Nicholeen Peck is the mother of four and previous foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens. The Peck family's success with these difficult children was based upon calmness, the principles of self- government, and good communication. She has been teaching people around the world the principles of Self-Government since 1999. She recently returned from a Self-Government teaching tour in China. In 2009, Nicholeen and her family were featured in a one hour BBC documentary about parenting. She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting. She is a popular public speaker, author of the books, Parenting a House United, Londyn LaRae Says Okay, Porter Earns A Quarter, Timeless Principles of Raising Great Kids, many magazine articles, and a blog called http://TeachingSelfGovernment.com.
Jonathan Sherman, LMFT is a Relationship Strategist (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist), sought-out speaker, and all-around swell-fella. He is the president of Jonathan Sherman, International and MarriageEnvy.com. In the face of daunting divorce statistics, Jonathan specializes in helping motivated people just like you defy the odds by creating true and lasting greatness in their relationships. He teaches individuals, couples, and organizations how to transform their marriages, develop parenting finesse, and achieve self-mastery. Jonathan says, “Every day I get to witness courageous people challenge themselves and achieve the kind of greatness that before they only dreamed of. Man, I love my job!” He is married to a lovely and skilled husband trainer who has truly earned her keep. They live in eternal bliss okay, fairly peaceably) with their four children in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. You may reach him at http://MarriageEnvy.com. He’d love to hear from you.
Becca Evenson, her husband, and their four children began their homeschooling journey in 1991. As a family, they found homeschooling to be a great adventure and a sanity-facilitator as they experienced heart surgeries, medical challenges, moves, military deployments, births, deaths, and basic family life. A popular speaker, Becca has taught a variety of subjects including classical education and general homeschooling topics, home organization, cooking, gardening, music, and religious education in Utah, Arizona, and Virginia. She leads a classical education support group in the Salt Lake Valley, and is the developer of My Book of Centuries. For more of her writing and homeschooling ideas, check out her blog at beccascottage.wordpress.com. When she is not teaching or writing, you will find her reading, gardening, cooking (and eating), spending time with her family, studying and teaching; attending conventions, and going to yard sales with family and friends.
Elizabeth Lauber is the mother of five boys, ages 7, 5, 3, and 18-month-old twins. Among her children are profoundly gifted learners, as well as special needs, and just plain intense personalities. A second-generation homeschooler, Elizabeth graduated from college with honors, and now teaches her own children. Her activities of choice include knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading; organizing, and participating in Facebook groups, as well as shopping for deals for her growing family.
Diann Jeppson is wholeheartedly engaged in the grand adventure of family building and community development. She is the owner of FamilyForum.co, chairman of the Family Forum conference and co-creator of the Family Builder Program. She is the founder and former President of the American Youth Leadership Institute. She and her husband Adam live in West Valley City, Utah and have four daughters, two handsome sons-in-law and one amazing grandson.
Shawnda Moss received degrees in Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences from BYU. She teaches in the BYU Theatre Education program, conducts workshops at national theatre education conferences, serves as an Associate Director for the Hill Cumorah Pageant, serves as a lecturer at BYU Education Week, and is the conference administrator for the annual Utah Theatre Association theatre conference. She directs and acts on local stages whenever she can. Shawnda loves to play with her fantastic family.
Donna Goff lives in Orem, Utah with her husband Roger and their two youngest children. She is the mother of seven children 14-34 and grandmother of 10! Donna has home educated her children since the early 1980s. She earned her BA in Fine Art and Design from BYU in '80, and her MA Ed. from GWU in '08. Donna has twice been a keynote speaker and has presented at dozens of conferences in Oregon, CA, NV, UT , VA, and online since 1995. She created Momculture (2000) and Mentoring Our Own (2002) yahoo groups. Donna founded www.moorhouseacademy.org (2002). She co-owns www.royalacademe.com (2009) with her daughter Julia Groves; both were created to assist mothers in rearing, raising, and educating their children.
Kim Daley - Mother, author, digital design extraordinaire.
Kim is a stay at home mom to seven children ages 12-23. Her degree is in design and digital media. When she finds "free" time, she designs web pages, blogs, print media and all sorts of other projects. Her latest project has been Kidbudget. She and her husband found the teaching of money sorely lacking so they created a system kids will actually use and have fun learning financial concepts.
Eric Daley - Author, very concerned parent, keeping children safe advocate.
Having raised six daughters, Eric is very aware of the importance of keeping children safe on the internet. One of his hobbies is technology and more specifically, safeguarding children with technology. He has an MBA and a strong entrepreneurial skill set.
Dr. Gove Allen was raised in San Diego, California. His wife, Nickie, and he are the parents of three children (ages 12-15) who have been home-educated from their earliest years. Dr. Allen received his undergraduate and master degrees in accountancy from Brigham Young University in 1994, whereupon he started and ran a computer training and consulting company for three years. After training or consulting with such organizations as American Express, Sony, AT&T, NASA, and the Kennedy Space Center, with his first child on the way, he sold his company to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in business administration with an emphasis in Information and Decision Sciences with a supporting concentration in Educational Psychology. Dr. Allen is currently an associate professor of information systems on the faculty at Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Management. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Colonial Heritage Foundation and the Society for the Preservation of America's Founding Values.
Shanon Brooks is a co-founder and president of Monticello College, a small liberal arts “New American Founder” college located on the Colorado Plateau in southeastern Utah. He has over twenty- one years experience in teaching, and the administration of entrepreneurial higher education organizations. He has taught over 350 TJed seminars in the United States from coast to coast and in Canada. He is the former president of George Wythe University, and one of four founders of the Center for Social Leadership. Co-author of A Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in education, and a PhD in constitutional law. He is a veteran of military service in the United States Naval Submarine Fleet. He lives in Monticello, Utah with his wife Julia and their children.
Kristen Chevrier married Brian in 1987, soon after they met in their BYU Family Home Evening group. She entered the English MA program at BYU in 1988 and taught Freshman English while she was working on her degree. She first learned about homeschooling 23 years ago when her mother sent her an article she had clipped from a newspaper. It told about a family teaching their children at the kitchen table. The idea intrigued her. Within six months of reading the article she stumbled on a homeschool convention at a school in Orem--on a street she'd never driven down before. she saw a sign in the parking lot and she stopped and went in. She talked with people and attended one of the workshops. She purchased a copy of Teach the Children by Neil Flinders. That day changed the course of her life. She has now been homeschooling for over 20 years. She has taught English, Theater and History for home and private school groups. She and her husband have five children. She has served in the Republican Party as a state and county delegate, a precinct vice-chair, a precinct chair, a Legislative District Education Officer. She currently serves as Chair of Legislative District 27, as a member of the Utah County Republican Party Constitution and Bylaws Committee and as a member of the Republican State Central Committee. She is also a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and has offered free parliamentary procedure workshops for the past two years, in an effort to empower our delegates. (If you don't know the rules you can't play the game.) Her most recent adventure is blogging about homeschooling and surrounding issues at http://homeschoolwise.com.
Penny Gardner is the mother of six children (ages 13 to 29) and grandmother of four. She has degrees and experience in Elementary Education and Music Education. Penny knew she would be educating her own children before they were born so she had time to read many books on the subject. She started using Charlotte Mason’s approach in 1994, when her oldest child was in 5th grade, with wonderful results. Penny is author of Charlotte Mason Study Guide; Italics, Beautiful Handwriting for Children; and the Nine-Note Recorder Books. She is a fellow of the Central Utah Writing Project and teaches a summer writing camp at BYU for young students who are interested in nature journaling. She has over 20 years experience as a home educator and has presented multi-media Charlotte Mason seminars all over the U.S. and in Canada.
Mary Peterson has over 30 years of teaching experience in all elementary grades. She currently lives in West Jordan and is an accomplished author and a national presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research. Mary's presentations focus on maximizing learning, increasing high intellectual performance and creating lifelong learners.
Meg Thomas is a wife and mother of six wonderful kids ages 11 to two years old living in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She started homeschooling five years ago and has truly learned to love the incredibly positive impact it has had on her family; at the same time she has loved the journey of learning it has taken her in her own personal studies. Meg loves being well-rounded and balanced in her life, and has many hobbies including running marathons, CrossFit, cooking, hiking and just having fun with her family. Her motto to live by that saves her in those days we have all had in homeschool is from Joseph B. Wirthlin: “Come what may and love it!”
Michael Martin lives in Eagle Mountain, Utah with his wife of 17 years and is father to six children ages six to sixteen. He works as a systems integrator during the day and loves spending the evenings with his family or working in the yard. He has been doing home education for five years and during that time watched his family grow closer and realized that this is the way God intended family life to be.
Rebecca Williams and her husband, John, have been homeschooling their children for over 15 years. After trying numerous other writing programs, Rebecca was overjoyed to discover and successfully implement Andrew Pudewa's Excellence in Writng method. She and her family have learned about writing and the classics from the various IEW programs and have had a lot of fun along the way. Her oldest two have now graduated from homeschool and are writing high quality college papers. Her family has especially enjoyed the Freedomship products, which have helped them create a family culture of learning and sharing.
Lela Christensen has spent her whole life loving music, and more than 50 years teaching piano lessons. She has spent her lifetime playing in bands and orchestras, serving as the regional MIA music director and singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for more than 20 years. She has served as the hospitality charman for the Davis County chapter of UMTA (Utah Music Teachers Association) and has been featured in The Davis County Clipper periodical. Lela's piano curriculum, "The Missing Link to Magic Piano Keys," is a labor of love and life, as she started writing and compiling more than 30 years ago, with some really hard writing for the past 15 years. She has fans and students across the world, including her own children, grandchildren, and their students.
Bicki Smith spent her childhood exploring the spaces of southern Alberta’s rolling foothills. She found hidden treasures of wild flowers, bugs, pussy willows and wild berries nestled along the banks of lazy gurgling creeks. Nature was her first teacher, followed by a wonderful primary grade teacher who believed in enrichment and creativity. It was in Mrs. Thompson’s classroom that Bicki discovered the fun of creative explorations and art. Her creative journey eventually took her to the art department at BYU. Since her graduation in Art & Design her journey has taken her into the classroom as a teacher, then into the role of a librarian and then back again into the classroom. She has taught art both privately and in public schools. Bicki is currently taking her life mission as a teacher of creativity to the world wide web and sharing her vision of every child being a unique, one-of-a-kind creator, whether 7 or 107 years young. Bicki’s vision is to help families encourage and celebrate the ‘creative response’ that is hardwired into each of us. She believes that as we honor that response in each other we will partner with joy to make the world a better place to live in.
Debbie Rowe graduated from BYU with a B.A. degree in English and received a Secondary Teaching Certificate and Special Education Endorsement from Weber State University, as well as a Music Endorsement. She has taught in the public and private sector for more than 25 years working with Youth-in-Custody and Special Education students. She has also worked as a sportswriter and is the mother of three children.
Rulon Christiansen attended BYU, where he earned B.A. and M.M. degrees in organ and earned a Doctor Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has studied in France and has performed in concert throughout the U.S. He is a published composer, with compositions performed at national conventions, on National Public Radio and television broadcasts.
Mary Ann Johnson is the president and founder of Home School Coach Limited. Her company focuses on teaching parents to have confidence in raising their children and educating them at home. Mary Ann believes each family is unique and has the potential for joy, and spends her time teaching workshops on improving parent behaviors and deepening relationships with children. She also frequently presents on her famous educational tool called the Spark Station, a family connection and love of learning tool. She works with private clients, teaching parents to resolve family issues through their own personal growth. Her product line includes a 13-cd mastery course on the Spark Station, a training DVD to teach parents how to research, and idea packets to take children's sparks and make them burn! Mary Ann is a wife, mother, trainer and mentor. She wears many hats and understands the value of balance. She and husband Don have been married for almost 42 years, and have seven grown children and 12 grandchildren. Learning is her passion! You can read more about improving parent behaviors and deepening relationships with your children at home-school-coach.com.
Ann Webb is best known as The LifeVision Expert” and has coached thousands of successful entrepreneurs and other highly motivated individuals in getting crystal clear in both their business and personal visions resulting in more money, better relationships, and improved health & fitness. Introduced to this concept of creating a written and recorded “creed” or life vision by her mentor Leo Weidner (former student of Napoleon Hill - “Think And Grow Rich”) Ann used her own Ideal LifeVision to create a 7 figure business in 3 short years in the gourmet food industry. Ann Webb is the author and creator of the “Creating Your Ideal LifeVision”, a revolutionary Home Study Course that has helped thousands of people start living their Ideal Life. She also certifies Life and Business coaches to use Ideal LifeVision as a tool and process in their own businesses. Ann is the Vice President of Global Humanitarian Expeditions for The WIN and also the President of Global LifeVision - both humanitarian outreach programs that involve facilitating adventures for those that want to serve and make a difference in 3rd world countries. She regularly takes expeditions to teach, train and serve in Africa and India.
Sherri Boekweg has been homeschooling for 19 years. As a veteran homeschool mom she understands the challenges that come with trying to teach our children, especially the ones who do better with active learning than with seatwork and worksheets. She has always tried to find ways to make learning fun, always looking for fun and active ways to teach concepts. She has written many educational songs and created games and activities that she has used with her children throughout the years, and she has enjoyed sharing her songs and ideas with others. She has four daughters and one grandson. She is currently homeschooling her 13-year old twins and lives in Mount Pleasant.
Alison Moore Smith was born in Provo, Utah, in 1964, and handed over to her real, loving parents two days later in the Skaggs parking lot. In 1985 she married her dream man, Dr. Samuel McArthur Smith, in the Salt Lake Temple. She graduated from BYU in 1987, three weeks after her first child was born. She is now in her 19th year of homeschooling. Her oldest daughter is in graduate school (information systems), her second and third daughters are undergraduates (landscape management and a deferred music dance theater major serving an LDS mission, respectively) — all attending BYU. Her fourth daughter (15) attends Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts while homeschooling her academics and the two boys (12 and 9) are at home full time. Alison loves singing, writing, computers, reading, karate, and dark chocolate. She ran (using the term loosely) the Top of Utah Marathon to celebrate her 40th birthday. She is a professional blogger (Pix2Brix.com), web designer (Win-with-1.com), and blog network owner (PopCred.net). She is the founder of MormonMomma.com and a permablogger on TimesandSeasons.org. She is CFO of ProSapien LLC. Her new book, The 7 Success Habits of Homeschoolers is scheduled for publication this summer if she finishes the charts — which she's been saying for five years now.
Kim Kehrer thinks life is one big adventure and opportunity-that's what makes homeschooling the best! Happily married to Robert Kehrer, Kim is a former Spanish Immersion teacher and 5th grade Science Specialist, former President of WHEN (Wasatch Home Educators Network) until resigning in 2012, education consultant, field trip coordinator, lifelong educator as well as all other titles that goes along with mother of three wonderful children including that of "the mean momma". She loves to garden, make piles on her countertops, create order out of chaos (organize), and get out and explore.
AnnMarie Norton - A passionate mother of 6 children, AnnMarie believes her purpose as a mom is to help her children discover and live their life's mission. Her favorite word is "inspire" and she believes that when you receive inspiration, you should take massive action. One such inspiration was to provide a real world educational experience for her children so she and her and her husband Jerry recently gave up their 8,000 sqft house on 80 acres and now travel the county in an RV with their 6 kids.AnnMaire is the master at creating systems and procedures that eliminate waste, create efficiency and reduce redundancy, allowing more time and freedom to do the things that really count. By using her organizational gift, she has created a home and learning environment that is inviting, comfortable and fun despite living in such a tiny space (RV). Her favorite quote is from Benjamin Franklin: "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of." AnnMarie enjoys reading self help (especially Covey), playing Just Dance on the Wii with her kids, traveling and most of all - eating sushi. Be sure to follow their family blog at http://inspirationstationfam.blogspot.com/
Heather Luxon is a Curriculum Writer and the Home Education Liaison for Clever Crazes for Kids. In her fifteenth year of home schooling five children, she is currently teaching only at the elementary level again. Her kids enjoy using Clever Crazes for Kids as their P.E. option and as a fun academic supplement.