Presenters

When asked what she does, Angela Baker responded enthusiastically, “I do people!” She sees genius and beauty in every person and passionately believes that education should be about discovering and growing that genius. This life-long passion led... 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
Speaker Website(s): MacCloskey and Myers
Married performers Luke MacCloskey and Christina Myers met at an Improv Retreat near Woodstock, New York in 2003 and soon after began working together professionally.  Now married with two little boys, the only "date night" they usually get is when... 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): Justin Young
As an author, speaker, and entertainer with 25 years of professional experience in the entertainment, media, and creative arts industry, Justin has lent his voice as an announcer/actor to companies such as ESPN, Liberty Tax, Blue Cross/Blue Shield,... Read More
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
When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader — and for good reason! Her proven system based on four simple skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though... 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
VonLogan Brimhall grew up in Arizona, Chile, California, and Utah. He is the oldest of nine children, served in the Switzerland, Zurich Mission and graduated from BYU with a major in Spanish and a minor in German. He met and married his wonderful... 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
Speaker Website(s): Polar Star
Yvonne was born in North Carolina and has also lived in Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and Utah. She attended Brigham Young University, studying Child Development and Literature. After college, she met her husband Steve in a singles branch; they now... Read More
Mark and Bridgette reside in Georgetown, Kentucky, and both are graduates of Eastern Kentucky University, where he majored in business and she in psychology. Though they had no previous intentions, they began the homeschool journey with their two... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Thomas Blackwell
Thomas’s greatest accomplishment thus far is marrying the right person in the right place for time and all eternity. Thomas and Kimberly have four beautiful girls. His second greatest accomplishment is serving a full time LDS mission to Cali,... Read More
Kari is a mom of four fabulous kids. She graduated from BYU in education with an emphasis in teaching the gifted and talented. She loves working with the youth. She has taught and served with LDSHE for fourteen years and has served as the LDSHE... 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
Brooks was attending the LDSEHE Youth Conference in May 2011 when he had the opportunity to sing for Michael Ballam. This led to an apprenticeship in Dr. Ballam's professional opera company, followed by a music scholarship to Utah State... Read More
Susannah Conrad grew up in California and has lived in and traveled through many states before calling Virginia home. She is the wife to David and a mother to seven children from toddler to adult. Susannah was drawn to homeschooling in the early... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Juice Plus
Wendy has been married to her sweetheart, Rob, for twenty-three years and has four awesome children! She began homeschooling in 2002 when, after much prayer and courage, she decided her children's education and self-esteem would flourish in a... 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
Clarissa Foxley has been homeschooled all her life up until her last year of high school in 2011, when she graduated a year early. She is currently finishing her freshman year at the local community college, where she is working hard and loving it... 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
David Gallacher has been married to his wonderful wife, Heidi, for nearly ten years, and they have three lovely children – Joseph (7), Evangeline (5) and Mary (2). David was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah,... Read More
Quinn Georgia has been homeschooled his entire life. He has just finished his Freshman year at BYU and is preparing for a mission. After that, he says, “I am going to be an author and write epic fantasies, and on the side I will be an astronomical... Read More
Speaker Website(s): The Georgia Times Blog
Jennifer views homeschooling as her life's mission, and she's been loving it for twenty-three years now. She believes that raising righteous, intelligent, freedom-loving children - and helping others do the same - is a powerful way of contributing... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Williamsburg Academy
When I was 14 years old, I went through a dramatic change in my life. I realized it was up to me to get an education—no one else was going to do it for me. I say “dramatic” because I went from a student who was dragging his feet and learning... Read More
Theresa Handy and her husband David have been homeschooling their four children from the beginning and now have two homeschool graduates. They started the Oregon LDS Home Educators Association back in 1998 and organized homeschool conferences there... 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
From birth to adulthood, Abbey has always unschooled, having never attended any class except for driver’s education. Her interests and gifts evolved from being a nature girl to an animal enthusiast to a passionate fantasy novelist. Initially... Read More
John Oliver is a tech junkie at heart. He has been working with computers and video equipment since he could hold a camera. He has worked with several companies, including his own, to produce live and recorded productions, and has done everything... 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
Duane graduated from BYU in electrical engineering. After several years working in the aerospace industry he returned to graduate school and earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. After stints in academia and industry... 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 mother of five children and is married to her best friend and eternal companion, Clay. After fourteen years raising their family in beautiful Virginia and West Virginia, the family recently returned home to Utah. Joslyn loves the... Read More
Dean Roberson grew up on a farm in a small, rural town in Alabama (Roll Tide). He served his mission in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College of New York and a Masters of Business... Read More
JoAnne Roberson met her Prince Charming (a.k.a. Dean) at BYU and married in the Salt Lake Temple nearly 20 years ago. They have since been blessed with 3 princes and 4 princesses ages 2 to 18, who have been educated in the Roberson Castle from the... 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
Kelly is a homeschooling mother to five beautiful daughters, ages four to eighteen. She has homeschooled from the beginning and loves learning alongside her children while she tries to provide them with the kind of education she wishes she had had.... 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
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
Speaker Website(s): Personal blog, Twitter, Facebook
Daughter of a nuclear chemist and a computer programmer, Jacalyn rebelled to study journalism while still finding herself cursed with an intense love of all things mathematical. While performing strange equations in her head while driving might seem... Read More
Marvin is a 33 year veteran of the Chesterfield County, VA Police Department.  As a police officer he was a defensive tactics instructor.  As a seventh degree black belt he also taught martial arts for twenty years.  He has taught many classes on... 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
Kelly graduated with a BS in Psychology (92) and an MS in Family Studies (96) from Brigham Young University.  Since then, She's had her hand in a lot of different activities.  She's taught court-mandated parenting classes, taught in a 5-star... Read More
Like many, Kristen has come to appreciate how life doesn't turn out how you thought it would. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she dreamed of getting married in the Salt Lake temple. But while at BYU a young man from England swept her away... 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
Matthew Wood is the fourth of the ten Wood children, and was home schooled his whole life. He has been playing the piano since age 7 and has learned many other instruments along the way, including the guitar, percussion, harmonica, and even the... Read More
Andrew is the 5th child in his family of 10, putting him in the middle of a lot of fun and chaos. He has 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Andrew is a graduate of the LDSEHE Youth Conferences, having attended since 2005. Andrew returned from his mission to... Read More