Becky Muldrow is the founder and creator of Dual Credit at Home, a 49-week study program that helps students of all ages pursue an accredited bachelor’s degree through earning credits by exam. Becky, wife and homeschool mother of 10, used this system successfully with her own children and eagerly shares her technique of earning accredited degrees while still in high school with families across the nation. Becky looks forward to helping high school students not only reach but exceed their academic goals.
Friday, June 1, 9:00 am, Waterway 6
Creating a 4-Year Plan for Your High School Student
Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm, Waterway 6
Developing An Impressive High School Transcript
Saturday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Waterway 6
Want to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in High School? Here’s How!
Beverly Parrish is a third generation educator and a mom of seven who began homeschooling her kids in 1990….and she’s still at it! Over the years she has home schooled others, mentored new homeschool moms, tutored struggling students and is a speaker at conferences. Bev is excited about delivering practical truths to deliver families from unnecessary burdens. She is a Licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction® Facilitator and in her spare time enjoys sailing with her family and reading.
Billy Hallowell works for Pure Flix Digital as the director of communications and content. Billy has been a journalist, commentator, public speaker and author for nearly 20 years. He is a frequent guest on programs such as Fox & Friends, The Sean Hannity Show and others.
Billy is a former senior editor for FaithWire.com and a former faith and culture editor for TheBlaze.com. He is the author of “Fault Line” and two other books. Billy also made a cameo appearance in Pure Flix’s recent movie “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.”
Chad Christiansen serves as the executive director of In The Gap Inc. and works to maintain a Christ-centered culture, a learning environment and a spiritually vibrant atmosphere for the In The Gap staff and leaders-in-training. He has a desire to see young people become leaders by training them through personal character development, communication, leadership and teaching skills. By applying good character in their lives, they will be positive role models for the next generation.
Chad and his wife Alissa founded In The Gap Inc. to stem the tide of negative influences pervading our culture and to lay a foundation of truth for the next generation. Their organization teaches character, facilitates after-school Bible clubs, and trains young adults to be world changers. Last year, In The Gap worked with over 6,000 inner-city children. Their goal—one day every child in Oklahoma City will have a chance to hear the gospel.
Dan Celia has worked for 35 years as an entrepreneur and businessman, starting eight corporations and co-founding two others. In 1999 Dan sold his small trust company (managing over $900 million) to go into ministry. Dan developed and uses a biblically-responsible system of financial management with great success. He started a part-time radio ministry in 1997 and has seen the Lord expand and bless this endeavor into his current full-time ministry
Dan is now on over 640 television stations three hours daily, including NRB TV, BizTV, Dove TV and CBN Lifestyle. “Financial Issues” is heard in every state in America and throughout the internet globally. He is a conference speaker, author of six books, publishes a weekly newsletter, and has been executive producer of several video productions. FISM TV (home of “Financial Issues”) produces original family-friendly content and other video projects all keeping within FISM’s Christian worldview.
Friday, June 1, 9:00 am, Alden Bridge
The Fear of Money—Have We Separated Our Faith from Our Finances? Part 1
Friday, June 1, 10:30 am, College Par
The Fear of Money—Have We Separated Our Faith from Our Finances? Part 2
Dara Halydier is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, conference and retreat speaker, mentor, friend and mother of five grown boys. She homeschooled for 21 years and now encourages others across the nation. Dara helped begin local homeschool support groups in Fort Worth and Georgetown. She is the executive director of Abiding Truth Ministry and author of the “Practical Proverbs” series and “As They Sit and Stand: A Resource and Guide for Teaching Your Children the Bible.” Her newest book is “Living Beautifully: Practical Proverbs for Women.”
Dara shares from truths that she has learned through dealing with chronic pain and a disability, moving over 30 times, raising four boys with learning disabilities, and having overcome a past of abuse and shame to proclaim God’s grace, forgiveness and freedom. Dara teaches with humor, wisdom and vulnerability as she reaches out to encourage and equip the next generation.
Friday, June 1, 10:30 am, Waterway 7-8
Oops! My Child’s Not Perfect!
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 am, The Woodlands
When It Hurts to Homeschool
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am, Alden Bridge
“aising Exceptional Children — From Geniuses to Those with Learning Disabilities
Saturday, June 2, 1:45 pm, Waterway 6
High School Fun! All the Subjects Without All the Textbooks
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of marriage, parenting, communication and more. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs developed the Love and Respect Marriage Conference which he presents to live audiences around the country. This dynamic and life-changing conference is impacting the world resulting in the healing and restoration of countless relationships.
Greg Gudorf is the CEO of Pure Flix Digital, a subsidiary of Pure Flix Entertainment. Pure Flix is the worldwide leader in faith and family-based entertainment.
In his role, Greg has helped PureFlix.com become a top on-demand video subscription
service. PureFlix.com provides alternatives to typical Hollywood content by streaming family-friendly movies, children’s programming, documentaries, original series and more.
Greg was also responsible for the company’s foray into homeschooling, helping families
complement their curriculums with video content that informs and enlightens.
Jennifer Flanders is passionate about faith and family and loves sharing resources that help
others build strong, happy and healthy homes. She is blessed to have a husband, Dr. Doug Flanders, who shares those passions. Their willingness to speak openly and honestly about their Christian beliefs and family values has led to television interviews with the BBC and America Tonight.
Jennifer is a prolific writer with more than 20 books to her credit (including “25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband,” which was voted Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Book of the Year). She also writes a weekly newspaper column entitled “Family Matters” and runs two blogs for mothers: Loving Life at Home, where she writes about marriage and motherhood, and Flanders Family Homelife, where she posts tips on homeschooling, organization, family travel and saving money (plus lots of free printables).
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Dallas Baptist University, where she met her husband in 1986. She completed two years of graduate work at Southern Methodist University in the same field before they began their family. As a mother of 12, Jennifer’s specialty is (obviously) multiplication, but her educational background also comes in handy when teaching her kids everything from counting to calculus.
In addition to the four children she is still teaching at home, this 30-year homeschool veteran has four children in college, one doctor, two dentists and an ICU nurse—a testimony not only to the effectiveness of homeschooling, but also to God’s overwhelmingly abundant grace and the delight He takes in using imperfect people to accomplish His amazing plan.
Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm, Waterway 7-8
Don’t Stress Out: Hope for the Harried Homeschool Mom
Jeremy Newman became director of public policy for THSC in the fall of 2013 after serving as a policy analyst on the 2013 THSC Watchmen team. Jeremy is a homeschool graduate and has been involved in homeschooling from an early age when he moved to Texas from California. The third of six children, Jeremy now lives with his wife Addi in Dallas where he teaches Lincoln-Douglas debate in the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), a national homeschool speech and debate league.
Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm, The Woodlands
Upcoming Public Policies: What’s at Stake for the Future of Homeschooling
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 am, Waterway 6
The Power of Communication: Why Your High Schooler Needs Speech and Debate
John R. Erickson has written and published 78 books and more than 600 articles. He is best known for his “Hank the Cowdog” series of books, audiobooks 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.
John began self-publishing “Hank the Cowdog” in his garage in 1982, and it has 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 called the series “the best family entertainment in years.”
Ken Ham, originally from Australia, is the president and founder of Answers in Genesis-US and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. He is also the visionary behind the popular, full-size Noah’s Ark in Kentucky.
As one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests, Ken has become internationally recognized as a strong voice for Creation and biblical truth. He became internationally known for his 2014 creation/evolution debate with Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” which has been watched by an estimated 25 million people.
Lyndsay Lambert graduated from Texas Tech University and homeschooled her four now-grown children for 16 years. She has assisted Tim (her husband of more than 40 years) in serving the homeschool community for several decades. Together they founded and led their local homeschool support group. From 1990 to 2013 she assisted in running 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 biblical older woman that she believes God has called her to be. Join Lyndsay at her blog: FromAnOlderWoman.com.
Thursday, May 31, 1:00 pm, Waterway 5
Ready, Set, Now What Do I Do? with Tim Lambert (New to Homeschooling Session)
Thursday, May 31, 3:30 pm, Waterway 5
Hindsight is 20/20: If We Could Do It All Over Again! with Roxanne Parks (New to Homeschooling Session)
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am, Waterway 7-8
Confessions of an Organizationally Challenged Homeschool Mom
Mary James lives in Conroe, Texas, and is the mother of eight children. She began homeschooling in 1989 and expects to be homeschooling for several years to come. In 1999, Mary founded Smoothing the Way, a non-profit organization which seeks to meet the needs of new homeschoolers. In addition to serving as president of Smoothing the Way, Mary serves on the Texas Home School Coalition’s Board of Directors and continues her popular speaking ministry at several homeschool conferences each year.
In her workshops, Mary draws not only from her personal experience as a homeschooling mom, but also from her many years of working with 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 SmoothingTheway.com.
Friday, June 1, 9:00 am, The Woodlands
Beyond Hormones: Homeschooling Teens with Emotional or Psychological Challenges
Nathan Pegors has worked with Worldview Academy since 2006 as a discipleship staff member, discipleship director, and member of the theology faculty. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from LeTourneau University and his master’s in humanities from Faulkner University. Nathan and his wife Heather have one daughter. They reside in Cañon City, Colorado, where Nathan teaches at Worldview Academy’s gap year program, Worldview at the Abbey.
Friday, June 1, 1:45 pm, Alden Bridge
TechnoBabel: Navigating a Technology Saturated Culture
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 am, Alden Bridge
Finding Yourself: Transgender, Homosexuality and Identity in Christ
Pam Tebow, the mother of successful college football and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, is a homeschool pioneer along with her husband Bob. They began teaching their children at home in 1982 before the term “homeschool” was coined. All five of their children were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and each one received college scholarships.
Peggy Ployhar, founder and CEO of SPED Homeschool, is a frequent writer, speaker and blogger on special needs homeschooling issues.
Peggy is the former THSC special needs team leader; MACHE (Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators) special needs coordinator; and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) area coordinator for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. She is certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors and is trained as a Precept Ministries Inductive Bible Study leader.
Peggy’s homeschool journey started when her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. With 15 years of homeschooling now under her belt, she thanks God for all the experience that He has given her so that she can encourage other special needs homeschooling parents.
Peggy and her husband Doug live in Conroe, Texas, where they still homeschool the youngest of their three children (21, 19 and 13).
Friday, June 1, 10:30 am, Alden Bridge
Navigating the Trends in Special Needs Homeschooling
Friday, June 1, 1:45 pm, The Woodlands
How to Write an IEP and Use It Effectively in Your Homeschool
Saturday, June 2, 1:45 pm, The Woodlands
Skill and Transition Planning for Homeschool Education
Peter Lambert is a small business owner with many years of experience in youth-related work, including director of THSC’s Teen Staff. He and his wife Rita are beginning homeschool parents of an inquisitive five-year-old. Peter greatly enjoyed his own homeschool education, and considers himself a highly gruntled homeschool graduate. However, he warns that his childhood exploits as a student have been clouded in myth and legend by the mists of time, so you can’t believe everything his mother says in those other workshops.
Saturday, June 2, 1:45 pm, Waterway 7-8
“Homeschooling Ruined My Life:” Will You Ever Wish You’d Taken a Different Path?
Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the best-selling author of more than 80 books, including, Hell’s Best Kept Secret, Scientific Facts in the Bible, and The Evidence Bible. He co-hosts the award-winning television program “The Way of the Master” with actor Kirk Cameron, as seen in 200 countries. He is also the Executive Producer on the movies “Audacity,” “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” and others, which have been seen by millions. He and his wife, Sue, live in Southern California, where they have three grown children.
Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author and radio host.
Rick and his family travel the nation and speak about America’s forgotten history and heroes with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. Rick Green and David Barton co-host the national daily radio program “WallBuilders Live!”
Rick is also the author and executive producer of “Constitution Alive,” America’s most engaging and entertaining study of the U.S. Constitution.
Rick and his wife Kara have four kids and have homeschooled for 17 years. They also founded Patriot Academy, an elite leadership training program specializing in applied civics with a biblical, historical and constitutional foundation.
The Green family challenges each of us to help preserve and pass the torch of freedom by living out our liberty as the Founding Fathers envisioned.
Thursday, May 31, 3:15 pm, Waterway 7-8
Incorporating Civics Into Your Cooperative (Texas Leaders Conference)
Friday, June 1, 9:00 am, Waterway 5
With ALL Your MIND
Friday, June 1, 1:45 pm, Waterway 7-8
Defend Your Family!
Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm, The Woodlands
Policy Panel: What’s at Stake for the Future of Homeschooling
Saturday, June 2, 5:00 pm, Waterway 1-4
Called with Purpose … Help Your Students Find Theirs!
Roxanne’s passion is to speak power and truth into the lives of women. She has spoken in hundreds of venues both large and small. As a certified life coach accredited by the American Association of Christian Counselors, Roxanne delights in cheering her clients toward discovering direction and purpose through Christ. Roxanne leads four-day power-packed weekends that offer small group life coaching sessions in a retreat-type environment. In her first book, “Are You Enough?”, Roxanne shares the ups and downs of her homeschool journey—an inspirational story whether you homeschool or not.
“Roxanne is the ultimate encourager! With passion and transparency, she connects with her audience and offers inspirational wisdom—all delivered with love and humor.”
Thursday, May 31, 3:30 pm, Waterway 5
Hindsight is 20/20: If We Could Do It All Over Again! with Lyndsay Lambert (New to Homeschooling Session)
Stephanie Lambert was homeschooled before homeschooling was officially legal in Texas because her parents had a vision for instilling strong values and providing a quality education to their four children. Since graduating, she has volunteered for various political campaigns (including President George W. Bush’s campaign) and served as a staff member on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign. Stephanie ultimately dedicated her life to serving Christ through her local church and her work with the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC), the homeschool and family advocacy and support organization for the state of Texas.
During her time with THSC, Stephanie has served as director of events, director of development, and is now serving as THSC’s executive director. She has a passion for empowering and encouraging parents to raise their children to know Christ and be the next generation of leaders that our country needs.
Saturday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Alden Bridge
What is THSC Thinking? The Purpose and Goals of Your State Organization
Susan Seay is a Mentor 4 Moms, mother of seven, author, speaker and voice of hope to moms around the globe. Come join her sessions to be encouraged and receive practical tools to use when you get home today! Learn what intentional parents do differently and how to apply these principles in your own home.
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am, Waterway 5
The Intentional Mom
Saturday, June 2, 1:45 pm, Waterway 5
5 Questions to Ask When Your Kids Won’t Listen
Saturday, June 2, 3:00 pm, Waterway 1-4
The 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Kids Every Year
Suzanne Faske and her husband Jay are founders of Here I Am Orphan Ministries, a Christian nonprofit ministry dedicated to reaching orphaned children within the community and abroad. Their desire is that every child knows the love of a family and their Heavenly Father.
Jay and Suzanne are the parents of three birth children, 24 adopted children, and two foster children. Their adopted children are from seven different countries and speak more than 10 different languages. Their adopted and foster children come from a background of trauma. Some of the Faske’s children were babies or toddlers when adopted, but most of them were older children who were considered unwanted children. Many have medical special needs.
Suzanne has been a homeschool mom for more than 20 years. Her heart is that children from hard places find healing in loving families, get a good education, and break the cycle that led to the painful past that made them orphans.
Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm, Alden Bridge
Homeschooling Adopted Children and Those Who Have Experienced Trauma
Parent and Child Educational Services – Booth #409
Ted Seago has been married to Johnnie Seago for 39 years. Together, they have raised eight children (five of which are adopted) and spent 22 years home educating their children. The Seagos have 14 grandchildren and live in the Houston area.
Ted Seago has spoken at countless homeschooling conventions, conferences, workshops and seminars in the areas of parenting, marriage, college options, education trends, home organization, political engagement, classroom creativity and student motivation.
Ted Seago has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from Lamar University and earned his doctorate in education from the University of Houston. In addition to his duties as pastor of community life at Restoration Church in Montgomery, Texas, he has served as a headmaster, a classroom instructor and a college professor. He is also a certified life coach, teacher, and speaker with the John Maxwell.
Johnnie Seago has been an educational leader in public, private and home education since 1981. She is active in for-profit and not-for-profit private education, public school and educational research. Additionally, she is a consultant to corporations involving leadership and team-building training, and an expert witness in court hearings regarding educational options for families. Her specialization includes qualitative research, especially data collection, analysis and findings presentation.
Ted and Johnnie Seago own and operate Parent and Child Educational Services (PACES), a home education facilitating ministry. PACES has guided the education of over 3,000 homeschool families providing private consultations, classes, online curriculum, social events, field trips, international travel and testing services.
Thursday, May 31, 1:15 pm, Waterway 7-8
Time Management for Busy Homeschool Leaders (Texas Leaders Conference)
Thara (pronounced like Sarah with a “th”) Reinitz is a second-generation homeschooler. A graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, she has been teaching in various capacities from after-school to preschool to birth education for the last 10 years. A self-proclaimed “crunchy mom,” Thara loves learning, and her three kids keep her busy. Visit her West Texas home and you might find her in the kitchen, garden or posting tips about green beauty on Instagram. Find her on her blog at www.prov31inprogress.com
Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition, the largest state advocacy organization for homeschool families in the U.S. Tim has been instrumental in developing the homeschool 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 of Texas for more than 20 years and represented Texas on the Republican National Committee from 1996 to 2004.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree 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.
Thursday, May 31, 1:00 pm, Waterway 5
Ready, Set, Now What Do I Do? with Lyndsay Lambert (New to Homeschool Session)
Thursday, May 31, 2:00 pm, Waterway 7-8
State of the State (Texas Leaders Conference)
Friday, June 1, 10:30 am, The Woodlands
So, What’s the Dad Supposed to Do?
Friday, June 1, 4:30 pm, The Woodlands
Upcoming Public Policies: What’s at Stake for the Future of Homeschooling
Valerie is a family team builder whose life demonstrates God’s call to grow and serve. Growing up in a Chicago ghetto, her parents taught her to be in that world while not being of it. After earning a math degree and a commission in the United States Air Force, she served at the rank of captain. She later became a homeschool mom, shaping her own family team of nine children by combining a mother’s loving heart with the military principles of integrity, accountability, respect and responsiveness.
Valerie and her husband Lee have homeschooled for over 26 years, teaming up to help her “feed God’s sheep” as they mold their family for service. They work on-site with her SeniorFit fitness training program for 60 to 99-year old seniors and also support her as she educates expectant couples on natural childbirth. Valerie also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching business communication skills to female college students.
Valerie is a nationally certified personal trainer and black belt martial artist who loves staying fit with her family. Valerie and Lee have graduated five of their children with four still in their nest. They love their close-knit family and their wonderful grandson.
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am, The Woodlands
Minding the Muddle: Schooling Multiple Children in Multiple Grades with Just 1 Teacher