Southern Utah Homeschool Convention Speakers
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Author of The Mystery of History, is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a genuine “people-person”, and a fan of comfortable high-heels. Through homeschooling her children, and service as a missionary, she discovered a deep love for world history and a clear call to write for her children, grandchildren, and generations to come that they might know “the mystery of God.” (Col 2:3)
In its 21st year of worldwide circulation, The Mystery of History has been well received by all ages and won numerous awards. While fact-filled and historically accurate, Linda’s writing style remains warm, personable, and thought provoking. A native-born Texan, Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. She presently resides in Tennessee where she continues to research, write, teach online classes, and obsess over matters big and small.
Keynote morning session- The High Calling of Home Education
Keynote afternoon session- “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of a Real Homeschool Family
Workshops: To Grade or Not to Grade: A Practical Workshop on Grades in Homeschool and The Threat of Socialism
Dr. Carol Brown has experience as a home educator, classical school administrator and teacher, cognitive-developmental therapist, social worker, reading and learning specialist, HSLDA special needs consultant, and mother. Carol has completed her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and is a contributing author in the books, Neuroscience and Christian Formation, Human Development: Equipping Minds with Cognitive Development, Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum, and School Violence and Primary Prevention (2021 in press). Carol and Kyle have been married for 32 years and are the parents of three adult children.
Workshops- Equipping Minds Through Games with a Brain Fitness Program for K-12, Equipping Minds to Reach Their Full Potential Through Increasing Working Memory, The Role of Imagery and Memory in Learning
Vicki Bentley- As an educational consultant for HSLDA, Vicki offers individualized support and encouragement to homeschooling parents of preschoolers and middle schoolers. She is a homeschool group expert, leads a local support group and spearheads HSLDA’s Group Services program. Vicki’s published works include My Homeschool Planner, The Everyday Family Chore System, and Home Education 101: A Mentor’s Manual. Vicki and her husband homeschooled their eight children and have served as foster parents to over 50 children.
Workshops- Exploring Curriculum Options, Multi-level Teaching, Getting Started (all three are virtual workshops)
Jean Burk is the author of the award-winning College Prep Genius program and has had numerous articles published about the SAT and PSAT tests, high school prep, college prep, and how to get free college. She is a Fox News contributor and has been featured as an SAT expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, TXA21, CW33, WE, Forbes, Choice Media TV, UShop TV, the Jeff Crilley Show and The Homeschool Channel. She homeschooled both her children and they each earned free college and incredible scholarships because of their PSAT and SAT scores. Some of the benefits included full tuition, room and board, unlimited laundry and lunchroom passes, study abroad stipends, etc. Her son also earned free law school and her daughter earned free grad school.
Workshops- Free College at Your Fingertips, Build an Amazing Homeschool Transcript, How to Ace the SAT/ACT (all three are virtual workshops)
Michelle Osborn is the CEO and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, and creator of Successfully Homeschooling digital products, specializes in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 30 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and four grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams
Workshop- Finding Your Teen’s Passion and Developing a Love For Learning
Aimee McKee is a homeschool graduate, wife, mom of two, and a Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach and NASM CPT. After overcoming years of daily chronic pain through whole food nutrition, Aimee found her passion in helping others overcome their health struggles as well! You can connect with her @Wholefoodhealthandfitness
Workshop- Picky Little Eaters
Ron Hobar, a homeschool father, is a former High School Baseball Coach, Baseball Skills Instructor, and Sports Minister (Athletes in Action & FCA). He has15 years experience as a Dad/Coach. To list just a few more of his many accomplishments … Played 4 years of collegiate baseball at Cedarville University; Competed and instructed baseball in 26 countries; Directed the 2000 Sydney Olympics Multi-Sport Camps Outreach Project; Directed two Athletes in Action MLB Fantasy Camps (1993, 1994); 25+ years of coaching and instructional experience with recreational, semi-competitive and highly competitive baseball teams (tee ball to college-age athletes); Owned & operated FCA/Intersect Sports Indoor Baseball Training Facilities (2004-2015); and was a youth, high school, college & international baseball umpire (1976-1992). Presently, Ron is the CFO, Business Manager and Audio/Visual Producer for The Mystery of History. He and his wife, Linda Lacour Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, seek to minister to homeschool families with biblical worldview world history curriculum.
Workshop- Christian Sports-Parenting & Coaching
Dr. Thomas Edwards came to Utah in 1977 to ski and to attend the U of U. He graduated magna Cum laude with a BS in Economics and went on to attend medical school in Oklahoma, serve a residency in Utah and cardiology fellowship in Arizona. He practiced primarily with Utah's largest cardiology group, the Heart Center, and mostly at St. Marks Hospital. He and Cynthia have raised 3 children that have all been successfully launched. Elyssa graduated with high honors from Patrick Henry College in the DC area and subsequently obtained an MBA from Cedarville University in Ohio. She is now married to Kevin Fuchikami, living in the Dallas area, and is pregnant with her first. Jeremiah and Arianna graduated from Cedarville University. Jeremiah works as a mechanical engineer with a space force contractor in Albuquerque. Arianna earned her RN, is married to Caleb Jackson and is busy raising their first child in Salt lake. All of Tom and Cynthia's children were homeschooled up until they went to college. Tom and Cynthia served the Utah Christian Homeschool Association for over 10 years. Tom was president of UTCH.
Workshops- Why Homeschool, Dad?, The 3 Ps of Homeschool Dadship, If It’s Broke, Fix It
Russ Barlow & his wife of 34 years, Heidi founded TruthSeekers Academy to provide biblical-based support courses for homeschoolers, based on the Universal Model science project. The Universal Model is a massive, 25-year project, of which Russ is the chief editor. Russ & Heidi have homeschooled their 15 children, including 1 deaf child and 2 autistic daughters, for 25 years. Heidi’s deep-dive into brain injury (autism is essentially a brain injury) treatment has provided a wealth of opportunities to learn how to teach special needs children. Both have served as president of the local chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell foundation. Russ also guides tours into nature to show the science behind the Universal (Noah’s) Flood and the truth about God’s Creation. They recently celebrated the arrival of their 8th grandchild, and are still teaching, with two teenagers and two younger still to go!
Workshops- Universal Model and the science behind Noah's Flood, Life & The Human Body
Rachel DeMille is wife to Oliver, mother of 8 and counting, co-creator of Leadership Education ("TJEd"), and on a mission to heal families, inspire others to detect, refine and unleash their genius and anxiously awaiting more grandbabies. Currently building a mini-farm, wondering if it's going to push her over the edge.
Workshop-The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Homeschoolers
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