Lou Priolo is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University. He is the author of several books, including The Heart of Anger, The Complete Husband, Teach Them Diligently, Getting a Grip, Picking up the Pieces and Pleasing People. In addition to his books, Lou has dozens of recordings extrapolated from his twenty seven years of lectures, teaching, and preaching. He is the editor of the Resources for Biblical Living series of booklets dealing with numerous counseling issues. Lou is a Fellow in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and an instructor with the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He travels frequently throughout the United States and abroad training pastors, laymen, and fellow counselors. Lou and his wife, Kim, are the parents of Sophia and Gabriella.
Heidi St. John has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1989. Together, they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you.
Jay Wile discovered his love for chemistry when his parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink-bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he was fascinated by chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). During his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry.
He became fascinated in particular with nuclear chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in that field at the University of Rochester. Dr. Wile's love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures and peer-reviewed journal articles on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has nine books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning Exploring Creation with ... series of junior-high and high-school science courses.
Dr. Wile and his wife of more than 25 years, Kathleen, homeschooled their daughter, Dawn, from the time they adopted her until she graduated high school. Dawn is a Butler University graduate and is currently a long-haul trucker with her husband, James.
Dr. Kimble is passionate about teaching college students the truth of God’s Word. His hope is that through his courses, students will seek to love God and others, rightly understand the grand narrative of Scripture, and apply theological truths to everyday life. Dr. Kimble is committed to teaching in the classroom, as well as mentoring students in smaller settings. He served in pastoral ministry for eight years and has also taught in various online and adjunctive roles. Dr. Kimble’s research interests include ecclesiology, soteriology, biblical theology, biblical ethics, and the theology of Jonathan Edwards.
Dr. Duke Pesta received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He has taught at major research institutions and small liberal arts colleges, on a wide variety of subjects at the graduate and undergraduate level, including courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, the Bible, Russian literature, Christian Apologetics, and C.S. Lewis. He has been active in educational reform, and was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas.
Dr. Pesta is an engaging and animated speaker, whose experiences as an educational reformer, university professor, high school teacher, and the administrator of an online home school curriculum uniquely qualify him to address the current state of education in our country. He speaks at home school conventions and educational conferences across the nation on topics including the necessity of homeschooling, the decline of morality and critical thinking in the public schools, and the myriad ways that colleges and universities indoctrinate students. He is currently in demand on the speaking circuit as one of America’s foremost authorities on the dangers of Common Core. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin.
Carol Kelsey, along with her husband, Darin, have been homeschooling their five children for nearly eighteen years. Their three oldest children have graduated from their homeschool and are now attending the colleges of their choice. The Kelseys earned their Bachelor degrees at Crown College in Christian Education and Missions, respectively. They are active in teaching and leading in their local church. Carol has served as a convention consultant and workshop speaker with My Father's World for a number of years. She offers refreshment and encouragement to the weary or worried homeschool parent as she shares insights and experiences from homeschooling both traditional and special needs learners
Marianne Sunderland www.mariannesunderland.com Marianne Sunderland has been married to her husband, Laurence, since 1991. She is a homeschooling mother of eight lively children ages 2 to 21, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record-setting around the world sailing campaigns. Marianne is passionate about encouraging families to discover and nurture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom. She also encourages women to joyfully love and serve their families. Her varied experiences homeschooling through difficult times and with kids who learn differently has taught her much about stepping outside the box in her own homeschool. Marianne’s blog, Abundant Life, provides weekly articles on faith, family and homeschooling that will bless and encourage you.
Mary Jo Tate www.florishathome.com Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, is blessed with four wonderful sons and has been educating them at home since 1997. She teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and work-at-home moms how to balance family life and home business and how to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality. Mary Jo hosts the “Flourish at Home” radio show for the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
An international editor and book coach for over 25 years, she specializes in helping entrepreneurs, speakers, and other experts author a book . . . whether or not they can write.
A lifelong bibliophile, Mary Jo loves to share her passion for reading and writing and has a heart to help, encourage, and inspire other homeschoolers.
Cheri Frame www.CreditsBeforeCollege.com Cheri Frame founded Credits Before College with a vision to help families understand how to take advantage of their affordable college options to avoid college debt. She and her husband homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school. Two have now graduated college debt-free, not from receiving financial aid or scholarships, but from utilizing opportunities available to all students regardless of need-based and merit-based awards. For 15 years Cheri has provided resources to the homeschool community through academic testing, personal consulting, and public presentations. Her printed resources include an information-packed website, an in-depth high school-to-college planning guide, and two curriculum guides. She speaks to homeschool co-ops, in classrooms, and at state conventions, where her focus is on helping students and their parents develop a comprehensive high school plan that includes CLEP and DSST testing, dual enrollment options, and college and career-readiness strategies.
Renee Miller http://www.millerpadsandpaper.com Renee Miller and her late husband, Randy Miller were married 34 years when the Lord took him home. They began their family business, Miller Pads and Paper over 27 years ago with the purpose of serving families and Christians through the manufacturing and sale of their paper products and over 6,000 art and educational products. During those 27 years, Renee has enjoyed speaking with families at the 30 plus conventions she attends yearly; encouraging them “to run the race well and to press on." Renee is mother to four grown children and their spouses. She is grandma to six (and growing) grandchildren. She enjoys family gatherings and being involved in their lives, cheering them on in whatever God has been doing. As her family and business grew so did her love for the Lord. In His faithfulness, God has gently and through many trials and opportunities all for the sake of glorifying and honoring him. After the Lord took Randy home, He asked Renee to share her many life experiences as a wife, mom, grandma, and business owner. Her prayer is that the Lord will bless you as she shares her life’s journey and the Lord’s faithfulness in all things.
Dr. Jan Bedell
Dr. Jan Bedell www.littlegiantsteps.com Dr. Jan Bedell, aka Brain Coach™, has been a master neurodevelopmentalist for over two decades. She is the founder and president of Little Giant Steps a group of Christian neuro-educational specialists. Jan is also the Chairman of the Board for Steps of Hope, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping children, teens and adults reach their fullest God-given potential whether they are gifted, typical or challenged. Over the years Jan has developed an abundance of curriculum and training programs for parents and professionals. This experience has recently certified Jan to achieve her PhD in education. Her experience as an educator in the public, private and home school realm has allowed her to bring forth her true passion – helping parents better the lives of their children by enhancing their brains. Her approach to learning has been life-changing for those who have applied these brain building principals. Jan’s continuing goal in life is to help make learning and life easier for millions of individuals.
Nancy Bjorkman http://legacyhomeschool.com/ Nancy began as the ultimate homeschool skeptic, but now, after 20+ years teaching her own 4 children she has become the resource and information lady for many and a champion of the cause. She is a certified teacher and has spoken at homeschool conferences in 10 states. Known for her enthusiasm, energy, and encouragement, she loves practical topics such as meal management, avoiding burnout, home schooling through high school, and using games to make learning meaningful. Though she stays busy as a support group leader and now bookstore owner, her favorite times are spent talking and laughing with her family at the dinner table. Having graduated all four of her children, Nancy has found it exciting to have graduated herself from being mentored to being a mentor for other homeschool families. She and her husband own a homeschool store in Elk River, Minnesota, where they delight in ministering to the unique needs of homeschool families year round.
Scott Woodruff www.hslda.org Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys. He has represented HSLDA members in court, and appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country. Scott currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas. He also has extensive previous experience dealing with members' legal issues in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.
Deanne Crawford http://www.rainbowresource.com Deanne Crawford’s journey into homeschooling began in 1997 after removing her oldest child from the neighborhood K-8 school. At that time, Deanne and her husband Manuel made the decision to bring Deanne home from her nursing career, in order to focus on the education of their children. Their oldest child, Amanda, graduated from their homeschool in 2009, and is a registered nurse. Graduating from their homeschool in 2013, her son, Jackson is attending community college while he considers his future goals. Blessed with children on both sides of the learning spectrum, she quickly learned to tailor her homeschool to best meet their individual needs. As a family, they served on their local homeschool board and convention committee, as speaker and facility coordinators, including a wide range of age appropriate volunteer positions for their children. She sincerely believes homeschooling has been the greatest blessing to their family, and although was not the easiest thing she has ever done, it has definitely been her greatest accomplishment. Joining Rainbow Resource in 2011, Deanne is thankful to be able to be immersed in her passion of helping homeschool families through phone and convention consulting, workshop presentations and writing for Homeschooling Today magazine.
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