Michael A. Hayward is a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves as Lead Pastor to Faith Community Church in Rohnert Park, California. A husband, father, pastor, and now a foster dad, Michael uses his many experiences to encourage his congregation and the homeschool community. He has published a number of books including The Economy of the Soul, How Jesus Saves, The Treasure of Heaven, and Learning to Walk and has been privileged to speak at conferences, retreats, seminars, and conventions on a number of topics and to a variety of people.
You can find more information at www.mahayward.com.
Dawna Wiemeyer has 19 years of homeschooling experience. Scared to death to begin her first year, she considers the years in the trenches with her children as the best investment she’s ever made. She’s well acquainted with the challenges, distractions and difficult path homeschooling parents face. She learned how to conquer fear, inadequacy and loneliness and has become a great cheerleader for those homeschooling today.
She and her husband Glen homeschooled all 3 of their children Kind – 12th grade and believe that the many years of homeschooling were key to the reason why each of their adult children serve the Lord today.
Together, they administrate Covenant Christian Academy, a PSP in Santa Rosa, and have been leading the group since 1992. Dawna’s mantra: “If I can do it, anyone can do it!”
Dawna is also the coach of Santa Rosa Touché, a nationally ranked speech and debate club for homeschooled students, ages 12 – 18. She finds great joy in training the next generation to be articulate communicators for Christ.
Kendra Fletcher is the mother of 8, speaker for groups and conferences around the country, author of several books, and podcaster on HomeschoolingIRL. Her articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including Crosswalk.com, Arizona Home Education Journal, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and Washington Family Magazine.
Find her on Twitter: @KendraEFletcher
Sharon Hensley is the author of Home Schooling Children with Special Needs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has worked with a variety of special needs children including her oldest daughter who is autistic and mentally retarded. Sharon began teaching in 1983, and moved into the field of special education in 1985. She has done classroom teaching, private therapy and consulting. She began home schooling in 1992 and is currently the director of Almaden Valley Christian School, a PSP for families with special needs children. In addition to the PSP, AVCS offers consulting services to all home schooling families who are blessed with special learners of any type. You can contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.avcsbooks.com.
“What, homeschool? You’ve got to be kidding God!” That’s how the calling to home education started for Kim well over a decade ago. Through the struggles of leaving a career and adding extra mouths to feed, God Almighty has taught Kim and her family to fully rely on Him.
Noel and Carol Bisceglia began homeschooling in the 80s and have home educated all five of their children from day one. Noel first had the vision of becoming a family band. Carol says "I can't tell you how much I didn't want to go to that first coaching session!" But she did and the rest is history! The family started out playing in small, local settings, and as their musical skills were honed, they began sharing music farther afield. They love playing folk music, especially Irish and Scottish music, and are known for a wide range of repertoire from toe-tapping instrumentals to melting ballades. Now Noel and Carol take a behind-the-scenes roll while the Sarah, Janna, Krista and Kathrina, known as Whispering Roses, form the core of the group, and are often joined by brother Noah on guitar. Whispering Roses regularly entertains at Highland Games and Celtic festivals throughout the Northwest have garnered an enthusiastic following at coffee shops and churches in their hometown of Portland, Oregon. These dynamic musicians continue to capture the heart of every audience for which they perform.
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