My husband, Brad, and I homeschooled four children over a 25 year period. I started and served as leader of a homeschool support group for 16 years. I have been on the MassHOPE board as networking director for over 10 years. My education was in physics at Gordon College (A. B.) and in Science Education at Harvard University (M.A.T.)
Author Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, and The Homeschool Channel. Jean currently travels across the United States teaching her class “Master the SAT” and speaking about how to go to college for FREE!
Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources reflect Janice’s focus on twaddle-free, active learning (she did have boys, after all!).
Janice speaks at conferences nationwide on subjects including literature, writing, high school records and transcripts, as well as microbusiness and multiple streams of income for homeschool families. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy and Get a Jump Start on College, among other things. She is also Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE).
Whether teaching high school students to love literature or
teaching writers and entrepreneurs how to create multiple streams of
income, Janice’s focus is on sharing the joy of the journey and
lighting lamps so that others can more easily find their way. Her
website, www.Everyday-Education.com, offers
inspiration, resources, and
a free e-newsletter.
Rachel is a seventeen-year-old homeschool student who resides in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books, and has been surrounded by them all her life. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven through a simple fiction writing assignment in school. She was signed with Zondervan in 2010 for her first YA fiction novel, Interrupted, released in March 2012, and is under contract for her second novel, Chasing Jupiter, due to be released in December 2012. Rachel has a passion for ministering to and encouraging other young people to follow God’s leading in their lives, and enjoys every opportunity to speak with young writers. You can visit her at her blog, www.rachelcoker.wordpress.com.
Sheri Coker, homeschool mom of three girls, began homeschooling more than 12 years ago when her oldest daughter Rachel turned five. At the age of fifteen, Rachel signed a contract with Zondervan for the publication of her first fiction novel. In December, 2012, a second novel was published, also by Zondervan. Sheri’s middle daughter, Hannah, designs and sells modest skirts through her own on-line Esty shop. Hannah has enjoyed much success with her business, including one order for 80 skirts from an out of state customer. Sheri and her husband John have been blessed by the Lord with daughters who love Christ and desire to use their gifts and talents to bring Him glory. They enjoy meeting and encouraging other homeschool families.
Anthony Coticelli was born, raised and for the most part, educated in Brooklyn, New York. At St. Francis College in Brooklyn, he studied attained a BA in Theology. By the grace of God, he fell under the tutelage of three Philosophy Professors, Dr. Frank Slade, Dr. Joseph Carpino and Dr. Nino Languilli. After college, he went on to teach Religion at the High School level for six years before moving into Corporate Leadership Development. For twenty-five years, he moved up through the ranks of several Fortune 500 organizations, conducting management and organization development initiatives nationally and internationally. For the last 11 years, he was president of his own consulting practice, Candor Consulting. In November of 2010, he was inspired to return to his Religion teaching roots and produce the Teaching Crèche. Anthony Coticelli lives in New Jersey with his wife Doreen and their daughter, Juliana, a special needs person. They are occasionally called upon to sit for their two grandchildren. When not struggling to mask the joy of his grandparenting, Anthony enjoys astronomy, gardening, cycling, drumming and plays a game resembling golf.
Karen DeBeus is so excited to share her ideas about simplifying our
lives and focusing on God. She loves all things simple and yearns for
God called her to homeschool when her youngest was about to enter kindergarten. After thinking “I could NEVER do THAT,” God had other plans…She obeyed the call and is now, not only loving homeschooling, she is passionate about educating others about homeschooling and encouraging families along the way.
She is the author of Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool, an eBook written to encourage moms to put God first in their homeschools, which has been a top seller at Amazon.com and Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool,” also a best seller. She is the author of Simply Living…for Him, her blog, where her goal is to encourage families, moms, and individuals, to put God first in all they do. Simplifying is about getting back to the basics and reducing the physical clutter in our lives, as well as lessening “mental clutter. “
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married for 33 years. They have been blessed with four sons: Isaac, 33; Ethan, 31; Joseph, 28; and Johnny, 25. With God’s help, they have all been home educated.
Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool and family conferences to encourage parents in their calling to raise and train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
As a former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private, and Christian schools, Steve is also the author and founder of Math-U-See. 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, Christian Freedom International, and Lifework Forum.
Roelf Kars is an ambitious 18 year old young man who has traveled the North American continent for the past two years selling books for Inheritance Publications. His travels have brought him into contact with wonderful people of all persuasions of life which has filled his heart with the desire to share the glorious gospel of grace found in Jesus Christ our Lord. He is an avid reader and has once again delved into grammar study and writing techniques to sharpen his communication skills. To keep his horizons broad he helps local farmers with harvesting and field work, daily milks the family cow, enjoys activities such as skiing, swimming, hiking, and works hard at practicing his violin and viola, taking weekly lessons and participating in concerts and recitals. These past months also gave him an opportunity to take a public speaking course which included learning to tell stories effectively. Stories are the highway by which the truths of life are passed from one generation to the next. We all enjoy good stories: of the gospel, of historical figures, and of our forefathers. This has also prompted Roelf Kars to take Inheritance Publications on the road so that he can more effectively pass on good stories which build readers in their faith, determination, and understanding. From historical novels to theology this family based business has as goal to pass on the faithfulness of God from one generation to the next. Talk to Roelf Kars, he’ll have a good story for you!
I have been a homeschooling mom in the New Jersey Community since 1994. We have three girls, two of whom have graduated from Homeschool and continue their studies at home through College Plus. The youngest has two more years left to high school. I became interested in nutrition after healing myself of Lyme Disease in 2007, I went on to study for additional certifications and a doctorate to learn about nutrition from the perspective of God's foods. My commitment and desire is to educate and help the body of Christ acheive optimal health so they are able to fulfill God's gifts in their life. I reach people, through newsletters, public speaking, radio show and one on one consulting. Living by Nutrition is a donation ministry.
Amy Quakkelaar, said she would never homeschool. Then, she and her husband, Steve, decided to bring their oldest child home for just one year, feeling called to teach academics with a Biblical foundation, strong character building and family bonding. That just one year was thirteen years ago. Today, the Quakkelaars have two children in high school, three in elementary/middle school, and a toddler who wants to do school too! Amy serves her local homeschooling community by facilitating a coop, mentoring new homeschool mothers, and coordinating special events and classes. She has a degree in early childhood development and is a homeschool consultant and speaker for My Father’s World. Overall, Amy strives to use her experiences as a mother, foster mother, and at times, a homeschool teacher for additional children, to encourage parent to keep their eyes on God and to build His kingdom.
Cheryl Reynolds was introduced to the classical Christian model of education when considering homeschool options in 2005. An avid learner, Cheryl scoured books and attended training workshops in preparation to begin teaching her three children. She found it discouraging when what she knew about classical education was harder to implement than she had anticipated. Committed to this model, Cheryl was determined to find a way to successfully apply the trivium when teaching her children. Now in her eighth year of homeschooling, Cheryl desires to encourage and equip others who desire to effectively incorporate classical education with a Biblical worldview into their homeschooling. Cheryl lives in Bowie, MD and is happily married to Paul, her husband of 17 years. She is the Regional Manager for Classical Conversations for the Eastern Mid-Atlantic states.
Heloise Ridley loves to encourage, instruct and empower youth and
adults to live and impact the world around them for God.
Heloise speaks to individuals and groups about everyday education and parenting issues from baby basics, to pre-school antics, to study skills, to the eventful teen years. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping "stressed out moms" with practical tools and a clear understanding of God's role as a major Partner in the parenting process.
Heloise works with children and youth to enable them to perform better in school, build self-esteem and develop a sense of purpose and achievement. She has served on the board of TRACCHS homeschool co-op and the online Tapestry of Grace homeschool co-op created for Dialectic and Rhetoric level students.
As co-founder of Super “Natural” Kids and Youth Ministries (SNKY), Heloise motivates parents and educators to inspire their children and youth to seek God passionately. SNKY conducts lessons and offers online classes to help parents, children and youth understand how to worship God, understand His word, hear His voice and follow His guidance in their everyday lives. On the local level, she enjoys mentoring youth as “Auntie Lo-Lo” Children’s Pastor at her church.
For fun, Heloise teaches Marketing classes to adults at Strayer University. Heloise and her husband Rodney reside in Pennsylvania. They have been homeschooling for 15 years and have six kids.
Zan Tyler's Biography Zan Tyler and her husband, Joe, homeschooled each of their three children from kindergarten through high school, for a total of twenty-one years. When she began homeschooling in 1984, she was threatened with jail by the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education. After prolonged legal battles for the rights of her family and homeschoolers in her state, Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) in 1990 and served as its president for ten years. She has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year, and in 1998 the governor awarded her the Order of the Palmetto, the highest South Carolina honor a civilian can receive. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric.
Zan is the director of Apologia Press, where her goal is to support homeschooling parents by bringing them the very best authors and biblically sound resources. A longtime speaker, writer, and homeschooling advocate, she derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging homeschooling parents across the country and around the globe. Zan says, “After speaking at a conference in Japan, I spent time with a mother who said, ‘You gave me strength because you gave me Christ.’ My heart soared because my greatest desire is to give parents a sustainable vision for raising their children for Christ while providing them the very best education.”
Zan has served as the National Grassroots Director for
ParentalRights.org. The author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s
Potential, she is also a popular columnist. Her articles appear in a
variety of online and print publications, including HSLDA’s Court
Report. Zan is also the South Carolina Ambassador for the Home School
Foundation, a ministry dedicated to helping homeschool families in
David Watkins (BA, MDiv) is the Executive Director of MÂCHÉ (Minnesota
Association of Christian Home Educators) and the pastor of Heritage
Baptist Church in Blaine, MN. He also serves on the Board of Directors
of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership
(NACHEL), which is a national organization that serves homeschool
leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. David and his wife,
Linda, have eight children and fifteen grandchildren and see the
positive significance of home education.