The Leadership Conference is designed to help equip and encourage those leading private home education groups, such as PSPs, co-ops, support groups, or more. We hope you can join us!
Leadership Registration

“So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.”
Psalm 78:72​ (NKJV)


Friday, August 23, 2024

2:00 – 7:00 p.m.


The Chapel at Grossmont

5651 Water St.

La Mesa, CA 91942

What kind of legacy are you leaving for your homeschool group? Are you planning for the future? Do you find yourself looking around and wondering who will fill your shoes when God calls you away from your ministry?

When you are in the throes of leadership, trying to manage communication, programming, relationships, conflict, paperwork, and more, it’s easy to overlook or push planning for your departure to the back burner. Whether you have plans to stay in your position for just a few months or another decade, it’s vital to the future of your group that you be raising up the next generation of leaders.

So, how does one do that with all of the other responsibilities we have as leaders?

We invite you to join us this year for CHEA’s “Leaving a Legacy” Conference series. Our knowledgeable and encouraging speakers will explore this theme of raising the next generation of homeschool leaders. Our prayer is that you will become better equipped and encouraged as you lead your homeschool community.


1:30 p.m. Registration & Check-In
2:00 p.m.

Opening Session

  • Town Hall Meeting
  • Legislative Update, Nathan Pierce
3:00 p.m.

Workshop Session

  • Issues Facing California Homeschoolers, Will Estrada
4:00 p.m.

Workshop Session

  • Adversity in Leadership: Navigating Trials and Staying the Course, Michelle Becerra
4:30 p.m.

Workshop Session

  • Encouragement for the Weary Leader, Jenny Vandever
5:00 p.m.

Dinner & Keynote

  • Keynote: Six Traits for Homeschool Leadership, Zan Tyler

Meet Our Speakers

Michelle Becerra

Michelle Becerra

I have dedicated most of my adult life to nurturing and educating the next generation through my role as the director of Revival Christian Academy in Menifee, CA. Married since 1993, my husband and I were blessed with one child, our son, whom I had the privilege of homeschooling from 2nd grade until his graduation in 2012. My journey in leadership began in 2004 as a volunteer small group leader. Then, in 2015, I became the Director of Operations, and in 2017, I stepped into the role of Director.

My experiences have strengthened my commitment to fostering a supportive, faith-based environment where families can thrive as they discover their calling for private home education.

Will Estrada

Will Estrada

Will Estrada works at HSLDA defending homeschool parents and students in nine states. He received his juris doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law and is licensed as an attorney in California and the District of Columbia. He is also licensed to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the First and Eleventh Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Will has had a rewarding and diverse career, including serving as HSLDA’s federal lobbyist, running a pro bono legal clinic, working as a career civil servant at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, and serving as the president of ParentalRights.org. Will and his wife, Rachel. both homeschool grauduates themselves, homeschool their two sons in northern Virginia.

Nathan Pierce

Nathan Pierce

Nathan began working at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in 2002 to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself from kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s University. Currently he serves as Executive Director and Legislative Liaison for FPM and as a member of the CHEA Board of Directors. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy are actively involved in their church and homeschool their own 8 children.

Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler

Zan Tyler speaks to the heart of Christian parents like few others. Zan’s own homeschool journey began in 1984 when she was threatened with jail. She has spent the past three decades advocating for homeschool freedom, publishing curriculum and resources, and joyfully equipping parents to thrive in their homeschool journey. She is an uplifting speaker, author, and the host of the Zan Tyler Podcast, an encouraging and practical weekly podcast with a new episode each Wednesday.

Jenny Vandever

Jenny Vandever

Jenny Vandever, a second-generation homeschooler, has led in an array of homeschool-focused ministries over the past decade, with a focus toward building Christ-centered community.

Jenny is married to Andrew Vandever (CHEA’s Board of Directors), who is her ideal Amazing Race partner and main cheerleader as she teaches their girls to write persuasive essays, multiply exponents, and locate Paraguay on a map.


Issues Facing California Homeschoolers, Will Estrada
Parental Rights, Homeschool Freedom, and California: In this action-packed and fast-paced presentation, Will discusses the history of parental rights from the dawn of civilization to present day, how homeschooling fits in, and the challenges and battles ahead. Will discusses the legal and legislative battles in California, past, present, and future, as well as what HSLDA has been seeing across the state of California.

Adversity in Leadership: Navigating Trials and Staying the Course, Michelle Becerra
Join me in this workshop as we explore the trials and adventures of leadership, share stories of resilience, and encourage one another to keep moving forward. Together, we can navigate the challenges of leadership and emerge stronger, more faithful, and more united in our mission to support parents who choose Christian homeschooling for their kids. Remember, hard is just hard, not impossible.

Encouragement for the Weary Leader, Jenny Vandever
Like changing seasons, leadership has its own cycles of growth, challenges, and rest. Knowing how to recognize and embrace these different seasons, and trusting that God works through each, can help us find renewal in times of weariness.

Six Traits for Homeschool Leadership, Zan Tyler
Our nation’s founding fathers and pioneers left us a rich legacy to consider as we teach our children to value and preserve liberty. Zan discusses the lessons we can learn from our history as we determine what type of legacy we need to leave for those who follow us. Topics include six traits of servant leaders, what it takes to fill the leadership gap, and how not to alienate your spouse or children while working to encourage other homeschool families. You’ll learn ways to effectively incorporate your children in your efforts so that your leadership becomes a mission that unites your family rather tearing it apart.

Conference Rates

Regular Rate CHEA Members
Individual $55 $45


Free parking is available at The Chapel of Grossmont.

A delicious Mexican dinner buffet will include gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options.

At-the-door registration will be available; however we encourage you to register by August 21 as we need to supply a final count to the caterer prior to the event. Meals may not be available if registering after August 21. However, we occasionally have a few spaces available, so if you miss the online registration deadline, please call to see if there are still meals available.

The Leadership Conference (including dinner) is designed to help encourage and equip those leading private home education groups, including PSPs, co-ops, support groups, and more. Leaders do not need to be part of CHEA’s Support Network to attend Leadership Conference.

250 and 450 Support Network Members receive admission for two to the Summer Leadership Conference, if not previously used in 2024.

The Leadership Conference is for adults only. No childcare will be provided. Nursing infants whose parents are considerate of others are welcome.