37th Virginia Homeschool Convention

Experience three incredible days that can change your family’s life!

 2020 | Richmond, Virginia

Due government restrictions, the 37th Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention has been canceled.
This difficult decision was not made lightly, but with drastic, new restrictions in place, there is simply no other choice.

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Home Educator’s Association of Virginia Convention Speakers

The HEAV Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention is known for its great speakers, carefully selected to provide you with the information and encouragement you need!

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Pam Tebow

Author | Speaker

Pam Tebow

Pam Tebow travels the country encouraging audiences to use the incredible influence God has given them to eternally impact their world. She and her husband, Bob, lived as missionaries in the Philippines and continue to serve there through the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. They also support orphanages and a safe house they built for rescued girls in a semi-closed country. When their youngest son, Tim, won the Heisman Trophy, Pam’s decision to choose life for Tim against a doctor’s advice gained national attention, and their story of celebrating family and life was highlighted on media outlets. Pam and Bob have five grown children and eight grandchildren.
pamtebow.com

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Shaun Alexander

Author | Speaker

Shaun Alexander

Shaun Alexander, best known as the 2005 NFL MVP, a Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins running back, and a 2011 inductee into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, is now retired from football. Always passionate about families, he is equally devoted to protecting parents' rights. The award-winning author of Touchdown Alexander and The Walk, Shaun is the vice president of Parentalrights.org. A hardworking, homeschooling father, he travels with his family, sharing the message of Jesus, fathering, marriage, community, leadership, and success. Shaun and his wife, Valerie, have eight children and live near Washington, DC.
ShaunAlexander.com

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Gary Thomas

Author | Speaker

Gary Thomas

Gary is the author of 18 books, including Cherish, Sacred Marriage, and the Gold Medallion award winner Authentic Faith. Gary holds a BA in English literature and an MA in systematic theology. He serves on the teaching team at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and is an adjunct faculty member at both Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He has spoken on numerous television and radio programs, including Focus on the Family and Family Life Today. Gary enjoys running and has completed 14 marathons. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 35 years and have three adult children.
garythomas.com

Susan Seay

The Intentional Mom

Susan Seay

Through the “Mentor 4 Moms" podcast and the relatable style found in her book, The Intentional Parent: Parenting On Purpose When Life Gets Busy, you can get a sense of Susan’s heart to provide both encouragement and helpful, practical tools to moms involved in homeschooling. As a wife and mom to 7, she truly understands the challenges of trying to be an intentional parent. Susan has been a mentor to women for over a decade, both locally in Austin, TX, and internationally.
susanseay.com

Durenda Wilson

The Unhurried Homeschooler

Durenda Wilson

Durenda has been homeschooling her eight children for over 24 years, with two still at home. She’s been married to Darryl for 30 years, and they have six 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. She encourages families to take time to enjoy this amazing journey and keep things simple and unhurried. Durenda has written The Unhurried Homeschooler and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart – 31 days in God’s Word. She is the owner/host on her podcast (Durenda Wilson) and website.
durendawilson.com

Sue Becker

The Bread Beckers

Sue Becker

Sue Becker, gifted speaker and teacher, has a passion to share principles of healthy living in an encouraging way. She is the co-owner of The Bread Beckers and founder Real Bread Outreach, both ministries dedicated to promoting whole grain nutrition. Sue has a degree in food science from UGA and is the author of The Essential Home Ground Flour Book, published in May of 2016. Sue is a veteran homeschooling mom with 9 children and 12 grandchildren. She and her husband, Brad, live in Canton, GA. Through her teaching, countless families have found improved health.
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Vicki Bentley

Speaker

Vicki Bentley

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Chuck Black

Author | Speaker

Chuck Black

Chuck Black, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical combat communications engineer, is the author of seventeen novels, including the popular Kingdom Series, The Knights of Arrethtrae series, the Wars of the Realm series, The Starlore Legacy series, and Call to Arms: the Guts and Glory of Courageous Fatherhood. Chuck and his wife Andrea have six children and are veteran home educators of 24 years. It is Chuck’s passion is to inspire people of all ages to follow the Lord with zeal and to equip parents, pastors, and youth leaders to accomplish the same.
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Sam Black

Covenant Eyes

Sam Black

Sam Black is an internet safety consultant, the partnerships director at Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability, and the author of The Porn Circuit: Understand Your Brain and Break Porn Habits in 90 Days. He joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist, and he has edited 16 books on the impact of pornography, how to protect our families, and how God’s grace brings restoration. He has been married for 21 years and is a father of two.
covenanteyes.com

Jan Bloom

BooksBloom

Jan Bloom

Jan Bloom is the author of two volumes of author resource information, Who Should We Then Read? She and her husband, Gary, homeschooled their three children into college and then took to the road to sell great books at homeschooling conferences. Even though she was granted a B.S. degree in physics and math from the University of MN (back in the days of slide rules!), Jan spends most of her time reading and rescuing children’s books. She has been a contributor to The Old Schoolhouse, Home-Educating Family, Dear, and Homeschooling Today magazines.
booksbloom.com

Yvonne Bunn

Home Educators Association of Virginia

Yvonne Bunn

Yvonne Bunn, HEAV’s director of homeschool support and government affairs, works with HEAV’s legislative team to protect and improve Virginia’s homeschool laws. She has developed a Homeschool Success Seminar series that she has shared at homeschool conferences, support groups, and co-ops throughout Virginia, and in a week-long series on the nationally syndicated Homeschool Heartbeat. Yvonne also spearheaded HEAV’s efforts in the General Assembly to pass the first homeschool license plate in the nation. She has a degree in elementary education and taught in a Christian school prior to homeschooling for 18 years. Yvonne and her husband, George, have 5 children and 15 grandchildren.
HEAV.org

Eric & Joyce Burges

National Black Home Educators

Eric & Joyce Burges

Eric and Joyce founded the National Black Home Educators (NBHE) resource network in 2000, which endeavors to empower parents to educate their children for excellence. Eric was president of Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Louisiana for three years and now serves with the board of directors. He is also an artist, speaker, songwriter and singer, as well as a licensed minister. Joyce is a gifted singer, homeschool teacher of five, advisor, and lecturer. She has spoken to many women locally and nationally, and she is a frequent speaker to young girls’ homes, encouraging them with the principles of healing past hurts, finding your identity in your image, valuing your integrity, and maintaining a great love for yourself through serving others.
NBHE.net

Janice Campbell

Author | Speaker

Janice Campbell

Janice Campbell and her husband Donald enjoyed homeschooling their four sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical learning. Janice speaks at conferences nationwide on subjects including making time for things that matter; teaching literature, writing, and penmanship; homeschooling high school; planning, record keeping, and transcripts. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and other resources, and she writes for various homeschool magazines. You can find her online at Everyday-Education.com, DoingWhatMatters.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and her Etsy store.
EverydayEducation.com

Deanne Crawford

Rainbow Resources

Deanne Crawford

Deanne’s homeschool journey began in 1997 with her first-grade daughter and toddler son, completing the journey in 2013 after both graduated. Blessed with children with varied learning needs, she tailored her homeschool to meet their individual requirements. She is thankful to now serve homeschool families as a consultant at Rainbow Resource Center. A homeschool graduate and registered nurse, her daughter, Amanda, married in 2014. Serving together in ministry, she and her husband are the busy parents of a toddler. Married in 2019, her son works for a local Christian talk radio channel and completed his associate’s degree in web systems.
RainbowResourceCenter.com

Kristen Eckenwiler

The Struggling Reader

Kristen Eckenwiler

Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, earning a master’s degree in reading. She has taught elementary public school students as well as a variety of college courses on elementary education. Additionally, she has taught writing and literature classes for the homeschool community. For the past 17 years she has homeschooled her two sons, while also 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 a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.
thestrugglingreader.net

Jeannie Fulbright

Exploring Creation

Jeannie Fulbright

Jeannie Fulbright is the author of the #1 best-selling, award-winning Exploring Creation elementary science series published by Apologia. She has been speaking and writing to build up the homeschool community for 20 years. As a veteran homeschool mom of four, Jeannie has watched her children graduate, blossom, pursue their passions, and become incredibly successful men and women of God. Jeannie’s passion is to empower parents to homeschool with excellence and to trust God with every aspect of their children’s education. Jeannie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, her master’s degree from Fairfield University, and a Christian Life Coach certification from Life University.
jeanniefulbright.com

Kim Glanowski

Eden Hope Academy

Kim Glanowski

Kim Glanowski is an inspirational speaker, author, and writing coach. She is the founder of Eden Hope Academy, My Story Is Beautiful, and co-founder of the Bullied Broken Redeemed anti-bullying campaign. Kim leads narrative therapy workshops that unlock trauma and transform pain into testimonies that are used to help others. Her passion is to help individuals thrive through education and discover their personal identity.
edenhopeacademy.com

Kathy Kamibayashi

Tandem Learning

Kathy Kamibayashi

Kathy Kamibayashi is a former homeschool mom, a classically trained educator, and a dyslexia tutor who has successfully taught numerous children to read and spell. Dyslexia often equips children with a strong intelligence, an excellent imagination, and remarkable discernment. Classical education best highlights and strengthens each of these qualities. Speaking with clarity, experience, and understanding, Kathy practically describes how to implement a classical program that addresses the deficiencies of dyslexia while revealing your student’s unique strengths and abilities. A native Californian, Kathy earned her degree from the University of California at Davis. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method.
tandemlearning.co

Dr. Kathy Koch

Celebrate Kids

Dr. Kathy Koch

Dr. Koch (“Cook”) is founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through her messages at schools, churches, pregnancy resource centers, and various other organizations, and she is a popular guest on radio talk shows. She has authored six books, including Screens and Teens and Start with the Heart. Kathy was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time speaker in 1991. Her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
celebratekids.com

Kathy Kuhl

Learn Differently

Kathy Kuhl

Kathy Kuhl provides creative solutions for parents teaching children with learning challenges. A veteran homeschooler and former teacher, she knows the help you need—and she provides resources, support, and insight to parents. After homeschooling her son, a creative, distractible dyslexic with great perseverance, Kathy interviewed 64 homeschool parents of students with learning disabilities. She then wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook equipping parents to teach children with dyslexia, attention deficit, autism, giftedness, and other challenges. Her encouragement is rooted in experience, research, and biblical principles. She can help you customize your children’s education to fit their needs, strengths, and gifts.
learndifferently.com

Steve Lambert

Five In a Row

Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert and his wife, Jane, began homeschooling in 1981. Today, all seven of Steve's grandchildren are being homeschooled. Jane is the author of the award-winning curriculum "Five in a Row," for ages 2-12. For the past 26 years, Steve has traveled to hundreds of homeschool conventions across North America, offering encouragement, perspective, and wisdom gleaned from nearly 40 years in the homeschool world, to parents and grandparents alike.
fiveinarow.com

Ann Meola

Right Start Math

Ann Meola

Ann Meola has homeschooled for 12 years, with her youngest starting RS from the beginning, while her high schooler joined in for the games, learning strategies, and mental math. She loves all the levels of RS, but her ultimate favorite is Geometric Approach, which gives a fantastic foundation for upper level mathematics, including that much-needed explanation of why. She enjoys helping people along their journey of homeschooling. Ann and her family love to go biking, running, and camping, and she enjoys gardening and reading as well.
rightstartmath.com
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Karim Morato

Spanish Educational Solutions

Karim Morato

Karim Morato is of Guatemalan origin. As a first-generation immigrant, she had to overcome many obstacles, including language learning, and learning challenges for her children. She wants to inspire Hispanic parents to take the first step or to continue educating bilingual and innovative children through homeschooling. Professionally, she is a licensed Spanish teacher with a master’s degree in curriculum design. The founder of Spanish Educational Solutions, she has taught diverse groups for over 20 years, both in public schools and online. She is the mother of three kids (aged 10, 15, and 17), and her oldest has graduated with honors.
SpanishEducationalSolutions.com

Karim Morato

Karim Morato, es de origen guatemalteco. Profesionalmente ella es una profesora con licencia para enseñar español. Tiene una maestría en currículo y enseñanza en línea. Fue profesora en la escuela pública. Ha ensañado por mas de veinte años a grupos diversos. Ella es la fundadora de Spanish Educational Solutions. Ella es madre de tres hijos, 10, 15, 17 años. Ha tenido la experiencia de graduar a su primera hija con honores con la oportunidad de asistir a la universidad. Como primera generación de inmigrante ha tenido que sobrellevar obstáculos como el idioma, retos de aprendizajes de sus hijos y mucho más. Ella desea inspirar a padres Hispanos a tomar el primer paso o el de continuar educando hijos bilingües e innovadores a través de la enseñanza en casa.

Julia Nalle

BiblioPlan

Julia Nalle

Julia Nalle and her husband, Rob, live in a book-filled little house in the woods of central Virginia with their three youngest children, all of whom were adopted from Ukraine. If you spend more than a moment with Julia, you’ll find that she’s passionate about Christ, her family, adoption, and classical home education in the style of Charlotte Mason. Julia and her husband spend their days caring for their children, maintaining a blog advocating adoption (Micah Six Eight), and writing a curriculum combining history and literature called BiblioPlan. Julia has a heart for homeschooling families and gears her talks to giving practical help and advice on a variety of subjects.
biblioplan.net

Elliott Neff

Chess4Life

Elliott Neff

Elliott Neff is a homeschool graduate, a national master in chess, author of A Pawn’s Journey (October 2018), and Founder/CEO of Chess4Life, which exists to help kids develop life skills through the game of chess. Thousands of kids are positively impacted weekly through Chess4Life programs across the country.
elliottneff.com

Dr. Marcus Ross

Center for Creation Studies

Dr. Marcus Ross

Dr. Marcus Ross has loved paleontology (especially dinosaurs) since he was a kid growing up in Rhode Island. After earning a B.S. in earth science from Pennsylvania State University, he continued his studies with an M.S. in vertebrate paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph.D. in environmental science (geoscience) from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Ross serves as director of the Center for Creation Studies and professor of geology at Liberty University. He regularly contributes to creationist research and education in both technical and popular literature. He and his wife, Corinna, live in Lynchburg, Virginia and homeschool their four children.
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Andrew Pudewa

Institute of Excellence in Writing

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the founder/director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Traveling North America, he addresses issues to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, practical experience, and humor. Seminars for parents, students, and teachers have transformed many a reluctant writer and equipped educators with powerful tools to improve students’ skills. He graduated from 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 describes “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are proud grandparents of eight, with their home in Oklahoma’s beautiful green country.
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Matthew Stephens

Essentials in Writing

Matthew Stephens

Matthew Stephens is the author of Essentials in Writing and Essentials in Literature. He earned his degree in elementary education from Missouri State University and holds a teaching certificate with the state of Missouri in elementary education, middle school and high school English. Stephens is an avid writer and enjoys all types of composition. Most of all, Matthew enjoys teaching! Matthew developed a writing curriculum and taught English and choir in public school for several years before creating Essentials in Writing. Stephens and his wife, Jenny, have three children (ages 21, 18, and 16). Stephens holds a master’s degree in elementary administration with certification as a principal and is now finishing a master’s degree in choral conducting.
essentialsinwriting.com

Keith & Trish Tully

The Art of Marriage | Family Life

Keith & Trish Tully

Keith and Trish met in college at William and Mary. They have been married for 31 years and have four children: Perry (24), Merritt (22), Jacob (20), and Joseph (18). They have homeschooled for the past 20 years. Their marriage was redeemed 16 years ago at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember getaway. They now serve together as missionaries with FamilyLife, a gospel-centered marriage ministry. They work with churches throughout the nation, helping them take practical steps toward impactful marriage discipleship. Their personal story of brokenness and redemption has been used by God to encourage thousands of marriages toward God’s vision.
familylife.com

Elizabeth Urbanowicz

Foundation Worldview

Elizabeth Urbanowicz

Elizabeth Urbanowicz is passionate about knowing Jesus Christ and making Him known. She holds a BS in elementary education, an MA in literacy education, and an MA in Christian apologetics. Elizabeth spent the first decade of her professional career teaching elementary students at a Christian school. She designed a comparative worldview curriculum to meet a need she found in the classroom—the need to equip children to carefully evaluate every idea they encounter. Elizabeth now works full time on developing comparative worldview and apologetics resources for children. Her goal is to prepare the next generation to be lifelong critical thinkers and, most importantly, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
foundationworldview.com

Diana Waring

History Revealed

Diana Waring

Diana is one of the pioneers of homeschooling. For more than three decades, homeschoolers around the world have been encouraged and inspired by her authenticity, transparent stories, and gentle humor. Author and publisher of the History Revealed world history curriculum, Diana is now writing an American history curriculum—with the same emphasis on engaging students and seeing God's heart in history. She has also created, in collaboration with Dr. Kathy Koch, the 8 Kinds of Smart DVD for families. In addition, she teaches students online and in person, blogs, does podcasts, writes occasionally for “The Homeschool Minute,” sings at the drop of a hat, laughs with her husband, and fervently follows the Lord.
historyrevealed.com

Israel Wayne

Family Renewal

Israel Wayne

Israel Wayne is a homeschool graduate and father of ten who is passionate about defending the Christian faith and developing a biblical worldview. He is the director of Family Renewal and author of several books, including Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask, Education: Does God Have an Opinion, and Pitchin' a Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting. More information can be found at www.familyrenewal.org.
familyrenewal.org

Dr. Kenneth R. Westcott

Optometrist | Vision Therapy

Dr. Kenneth R. Westcott

Dr. Kenneth R. Westcott is a developmental optometrist in the Tidewater VA. He received his doctorate in optometry from Ohio State University, and focused his clinical training in vision and child development. He is a member of several professional organizations, including College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometric Association (AOA), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). His civic involvement includes offering free vision screenings, seminars and volunteering as a local deacon and Sunday school teacher. Since the inception of his vision therapy practice over a decade ago, the team at Developmental Vision Care has helped to improve the quality of life for hundreds of children and their families.
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