Read some of the Speaker Spotlight interviews on our blog.

Celeste Bailey, Ph.D. and Lucy Eskeland, Ph.D. are scientists, authors, and founders of Science2Discover, Inc., a publishing company of science books for children. Celeste is a member of The American Association of Immunologists and American Scientific Affiliation and teaches forensic science as a core Adjunct Professor at National University. Lucy is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Both scientists have presented successful workshops to teachers at science and home school conventions and schools. They are also reviewers of articles and books in prestigious science journals. Celeste and Lucy will be teaching on Cool Activities with Gene.


Leah is the homeschooling mom of 2 kids. On top of homeschooling, she is grateful to work with her friend Staley at CurrClick.com.

CurrClick was conceived of by these 2 homeschooling moms who brought their young kids to downtown Peoria, IL on a beautiful summer afternoon during a school day. It was simply much too nice a day to stay inside and focus on school work! It was quickly determined that both Moms were homeschooling their children and a special friendship developed. Since then, their children and themselves have maintained close and lasting friendships. They have helped each other maintain a healthy balance between work and homeschooling, a balance that isn't always easy to maintain. CurrClick.com has been a tremendously rewarding endeavor for both Moms. It is especially rewarding to know that CurrClick.com has made homeschooling easier and more affordable for tens of thousands of parents all around the world.

Leah will be speaking about "balance" in this journey called homeschooling!

Sarita Holzmann, president of Sonlight Curriculum, makes it her mission to help families love to learn—together… and to impact the world. She’s served as a missionary, homeschooled her four children for 12 years, and developed literature-rich curriculum for Sonlight for 18 years and counting. A fan (addict?) of that “new book smell,” she reads and reviews about 12 books every week to find the best in children’s books. She’s passionate about great literature and the door it opens to help families love to learn.

She speaks, writes, and uses her resources to spread the Gospel to unreached peoples of the world. One of her highest goals is to help parents raise up their children as ambassadors for Christ. She encourages homeschool parents in their noble task of discipling and teaching their children to learn for life. Sarita will speak on “A Novel Idea: How Living Books Teach,” and looks forward to generating discussion on how to make learning come alive with great books. Find out more about Sarita’s perspectives in this short video or chat with her on her personal blog.


Darnelle has been teaching for 23 years in various situations - public, private, parochial, special schools and home school. She has taught in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools, but found her favorite place in homeschooling her own 5 children. They range in age from 8 to 18, from third grade to college sophomore and have been home schooled from preschool.

Darnelle says it took her a couple of years to unlearn classroom methods and "relax". Fifteen years later, she and her husband of 21 years, Danny, are even more convinced that homeschooling was one of their best decisions.

Her special education background allows her to help struggling students and their parents isolate and correct the underlying, often hidden, situations that can cause academic problems. She loves the fact that when these problems are corrected, students can begin to excel and grow and learn at a rate that allows them feel good about themselves again - the way God intended. She will be hosting a Question and Answer Session for homeschooling with learning difficulties.


Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a homeschooling father of seven. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students' skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him "the funny man with the wonderful words." He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin currently teach their four youngest children at home in Atascadero, California. Andrew's talk is titled Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather be Making Forts All Day.

Lori Lane is married to the love of her life John and together they have four sons ranging in age from 22 down to 10. The two oldest boys have graduated from home school and successfully entered college and/or internship positions! She is the author of “Beginning With The End In Mind”, a frequent speaker on home education, family and the arts, as well as the founder and Executive Director of Artios Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts where she has worked with hundreds of homeschooled students. You can see some of the pictures of their home in the central Colorado Rockies by visiting Lori’s website, where you will receive encouragement for the journey. You can also hear Lori on “The End In Mind” broadcast on www.blogtalkradio.com/theendinmind. Lori will be giving 2 talks titled Beginning Homeschooling (or beginning again) With The End In Mind; and Bringing Integrated Arts Related Instruction Into Your Homeschool.


Kendra Fletcher is the homeschooling mom of eight, all of whom have either been, currently are, or soon will be preschoolers. She is the author of the widely popular blog, Preschoolers and Peace. Kendra will encourage and inspire you as she speaks on Finding Quiet Time.








Sandra Angelo is an Emmy-nominated artist and teacher who specializes in making classical art concepts so easy that absolutely anyone can succeed. She is the creator of an award winning comprehensive home study curriculum. Sandra will be teaching on Why Children Need Art to Succeed Academically and in Life.







Amy Grant Bayliss is a wife and mother to 3 young boys. In addition to being the co-founder of Heart of the Matter, she blogs at In Pursuit of Proverbs 31, designs blogs and hosts tutorials at Split Decisionz, and is co-owner and a contributing writer to Internet Cafe Devotions. She is a writer and speaker who has a desire to help women fulfill the call of God on their life. Amy will be giving two talks titled Simplify Your Homeschool; and Homeschooling for Beginners.





Lee Binz is a veteran homeschool mother of two and the founder of The HomeScholar homeschool consulting business. Her mission is to help parents homeschool through high school. She offers a free email newsletter The HomeScholar Record and free support from her blog, The HomeScholar Helper. Lee and her husband live in Seattle. Their sons, Kevin and Alex, homeschooled through high school and now attend Seattle Pacific University on full tuition scholarships. When not busy with The HomeScholar, Lee enjoys being on the board of Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO), being involved in her church, volunteering each week at the clothing bank, and singing in her church choir. Lee will be speaking on College Preparation and Making a Transcript.

Ami Brainerd is the creator of Homeschool Share, the on-line cooperative effort of homeschooling moms to provide free but quality literature-based unit studies and resources. Ami will be speaking on How to Keep Your Child's Natural Desire to Learn Alive.





Belinda Bullard is a homeschooling mother of six years. In addition to being a wife and mother of three, Belinda is an author and the owner of A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources. A chemical engineer by formal education, Belinda started the company in 2004 to introduce homeschooled children to more inclusive history. The literature-based history curriculum features African-American presence in history, but also includes the contributions of other races to American history. Finally, she serves as adjunct faculty for college distance learning programs. Belinda's talk it entitled The Price, and the Prize, of Being Peculiar.





Gina Conroy is an ordinary mom, serving an extraordinary God. She is learning and growing in her faith, parenting, and writing (among other things) while she homeschools her four high-spirited children. She is the founder Writer, Interrupted and she blogs at GinaConroy.com. Gina will be speaking on How to Homeschool and Follow Your Dream.



Kelli Crowe is a homeschooling mom of 3 boys and a professional scrapbooker and designer. She has been featured on Scrap In Style TV, designed her own line of paper, and has been showcased in numerous magazines and books. Kelli can be found at her personal blog. Kelli will be teaching on how to Scrapbook Your Homeschool Life.







Dawn, web designer and owner of Barefoot Blogs is a modern day jack-of-all trades. She is a wife and mother to eight children and they believe homeschooling is a way of life. She designs some fabulous looking blogs, is a writer for Homeschool Blog Awards, and she also sells these fabulous little bows over at Love-Me-Knots. Dawn and Heather will be speaking on Surviving the Homeschool Fog: destressing yourself as well as Blogging for Dummies.





DeeDee, from the widely popular blog, It Coulda’ Been Worse is a blogebrity in her own right. She is known for her quirky candor and oh so honest posts about life. She is a wife and homeschooling mom to three great kids. DeeDee will reporting on Used Curriculum Shopping.








Angela DeRossett is military wife, homeschooling mother, and an advocate for autism research. Angela can be found blogging at Homeschooling the Chaotic Family and Memoirs of a Chaotic Mommy. Angela will be speaking on Homeschooling with Autism.








Jeannie Fulbright is a wife and homeschooling mother to 4 children and the author of Apologia’s Elementary Science Series. Her love of science stems from a calling to make science fun and interesting for young and old readers. Jeannie's talk is titled Homeschooling with Joy.







Sheila Wray Gregoire, is the author of To Love, Honor and Vacuum; How Big is Your Umbrella; and Honey, I Don't Have a Headache Tonight. She is a wife and homeschooling mom who has been published in dozens of magazine and publications. Sheila can also be found on her official website, her marriage and parenting blog, and her homeschooling blog. Sheila will be giving two talks titled Drilling for the Basics; and Setting Goals for Your Homeschool.





Heather, otherwise known as Sprittibee is a 30 something wife and mom who homeschools in a rather eclectic manner. She is the editor of Homeschool Blog Awards and a contributor to Heart of the Matter Online. Heather and Dawn will be speaking on Surviving the Homeschool Fog: destressing yourself as well as Blogging for Dummies.




Linda Lacour Hobar, the author of the immensely popular Mystery of History. With 13 years of homeschooling three children, 17 years of ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ, and a sense of God's calling on her life, Linda brings enthusiasm, experience, inspiration, and some fun to the pages of history. Linda will be speaking on Creation to Christ: the Mystery of History.






Terri Johnson and her husband Todd have been homeschooling their six children for 11 years. They also run their own business - Knowledge Quest, Inc. - a publishing company specializing in history and geography materials. Terri will be speaking about Teaching Toddlers to Teens.






Maria Miller is the author of the Math Mammoth books. She initially started creating them after seeing the difficulties homeschooling moms had teaching math to their children. Her hope is to help parents and teachers teach math so the students really understand what is going on, and provide easy-to-use math materials at affordable prices. Maria will be instructing on Teaching Math in Homeschool.

Crystal Paine of Biblical Womanhood is a 25-year-old homeschool graduate with a desire to make a difference in this sin-darkened world for the glory of God. She is a wife and homeschooling mother to two beautiful little girls. She is also an entrepreneur and super savvy money saving mom. Crystal will be speaking on Secrets to Supermarket Savings: Simple Strategies for Busy Moms.






Amy Pak of Home School in the Woods, author of History Through the Ages, Hands on History, and Time Travelers. She is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kiddos. Amy will be speaking on Teaching With Timelines; and Hands on History.








Angela Parsley, of the international ministry Refresh My Soul Ministries, is a wife and homeschooling mother to her 2 young daughters. Angela is also a contributing author to a devotional book entitled, “Standing on the Promises of God” and Radical Revolution, a devotional site for teen girls through Proverbs 31 Ministries. Angela will be speaking on Faith Forward: Passing Our Values on to the Next Generation.






Heather Paulsen, author of Emotional Purity: An Affair of the Heart, is committed to encouraging Christian singles to pursue emotional purity, and she enjoys mentoring and counseling young women. In 2003 she married her husband, John, and looks forward to homeschooling their two young children. Heather can also be found at her blog, also titled Emotional Purity. Heather will be coaching moms on How to Prepare Your Children for Emotional Purity.





Loree' Pettit is a wife and homeschooling mother to 3 children. Loree' developed a love of geography and history as child traveling throughout the United States and Europe with her family. In 2001, she translated that interest into a geography based unit study for her own children. That unit study went into publication the following year as Galloping the Globe. Cantering the Country and Eat Your Way through the USA followed two years later. Loree' will be giving two talks titled Learning and Having Fun with Your Children and Give Your Child the World: Integrating Travel Into the Homeschool.










Robin Sampson, of Heart of Wisdom, has been homeschooling for 20 years. Her and her husband Ronnie are blessed with a “yours, mine, and ours” blended family of eleven children (ages 6 to 34) and thirteen grandchildren (ages 1 to 12). She has a desire to be a Titus 2 older woman, sharing insights to encourage younger women to sow seeds of love and wisdom. In addition to being a columnist here at Heart of the Matter, Robin is a published author and the creator of The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach. In her talk, Robin will discuss how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education.

Jennifer Steward of UnitStudies.com, author of The Choreganizer and dozens of unit studies. Steward Family has been home educating their eight children from their Northern California home since 1986. Steward Ship is their family business, founded nine years ago. Jennifer will be giving two talks titled There is a Teacher Inside of You, Let Her Out; and Fear Not.










Marybeth Whalen is a published author and the mother to six children ranging in age from teen to toddler. In addition to being a Heart of the Matter columnist, she writes and speaks for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Marybeth can also be found at her personal blog. Marybeth will be giving two talks titled Homeschooling with Creativity; and I'd Be a Great Homeschooler if it Weren't for These Kids.








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