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Barb Beideman and her husband Rick have been homeschooling for the past fifteen years. Their approach has been eclectic and God has blessed them with many wonderful opportunities to grow and learn in this homeschool adventure. Their older son is now a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University and their younger son is a sophomore in high school. Barb has served the homeschool community as a support group leader for the past ten years and as an evaluator for the past fifteen years. She enjoys providing encouragement and support to fellow homeschoolers. Barb and Rick also serve on the CHAP Board. You can contact Barb through https://sites.google.com/site/pittsburghfins/
Workshops: Getting Started — Homeschooling, Creating Your Own Unit Studies, Guidance Counseling 101, Nuts and Bolts of Homeschooling High School
Matt and Noelle Carroll, part of CHAP’s 2017 Titus 2 Panel, are the parents of 9 children, including 4 boys and 5 girls ranging in age between 19 and 3 years old. They enjoy the challenge of learning and growing in education while emphasizing the importance of relationships. Their family runs the gamut from graduate to pre-school, so they can surely relate to where ever you are on your journey and look forward to speaking with you.
Linda Ann Crosby is gifted at transforming the daily God-moments from her life unto unforgettable, hilarious practical lessons people can relate to. She has a heart for God and a desire to encourage other mothers to laugh in the center of the chaos and noise that children create. Linda is a homeschool mom of four, an author, a speaker and a closet stand-up comedian.
Workshops: Curriculum: How Do I Choose?, Integrating Art Throughout Your Curriculum, Ideas for Scheduling and Planning, Laughing in the Midst of Mothering, God Fills in the Gaps, No Child Left Inside: Using Field Trips to Enhance Learning, Hands-On Learning
Jeannette DiLouie, a homeschool graduate, is the author of 10 novels and counting, including the historically eye-opening Founding America books. As Chief Executive Editor of Innovative Editing, she helps other writers across a wide array of fiction and non-fiction genres achieve their publishing goals through one-on-one tutoring sessions, manuscript reviews and more. Jeannette has her B.A. in English literature and a combined 10+ years’ experience in the creative writing and professional editing worlds.
Workshops: Novel Writing 101, How to Write the Perfect Novel Character
David E. Fessenden is a literary agent with WordWise Media Services and an independent publishing consultant. He has degrees in journalism and theology, and over 30 years of experience in writing and editing. He has served in editorial management positions for Christian book publishers and was regional editor for the largest Protestant weekly newspaper in the country. Dave has published seven books, written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and edited numerous books. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. Two of his books, Writing the Christian Nonfiction Book: Concept to Contract and A Christian Writer’s Guide to the Book Proposal, are based on his experience in Christian publishing. The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy, Dave’s first novel, reflects his love for history and for the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan-Doyle. Dave and his wife, Jacque, live in south-central Pennsylvania and have two adult sons.
Workshops: Teaching Professional Writing Techniques to Your Student, A Fly on the Wall in a Publishing House, Divide and Conquer—Writing Your First Draft, Editing Your Own Material
Bonita Greiner is married to Nevin. They live in Lancaster County, PA and have raised and home-schooled their eight children through graduation from high school. Bonita has been a certified Pennsylvania homeschool evaluator for 23 years. She is a distinguished motivational speaker and has authored three books offering tips to help moms raise their younger children from the perspective of an older mom of older children in the spirit of Titus 2. She blogs at mombyexample.com, and broadcasts live videos most weekdays on her Mom by Example Facebook page.
Workshops: Organize, DeClutter and Find Time, Developing Godly Character in Children Through Discipline
Randy and Karna Hoffman, a school teacher and stay-at-home mom, have home-educated their 6 children and helped many others along the way. This couple encourages educators in several arenas. The pressures of work, society, family dynamics, and growing children can challenge any home. Learning to thrive by depending on Christ and using the abilities each has are life-long lessons worth discussing! They are happy to be a part of our Titus 2 Panel, speaking words of encouragement and wisdom from experience. They look forward to meeting you!
Susan Kemmerer is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Homeschool Supermom…NOT!. She and her husband Dale have nine children, and by God’s grace, have been homeschooling since 1989. Seven of their children are graduated and two are still school-age. Susan has authored a number of textbooks, including her newest (a Bible study) Fencing Lessons, as well as Apples Daily Spelling Drills and other titles. Susan has spoken at homeschool conferences across the country. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and needlework. Besides spending time with their children and grandchildren (13 of them!), the Kemmerer’s love spending time in fellowship with believers in their local church. They run their business Schoolhouse Publishing from their home in Franconia, PA.
Workshops: Homeschooling Distractible Kids Who Don’t Like School, I Quit!, Preparing Your Outside-the-Box Kid for an Outside-the-Box Future, Grace-Drenched Homeschooling, What They Don’t Tell You About Homeschooling Boys, Exploding the Supermom Myth
Andrew Lewis is a construction executive, combat veteran, family man and former candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate. As Chief Operating Officer of Tradesman Building Group, Andrew leads dozens of employees and sub-contractors while overseeing hundreds of projects annually. Since assuming leadership at Tradesman, Andrew has doubled their revenue, launched a new division, and expanded the workforce. As a result, the Central Penn Business Journal named Tradesman one of the fastest growing companies in Dauphin County for 2016, and named Andrew to its “Forty Under 40” emerging Central Pennsylvania Leaders list. Andrew is currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, where he trains future officer candidates on leadership and military tactics. Prior to serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard, Andrew served for almost ten years on active duty in the Army. Andrew spent over a year in Iraq as a scout during the troop surge. Subsequently, Andrew was selected to become an Army Counterintelligence Agent. At the age of 23, Andrew was appointed Special Agent in Charge of his intelligence detachment in Korea, overseeing all counterintelligence operations for his region. After two years in Korea, he was nominated by the Department of Defense to serve at the White House Communications Agency, where Andrew served as an Assistant Presidential Communications Officer, while also serving as the Chief of Information Security. Andrew received five commendation medals, the combat action badge, the presidential service badge, and a number of other awards and accolades. Andrew and his siblings grew up on a farm, where they were homeschooled, and he recognizes the benefits and blessings of homeschooling. Together with his wife Ranae, they are raising their three sons: Jeffrey, Jason and Jeremy. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Thomas Edison State College, a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Liberty University, a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.
Workshop: Introduction to American Government for the Christian Statesman
Workshop: State of the Homeschooling Nation
Sue Pruett lives in the country with her husband, Larry, and their 5 children in southern IL. They have homeschooled their children from the beginning, and have graduated two of them so far! They have used the Charlotte Mason Method throughout their school years, and their children have thrived because of it.
Workshops: An Introduction to the Methods of Miss Charlotte Mason, Nature Studies – the Natural Way, Side by Side Business, The Extras That Aren’t Extra, Our Journey to the Charlotte Mason method in Math, Living Books to Language Arts
Denise Phillips is a military spouse and the mother of three daughters. She began her homeschooling adventure in 2002 when became tired of fighting the IEP. Once she brought her children home, she researched how best to meet her children’s needs both academically and spiritually. Utilizing First Corinthians 3:19 as a guide, she sought God’s guidance on character development before academics. Denise has graduated her first two daughters and continues to homeschool her youngest. She has a bachelor degree in Christian counseling with a minor in Special Ed from Liberty University. Currently she is working on a master’s degree in educational psychology from Texas A & M.
Workshops: In Deep Water: Homeschooling Through the Turbulence of Special Education, Mission Impossible: Homeschooling Journey with the Special Needs Child
Mr. Reep is the Director of Career Services and Adjunct Professor at Cedarville University. He is a Certified Professional Career Coach and has had a wealth of experience that he brings to Career Services and the classroom. Jeff has been recognized as the Staff Member of the Year, is a CU-LEAD Instructor, and he and his wife Criss conduct marriage mentoring for college students. Jeff is a gifted teacher with an ability to make the complex simple. Prior to his present position, he coached collegiate men’s basketball for 22 years, most of which was at the NCAA Division I level. While at New Mexico State University as the Associate Head Coach/Assistant Coach, his teams had 5 consecutive NCAA Division I Tournament Appearances (Sweet 16), 2 NIT Appearances (Elite Eight), Pre-season NIT (Final Four), won five Conference Championships and the Great Alaska Shootout Championship. As the Head Basketball Coach at Cedarville University, he was twice named NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year.
Workshops: Choosing a Major/College/Career: It’s Better to get it Right than Fast!, Training Boys – Goal: Not Well Behaved Boys but Godly Men
Howie and Sue Stoddard, married 40yrs. have homeschooled all their eleven children over the past 28yrs. They believe it is a way of life for them as a family. Their married children are now home schooling their children. With all their homeschooling experience they will surely be able to offer insight into your homeschooling life questions. Howie and Sue, also part of our Titus 2 Panel, point to God’s grace as the means of accomplishing their homeschooling journey.
Israel Wayne is a homeschool graduate and father of nine who is passionate about defending the Christian faith and developing a Biblical worldview. He is the director of Family Renewal and author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks, and co-author of Pitchin’ a Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting.
Workshops: Homeschooling: Preference or Conviction?, The Power of Affirmation, Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, Transform Learning through the Art of Questions, Is Homeschooling Just for Women?, Inside the Brain of a Hyperactive Homeschooler
Dan Wooster is founder and director of Camp Infinity, a unique STEM & biblical apologetics camp. He was head of the Computer Science Department at Bob Jones University for 30 years, co-founded The Worthwhile Company, a creative software company, serves on the boards of Answers in Genesis and The Wilds. He is a frequent speaker and robotics workshop presenter at home school conferences.
Workshops: Robotics & God Adventure Workshops (repeat sessions both Friday and Saturday)
Travis L. Zimmerman of A Faithful Dad loves Jesus Christ with all of his heart. Over the past 26 years his speaking style has been described as electric, inspiring, and heart-felt. Travis has committed the past 13 years to memorizing God’s Word, relating Scripture to unique analogies and life events which others have enjoyed hearing him recite at national conferences, national and state homeschool conventions, retreats, camps, churches, and colleges. His theme for every message centers on relationships, beginning with Jesus. Travis earned a Penn State University Aerospace Engineering B.S. degree with minors in Engineering Mechanics and Military Studies, a Webster University MBA, and a Liberty University MA in Theological Studies. He also served as a United States Air Force officer as well as the national sales manager for Sight & Sound Theatres, and he is a licensed pastor in the Evangelical Free Church of America. With God’s help, Travis has overcome unemployment three times, conquered a 16 year addiction, and taken care of his bride, Suzanne, after a horrible accident. Because Travis has known hard times, he is able to relate to many and point others to the One True Mediator, Jesus. He and his bride live in Hershey, PA where they homeschool their five school-age children: an oldest daughter and four sons. See AFaithfulDad.org for more information.
Workshop: Dad’s Breakfast