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Speakers from our 2023 Homeschool Conference
ADAM ANDREWSwith CenterForLit – Keynote Speaker 2023
Adam Andrews is the director of the Center for Literary Education and a home-schooling father of six. Since 2003, he has traveled throughout the United States and Canada presenting an innovative method for teaching the crucial skills of literary analysis. Adam’s dynamic presentations enable students to enjoy great literature as never before, while his fresh insights inspire parents and teachers with new vision for their task as educators.
Adam earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College in southern Michigan and his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a founding board member of Westover Academy in Colville, Washington. He and his wife Missy, a Hillsdale graduate and accomplished educator in her own right, taught all their children at home in Rice, Washington.
Workshops: Teaching the Classics from Seuss to Socrates: Literary Analysis for Everyone Does the subject of literature seem like a mystery? Are you a loss about how to understand it yourself, much less teach it to your kids? This inspiring lecture demonstrates that everything you need to know about understanding and teaching literature is present in your second grader’s bedtime story. Adam reads a classics children’s story out loud and then leads the audience into a discussion of eternal literary themes. Along the way, he shows how you can do the same at home by following five simple steps. Your literature curriculum – to say nothing of family story time – will come alive automatically. You’ll never put the kids to bed the same way again!
Homeschooling’s Highest Goal: Lessons from the Story of Job Education is not an object we can possess; it’s a state of the heart, mind and soul. All great leaders share certain attributes in these areas, and Job was one of the greatest! Adam’s unique perspective on Job’s career inspires parents to prepare their own students for leadership. The lecture sends them away with renewed vision for the liberal arts and practical suggestions for applying this vision in the classroom.
Raising a Worldview Detective: Three Steps to Thinking Critically About Books, Movies and More How do you teach your students to apply a “Christian Worldview” to the books they read, the movies they watch and the culture they live in? The answer to this important question may surprise you, for well-meaning Christians often misunderstand the basic principles of worldview analysis. This misunderstanding often prevents Christian students from thinking clearly about contemporary culture. In this enthusiastic and engaging discussion of a literary classic, Adam Andrews helps you avoid a serious (though common) teaching mistake and presents three steps for understanding a story-teller on his own terms. This presentation will empower you to uncover, identify and evaluate an artist’s worldview for yourself – and to teach your students to do the same.
MISSY ANDREWS is co-director of the Center for Literary Education and a retired homeschooling mother of six. Her books include Teaching the Classics: A Socratic Method for Literary Education, Wild Bells: A Literary Advent, and My Divine Comedy: A Mother’s Homeschooling Journey. Missy earned her BA in English from Hillsdale College and her MA in imaginative literature from Harrison Middleton University. She and her husband Adam live on a mountaintop in Northeast Washington, where she collects children’s books and reads and reads and reads.
Teaching Your Children to Find Themselves in God’s Story A “how to” talk that presents a pedagogical approach to teaching children the greatest book, with an eye to helping them discover their true, gospel identity.
Hercules Overwhelmed: The Quest for Success and Enoughness Homeschool parents face unique challenges in their pursuit of success; the solutions, however, are often universal. Missy shares her own experience in learning what “enoughness” means.
Homeschool grad JACKSON E. GRAHAM has been fascinated with books since early childhood. At age six, he wrote and illustrated his first story. Since then, he has entered several writing contests, winning awards and receiving positive reviews. During high school, writing was his sport. He successfully completed Camp NaNoWriMo four years in a row, in which the epic fantasy series Sword and Scion was birthed.
Jackson spends much of his free time exploring nature, writing, and trying to stay on top of his ever-growing stack of reading material. Authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and John Flanagan stand among those who spark his imagination in addition to his love for history, and he believes God has inspired the messages in his writing. Raised in Walla Walla, Washington, Jackson E. Graham currently lives with his family in North Idaho, not far from the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. https://jacksonegraham.wixsite.com/jackson-e-graham FB - https://www.facebook.com/JacksonEGraham IG - jackson_e_graham
Who Loves A Good Story? (12+ Teens) Come join author Jackson E. Graham as he shares about an important cultural aspect that spans time and place, and the secret code authors build into stories. He will share from his own experience, read portions of his book series, spark creativity with fun activities and engage with attendees in a Q & A time. 1 workshop offered both days. Limited to 25 students per session. Handouts provided.
D.A. (Doreen) GRAHAM is a North Idaho artist and poet whose bright, expressive art celebrates the little details that make life vibrant. Her hope is to get people to stop and appreciate the amazing details in life so easily lost in our busy world. To that end, her work often features unique focal points. She especially finds inspiration in flowers and lush landscapes, but also in the beautiful lines and design of vintage automobiles/hot rods, and the tenacity of rustic barns. But always COLOR!
Doreen spends a great deal of time intensely studying her subjects in order to faithfully represent them in painted form, while still imparting her own artistic style, and looking for new ways to express the joy she takes in creating works of art. Additionally, Doreen expresses her creativity through poetry, with one collection published (Snapshots From a Real, Simple Life, 2020) and another in progress.
WORKSHOP: Explore Painting with Acrylics! (12+ Teens) Join artist and former homeschool educator Doreen Graham as she shares her love of painting and art using an affordable and forgiving medium. She will help students learn to “look” at subjects like an artist, about how the brain can trick us when “seeing”, basic color theory, mixing, and composition. She will share about developing art muscles with the goal of inspiring students to pursue artistic interests. Students will enjoy working on a small painting during class that they can take home and can engage in Q & A during the session. 1 workshop with 2 session time options. Limited to 25 students per session. Handouts provided.
CAMERON MCDANIEL was born and raised in Spokane, WA, and Valley Assembly has been his home church since 2000.
After finishing his undergrad degree from EWU, he moved to downtown LA and worked with the Dream Center. After serving there two years, he moved back to Spokane in 2016 and served full time at Valley Assembly to further the vision to Love First. He was hired on staff in 2017 to lead their outreach ministries, youth ministry and young adult ministry.
He recently received his master’s degree from Northwest University in leadership studies. He is happily married to the love of his life Faustine, and they were blessed with their son, Jesse Ray McDaniel, in May of 2022. Cameron recently launched the YA Collective in the Spokane/CDA area. It is a movement of young adults throughout Spokane proclaiming ONE God, making Jesus known, and empowering the local church. You can learn more and get involved at yacollective.com
Workshop: Young Adults Today(12+Teens & Parents) Young Adulthood is a crucial time in every person’s life. How can the church equip and prepare Young Adults today to not only feel confident in their education, career path, future relationships, but ultimately in their relationship with God?
DAWN MOEN is a wife, mother of three, and homemaker who has homeschooled her children from pre- k thru high school, assisted them with the transition into college and the workplace. With her 18 years of experience, she speaks life, encouragement, and fills others with strength of purpose as she shares God’s word, funny stories, and experiences along the way. She believes we can teach our children, learn along the way, and together change our world for Jesus. She delights in being outside, knitting, crocheting, shopping for office/school supplies and reading a good book. Dawn attended Northwest University to study Music and Early Childhood Education as well as Rhema Correspondence Bible School earning her Diploma in Biblical Studies and Theology and is a Qualified Homeschool Teacher. She was also privileged to work with the Board of Education to represent homeschool families and bridge the gap between them and the public education system.
Workshops: On Mission with Christ “Am I doing the right thing?’ “Am I ruining my kids?’ “How can I teach them when I’m still learning?” “Will they be able to stand in this crazy world?” “Ahh, I cannot do this on my own!” The encouragement and testimony of a homeschool parent, who learned to live “On Mission with Christ.” You have one of the most important jobs in the world, raising up the next generation of believers. Homeschooling isn’t easy but worth it.
Train ‘em Up: Teaching Your Kids to Go How your part as teacher and parent has a lasting effect on your children. Teaching and training, in your home, sets a precedent for the way they enter the world. Let your home be the training ground for the battles that lay ahead and raise up children who can face anything with wisdom and confidence. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)
JEN GARRISON STUBER Jen Garrison Stuber serves as the Advocacy Chair for the Washington Homeschool Organization, where she fields parent questions, runs the WHO Facebook page, and advocates for homeschoolers with the legislature, school districts, athletic associations, the courts, and your mom (who doesn't think you're doing such a hot job at this homeschooling thing).
WORKSHOPS: Intro to Homeschooling: Join Jen Garrison Stuber, the Advocacy Chair for the Washington Homeschool Organization for a quick-paced introduction to homeschooling, as well as WA and ID homeschool law. Encouraging, entertaining, and empowering for new homeschool parents!
High School Transcripts: What is a transcript? Why is it necessary? How do I create one? How do I determine GPA? Join Jennifer for answers to these questions and more, untangling the mysteries of transcripting your high schooler’s work.
At KidOne Camps our number one focus is on children. Our mission is to invest in the lives of the children of Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area. We are a Christian organization, and it is our passion to tell young children about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the message of salvation. We are here to reach out to children with the gospel (Mark 16:15), help them grow in relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18) and give them answers about the world from the Bible (1 Pet. 3:15). This is our one focus and first priority, hence the name KidOne. It is our purpose to provide families with a fun environment where children can grow. This is our calling. To read more visit https://www.kidonecamps.com/our-mission
ALLISON FITZGIBBON Allison is the mother of two wonderful children and has been homeschooling for 8 years. Prior to homeschooling she graduated from Roanoke College, VA with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Allison taught in public schools in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. Being a military spouse, she moves every two years and realized homeschooling would provide a more stable education for her children.
Allison currently has one Right Start graduate and one in her final year of Right Start. She is also teaching classes for the online Level G and Level H classes. When she isn’t working for Rightstart she enjoys volunteering in her community where she is a Scout leader for military youth. She also enjoys board games, hiking, running the Grand Canyon, all national parks and Disney.
Workshops: Math – Does It Matter How You Teach? Many people dislike math because of the way they were taught. The traditional approach of teaching mathematics does not work for most children. We now have new information on how to foster learning. Children must truly understand in order to remember, especially those with learning challenges. We know that a deep understanding of concepts removes anxiety, lessens the burden of memorizing, and makes math more enjoyable. In this workshop, you will explore some teaching strategies and techniques to help children learn, reduce math anxiety, and show them the beauty and joy in math.
Addition, Multiplication, and Fractions, Oh My! Are you frustrated because your child can’t seem to remember the multiples of 7? Are you tired of flashcards? Does your child cry when you give another timed test? Use games to teach and review math facts. This workshop will show you enjoyable and effective math card games. Imagine your child asking you to practice their math facts! Come and discover addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fraction games to help your child enjoy learning their math facts!
VICKI V. LUCAS Vicki V. Lucas grew up surrounded by books. While her parents fostered a love of reading through homeschooling, she grew into a bookworm. After receiving her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, she taught English for over 15 years in colleges and universities. She now homeschools her three girls while passing on the love of books and reading to them. In her free time, she writes books to glorify God and hold attention of reluctant readers. Some call these Christian fantasy books or supernatural thrillers. She calls them some of her greatest adventures.
WORKSHOP - From Bored to Bookworm: Motivating Your Reluctant Readers to Just One More Page. Did you know the word reluctant comes from the Latin verb reluctari which means struggling against? What if reluctant readers just need the right tools and motivation to win their battle and grow into lifelong readers? In this workshop, gather tools and strategies to share with your readers to encourage them to become avid readers and hear them say “Just one more page!”
VIRGINIA ANN WORK Virginia Work is a pastor's wife and former missionary who has served the Lord in ministry with her husband for over fifty years in children's work, youth work, VBS ministries, camp work, chalk art ministry, Bible study teacher, and writing. She has written and published 14 novels that include medieval historical fiction, mystery and detective novels, and youth mysteries. These books provide clean Christian reading for the whole family and are an excellent witnessing tool because each book contains the Gospel message. Because the ladies in her Bible study groups requested that she get the Bible studies she wrote into publication, she has published two Bible studies, one on the book of Revelation, The End of the Beginning, and the other on I John, Walking in the Light. Her husband, Dan, currently serves as interim pastor at the Evangelical Free Church in Soap Lake, Washington.
WORKSHOP: How to Instill a LOVE for the Bible in the Hearts of Your Children We live in a generation and culture that puts a low priority on the Bible. Yet the Word of God is living, powerful, able to convict of sin, and is vital to spiritual birth, life, and growth. (Heb. 4:12) How can we instill a love for the Word of God in the hearts of our children so they will never forget it? What are some ways to teach them to love God’s Word, a passion that will stay with them throughout their entire lives? Taught by a mother and grandmother who has taught the Word of God for more than fifty years to children, teens, and adults, this workshop will give you tools and techniques to reach the goal of igniting a fire of love for God’s Word in the hearts of your children.
BEVERLY POGUE comes with 25+ years of Human Resource Experience and has held the following positions: HR Director, Regional Director of Staffing Agencies, Career Broker, and Professional Development Coordinator.
For the past 13 years she has worked for the Employment Security Department for the state of Washington. She has been a corporate trainer and written curriculum for church Employment Ministries and training departments and assisted hundreds of people in finding careers. She loves the Lord and believes that He will have an intricate part in assisting a person in finding their career or calling. She is a firm believer that God has a plan and when we follow his plan and walk in His ways, we will find real joy and contentment! In fact, Bev’s motto is “If you love your job, you will never work another day in your life!” God is Faithful!
WORKSHOP: Planning Your Future with God’s Help & Following His Plan. (12+Teens) Keys to planning a career and with the master’s help finding your dream job. Job search secrets and methods that work! A motto to remember: If you Love your job, you will never work another day in your life.
KAREN BROWN is a homeschooling mama of 13 years. Her sons, ages 13 and 16, are currently part of Challenge A and Challenge III with Classical Conversations (CC). She has tutored and directed with CC for 10 years with classes ranging from elementary school to high school. Her love of Classical, Christian education increases with each passing year as she continues to grow in Christ and learn more about Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric. Originally from Oregon, she spent the last 20 years as an Air Force spouse, traveling around the country with her husband and kids. Homeschooling fit great with their military life! Now retired from active duty, they have settled in Spokane and are excited to grow roots in the beautiful Inland Northwest. In her free time, Karen loves to bake, crochet, sip on something hot, and go on walks.
Workshop: 5 Core Habits to Help Your Child Learn Anything Come and hear about how you can help your child acquire the essential habits to learn anything. This talk will model these "core habits," allowing you to experience them yourself!
KAYLA SOUDER is a happily married wife, and a mother to five wonderful kids. She started her homeschool journey when her now 14-year-old son began struggling with public schooling in 3rd grade. She has homeschooled on and off since then, with a permanent shift taking place during Covid lockdowns. She is an animal lover, crafty party planner, and lover of knowledge through and through. Her greatest joy comes from helping people see the best in their kids, even during the most trying of times.
Workshop: Pulling on the Leash: Navigating Parenting With "Chronic Boundary Testers" An experienced mom of five shares her personal journey of raising a child with extreme Oppositional Defiance Disorder, while sharing simple tips on how to homeschool (and parent) children of all ages with compliance issues. This class will focus on the reason behind oppositional behaviors (running away from you, screaming, hitting, throwing things, temper tantrums, etc), and offer practical strategies that will change the way you see every behavior going forward. If you find yourself repeating instructions or "negotiating" with your children...this class is for you!
KODY HANNER – Homestead Education
Kody is a wife of a veteran, mother of 6, homesteader, and homeschooler, that has devoted her life to agriculture and embracing rural living. She created and authored the Homestead Education series of homeschool curricula, including homestead science. She is the host of The Homestead Education Podcast, which is rapidly growing in popularity where she chats candidly about homesteading, homeschooling, and personal growth.
Workshop: Raising Self-Sufficient Children We want our children to be responsible, be motivated toward their goals, and be someone that we as parents and themselves can rely only on. The key is to build confidence and ownership from a young age, but how do we motivate kids that have already fallen into the habit of completely relying on someone else for everything?
Homestead Science With so many people embracing a self-sufficient lifestyle, we are looking for ways to include our children. Join Kody Hanner in an informative and inspiring talk on how to teach your kids to homestead for lifelong self-sufficiency. Don’t miss out on ways to approach every hands-on learning opportunity through the scientific method using advanced problem-solving skills
JOSH HELT – Workshop Speaker 2023
Josh Helt is an 18-year-old high school senior that was homeschooled for 11 years before becoming a Running Start student. He has always been interested in creation science and loves teaching about the truth of God’s Word and how it relates to the world around us. He has a passion for teaching this truth in ways people can understand and apply to their conversations with others. He has a special love for geology and astronomy and has studied these topics extensively. He has taken many geology classes at Eastern Washington University and intends to someday pursue paleontology. He also intends to study pastoral ministry in the coming years as well.
Astronomy: How the Heavens Show Us Our Creator Here we will discuss what the purpose of the creation of the heavens is and how that can affect how we observe them. We will discuss how we get the distances for the universe and how big the scale of the universe actually is. Finally, we will discuss issues we don’t know about the universe such as dark matter and distant starlight. Then we will try to imagine how big our Creator truly is.
The Fossil Record: What We Actually See We often hear different things about the fossil record that are ingrained in things we learn in school and elsewhere. But what if the actual evidence in the fossil record could be interpreted differently than thought? What if the layers and fossils found point to something else other than evolution? What if the dates we receive from the fossil record don’t show the true history of our planet? We will look at these issues and look at what the fossil record is and a proper understanding of it.
CFHE is trying to serve the broad needs of the faith-based homeschooling community in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area. Participation in our events is not necessarily an endorsement of different organizations or individuals.