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Convention 2018

Keynote Speakers

Zan TylerZan Tyler

Zan Tyler is the director of Language Arts, Bible, History, and Press at Apologia. Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools in 1990 and served as its president for ten years. She has been honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year and has appeared on NBC's Today Show. Zan has received the Dr. Robert Zan TylerDreyfus Courageous Christian Leadership Award for advancing the faith in the life and culture of our nation and the Chris Klicka Award from HSLDA for her dedication and commitment to the homeschooling movement worldwide. She is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential. Zan and Joe homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through high school for a total of twenty-one years and now greatly enjoy having homeschooled grandchildren! View a YouTube video of Zan here.

Emeal "EZ" Zwayne

Emeal Zwayne

Emeal "EZ" Zwayne is the President of Living Waters Publications. After his radical conversion to Christ in 1991, he enrolled at Biola University as a biblical studies and theology major. Having received his pastoral ordination in 1995, he served for almost six years as a full-time associate pastor and vice president of his church's board. EZ. is the executive producer of The Atheist Delusion, 180, and Evolution vs. God movies, as well as The Way of the Master television program, featuring Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. He is the co-host of the television program the National Bible Bee Gameshow, as well as the Bible Bee's spokesman. He has been the featured speaker at various conferences, churches, and learning institutions. EZ resides in Southern California with his wife Rachel and their five children. View a YouTube video of EZ here.

Hal and Melanie YoungHal and Melanie Young

Hal and Melanie are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, My Beloved and My Friend: How to Be Married to Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses, and several other books. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina. View a YouTube video of Hal and Melanie here.

Featured Speaker

Jennifer Pepito Jennifer Pepito

Jennifer Pepito is the founder of The Peaceful Press and author of the book Bountiful Homeschooling on a Budget. She is the creator of the Peaceful Preschool curriculum and a podcast host for Wild and Free. She started homeschooling in 1998 and has graduated three of her seven children from her homeschool. She lives with her family in the foothills of California, where she enjoys coffee, good books, and spending time with her people. View a YouTube video of Jennifer here.

Workshop Speakers

Thomas Clark

Thomas Clark is a life-long teacher of Mathematics with experience at all levels, and is convinced that everyone can understand Mathematics. He has focused on developing programs that challenge traditional instruction, by concentrating on the “why” of Mathematics. He has helped homeschooling parents become more effective instructors, and is a popular presenter at homeschool conferences. He is the author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, both of which are available in hard copy and online. He is the president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing textbooks to life through technology. (

Kristi CloverKristi Clover

Kristi Clover is a Christian, homeschooling mom to five kids and wife to her high school “crush.” She’s passionate about encouraging women in their faith and inspiring them in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers by offering “simple solutions for a more joy-filled life. Find Kristi at, and on her podcast, the Simply Joyful Podcast. Kristi created the Ultimate Homeschool Organization Course and Meal Planning Made Easy, and is the author of Homeschool Basics: How to Get Started, Keep Motivated, and Bring Out the Best in Your Kids, co-authored with Tricia Goyer. View a YouTube video of Kristi here.

Teresa FoltinJennifer Pepito

Teresa Foltin has a BA in English Literature and an MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Previously the Director of Student Activities at an American University in Germany, she is now a homeschooling mom of five and has been using RightStart™ since 2005. She is interested in adoption, travel, horses, gardening and reading.

Carolyn ForteCarolyn Forte

Carolyn Forte has been Principal of EIE Academy since 1992 and owner, with her husband Martin, of Excellence In Education Resource Center in Monrovia, California. She earned a BA in Music History from Whittier College. From 1982-1994, she directed elementary Sunday school music at the Crystal Cathedral. For five of those years, she was also co-director of the elementary Sunday school. She holds a life teaching credential for California and has taught grades K, 1, 2 and 6 in public and private day schools. During the 14 years she spent homeschooling her two daughters, she volunteered for eight years with Valley View Vaulters, an integrated handicapped/able bodied therapeutic riding organization.

Martin ForteMartin Forte

Martin Forte, with his wife Carolyn, is the owner of Excellence In Education Resource Center as well as the administrator for their PSP Excellence In Education Academy. Martin has been very involved with the homeschool community in many capacities including writing articles for various publications, speaking at homeschool conventions, and appearing as guest on several radio and TV shows including CNN and the Glen Beck Show. Martin and Carolyn are pioneers of the modern homeschool movement and have successfully homeschooled two daughters, now happily married adults with three children each.

Donn HallmanDonn Hallman

Donn Hallman is the director of Orange Coast Musical Arts, a homeschool music program offering classes in marching band, orchestra, keyboard, choir, and more, throughout Orange County. He also serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for Wycliffe Associates, promoting the work of hundreds of volunteers who go overseas to assist Bible translators. He lives in Huntington Beach with his beautiful wife and has five grown children. He has a genuine heart for the homeschool community and the promotion of a private Christian homeschool education.

Monica IrvineMonica Irvine

President and creator of The Etiquette Factory, LLC, Monica is a master motivator and dedicated instructor who loves to help children and adults see the benefits and rewards of having proper etiquette, mastering professionalism, and excelling in social skills. As a Certified Etiquette Instructor and working in the hospitality industry for 27 years, Mrs. Irvine specializes in etiquette and professional instruction to help ensure the success of each individual both personally and professionally. Monica is the author of four books including Etiquette for Beginners, Etiquette Intermediate, and Etiquette Masters. She speaks to thousands nationally. She resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband and is a retired homeschool teacher.

LeeAnah JamesLeeAnah James

LeeAnah James, MBA, is a corporate trainer, homeschooling mom, and church leader. While completing undergraduate work at Grambling State University LeeAnah traveled to seven countries. She now uses this love for international cultures to home educate her children: Summer (6), Kristian (5), and Autumn Reign (2). While in graduate school she studied Emotional Intelligence and its benefits to the workplace; she found the same concepts in the Bible and wrote about it in her book How to Lead with Emotional Intelligence: How to Handle Your Emotions According to God’s Word. LeeAnah is Small Group Coordinator, a member of the Administrative Leadership team, and a part of the Children’s Ministry team at her church, Shield of Faith Christian Center in Pomona, CA.

Janelle KnutsonJanelle Knutson

Janelle Knutson is a homeschooling mom to seven children that range in age from toddler to adult. Her desire is to encourage homeschool moms with practical tips and biblical truth. Her greatest joy is found in Christ and she hopes to share that joy with fellow homeschool moms through her speaking engagements, blog and YouTube channel. You can find her at

Nanci LynchNanci Lynch

Nanci has been married to Tim Lynch, a business owner and non-traditional pastor for 27 years. They have seven children: one in the workforce, another in college, and five who are still being home educated. Nanci began tutoring more than 40 years ago. She worked in special education for 10 years and has been home educating her own family for the last 20+ years. Through the years Nanci has served as a pastor's wife, worship leader, and chaplain engaged in prayer ministry, mentoring, and teaching. Nanci has a BA in Liberal Studies, two teaching credentials, and a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has taught in numerous classroom settings: public, private, Christian, church, camp, missions and ministry.

Nathan PierceNathan Pierce

Nathan is now in his 14th year working full time at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself from kindergarten through high school and received a BA in Political Studies from The Master's College. Currently he serves as the FPM California Director, Legislative Liaison, and conference speaker to homeschool leaders, parents and teens. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have six children, ages 11 to baby. They are involved in their church, and homeschool their own children.

David and Shirley QuineDavid and Shirley Quine

God has been faithful to David and Shirley for 46 years of married life. He has given them a shared life, passion, and ministry. Their passion is to equip the next generation to “stand firm” in Christ in the 21st century. Together they created Cornerstone Curriculum, a homeschool curriculum which assists parents in the discipleship of their children. David has his Masters degree in curriculum and instruction design and Shirley is an early education specialist. The Lord has given David and Shirley the reward of nine wonderful children and eight grandchildren. They enjoy reading on road trips, making pizza rolls for their kids, and experimenting to develop the ‘best’ Texas smoked brisket.

Penny Ross, General Workshops and College Prep SpeakerPenny Ross

Penny Ross runs her own homeschool business, Tools for the Home Educator, in Torrance, offering consultations and training for homeschool parents as well as selling gently-used curriculum. She has more than 30 years of homeschool experience through teaching her own three children and then serving in PSP leadership at Hope Chapel Academy in Hermosa Beach. She is happily married to her college sweetheart and loves helping homeschool parents do more than just survive homeschooling, but thrive in it

Cara Shelton

“Miss Cara” has been teaching language development and literature courses for over twenty years, ever since she realized that teaching literature is nearly as much fun as reading it! She has taught composition and literature classes in public and private homeschool groups, and she is also the co-ringmaster of that wild three-ring ? circus known as the Shelton Family! A homeschooling mom for 25 years, now “graduated,” Cara now purposes to help and equip other parents as they home educate their children. Both Cara and her husband Steve desire to plant seeds of encouragement in the lives of parents as they seek to be the spiritual leaders of their homes.

Bob Sjogren, Teen Convention SpeakerBob Sjogren

Bob Sjogren is a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God. He is the creator of Cat and Dog Theology. Christ has been his Lord now for more than 40 years. He enjoys biking, fishing and teaching about God's glory to young people. He and his wife of 31 years live in Richmond, Virginia and have four adult children and three grandchildren. Bob is privileged to be married to Debby Sjogren, is proud father of Luke, Elise, Abby and Hunter, proud father-in-law to Hannah, and proud grandpa of Layla Hope Sjogren, Hudson Ishmael Sjogren (now with Jesus), and Kezi Sjogren.

Mike SmithMike Smith

Mike Smith is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association. HSLDA was established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home. Mike’s desire is to communicate the benefits of home education and the belief that God has raised up this movement at present for a special purpose. View a YouTube video of Mike Smith here.

Joey and Heidi SteffenSteffen

Joey and Heidi Steffen, authors of The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening curriculum, didn't start out as big fans of homeschooling. A shy firstborn forced them to begin reading books and attending conferences to learn more about it. Now, after seven years of learning alongside their four children, they couldn't imagine teaching their kids any other way. Utilizing their homeschooling journey and Joey's experience teaching high school science (including a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction), they have blended Raymond Moore's formula of study, work, and service and Charlotte Mason's philosophies, into an experience, project, and literature-based way of learning. Over the last few years, they have also provided support to the homeschool community through teaching gardening classes, consulting, and operating a PSP, Kinderfarm Academy. You can read more about them and how God has led in their family's journey at

Marie Stout, College Prep Speaker

Marie, married to Don for 32 years, made the decision to homeschool prior to having their first child in 1986. They have five children, all of whom were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, ranging in age from 19-30, with four having graduated from college. They have been active in the homeschooling community in various activities, including serving together on the board of a PSP for the last 26 years. Additionally, Marie was a founding board member for Stoa, a national homeschooling speech and debate league.

Joe TylerJoe Tyler

Joe Tyler serves as the IT Director for Apologia Educational Ministries. Prior to that, he spent 30 years in the corporate world as an information systems project manager. Joe and wife Zan have been married for 40 years. They spent 21 years homeschooling their three children, from kindergarten through high school. Joe has been deeply involved in the homeschooling movement, both through his own family and the homeschool community at large. He serves as the chairman of the board for the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. The Tylers have three children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Roger WheelockRoger Wheelock

Roger Wheelock is the President of Greater Than I Ministries, a non-profit corporation established for the purpose of providing creative biblical worldview teaching materials to Christian churches and homeschools in America. Roger is an ordained pastor, worship leader, and songwriter with more than 30 years of intimate experience in Christian leadership. His burning passion is to help Christian families not only survive in our increasingly secular society, but to thrive in the midst of it. View a YouTube video of Roger here.

Cindy WiggersCindy Wiggers

Cindy Wiggers is an, author, publisher, and national speaker, involved with the homeschooling movement since 1989 when she and her husband began teaching their three children at home. Few choices of curriculum existed at that time and most were written for classrooms. She realized that teaching in a homeschool setting with students of multiple ages and levels needed a totally different approach. Cindy has written and created materials to help parents establish an environment that inspires a love for learning and encourages the development of thinking skills. She authored or co-authored The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Trail Guide to World Geography, Trail Guide to U.S Geography, Trail Guide to Bible Geography, and created the Mark-It Timeline of History.

Rachel ZwayneRachel Zwayne

Rachel Zwayne was born and raised in New Zealand. At the age of 14, her father's ministry (Ray Comfort/ Living Waters) relocated to Southern California, where she eventually met her husband and became the mother of five children. Rachel has been homeschooling for the past 16 years and finds great delight in encouraging other women in their role as mothers, wives, and homeschoolers. She has done this in her capacity as a leader and teacher of multiple women's groups, and as a conference speaker. Rachel has been married to Emeal ("E.Z.") for 22 years and they live in Riverside, California with their three daughters and two sons.


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