norm Wakefield

Norm is the founder and executive director of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries, International. He and his wife, Alma, live in Bulverde, TX, and have four children (three married), who are walking with Jesus, and seventeen grandchildren. They began homeschooling in 1984 and are still involved in the homeschooling of their grandchildren. Norm has been…

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Dr. Carol Reynolds

Dr. Carol Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds was long a professor of Music History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Since retiring, she has focused her professional career outside of the university walls, teaching and speaking on the importance of the fine arts to homeschoolers, concert audiences, and travel enthusiasts. For decades, she has served as an educator for…

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Connie Albers

Connie Albers

Connie Albers has spent much of her adult life as a homeschool mom and mom-preneur with an outreach and ministry to homeschool parents through her speaking and various leadership roles. She is a respected leader, social media enthusiast, and trusted homeschool mom who understands the challenges of balancing the demands of life and homeschool. Connie…

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Nick Vujicic

Life Without Limbs: Nick Vujicic

Midwest Homeschool Convention

Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet Nick Vujicic, born without arms and legs, with no medical explanation or warning for his condition.

But the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends, and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on as well.

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Midwest Homeschool Convention

For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. Peterson has forged his own path, creating a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy, and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

David Gibbs III

Attorney David Gibbs III

Attorney David C. Gibbs III is the President and General Counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty, a ministry organization that defends life and liberty freedoms nationwide. Mr. Gibbs speaks regularly to audiences in churches and conferences while also litigating cases as a trial attorney. He has authored five books including Fighting for…

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Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell

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, literature-based active learning (she did have boys, after all!). Janice speaks at conferences nationwide on subjects including…

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Dr. Jay Wile

Dr. Jay Wile

Dr. Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were…

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Lesli Richards

Leslie Richards

Lesli Richards is the award-winning author of The Homegrown Preschooler and A Year of Playing Skillfully. A homeschooling mother of five, she enjoys encouraging other homeschooling families to cultivate wonder in their children though intentional play. She is an advocate for special needs families as they navigate the best educational opportunities for their children. She…

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John De Gree

John De Gree

John De Gree is the founder of The Classical Historian. Originally from California, he studied history and language and worked and lived in Turkey, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia for five years. Working in private, public, and homeschool education for over twenty years, he saw the great lack of critical and independent thinking in history education….

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Shelagh Gallagher

Dr. Shelagh Gallagher

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher is a nationally-recognized expert in gifted education and Problem-Based Learning. Prior to her current role as consultant and author, she spent 13 years conducting research and teaching graduate courses in gifted education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also spent three years working at the Illinois Mathematics and…

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Ed Zaccaro

Ed Zaccaro

Ed has taught students of all ages and abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He holds an Iowa teaching certificate with K-12 endorsement in Gifted Education and a Masters degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ed is a popular presenter at homeschool, math, and gifted education conferences around the country,…

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Michael Clay Thompson

Michael Clay Thompson

The author of seventy books and more than 200 articles, Michael Thompson is a writer, consultant, and presenter at system, state, and national conferences for homeschool and for gifted education. He has served on the Board of Directors of NAGC (the National Association for Gifted Children), is past President of the Indiana Association for the Gifted,…

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Dr. Tom Kemnitz

Dr. Tom Kemnitz

Thomas Milton Kemnitz founded Royal Fireworks Press in 1977 to develop curricula for gifted and talented children. He was a university professor with a specialty in Victorian England, but he was profoundly dissatisfied with how ill-prepared for higher education his students were. It seemed to him that students knew far too little about far too…

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Kristen Eckenwiler

Kristen Eckenwiler

Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Masters degree in Reading. She has taught first-, second-, and fourth-graders 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….

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Dr. Jen Spencer

Dr. Jen Spencer

Dr. Jen Spencer spent eighteen years as an educator in public, private, and home schools teaching students from preschool all the way through high school. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Winthrop University in 1996. She then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Doctor of…

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Jean Burk

Jean Burk

Author Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum, which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, Forbes Living TV, UShopTV, and The Homeschool Channel. She has been a keynote and…

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Kathy Kuhl

Kathy Kuhl

Kathy Kuhl equips parents to teach their children with challenges. She wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook for anyone helping children with challenges, including ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. It is based on her experiences homeschooling her son, as well as interviews with 64 parents homeschooling children with learning disabilities. She also wrote Encouraging Your Child…

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Rea Berg

Rea Berg

Rea Berg founded Beautiful Feet Books in 1984 to encourage the use of classic and historic literature in the home schooling community. She has written numerous guides for teaching history through literature that have won Reader’s Choice awards and Best Picks in the home education arena. She has brought back into print many notable children’s…

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Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee Eggers

Kathy Lee Eggers has been dedicated to the well-being of young children for over 25 years. As a former teacher and a​​​ ​​administrator​,​ Kathy has extensive experience in the field of early childhood education. Kathy is the mother of ten kids, both biological and adopted. She enjoys sharing her journey of imperfect motherhood, inspiring others…

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Dale Gamache

Dale Gamache

Dale Gamache has over 32 years’ experience teaching the Spanish language. He has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in the Volusia County, FL school system, including the past 29 years at Seabreeze High. Señor Gamache and his family established their own private Spanish language after-school program where they taught public, private, and homeschool…

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Colleen Kessler

Colleen Kessler

Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents…

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Dr. Duke Pesta

Dr. Duke Pesta

Dr. Duke Pesta serves as the Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy, a live online school that is faithfully educating America. FPA is Common Core-free, offering individual classes and complete curricula for students in kindergarten through high school. Dr. Pesta is also a tenured university professor and author. He received his Masters degree in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D….

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Judy Sarden

Attorney Judy Sarden

Judy Sarden has been a corporate attorney and entrepreneur for over twenty years. After feeling the need to home educate her children, Judy left her corporate legal job and began working for herself at home as a contract attorney, business advisor, writer, and career coach. She is passionate about helping families develop an entrepreneurial spirit…

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S.D. Smith

S.D. Smith

S. D. Smith is the author of the middle-grade adventure fantasy novels, The Green Ember, The Black Star of Kingston, and Ember Falls (The Green Ember: Book II). Despite spending time as one of the top 100 best-selling authors on Amazon and seeing the audiobook for The Green Ember hit #1 in worldwide sales on Audible, Smith remains…

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Michael Somerville

Michael Somerville

Michael Somerville serves as the vice president of Lampstand Press, which publishes the well-known humanities and worldview curriculum, Tapestry of Grace. Home-educated through high school by Scott and Marcia Somerville, authors of Tapestry of Grace, Michael went on to academic success, graduating at the top of his class from the University of Maryland’s Smith School…

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Beth Mora

Beth Mora

Meet Beth Mora, wife to one, mother to eight, nana to one, and a Homeschool Purple Heart Recipient for multiple moments where she thought she wasn’t making a difference in her children’s lives. Beth is indebted and salutes the homeschooling vets in her life that carried her through and simply desires to return the blessing….

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Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer…

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Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran is director of the Classical Latin School Association and is the father of four homeschooled adult children. He is the editor of Memoria Press’s “Classical Teacher” magazine and the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua…

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Ashley Wiggers

Ashley Wiggers

Ashley Wiggers grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her late mother, Debbie Strayer, who was an educator, speaker, and the author of numerous homeschooling materials. It was through Debbie’s encouragement and love that Ashley learned the value of being homeschooled. Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling…

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Attorney Tom Culpepper, Esq.

Attorney Tom Culpepper, Esq.

Let me tell you about myself by answering three questions. Why did I create Culpepper Law? Why do I focus on legal planning for parents with minor children? What do in my spare time? Culpepper Law I created Culpepper to give Christian lawyers a place to work, where they would be encouraged to work on…

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Daniel Huerta

Daniel Huerta

Daniel Huerta is the vice president of the Parenting and Youth department at Focus on the Family. In this role, he oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ. Huerta is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided…

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Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer has an MA in creative writing from the University of Kansas. He is editor of Crosswind Comics and creator of The One Year Adventure Novel and Cover Story, writing programs for homeschool students. His professional work includes stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books, and scripting for the PBS animated…

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Beth Ellen Nash

Beth Ellen Nash

Beth Ellen Nash has her education degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and has 17 years of experience working with struggling learners. She was the founder, director, and lead teacher for 8 years at Hope Academy, a school for struggling middle and high school students in Madison, WI. In 2011, she shifted toward an individualized online…

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Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill believes that you don’t have to sacrifice relationships to homeschool strong. An award-winning educator, former journalist, and now homeschooling mom, she has a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps and getting to the heart of the stories her listeners want to hear. She is the host of three popular…

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Mystie Winckler

Mystie Winckler

Mystie and her husband are both second-generation homeschoolers now classically homeschooling their five children. As the oldest of 7, Mystie had opinions about mothering and homeschooling and started keeping a list of all she would do differently than (i.e. better than) her mom when she was 10 (yes, her mom found that list). She didn’t…

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Joelle Hodge

Joelle Hodge

Joelle Hodge, one of the original founding members of Classical Academic Press, is an author, a consultant/speaker, and a teacher of logic and rhetoric at Scholé Academy online. She is the co-author of two top-selling logic books, The Art of Argument and The Discovery of Deduction, both published by Classical Academic Press. Joelle earned two…

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Jennifer Cabrera

Jennifer Cabrera

Jennifer Cabrera is the humorous writer at HifalutinHomeschooler.com, a homeschool blog offering comedic relief from the unique stresses faced by homeschool parents. She likes to keep things real for her readers by poking fun at the highs and lows of homeschooling and by sharing eccentric ideas for teaching the boring stuff. Five years ago, Jennifer…

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