Each year we offer a great line-up of speakers with workshops covering a wide variety of topics … and 2020 is no exception. We think you’ll enjoy the delightful assortment of speakers and workshop topics scheduled for this year’s AFHE Convention!
AFHE invites speakers who have a message of hope and encouragement with plenty of practical ideas and insight to help you as you teach, nurture, develop, 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. You’ll find it helpful to review the workshop schedule ahead of time to get an idea of what’s being offered and to help plan which sessions you’d like to attend. Scroll down to learn more about this year’s speakers.
2020 Workshop Schedule and Descriptions COMING SOON
2-Page Spreads (pdf)
- Keynote sessions
- Featured speaker workshops
- Make-and-Take Hands-On Workshops
- Sponsor Workshops (coming soon)
- Lunchtime Exhibitor Workshops in Workshop Rooms (coming soon)
Exhibitor workshops and sponsor workshops will be available in early May.
Resounding Voice – Workshop Recordings
ONSITE CONVENTION SPECIAL: $69 FULL SET MP3
Enjoy the AFHE Convention all year long! Purchase a full-set MP3 of the workshop recordings on-site July 10-11 for just $69.
THREE DAY POST-CONVENTION SPECIAL ONLINE
Monday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Purchase the full-set MP3 recordings for just $75
Note: Workshops taught by a few speakers will be available for purchase on-site only. A list will be published prior to Convention. All others can be purchased following the Convention on the Resounding Voice website.
EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS: The full-set MP3 recording includes exhibitor workshops from those vendors who have granted permission. This includes most, but not all of the exhibitor workshops. Also available for individual purchase on-site and following.
Todd Wilson – Keynote Speaker
Todd Wilson is a dad, grand dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down to earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions, retreats, and churches across the country. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books and products that encourage parents. Todd and his wife Debbie homeschool four of their eight children (four have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile.
Zan Tyler – Keynote Speaker
Zan Tyler and her husband, Joe, homeschooled for 21 years, teaching all of their children from kindergarten through high school. When she began homeschooling, the state superintendent of education threatened her with jail. Zan is a prolific author, an inspirational speaker, a tireless advocate for homeschool freedom, and partners with BJU Press. She worked in Christian publishing and curriculum development for 16 years. In 2015 she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award by HSLDA for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide.
Michael Abbott is a banking professional, published author, freelance writer, husband, and proud father of two young boys. He has been a featured guest on over a dozen radio programs, and his articles have appeared on The Daily Caller, The Christian Post, World Net Daily, and Crosswalk. His first book, Entitled to Slavery: A Blueprint for Breaking the Chains that Threaten American Exceptionalism, was published in 2017. He is currently working on a book detailing the hazards of prematurely introducing screen media to children. Michael also hosts The AbbottSpeaks Podcast, a program that explores current events using a Biblical lens.
Kathy A. Becker is no stranger to home education. She and her husband entered the homeschool arena in the 80s at the beginning of the movement when many wondered if it was even legal. During the years of teaching their six children she saw many changes in what was available for curriculum. Kathy is a proponent of classical education and writes and speaks in her role as an educational consultant for Memoria Press, one of the major providers of homeschool curriculum. In her work as the Western Representative, she works with classical educators from Texas to the west coast. When not criss-crossing the states Ms. Becker lives on a 150,000 acre cattle ranch near Flagstaff where she and her husband enjoy all that is true and good and beautiful.
Jean Burk is the author of the award-winning College Prep Genius program and has been featured on numerous television networks (including Fox News) and radio shows and published in various magazines. Both her children were homeschooled and earned incredible scholarships that included free tuition, room and board, study-abroad stipends, free grad school, and free law school because of their standardized test scores. She has taught students how to ace these tests all over the USA and other countries. Jean is a sought-after speaker who equips and educates families on how to navigate the waters of college prep.
Susan is a wife, grandmama, twenty-five year homeschool veteran, mentor, speaker, and ardent pursuer of God. She and Jerry have five children and seven grandchildren. She mentors home educating parents, helping them create a childhood and home life that stimulates brain development, enhances learning, and guides children toward maturity and strong character. Susan has over forty years of experience working and researching in the realm of education. She has a heart for ministry and offers continuing education in the areas of parenting and home education.
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and two special grandchildren. Their fourth son has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA. Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
Carol S. Fitzpatrick has a passion for helping struggling readers. When her own children were forced to deal with the frustration of dyslexia, she stopped teaching in the public schools and went back to learn how to teach them to read with Orton-Gillingham methods. The same methods have worked for many more struggling readers. She is the founder of Rainbow Readers, a tutoring company for dyslexic students, and has written Crushing Dyslexia, a book to help parents and tutors. She is also very excited about her new affordable classes for homeschooling kids using an excellent researched-based program.
Allison Gentala has been in the homeschool community for 35 years and is a second generation homeschool mom. She is daily in the trenches with her struggling learners whose needs range from ASD and MERLD to Dyslexia and ADHD. For 13 years, she has created individualized learning plans for her eight children who range from exceptionally gifted to profound special needs. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been married to Peter for 22 years. They serve on the AFHE Board as the Directors of Government Affairs and on the board of The Center for Arizona Policy.
Mara Gieseke has been married to her husband Andy since 2006 and has been homeschooling her three daughters ever since attending her first AFHE Convention in 2010. She is the co-director of Faith Community Homeschool Co-Op and is passionate about encouraging moms in their homeschooling journeys. A huge fan of coffee and easily distracted by all the shiny things, Mara has learned that keeping it simple and surrendering each day to the Lord is the secret sauce for homeschooling success!
Heather Haupt’s background in neuroscience alongside her voracious love of learning and fascination with HOW kids learn has fueled both her own family’s learning adventures as well as her desire to equip other families. Recognizing the brevity of childhood and the power of a parent’s influence, Heather inspires and equips families toward intentional parenting, pursuing God, and delighting in the adventure of learning. She is a popular speaker and author of the books Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous and Compassionate Boys; The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks; and now GO GLOBAL: A Literature-Heavy, Movement-Rich Learning Adventure.
Greg (GP) Hintz has been working in the areas of ministry, sex addiction and parenting for years. He has been a pastor for over 20 years, worked in a world renowned sex addiction clinic as a chaplain, and parents four children with his beautiful wife, Tara. He is the author of three books: THE BEST: A Life Manifesto; Facebook Jesus; and Porn Again. He is the creator of the online course “How to Talk to Your Kids About Porn” and serves as a Life and Purity Coach, coaching men and families from around the globe in the areas of purity and life change.
LaNissir James has a passion to serve the home-educating community. As an HSLDA High School Consultant, she provides support for families in local groups and encourages and equips homeschool graduates to transition into colleges, careers, and vocational schools. She earned her BS in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park, is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified, and is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies. LaNissir James is wife to Lorenzo and the mother of seven beautiful homeschooled children (five girls and two boys) with ages ranging from toddler to young adult. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, and kayaking.
Colleen Kessler believes that you are the best teacher there is for your gifted, twice-exceptional, or otherwise differently-wired kiddo. She is the author of many books for parents, teachers, and children, an award-winning educator, an educational consultant, and a passionate advocate for the needs of differently-wired kids. Colleen has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular podcast and website Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of differently-wired kids. Colleen lives in Ohio with her reading specialist husband and four delightfully differently-wired kiddos.
Misti Lacy loves to help parents homeschool their children through high school—and overcome their fears of teaching writing at home. Before homeschooling her own (now adult) children, Misti taught elementary through high school students in public, private, and international schools. Once she began homeschooling, she founded and directed a large homeschool organization and taught writing to homeschoolers. Misti now serves as the curriculum consultant for WriteShop, using humor and insight to equip and instill confidence in parents and teachers. She and her husband Greg reside in western Nebraska, where they garden and work with the youth at their church.
Antoinette LaGrossa lives in Pennsylvania with her five children and husband of twenty-two years. In 2004, after experiencing her son’s frustration with other programs, Antoinette witnessed first-hand the amazing success and enjoyment multi-sensory ShillerLearning brings to students who struggle with math. She immediately joined the ShillerLearning team and for fifteen years has helped thousands of fellow homeschool families find math and language arts solutions. LaGrossa has hosted numerous webinars and convention workshops.
Colene homeschooled her 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 now raising their own families. Alongside her husband, Tom, Colene served on the board of AFHE for over 13 years. She has been a sought-after speaker across the country. Colene and Heather Haupt developed Go Global, an easy-to-implement, literature rich, and movement heavy curriculum that encourages cross cultural exploration and covers history, science, geography, and more.
Sherry McKown and her husband Scott have been married for 27 years and they have lived, worked, and homeschooled in Arizona for more than 20 years. Sherry and Scott have served on the AFHE Board of Directors for 7 years as well as in a variety of leadership positions in the homeschool community throughout the Phoenix area. She and Scott are certified Relational Wealth Advisors and are passionate about healthy marriages, family relationships, and giving lots of encouragement on the homeschooling journey.
Patrick Nurre grew up in the beautiful state of Montana. As a second grader, he found his first big dinosaur bone in the alley behind his home. This led to a lifelong study of geology. Today, Patrick is a popular speaker and teacher on geology and worldview. In addition, he conducts summer geology camps and leads field trips, including his Yellowstone Creation Adventure for families. He is the author of seventeen geology textbooks. Patrick’s non-profit ministry, Northwest Treasures, creates geology kits and curricula from a young-Earth perspective. He is a long-standing participant in the International Association of Creation Professional Development Program.
Penny Rogers has been wife to Michael for 25 years as well as mom to Logan who has autism, and Madison. Based on her own very personal and often difficult experiences living in Autismland, she hopes to educate families of children with autism on how to navigate their world from pre-diagnosis to adulthood with hope, encouragement, and frugality.
Josh Rushing is a homeschool dad to four ages 7 to 19 with one in college. He and his wife Erin live in Scottsdale, Arizona. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, Josh seeks to understand what is important to his clients to help determine the most appropriate financial strategy to help them reach their goals. Working primarily with families and business owners who aspire to have a work-life balance, he serves as a financial advisor. He has also served in other capacities with Edward Jones including field trainer, face-to-face specialist, and coach to other financial advisors. When not working with clients, Josh enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering at church, coaching kids’ soccer, gardening, and on rare occasions, playing a round of golf.
Sherri Seligson and her husband David homeschooled their four children through high school. Before being promoted to motherhood, Sherri worked as a degreed marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. Holding a M.Ed. in curriculum design and science instruction, Sherri has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, Marine Biology, and Internships for High School Credit, instructional video courses for Apologia’s science curricula, and companion curricula for feature films (Dolphin Tale, War Horse). Using transparency, truth, and humor, Sherri encourages moms on the homeschool journey and teaches families and students the importance of studying God’s creation.
Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers. Sonya also ministers to those dealing with their children’s special needs and is the author of This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.
Joe Tyler is the president of Followers in Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to preserving and advancing Christian education through support of Christian education groups and programs. Prior to this role, Joe was the operations director for Apologia and spent thirty years in the corporate world as an information systems project manager with Computer Sciences Corporation and BlueCross/BlueShield of SC. He and his wife, Zan, have three children. Their son John is a lawyer, Ty is a salesman, and their daughter Elizabeth is an executive director with a major network in Los Angeles. Joe serves as an elder at Grace ARP Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
Elizabeth Urbanowicz is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about knowing Jesus and making Him known. Elizabeth holds a BS in Elementary Education from Gordon College, an MA in Literacy Education from Northern Illinois University, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Elizabeth spent the first decade of her professional career teaching elementary students at a Christian school. She designed Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum to equip children to carefully evaluate every idea they encounter. Her goal is to prepare the next generation to be lifelong critical thinkers and, most importantly, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.
Copper Webb is a homeschool graduate, currently educating her own five children at home in northwest Wisconsin. Copper is a popular columnist, with articles appearing in numerous homeschool publications across the country. She and her husband, Mike, served for many years as board members of Homeschool Idaho, and Copper currently volunteers as the secretary for the Homeschool Community Foundation. You can follow along with the Webb family’s homeschool adventures on Instagram @copperswebbisodes.
Ashley Wiggers grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her late mother, Debbie Strayer, who was an educator, speaker and the author of numerous homeschooling materials. It was through Debbie’s encouragement and love that Ashley learned the value of being homeschooled. Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine, Public Relations Director for Geography Matters and the author of the Profiles from History series. Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her loving husband and two boys.
Durenda Wilson is a homeschooling mom of eight, six of whom have graduated. She has been married to Darryl for 30 years and they have six grandkids. Durenda has written The Unhurried Homeschooler (a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling) and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. 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. The heart of her message is to encourage families to think outside the box and take the time to enjoy this amazing journey.
For more than 20 years, Krisa has been a classroom teacher in both the private Christian school and public school settings. She has also worked as a private tutor and early childhood intervention specialist. Throughout her career, she has had many opportunities to work with children with various special needs. Students with attention deficit disorder, attachment issues, developmental delays, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorders and autism have filled her class rosters and her heart. In 2012, Krisa joined Home School Legal Defense Association as an educational consultant where she uses her past experiences in education to serve homeschooling families.
Kim Wright is a lifelong learner, mom of three, and teacher of many. Kim attended Texas A&M University, where she earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Reading. Kim was active in the Dallas homeschooling community for many years. When her oldest daughter struggled to read, Kim discovered Logic of English, and it revolutionized the way she taught reading. Recently, Kim, a lifelong native Texan, relocated to Rochester, Minnesota,to work as a curriculum consultant for Logic of English. She also conducts literacy work as a reading tutor, writing teacher, and education advocate.
Speaking at the AFHE Convention is by invitation. Speakers at the AFHE Convention are carefully selected who fit AFHE’s philosophy, vision, and mission, and do not conflict with the AFHE Board of Directors’ biblical worldview. As part of the speaker selection process, we will review speaker packets that are sent to us.
Speaker packets are reviewed in August and September for the following year’s AFHE Convention and selections are finalized before the end of the year. If we are interested in having you speak, we would contact you most likely in October or November.
Speaker packets should include biographical information, workshop titles and descriptions, and a recording or two of the speaker teaching for our review.
Attn: Speaker Coordinator
P.O. Box 2035 Chandler, AZ 85244-2035
Because of the high volume of speaker inquiries we receive, we are only able to follow up with those we are inviting to speak.