Voice I of the “Two Voices” is Deidre Hester who holds Professional Certification as a secondary English teacher and guidance counselor with the Florida Association of Christian Colleges & Schools (FACCS). She began her teaching career in 1985, and has taught in NC, VA, and TX. Mrs. Hester founded the first Christian School in Yokosuka, Japan, while her husband was stationed there in the United States Navy. Currently she is active in the food, clothing, and discipleship ministries at the Potter’s House International Ministries in Jacksonville, FL, and serves as Guidance Counselor with their Christian Academy.
Title of speaking session: “Investing in Eternity” – A Home School Parent’s Job Description
Description of Session: : Open-ended discussion with and by participants on various topics related to home schooling. Challenges/successes . . . Looking back to look forward . . . Getting away to avoid running away . . . Too many hats just leads to a headache . . . What your diary would reveal, Sept – May . . . and most importantly, God might have led you to homeschooling and there was a reason for it. Hopefully, participants will leave the session realizing that they are “all in this together,” and that what they are doing with and for their children will impact them for life.
Bio: Inge was born in Germany and spent three years between 7-10 years of age in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, about 1 percent survived. She remembers when the now famous children’s opera Brundibar was first written and performed while she was in Terezin. She tells her life story in three books; “I am a Star”- Child of the Holocaust, “Beyond the Yellow Star to America” and “Finding Dr. Schatz” – The Discovery of Streptomycin and A Life It Saved. Inge has also reached out to the African-American community by writing about her friends, Mary and Martha DeSaussure; pioneering track stars of Brooklyn in her third book, “Running Against the Wind.” As a Holocaust survivor her spirit and achievements are truly remarkable.
Inge recently realized a dream she had for many years. On January 28, 2019, Inge spoke in front of a world audience at the United Nations about her Holocaust experience. She received a standing ovation for her speech.
About Andrew Peterson
For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson (a homeschooling dad) has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville—where music is an industry in the same way that fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries—Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and instead has created a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy, and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.
Andrew is also the award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga, a four-book fantasy adventure series for young people, described as The Princess Bride meets The Lord of the Rings. The books are currently being produced as an animated film, which is terribly, wonderfully, indubitably exciting.
Andrew Peterson will be performing in concert on Thursday evenings of each of the seven GHC events! Don’t miss this special concert!
Andrew Pudewa is the 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, PA, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of ten, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “Cook”), the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic reviews from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to make appropriate changes, establish healthy relationships, and increase success in family, life, and school.
She is a regular presenter for Great Homeschool Conventions, Hearts at Home, Care Net, many pregnancy resource centers, and churches. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. She has authored six books including four published by Moody. Her newest two are Eight Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences and Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World.
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.
Christopher Perrin, a former homeschooling father and headmaster of a classical school, is the CEO and publisher at Classical Academic Press. He is a nationally-recognized leader, author, and speaker for the classical education movement. Christopher serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools and homeschool co-ops in the United States and overseas. He is the director at the Alcuin Fellowship and is the vice chair of the Society for Classical Learning. His countless articles and lectures are also widely used throughout America and the English-speaking world.
Christopher received his Ph.D. in Apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and a B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina. He was also a special student in literature at St. Johns College in Annapolis. He has taught at Messiah College and Chesapeake Theological Seminary.
Christopher is the author of the books An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents, The Greek Alphabet Code Cracker, and Greek for Children, and co-author of the award-winning Latin for Children series available from Classical Academic Press.
Classical Academic Press brings to market across the globe classical, creatively-taught K–12 curricula and media including Latin, Spanish, French, grammar, writing, logic, and rhetoric (among other subjects), as well as a live online academy for grades 3–12, a self-paced online classical education training site, and many other classical education resources.
Christopher has a passion for classical Christian education and a love for truth, goodness, and beauty wherever it may be found.
Pam Barnhill believes that you don’t have to sacrifice relationships to homeschool strong.
An award-winning educator, former journalist, and now homeschooling mom, she has a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps and getting to the heart of the stories her listeners want to hear.
She is the host of three popular homeschooling podcasts:
She also wrote Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace.
Pam lives in the Deep South with her husband of twenty-three years, three (mostly) awesome kids, and a passel of family dogs. You can find her online at pambarnhill.com.
Bio: Friday Night Family Comedy Night at our regional GHC homeschooling conventions is a big hit, and a very welcome opportunity to sit down, relax and laugh together with other homeschool moms and / or homeschooling families.
However, we didn’t want to schedule just “any” comedian for our GHC homeschool convention attendees. We were looking for someone that was really crazy-funny… and we found just the person!
Jonnie blends musical chops, mad vocals, and off-beat standup for a hilariously unique comedy experience. Entering the comedy scene with nothing more than a guitar and his razor-sharp wit, he has gone on to entertain multi-generational audiences nationwide.
When not performing at solo events, Jonnie joins fellow funny man Tim Hawkins on his “Rockshow Comedy Tour”, delivering the funny at sold out shows coast to coast.
Homeschool Moms and Dads… Homeschooled teens… Homeschooling families… this year’s “Friday Night Family Comedy Night” with Jonnie W is going to be an incredible time of laughter and fun. You simply do NOT want to miss it!
Jonnie W. annihilates audiences. I’m a friend and a huge fan.
Jonnie performed at our Volunteer Appreciation Night,
and he was relevant and hilarious. So much fun!
—Maria L., Central Christian Church, Mt Vernon, OH
Colleen Kessler is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, and is the founder of the popular blog Raising Lifelong Learners as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children.
The author of more than a dozen books for teachers, parents, and kids, Colleen left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak about parenting, education, giftedness, and hands-on learning and play. Homeschooling is an adventure she hadn’t planned on, but she has embraced the opportunity to learn alongside her kids every day, and is inspiring other moms and dads to do the same.
Her recent book titles include Super Smart Science: 180 Days of Warm-Ups and Challenging Activities (Prufrock Press) and Real-Life Science Mysteries (Prufrock Press). Watch for Gifted Kids at Home: Everything You Need to Know to Understand Your Quirky Children and Help Them Thrive (RLL Media) and The Coolest, Dirtiest, Creepy-Crawliest Backyard Nature Science Activities for Kids (Page Street Press/Macmillan) coming soon!
You can find more about her, upcoming projects, and where she’ll be speaking in the coming months at RaisingLifelongLearners.com and connect with her on social media @ColleenKessler.