Speakers

Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart Keynote Speaker

Julie is the popular voice of common sense and compassion in the homeschool community. She’s the creator of the innovative writing program called Brave Writer and the popular fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime.

Denise Tipton

Denise Tipton

Denise Tipton lives in the outskirts of Petersburg and has homeschooled for nearly 21 years. Only three of her seven children are still ‘in school.’ Denise believes that children learn best by actually experiencing life and exploring the possibilities for their futures and felt led to open her own art studio and gallery in 2016.

Sarah Blunkosky

Sarah Blunkosky M.A.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in world history with a minor in religious studies from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Elizabeth Bolin

Elizabeth Bolin

Elizabeth is the mother of three children whose school experiences include many years of homeschooling, plus some public and private school.

Florence F. Brooks

Florence F. Brooks

Florence, a native of Mississippi, journeyed to Virginia to attend college and decided to stay! A mom of five, ages 6-19, Florence is an ordained minister and a chaplain in a continuing care community.

Stephanie Carlson

Stephanie Carlson

Stephanie is in her third year of homeschooling her two children, a third grader and a kindergartner. As someone who never planned to homeschool, she was thrilled to discover this path as a viable option

Jen Downey

Jen Downey

Jen’s non-fiction pieces have appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, Women’s Day, and other publications.

Stephanie Elms

Stephanie Elms

Stephanie never intended to homeschool, but can see now that she fell into it naturally as an extension of the relationship-based parenting approach to which she was drawn.

Dr. Tod R. Davis

Dr. Tod R. Davis

Dr. Davis earned his Doctor of Optometry at Southern California College of Optometry and a post-doctoral fellowship with the Gesell Institute of Child Development, Yale University.

Rebecca Esch

Rebecca Esch

Rebecca began homeschooling her now 16-year-old daughter in the fourth grade when it was clear there were no viable school options where they were living. Now she wishes she had had the foresight to homeschool from the beginning.

Jeanne Faulconer

Jeanne Faulconer

Jeanne is a popular speaker at homeschooling conferences, business groups, and parents’ groups, and has homeschooled her three sons in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Virginia for nearly 20 years.

Jennifer Georgia

Jennifer Georgia

Jennifer views homeschooling as her life’s mission, and she has been loving it for 24 years. She believes that raising righteous, intelligent, freedom-loving children—and helping others do the same—is a powerful way of contributing to our society.

Kati Hornung

Kati Hornung

Kati and her husband, Andrew, homeschool their daughters through a variety of adventures, experiments, research, and mistakes-turned-opportunities.

Renee Jackson

Renee Jackson

Renee is deep into her family’s 11th year of homeschooling. With three high school aged daughters and a new canine love, she has found great joy as well as huge challenges in these last years of homeschooling.

Marni Kammersell

Marni Kammersell

Marni is a homeschooling mom of three young kids that have never been to school. They love to explore their interests together as a family and spend a lot of time in nature.

Kathleen Cotter Lawler

Kathleen Cotter Lawler

Kathleen is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and creator of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. She was one of the first children to grow up under their Activities for Learning principles.

Robin Martin

Robin Martin

Robin homeschooled her son for 11 years, through high school and his acceptance into numerous public, private, in-state, and out-of-state universities. Robin taught physical science, biology, chemistry, and environmental science at home and in their academic co-op.

Parrish Mort

Parrish Mort

Parrish is a 16 year home education veteran whose children homeschooled from kindergarten to college. She has volunteered for VaHomeschoolers for 18 years in a variety of capacities;

Wendy Richardson

Wendy Richardson

Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts in social work from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education from Lesley College. She taught kindergarten through second grade before turning her full attention to her family.

Mary Sandkam

Mary Sandkam

Mary has an always-been-homeschooled son in middle school. She possesses degrees in architecture and community planning, and in her former life, she was an urban planner.

Erin Scherger

Erin Scherger

Erin is in her 14th year of a six-month homeschooling experiment. She and her children have chosen an eclectic mix of homeschooling methods:

Mark Scherger

Mark Scherger

Mark has thoroughly enjoyed the homeschooling experience with the kids and is pleasantly surprised by how many of his college brain cells have been revived in the process.

Pamela Schmidt

Pamela Schmidt

Pamela is a coach, and mom to two homeschooling teens and one graduate. She has over 30 years of counseling and training experience, and is known for her hands-on, participant-active workshops.

Karen Shumway

Karen Shumway

Karen has a master’s degree in biochemistry but minored in Latin during college just to escape the science building every so often. After graduate school, she began teaching biology, chemistry, and a class entitled “Scientific Research and Design” for a science magnet high school in Texas.

Karen Skelton

Karen Skelton

Karen homeschooled her two children through high school and now devotes her time to supporting others through VaHomeschoolers. She currently serves as president of the board of directors and director of government affairs.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Maggie is a homeschool mom of three children with extremely different personalities and whose ages range from elementary to high school.

Susannah Conrad

Susannah Conrad

Session Education Through Imagination Saturday, Session 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m. Studio E Move over textbooks, it’s time to discover what a child-led education can do for your family. Explore possibilities to boost imaginations, sharpen attention spans, and foster rich learning experiences. This holistic approach will encourage an atmosphere of creativity where your child can thrive into […]

Catina Sweedy

Catina Sweedy

Catina, when not desperately trying to catch up to her daughter in Mario Kart, homeschools her two children in Woodbridge. She has over 20 years of experience as a clarinet teacher, performer, and adjudicator.

Angela Tuell

Angela Tuell

Angela left the public schools, after seven years of teaching with a concentration in the area of teaching reading, to stay home with her young children and tutor reading part time.

Rebecca Wald, Ph.D.

Rebecca Wald, Ph.D.

Rebecca, has been homeschooling since 2010. She is also a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with homeschooling families.

Sarah Zmick

Sarah Zmick

Sarah is the mother of four children, ages 9 to 26. Her work developing innovative, research-based educational programs began during her college years and has continued throughout her 20 years as a home educator.