Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related 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 Institutes 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 heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fifteen, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Listen to a radio interview (by Tulsa Beacon) with Andrew Pudewa here.
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To find out when and where Andrew will be speaking, click here.
Ever wonder how Andrew’s last name (Pudewa) is pronounced? Take a listen here.
You can follow him at IEW.com and on Twitter
Andrew’s Summit Workshop are titled: The Seven Keys of Great Teaching and Reaching the Reluctant Writer
Suzanne Gose is a happily married mother of five children, small business owner, as well as a founder & board member of the Community Homeschool Center. Her family loves living on their small 15 acre farm in Central Texas with their goats, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Gose thoroughly enjoys teaching weekly Spanish classes, supporting homeschool endeavors of the community in any way possible, and striving to keep a happy, well-organized home. Through the years, Señora Gose’s private classes provided the opportunity to develop Spanish curriculum for all ages. Flip Flop Spanish became a favorite in the community and her High School Classes became the production scene for Spanish Geniuses! It’ hard to believe she’s been teaching public and private classes for 25 years now! In her own words, she “just loves it!” and hopes that her experiences with Speaking, Parenting, Schooling, and Teaching Spanish helps other homeschooling mothers across the globe.
Suzanne’s Summit Workshops are titled: 7 Tips to Being an Engaging Communicator (at ANY age!) and How to Overcome the Fear of Communicating in Groups
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette’s homeschooling journey began in 2010 when her oldest was finishing up preschool. She realized he was ahead of the curve and felt that he would “get lost” in the large class sizes. After much prayer, she and her husband decided homeschooling was the right fit for their family. Over the years their homeschooling methods have changed and grown into what works best for their family, which is a mix of Charlotte Mason and Unschooling while they travel the United States in their RV fulltime.
Annette’s Summit Workshops is titled: Helping Your Kids Live Unplugged in a Technology Driven World and Encouraging a Love of Learning, Even When They Don’t Like the Subject
Penny is a homeschooling mom living in Autismland. Based on her own personal experiences having an autistic child, she hopes to educate other families of autistic children on how to navigate their world from pre diagnosis to adulthood.
Penny’s Summit Workshops are titled: Ways to socialize your autistic child according to his developmental age and Ways to work on your marriage when you have autistic kids, homeschooling, and everything else
My name is Lisa Garrison, the founder of God’s Given Grace. Married to Jon, my childhood sweetheart, and mother to our 4 boys. Ages 15, 12, 6, and 1 year. We also have a 1-year-old fur baby named, Luna. At God’s Given Grace we strive to give support and practical solutions for raising a family. We are providing help and encouragement for living through all the parenting, medical, emotional, financial, educational, spiritual, and routine systems families go through. Including those of special health care needs.
Lisa’s Summit Workshops are titled: The Correlation between Executive Functioning and Successful Planning, Organization and Time Management and Preventable money mistakes to teach your children or find and fix for yourself
I am a Jesus-loving, somewhat crunchy, and highly practical homeschooling mom. I’m a second generation homeschooler, a successful entrepreneur, and have been married for over a decade to my wonderful husband, Jacob. I started my first official business at age 18 and sold it 9 years later before giving birth to my first child. I’m now onto other entrepreneurial adventures, and I’m passionate about seeing young adults thrive financially in their personal lives and business endeavors, and I want to equip parents to teach their teens the skills they need to be set up for success!
Stephanie’s Summit Workshop is titled: Don’t Lose Those Dollars: Teaching Teens to Budget in a Digital Age
Sarah Miller lives in Michigan with her husband of 11 years and 2 children, who she has homeschooled since birth. In addition to being a homeschool mom, she is also an educator with over a decade of experience teaching kids in preschool through high school. Sarah helps homeschool parents teach their kids to read with confidence at Homeschooling 4 Him, where she shares tips and tricks to make homeschooling simple and fun. Her advice has been published in national publications including Parents, National Geographic Kids, and Yahoo Lifestyle.
Sarah’s Summit Workshops are titled: How to Find Time to Teach Reading and How to Choose Books that Make Kids Want to Read
Richie Soares is the owner and creator of Homeschool & Humor, a homeschool community that shares resources and tips for homeschooling, motherhood, and homeschool travel. Richie loves playing with her kids for hours on end, and it’s only when she needs a break will she pick up her laptop and work! She’s all about homeschooling and momlife.
Richie’s Summit Workshops are titled: How To Overcome Self-Doubt and Believe In Yourself and Developing Healthy & Effective Communication Between You and Your Child
Hunter Beck is passionate about leadership, mentoring and mindset. He leads teams in the United States and offshore. Hunter was homeschooled using the Leadership Education method. He loves traveling, minimalism and sharing Jesus Christ. He’s also everyone’s favorite, single uncle in the family.
Hunter’s Summit Workshop is titled: Leaders Slow Down: Lessons Learned from Homeschool Grad and Starting Your Business: Tips & Tricks
Tauna Meyer is the founder of ProverbialHomemaker.com, and a homeschooling mom of six who speaks to women with encouragement that is relatable and tools that work in real life. She has a passion for helping moms overcome the hurdles that keep them from homeschooling successfully, all while pointing themselves and their children to Christ.
Connect with Tauna in her Homeschool Successfully Facebook group.
Tauna’s Summit Workshop is titled: Teaching Kids Habits of Personal Devotion
Christian Horstmann was blessed to be homeschooled from day one in a Bible-believing home. With his passion for the preservation of the Biblical family model in today’s increasingly hostile culture, he created ChristianFamilyReformation.com to be a place of encouragement and support for like-minded people who desire to model their homes according to Deuteronomy 6:6-7. His other interests include God-honoring photography and graphic design, as well as reading and republishing wholesome antique books.
You can connect with Christian at ChristianFamilyReformation.com
Christian’s Summit Workshop is titled: Your Home Needs Family Worship!
Justina of Jus’ Classical is a musician, video and course creator, and writer. She has a degree in music therapy and has worked as an early childhood music teacher for over 18 years. At her church, she also helps with the music ministry, playing oboe in the orchestra, and teaching Sunday school to early elementary-aged children, using her Westminster Shorter Catechism songs. Justina is also a blessed wife and a crazy and busy homeschooling mom of three. At Jus’ Classical, she seeks to encourage other homeschool moms and families, especially in focusing on Christ, making memorizing painless through music and in enjoying great art and classical music through her courses, like The Composer Detective, a music appreciation course for families.
Justina’s Summit Workshops are titled: How Music is the Perfect Avenue for Developing Leadership and Personal Routines for the Win
Katie is the author of “Dishing Up Devotions: 36 Faith-Building Activities for Homeschooling Families” (Whitaker House). She is also a popular blogger, speaker, homeschool mama, and a Pinterest drop-out with a messy house and happy kids—most of the time. Katie lives in Arizona with her husband James and their two children. As a licensed clinical social worker, Katie has over a decade of experience in counseling and pastoral ministry alongside her husband.
Katie’s Summit Workshops are titled: Cooking Up Character Development and Preparing Our Kids to Be Successful Young Adults
Meredith Curtis, homeschooling mom of five amazing children and Grand-Merey to five angels, writes, speaks, and loves to encourage families in their homeschooling adventure. With gratefulness to the Lord, she is a curriculum creator, publisher, and the author of American Literature & Research, HIS Story of the 20th Century, Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing, and Travel God’s World Geography.
You can find Meredith at PowerlineProd.com, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Check out her homeschool resources at Powerline Production’s online store. Read her blog at PowerlineProd.com and listen to her at Finish Well Podcast.
Meredith’s Summit Workshops are titled: Continuing Education for Moms and Words of Life to Grow Confident Leaders
Lisa Nehring is the founder and director of True North Homeschool Academy, wife and mother of five. Having homeschooled for 30 years, Lisa set out to create a company that would come alongside fellow homeschoolers to help them homeschool with confidence and success! World class teachers, and an innovative program that nurtures community, True North Homeschool Academy provides Classes, Clubs, a Mom’s Membership, Testing, Advising and more!
Lisa has been married for 36 years to David, a Clinical Psychologist, who joins Lisa occasionally on the Life Skills 101 podcast. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development (she wrote her thesis on “Why Parent’s Homeschool,”) and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Lisa believes that Education is the transmission of culture and is passionate about transmitting a culture of Truth, beauty and goodness to a world desperate for all three.
Follow her on True North Homeschool Academy’s Facebook Page
Lisa’s Summit Workshop is titled: The Art of Persuasion
Aimee Smith is a second-generation homeschool momma, author of The Restful Homeschool Resolution: 21 Days to Transform Your Homeschool, and host of the Rest in the Homeschool Trench podcast. As a local homeschool leader, Aimee coaches homeschool moms to develop their own leadership skills so they can pass those skills on to the children. As homeschool mom to four children, Aimee lives in the daily tension between God’s call to the task of homeschooling and His call to rest as His daughter.
Join Aimee at AimeeSmith.com or in the Restful Homeschool Mommas Facebook group for encouragement to cultivate victorious rest in the midst of your homeschool days. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram
Aimee’s Summit Workshops are titled: Family Style Leadership Development Workshop and When You Want to Quit
Gabi Haberer has a heart to support women by encouraging, inspiring, teaching, and motivating mothers on their homeschooling journey. A former elementary school principal turned writer, speaker, podcaster, business owner, and homeschooling mother, Gabi frequently speaks on the beauty of motherhood while on mission to empower women in finding the role that the Lord has for them.
Her new podcast, Mothers Gathered was created out of a desire to create a community of homeschooling mothers that could walk alongside each other in every season of life. You can find her speaking at various homeschool conferences across the country this year and can connect with her at www.mothersgathered.com..
Gabi’s Summit Workshops is titled: Steadfastness in Seasons of Change
Amber Smith lives in Southern Iowa with her chef husband of 25 years and their ten wild children. Her desire to help homeschool parents avoid burnout, build their best life, with strong relationships, led her to start blogging at 200 Fingers & Toes. At the blog you can find the latest articles, product reviews, new In Due Season Homeschool Podcast episodes and more.
Amber’s Summit Workshops are titled: Overcoming a Difficult School Year; Creating a Plan for Success and Making the Transition to Independent Learning in Middle School; What You Should be Doing Right Now
Jan L. Burt is an author, speaker, podcaster, homeschooling veteran, mother to five, and has been happily married to Tony for thirty years. She served in youth ministry alongside her husband for twelve years & has led several Bible studies for women as well as hosting two online prayer retreats.
Jan is the host of the podcast “The Burt (Not Ernie) Show” & author of the new book “A 60-Day Prayer Journal for Parents” & “The Power of God’s Will – 40 Days of God’s Promises Devotional” (available on Amazon) & “The Once-A-Year Homeschool Planner” (a multi-grade, multi-subject planning system) – which can be found at JanLBurt.com. She has also been a regular contributor to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
Jan’s Summit Workshops are titled: Who Do Independent Thinkers Grow Up To Be? and The Encouragement You Need for the Work of Parenting Well
Abby Banks is a former classroom teacher, now homeschool mom of five and pastor’s wife. On her blog at 4onemore.com and the Homeschool with Moxie Podcast you will find actionable strategies that take you from overwhelmed to confident in your homeschool adventure. You can find Abby’s entrepreneurial courses for teens and Inductive Bible study courses at 4onemore.teachable.com.
Subscribe to her YouTube channel for curriculum reviews and homeschool solutions.
Abby’s Summit Workshop is titled: Busyness and Priorities in Homeschool Life
Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for over 25 years. She has a Bachelors’s degree in Music Education and a Masters’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It has been her joy to teach elementary and junior high choir, high school voice classes, private voice lessons for teens through adults, early childhood music and movement classes (babies through preschool), elementary general music, and music appreciation for elementary through high school. But, her favorite music teaching experience has been as musical director for stage musicals such as Seussical, Shrek, Singing in the Rain, Newsies, and Beauty and the Beast. It is Gena’s desire to help all homeschoolers include music in their homeschools! (See links below.)
Gena’s Summit Workshop is titled: How to Use Music Lessons to Teach Poise and Other Skills Important for Public Speaking
Jen Merckling s a former elementary teacher turned 18 year-veteran homeschool mom of 6 kids! She has 3 young adults in college, a fourth grader, and 7-year old miracle twins! Jen has a passion for helping moms find joy and grace in their homeschool and parenting journey! She is the author of Ready for Reading, a beginning phonics program tailor-made for homeschool families! In the middle of dishes and piles laundry.
Jen’s Summit Workshops are titled: Building Christian Habits at Home and A Home that Welcomes Your People
Cynthia Heren is a homeschooling mom of 3 since 2014. With a variety of learning disabilities and other challenges across her 3 kids, her homeschool requires Outside the Box ideas. Normal at her house includes 2 trampolines, 5 sizes of pencils and indoor and outdoor swings, and a whole room full of LEGOs. She loves working one on one with other homeschool parents, encouraging them to create the perfect education plan for their Outside the Box kids. She also runs a growing Facebook group where she shares monthly workshops about homeschooling outside the box kids
Cynthia’s Summit Workshops are titled: Making Time for Yourself When Your Kids Need ALL Your Energy and The Modern One Room Schoolhouse
Tatiana Rivera is a single homeschool mom, who lives in sunny California. She’s a writer, entrepreneur, web & graphic designer, bibliophile and compulsive organizer. She co-hosts the Charlotte Mason Inspired Conferences & Fall Retreats, and owns ScarletDigital.io, a full-service creative agency, which provides design, management, branding and more.
Tatiana’s Summit Workshop is titled: You Are More Than Enough
No one understands education like Britton LaTulippe. This homeschooling father of seven is the author and illustrator of more than 70 children’s books, The Art of Raising Children for Greatness series (which includes three books: Revealing School, Education, and Character), and the President of Blue Manor Academy (an online prep school for homeschoolers).
Join Britton’s Private Facebook Group “Raising Children for Greatness“
Britton’s Summit Workshop is titled: Real Heroes for the Real World
Ana Willis is a wife and homeschool mom of 3 turned into homeschool blogger. She is also, a women’s pastor, entrepreneur, and a passionate Bible and Hebrew teacher. She loves helping homeschool moms to find joy and fulfillment in their homeschool calling. Her goal is to help moms go from stressed to blessed, nurturing a restful homeschooling through a living education, and living a beyond blessed life. Ana studied Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a double Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Jewish Studies from Israel College of the Bible. She is the founder of Hebrew for Homeschoolers, a course that teaches homeschool families to read, write and speak Hebrew in only 4 to 10 weeks. For the past 5 years, Ana has been mentoring thousands of homeschool moms through her blog They Call Me Blessed, her mentorship program The Homeschool Sisterhood, and her online events such as the Charlotte Mason Inspired Online Conference and For Such A Time As This Summit. Ana loves bringing God’s people together and above all, she loves bringing people closer to God!
Ana’s Summit Workshop is titled: How to Eliminate Distractions, Redeem Your Time & Truly Accomplish Your Goals
I am a wife of 27 years to a steady and hilarious man. He balances me out and also reminds me I need to get out of the house (and out of my head) if it has been too long. I am a mother to 5 pretty incredible people, ages 15-24, and a bonus daughter through marriage to my son. I recently became a grandmother! I spent the first part of my journey of motherhood stressed and trying to do it all perfectly. I am now seeking to live authentically with my children, and others, so they can know the love of the amazing God who created them for purpose in His world. I really want the people in my life to know that! My family and I served 6.5 years in Kenya as missionaries and now I help other missionaries as a coach and care director. I am a Christian life coach. I believe I have been set free to help others live the life they were born to live.
Connect with Jamie at her website at jamiesuel.com
Jamie’s Summit Workshop is titled: Self*Care with an Eternal Focus
Kimberly Charron is a busy, creative, homeschool geek mom of two, who believes in outside the box thinking and doing what you love. She has been serving the homeschooling community by providing homeschool information, support, and coaching through HomeschoolinginNovaScotia.com since 2008. Since she especially loves to share her family’s Geek Schooling adventures, she started the Geek Schooling website in 2016. GeekSchoolingGuide.com is dedicated to ending your frustrations with your obsessed, geeky child and helping you to enjoy easy, delight directed learning with them, centered on their passions and fandoms. Kimberly is also a Certified Online Business Manager. In her free time, she likes to perform in and direct local theater, hand-spin, knit, read, and game.
Kimberly’s Summit Workshops are titled: Pomodoros and Other Productivity Techniques for Business and Homeschool and WordPress: A How-To Guide (For Kids & Adults)
I’m your hostess, Kerry Beck . . .
I’m so excited to share these experts with you to give you confidence to hop off the conveyor belt of education and raise your kids to lead and influence with success. I’m Gigi to my grandkids, so I’m starting over this year with Kindergarten. I love it. I homeschooled my 3 kids for 10 years. They’re all adults and my girls are moms, themselves.
You’ll get to know Hunter during Summit because I interviewed him about his leadership development and mindset training. I’ll also share “un-edited” interviews from each of my kids with their view of our homeschool.
I enjoy meeting with moms to encourage them in raising, educating and encouraging their own kids. I also have a strong desire to show families how to give their children a love of learning. I love being a mom, a Gigi and a homeschooler. One of my kids said, “I’m bringing my kids to you for all those fun activities.” Well, I can’t wait.
Most importantly, I want to share my faith with you. It’s my faith in Jesus Christ that gives me strength and courage to walk through days of rejection – loneliness – abandonment and lead me to peace, joy, victory and real forgiveness. Who could ask for more?
Sit back and let our Summit Experts help YOU!
Get rid of your overwhelm and use leadership education and real life skills with confidence after you hear our Experts. If this is your first year, you’re in for a treat.