2014 AFHE Convention Speakers
and Workshop Information

We have a great line-up of speakers with workshops covering a wide variety of topics. We have invited speakers who have a message of hope and encouragement with plenty of practical ideas and insight to help you as you nurture, develop, teach, disciple, and unfold the gifts in your child. We pray that you come away refreshed, re-energized, strengthened, inspired, and full of fresh ideas for the year ahead.

Workshop Schedule

We encourage you to review the schedule ahead of time to get an idea of what's being offered and to help plan which sessions you'd like to attend.


Workshop Descriptions


Workshop Handouts

Workshop handouts from the speakers who have submitted them have been posted. Please download and print handouts for any workshops you plan to attend and bring those handouts with you to the convention. Extra copies will not be available at the convention. NOTE: Not all workshops will have handouts. All handouts are pdf files.


Homeschooling 101 (Friday 11:00)
A Prodigal Speaks Out (Friday 1:30 PM)
What Are You Thinking? Learning Styles and Beyond (Friday 3:00 PM)
How Do I Teach This Highly Distractible Child? - Part 1 (Saturday 3:00 PM)
How Do I Teach This Highly Distractible Child? - Part 2 (Saturday 4:30 PM)


Computer Security 101 - pdf (Friday 1:30 PM)
Computer Security 101 - PowerPoint


Understanding Education (Thursday Mini-Conference approx. 3:30 PM)
Nature Study: Fostering Curiosity, Wonder, and Exploration (Friday 1:30 PM)
Thinking Toward High School with Charlotte Mason (Friday 3:00 PM)
A Home Educator's Guide to Scheduling and Planning (Saturday 11:00 AM)
Preschool & Kindergarten Academic Preparation Part 1: How Your Child's Brain Develops (Saturday 1:30 PM)
Preschool & Kindergarten Academic Preparation Part 2: Essential Elements of Early Education (Saturday 3:00 PM)


Using Field Trips to Enhance Learning


Family Relationships (Friday 3:00 PM)
Speaking the Truth with Love (Saturday 1:30 PM) - on the Exhibitor Workshop Schedule
Journey of a Homeschooling Dad (Saturday 4:30 PM)


Nerf Guns and Shaving Cream: Teaching Reading and Spelling to Kids Who Can't Sit Still (Saturday 11:00 AM)


Speech Development: Articulation Skills (Friday 4:30 PM)


You Can Homeschool Through High School (Friday (11:00 AM)
Earning College Credits in High School with CLEP (Friday 4:30 PM)
Transcripts and Record Keeping: Making It Simple (Saturday 1:30 PM)
Marketable, Not Just Employable (Saturday 3:00 PM)
College and Career: Helping Your Teen Define a Direction (Saturday 4:30 PM)


Kindling a Passion for Missions in the Heart of a Child (Saturday 3:00 PM)


Saving on Everyday Necessities and Family Fun (Saturday 1:30 PM)


The Geology of Arizona (Friday 11:00 AM)
How to Identify the Rocks Your Kids Are Bringing Home (Saturday 4:30 PM)


Relational Wisdom (Keynote Friday 9:00 AM)
Powerful Peacemaking (Friday 11:00 AM)
Relational Wisdom in the Movies (Friday 1:30 PM)
Managing Change (Friday 4:30 PM)
It's Never Too Early (Saturday 11:00 AM)


Gone West! Early Exploration of America (Friday 3:00 PM)
Virtues and Values: Literature and History (Saturday 3:00 PM)

Other Schedule Information




Exhibitor Workshops

Exhbiitor Workshop schedule and descriptions have been posted on the EXHIBITORS page.

Workshop Recordings

Visit the Resounding Voice booth inside the exhibit hall (#1000) to purchase CDs or MP3 recordings of this year's featured speaker workshops. Workshop recordings can also be purchased through the Resounding Voice website following the convention.


CDs - $7 each
MP3 Full Set* - $69
Thursday Mini-Conference "Considering Homeschooling" (3 sessions) - $15

*The Teen Program, Film Camp by Crystal Creek Media, will not be recorded and will not be included in the full set.


CDs - $8 each + shipping
MP3 Individual* - $4
MP3 Full Set* - $99
Thursday Mini-Conference "Considering Homeschooling" (3 sessions) - $15

* Several speakers have limited the sale of their workshops to on-site only. The MP3 Full Set available for purchase after the convention will not include workshops by Cheri Frame, Renee Miller, Jim Weiss, or the Teen Program.


Keynote Speakers

AFHE Convention - Keynote Speaker - Ken Sande

Ken Sande is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360. Trained as an engineer, lawyer, and mediator, Ken has conciliated hundreds of family, business, church, and legal conflicts. As president of RW360, he now focuses on teaching people how to build strong relationships in the family, church, and workplace. He teaches internationally and is the author of numerous books, articles, and training resources, including The Peacemaker, which has been translated into fifteen languages. He is a Certified Christian Conciliator, an Editorial Advisor for Christianity Today, a Certified Relational Wisdom Instructor, and an Emotional Intelligence Certified Instructor. He and his wife, Corlette, have two adult children and a grandson, and love to hike and ski in the m
mountains near their home in Billings, Montana.

AFHE Convention - Keynote Speaker - Carol Barnier

Carol Barnier, homeschooler for 19 years, is a fun and popular conference speaker unlike any other. She strives to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She’s the author of four books, mother to three children, and wife to one husband. She’s also a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family's Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she's spoken on a variety of humorous topics. While her humor will have you leaning sideways, her faith is solid stuff. Whether speaking about her first born 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. She knows why she knows what she knows.

Featured Speakers

AFHE Convention Speaker - Jon Callahan

Jon Callahan and his wife Roxanne homeschooled their two children from kindergarden through 12th grade. They have served on the AFHE board since March 2009. Jon's roles have included Secretary, President, and Legislative Liaison. Jon is a fourth generation Arizonan and a third generation engineer. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. Professionally, Jon has predominately worked on Department of Defense (DoD) projects, the last 10 years of which have been focused upon integrating and building computer hacking tools for the purpose of testing DoD computer systems and network.


AFHE Convention Speaker - Susan Chrisman

Susan Chrisman is a wife, mother, grandmama, twenty-five year homeschool veteran, researcher, speaker, and ardent pursuer of God. With compassion and transparency, Susan speaks for the purpose of guiding women to a deeper relationship with God, while building trust, boosting faith, and inspiring hope. She also challenges parents to become lifelong learners and shows them how to inspire their children to love learning, too. Susan and her husband Jerry have served on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators' Consociation since 2001 where Susan is the Editor of Publications. She also co-directs the Oklahoma City Charlotte Mason Discussion Group.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Linda Crosby

Linda Crosby is gifted at transforming the daily God-moments from her life into unforgettable, hilarious, practical lessons that people can relate to. She has a heart for God and a desire to encourage other mothers to laugh in the center of the chaos and noise that children create. She considers motherhood the most important calling on earth. Linda is a writer and speaker for women’s events, mom’s clubs, and homeschool groups. She has written two books: Laughing in the Midst of Mothering and Laughing in the Midst of Marriage. Linda and her husband Rick have four children they have been homeschooling since 2001. Rick and Linda joined the AFHE board in 2011, and they are happy and humbled to be able to give back to the homeschool community.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Steve Demme

Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, and with God’s help they have all been home educated.Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool and family conferences to encourage parents as they seek to build families of faith. His messages are rooted in scripture, illustrated from personal experiences, and filled with practical application. He has served in full- or part-time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the boards of Joni and Friends Eastern PA, Christian Freedom International, and Lifework Forum. A former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private, and Christian schools, Steve is also the founder of Math-U-See.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Denise Eide

Denise Eide is a homeschooling mother and author of the multiple award-winning book Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy. In the midst of her homeschool adventure, Denise unexpectedly placed her hand on the heartbeat of the literacy crisis and the solutions that promise to reverse illiteracy in our nation. With faith and passion, she and her extended family reached out and began a company to create affordable books, curriculum, and software for all students, including the Logic of English series of curriculum and learning materials. Denise has had the honor of speaking at homeschool conferences, literacy events, and schools nationwide. She challenges audiences to become part of widespread social change and opens their hearts and minds to how children learn.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Rich Fenger

Rich Fenger and his wife Trish have been abundantly blessed with eight children and live in Mesa where Rich runs a CPA and financial services business. Rich first became exposed to the life impact of speech and debate in 2009, and he assisted in pioneering the first speech and debate club in Arizona, which grew to be the largest homeschool speech and debate club in the state. Rich has watched students ranging in age from 8 to 18 years develop in confidence, articulation, logical thinking, reasoning, and public speaking. Rich also teaches the worldview class hour for the club and helps the students competing in apologetics.Rich attended his first homeschooling conference while he was a college student at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Two years later he met his future wife Trish. They both attended homeschooling conferences together before they got married and decided then to homeschool any children they might have.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Anne Fister

Anne Fister is a certified Speech/Language Pathologist with twenty years of experience working with children’s communication skills. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of South Alabama and her Master’s degree from Florida State University. Living in the Tucson area, she is a homeschool mom of two very active boys and is married to her best friend, Mike. For many years she enjoyed a full-time career in speech therapy, but currently considers her primary work to be loving and supporting her family. She has always felt it is a privilege to assist children and their families through direct therapy, consultation, and training. Anne is grateful for the opportunities God has given her to use her skills to support others.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Carol Fitzpatrick

Carol Fitzpatrick has a passion for helping struggling readers. When her own children were forced to deal with the frustration and humiliation of dyslexia, she went back to school to learn how to teach them to read. The same methods she used to homeschool both of her sons have worked for many more struggling readers. Now, when she isn’t tutoring, Carol travels throughout the country speaking on successful intervention in reading instruction. Carol has a Masters degree in Education (Reading) and is the author of Help, I Can’t Read! In addition to more than 25 years of successful work with struggling readers, she has taught “Literacy in the Primary Grades” for Northern Arizona University’s teacher training program, and is presently a reading instructor/tutor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham methods for helping dyslexics: Slingerland, Barton Reading and Spelling, and Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS).

AFHE Convention Speaker - Cheri Frame

Cheri Frame founded Credits Before College as a resource for families homeschooling through high school. She speaks nationwide with a focus of helping families create a comprehensive high school-to-career plan, including how to earn affordable college credits in high school. In addition to presenting at conventions, schools, and co-ops, she has now authored an in-depth book that guides families through this process and two curriculum guides. Cheri and her husband Tim homeschooled their three children from kindergarten into early college. For several years she was an administrator of the Peabody Individual Achievement Test before she and her family spent a year in Indonesia working at a Missionary school. When their children were moving into the middle school years, Cheri began researching options for college that would not strain their family’s finances or put the burden of years of debt on their children.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Carol Gary

Carol Gary and her husband Grant have been married for 23 years. They have been ardently homeschooling their sons in Phoenix since 2000; two of whom they continue to homeschool and two of whom have gone home to be with the Lord. Carol served in the leadership of a large support group for twelve years, interacting with hundreds of homeschooling families. This eventually led her to develop The Balanced Homeschooler Mentoring Program in 2010, a facilitated personal experience designed to help moms successfully integrate homeschooling and home-life priorities. Her family supports the Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship administered by AFHE, and she also serves as Arizona’s State Ambassador for the Home School Foundation. Prior to homeschooling, Carol worked in the retail & IT industries for 13 years, having earned her B.S. in Marketing with honors from Grand Canyon University in 1990 and later named the top graduate from GCU’s MBA program in 1998.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Dennis Gundersen

Dennis Gundersen is president and owner of Grace and Truth Books, a Christian publisher of 60 books, chiefly reprinted 19th century children's stories with a character building emphasis. Dennis has served as senior pastor at three Tulsa churches since 1984 and is currently devoting his time to writing, publishing, conference speaking, and ministry in Mexico. He is author of Your Child's Profession of Faith and Courtship or Dating: So What’s the Difference, and is a frequent speaker at church conferences, men's retreats, and home education conventions. He and his wife Naomi have been married since 1976, and have four sons. For relaxation, he is an avid mountain climber, cyclist, and photographer.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Heather Haupt

Heather Haupt delights in the adventure of learning alongside her husband and four children! Heather flourished being taught at home herself and, from an early age, advocated for homeschooling in radio, TV, and newspapers. She graduated summa cum laude from ASU in 2001, a year after marrying Rich, the love of her life. Drawing on her unique perspectives in biology and as a homeschool graduate who is now in the trenches educating her four children, Heather inspires parents to pursue a loving, holistic, and developmentally appropriate approach to education. Her heart is to encourage and equip parents towards intentional parenting, pursuing God, and delighting in the adventure of learning.


Rich Haupt knew only one “weird” homeschooler during his childhood. He was introduced to the flourishing and vibrant homeschool community when he met and married Heather. Now a homeschool father of four, Rich provides direction in the home and regularly holds his wife when she feels ready to throw in the towel. Rich and Heather serve on the AFHE Board and love encouraging families across Arizona in their own homeschool pursuits. He’s also taken on the role of AFHE Legislative Director.


Juli Lonas is an Arizona native. She and her wonderful husband Shawn have been married for 19 years and live in Chandler. Juli has homeschooled their three middle-school-age children since the beginning. When she's not busy homeschooling or having fun with her family, Juli is usually plotting her bargain course or tracking down a good deal. She says, "God has wired me for bargain hunting!" There are so many great deals out there that she just can't keep them to herself, so she started a website and e-newsletter to share the bargains she finds with others at no charge. Juli loves helping people stretch their dollars and making it simple to do so.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Brad Melton

Brad Melton is the author of Education is Discipleship: The Vision for Christian Homeschooling and has equipped thousands of Christian parents to confidently home educate their children. Married in 1996, Brad and his wife, Jennifer, are blessed with four children and Christian homeschooling is an integral part of the couple’s family evangelism and discipleship plan. Brad is a pastor at Heritage Baptist Church (Goodyear, AZ) and the executive director of Brad Melton Ministries, a biblical worldview and apologetics ministry. He is a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and also holds a MA in History (abt) and a BA in Journalism. A popular Christian speaker, Brad has encouraged more than 30,000 people at 250+ events nationwide to think and live biblically.
www.bradmelton.org | www.HeritageBaptistAZ.org

AFHE Convention Speaker - Renee Miller

Renee Miller along with her late husband Randy began Miller Pads and Paper over 26 years ago with the purpose of serving homeschool families through the sale of their quality paper products. The Lord has grown their business to the point that now they are able to offer more than 5,000 art and educational supplies. Having homeschooled their four grown children, Renee now enjoys helping homeschool her grandchildren. After the Lord called Randy home in 2013, the Lord has led Renee to share her many life experiences as a wife, homeschool mom, and business owner. Her prayer is that the Lord will bless you as she shares her life's journey.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Patrick Nurre

Patrick Nurre is from the beautiful state of Montana where, as a young boy, he spent many of his Saturdays rockhounding near the Big Horn River. This early interest led him to a lifelong study of the world of geology. His experience has included extensive field study in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, and Plains states, the Southwestern U.S, and most recently, Israel. Patrick conducts classes and seminars in Seattle, and speaks at numerous homeschool conventions on geology and our young earth.  He leads a variety of geology field trips every year, including one to Yellowstone Park where he helps families discover the Biblical geology of Yellowstone. Patrick’s business, Northwest Treasures, is devoted to producing fine geology specimen kits and curricula from a young earth perspective. September 2012 saw the opening of his Geology Learning Center in Seattle. Patrick and his wife Vicki live in the Seattle, Washington area.

AFHE Convention Panel Moderator - Debi Rice

Debi Rice is a still-single mom of six (ages 14, 10, 6, 5, and 1-year old twins), whose children came to her by way of foster care and adoption. She first dreamed of homeschooling when she was a junior in high school and has been living her dream for ten years. Being a single homeschool mom is beyond hard - especially when starting out with young children. But God is faithful to make a way where there seems to be no way. Debi’s favorite answer when someone asks her how she does it is, “I don’t! Only GOD can do what He calls me to do.”


AFHE Convention Speaker - Jim Weiss

Jim Weiss is a storyteller, author, and recording artist. Married for 38 years, Jim and his wife Randy are celebrating the 22nd anniversary of Greathall Productions, which they founded in 1989. It was a huge leap of faith as children’s audio at the time was just coming into fashion. Jim graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and entered the sales and marketing profession. At forty years old, he realized that he was unfulfilled and needed to make a career change. With a lot of prayer and reflection, Jim and Randy decided to trust their intuition that a line of storytelling recordings told, not read, would provide a wonderful way for children to appreciate classics at an early age. They reside in Charlottesville, VA and are the proud parents of a grown daughter. To date, Jim is the producer and reader of more than 50 Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history.

AFHE Convention Speaker - Scott Woodruff

Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys. He has represented HSLDA members in court, and appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country. Scott currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas. Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.

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