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Ken Ham

Ken Ham’s greatest burden is to share the truths of God’s Word, beginning with Genesis 1:1. As president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, Ken presents creation topics…

at conferences worldwide. He has authored and co-authored many books, including the best-selling The Lie and Already Gone. He hosts Answers…with Ken Ham, a daily radio broadcast on over 500 radio stations. Ken and his wife live in the Cincinnati area and have five children and ten grandchildren.

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Buddy Davis

Buddy Davis is a sculptor, artist, and recording artist. He tours with Answers in Genesis seminars worldwide and has recorded several Christian music albums. Buddy has been on …

numerous dinosaur digs, and he has dug up duckbill dinosaur fossils in Alaska. But Buddy is probably best known for his life-sized dinosaur models, including a full-size T.rex on display at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Answers in Genesis

 

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Hal and Melanie Young

Hal and Melanie Young—authors of the Christian Small Publishers Association’s 2011 book of the year, Raising Real Men—are parents of six real boys and two real girls. Hal and Melanie have served …

on the board of directors for North Carolinians for Home Education for over 14 years, including Hal’s three terms as president. They have published articles with Homeschooling Today, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment, Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and others. Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances in venues as wide-ranging as the Bob Dutko Show and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. They are sought-after conference speakers who draw standing-room-only crowds with their mix of entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful, scriptural principles. The Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina.

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Raising Real Men


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Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down-to-earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country …

and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, Todd has a passion and mission to remind dads and moms of what’s most important, which he does through weekly e-mails for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Todd and his wife, Debbie, homeschool six of their eight children in northern Indiana—two have graduated—and travel America in the Familyman Mobile.

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The Family Man


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Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner

Dr. Steve and Megan Scheibner have spent the last twenty years developing parenting and youth-character-development resources to assist parents in the all-important parenting …

journey. Both Steve and Megan are trained Christian counselors, and Steve received his doctorate in 2011, with his thesis focused on the role of parents in the character development of children. Their extensive training and research into character development has uniquely prepared Steve and Megan to equip and encourage parents. In addition, with eight children of their own, Steve and Megan’s practical tips and techniques have undergone years of hands-on child testing. Steve and Megan were recent guests on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk and the Glenn Beck Program. Join them as together we train a new generation of courageous, Christ-like, character-healthy leaders.

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CharacterHealth


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Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal 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 experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many reluctant writers and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in 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 to their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma’s Green Country.

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Institute for Excellence in Writing


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Bill Potter

Bill Potter is an independent scholar and historian who teaches, writes, and lectures from a biblical/providential perspective. He is a popular conference and university speaker, and …

the leading historian for Landmark Events, a company specializing in teaching “on the ground” where great history-changing events occurred. Landmark emphasizes teaching the new generations to recognize the hand of God in our nation’s past and in all of history, and to interpret based on the truths of God’s Word. Bill has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 40 years, during which time they have home-educated their eight children.

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Landmark Events


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Crystal Paine

Crystal Paine is a child of God, wife, homeschooling mom of three young children, and author of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget. In 2007, Crystal started MoneySavingMom.com in an effort to …

help women with practical ways to wisely steward their finances and reduce their household expenditures. Her blog has since become one of the top personal-finance blogs on the web, garnering hundreds of thousands of visitors each month.

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Money Saving Mom


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Sarah Olbris

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Shelley Noonan

Shelley Noonan, author and speaker, has a passion to assist parents in recapturing the lost art of mentoring. Often, as parents, we teach a little here and a little there and just hope and pray that our children …

“turn out”–or that we can teach our children with purpose on purpose the morals, values, and standards we want them to possess. This process of purposeful teaching is called mentoring.
Shelley has more than 13 years of homeschooling experience with their three, now-grown children, and 22 years experience serving the homeschool community. Shelley worked as a nurse in a variety of settings and started two successful businesses while homeschooling.
She presents a wide variety of topics and uses the experience of homeschooling and of life itself to motivate and challenge you. Her message will not only touch your heart but encourage you in the high calling of parenting on purpose–so future generations will know, serve, and love the Lord.

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Barb Mouring

Barby Mouring has been homeschooling her 5 children for 24 years. She has a B.S. in Social Studies Education, with a German minor and has taught history, government, geography, …

English, speech, and German in Christian school and homeschool settings. 3 children have graduated from her homeschool, navigated college and are established in the vocations God has called them to. She has 2 teenagers left at home, and she teaches for the homeschool high school co-op they participate in.

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Kirk Martin

Kirk Martin is laugh-out-loud funny, practical, and life-changing. That is how more than 300,000 parents at more than 1,000 live workshops have described Celebrate Calm founder and …

homeschooling father Kirk Martin. Based on work with 1,500 of the most challenging children right in his own home, Kirk’s strategies will eliminate the power struggles, yelling, and arguing that too often characterize our homes. What makes his workshops unique? Kirk’s presentations feature interactions with his son, Casey, making the strategies concrete, challenging, and funny. He spends a lot of time helping parents change, not just kids. After all, the best discipline is teaching a child self-discipline. His gut-wrenchingly honest approach inspires transformation. Parents leave changed and grateful.

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Celebrate Calm


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Katherine Loop

Katherine Loop, a homeschool graduate, has been ministering to homeschool families since her graduation in 2003. She has written two books on teaching math from a biblical worldview …

—Beyond Numbers and Revealing Arithmetic—as well as various other materials. She has also spoken at a variety of conventions on both math and homeschooling, and has ministered to homeschoolers abroad. Her desire is to inspire people to “Seek the Lord, and his strength” (Psalm 105:4) in everything. View more about her ministry at www.christianperspective.net.

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Christian Perspective


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Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee (author of A Year of Playing Skillfully; The Homegrown Preschooler; and 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children) has been dedicated to the well-being of young children …

for over 25 years. As a former administrator and teacher, Kathy has extensive experience in the field of early childhood education. She is the homeschooling mother of ten children—both biological and adopted—and enjoys sharing her journey of motherhood with others. A sought-after speaker worldwide, Kathy is most often described as a passionate, experienced, knowledgeable presenter.

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The Homegrown Preschooler


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Diane Kummer

Diane and her husband, Tom, homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Both children graduated from college and are well into their careers. She is on staff as …

a high school consultant with the Home School Legal Defense Association and helped to develop its Homeschooling Through High School website (www.hslda.org/highschool). Speaking nationwide at conferences and symposiums, Diane inspires parents to confidently teach their teens. Her articles appear in the Homeschool Enrichment and Court Report magazines, and her free newsletters are filled with helpful tips.  She provides personal consultation to HSLDA members. Read her informative entries on HSLDA’s Homeschooling Now Teaching Tips blog.

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Home School Legal Defense Association


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Kim Kautzer

Kim Kautzer has a heart to inspire and equip homeschoolers—and she loves to help you feel more confident about teaching writing. When blank paper, a reluctant child, and an insecure parent…

come together failure often feels close at hand. Kim helps you see that teaching writing is more objective than you think, and that with the right tools, you can guide and motivate your struggling writer.

Kim and Jim homeschooled for 15 years, graduating their youngest in 2003. Though their kids are scattered around the globe, the Kautzers have stayed put in Southern California, where Kim enjoys writing, tinkering with the Sunday crossword, drinking English breakfast tea, and playing with their seven grandchildren. Award-winning WriteShop, her unique and successful writing program, has been honored as one of Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.

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Sharon Hofer

Sharon Hofer is a professional artist and teacher. She is also a pastor’s wife and homeschool mother. Her professional art has been featured in several national art magazines …

and has been sold by both Franklin Mint and Artist Collectibles. She has spent the last 22 years homeschooling her children, helping her husband in ministry, and building Hidden Acres Art School in Omaha, Nebraska. Sharon teaches art internationally in Africa, Russia, and Asia. She also teaches hundreds of homeschool students at her art studio, and thousands more through her fine-art curriculum known as Creating a Masterpiece, available at www.creatingamasterpiece.com.

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Creating a Masterpiece

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Rich and Barb Heki

Rich and Barb Heki, the founders of Grandparents of Homeschoolers,™ are grandparents and veteran state and national homeschooling leaders. Having homeschooled their four children from …

birth to adulthood, the Hekis have served homeschooling families in diverse capacities, from event planning, conference speaking and legislation; to publications and counseling/encouraging families. As advocates of multi-generational family discipleship—because education IS discipleship—they thoroughly enjoy ministering to grandparents and parents of homeschoolers, connecting the generations through home education. Rich and Barb are passionate defenders of parental rights and homeschooling freedoms, encouraging families to seek God’s direction in every aspect of their homeschooling journey.

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Gregg Harris

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Jeannie Fulbright

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Marlin Detweiler

Marlin Detweiler is husband to Laurie; father to Jameson, Brandon, Travis, and Parker; and master to Grace the border collie—the official breed of Classical Christian education. He and his wife …

founded Veritas Press to provide classical Christian educational materials for homeschools and Christian schools and, more recently, to operate an online school. He has spoken in dozens of cities on classical Christian education, and he serves on the national board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). Additionally, he was involved in the formation of two ACCS charter member schools: Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1996) and The Geneva School in Orlando, Florida (1992). Marlin also plays golf.

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Veritas Academy


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Laurie Detweiler

Laurie Detweiler, well known for her creativity and the sense of wonder she brings to children in her educational endeavors, is vice president and owner of Veritas Press. She has authored and …

published numerous books and curriculum products. She was instrumental in founding two classical Christian schools: The Geneva School in Orlando, Florida, and Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In both instances, she served as the curriculum coordinator for several years. Her involvement in classical Christian education, initially motivated to help her own children, has made her a favorite speaker, consultant, and writer. She and her husband, Marlin, have four boys.

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Veritas Academy


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Dianne Craft

Dianne Craft is a former homeschooling mom who has a master’s degree in elementary and special education. She has spent the past 25 years teaching bright, hardworking children …

 who have to work too hard to learn. President of an educational consulting firm, Child Diagnostics, in Denver, she and her team conduct personal internet consultations, helping more than 3,000 families across the country work with their struggling learners to become successful—easily and inexpensively—in the home setting. Her workshops are very informative and often entertaining. Dianne is also a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP), specializing in natural treatments for children with attention, learning, and behavioral issues. Dianne has just released her new Craft Right Brain Readers and is happy to announce the release of a new teacher-training video series of nine workshops, known as “The Struggling Learner Seminar.”

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Child Diagnostics, Inc.


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Marla Cilley (The FlyLady)

For more than 14 years, FlyLady has mentored women wordwide in how to find peace in juggling the demands of family and housework. Through her free daily e-mails and website at …

FlyLady.net, she offers de-cluttering and organization advice and tips to more than 380,000 devoted subscribers. Not only does she teach how to conquer a cluttered home—15 minutes at a time—but with her signature wit and no-nonsense southern charm, she makes it all fun!

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TheFlyLady


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Dr. Lainna Callentine

Dr. Lainna Callentine is a physician, homeschool mom, instructor, author, speaker, coach, and the creator/founder of Sciexperience. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University, having …

earned a full athletic scholarship in basketball. As a former classroom teacher with a master’s in education, she completed her M.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she trained to become a pediatrician. Dr. Callentine continues to have wonderment for the beauty of God’s creation in the human body, and she still practices her hobby of medicine as a missionary doctor, volunteering at a Christian clinic in the Chicago suburbs that cares for the uninsured. She is passionate about the biological sciences, children, education, families, and the God who created all things. With great excitement, in collaboration with Master Books, she is pleased to announce a new hands-on series on the human body called God’s Wondrous Machine.

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Sciexperience


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Yvonne Bunn

Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support and director of government affairs, works with HEAV’s legislative team to protect and improve Virginia’s homeschool laws. She …

also works with a network of local support groups to provide accurate, up-to-date information to homeschoolers. Yvonne has developed a series of seminars on homeschool success that she has shared at many homeschool conferences throughout Virginia and in a weeklong series on the nationally syndicated Homeschool Heartbeat. On behalf of HEAV, she coordinates HEAV’s annual Day at the Capitol. Yvonne also spearheaded HEAV’s efforts in the General Assembly to pass the first homeschool license plate in the nation. In 1992, she received Home School Legal Defense Association’s “Outstanding Service” award. Yvonne has a degree in elementary education and taught high school prior to homeschooling for 18 years. Yvonne and her husband, George, have five children and twelve grandchildren.

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Home Educators Association of Virginia


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Rick Boyer

Rick Boyer and his wife, Marilyn, are among the early trailblazers of the homeschooling movement. Building on their own experiences in training their 14 children at home, Rick and Marilyn have …

written several popular books on homeschooling, Christian parenting, and national reformation. The Boyers are also creators of Character Concepts Curriculum. Rick’s books include Home Educating with Confidence, Take Back the Land, The Socialization Trap, and The Hands-on Dad. He is known to thousands of children through his “Uncle Rick” audio recordings.

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Character Concepts Curriculum


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Marilyn Boyer

Marilyn Boyer and her husband, Rick, are true pioneers of homeschooling. Since 1980, Marilyn has taught all of her 14 children from kindergarten through high school. Her passion …

for putting Christian character at the top of her educational priorities resulted in the creation of the Character Concepts Curriculum. Marilyn has authored several books including Parenting from the Heart, Hands-on Character Building, and For You They Signed, which inspires children and adults alike with the character of our country’s founders. Her combination of compassion, godly wisdom, and rich insight into the hearts of children has made her a cherished resource for homeschooling moms all across America.

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Character Concepts Curriculum


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Carol Barnier

Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun, popular conference speaker unlike any other. A frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine broadcast, she has also been a guest …

on many radio programs, contributor to many magazines, and speaker to conferences nationwide. Carol is also a homeschooler of over 20 years, author of four books, mother to three children, and wife to one husband. Her latest book, Engaging Today’s Prodigal: Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reasons for Hope, shares her own prodigal journey. While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her firstborn son’s 13 surgeries, her homeschooling challenges, her family’s many ADHD challenges, or her own walk from being a God-denying atheist to the most grateful recipient of God’s amazing grace, this woman speaks from the heart.

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www.carolbarnier.com


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Kristin Barbour

Kristin Barbour has presented seminars and workshops  for parents and educators, on topics related to learning disabilities, dyslexia, and cognitive development. She is the executive director for …

the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) and an educational therapist. Kristin’s passion is bringing life-long learning to life and developing independent learners. She is an internationally respected educator and keynote speaker. In addition to being an NILD educational therapist, Kristin is an authorized trainer in the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program. Prior to becoming NILD’s Executive Director, Kristin was the director of Discovery Program, Inc. (DPI), a community-based organization providing intervention services to students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, and ADHD in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  Kristin has also worked as an inpatient speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.

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