I’m your hostess, Kerry Beck … and yes, I say “howdy”. I live a mile Texas A&M, where everyone says howdy. So, “Howdy!”
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 having fun teaching all four of them, at times. I love it. I homeschooled my 3 kids for 10 years. They’re all adults and my girls are moms, themselves. I’ll also share “un-edited” interviews from each of my kids with their view of our homeschool.
When we homeschooled, we used a Christian Leadership Education Approach. It was eclectic with the goal of:
- Raising our kids to lead for Jesus Christ, instead of follow the crowd
- To be able to think critically & Biblically
- To make wise decisions using the lens of Scripture
You’ll hear all about Christian Leadership in our Leadership track each day of the Summit. I believe kids should be prepared for adult life, so we are offering our second track, Life Skills for Leaders. Don’t you want to raise your kids to be strong leaders, ready for adult life?
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 leads me to peace, joy, victory and real forgiveness. Who could ask for more?
Sit back and let our Summit Experts encourage YOU! Help STOP the overwhelm. Give you confidence to finish this year strong.
Who Will Help You Finish This Year Strong?
Dannah Gresh is the founder of True Girl, a ministry dedicated to providing tools to help moms and grandmas disciple their 7–12-year-old girls. She is the co-host of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Revive Our Hearts podcast and Revive Our Hearts Weekend. She has authored over twenty-eight books, including a Bible study for adult women based on the book of Habakkuk. Dannah and her husband, Bob, have just released a new book and limited-series podcast called Happily Even After which tells their marriage redemption story. They live on a hobby farm in central Pennsylvania.
Dannah’s Summit Workshops is titled: Gender Identity & Sexuality: How to Navigate Today’s Culture as a Christian Mom
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.
Andrew’s Summit Workshops are titled: Power Tips for Improving Teaching and Learning at Home and The Three Best Things I Did as a Homeschool Dad
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and six special grandchildren. Their fourth son has Down Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve has served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
Steve’s Summit Workshops is titled: Good News for Earnest Parents
Meredith Curtis, homeschooling mom of five amazing children and Grand-Merey to seven 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 Foundations of Western Literature, HIS Story of the 20th Century, Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing, and Travel God’s World Geography.
Meredith’s Summit Workshop is titled: Scattered to Supercharged: Living Books Preschool to Graduation and Explore the Foundation of Western Literature with Teen Leaders
Mike Curtis was a youth pastor for 10 years before starting Powerline Community Church years ago in the Lake Mary/Sanford, FL area. The atmosphere at Powerline reflects his passion for discipleship, the local church, training leaders and the next generation, worship, and evangelism. Mike speaks at homeschool conferences on raising real men. He is married to Meredith, the woman of his dreams, and has five incredible children, whom he confesses regularly teach him the simple love of Jesus.
Mike’s Summit Workshop is titled: The Sword Ceremony: Entering Manhood
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 (since 2017). She successfully graduated their first homeschooler in May 2023, who is launching into a career as an RV Technician alongside her husband as they begin their business – Sojourners Mobile RV Services.
You can find her at In All You Do where she shares about Christian parenting, marriage, their roadschooling life, as well as numerous printable resources she has shared over the years. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, and their traveling adventures at Roadschooling the States with 8.
Annette’s Summit Workshop is titled: A YouTube Channel IS Homeschooling!
As a mother of ten, Amber Smith doesn’t have time to waste. I bet, neither do you! That is why Amber creates clear action plans to help families find the right tools and develop the mindset they need to create a homeschool that fits their unique, individual lives. On her blog, 200 fingers and toes, she serves as a homeschool courage lender. To encourage first time homeschoolers, Amber created In Due Season, a site that hosts a course to overcome the top six roadblocks keeping families from experiencing a successful homeschool year.
You can find continued support on the In Due Season Homeschool Podcast where Amber shares reviews of tools and curriculum, technologies and products that solve specific problems for homeschooling families like yours.
Amber’s Summit Workshops are titled: Build Resilient Teens: Shape Their Relationship with Failure and Your Homeschool Plan for Raising Independent Learners
Meet Ana Willis Homeschool Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster Ana is a wife, homeschool mom of 3, blogger, speaker, and Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschool mentor to hundreds of families in The Homeschool Sisterhood. Ana is also a women’s pastor and a passionate Bible and Hebrew teacher. She studied Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a double Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Jewish Studies. As a homeschool mentor, Ana loves helping moms find joy in their homeschool, be more organized, grow in their faith, and even make an income working from home! Her goal is to help homeschool moms go from stressed to blessed, experience the joys of a Charlotte Mason-inspired Biblical education, and find fulfillment in their homeschool calling.
Ana’s Summit Workshops are titled: Scheduling the Feast of Subjects: How to Schedule Your Homeschool Week and Home & Homeschool on Autopilot: A Plan to “Do it All” without Losing Your Mind
Amanda Pelser is a wife, a homeschooling mom of four boys, and an aspiring homesteader. After finding herself bedridden with chronic pain, fatigue, and autoimmune conditions, Amanda was left hopeless by the conventional medical community. Desperate for a change, she used her background as a seminary-trained researcher to integrate her Christian faith with the practice of homeopathy and reclaim her health. With 10+ years of experience using homeopathy, now, as a certified homeopath, Amanda gives hope to Christian moms who are ready to find biblically aligned health for themselves and their families.
Connect with Amanda at Rooted Homeopathy for personalized wellness consults and homeopathic educational opportunities.
Amanda’s Summit Workshop is titled: God’s Pharmacy: Homeopathy and the Biblical Foundations of Health
Dana Susan Beasley, executive director of AngelArts, A Creative Arts Agency, Publishing House, and Enrichment Program, works with homeschooling families, teens, and aspiring entrepreneurs who face uncertain futures in these difficult times. Using proven digital and traditional marketing and branding strategies, she helps them plan, start, and launch successful businesses that are optimally matched with their passions, giftings, and God-given callings. With this in hand, they can create their own opportunities and economies and, more significantly, to make an impact on the world around them for Christ. A graphic artist, writer, publisher, and branding/digital marketing strategist, Dana has enjoyed homeschooling her Asperger son for over 10 years. She is the author of several homeschool curriculums, including “Your Guide to Growing Your Family Economy.” She is also the author and publisher of a devotional–31-Day Blessings Journey. She is also the program director of a local youth program called “Explorers Creativity Club” that is a faith-based Live Action Role Playing (LARP) club and enrichment program. Education is very important to Dana and she is always learning. In 2016, she earned her certification as a Digital Marketing Professional. For the last several years, she has been helping homeschooling moms and dads start or improve their own businesses, including her husband who now works full-time from home as a licensed architect. Passionate about using her company as “Business as Mission” (BAM), Dana considers AngelArts her ministry and desires that her work be a vehicle for God’s glory.
You can follow Dana and AngelArts on Facebook, Instagram, and on Youtube
Dana’s Summit Workshop is titled: Raising Future Entrepreneurs: Unlocking Your Child’s Potential Through Teaching them How to Start a Business
Christy Gandara is homeschool mindset mentor and education strategist who challenges families to examine what matters most and to use the unique gifts inside themselves. In 2010, she and her 3 bugs embarked on a year-long homeschool journey using the holiday of the day as their curriculum. It was by far one of the most life-changing years of their journey. Inspired to bring this style of learning to others, Christy started Happy Hive Homeschooling in 2020. Using her 19 years of classroom teaching experience paired with her passion for homeschooling, Christy writes holiday of the day curriculum, provides mindset coaching and educational strategy courses to homeschooling families. Christy has experience as both a full-time homeschooler as well as a working homeschool mom. Christy is passionate about guiding families along their homeschool journey; helping them to foster connections, build relationships, and amplify learning. When not mentoring families. working on holiday activities, or decorating her home for some random holiday, Christy can be found in the yard feeding the birds and squirrels or walking her cat Percy. Christy lives in California with her husband of 30+ years, 3 cats, dog, and the backyard animals. Her three “bugs” are finished with homeschooling and working on their advanced education. You can find Christy at happy hive homeschooling
Christy’s Summit Workshop is titled: Productivity Boost: Work Smarter, not Harder in your Homeschool and The Art of Lifelong Learning: Inspiring a Passion for Knowledge at Home
Kris Fleet started her journey in nutrition over 10 years ago. Since then, she has enjoyed sharing her passion for nutrition with people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives including recent immigrants and parents. Kris also completed my Master’s and am a PhD Candidate in Human Nutritional Sciences. Aside from being a holistic nutritionist, Kris is a dog lover, coffee addict and enjoys gardening.
Kris’ Summit Workshop is titled: Planting the Seeds for a Healthier Future: The Importance & Practicalities of Introducing Food Skills to Young Children
Julie H Ross believes that every child needs a feast of living ideas to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. As a former public school teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Director of a Homeschool Academy, Julie Ross has worked with hundreds of students and parents throughout her career.. She has also been homeschooling her own five children for the past 20 years.. Julie Ross developed the Charlotte Mason curriculum, A Gentle Feast, to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to provide a rich and abundant educational feast full of books, beauty, and Biblical truth. As Certified Chrisitan Life Coach, Julie helps moms find a life of freedom from the negative thoughts and patterns that are holding them back. Julie lives in South Carolina with her family. When she’s not busy homeschooling, reading children’s books, hiking, or writing curriculum, you can find her taking a nap.
BS Elementary Education, Penn State University Certified Life Coach, Life Mentoring School CEO. Learn more about her work at Gentle Feast Press, The Feast Life, follow her on instagram @agentlefeast and @julie.h.ross and listen to her Podcast: The Feast Life
Julie’s Summit Workshop is titled: Creating Nourishing Routines and Rhythms to Grow Heart, Souls, and Minds
Katie Kimball, the national voice of healthy kids cooking, is a former teacher, two-time TEDx speaker, writer, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, which was recommended by The Wall Street Journal as the best online cooking class for kids. Her blog Kitchen Stewardship helps families stay healthy without going crazy, and she’s on a mission to connect families around healthy food, teach every child to cook, and help families instill those all-important life skills!
Katie’s Summit Workshop is titled: 3 Secrets to Building Confidence for Your Kids in the Kitchen
Kelly is a homeschooling mama living in Maine with her husband of more than 20 years and their four children, two of whom are homeschool graduates, along with their five pets. She is a veteran homeschooler who is passionate about helping the homeschool community simplify their homeschool, find their authentic learning style, and embrace the chaos that often comes with raising a family.
Kelly’s Summit Workshop is titled: Scattered to Supercharged: Guarding Your Mind As A Christian Homeschooler
Kathie Morrissey is the mother of 8 children,16 grandchildren, and a wife to Alan for 40+ years. She was a committed homeschooling mom of 31 years. As the founder of The Character Corner, she loves to blog about character building, parenting, family life, and homeschooling. Kathie is the author of two popular character curriculums, as well as several other books to encourage homeschooling parents. She is a well-known speaker at homeschool conventions and support groups, as well as ladies’ retreats. Her heart’s desire is to help and encourage parents to be purposeful in raising Godly children with strong Christian character, who walk in purity and have a heart for God.
Follow Kathie on Facebook
Kathie’s Summit Workshop is titled: Building Godly Character In Your Kids
No one understands education like Britton LaTulippe. This homeschooling father of eight is the author of more than 70 children’s books and The Art of Raising Children for Greatness series, creator of several early-learning curriculum sets, and the founder and president of Blue Manor’s Online Academy. After attending an elite prep school in Virginia, he realized that the greatest disparity between the rich and poor was not their wealth, but their quality of education. Now, it is LaTulippe’s mission to bring elite education into the world of homeschooling.
Britton’s Summit Workshop is titled: How to Teach Great Writing
Vibrant Home Life, a heart-driven venture owned and operated by Jon and Lisa Garrison, in collaboration with their brother in Christ, Christian Horstmann, stands as a testament to their shared dedication to uplifting Christian families on their journey of faith. Established with the firm belief that amidst the chaos of everyday life, maintaining a robust connection with God is essential, Vibrant Home Life is a beacon of guidance and support. With a mission to nurture the spiritual growth of families, their commitment extends beyond the present generation, aspiring to cultivate a future where faith thrives, families flourish, and the relationship with the gracious Father, God, is ever-vibrant. The company embraces the responsibility of guiding families in infusing a biblical perspective into the education of the next generation, ensuring a legacy of faith and vibrancy.
Lisa’s Summit Workshops are titled: Filtering Truth from Deception: Christian Discernment in a World of Information Overload and Trello for Teens: Organizing Studies, Memories, and Futures for Homeschool Teens
Christian Horstmann feels so blessed to be an American in a beautiful country where he can freely share his heart about the Bible, homeschooling, and family relationships. He’s the host of the Family Discipleship Podcast and the editor of Christian Family Reformation. While waiting for the Lord’s timing to start a family of his own on a beautiful Idaho homestead someday, he loves working on projects and playing board games with his sisters. Christian is always up for a road trip, especially if it involves hiking boots and national parks; but when he’s at home, he also enjoys traveling back in time through the pages of history books.
Christian’s Summit Workshop is titled: Call to Active Duty
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: How Busy Homeschool Moms & Creative Teens Can Bring In A Side Income With an Etsy Shop
Molly Christensen is a joyful mother of 7 amazing children, ages 11 on up. She earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then engineered her homeschool for the past 22 years. She is the owner of Building Heroes at Home, which helps support you in creating the homeschool you love while raising amazing kids. She is the author of “How to Get Everything (Important) Done” and podcast at The Building Heroes Podcast. She is passionate about sharing her love of learning and encouraging others on their journeys to greatness!
Molly’s Summit Workshops are titled: Scattered to Supercharged: How to Focus for Home & Homeschool Success When You’ve Got Too Much to Do and Raise Kids who GET Money
At Ten Minute Momentum, Sarah McCubbin helps parents teach their kids valuable life skills, social skills and leadership skills to prepare them to step confidently into adulthood. She and her husband have 9 kids ages 5 to 20 in live in Northeast Ohio.
Learn more about Sarah’s and Ten Minute Momentum’s work at tenminutemomentum
Sarah’s Summit Workshop is titled: Helping Your Children Find And Build Good Friendships and How to Prevent and Recover From Mom Burnout
Pauline is wife to Patrick and is a Christian unschooling mom of three (ages 12, 15, and 17). She and her family live in WA state and the love “cook”ing up adventures as they learn and grow together in God’s Big Story. Her heart is for discipling her children up with intentional, gospel-powered living that informs all areas of their life. She’s also a digital entrepreneur and homeschool blogger.
Pauline’s Summit Workshop is titled: Gospel-Powered Mindset and Loving God’s Word
Lisa Yvonne is a homeschooling mom of 8, author, curriculum creator, and collector of vinyl records. She loves vintage decor and modern conveniences, good books and great movies, old-fashioned family values and up-to-date family fun. Lisa believes in special, everyday moments and strong families and helps moms make both!
Lisa’s Summit Workshop is titled: Responsibility > Chores (or Why Your Chore Charts Fail)
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.
You can find her at InsideOurNormal.com
Cynthia’s Summit Workshops are titled: Homeschool Can Include Video Games, Using Your Child’s Interests and Bright Spot Of Homeschooling Teens
Penny Ross taught her own three children from bith to high school graduation. She led the homeschool ministry at her church and realized she was getting more and more inquires such as “I don’t go to your church but can I ask you about homeschooling?” So at an age when many of her friends were retiring, she opened her own small business, Tools for the Home Educator, where she mentors and coaches the next generation of homeschoolers. Her specialty is in helping families determine their own homeschooling style and then assisting them in mapping a pathway to success. Penny is married to her college sweetheart, Greg, and together they delight in seven grandchildren.
Penny’s Summit Workshop is titled: 5 Key Pieces of Info – Don’t Let Your Kids Leave Home without Them!
Leilani Melendez, homeschooling mom of four kids, applies her 10+ years of experience as a middle school classroom teacher to provide homeschool evaluator services & consultations to families. She also shares guidance, resources, and support through her YouTube Channel “Living With Eve” and other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. She has recently wrote “Freedom To Learn: Choosing Your Path to Homeschool Victory.” A book that covers the basics to help new homeschooling parents get started, but also delves deep and shares parents’ stories that encourage even the most seasoned homeschooling parent. Leilani’s youngest has Down’s Syndrome, which has inspired her to start connecting with other families on similar journeys to share support, information, and encouragement. She also enjoys share her perspective of biblically education and encouragement as has design a number of special needs packets available through TPT.
Leilani’s Summit Workshop is titled: My Middle Schooler is Driving Me Crazy!
At Play With Education, we understand the importance of nurturing strong writing skills from an early age. Our mission is to empower parents and caregivers with the tools, resources, and guidance needed to inspire the next generation of writers. We believe that learning should be engaging and enjoyable. Through innovative approaches and interactive learning experiences, we make the writing journey an exciting adventure for both children and their mentors. Our programs are designed to cater to young writers at all stages of their development, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive as a wordsmith. Unlock the world of creativity and expression for your young writer explore our resources, engage in our playful activities, and discover the joy of nurturing proficient writers.
Play With Education’s Summit Workshop is titled: Scattered to Supercharged: The Power of the Pen: How Strong Writing Skills Shape Future Leaders
AlinaJoy DuBois is a homeschool mom of 5, a former teacher, and the founder of HappyUnconventionalLife.com. Her passion is to encourage mothers and help families live happier and more intentional lives through her free parenting guide, her (surprisingly-fun!) membership on Biblical word studies, and her upcoming course on happiness. She is also the author of the popular ebook “Easy Peasy Chores”, which for the past 15 years has been making chore time fun and easy for all ages (readers and non-readers alike)! When AlinaJoy is not busy writing, teaching, or parenting, she enjoys playing the piano at the local nursing home and taking long walks outside in the sunshine.
You can connect with her on her website, HappyUnconventionalLife.com.
Alina’s Summit Workshop is titled: 7 Steps to an Easy, Happy Chore Time