Speakers

Sheri Black

Sheri Black
I have been homeschooling off and on for 23 years. Recently, I have learned about these principles of liberty and have been teaching them in my co-op. These principles change the way I interact with those I come in contact with and I have seen lives change in positive ways when these principles are applied.

 

 

 

Marc & Rebecca Bohman

Marc and Rebecca are southeast Idaho natives and the parents of four children, ranging in ages from 19-10 years old. They have been homeschooling their children for their entire lives and love to watch their children step into their own learning, passions, and mission.  They began traveling with their children from infancy, but really began expanding their interests with international travel approx. 4 years ago. They found it increased their children’s interests and learning profoundly as well as their empathy for other cultures, helping them better understand their part in the world.
Marc – an independent business owner of Teton Hammock Company (tetonhammocks.com) building high-quality, light-weight outdoor backpacking equipment.
Rebecca – homeschool mom manages the world-wide podcast, The Luminous Mind (theluminousmind.net). Which discusses “changing the paradigm of education” 

 

Emily Dyke

Emily’s pursuit of professional teaching began at Brigham Young University in its   Mathematics Education program. Soon, Emily’s mentor, Dr. Blake Peterson, author of  Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Contemporary Approach, asked Emily to  join him in his research and mentoring others in her program. There, Emily mastered  the art of teaching a deep, conceptual understanding of math focused on discovery,  problem solving and critical thinking. After three years of study, Emily moved to  Yuma, AZ to teach high school math. In 2012, Emily and her husband, Joe, moved  their family to Phoenix to begin mentoring  and empowering young children and their  parents in their studies of mathematics. Emily is living her dream of being a mom to  two amazing little girls and empowering students and families across the country.

 

 

Larene  Frei

Larene Frei was homeschooled from 7th-12th grade. She attended Idaho State University as a Piano Performance major. She met her husband, Barry, in their music theory class, and they were married at the end of the semester. Larene and Barry have five children (three girls and two boys) that they have homeschooled from day one.  Music is something that Larene is passionate about. She started playing the piano when she was six, and the violin at eight; she started teaching both when she was fourteen. She loves to sing and has studied voice with Paul Harms. Larene loves to play music with other people, and especially enjoys accompanying instrumental and vocal soloists on the piano. In 2008 Larene and her father, Claude Nielsen, started a retail music store in Blackfoot, Idaho. Larene now runs the store and teaches many private music lessons.  Larene believes strongly that God has a mission for every person that comes to this earth. She is passionate about helping her children and students find and prepare for those missions. She believes in lifelong learning and enjoys studying and furthering her education each day.

 

Katherine Jensen

Hi, I’m Kat Jensen, a purple haired hippie and borderline agoraphobic. I value connection, compassion, creativity, and community. I work to live authentically and do my best to help those around me embrace their authenticity too. I no longer have energy to pretend to be something I am not. I have been homeschooling my 3 kids from the beginning. I strive to foster their individuality and help them each discover their own genius. I currently serve on the Compass Family Cooperative Board and previously served on the Board for iFamily. I love good food, unicorns, rainbows, trees, ampersands, and garden gnomes.

 

 

Rebecca Jensen

-Raised in Springfield Oregon.

-Piano Performance degree from BYU School of Music

-Teaching Credential in Music from ISU

-Taught hundreds of children music through choirs, general music classes, band and piano lessons in schools, church, community, and homeschool co-ops

-Happily married with 5 children ranging from 2-20 years old

-Homeschooling for 10 years

-Very passionate about Guittard chocolate, Disneyland, Harry Potter, and babies

 

Diann Jeppson

Diann Jeppson is wholeheartedly engaged in the grand adventure of family centered education. She is the owner of FamilyEducationCoach.com, producer of Liberty Girls, Simulations Week, a Parliamentary Procedure Training, the Family Work System, and the Family Centered Education Program. She currently serves as the American Heritage School Online High School Program Manager. Her personal interests include history, literature, civics, education, music, entrepreneurship and homesteading. She and her husband Adam live in Mount Pleasant, a small Central-Utah town in a secluded high-mountain desert valley. Adam is the town gunsmith. Adam and Diann have four delightful daughters, two handsome sons-in-law and six terrific little grandchildren. Connect with Diann personally on Facebook. View Diann’s work and service experience profile on LinkedIn.

 

 

Rachel Keppner

Rachel Keppner is the wife to Russell, the mother of 13 children, and has been homeschooling those children since 1998. She has four homeschool graduates, with nine children still being taught at home from the ages of 17 down to 3 years old.  She REALLY likes speaking at homeschool conventions and has done it many times over her eighteen years of homeschooling. She sincerely feels that it is her mission from God to encourage moms and homeschoolers through speaking, teaching, and writing.  During the fifteen years she lived in Arizona, Rachel led local and statewide homeschooling organizations and enjoyed teaching youth and parents in homeschool communities beginning in 2006. During a brief time living here in southeastern Idaho in 2009, she started the very first homeschool Shakespeare class. Her curricula for Shakespeare co-op teachers and homeschooling parents can be found at yeshakespeare.com.

 

Kimberly King

Hi there.  I am a homeschooling mother of two teenage daughters (Emily 16 yrs, Alyssa 18 yrs).  I am also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and have a Master’s degree in Microbiology.  I first because interested in alternative/integrative health several years ago when I started having heath issues (like low thyroid and thinning hair) at the ripe age of 40.  I knew allopathic medicine nothing to offer me except chemicals I could take for the rest of my life that had a list of side effects as long as my arm.  Anyway, that started my journey on this path and I finished my certification in November of 2016.  I specialize in fertility, pregnancy and postpartum support, but also work with clients on whatever health issues they have.  I love sharing what I have learned and hope I can make a difference for your family.

 

Heather Linchenko

Heather Linchenko was privileged to type and edit the best-seller book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Stephen R. Covey and to learn at his feet for several years. Her mission to France, marriage to a native Russian, and time living with her family in Kazakstan, have caused tectonic shifts in how she sees life. You can trust her…she digs kids, and learns at their feet, too!  Heather had to think out of the box in order to help her struggling child tackle math.  She eventually developed and perfected her method, transforming a slow, unsure learner into a very confident student.  Using what she had discovered, she had spectacular success in a Montessori school setting.  Heather is on  a mission to help all children have that same confidence, no matter their current situation.

 

Julie Lopez

Julie likes to carve her own path in life.  Growing up she begged her parents to homeschool her, and when they couldn’t she decided she would teach her own at home. She has homeschooled for nineteen years now and never regretted a day.  She has started and been a part of multiple different homeschooling groups and classes and is currently the President and co-founder of the Pocatello Homeschool co-op where she teaches Shakespeare, the Constitution, and self-reliance to some of the most amazing kids on the planet. She has five children the oldest of which has graduated and is in England on an LDS mission and the youngest of which has an ultra-rare syndrome (less then 100 known cases in the world) called Bohring-Opitz Syndrome.

 

 

Michael Sitton

Michael has been married to Shannon for twenty years, and they have three awesome children: Caleb, Ryan, and Avery.  After a twelve year career as a technology consultant and business owner, he retired in 2008 to shift his time and energy toward home educating their children.  Since 2012, Michael has served as a director for Classical Conversations, a Christ-centered organization that aims to equip and encourage homeschool families.  After moving to Idaho in 2010, he’s discovered a love for outdoor pursuits including camping, hiking, and backpacking.

 

 

 

 

Susan Van Cleave

Susan was born in Montana, grew up in California, went to college in Utah, worked in Washington DC, then moved to San Diego to get a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. That’s where she met her husband. Together they moved to Arizona and then to Kentucky, back to California, over to Hawaii, back to Kentucky, back to California, overseas to Turkey, back to Arizona, then Maryland, Italy, Virginia, and have finally settled in Idaho. They’ve homeschooled their children through all their life adventures. Susan is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and is working to certify as an Enneagram Narrative Teacher. She’s a passionate learner, always looking for ways to make life more fun.

 

image1Tracy Ward

Tracy Ward is a spontaneous, passionate believer in possibilities who loves to read, think, and laugh…hard. She is learning how to love homemaking, appreciate afflictions, and go to bed at a decent hour. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Midwives College of Utah and iFamily Leadership Academy. She worked as a doula for sixteen years before retiring her practice in 2012 when Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome created havoc in her body. Since then she and her family have been traveling the road of adaptation and learning to face ongoing health challenges with faith, courage, and heaps of laughter. If you visit their home, chances are you will find them all snuggled under a blanket while their mama reads them a story.

 

 

Dana_Wood 2Dana Wood

Dana Wood and her husband Spencer have been homeschooling since 1985, back when homeschooling wasn’t cool. Dana read John Holt’s book Teach Your Own when she was first married and decided homeschooling was what she was going to do with her children. The Woods have ten children (eight boys and two girls), thirteen grandchildren, and have graduated eight children from their homeschool. As a military family serving from Texas to Alaska to New Jersey and places in between, they had lots of opportunities to meet amazing homeschool families and leave a few homeschool groups in their wake. Dana also serves on the Board of Latter Day Saint Home Educators as Conference Director for both their Virginia and Utah State conferences. She has served on the Board since 2006.