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.

 

 

Wendy FrenchWendy French 
Hello Friends! I am Wendy French and I am heading up the class “Chaos to Cruise”. I am forever in love and married to Adam French. We have 4 terrific and talented children ranging in ages from 11 to 18. We have been on our absolutely amazing homeschooling adventure since 2010 and have not looked back. We are owners of Cox’s Honey in Shelley Id which is where we live now. At this time, Adam is on City Council for Shelley and President of the East Idaho Preparedness Fair and I own and run a fruit co-op called FarmFreshFruit4U that I started in 2011. There is so much I enjoy and love in this blessed life that God has given me. I love my family and friends and I enjoy traveling, books, cooking, music and art. I have an interest in taking something old and discovering the life and beauty it still has left and also making the best out of any situation, even chaotic ones. I have studied and use some of Thomas Jefferson Education, Charlotte Mason, Nicholeen Peck and other homeschooling approaches. I have attended many educational conferences and attended a few difference co-ops and I am glad to share what I have learned with others.

Teresa Foltin Headshot 2017Teresa Foltin
Teresa has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Previously the Director of Student Activities at an American university in Germany, she is now a homeschooling mom of 5 and has been using RightStart™ since 2005. She is interested in adoption, travel, horses, gardening and reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kami Harris
Kami is the wife of Dustin Harris and mother of four beautiful children—one girl and three boys.  Her oldest is currently attending BYUI.  Ever since she can remember, Kami has wanted to be a teacher.  Because of this, Kami graduated from USU in 1997 with a B.S in Elementary Education and emphasis in music.  Kami started her home school journey 12 years ago when she felt inspired to take her oldest child out of public school.  Kami has studied in many methodologies and particularly loves Leadership Education (TJED), Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE)/Principle Approach, and Charlotte Mason. Kami is passionate about the impact of home school communities (particularly for scholar age youth) and feels so blessed to be part of iFamily.  She has loved mentoring (mostly practice scholars age 12-14ish) within this community and has appreciated so much the influence of committed mentors in her own children’s lives.  Kami is  currently serving as President of iFamily.


Alysia Humphries Photo (1)Alysia Humphries
I was homeschooled from birth to college and have homeschooled my 7 children since the beginning of our family. I’m a lover of reading, writing, the creative arts, and learning along with my kids. I have struggled with, and overcome, depression and anxiety and gained a strong conviction of the importance of self care through my experiences. I blog sporadically at www.momsempowered.com.

 

 

 

 

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Dan Hunter and his wife Janice have been married for thirty-seven years, have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. They have home schooled since 1993. Dan is the author of nine history books which are used across the nation in private schools and home schools. He is a graduate of George Wythe University in Cedar City, Utah in Business and Biblical Studies, and was a private school teacher for 10 years.  Dan started Living History in 1999 when he started writing his history books.  In 2004 Dan and Jan bought Archive Publishers and Wholesome Books which they run with a lot of help from their children.  Wholesome Books is a home school/private school bookstore, and under the Archive Publishers’ name they re-publish out-of-print LDS and non-LDS books, with 170 titles currently available.  To add a little variety to his life, Dan is a driver’s education instructor.

 

Janice HunterJanice Hunter

All I ever wanted to be was a mom.  I worked in the banking industry and for an investment and property management company until our first child was born.  Then I became a stay at home mom.  We homeschooled our children through high school.  Now our homeschool journey continues on with grandchildren who homeschool, and through our homeschool bookstore – Wholesome Books.

 

 

 

 

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Diann Jeppson

Diann Jeppson is wholeheartedly engaged in the grand adventure of family centered education. She is the owner of FamilyEducationCoach.com, creator of the Family Builder Program, Liberty Girls Clubs and Retreats, and Simulations Week events for youth. She is a community group trainer and consultant, and a certified tour guide for the State of Utah. She and her husband Adam live in Mount Pleasant, Utah and have four daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Katie JonesKatie Jones
Katie was raised as a child in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Living there was the first time she heard about a thing called “homeschooling”.  Her mother mentioned it as a possibility.   She begged her mom to follow through with this idea, but it was not meant to be. A move with her family, at the awkward age of 12, sent the family to Thayne, Wyoming.  Here, as the “new girl”, Katie experienced all forms of bullying.  Crying became a daily thing for her and her mothers comfort and solid advice was where she learned to develop a character strong enough to stand up for herself, and let go of the negative throughout the years. Although never homeschooled herself, Katie never lost that idea of this possibility for her own family.  Often asking her husband what he thought as her oldest entered school.  Then as the second and third entered public school as well. It wasn’t until her oldest was in 4th grade, second in 2nd, and third child in 1st that she finally felt for sure that NOW was the time and she knew! the Lord was in her side.  She told her husband, among other things, “I promise, I won’t screw them up!” Her kids were pulled out of school just after Thanksgiving break. YAY! Since then, she has been teaching and schooling her 6 children at home for the past 4 years and LOVING IT! Her style of teaching went through the typical “create school at home” phase, to the introduction of a brand new solve-all-homeschool-problems-with-this-everything-in-one-curriculum every few months it seemed. Although nothing ever seemed to feel right.  All this curriculum was a heavy burden.
It wasn’t until Katie began reading about the ideas of the “one room schoolhouse” from many mentors during this period of time.  Finding a reoccurring pattern with the first three “R’s” to learning; Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic are the basis for early teaching and learning.  Religion is the 4th “R” to complete schooling. The simplicity of this steered her ideals for her own homeschool in a more simple direction.  And still, it was easy to over load her schedule and the kids school day.  Burn out was happening.  Frustration ran high. But, with the help of a Homeschool Guru and friend, she learned to scale back even further. “Keep it Simple Sister”, is her own moto for Homeschool life (and life in general).  As a mother in this day in age, simplicity can be hard to find and maintain.  So when you find simplicity, anyway you come by it, stick with it!  Don’t work so hard living life!  Make typical life living, work for you. Find ways to integrate life into your own days as a homeschooling mother. And don’t forget! Keep it Simple Sister!

 

Tasha LamoreauxTasha Lamoreaux
I have been married for 22 years to my best friend and greatest supporter Bob. I am the mother to 11 of my favorite people, ages 0-21. My oldest daughter is a student at BYU-Idaho, and my oldest son is serving a mission in Samoa.
I was homeschooled myself from Kindergarten through high school, and have always homeschooled my children. My parents began teaching me at home when it was almost unheard of, and I will always be grateful for their efforts and their focus on “God, Family, and Country”. I hope to teach my children, as my parents did, to be followers of truth and right. I love being in the outdoors and taking evening walks with my family. My interests are: camping, hiking, gardening, and learning about freedom, neuroscience, nutrition, health, and fitness.

 

 


Liz Simmons

I began my homeschooling journey seven years ago when my oldest was in 3rd grade.  My eyes have been opened to different ways of seeing the world and learning that education is so much more than where you sit to learn.  It has lead to a lifelong love of reading, learning, and exploring.  I have a passion for government and gardening, books and babies and love the freedom and family time homeschooling has afforded my family and I.

 

 

 

Katie_TiekenKatie Tieken

Katie Tieken is a life long homeschooler, has served as a leader in many homeschool groups and committees over the years and is currently working on her second year as president of the LDSHE Western Youth Conference. Her passion for motherhood and lifelong learning have made her remarkable in many circles. Through her father’s military service and her husband’s many internships she has lived in 7 states across the country and is now settled in Salt Lake City, Utah with her young family.

 

 

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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 who moved her to Arizona and then to Kentucky, back to California, overseas to Turkey, back to Arizona, then Maryland, Italy, Virginia, finally settling in Idaho. They’ve homeschooled their children through all their life adventures. Susan is a passionate learner, always looking for ways to make life more fun. She loves to read, hike, and grow spiritually. She has a deep faith in Jesus Christ.

 

image1Tracy Ward
I’m Tracy, wife to Richard and long-time homeschooling mama to 4 kiddos from 20-8, and passionate about learning, liberty, and laughter. I love kayaking, camping, reading, writing, organizing huge events, and mentoring youth. Every day I try to connect with heaven, cultivate joy in myself, and spread joy to others. Deep discussions of powerful ideas fill my soul. Sometimes I remember to make dinner and take out my contacts, but don’t count on it.

 

 

Debbie WarnerDebbie Warner
My name is Debbie Warner.  I’ve been homeschooling for 14 years and have used many different methods including: classical, Charlotte Mason, Thomas Jefferson Education, Kimber, online, charter schools, and unit studies.  I feel I am close to being an expert on teaching to children with learning challenges.  My passions include: teaching, reading, swimming, dancing, music, learning, nature, researching curriculums, children, and grandchildren.  Mommy to six, Grandma to 3 1/2, university student, and wife to one.

 

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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 Wood’s have ten children (eight boys and two girls) and eleven grandchildren, and have graduated eight children from their homeschool.  I am currently on the Board of LDS Home Educators as the Adult Conference Director for our two Conferences, held annually in Virginia and at Utah State. I have been on their board since 2006.