Presenters

Presenters

Founder of Libraries of Hope, Presenter at TJEd Forum
Speaker Website(s): Libraries of Hope
Marlene Peterson is thoroughly enjoying being a grandma after having raised eight daughters and one son with her husband, Brent. Marlene is the founder and president of Libraries of Hope, which is bringing many of the forgotten old treasures of... Read More
"Parent coach" at Williamsburg Academy, Popular speaker
Angela Baker's passion is human genius and creating an environment where the genius of her children and those she mentors is discovered and developed. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her seven children and... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Great Hall Productions
Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for over 30 years and is the recipient of 100+ national awards. Jim’s company, Greathall Productions, is now over 24 years old. Greathall Productions has thus far produced 46+ storytelling recordings with enticing... Read More
Nicholeen Peck is the mother of four and previous foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens. The Peck family's success with these difficult children was based upon calmness, the principles of self-government, and good communication. She has... Read More
Melissa and her husband Shawn are the happy parents of five children. They began homeschooling many years ago when their oldest two were in the first and second grades. Melissa never dreamed of homeschooling and thought it was the craziest thing she... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Liahona Distance Education
Brent DeGraff loves to teach providential history to teenagers, write history textbooks, and speak to parents about teaching history. He is co-founder of Liahona Preparatory Academy in Utah. LPA's Distance Education is the largest LDS-based... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Instructional Media Innovations
LeeAnn Earl grew up with her five brothers and sisters all following their parents around the world, and is now blessed to be the mother of 11 children herself. She served a mission for the church in Italy, earned her bachelor's degree in... Read More
Dana Wood and her husband Spencer have been homeschooling since 1985, back when homeschooling wasn't cool. Dana read John Holt's book Teach Your Own when she was first married and decided homeschooling was what she was going to do with her children... Read More
Author, Educator, Homeschool Mom
Speaker Website(s): Susan Wise Bauer
Susan Wise Bauer was educated at home by pioneering parents back when home education was still unheard of.  She is the author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, and co-author, with her mother Jessie Wise, of... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Firmness of Mind Mom Blog
Karolyn and her husband Tony have been married for over two decades and have been homeschooling since the birth of their first daughter in 1991. They now have ten children, five daughters and five sons, and live on ten acres in beautiful North... Read More
As a wife, a mother of seven, homeschooler for over a decade, head of the successful VA LDS homeschooling community, and student of theatre and dance, Susannah brings a wealth of knowledge into her homeschool. From small basement productions to... Read More
Jessica Diviney, mother of six, grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia, attended BYU for a bit, married, graduated from Southern Virginia College, and settled in Roanoke, Virginia several years ago, where she began her home education experiment (going... Read More
Misty Foxley had never thought about homeschooling her young son, but her husband Derek investigated the subject and became convinced that they could offer their children both a better education and a more desirable family lifestyle at home. At... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Southern Virginia University
Cimone Furler graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2010, and loved her time there.  During her senior year a screenplay that she wrote won a script competition and was made into a film shown at the 9th Annual LDS Film Festival.
Cindy Gaddis is a 20-year homeschooling veteran and mother of seven right-brained children, ages 12-26, and married to her high school sweetheart, Weston. Her family lives in a log house on 15 acres in beautiful central North Carolina. A popular... Read More
Speaker Website(s): The Georgia Times Blog
Jennifer views homeschooling as her life mission, and she's been loving it for nineteen years now. She believes that raising righteous, intelligent, freedom-loving youth - and helping others do the same - is a powerful way of contributing to... Read More
Adam Hailstone has been a mentor at George Wythe University and Williamsburg Academy. A gifted speaker, Adam has lectured across the United States and Canada on topics from the liberal arts to global politics. He is currently a master’s candidate at... Read More
Steve & Kristine Hales home-schooled nine children. Grandparents of thirty-five, they love children and are readily trusted by young parents. Their teachings of the natural healing properties of essential oils (natures medicine cabinet) helps to... Read More
Science mentor at FAITH Academy
Kari and her husband Earl are the grateful parents of seven children and doting grandparents of one. They call North Carolina home but love traveling all over the United States visiting family and spending time together. Kari graduated with honors... Read More
Speaker Website(s): LaFroth Family Blog
Marsha LaFroth trepidatiously decided to give homeschooling a one-year trial, but she worried she wouldn't be able to make it through one year! She was surprised to discover how enjoyable it was. She has now been homeschooling for six years... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Small x Simple = Awesome
Jennie Loomis is wife to the super-foxy Chris and is the mother of four children. One sweet daughter is in heaven, working overtime as the family angel. The other kids are keepin’ it real and interesting at ages 11, 6, and 5. Despite her total... Read More
Erik's creative career led the Ortons to New York City where they have been raising their children (4, 6, 10,12, 14) for over a dozen years.  Erik is an award winning playwright, lyricist and composer of such shows as Berlin, State of the Union,... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Education Validation
Emily Orton is raising five children in the cultural Mecca of New York City where her favorite art is created and shared at home. She is five years into her homeschooling adventure. For as many days as she wants to send them all to public school,... Read More
Rosanne Patterson graduated Magna Cum Laude in Political Science from Arizona State University, and considers her three years of college Latin to be the most valuable part of her university experience. She is the mother of six children and has been... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Teaching Self Government
Spencer Peck is husband to his beautiful wife Nicholeen, homeschooling father to four wonderful children, and previous foster parent of many. A plumber by trade, Spencer is a dedicated father and husband who believes that working together, as... Read More
Army Ranger, Green Beret, Army Neurosurgeon in Baghdad during the Iraq War, Seminary Teacher
Dr. Jeffrey Poffenbarger is a practicing neurosurgeon in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A convert to the church, he served a mission in Japan before studying pre-med at BYU and attending Georgetown University medical school. He then did a neurosurgery... Read More
Joslyn is the homeschool mother of four children, and is married to her best friend and eternal companion, Clay. They are raising their family in beautiful West Virginia. Joslyn loves the adventure of discovery and has dabbled in many new... Read More
Author/Presenter of “Finding & Fulfilling Your Life Mission"
Kelly Ensign Rogers was raised mostly in the western United States, received undergraduate degrees in Travel and Tourism, Geography and International Relations from Brigham Young University and a graduate degree in Education from George Wythe... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Smith Family Therapy
JeaNette Smith grew up in Salt Lake City but always wanted to live in Florida.  Luckily after living in Oklahoma and Connecticut, her husband took a job in Jacksonville where they have lived for the past 24 years and where they raised their four... Read More
Lisa has lived in Virginia since 1992. She attended college at BYU, where she received degrees in French, Spanish, and secondary education. She also attended school in Quebec, Canada, and Tours, France. Among her many jobs she taught high school in... Read More
Author, Accredited Genealogist, Homeschool Father
Speaker Website(s): Genealogy Research Network
Michael L. Strauss is an Accredited Genealogist for the Eastern States Region with the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Virginia, and has been an avid... Read More
Kristen was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and met her husband while she attended BYU. She completed her education there with a degree in marriage, family and human development. Her husband's career moved their family to northern Virginia... Read More
Brooke attended eleven different schools around the world before graduating high school in Yokohama, Japan. She graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education and received a MEd with a specialization in literacy from Lesley University. She... Read More
Denise lives in South Carolina with her husband Craig and their 12 children. She started homeschooling when her oldest daughter was 12 and having trouble with the social aspects of public school. She pulled all her kids out in the middle of a school... Read More