Dr. Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. She is a featured speaker for many home school conventions and a popular guest on “Focus on the Family” radio and other radio talk-shows. She is also an author of six books including four published by Moody: “Screens and Teens”, “8 Great Smarts”, “Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness”, and “No More Perfect Kids”, written with Jill Savage.
Dr. Koch earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
John R. Erickson
John R. Erickson has written and published 78 books and more than 600 articles and is best known as the author of the Hank the Cowdog series of books, audio-books, and stage plays.
His stories have won a number of awards, including the Audie, Oppenheimer, Wrangler, and Lamplighter Awards, and have been translated into Spanish, Danish, Farsi, and Chinese.
The Hank the Cowdog series began as a self-publishing venture in his garage in 1982 and has endured to become one of the nation’s most popular series for children and families. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. USA Today calls the series “the best family entertainment in years.”
Todd Wilson is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down-to-earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at home school conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. 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 that encourage parents.
Todd and his wife Debbie home school six of their eight children (two have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile. You can read more at www.familymanweb.com.
Sarah Mackenzie created the Read-Aloud Revival podcast on a whim. That fateful decision resulted in a highly rated show that two years later has over one million downloads and reaches tens of thousands of listeners with each episode.
For over two years, she’s been interviewing leaders, authors, and experts in the read-aloud movement, connecting them with families all over the world who desire to help their kids fall in love with books.
She is the author of the best-selling book, ”Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace,” published by Classical Academic Press.
Sarah lives in the Inland Northwest with Andrew, where they home school their six kids (including identical twin boys). She considers it her high calling to make sure her kids are well-stocked with the best books she can find.
Connect with Sarah online at readaloudrevival.com.
Our mission is to empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. We do this not by outsourcing parents but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges. We also support faith leaders in churches and schools by providing content and facilitators who effectively introduce and address life’s toughest topics.
Jean Burk is on a mission to help you get your kids free college, and she knows what she’s talking about. Both of her children were home schooled and earned incredible scholarships that included free college, room and board, study abroad stipends, free grad school, and free law school, all because of their high standardized test scores. Since that time, Jean has taught tens of thousands of students how to ace these tests all over the USA and the world. She is a sought-after speaker who equips and educates families on how to navigate the waters of college prep. She is the author of the award-winning College Prep Genius program and is a frequent Fox News contributor who has been featured on numerous television networks, radio shows, and has been published in various magazines.
Thomas Clark is a lifelong teacher of mathematics and science with more than 49 years of classroom and tutoring experience at all levels, from elementary through adult. He began his career with 12 years of classroom teaching, including a full year of graduate study, and then served for five years as the State Mathematics Supervisor for the Indiana Department of Education. While there he was responsible for curriculum development, statewide in-service, textbook adoption, and consultation for all public and private schools in the state. Those opportunities and the valuable knowledge he gained enabled him to join the Indianapolis Public Schools as the Supervisor of Mathematics K-12, overseeing staff development efforts and supervising the implementation of curriculum. Seven years later, Mr. Clark was promoted to the position of Director of Curriculum Development for all areas, utilizing his rich background in mathematics, science, art, music, language, and athletics. In subsequent years, he was commissioned to author several mathematics resources for the Houghton-Mifflin Publishing Company and for the Addison Wesley Publishing Company.
Valerie Felder is a fun, high energy, amazing voice of results and practicality for anyone raising children. She delivers unique, easy-to-recall strategies and formulas that will move parents toward positive action. As proven from nearly three decades of raising her own nine children, Valerie’s complete programs cover everything from back-to-basic parenting, building strong family bonds, to achieving a fit body. Audiences benefit from immediate take-aways as Valerie reveals how to “Take the Struggle out of the Juggle” so they, too, can raise exceptional children in an unpredictable world. Also a nationally certified personal fitness trainer, Valerie’s “Buff the Body” fitness programs sensibly ease clients toward doable routines – and help to keep them there.
Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller. The adventures with her family have led to some incredible experiences and lessons in real life living. She uses those moments to encourage and inspire other families on their own journey.
Holly and husband Curtis had no idea how amazing and exhausting parenting would be. Then when they decided to keep the kids at home, the amazing exhaustion magnified! Their choice to home educate came out of necessity; however, they quickly realized this was where they belonged, together at home, learning along the way.
The Giles’ lifestyle of learning is all about family and how they can work together to succeed on the road God has laid out for them. Some days are long and mostly muddy, as the family centers around outdoor activities. Holly believes God is using her family’s ministry to bring other families together in their own unique way.
Rick Green and his family bring history to life as they empower other families to live their freedom and restore the bedrock principles of American exceptionalism. Rick is an attorney, author, former Texas Legislator, host of David Barton’s WallBuilders Live! radio program, founder of Patriot Academy (elite training for our Nation’s future leaders), and creator of the television series Chasing American Legends. He and his wife Kara have home schooled for 16 years. They believe no impact is more important than that which we have on our own children and grandchildren.
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 and 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 and as a home school 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 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 www.heatherhaupt.com.
Mary James lives in Cedar Park, Texas, and is the mother of eight children. She began home schooling in 1989 and expects to be home schooling for many years to come. In 1999 Mary founded Smoothing the Way, a non-profit organization which seeks to meet the needs of new home schoolers. In addition to serving as president of Smoothing the Way, Mary serves on the Texas Home School Coalition Board of Directors and continues her popular speaking ministry at several home school conferences each year. In her workshops, Mary draws not only from her personal experience as a home schooling mom but also from her many years of working with those families new to this lifestyle. Speaking from her heart with warmth and humor, she encourages her listeners to face the often daunting task of educating their children at home. For more information, visit www.smoothingtheway.com.
Lyndsay Lambert, a graduate of Texas Tech University, home schooled her four now-grown children for 16 years. She has assisted Tim, her husband of more than 40 years, in serving the home school community for many years. Together they started and led their local support group. From 1990 to 2013 she assisted in running the Texas Home School Coalition. Lyndsay has now retired in order to have more time to be a grandmother to her seven grandchildren and to be the “older woman” that she believes God has called her to be. Join Lyndsay at her blog: FromAnOlderWoman.com.
Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, the largest state advocacy organization for home school families in the country. As a leader for more than 30 years, Tim has been instrumental in developing the home school community into a recognized political force in Texas.
As an authority on home education and parental rights, Tim has testified before numerous Texas legislative committees. He regularly engages with state and federal government agencies, such as the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Social Security Administration. He has testified as an expert witness on home education in various court cases and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on a parental rights advisory committee to Child Protective Services.
Tim has also been a leader in the Republican Party in Texas for more than 20 years, including representing Texas on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004.
Tim holds a B.A. in political science from Texas Tech University and is passionate about protecting the fundamental constitutional right of parents to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children.
Kathy H. Lee has been dedicated to the well-being of young children for over 25 years. As a former teacher and administrator, Kathy has extensive experience in the field of early childhood education. She is the mother of 10 children, both biological and adopted. She enjoys sharing her journey of imperfect motherhood, inspiring others to parent intentionally and authentically. A sought-after speaker worldwide, Kathy is most often described as a passionate, experienced, and humorous presenter.
Angela, a second-generation home schooler, has been married to her best friend Dave for 23 years, and together they have home educated their four children from the beginning. Over the last few years, they have graduated their two elder children and are currently home educating their two younger daughters. Angela has served as a leader in their home school group and curriculum consultant for many home school families. As a great admirer of the Charlotte Mason method, Angela knows that a child’s education must begin with knowing “a living God for a living education.” She knows that true education is a sacred bond between Creator and child and that modern children need an education that fits the needs of this generation. Working arm-in-arm with her mentor and friend – author, speaker, pastor, and family life professor – Gary Newton, Angela has worked to bring a curriculum that will reach deep into the heart of home educated children and their families. Angela has studied Constitutional History through Hillsdale College and has written over 20 books, including her history series, America’s Story, and her math series, Math Lessons for a Living Education. Angela’s goal is to bring materials that teach and train hearts and minds to find the answers for our generation in the never-changing truth of God and His Word. Her passion to help others know Jesus comes from a deeply rooted thankfulness of His awesome presence in her own life.
As a lifelong cheerleader, Roxanne’s greatest joy is to build up and encourage others to live out God’s purposes for their lives. She has been a speaker for groups both large and small at women’s events, church retreats, and home school conventions. Roxanne is the President and Founder of Winter Summit Ministries, Inc., which has been hosting women’s conferences for nine years. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Christian Life Coaching from American Association of Christian Counselors and received a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Roxanne spent 10 years working as a production engineer in the oil and gas industry. She is also the author of Are You Enough? Encouragement for the Overwhelmed and Exhausted Homeschool Mom.
Beverly Parrish is a third generation educator and a mom of seven who began home schooling her kids in 1990, and she’s still at it! Over the years, she has home schooled others, mentored new home school moms, tutored struggling students, and is a speaker at conferences. Several of her children have special learning issues, so she has spent time actively educating herself on ways to help struggling learners. Bev is a Licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction® Facilitator. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and sailing with her family.
Beverly has been speaking regularly at the Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for the past six years, as well as at CAPE-NM in New Mexico and FEAST in San Antonio.
Drs. Ted and Johnnie Seago
Dr. Ted Seago is a home school dad of 8, granddaddy to 13, and married to the exuberant Dr. Johnnie K. Seago. He has served as a pastor for 39 years and is currently the Pastor of Community Life at Restoration Church in Montgomery, Texas. Dr. Seago also serves at the Headmaster of PACES PAideia, a Houston area home schooling Classical Education Program. Ted has spoken at numerous home schooling conferences on parenting, marriage, family life, and the role of dads. Dr. Seago is active in numerous orphan, foster care, and pro-life ministries and is a lifelong advocate for the unborn. As n home school educational consultant, Dr. Ted has worked with hundreds of families in establishing a family that honors God and produces Godly leaders who seek to change their culture.
Dr. Johnnie K. Seago is a home schooling mom of 8 and grandmommy to 13. She has served as the Founder and Director of PACES PAideia for the last 25 years, a Houston area home schooling Classical Education Program. Dr. Seago is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University and Witherspoon College. She is active in local Republican Women activities and teaches a women’s Bible Study in the north Houston area. Johnnie has done extensive home school family research to identify characteristics that develop leadership in children at home. With 10 of her grandchildren already home schooling, Johnnie has ample opportunities to aid in supplementary actives, as well as basic studies. She knows “grand-schooling”! Her superpower is to encourage her children and their spouses in pursuing home schooling with excellence.
Charlotte Siems has been married to her pastor for over 36 years. They have 12 children, six sons and six daughters, ages 11 to 34. They are the grandparents of seven…so far. Charlotte has home schooled for over 30 years, having graduated nine students, with three in college and five graduated from college. She has worked online for many years, inspiring women through her blog and businesses. Charlotte has appeared in Woman’s Day and For Women First (September, 2017). Through her very successful home business, she coaches, trains, and encourages her team to do the same. Visit Charlotte at www.CharlotteSiems.com.