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!

Kirk Cameron

Actor | Director | Speaker

Kirk Cameron

Kirk Cameron has appeared in numerous television and movie productions, including Left Behind, Monumental, and Fireproof. His newest film, Connect, offers "real help for parenting in a social media world." He's been featured on Nightline, Fox News, and CNN, and he currently tours the country speaking live with the "Living Room Reset" marriage and parenting conference. He hosted live Fathom theater events, Revive Us, attended by 200,000 people in 750 theaters across the United States. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, who met on the set of the ABC hit sitcom Growing Pains, have been married for 26 years and have six teenage children. They host an all-expense-paid summer camp for terminally ill children and their families called Camp Firefly.
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Jim Daly

Focus on the Family

Jim Daly

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and hosts its daily radio broadcast. Abandoned by his father at age 5, he lost his mother to cancer four years later—a wound deepened when his grieving stepfather left home after their mother’s funeral. Several tough years followed, including time in foster care, before Daly became a Christian in high school. “I am living proof,” he wrote, “that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing—nothing—is impossible for God.” Under his leadership, Focus on the Family has encouraged foster-care adoptions, earning recognition from the White House and Congress. Daly and his wife, Jean, have two sons and reside in Colorado Springs.
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Heather Haupt

Cultivated Learning

Heather Haupt

Heather Haupt is the mother of three knights-in-training and a spunky little princess. She wants to be intentional during these years of parenting to raise children who will make a difference in this world. Heather is an educator, writer, and popular speaker. Drawing on her unique perspectives in biology Heather inspires parents to pursue a loving, holistic, and developmentally appropriate approach to education. Recognizing the brevity of childhood and the power of a parent’s influence, she encourages and equips parents toward intentional parenting, pursuing God, and delighting in the adventure of learning. She is the author of Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys, as well as The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks. She writes at ww.cultivatedlearning.org.
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Andrew Kern

CirceInstitute.org

Andrew Kern

Biography Coming Soon!
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Bryan Osborne

AnswersinGenesis.org

Bryan Osborne

Bryan graduated from Bryan College with a B.A. in biblical studies and received his Master of Education degree from Lee University. For 13 years Bryan taught Bible history in a public school and is now a worldwide speaker, writer, and curriculum specialist with Answers in Genesis. Bryan's love of the Gospel and passion for revealing the truth of God's Word is contagious! You will love his practical, cutting-edge talks that equip believers with the answers they need to stand fast on God’s Word, champion the faith, and courageously declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
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Kim Sorgius

NotConsumed.com

Kim Sorgius

Kim Sorgius is passionate about helping you dare to trust God with the everyday struggles of faith, family life, and homeschooling. Her practical sessions, transparent and heartfelt, will inspire and equip you to homeschool without feeling overwhelmed by circumstances. Kim has served as a public school teacher, homeschool evaluator, and curriculum consultant. However, teaching her own children while walking alongside other moms on this journey is her absolute favorite thing to do. Best-selling author of My Brother’s Keeper and Because I Said So, Kim loves combining her teaching experience with her M.Ed. in curriculum development. She creates engaging Bible studies and homeschool curricula to help families live #NotConsumed every day!
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Steve Demme

MathUSee.com

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 Down syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve has served in full- or part-time pastoral ministry for many years, after having graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and having served on the board of Joni and Friends in Eastern Pennsylvania. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
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Debra Bell

DebraBell.com

Debra Bell

Debra Bell is the best-selling author of the award-winning Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. Currently she is completing Writers in Residence and Readers in Residence—a multi-volume languages arts curriculum for Apologia Educational Ministries. She is also executive director of Debra Bell’s Aim Academy, which provides online college prep and AP® courses for homeschoolers. She has been a keynote or featured speaker at numerous venues for more than twenty years. Debra holds a bachelor of science in communications education and a master’s degree in English, as well as a Ph.D. in educational psychology at Temple University. More information about her online classes, books, curriculum, and speaking schedule can be found at DebraBell.com.
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Kyndra Steinmann

kyndrasteinmann.com

Kyndra Steinmann

Kyndra began working with special needs students by tutoring for her local elementary school while still a homeschooled high school student. Later, she taught in a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, and then in a public high school. Four of her five children are non-neurotypical, with two falling into the "twice exceptional" category. She has been serving as a special needs resource at the HEAV Convention since 2013. She writes for HEAV's blog as well as her own—Sticks, Stones, and Chicken Bones—where she seeks to encourage parents to rest in the grace of God as they walk through this homeschooling journey.
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Hal & Melanie Young

RaisingRealMen.com

Hal & Melanie Young

Hal and Melanie Young are homeschooling parents of eight and the authors of several books, including Raising Real Men, My Beloved and My Friend, and the Amazon bestseller Love, Honor, and Virtue. They host the podcast Making Biblical Family Life Practical and are popular conference speakers throughout North America, known for a focus on Christ, grace, and stories about practical application of the Bible day-to-day. They have six sons and two daughters, with four grown and four still sharing noisy, messy happiness in eastern North Carolina.
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Keith and Trish Tully

www.familylife.com

Keith and 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.
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Mona Pittman

Mona Pittman

Mona Pittman is a lifelong educator with a passion for literacy and all-things-reading. Her career spans both public and private education as a general education teacher, gifted and talented instructor, reading specialist, instructional services coordinator, resource director, and ESL (English as a second language) instructor. Mona is a reading specialist and holds an M.S.Ed. degree from Old Dominion University. She is a published author and workshop presenter on a variety of topics of interest for parents and educators, including attention deficit disorder. She currently works as a private reading tutor and educational diagnostician in Chesapeake.
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Daniel Huerta

www.focusonthefamily.com

Daniel Huerta

Daniel Huerta works with initiatives that equip mothers and fathers with biblical principles and counsel for raising healthy, resilient children. A bilingual, licensed clinical social worker, Huerta addresses issues related to parenting, including communication, conflict resolution, spiritual growth, discipline, stress, anxiety, depression, media discernment and healthy sexuality. He has been interviewed by Fox News, Fatherly, Christianity Today, WORLD, the Christian Post, and CBN. Huerta is currently working on his doctorate in psychology at California Southern University. He has maintained a private practice in Colorado Springs since 2003. He and his wife, Heather, have been married since 1997 and have two children, Alex and Lexi.
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Scott MacIntyre

www.scottmacintyre.com

Scott MacIntyre

From classical concert pianist to American Idol finalist and favorite, Scott MacIntyre has never let challenges hold him back. An acclaimed musician and inspirational speaker, he has inspired audiences across the globe. Blind from birth—and a two-time kidney transplant recipient—Scott shares how he experienced God’s providence in the midst of suffering, in his autobiographical book By Faith, Not By Sight. With a unique academic background, Scott understands the important role teachers play in shaping their students’ lives. He was homeschooled, then admitted into ASU at 14 and later offered Marshall and UK Fulbright scholarships.
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Joel Salatin

www.polyfacefarms.com

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin, 62, is a self-described “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer” who co-owns his family’s Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces many types of meat and forestry products, services several thousand families and 50 restaurants. Author of 12 books covering both how-to and broad food and farming culture, he is the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer magazine and writes The Pitchfork Pulpit column in Mother Earth News magazine. In addition, he travels world wide presenting a message of ecological, economic, and emotional agrarian enhancement. He and his wife, Teresa, have two grown children and three grandchildren and have been happily married for 38 years.
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Donnie Rosie

www.mmrm.org

Donnie Rosie

Donnie Rosie has served at Miracle Mountain Ranch for 16 years, first as a student and now as Director of Marketing and Development. When he is not working for Miracle Mountain, he runs his marketing and photography firm, Rosie Marketing. His photography ranges from event and wedding photography to business shots and landscapes. He is married to his awesome wife, Tonya, and they have four children: George, Cole, Grant, and Karis.
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Michael Farris

Alliance Defending Freedom

Michael Farris

Michael P. Farris is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, bringing a diverse background as a litigator, educator, public advocate, and communicator. Founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association (1983) and Patrick Henry College (2000), he continues to serve as chairman of the board of HSLDA and chancellor emeritus of PHC. He graduated from Western Washington State College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, followed by a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University and an L.L.M. in public international law from the University of London. Farris is the author of 15 books as well as law review and other scholarly articles. He and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children and 22 grandchildren.
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Allie Casazza

AllieCasazza.com

Allie Casazza

Allie Casazza, from Southern California, is married to her junior high sweetheart and is a mom to four young children. She inspires and encourages her audience at AllieCasazza.com and is the host of The Purpose Show and the creator of Your Uncluttered Home, an online decluttering course that earned her national attention for her philosophy of simple motherhood. Her business is built on minimalism, gently demonstrating how we can all live a more purposeful life if we cut out extraneous things to create space for enjoying the life we’re living! She has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, HuffingtonPost.com, and even ABC News. Many have come to appreciate her realistic, doable, mom-friendly philosophy of minimalism and simplified living!
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Linda Lacour Hobar

TheMysteryOfHistory.com

Linda Lacour

Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Christ, a genuine people-person, and a fan of comfortable high heels. Through homeschooling and missionary service, she discovered a deep love for world history and a clear call to write. In its sixteenth year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages for its warmth and readability. A native-born Texan, Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She resides in Tennessee, where she continues to obsess over matters big and small.
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Dr. Kathy Koch

CelebrateKids.com

Dr. Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch (“Cook”), founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has influenced thousands of people in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, and other events. Her practical, results-oriented concepts and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves. A popular guest on radio talk shows, she has authored six books. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was an associate professor, teacher of second graders, middle school coach, and school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference speaker in 1991. She loves Jesus, and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
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Andrew Pudewa

iew.com

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa is the founder 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 a reluctant writer 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 wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eight.
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Leah Nieman

Leahnieman.com

Leah Nieman

Leah is the mother of two homeschool graduates. She’s a popular speaker who encourages parents to walk with their kids through the world of social media and technology to raise a generation of digitally responsible young adults. You can find tips on technology and social media, as well as her eBooks—Apps All Parents Should Know, Let’s Get Social: A Straightforward Guide for Kids on Social Media, and Connected: A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat—at her website, leahnieman.com.
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Kathy Kuhl

learndifferently.com

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.
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Dr. Lainna Callentine

Sciexperience.com

Dr. Lainna Callentine

Bio coming soon!
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Jeremy Moritz

www.codeforteens.com

Jeremy Moritz

Jeremy Moritz is the author of Code for Teens, a highly entertaining, well-organized book teaching teenagers and pre-teens how to write computer code. As a software engineer, teacher, and homeschooling father of six children, Jeremy has valuable insight into common learning habits and hang-ups of children and teenagers. With an extensive background as a musical theater performer and director, he exhibits a flare for comedic writing that is sharp and entertaining. Jeremy and Christine—his book illustrator and devoted wife of 17 years—live with their children in Kansas City. He will be doing a hands-on coding workshop. You may contact him at www.codeforteens.com.
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Ruth Tennis

RainbowResource.com

Ruth Tennis

Ruth Tennis home-educated four children for 16 years from kindergarten to graduation. Her favorite homeschool subjects were science and history, and her preferred teaching methods included multi-learning style activities, developing inquisitiveness and critical thinking, and lots of great literature. Ruth has undergraduate degrees in English and communication and a master's degree in English from Truman University, MO. She believes parents are essential in helping children develop a love of learning, effective communication skills, and a heart for God and people. A consultant for Rainbow Resource Center since 2015, Ruth loves helping families meet their homeschool needs.
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Matthew Stephens

www.essentialsinwriting.com

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 and 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 also holds a master’s degree in elementary administration with certification as a principal and is currently finishing a master’s degree in choral conducting.
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Carl Kerby

www.rforh.com

Carl Kerby

Carl’s passion is to proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible and to engage minds and hearts with the realities of God’s Word. He has spoken extensively in the U.S. and abroad, offering biblical truth and reasons to trust God and His Word. Whether addressing youths or adults, large crowds or small, at churches or at schools, he connects with everyone wherever they are on their faith journey. Carl has had many roles in his life—son of a professional wrestler, air-traffic controller at O’Hare International Airport, founding board member and speaker for Answers in Genesis, cofounder of Reasons for Hope—but his most cherished roles are husband to his wife, father to his two children, and grandfather of five.
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Rhea Perry

www.educatingforsuccess.com

Rhea Perry

Rhea Perry has educated her seven children at home since 1987, and she represented Lifetime Books as a homeschool curriculum consultant for five years. Her oldest son became a real estate investor when he was 18 and replaced his dad’s income in just 3 years. Her second son owns and operates a successful commercial and industrial roofing company. An award-winning home business owner, she now mentors families who are seeking to build home businesses, primarily using the Internet. She also hosts two annual conferences to help parents prepare their children for home business and to explore a few Information Age options.
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Sue Becker

www.breadbeckers.com

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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James Staddon

www.lenspiration.com

James Staddon

James Staddon is a homeschool graduate, professional photographer, and full-time photography educator from Salem, West Virginia. With a background in graphic design, his interest and endless preoccupation with photography eventually led him to start up Lenspiration in 2009, in order to give budding photographers a family-friendly place to learn photography. James loves outdoor recreation, enjoys dabbling in business entrepreneurship, and is usually on the go with his camera somewhere in the States. Through his business and workshops, he loves to see inspiration planted, nurtured, and expressed for the glory of God in the work of other photographers.
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Judith B. Munday

www.helpinschool.net

Judith B. Munday

Judi, who has two master’s degrees in special education, has been teaching students with special needs for more than 30 years. Retired from the Chesapeake, Virginia public schools since 1999, she is now a speaker, educational consultant, and diagnostic evaluator. Through her business, HIS Place for Help in School, she serves parents of students with special education needs in the Tidewater area. Judi and her husband, John, have been married 54 years, and they are the proud parents of three adult children and 10 homeschooled grandchildren. Judi has authored two books: Teaching Your Special Needs Student: Strategies and Tools that Really Work—available through Amazon, Moore Expressions, and her website—and a handbook for parents, The Student Education Plan.
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