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Richard Paul Evans

New York Times #1 Author

Topic - The Importance of Books

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. There are currently more than thirty-five million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. Richard has won the American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance and five time recipient of the Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Awards. Seven of Richard’s books have been produced as television movies.

 

Richard has a special talent that bring hope and redemption in each of his characters. His unique way he weaves real life and struggles into his stories gives you the incredible sence of purpose to your life and that no matter what the struggle, there is a higher power guiding you through. 

In 2011 Richard began writing Michael Vey, a #1 New York Times bestselling Young Adult series which has won multiple awards. Children, especially those with challenging lives not only relate but find hope as the most unlikely boy becomes the hero. His curriculum for this book series is available on Simplified Homeschooling. This and other Books by Richard are available on Amazon.

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Julie Bogart

Brave Writer

Topic - Thinking Outside the Box: Guiding Children as They Navigate Their True Path

Julie grew up in southern California, attended UCLA (Bachelor's in history, 1983), studied abroad in France, spent a summer in Democratic Republic of Congo, lived in Morocco for four years, and earned her Master's in theology from Xavier University (2007).

 

She has five kids and homeschooled them for seventeen years. Julie's professional writing credentials include ghostwriting, freelance writing, editing books, operating as the senior editor for a quarterly industry publication, and writing a weekly column for United Press International.

Julie has written Brave Writer's Home Study Courses and has written or supervised the writing of all other Brave Writer products. Her work in Brave Writer was recognized as an "outstanding contribution to society" in 2017 when she was awarded the Anne E. and William F. Madges Alumni Award from Xavier University.

Julie's homeschool credentials include ten years teaching theater and writing for her Cincinnati homeschool co-op of 300 students, four year membership in the steering committee of a local Charlotte Mason organization, speaking in the US, UK, and Canada at homeschool conventions, and hosting Brave Writer events all over the United States. Brave Writer opened its doors in January 2000 and has taught tens of thousands of families from all around the globe. Today, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she enjoys swimming, PG tips tea every morning, and traveling to visit my globe-trotting kids.

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Natalie Reeve

Chief Content Officer

Simplified Homeschooling

Author - Speaker - Mom

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Natalie knew at five years of age, she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up!  She had no idea her files upon files of “FUN” teaching ideas, collected throughout childhood and beyond, would primarily be used to teach her own children!  

After overcoming the majority of difficulties associated with Dyslexia and Auditory Processing Disorder, she attended BYU-Idaho.  In 2005, Natalie graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.

She has taught all grade levels from K through 5, as well ran her own preschool for three years. She also taught at a specialty private school for children with Dyslexia and has received specialized training in Slingerland, an Orton-Gillingham Method for teaching literacy.  

In 2009, she began a Master’s in Education program and this led her to see that the classroom was not an ideal setting for educating children and a passion for non-traditional forms of educating began to brew. She has created a reading curriculum called, Direct Route to Reading, with a desire to help her children thrive and LOVE reading.

Natalie married her amazingly selfless and supportive husband, Dan, in 2008.  They are the parents of Sophie (9), Tessa (9), Eleanor (7), Bennett (5), and Annie (2 1/2) and currently resides in Utah

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Dale & Michelle Bartlett

Authors - Travel Experts

Topic - How Travel Changes Your Child's World and Education

Dale & Michelle Bartlett are the authors of three internationally selling travel books and the owners of TravelingU.  They leveraged their love of travel to help people travel more for much less than most could ever dream. They are best known for their first book, “Have Kids – Will Travel” and for being the family travel experts, but are quickly becoming experts on inexpensive travel for anyone, singles, couples or families. Their latest book is "Amazing Travel - Incredibly Cheap". They have also written, "day trips from salt lake city". 

In 1997, the Bartletts began discovering different ways anyone can travel inexpensively and some even free. Their first trip with their four children to France and England cost them a total of around $4,000.00 including air, hotel, car rental, food, and fun. They have since found ways to cut this, even more, spending three weeks in Europe for less than $2,700.00 for all six of them. They have stayed in Castles, a 400-year-old restored farmhouse in Tuscany and Marriott Hotel’s, all for free. Most importantly they discovered along the way the amazing change travel created in their children's lives having taken them to over 30 countries during their homeschooling experience. 

As acclaimed speakers, the Bartletts have shared the podium with such notable personalities as New York Times Bestselling Author, Richard Paul Evans,  Paula  Fellingham, founder of The Women’s Information Network, noted Author and “Get Away Guru”, Larry Gelwix (real life coach of the team featured in the movie, “Forever Strong”), John Taylor Gatto, Rebecca W. Keller, Ph.D and Alice Fulton-Osborne.

The Bartletts have been featured on television morning shows, radio programs, as well as in multiple newspapers across the country and countless articles in print. 

Meg Thomas

The Hippie Mama

Topic - Staying Calm in Your Home Even While You Homeschool

Meg is married to the best guy ever and feels she is lucky to have seven monkeys, whom she adores. She is a veteran homeschooling Mama and a lover of all things natural. Meg also love running, Cross Fit, and playing with her family.

Meg is a Certified Life Coach, through the Life Coach School, who specializes in helping homeschooling Mamas. I help Mamas build relationships with their children and create a family culture, so they can teach them anything.

She often gets asked  if she is a homeschool coach or a parenting coach. The answer is yes to both. "When you are homeschooling, you are with your kids a lot, and if there is screaming, fighting, and complaining and you don't have tools to know what to do, then homeschool isn't going to be much fun for you or them.

I also want you to have success in your homeschool and I give you the tools to create a thriving homeschool and how to create independent learners."

Meg believes you can do all of this while creating peace in your home and in your heart. It really is possible and she is excited to show you how.

Patti Rokus

RocksTellStories

Topic -Unlocking The Power of Peace Within: 

 Building Self-Worth and Confidence in Your Child. (With Melia Rios-Lazo)

Patti Rokus, the rock lady, can’t stop picking up rocks on her hikes throughout the Pacific Northwest. Being outside used to be about the trees, sky and critters, but now it’s all about rocks, because they tell stories, which can be seen in her internationally published books and viral videos. Children and adults all over the world are recreating her art with stones and pebbles of their own – deepening their connection to God and finding peace in our busy world.

As a recovering corporate product manager with companies like Nike and Microsoft, Patti knows what it’s like to feel too busy to prioritize what matters most.  So, she left it all to release her inner artist and find ways to share her love for nature and the Creator.  She’s committed to helping us reconnect to our source and find greater contentment. Her speaking engagements and online presentations are filled with rock art demonstrations and stories of unexpected serendipity that has led to a very unexpected life. She is also a singer/songwriter, a Christian, and a teacher of self-discovery.

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Nicholeen Peck

Teaching Self Government

Topic - Training the Hearts of our Children

Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader — and for good reason! Her proven system based upon calmness, the principles of self-government, and good communication transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. The world witnessed this in 2009 when the Peck family was featured on a one hour BBC documentary about parenting where 2 troubled British teens came to say in their home for 8 days. After 2 days the teens stopped rebelling, and by the end of the program begged not to leave the Peck family. She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting. She’s a popular public speaker, author of the international book, Parenting a House United, and many other books including Roles, Londyn LaRae Says Okay, Porter Earns A Quarter, Big Win For Quin, Paije Takes the Stage, Popular Parenting Methods, and more. She has also written many magazine articles, and articles for this website.

Though she’s an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even President of the Worldwide Organization for Women (an approved consultant for the United Nations), Nicholeen spends most of her time at home with her husband and four children, which she knows will be her greatest impact and legacy. The fact that she has such an international influence while still being a stay-at-home mom is evidence of the effectiveness of her teachings. 

Rachel DeMille

Everything Homeschooling

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Can we have a first family of homeschooling? If so, the DeMille's would be it.

Rachel began playing the piano at age three, and was reading fluently by the age of four. Her facility with learning extended from math and science to foreign language and the arts, and she spent her early years in gifted programs. However, as she grew, she found it difficult to “fit in” to the system, and increasingly found that her best educational experiences were outside of the classroom–either through personal study, or with the guidance of caring and challenging mentors.

The youngest of six children, Rachel observed the upbringing of her nieces and nephews, and was deeply affected by the philosophies of her next oldest sister and her husband, who were homeschooling their children through the classics. She recognized the pattern of classics and mentoring that had been her own ideal, and determined to pursue a similar course in raising her own family.

Rachel is the co-author of Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning and the audio series Core and Love of Learning: A Recipe for Success, and the author of the award-winning educational resource, This Week in History. She is an accomplished musician, writer, literary editor, public speaker, consultant and momschool organizer.

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Chief Inspiration Officer

Simplified Homeschooling

Author - Speaker - Mom

Michelle Bartlett

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Michelle is a mother of four grown children and a grandmother to five. Her passion for learning led her to homeschool when her oldest was thirteen and her youngest was three. In three years her oldest daughter received a full four year scholarship without a diploma or GED to Utah State University at age sixteen, her oldest son followed at age fifteen, and the two younger siblings joined them at age seventeen. They have gone on to get their Master's and Michelle often brags that her children have more education than she does (She has no formal schooling past High School).

Let Michelle take you through her journey as a homeschool Mom and give you the hope that you can do this, it isn't as difficult as you think. She will also share her passion of incorporating travel and humanitarian trips into learning. 

Now that Michelle has finished that chapter of her life, she has moved on to helping people live a healthy and happier life through nutrition, (Naturally Michelle) teaching them how to travel the world for just the cost of food and fun (TravelingU, Author of three travel books) and helping mothers homeschool their families (Simplified Homeschooling). 

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Founder - The Mindful Heart

Mindi Eldredge

Topic -Cultivating a Love of Learning

Mindi Eldredge is the President and founder of The Mindful Heart (themindfulheart.com), a new homeschool method and curriculum that guides families in educating heart, mind, body, and spirit. Mindi has a passion for helping children develop a strong love of learning and for helping teens recognize and reach their full potential.

 

Prior to The Mindful Heart, Mindi created, wrote, and served as Math Director for The Good and Beautiful Math Curriculum. She also wrote five of The Good and Beautiful Science Units. Mindi is a wife and mother to three children. In addition to homeschooling, she enjoys playing board games, traveling, and reading.

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Nicole Shiffler

Topic - Unschooling, What Is It? 

Nicole's mission is to empower mothers to THRIVE, inspire their children in the beauties of life, and create a home life that is magical -- because home life CAN be. 

 

Nicole has developed,  The Ultimate Unschooling Course, and is currently working on courses, Empowering Your Child In the Kitchen, How to Raise a Resilient Child and How to Use the Power of Visualization to Become Everything You Want. 

Nicole is a mother of four lovely little ladies: Caroline (6), Johanna (4), Ainsleigh (2), and Annabelle (2). Her husband, Bobby, is one outnumbered man in a home where dolls and tutus can be found strewn across every room.

 

She is a stay-at-home, blogging, homeschooling, want-to-be artist who knows very well the privilege of me-time. She absolutely loves creating with her children and for her home. It is a stress-relieving, gratifying, incredible process to create. It is even more so when she can share it with her children.

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Marlene Fletcher

Topic - Homeschool 101

Marlene is the President and founder of the Homeschool Support Group. She also owns several businesses. Her life’s mission is to inspire, empower & create, no matter where she may be.

She is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and Structural Integration Practitioner (SIP). She travels frequently sharing her passion, of how to be happier and healthier in a natural way. Marlene has served on several Executive PTA boards and was the director of radKIDS (child safety empowerment program) at her children’s school. She is a certified radKIDS instructor, empowering over 1,000 children! She has presented at BYU Women’s Conference, and various homeschool conferences, Winter Homeschool Conference and Called to Learn University.

She has been educating families for nearly 20 years and is currently homeschooling. She is married to Matthew Fletcher. They have 4 sons and together they strive to inspire their children to not only learn, but to have a love for learning and make it a life-long habit.

Entrepreneur - Mom

Melia Rios-Lazo

Topic -Unlocking The Power of Peace Within: 

 Building Self-Worth and Confidence in Your Child.  (With Patti Rokus)

Melia Rios-Lazo is a wife and mom to 5 kids from 5 to 17 years old. Having a child with ADHD and other health challenges, she jumped into homeschooling for a fresh look at adjusting to these new opportunities. 

 

She is a master at creating, innovating and cultivating ideas that can strengthen the home and family. So far her creativity is shared through her blog and successful Etsy store., but keep an eye out because she is about to create something huge.

 

 Melia has a passion for helping children and is co-founder of Tiny Trunk Tales where children gather to learn how to unlock the power within.