Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into nine regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
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NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
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NCHE divides the state into 9 regions. Each region has a director.
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A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late Spring featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
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The numbers before the talks below represent the session numbers; the letters represents the interest codes.
Interest Codes for Talks
G General interest to all parents T Teens and alums
B Beginners and inquirers L Parents of struggling learners
Y Parents of young children preschool to early elementary D Dads
O Parents of older elementary age (may include middle school) M Mom
P Parents of teens (and possibly teens)
Diane Allen is the first veteran homeschooler to serve on the DNPE staff. After homeschooling for twenty-three years, running a support group, building a testing business, speaking at conferences and teaching online and in-person classes, she is thrilled to be serving the homeschool community as the Director of the Department of Non-Public Education. When not learning how to navigate the new world of state government and having an out-of-home office, she is alternately mourning the last child being away at school with learning to enjoy the empty nest, and being a “super-cool Greema” to her four grandchildren. She offers insights on the official side of homeschooling and answers questions about the function of the DNPE in two workshops.
Leaders, B The DNPE, the Law and the Average Homeschool Family
2 P Basic Rules of a Record Retention: High School and Beyond
Nathan Arnold, pianist, sacred arranger and lecturer, holds a B.A. in church music and an MA in sacred composition. He was awarded first place in the state piano solo competition of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association as well as first place in the Sacred Piano, Classical Piano, and Piano Ensemble competitions of the High School Festival, a national contest. An equally accomplished poet and writer of song texts, he has authored over seventy published musical works and song texts with various publishers including Beckenhorst Press. Nathan is an experienced speaker participating in a wide venue of conferences and workshops, performs numerous sacred concerts, and continues to teach extensively on the high-school and university levels. He currently resides in Greenville, SC, where he serves as director of Distinctive Music Studios, an online music instruction service for homeschoolers.
3 G Music for Life—Sharpening Your Child's Gifts for the Future
Brent J. Aucoin is a professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs at the College at Southeastern (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary). He is the author of two books and presented at the 2015 NCHE Conference. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas in 1999 and has been teaching history at the college level since 1996.
5 P Teaching the American Founding
Susan Reynolds Brackley and her husband Robert have been married thirty-three years and have been blessed with six children and ten grandchildren (so far). She has been homeschooling for over ten years. She has a passion to help other homeschool parents to do their very best without becoming discouraged. She counsels many homeschool moms. She is a Christian, author, teacher, counselor and public speaker and has been available to speak to women at women’s seminars, retreats and conferences. She has been teaching and counseling women for over thirty-two years on topics that concern women’s needs such as: the woman’s role, husband/wife relationships, homeschooling, education, child training, communication skills, building biblical relationships, hormonal issues and many other topics that pertain to everyday life. She has written the book Woman of Virtue, Applying Proverbs 31 to the Twenty-First-Century Woman.
10 G Minimize, Simplify and Prioritize
John Burkett planted and cultivates the Writing Center at Southeastern toward developing a culture of critical thinking and writing. He teaches courses in composition, research writing, creative writing, John Milton, C. S. Lewis, and advanced writing through Augustine's Confessions at the College at Southeastern. He has studied communication (B.S.), biblical literature (M.A.), English literature (M.A.), and composition and rhetoric (Ph.D.), writing a commentary on Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric. He served in the U.S. Army overseas during a formative season when he became a Christian while reading the Scriptures. He has enjoyed working with college writers since 2003.
10 T The Writing Process
Andrea Daley has been married to Chris, her knight in shining armor, for twenty-five years. They have been blessed with ten children, ranging from nine to twenty-four years of age and have been homeschooling for fourteen years. Originally from Canada, she graduated from university with a degree in psychology with plans to work full-time. Her professional career lasted only nine months before the Lord blessed her with a bouncing baby boy, and she immediately knew that she would be a stay-at-home mom. Andrea is actively involved in her church, their youth group and the deaf community. Fostering (the oldest) and disabilities (Usher Syndrome) have both stretched and blessed her family over the years. She has three in grad school, two in college with yet another preparing to leave the nest this fall. Andrea has gleaned much wisdom and experience over the years in many areas of homeschooling. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1 P High School Smorgasbord—the Practical
3 P High School Smorgasbord—the Emotional
James and Tanya Dickens are the proud parents of five adopted children from three separate adoptions. Homeschooling enabled them to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of each of their children and develop a curriculum that met each child’s specific needs. Homeschooling also enabled them to address their children’s emotional needs as well as blend them into one team, consisting of five children from three completely different backgrounds who are all performing at or above grade level. James and Tanya’s success in homeschooling is the result of God's grace and their strong and stable marital relationship. The foundation of their marriage is rooted in biblical truths, which has not only provided them with a marriage unlike anything they could have ever imagined,but has proven to be the foundation for the success of their homeschool. They have taught and written articles on marriage, parenting and homeschooling.
3 GB Benefits of Homeschooling Adopted Children
8 G Healthy Marriage, Successful Homeschool
Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned her bachelor of science in education and her master’s degree in reading. In addition to classroom teaching and college teaching, Kristen has been teaching homeschool classes in writing and literature, tutoring struggling readers and running a summer reading camp for over a decade. Although Kristen possesses a current NC teacher license, her family has opted to have Kristen stay at home and homeschool her two sons. She has delivered workshops on a variety of topics, including struggling readers, learning disabilities and encouragement at conferences from one coast to another. Kristen stays very busy with her husband as they provide a variety of products and services through their educational business, The Struggling Reader. Kristen, an educator, speaker and a homeschool mom, brings both a wealth of knowledge and a visible passion to all of her workshops.
2 YOL The Gift of Multi-sensory Teaching
9 YOL Why Is Reading So Hard?
Dr. Jeff Ertzberger currently serves as a lecturer and director of technology in the Watson College of Education at UNC Wilmington where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional design and instructional technology. A former public school teacher, Ertzberger has been a featured speaker at regional, national and international conferences. His unique experiences and personality allow him to present sometimes complex technologies in ways that are understandable, and fun! Ertzberger was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Teachers award. As an elder at New Hanover Church and a homeschool father of three, Ertzberger sees the needs of parents in the homeschool and is able to take his knowledge of technology to find ways to make teaching any subject easier and more effective.
4 G Are Your Kids Ready for Their Digital Future?
6 G Google Tools for Homeschoolers
J. Mark Fox has served Antioch Community Church in Burlington, NC as pastor since 1987. Mark and Cindy have been married for thirty-four years (as of June 2016) and have seven children, ages thirty-two to seventeen, four are married, and five grandchildren. Mark is the author of A Faithful Man, published in 2012, and Age-Integrated Church, published in 2016, that tells the story of how God changed the vision and the direction for Antioch over the years. He is also the author of Real Life Moments: a Dad’s Devotional (2008), and Planting a Family-Integrated Church (2009). He is a weekly columnist for the Times-News in Burlington. His columns have won five Amy Awards (2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012). Mark has led conferences for pastors, men or families in seven countries.
5 DT How to Provide for Your Family
8 DT How to Protect Your Family
Sarah Frank is a pastor's wife and mother of two, a boy and a girl. A former public school teacher, Sarah began homeschooling when her oldest was born. God has given Sarah a heart for mothers, especially those with young children. Her desire is to encourage and inspire women to be the mothers and homeschoolers God wants them to be.
7 BY My Journey into Unschooling
Jessica Frierson is a second generation homeschooler now teaching her own ten children. She has experienced firsthand the explosion of homeschooling from the handful fighting for the opportunity, to the many thousands embracing that freedom today. She and her husband, Ernie, knew from the time their first child was born twenty-two years ago that home education would be their only choice. They moved back home to North Carolina in 2000 to take advantage of the less restrictive homeschool laws here. She joyfully serves the Lord through ministry to her family, serving in her local church, writing and encouraging others with the testimony of the treasure of love she has discovered in our Lord Jesus Christ. Jessica is NCHE’s region 2 liaison.
7 G Order in the Heart, Order in the Home
Kate Funk is a former educator and homeschool mom to five children ranging from preschool to high school. She has been homeschooling for over fourteen years and especially enjoys the preschool years. She is the founder and creator of Ready-Made Preschool, which provides early childhood homeschool curriculum programs that include the lesson plans and all the necessary materials cut, prepped and ready to use. She enjoys speaking and encouraging moms to maximize their time with their preschooler, while minimizing the time and effort it requires. She believes it is important to instill a love of learning in children early and that this is best done by implementing a multi-sensory hands on approach to learning.
3 BYL The Early Years without Tears
Amanda Garner is a seasoned homeschool mom, author, pastor's wife and a serious coffee connoisseur. Amanda and her family live, love and learn together in Oxford, North Carolina. Married for twenty-three years, she and her husband, Wes, have home educated their four children for the past thirteen years. In addition to veracious reading, freelance writing and teaching, Amanda also enjoys encouraging other homeschool moms via her blog: www.dropsofdelight.weebly.com.
11 G Run with Perseverance
Debra I. Haagen is a homeschooling mother to four wonderful children. She and her husband, Perry, a recently-retired Navy chaplain, live in North Carolina. She loves homeschooling, music, scrapbooking, reading, writing, speaking, beagles, and American Eskimo dogs. Debra’s first book was published through Tate Publishing, a mainline publishing house dedicated to working with aspiring authors and giving their books the best chance in the marketplace. She now works for Knowledge Box Central, publishing lapbooks, unit studies and other homeschool helps.
11 Y Using Lapbooks in Your Homeschool
Dara Halydier is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, conference and retreat speaker, mentor, friend and the mother of five grown boys! She homeschooled for twenty-one wonderful years and is now encouraging other homeschooling families by speaking across the nation at homeschool conferences. She is the executive director of Abiding Truth Ministry and the author of the Practical Proverbs series and As They Sit and Stand: A Resource and Guide for Teaching Your Children the Bible. Dara has learned life’s lessons the hard way—experience! The lessons she shares come from truths that she has learned from dealing with chronic pain and a disability, from having moved over thirty times, having four boys with learning disabilities and having overcome a past of abuse and shame to now 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.
1 G The Real World: Are They Ready?
4 L God Didn’t Make a Mistake
Monica Irvine is the author of five books including: Raising a Generation of Ladies and Gentlemen, Etiquette for Beginners, Etiquette Intermediate, Etiquette Masters and Schedules Make for a Happy Family. Mrs. Irvine is a certified etiquette instructor and a nationally renown motivational speaker. As a homeschool mom, Mrs. Irvine understands the challenges facing today’s homeschool families and enjoys sharing her unique approach to parenting, disciplining, scheduling and organizing. Mrs. Irvine is the president and creator of The Etiquette Factory, the leader in etiquette education with its unique product line and services featured in seven countries. Mrs. Irvine is the mother of three boys and resides in Knoxville, TN, with her husband.
6 G Schedules—Helping Our Children to Be Happy
8 GT Raising our Girls to Be Ladies
Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, the founding author of The Lost Tools of Writing, a co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America. Since establishing CiRCE as a research and consulting service to classical educators, Andrew has trained teachers and parents, led retreats and assisted with institutional development and start-up in over 100 schools and with thousands of homeschoolers nationwide. He and his family live in North Carolina.
5 G Attention: Why It Comes First and How to Cultivate It
10 G Truth and Harmony: The Goals of a Christian Education
John and Lorie Kirkland are the parents of Joshua (twenty-five), Lucas (twenty-one), John Mark (seventeen) and Peter (fourteen). They have been homeschooling for twenty-one years. Professionally, John is the president of the management consulting firm, JF Kirkland, LLC. John joined the NCHE board of directors in 2007 as secretary and has also served as IT director. John is the currently the NCHE president. John and Lorie think that many parents may start homeschooling for the great educational opportunities it provides but believe the most important benefit to homeschooling is that it offers the absolute best model and environment for biblical discipleship of our children as taught in Deuteronomy 6.
7 G From 12 to 20: Mentoring Your Son from a Boy into a Man
Debbie Mason and husband, Spencer, have four adult children who were homeschooled from birth. Alexa graduated from UNCC and is a homeschooling mother. Scott graduated from Grove City College and Regent School of Law and is a lawyer in the Army. Levi has his master’s and bachelor’s from NC State and is a computer engineer. Mereda graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and is a published author. An NCHE board member since 1988, Debbie has coordinated the NCHE conference speakers and workshops since 1990 and was the editor of the GREENHOUSE from 1995-2015. She is currently the events director which puts her as chair of the conference committee. She directed a large homeschool support group for over twenty-two years. Debbie has a B.S. in secondary education, mathematics and a M.Ed. in counseling. She speaks on a variety of homeschool subjects.
4 G Eleven Passions from a Homeschool Veteran
7 P Homeschooling High School
Dr. Paul Maurer brings a wealth of experience as the eighth president of Montreat College. As a visionary and results-driven Christian leader, he believes deeply in the value of Christ-centered higher education. Drawing from more than twenty-five years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration, Dr. Maurer has led efforts in governance, organizational development, marketing and communications, adult and graduate studies and government relations. He has spent nearly two decades in higher education leadership. He is a published author and frequent speaker. Dr. Maurer is a scholar of the American presidency, with specific expertise in the moral and religious rhetoric of U.S. presidents. He enjoys biking, golf and almost anything outdoors. Dr. Maurer and his wife, Joellen, have been married since 1989 and have four children: Jon, Liz, Daniel and Sarah.
10 P The Crisis of American Higher Education
Penny Mayes is a professional art teacher, a professional educator and a veteran homeschool mom of twenty years. Her passion is creating curriculum that integrates hands-on art projects with art history and history unit studies and placing that curriculum in the hands of homeschoolers. Because of that passion, she created Take Time for Art, a video art curriculum that integrates hands-on art with art history and the story of history. Penny is also a wife and the mother of three adult children. She holds a BFA in studio art and master’s in education. Penny makes her home in North Carolina.
5 OY Created to Be Creators
Ben McBride is a husband, father and Internet safety consultant with Covenant Eyes. Over the past 9 years Ben has helped educate thousands of families on the dangers of Internet pornography in the home. Ben also serves as the lead pastor of Heartland Church in Ovid, MI.
3 Raising Courageous Kids to Confront a Sexualized Culture
Dana McDill lives in Creston, NC, (Ashe County) with her husband, Matthew, and their nine children (ages seventeen to three). Matthew and Dana serve on the NCHE board as the media manager. She has been homeschooling for thirteen years. She is a normal mom and faces the same day-to-day challenges we all face. She has learned and is learning much about staying above the challenges of life and being Martha on the outside while being Mary on the inside.
6 M Hormones and Homeschooling: Can There Be Peace? (Ladies, This Is Not about Puberty.)
9 M Losing Your Way on the Journey
Matthew McDill and his wife, Dana, homeschool their nine children in Creston, NC. Matthew serves on the NCHE board as media manager and is a pastor of Highland Christian Fellowship in Boone. Through his ministry, Truth to Freedom (truthtofreedom.org), he loves to teach and write about discipleship, marriage, family, parenting, home education and church. Matthew holds a B.S. in communication and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in biblical studies.
4 PT How to Teach Your Children to Love and Understand God’s Word
8 OP How to Help Your Children Become Self-Motivated
Marjorie H. McIlvaine and husband, Rick, homeschooled for twenty-six years across four states and are now officially retired as homeschool parents. All six of their children have graduated from homeschooling. Two are college graduates, one is in business management, and the other three are in college and working and volunteering in their church. Marji’s heart is to encourage other parents in the homeschool journey. She is on the board of Henderson County Homeschool Association, administers the Woodcock-Johnson test in WNC, teaches homeschoolers with BBC tutorials and Classical Scholars and has a passion for foreign languages, science, writing, history and all of God’s incredible creation!
1 B So Much Curricula, So Little Time
6 PT Online Instruction: The New Frontier
Jen Miller-Hogg is a private college admissions advisor located in Holly Springs, NC, and owner of College Path Advising. She has been working with students, parents, faculty and staff for over fifteen years. She has worked at Sarah Lawrence College, University of Florida, California College of the Arts, John F. Kennedy University and Meredith College. Jen graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in English. She received a master’s degree in student personnel administration in higher education from New York University. She has had the privilege of helping hundreds of students and parents find the right school for them. Jen’s own passion is to connect students to what is next for them and aid them on their journey. Jen has been married for thirteen years and has two children ages eight and ten.
11 PT Savvy High School Student's Path to College Applications
Mary Morse earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Tennessee. Her academic focus was educational psychology and instructional design and technology. Her professional experience and research focuses on creating personal learning environments, self-organized learning and competency credit, and community and parental involvement in education. Morse has been involved in homeschooling since the early 1990s. She is currently the vice president of the Great Smokies Christian Home Educators, a homeschool support group in Jackson County, NC. She was also involved in leadership for over ten years with a very large homeschool support group in Eastern Tennessee while homeschooling her oldest son. Her oldest son was homeschooled from pre-school through high school and is now a public school teacher. She and her husband are currently homeschooling their fourteen-year-old son.
11 G Homeschooling Your Gifted Child
Joann Nabb has been married for thirty-eight years to Paul. They have six adult children, who have been homeschooled their entire lives. They began their journey in 1985 and have enjoyed the trip thoroughly. Back in the Stone Age, there were few resources and many critics. They learned to be creative. Taking advantage of the less stringent homeschooling schedule, they were able to take field trips, a few even to France and other parts of Europe for several three to six months long stays on a true shoestring. They have a son who is a marine JAG, a son who is an army reservist and police detective, a daughter who is a teacher, a son who is a nurse, a daughter who studied exercise science and works at a church, and a son attending NC State in industrial design.
9 G Foreign Language as a Springboard to the World
10 BY Creating a Love of Learning in the Early Years
Robert M. Nelson is dean of arts and sciences at Montgomery Community College with eighteen years’ experience teaching psychology and advising in the NC Community College System. He is also an adjunct professor of psychology at Liberty University and has past experience working in public mental health, DSS and the YMCA. He has his M.A. in counseling and B.S. in psychology from Liberty University and a graduate certificate in sociology from Appalachian State University. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a national certified counselor (NCC). Robert is a NC homeschool graduate and a firm believer in home education. He has been married to his wife, Dana, for twenty years, and they are homeschooling their three children, ages six, eight and ten.
9 P NC Community College Opportunities for Homeschoolers
Steve Noble is the host of Called2Action Radio, a daily nationally syndicated Christian talk radio show based out of Raleigh, NC. He teaches two classes for homeschool high schoolers: Foundations of Freedom (constitution and civics, two semesters) and Christian Ethics (one semester). He is the east coast ambassador for the Harvest Crusades with Pastor Greg Laurie. He and his wife have been homeschooling since 2002.
2 GT Stranger in a Strange Land: Living Out Your Faith in a Nation That No Longer Wants You
5 GT Christians and Politics: Finding a New Normal in 21st Century America
Bryan Osborne graduated from Bryan College with a B.A. in biblical studies and received his master’s in education from Lee University. For thirteen years, Bryan taught Bible history in a public school and for nearly twenty years he has been teaching Christians to defend their faith. Bryan's love of the gospel and passion for revealing the truth of God's Word is contagious! As an expert in the use of exciting, apologetics-based evangelism and chronological Bible teaching, this former athlete connects with audiences through real-life stories, plus facts that confirm the truth of the Bible. You will love his practical, cutting-edge talks that reveal the importance of apologetics in evangelism and in equipping today's youth and families.
1 GT The Big Deal about Dinosaurs!
7 GT Do Animals Evolve? Evolution Defined and Scripture Confirmed
Danielle Papageorgiou has been homeschooling, or “lifeschooling,” for fourteen years and has lead the WINGS homeschool group for the past eight. She has a passion for helping other homeschoolers learn how to homeschool in a way that does not compete with family life, but enhances it—homeschooling done in a spirit of freedom. Her desire is to see more families set free from the world’s expectations of what education is and to discover that God has made each family unique and has also placed in each child special gifts and desires that He wants to use. The verse that guides the Papageorgious in their pursuit of lifeschooling is Matthew 6:33. Danielle has been married to her amazing husband, Jon, for sixteen years, and they have three children on earth, Konur (14), Elleina (12) and Korban (4), as well as a baby girl, Myla Grace (born at fourteen weeks) in heaven.
11 GBL Lifeschooling: The Answer to Homeschool Burnout
Chris Ruminski is a teacher by training and practice. He taught elementary school (third and fifth grade) in public schools for seven years. He tutored kindergartners to adult GRE students privately at the same time. After moving his family to WV, he worked several years educating child-care providers. After moving to Fayetteville, NC, everyone agreed it was time to homeschool his only child. It has been three years now, and they have never regretted it. Chris has been a board gamer ever since growing up in a house that had a regular family game night. In his travels he has been able to find new games and experience some of the best ever created. For the last two years Chris has taught a Learning with Games class for the HOME homeschool co-op. He is writing a book sharing these games and how to use them for education.
6 OP Learning with Games—Much More Than Chess
Doug Smith and his wife, Karen, are the parents of four homeschool graduates. On most days you’ll find Doug working on the SimplyCharlotteMason.com website and helping the homeschoolers who frequent its pages. He has a passion for discipling his children, encouraging others on their homeschool journey and making technology understandable in plain English.
1 G Keep It Simple: How to Teach Your Whole Family Together
7 G More Than Just Screen Time
Michael Somerville is the president of Lampstand Press, publisher of Tapestry of Grace. Home-educated through high school, Michael graduated first in his class from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business before completing his master of science degree in systems engineering from the Johns Hopkins University with a 4.0 GPA. Michael worked in systems engineering for defense contractor Lockheed Martin. His home education equipped him with the tools to understand people, communicate effectively, write clearly, build effective teams and creatively solve problems in the real world. As homeschooling parents with three daughters, Michael and his wife, Jessica, are second-generation users of Tapestry of Grace and worked together to develop Tapestry Primer, which helps families that are beginning the homeschooling journey. Michael leads the company’s development of new products and our marketing efforts. He is passionate about encouraging families as they pursue home-based education to the glory of God.
2 G Wisdom, Not Just Facts—Illustrating the Value of a Story-Driven Education
Glenna Toney, the owner of Smoky Mountain Academic Resources and Training (SMART), is a NC certified teacher, has a B.A. in elementary education, and has testing experience with the Woodcock-Johnson. Since 2003 she has had experience teaching and testing all levels of learners. She has graduated five homeschool students. She is a member of the NCHE Athletic Committee (since 2010) and founder of the homeschool athletic organization Asheville Trailblazer, and director and coach of Trailblazer women's volleyball. She is a professional volleyball official, coach of Down Under Sports. Glenna is married to husband and best friend, Greg, and grandmother to three.
10 GL We Have the Test Scores, Now What?
Michael and Amanda Wares have been on the NCHE board for seven years, serving as region 5 directors, activities director and currently homeschool helps director. They make their home in Greensboro, where Michael owns a cold-storage warehouse, and Amanda homeschools their four busy children! Susannah, twenty, is their first homeschool graduate and is a full-time employee and student. The three children at home are Killian, fifteen, Katrielle, thirteen, and Deacon, seven. This is the Wares' twelfth year homeschooling. Michael's background is in computer engineering, and Amanda was a sign language interpreter. Now, she enjoys teaching sign language at their local homeschool enrichment classes. Amanda is also passionate about encouraging new homeschool moms.
2 DB You Want to Do What? A Dad's Perspective on This Crazy Thing Called Homeschooling
4 B Help for New Homeschoolers
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a biblical worldview. The author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks and Pitchin' a Fit! Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting. Israel, and his wife, Brook, are homeschooling their nine children in SW Michigan. Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship and cultural issues. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at numerous conferences, some with over 5,000 in attendance. Israel serves as the director of Family Renewal, LLC and is the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net (a Christian apologetics site).
5 B Homeschooling: Preference or Conviction?
7 D Is Homeschooling Just for Women?