2013 AFHE Convention Speakers and Workshop Info.
We have a great line-up of speakers with workshops which cover a wide variety of topics. 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 SCHEDULE (pdf)
NOTE: A change has been made to two of Jessica Hulcy's workshops. Jessica will be teaching "Teaching Everyone Together to Build Family and Stay Sane" (in place of Analyzing Literature) and "Jessica's Gems" (in place of Writing 101).
THURSDAY MINI-CONFERENCE information and schedule
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS (pdf)
Workshop handouts will be posted as we receive them from the speakers. The deadline for speakers to submit their workshop handouts to us is June 1. Please visit the website the week before the convention to 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.
Visit the Resounding Voice booth inside the exhibit hall (#901) to purchase CDs or MP3 recordings of this year's featured speaker workshops. Workshop recordings can also be purchased through the website following the convention.
WORKSHOP RECORDING PRICES
CDs - $7 each
MP3 - $69 if purchased on-site during exhibit hall hours
MP3 - $100 when purchased after the convention by mail or through the Resounding Voice website
CD - Thursday Mini-Conference - $15
MICHAEL FARRIS - Keynote Speaker
JESSICA HULCY - Keynote Speakerwww.homeschoolmentor.com
Jessica Hulcy, co-author of KONOS Curriculum — the first curriculum written for homeschoolers — is an educator, author, and popular national homeschool speaker. Graduate of the University of Texas, mom to four grown sons, and “Grandear” to ten grandchildren, Jessica lives with her husband on acreage in Texas. Recently Jessica and Wade started the ultimate online help for homeschooling moms called Homeschool Mentor. In 2009 Jessica was in a near-fatal car wreck, but since then she has written an app called Learning with Mommy: Teach While Shopping, which can be purchased through iTunes or www.learningwithmommy.com.
Fresh from a state tax audit to prove that “Yes, they’re all ours!” Hal and Melanie Young, authors of the Christian Small Publishers Association 2011 Book of the Year Raising Real Men, are parents of six real boys and two real girls. They have homeschooled through eight high-risk pregnancies, three relocations, two decades, and 181 degrees of longitude. Hal and Melanie have served on the board of directors of North Carolinians for Home Education for over 14 years, including three terms as President for Hal. Hal and Melanie’s articles have been printed in numerous magazines and publications and they have made more than 50 media appearances. They are sought-after conference speakers who routinely draw standing-room-only crowds with their mix of uniquely entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful, scriptural principles. Hal and Melanie have glorified the Lord through some extreme challenges with Hal successfully fighting stage IV cancer and their youngest dealing with a life-threatening heart condition. Despite it all, the Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina.
Dianne Craft has a Master’s Degree in Education and Learning Disabilities. She is also a Certified Natural Health Professional. She speaks widely at homeschool conventions across the country and is a favorite speaker at the AFHE convention. Her books, The Brain Integration Therapy Manual, The Right Brain Phonics Reading Program, and her DVDs, Understanding and Helping the Struggling Learner, Teaching the Right Brain Child, Smart Kids Who Hate to Write, and The Biology of Behavior have helped hundreds of families remove learning blocks in their struggling children at home. Visit her website for many articles on children and learning, and to download her free Daily Lesson Plans for the Struggling Reader and Writer.
Bill Jack is an educator with ten years experience in secular schools and 14 years with The Caleb Campaign, a creationist youth ministry. Currently, Bill Jack is faculty advisor for Worldview Academy, an academic leadership program that seeks to train Christian students to think and live in accord with a Biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture. Bill has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs and is the producer of several apologetics and worldview training DVDs. He is a featured speaker for Answers in Genesis popular “Demolishing Strongholds” DVD series for adults and students. Bill’s passion is to raise up a generation who have the vision to reach their culture with the gospel; who have the valor to engage that culture with the truth; and who rely on the virtue of the Word of God. Bill and his wife, Tabby, have three children and live in Colorado.
Kay and Julie Hiramine love to partner in ministry to encourage families to pursue God together. They have been married for 24 years and they homeschool their five children ranging in age from 19 to 5. Julie Hiramine is the founder and executive director of Generations of Virtue, a ministry that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. Julie is an internationally noted speaker, author, and Christian leader. She is a passionate advocate for raising the next generation to fulfill their God-given destinies. Kay Hiramine has a distinguished career in the non-profit sector. As one of the founders of Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG), Kay has worked with NGOs, IOs, government officials, business leaders, and faith-based groups in humanitarian activities around the world. The mandate God has given Kay and Julie as a couple is from James 1:27 which says, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." Kay, with HISG, and Julie, with Generations of Virtue, seek to accomplish the vision that God has given them and their family.
The GOV team is made up of a handful of young men and women committed to living pure lives and raising the standard of purity for young people all around the world. Between the daily administrative tasks of the ministry, traveling, and producing resources on purity, the team stays busy. They have been blessed to watch God work in the lives of the young people they have ministered to in their teen programs, as well as how He’s used them as advocates for a generation that has an amazing calling and needs Godly guidance from their parents. Under the careful watch of Julie, the team is working through a pervasive coffee addiction. When not traveling, the team hangs out in Colorado and upstate New York.
Diane and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Kummers' daughter completed her master degree in government and their son earned a bachelor degree in communications/public relations. After her children graduated from high school, Diane joined the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association and helped develop the HSLDA Homeschooling Thru High School program and website. Diane regularly speaks at homeschool conferences and presents one-day high school symposiums sharing from her experiences and her imperfect (but real) homeschooling days! Diane enjoys writing magazine articles and brochures on high school topics, as well as a monthly high school newsletter filled with helpful tips. She reviews new resources and provides personal consultation to HSLDA members on high school planning and curriculum options and reassures parents they are on the right track. Her love for math is evident as she continues to teach high school-level math classes for homeschooled students.
Becky Cooke and her husband Jim homeschooled their three children from kindergarten until college. On staff with HSLDA, she ministers to its member families providing personal consultation, encouragement, and a listening ear for their homeschool questions and concerns. In addition, she has spoken to numerous local homeschool meetings and dozens of statewide and regional conferences. She has co-authored articles on high school topics for homeschool magazines, “how-to” brochures, and monthly high school email newsletters that reach homeschooling families nationwide. She has also appeared on radio programs to speak about homeschooling. In her spare time, Becky edits books, articles, and magazines for several authors and publishers, is active in Precepts upon Precepts Bible Study, and serves on a couple of boards including for Breakthrough Intercessors Prayer Ministry. Becky and her husband live in Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. Her children are enjoying careers in law, software development, and medicine.
Jim and Karen Stobaugh have four home-educated adult children. They have a strong burden for the new leadership group emerging in the homeschool community. Karen is a graduate of Barrington College. Jim is a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University and holds a B.A. cum laude from Vanderbilt, an M.A. from Rutgers University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An experienced teacher, he is a recognized leader in homeschooling and has published several books for students and teachers. They live on a farm near the Laurel Highlands, Western PA, and travel widely to speak at conventions about literature, teaching, and education.
David and Shirley Quine are nationally recognized speakers and authors. They began Cornerstone Curriculum, a Christian based educational curriculum in 1984 to help parents disciple their children. David draws on 35 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, consultant, and author. As homeschooling parents, David and Shirley bring their personal experiences to present high content programs with challenge and encouragement. They give presentations to state conventions and local support groups. Their areas of expertise include Christian education, biblical worldview, discipleship, math and science education, and music and art education. Together have home educated their nine children in Richardson, Texas since 1980.
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.
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 ages 8 to 18 and they have been homeschooling since 2001. Linda has taught history to groups of homeschoolers for the past four years, which has included archaeological digs, hikes to Native ruins, and student-led docent tours throughout the state. Rick and Linda joined the AFHE board in 2011, and they are happy to be able to give back to the homeshcool community.
Colene Lewis, with her husband Tom, homeschooled their daughters through high school in a home where learning was a joy and a way of life. Earning scholarships, each girl excelled at college in biology, engineering, English, and law. More importantly, all three women are walking with the Lord and starting to raise their own families. Colene has a deep passion for homeschoolers. Alongside her husband, she served on the AFHE board for over 13 years. During that time, she became a sought-after speaker, speaking at numerous conferences, including the National English Teachers Convention and the AFHE Home Education Convention. She is the co-author of Russia: The Land of Endurance, published by KONOS. Presently, Colene works for the Alliance Defending Freedom and spends most other moments with her husband, daughters, sons-in-law, and eight delightful, rambunctious grandchildren.
Kara Rozendaal is a homeschool mom with a passion to help other families succeed financially. Kara is a financial planner with a degree in Finance from ASU. She appears regularly on Channel 3’s Your Life A to Z, is the author of several books, and publishes a weekly newsletter that is filled with ways to take the stress out of stretching your budget. Kara lives on a ranch in Prescott Valley, loves homeschooling her three children ages 12, 14, and 16, and has been married to her husband Ross for 18 years.
Authors of a forthcoming book, Education is Discipleship: The Vision for Christian Homeschooling, the Meltons have already equipped thousands of Christian parents to confidently home educate their children. Married in 1996, they are blessed with four children and Christian homeschooling is an integral part of the couple’s family 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. A former virtual school administrator and teacher, Jennifer is now a full-time stay-at-homeschool mama and writer. Popular Christian speakers, the Meltons have encouraged more than 30,000 people at 250+ events nationwide to think and live biblically.
J.D. Wyczalek is the founder of AZ College Consulting, LLC (dba AZCollegePlanning.com). He is a published and awarded author and has been featured on local radio stations as well as T.V. programs such as Good Morning Arizona. J.D. and his family reside in Northeast Phoenix. As an 18-year homeschool veteran, J.D. noticed there are special intricacies required for admission and college scholarships for homeschool students. His daughter, who was homeschooled K-12, is on scholarship at a private college in Washington State and he has helped countless other homeschool students attain admission and scholarships. As the founder of AZCollegePlanning.com, J.D. has helped and hundreds of families learn the ins and outs of college, including helping students with career choices, majors, and college selection, as well as college financial planning for parents and how to not go broke paying for college. J.D has donated his time and expertise to community programs and homeschool sports programs that enrich our children’s lives.
Deanne's journey into homeschooling began in 1997. At that time, Deanne and her husband made the decision to bring Deanne home from her nursing career to focus on their children. Amanda graduated from their homeschool in 2009 and is in college. Jackson will graduate from their homeschool this year. Eclectic in her approach, she preferred to pick and choose what she felt would work best for her children and is a self proclaimed curriculum junkie. Although if pressed, she would define their philosophy as “Charlotte Mason, delight directed, with a little bit of Unit Studies mixed in.” Inspired by the Moore approach, they included service as a core part of the children’s education including age appropriate opportunities for their children. She sincerely believes homeschooling has been the greatest blessing to their family, and although not the easiest thing she has ever done, definitely her greatest accomplishment.