Dr. Jay Wile
Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). As he was finishing up his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry.
He went to the University of Rochester in upstate New York to study chemistry, and while he was there, he began working on nuclear chemistry experiments. He became so fascinated with nuclear chemistry that he stayed at the University of Rochester and got a Ph.D. in that field. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. While doing research, Dr. Wile was also an assistant professor of chemistry.
Dr. Wile's love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning "Exploring Creation with" series of junior-high and high-school science courses.
Dr. Wile and his wife of more than 30 years, Kathleen, homeschooled their daughter, Dawn, from the time they adopted her until she graduated high school. Dawn is a Butler University graduate and is currently a long-haul trucker with her husband, James.
Kelly Crawford has a passion for inspiring and encouraging women in their Kingdom work as mothers and wives, and bringing joy to the trenches of daily life. Kelly and her husband, Aaron, have 11 children, ages 22-3 months. She has been blogging at Generation Cedar for over nine years, helping women embrace the vision and power of home. She is a part time author, conference speaker and entrepreneur.
- Is Homeschooling Stressing You Out? A Closer Look at "School" vs. "Education"
- When Motherhood Feels Too Hard
- I'm an (Overwhelmed) New Homeschooler. Where Do I Start?
- Foundations in Character: Your Child's 1st Purpose Before He Finds His Life Purpose
- Practical Help Living on One Income
- God's Heart Toward Children
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks and Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.
Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues. Israel has written articles for the following magazines and websites: Answers (Answers In Genesis), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, Samaritan Ministries, CrossWalk.com, ChristianPost.com, ChristianBook.com, Christianity.com, HonorBound.com, WorldviewWeekend.com and many others. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel’s family began home educating in 1978 and has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine, Court Report and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at various conferences, with over 5,000 in attendance.
Israel and his wife Brook were joined in marriage without dating and share their testimony of God’s faithfulness on an audiobook titled, What God Has Joined Together. Israel and Brook, both homeschool graduates themselves, are home educating their nine children.
Israel desires to see God’s people learn to think and live Biblically. Aiming for both the head and the heart, Israel’s goal is to challenge audiences to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. In his words, “God’s Word applies to all areas of life. There is not one facet of our existence which does not fall under the direct claim of Lordship by Jesus Christ. This includes how we spend our money, what entertainment we consume, how we educate our children, how we use our time, etc. All of life must be understood from within a Biblical worldview.”
Speakers & schedule subject to change without notice.
Gary & Patricia BergenBiography
Gary & Patricia Bergen
Gary and Patricia have been home-educating their children for seventeen years. One child has graduated, one is planning to complete his program before Christmas, and the last one has a few years to go. They started home educating through conviction from the Bible which teaches that parents are the primary responsibility of teaching/training and passing on the faith. Also, because of their small contracting business, they wanted to be together as a family as much as they possibly could. Homeschooling allows much flexibility in time and location. Gary and Patricia use "canned" curriculum as a stability and launching point for their children's education. Their "home" is a small hobby farm in the Kinuso, Alberta area.
Ted Byfield is a Canadian journalist, publisher, and editor. He founded the Alberta Report and Western Report news magazines. He is currently the president and chairman of SEARCH (The Society to Explore and Record Christian History) and general editor of the Christian history book series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years.
Topic: The Disguise Is Off
Karla Canon has been homeschooling almost her whole life! She was homeschooled from birth through grade 12. At age 16 Karla finished her homeschool high school program and started university. After graduating with a Bachelors of Education, she taught for five years. When her own children were born she stayed home with them so they could homeschool right from the beginning! Karla and her husband Jim love homeschooling their 9, 6 and 3 year old children. She is excited to share how she juggles everything!
Topic: Morning Time
Topic: Knowing Where You’re Going
Paul Faris is senior legal counsel and President of Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada. For the past 12 years, Paul has defended the rights of homeschoolers in many levels of court and tribunal, before Parliament, before the Senate, in provincial legislatures, and in the media. Paul’s legal expertise makes him a strong advocate for the homeschooling community at large, while his down-to-earth and personable nature makes him a trusted and involved friend to the HSLDA members. Having both been successfully homeschooled, Paul and his wife, Suzanne, now also homeschool their children.
Craig has been been married to Gwynne for almost 36 years, and together they have raised or are raising nine children. They live on a 30-acre hobby farm near Milk River, Alberta. Over the years, he has been a letter-carrier, preacher, and classroom teacher, but one of his greatest passions is writing. His interests lie in teaching and preaching, singing and acting, and, of course, writing and proofreading. His vision is to see a fresh, enthusiastic generation of committed Christians take the Gospel to the marketplace, through the medium of writing.
Patty Marler and her husband Jeff have home educated for nearly two decades. Two children have graduated from their home education programs and have degrees/ diplomas from NAIT, Concordia University, and the Kodaly Music Institute in Hungary. Patty and Jeff continue to home educating their two teenagers. In addition to in the trenches experience, Patty has served as Government Liason for the AHEA board since April 2011 and she has learned an extensive amount in this role. Patty loves to share about the beauty, wonders, and challenges of home education with others.
Thérèse McDonald and her family live in Mundare, AB. She and her husband completed their home schooling journey last year after 21 yrs. A wife and mother of four, she has loved using the Socratic method to learn. Therese believes all of life is learning, and a passion for it can turn any situation into an opportunity to expand in knowledge and experience. “We have deliberately chosen to let curiosity loose in our lives and in the lives of our children,” Therese says. “Once we’ve inspired, offered guidance, infused relevance, and imparted faith and reason, we get out of the way and let a holy wind carry the seeds of learning in many directions.”
Tracy and her husband Keith believe family is a God designed institution and are humbled by and thankful for the blessing and privilege of raising their two children. Born and raised in Alberta, Tracy spent many years in the customer service industry before becoming a mother. She has previously served at AHEA conferences as a room monitor, runner and keynote speaker host. She believes that protecting the rights and responsibilities of parents and families is vitally important and is currently serving on the AHEA board as the Support Group Liaison.
Kathy & Daryl SniderBiography
Kathy & Daryl Snider
Daryl and Kathy Snider started their homeschool journey 35 years ago. After enjoying a lifestyle of learning with their own four children, they are delighted to be actively involved in their grandchildren's homeschool journey as well! They love outdoor activities and adventures and can be found paddling down rivers, biking all kinds of trails in both summer and winter, skiing down the slopes, etc. Normally these things are done with family members along - as long as they can keep up!
Former teachers in public and private schools, they have spent the majority of their time supporting homeschoolers throughout the past 30 years. They love to share their passion for homeschooling and this year look forward to sharing what they believe is the 'heartbeat of homeschooling'
Jennie van HooftBiography
Jennie van Hooft
Jennie Van Hooft is privileged to serve a great group of Christian homeschooling parents. She has a passion for serving God, encouraging parents, enabling families to serve one another, and enabling parents to home educate their children with special needs. She joined the throng of homeschooling parents late in life, but remains thankful that God opened the doors for the years she spent at home with her children who are now all adults. Although the days were sometimes challenging, the reward is priceless.
Panel: Homeschooling & Adoption
Joanne Berger started her homeschooling journey 15 years ago when her oldest was in Kindergarten. She also serves other moms on the board of directors in the support group in her area. She has 4 children, her oldest is in his second year of college, living 7 hours from home, 2nd oldest is finishing high school this year, third oldest is 15 and her youngest is 12 years old. She enjoys homeschooling the three still at home and supporting other moms especially those with adopted children.
Elizabeth King has been home educating her ten children for 21 years now, with about seven years to go. Three years ago, two children entered her home through social services, and their adoption became final fifteen months later. Through the many ups and downs of the sudden addition of two children, the family found their new normal. Their adopted children and their biological children are thriving, and the Lord has blessed and grown each member of the family.
Homeschooling and adoption: a seamless symbiotic combination or a homeschool nightmare on steroids? Come hear three moms share snapshots from their journeys through the challenges and blessings as homeschooling adoptive families. Can homeschooling facilitate attachment? How can we foster realistic expectations? Ponder these questions (and more) with us.
Panel: What's for Supper? Meal Planning for Large Families
Anne Reinhardt began the homeschooling journey when her oldest child turned 5 in the mid 1980’s. She spent the next 2 decades homeschooling 4 children for all of their pre-college education. It became a way of life in the Reinhardt home and Anne thoroughly enjoyed those years. She is still blessed by having taken the opportunity, and yet she is also moving on into the new era of living life without children at home. She loves encouraging younger home schooling mothers.
Rochelle Nickerson and her husband Tim are in their tenth year of homeschooling. What started out as a temporary arrangement until the local school opened up has become a long term commitment to keep their children at home and educate them with an eclectic mix of curricula and a great support group of fellow homeschoolers. They live in Calgary and have five children ages 15, 13, 10, 7 and 2.
Laurie Pearson lives with her husband and 13 children (ages 1-18) near Olds, AB. She loves to cook and create with food, but struggles to plan ahead. When she is not teaching her crew, or preparing meals, she can probably be found outside, hiking, playing volleyball, or skiing with her children.
Kimberly Walker and her husband, Ryan, have been homeschooling for over 20 years. They have 13 children and 2 son in laws. Ten children are living at home still. Their 19-year old is in college this year and they have children ages 17, 16, 13, 10, 9, 6, 6, 6, and 1. Their passion is raising up the next generation to love the Lord. They live on an acreage east of Sherwood Park. Their days are full and busy with planning, preparing, schooling, cleaning and of course cooking and feeding their blessed brood!
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. (Prov. 17:1) Come and hear three moms of 5+ kids each, share how they walk the fine line between crusts and feasting, while attempting to retain their sanity and love their children. Topics covered include: special dietary needs and how to incorporate them into family meals, getting the kids to help (or not), tips for nutritious snacks, and picky eaters. Come with questions of your own as well!
Panel: What's a Homeschool Dad to Do?
Randy Kopp is married to Catie and has raised with his wife four grown children (three boys and one girl) who were home educated from their childhood and went on to be successful contributors of society. Randy has met many home schoolers and encouraged them in their journey as a home school facilitator for the past twenty years. There have been many tests, challenges and satisfying moments over this course of time and Randy and his wife continue to support home schooling in Alberta.
David Rand graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1997 with a Bachelor of Education degree (Science major and Mathematics minor). David and his wife, Charmaine, have been married for 14 years and enjoy homeschooling their four children. David, 43, describes himself as a Christ follower, libertarian conservative, real estate developer, multi-generational Albertan farmer with a passion for sustainable and environmentally healthy local food systems.
Jeff Rozendaal is the first born of six children to Dutch immigrant parents in the southern part of Alberta. He grew up on the farm and valued the time spent growing up in a warm and loving family. Jeff and Marjon were married in July of 1999 and the first of their nine children was born in August of 2000. They have been home educating since 2010. Jeff and Marjon strive to fulfill their God given mandate to raise their children unto God and His glory through His grace and by His love. Soli Deo Gloria.
Greg Lammiman and his wife, Shauna, live in Airdrie where they have been homeschooling their six children for the past 23 years. Greg is retired from a thirty year teaching career with Calgary Board of Education and is now an independent film producer partnering with his eldest son. Their company, MovieMakers, produces educational films, and more recently, Christian feature length films and documentaries.
Iron sharpens iron. This session features three dads, Jeff Rozendaal, Dave Rand and Greg Lammiman, who will share their thoughts and experiences as fathers and husbands in their home school environments. Some of the questions they will be responding to are: how they lead their family, how they support their wives and how they balance their work with family and the Lord. This is an opportunity to gain some gold nuggets of insight, purpose and sharpening as a dad. See you there!