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EXPO 2018

 

33rd Annual 
2018 Home Education Expo

Raising Them Up
Deuteronomy 6:7
"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

 

Evangel Temple
5755 Ramona Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Friday, July 20      10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, July 21      9 am -5pm

 

If you are thinking of homeschooling, a new homeschooler or a veteran then this LOCAL event is for you! Come be encouraged and inspired. Do you need help with year-end evaluations, high school transcripts and grading? Come to our expo and get your questions answered.  Duval County has more than 7,000 registered homeschool students.  Come meet some if you feel you need support!

 

Here’s a glimpse at some of the classes we will offer:
Homeschool 101 (getting started), high-school 101, homeschool for my special needs child, making herbal
vinegars and many more.  See below for a list of workshops being offered.

Our convention also serves all families! Yes, even those who do not homeschool. Are you looking for apologetic material, music education, college admissions, creation material, leaning to grow your own food, making herbal
vinegars and tinctures, or Christian books for your family, church or community? If so, come join us!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW WORKSHOPS BEING OFFERED

EXPO SPEAKERS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EXPO EXHIBITORS

 

Keynote speaker:   Mike Riddle
President of Creation Training Initiative and Education Specialist

Mike is the founder and president of Creation Training Initiative. He is an international speaker and teacher on biblical creation, apologetics, and Christian education. He has been involved in creation apologetics for over 35 years. Mike has spoken at NASA, many secular and Christian universities, churches around the world, state homeschool conventions and secular and Christian schools. Prior to being involved in creation ministry, Mike was a Captain in the USMC and a national champion in track and field. Mike’s experience in the education field includes:

- M.S. Mathematics, M.A. Education
- Teacher junior and senior high school
- Adjunct professor Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry
- Instructor at the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School and Answers in Genesis speaker/author
- Director/instructor U.S. Sprint’s worldwide engineer and technical training
- Director/instructor Microsoft’s engineer training
- Instructor USMC

- Developed and taught teacher training and communication skills courses worldwide

He resides in Meridian, ID with his wife Lesley.

To learn more about Mike, click here.

EXPO REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION MEMBER PRICE:

REGISTRATION NON-MEMBER PRICE:

$10 PER FAMILY

$20 PER FAMILY

 

  • Family = Spouses, Home Educated Children and Grandparents
  • To Attend Register HERE
  • Payments must be made at the time of Registration. No refunds on
  • Registration. Registrations are non-transferable
  • After July 14th, pay at door only

QUESTIONS?  Email HERIjax@yahoo.com

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Workshops Being Offered:

 

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Descriptions

 

1. Making Herbal Hygienics

Speaker: Rossana Villagra

Through simple recipes, we begin our journey to wellness and improve our daily routines. Join me! #homeschoollife #ditchandswitch

- Hand sanitizer

- Make-up Remover

- Bug spray

- Sunscreen

 

2. Homosexuality, Heartbreak, and Healing

Speaker: Dale Pope

Homosexuality in recent years has moved from a behavior into an identity. This is being affirmed in culture and has resulted in much confusion about this topic. In many cases families and churches have struggled on how to address the subject. The issue is often misunderstood and should be approached with a balance of Grace and Truth. Our session is designed to demystify homosexuality, understand the contributing factors to same sex attraction and transgenderism which can help equip families and the church with knowledge on ways to respond in a Christ like way.

 

3. Math is More than Just Numbers with RightStart™ Math

Speaker: Ann Meola

Poetry is beautiful because it has rhyme, reason, and pattern. Poetry paints a picture. It is so much more than letters, just as math is so much more than numbers. RightStart™ Math becomes poetry when it’s explored and understood. Do you see the patterns in math? Does math paint a picture? If you said no to these questions, you need to come and discover the beauty of math.

 

4. Explore Virtual Learning Solutions with Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

Speaker: Jimminda Thompson

FLVS gives homeschool families many choices. Our course options meet a wide range of student needs. We offer educational programs tailored precisely to your needs. NEW ELEMENTARY PATH - This innovative learning solution is designed for Florida students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. FLVS FLEX Elementary offers comprehensive, age appropriate instruction in core courses and special subject areas including Spanish, Physical Education, Art, and Technology.

 

7. Friction Fire - The Survivalist's Guide

Speaker: Joel Graves

Fire is an essential component of survival, and when you need it most, it's unlikely you will always have the ideal tools, resources and climate to succeed. Having a range of primitive skills, like friction fire is essential to succeeding despite the odds being stacked against you. Friction fire is possible with just natural resources but, requires skill and patience. Properly concentrated, a little bit of friction can create a fire very quickly. The trick is patience, patience, and then more patience. Pre-made kits for practicing will be available during his lecture, and students will learn basic form and how to harness the power of fire through rubbing sticks together. Joel will also demonstrate the rotifer roll, turning cotton balls into coal.

 

8. Grow Your Own Herbal Teas and Spices

Speaker: Karen Robinson

Why pay for them when you can grow them? Learn about easy Florida herbs to grow for herbal teas and spices.

 

9. Biblical Concepts of Civil Government

Speaker: Raymond E Johnson

A book by book review of what the bible says about civil government, elections law and public policy. How Empower Jacksonville is organizing Christian voters.

 

10. How We Started Our Homeschool Business

Speaker: Keith Foskey

Our workshop will tell the story of how we began our homebased screen printing business including what we needed to get started, how we advertised and how we kept the whole family involved.

 

11. Teaching Excellent Essay Writing to Young Writers

Speaker: Genevieve Hutchinson

Discover some tools and tricks to teaching your young writer how to write an excellent essay.

 

12. Finding the Right Fit (College Searching and Dual Enrollment)

Speaker: Seth Gray

Join the Dean of Admissions from Trinity Baptist College for this insightful conversation on how to find the right college fit for your family. This workshop will feature tips for when to start thinking about college, how to plan for success, and will feature information about dual enrollment and how Trinity Baptist College can help you along the way.

 

13. Music Worx - From Scripture to Music to Memory

Speaker: Steve Hereford

In August 2012, Steve Hereford began working with middle & high school students by writing music to Scripture and teaching it to them. The results were staggering. Now he would like to share this with you because music does work in memorizing Scripture! If you're struggling with Scripture memory in your homeschool, you will want to attend this 50 minute workshop from a veteran homeschool dad, pastor and worship leader.

 

14. Teaching America to Eat Healthy Again

Speaker: Lauria Crumbaker with Kitchen Craft

Come join Kitchen Craft for a demo of their cookware. This workshop will be facilitated at their booth.

 

15. Are Home Education Rights at Risk?

Brenda Dickinson (FL Home Education Lobbyist)

Brenda Dickinson will discuss how Florida home education rights have increased over the last 30 years and how quickly those rights can be lost. She will discuss the recent changes to the home education law initiated by threats to your freedoms and how important it is for you to stay connected.

 

16. ¿Qué es “Educar en Casa” o “Homeschooling”?

Speaker: Rossana Villagra

¿Yo? ¿Educar en casa? No estás solo. Muchos lo han pensado, y muchos lo estan haciendo exitosamente. Únase a nosotros para una reunión informativa que esperamos responder a sus preguntas con respecto a la educación en el hogar.

 

17. Refuting God Used Evolution and Billions of Years

Keynote Speaker: Mike Riddle

  • What we believe about the Bible (Jesus, History, prophecy, miracles, science)
  • Geology and time
  • Scientific evidence and dinosaurs
  • Radiometric dating methods
    • What do they really measure?
    • Are there any assumptions?
    • How accurate are they?
  • A quiz
  • Analyzing 2 Peter 3:8
  • Solving the great controversy: the days of creation
  • 10 biblical problems with millions of years
  • A lesson in logic and the Bible
  • The Character of God
  • Six strong conclusions

 

18. Adding STEM to Your Elementary Program

Speaker: Lesley Rester

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) can sound intimidating to a home educator. In this workshop, you will see how it can be a fun, simple journey you take with your student that opens up a world of inspiration and innovation to them. With practical resource ideas and tips, this workshop will demystify STEM learning and show you how it can be a wonderful tool in a home educators toolbelt!

 

19. The Special Needs Journey

Speaker: Sara Susen

Having a Special Needs child can be overwhelming at times. Homeschooling a Special Needs child can be even more overwhelming! This workshop is aimed at giving you some "tools" for your "tool belt" to help you feel more successful and some encouragement for you to take on this incredible journey of homeschooling your special needs child. (Diagnosis is not needed for you to attend this workshop)!

 

20. Piecing Together the High School Puzzle

Speaker: Joanne Mastronicola

This workshop discusses credits, course content, transcripts, graduation, college-admission requirements, vocational preparation, ways to deal with classes for which you do not feel qualified to teach, earning high-school credit in middle school, volunteer hours, working toward scholarships for college, and much more. Taught by Joanne Mastronicola, author of Piecing Together the High School Puzzle.

 

21. If I Had a Do-Over: What I'd Keep, Tweak and Pitch

Speaker: Lisa Appelo

Homeschooling well has no short-cuts but there is wisdom distilled in the trenches to help as you're cutting your own path. I'll share my tip-top lessons from 20 years of homeschooling seven kids and launching 5 so far into college.

 

23. Benefits of Freshly Made Flour

Speaker: Kim Ebbers

Kim began making homemade flour after hearing her mentor in the field, Sue Becker, speak about the health benefits of “real” whole wheat flour at a HERI homeschool convention in 2003. After 3 months of cooking with fresh flour, Kim and her family began to experience amazing health benefits such as complete relief of seasonal allergies, oral aphthous ulcers & constipation. They also noticed increased energy levels as well as decreased doctor visits. Come learn about the history of flour and the detrimental health effects of commercial milling. Different types of wheat berries & where to purchase them will be discussed, along with how you can easily make fresh, homemade flour. Also learn how you can easily adapt recipes to make delicious, nourishing food.

 

 

24. Teaching Your Teen to Think and Reason Biblically

Speaker: Jim Hough

It is time to equip our teens to stand in a world that moves further away from Christian values and understanding. To stand against and speak into the worldview of our culture, we must clearly understand Christian Worldview. Jim will discuss the battle for our mind and you will receive some great ideas for increasing and challenging your child's Christian Worldview.

 

25. You Gotta Have a Plan!

Speaker: Jumora Cooper

To be an effective teacher, organization needs to be your friend. You, your students, and the home’s environment need to be organized. Great for beginning teachers 1-3 yrs.

 

26. Earning College Credit While Homeschooling

Speaker: Elicia DiPietro

Take a test AND earn college credit? Is THAT possible? Join a homeschooling mom as she shares that earning college credit while homeschooling CAN BE DONE! Using credit by examination, her oldest son earned his bachelor's degree in approximately 2 1/2 years!

 

27. My Kids Have To Be Tested?

Speaker: Jan Koncar

Confused about which choice is right for your child when it comes to yearly evaluations? The Florida statute requires that an annual evaluation of a student's progress be submitted to the county superintendent's office where the student resides. We will look at and discuss the five options from which a parent may choose to comply with this requirement. Concerned as to what is needed in a student portfolio? Join us to see what to include to make yours a successful one!

 

29. The Survivalist's Guide to Primitive Weapons throughout Human History

Speaker: Joel Graves

Primitive weapons have been essential tools for our ancestors in hunting for sustenance and defense against predators. In this lecture students will journey through time, exploring the primitive weapons of ancient ages and how each was used. In addition, we will learn how they can still be used today to effectively procure protein and defend against predators. Students will get to see examples of primitive weapons created out of natural resources.

 

30. Relevance of Home Economics in the 21st Century

Speaker: Amanda (Mandy) Dawn Brown

Come participate in a workshop discussing the relevance of home economics in an educational plan in the 21st century, and how to implement such a plan. There will be a half hour presentation on the history of home economics, including the omitting of this area of study from public education and the implications of such choices. We will then move on to suggestions of how to re-instate home economics into current day education including suggested resources. Finally, participants will share thoughts and experiences that can help guide building a home-economic plan of your very own!

 

31. Class Title: Experiencing Dinosaurs

Speaker: Aaron & Nathan DiPietro

"LETTING THE FOSSILS (a.k.a. the grads) SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES"

Brothers Aaron & Nathan will share why, when it comes to Dinosaurs & Dragons that you should NOT settle for less than the TRUTH! Discover why this and all subjects must be understood from a biblical & scientific perspective and are vital in grounding youth AND parents today! Educating, Entertaining and Encouraging for the WHOLE FAMILY!

Interactive Q & A with FREE giveaways!

 

32. Neuroplasticity- The Brain Body Learning Connection

Speaker: Virginia Dill

The brain can be changed through movement. Learn the link between movements in early life and brain development. ADD/ADHDH, learning delays, memory problems, sensory delays, emotional issues and more can all stem from lack of movements. Learn the beginnings of how to develop the brain to improve and even eliminate these issues through specific movements that target specific brain regions. A previous attendee says, “I learned more in the first 15 minutes of listening to Mrs. Dill than speaking with dozens of doctors for the last ten years.”

 

33. How To Guide Your Child to Get a Full Scholarship

Speaker: Tanya Wang

Essential tools and information to help your child find scholarship opportunities for college. Having helped her daughter obtain 95% of her education funding through Scholarships, merit aid, and grants, she is excited to share with other families how they too can help their child go to college almost debt-free.

 

34. Homeschooling 101 (How to Homeschool in Florida)

Speaker: Lindley Rachal

Are you brand new to homeschooling? Come and find out where to start and how to get there. Topics will include the law, curriculum choices, testing, groups, local events, as well as a question and answer session. Taught by Lindley Rachal. Owner of R.O.C.K. Solid Home School Books, a local homeschool curriculum provider.

 

  1. Adding STEM to Your Elementary Program

Speaker: Lesley Rester

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) can sound intimidating to a home educator. In this workshop, you will see how it can be a fun, simple journey you take with your student that opens up a world of inspiration and innovation to them. With practical resource ideas and tips, this workshop will demystify STEM learning and show you how it can be a wonderful tool in a home educators toolbelt!

 

38. Cooking Once A Month

Speaker: Joanne Mastronicola

I am not a super-mom. Cooking is not my thing, but, the family had to eat and I was looking for a more efficient way to do my job. Come learn how to spend one day cooking 30 meals -- and fitting them all into the freezer above the refrigerator. Planning sheets, recipes and instructions will be included!

 

39. Music Education: Real Practice = Real Progress

Speaker: Sarah Van Kleeck

Why is my student not progressing on his music development? Is there a difference between music education and music lessons? Does practice actually make perfect? How long will it take my child to become proficient on his instrument? If you are considering the investment of music lessons for your child or are already several years into the process, explore these ideas and more with a veteran violin teacher of 27 years. Sarah Van Kleeck can help you reach that illusive goal: proficiency of the instrument.

 

44. Critical Thinking Skills That Disarm Evolutionist

Keynote Speaker: Mike Riddle

creationtraining.org

  • Common Evolutionists’ Tactics
  • The Critical Thinking Questions
  • A Power Question
  • Fuzzy words and magic words
  • Red-flag words
  • Case study: critical thinking and the fossil record

 

45. My Kids Have To Be Tested?

Speaker: Jan Koncar

Confused about which choice is right for your child when it comes to yearly evaluations? The Florida statute requires that an annual evaluation of a student's progress be submitted to the county superintendent's office where the student resides. We will look at and discuss the five options from which a parent may choose to comply with this requirement. Concerned as to what is needed in a student portfolio? Join us to see what to include to make yours a successful one!

 

46. Noah's Ark and the Great Flood

Speaker: Rich Overman

Walk through Genesis chapters 6-9. Attendees will learn what the Bible has to say about the flood event itself and how the flood affected nature and mankind. Geologic affects like canyons, layers, coal and others will be shown. The presentation ends with the parallels between the ark and the cross.

 

47. Paideia - Educating the Whole Child

Speaker: Karen Clowe

As a parent educator, we have the unique ability to instill values, sharpen standards, and develop morals in our children. We will discuss ways to work on all of these concepts and not get lost in a curriculum.

 

48. Piecing Together the High School Puzzle

Speaker: Joanne Mastronicola

This workshop discusses credits, course content, transcripts, graduation, college-admission requirements, vocational preparation, ways to deal with classes for which you do not feel qualified to teach, earning high-school credit in middle school, volunteer hours, working toward scholarships for college, and much more. Taught by Joanne Mastronicola, author of Piecing Together the High School Puzzle.

 

49. Knife Making for Noobs

Speaker: Randy Owen

Join us as we discover and discuss the process of making a knife from raw materials to a finished masterpiece. We will discuss the various processes and avenues in which you can begin your knife making or bladesmithing journey.

 

50. Class Title: Teaching From A Flowing Stream

Jennifer Shrode

Feeling rundown and worn out? It's hard to teach our sweet blessings when we ourselves are dry and worn down. Come and be refreshed and encourage so you can pour yourself into the calling in front of you.

 

51. Teaching America to Eat Healthy Again

Speaker: Lauria Crumbaker with Kitchen Craft

Come join Kitchen Craft for a demo of their cookware. This workshop will be facilitated at their booth.

 

52. Chicken & Rabbit Keeping 101

Speaker: Anne Byrnes

Learn how to integrate hen & rabbit keeping into a subject as you school from home. Gain knowledge and inspiration on the basics of how to get started and the care involved.

 

53. A Poison called Pornography

Speaker: Dale Pope

There is undisputed evidence of a literal physiological addiction resulting from continual pornography exposure. It is rewiring the brains of our young people and adults alike. Our families, churches, and culture are under assault. We will cover ways that parents can protect and guide their children away from the early and habitual online exposure to porn and how churches can address this issue in a way that helps people find hope and support in our homes and places of worship.

 

54. Completing the FAFSA and Scholarship Resources

Speaker: Nichole Crowley

If you have a college seeking student in your home or know someone who will be going to college soon, come learn about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and maximizing your scholarship opportunities at no cost to the applicant or their family.

 

55. Experiencing Dinosaurs

Speaker: Aaron & Nathan DiPietro

"LETTING THE FOSSILS (a.k.a. the grads) SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES"

Brothers Aaron & Nathan will share why, when it comes to Dinosaurs & Dragons that you should NOT settle for less than the TRUTH! Discover why this and all subjects must be understood from a biblical & scientific perspective and are vital in grounding youth AND parents today! Educating, Entertaining and Encouraging for the WHOLE FAMILY!

Interactive Q & A with FREE giveaways!

 

  1. Adding STEM to Your Elementary Program

Speaker: Lesley Rester

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) can sound intimidating to a home educator. In this workshop, you will see how it can be a fun, simple journey you take with your student that opens up a world of inspiration and innovation to them. With practical resource ideas and tips, this workshop will demystify STEM learning and show you how it can be a wonderful tool in a home educators toolbelt!

 

57. Music Worx - From Scripture to Music to Memory

Speaker: Steve Hereford

In August 2012, Steve Hereford began working with middle & high school students by writing music to Scripture and teaching it to them. The results were staggering. Now he would like to share this with you because music does work in memorizing Scripture! If you're struggling with Scripture memory in your homeschool, you will want to attend this 50 minute workshop from a veteran homeschool dad, pastor and worship leader.

 

58. Friction Fire - The Survivalist's Guide

Speaker: Joel Graves

Fire is an essential component of survival, and when you need it most, it's unlikely you will always have the ideal tools, resources and climate to succeed. Having a range of primitive skills, like friction fire is essential to succeeding despite the odds being stacked against you. Friction fire is possible with just natural resources but, requires skill and patience. Properly concentrated, a little bit of friction can create a fire very quickly. The trick is patience, patience, and then more patience. Pre-made kits for practicing will be available during his lecture, and students will learn basic form and how to harness the power of fire through rubbing sticks together. Joel will also demonstrate the rotifer roll, turning cotton balls into coal.

 

59. Are Home Education Rights at Risk?

Brenda Dickinson (FL Home Education Lobbyist)

Brenda Dickinson will discuss how Florida home education rights have increased over the last 30 years and how quickly those rights can be lost. She will discuss the recent changes to the home education law initiated by threats to your freedoms and how important it is for you to stay connected.

 

60. Benefits of Freshly Made Flour

Speaker: Kim Ebbers

Kim began making homemade flour after hearing her mentor in the field, Sue Becker, speak about the health benefits of “real” whole wheat flour at a HERI homeschool convention in 2003. After 3 months of cooking with fresh flour, Kim and her family began to experience amazing health benefits such as complete relief of seasonal allergies, oral aphthous ulcers & constipation. They also noticed increased energy levels as well as decreased doctor visits. Come learn about the history of flour and the detrimental health effects of commercial milling. Different types of wheat berries & where to purchase them will be discussed, along with how you can easily make fresh, homemade flour. Also learn how you can easily adapt recipes to make delicious, nourishing food.

 

61. Cooking Once A Month

Speaker: Joanne Mastronicola

I am not a super-mom. Cooking is not my thing, but, the family had to eat and I was looking for a more efficient way to do my job. Come learn how to spend one day cooking 30 meals -- and fitting them all into the freezer above the refrigerator. Planning sheets, recipes and instructions will be included!

 

62. Cybersecurity - Staying Safe While Surfing

Speaker: Josh Susen

How do we keep ourselves secure on the internet?

How do we protect our kids while they're online?

What apps are ok to install on the phone?

Is Snapchat safe?

Who's on my wifi?

The internet is an amazing place. It can also feel a little overwhelming, ok, a lot overwhelming. Listen how to shrink down managing your security into a few manageable areas and reduce the risks of running into the bad side of the internet.

 

63. When Did I Become A Juggler? How to Schedule Multiple Kiddos

Speaker: Jennifer Shrode

Mom of seven children, two with learning disabilities, welcomes you into her day as she juggles the needs and desires of a large, fun family.

 

64. STEM Opportunities in Middle and High School

Speaker: Katie Vogel and son, Ryan Vogel

Interested in adding some hands-on extra-curricular STEM activities to your homeschool? Bring your middle and high school students to learn about participating in the Northeast Florida Science fair, First Lego League robotics competitions, Math Counts, and opportunities to learn computer coding online. Both Katie and her son, Ryan, will be leading this workshop.

 

65. Aliens, UFOs and the Bible

Keynote Speaker: Mike Riddle

creationtraining.org

  • The Gospel as the foundation for our thinking
  • Why the search for extraterrestrial life?
  • The most common objects mistaken for UFOs
  • Hollywood
  • NASA and area 51
  • Aliens, science and logic: 6 problems
  1. The origin of life
  2. Distances and the speed of light
  3. Distances and radio waves
  4. Space travel and energy consumption
  5. Space stuff (dust particles)
  6. The Bible
  • Did Ezekiel see a spaceship? (Ezekiel 1)
  • Discernment (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
  • A common denominator is evolution
  • The Great Deceiver
  • Why is the universe so big?
  • Only the Bible has the answer

 

66. The Survivalist's Guide to Primitive Weapons throughout Human History

Speaker: Joel Graves

Primitive weapons have been essential tools for our ancestors in hunting for sustenance and defense against predators. In this lecture students will journey through time, exploring the primitive weapons of ancient ages and how each was used. In addition, we will learn how they can still be used today to effectively procure protein and defend against predators. Students will get to see examples of primitive weapons created out of natural resources.

 

67. Making Your Own Herbal Tinctures, Vinegars and More!

Speaker: Karen Robinson

Herbal "farm"acy is as much an art as it is science. Understanding how to prepare the plants for use is as important as which herbs to use. Join us to learn to make some simple herbal "farm"aceuticals.

 

68. Homeschooling 101 (How to Homeschool in Florida)

Speaker: Lindley Rachal

Are you brand new to homeschooling? Come and find out where to start and how to get there. Topics will include the law, curriculum choices, testing, groups, local events, as well as a question and answer session. Taught by Lindley Rachal. Owner of R.O.C.K. Solid Home School Books, a local homeschool curriculum provider.

 

69. Math is More than Just Numbers with RightStart™ Math

Speaker: Ann Meola

Poetry is beautiful because it has rhyme, reason, and pattern. Poetry paints a picture. It is so much more than letters, just as math is so much more than numbers. RightStart™ Math becomes poetry when it’s explored and understood. Do you see the patterns in math? Does math paint a picture? If you said no to these questions, you need to come and discover the beauty of math.

 

70. The Special Needs Journey

Speaker: Sara Susen

Having a Special Needs child can be overwhelming at times. Homeschooling a Special Needs child can be even more overwhelming! This workshop is aimed at giving you some "tools" for your "tool belt" to help you feel more successful and some encouragement for you to take on this incredible journey of homeschooling your special needs child. (Diagnosis is not needed for you to attend this workshop)!

 

71. Knife Safety, Handling and Care

Speaker: Randy Owen

Come learn how to properly and safely use and maintain a blade. If maintained properly or if used in an unsafe manner a blade can outlive you! Learn the tips, tricks and techniques to give you confidence when handling a blade.

 

72. Neuroplasticity- The Brain Body Learning Connection

Speaker: Virginia Dill

The brain can be changed through movement. Learn the link between movements in early life and brain development. ADD/ADHDH, learning delays, memory problems, sensory delays, emotional issues and more can all stem from lack of movements. Learn the beginnings of how to develop the brain to improve and even eliminate these issues through specific movements that target specific brain regions. A previous attendee says, “I learned more in the first 15 minutes of listening to Mrs. Dill than speaking with dozens of doctors for the last ten years.”

 

74. Arming Students for the Battlefield

Keynote Speaker: Mike Riddle

creationtraining.org

A briefing U.S. Marine Corps style.

Part 1: The Situation

  • Peter and Paul
  • Why are over 60% leaving the church?
  • Atheist Indoctrination Project
  • What happens in college

Part 2: The Mission

  • Matthew 28:19-20
  • Know, share and defend the Gospel

Part 3: The Execution

  • The Gospel is under attack from friendly fire
  • The battle for foundations
  • Ineffective solutions
  • The plan of action (2 Timothy 2:2)
  • The BIG six: what youth need to know

 

BACK TO THE TOP

 

EXPO EXHIBITORS

 

American Heritage Girls

ahgonline.org

 

American Survival Co

americansurvivalco.com

americansurvivalschool@gmail.com

984-377-259

 

BJU Press/HomeWorks by Precept

homeworksbyprecept.com

800-845-5731

 

 

Barnes & Noble – Distributing Educator Cards

barnesandnoble.com

 

Brain Balance Center of Jacksonville

brainbalancecenters.com

904-800-7279

 

Brenda Dickinson

flhef.org

850-877-3494

 

Children's Art Classes

childrensartclasses.com

904 962-4292

 

Christian Light Education

clp.org

540-434-0768

 

Classical Conversations

classicalconversations.com

 

Creation Education Resources, Inc.

creationeducation.org

cer@creationeducation.org

 

Desire Mercy Ministries

desiremercyministries.org

 

Duval County 4-H Youth Development

http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/duval/4-h-youth-development/

904-255-7450

 

Eastport Baptist Church

eastportbaptist.org

 

Edison Kids Inc.

edisonkidsinc.com

lesley@edisonkidsinc.com

 

Empower Jacksonville

empowerjacksonville.org

 

First Coast Community Music School & First Coast Youth Orchestra

firstcoastyo.com

904-515-5092

 

First Coast Rowing Club

FirstCoastRowing.org

 

First Coast Technical College

fctc.edu

904-547-3282

 

Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

flvs.net

800-374-1430

 

Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA)

fpea.com

877-275-3732

 

Hope Haven

hope-haven.org

904-346-5100

 

Jacksonville Arts & Music Academy (Evangel Temple Assembly of God)

Facebook-Jacksonville Arts & Music Academy

 

Jacksonville Children's Chorus

jaxchildrenschorus.org

 

Jacksonville For Life

jacksonvilleforlife.org

 

Jacksonville Public Library

jaxpubliclibrary.org

9046302665

 

Jacksonville School of the Arts

Jaxmusicfun.com

757-717-7187

 

Keiser University

keiseruniversity.edu

888-534-7379

 

KEYS Educational Resource Center, Inc.

904-334-8164

 

Kitchen Craft

kitchencraftcookware.com

352-483-7600

 

Lilla Rose, RevitalU, Rodan & Fields

lillarose.biz/lanierfamily;

revitalu.com/lanierfamily

904-415-1852

 

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EXPO SPEAKERS

 

Keynote speaker: Mike Riddle
President of Creation Training Initiative

Mike is the founder and president of Creation Training Initiative (creationtraining.org). He is an international speaker and teacher on biblical creation, apologetics, and Christian education. He has been involved in creation apologetics for over 35 years. Mike has spoken at NASA, many secular and Christian universities, churches around the world, state homeschool conventions and secular and Christian schools. Prior to being involved in creation ministry, Mike was a Captain in the USMC and a national champion in track and field. Mike’s experience in the education field includes:

- M.S. Mathematics, M.A. Education
- Teacher junior and senior high school
- Adjunct professor Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry
- Instructor at the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School and Answers in Genesis speaker/author
- Director/instructor U.S. Sprint’s worldwide engineer and technical training
- Director/instructor Microsoft’s engineer training
- Instructor USMC
- Developed and taught teacher training and communication skills courses worldwide

 

Featured Speaker: Brenda D. Dickinson

Brenda Dickinson and her husband, Craig, were pioneers in the present-day home education movement. She successfully home educated her two children from kindergarten through high school. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and mentor to parents and has lectured on various home education topics. She became the president of the Home Education Foundation after the death of her husband in 1993. As a result of her lobbying work in the Florida Capitol, home education students enjoy participation in dual enrollment, Bright Futures Scholarships, extracurricular activities, the Florida Virtual School, and the Gardiner Scholarship for students with disabilities.

 

Lisa Appelo

Lisa Appelo has homeschooled her seven children for twenty years and launched five so far into college. Her oldest just started his ophthalmology residency in the Air Force, her daughter is a PICU nurse and her son is an investment banking analyst in NYC. Her next two sons are in college and she is homeschooling her youngest in 6th and 8th grades. Lisa is a single mom and widow after her husband's sudden death seven years ago. She's a former attorney and currently a writer and Bible teacher. You can connect with Lisa at TrueandFaithful.net.

 

Amanda (Mandy) Dawn Brown

Mandy Brown is a fashion graduate from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology and a fifteen-year veteran home-economics/family and consumer science teacher. During her time spent teaching in the public education realm, she taught culinary arts, fashion and interior design, early childhood education, and life management. She had served on the board of Florida Educators of Family and Consumer Science, ending her tenure as president. Mandy currently teaches homeschool sewing and fashion design classes in her home studio in Orange Park and is excited to share the tools to manage a home life efficiently.

 

Anne Byrnes

Anne Byrnes is a fellow homeschool mother of five kids. Her family moved from Jacksonville in 2015 to Keystone Heights. Anne and her family raise hens, rabbits, cows, and pigs on their hobby farm. They have a garden with herbs and vegetables. The Byrnes family is in their eleventh year of home education.

 

Karen Clowe

Karen Clowe has been home educating for more than fifteen years. She has steeped herself in the classical method of teaching and has seen the benefits of "training up a child in the way he should go." Her passion is to encourage parents to educate the whole child and direct them on the path the Lord has for each very individual child.

 

Jumora Cooper

Jumora Cooper is an educator/owner of Your Classroom, LLC, located in Jacksonville. Your Classroom, LLC is an educational supply and services store specializing in classroom decorations, books, manipulatives, and more for individuals working with students in Pre-K through eighth grade. As an educator with more than twenty years of experience in public, private, and Montessori school environments, she has served as a teacher, a professional development coordinator, as well as an assistant principal for grades Pre-K 3 through eighth grade. During her free time, she serves on a variety of community boards and volunteers throughout the city of Jacksonville.

 

Nichole Crowley

Nichole Crowley has been in the higher education finance field for close to twenty years. As the director of Financial Services at Keiser University for the past five years, she has tremendous experience in navigating the costs associated with obtaining a college degree -- not to mention three college- age children of her own have given her a front-row seat to the FAFSA process.

 

Virginia Dill

Virginia Dill is the creator and presenter of Connections: The Brain Development Seminar. With more than thirty years of experience in the classroom, Virginia has been a regular lecturer at colleges and universities, parent groups, and more. She is the founder and director of several private schools and specializes in helping children overcome learning delays through movement.

 

Kim Ebbers

Kim is passionate about nutrition and feels that good sleep, regular exercise, and eating food as close to the way God created it are very important ways to help a homeschool family thrive.

 

Earning a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University, Kim worked as a registered nurse and as a primary care nurse practitioner until God called her to homeschool. She and Kurt have been married for twenty-one years and reside in Jacksonville, where they have homeschooled their three sons for the past seventeen years. Kim is the coordinator of First at Home, a local homeschool support group.

 

Keith Foskey

Dr. M. Keith Foskey is the pastor of Sovereign Grace Family Church in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a homeschool parent who is passionate about teaching. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five children ranging in age from 20 years to 8 months. His primary goal in life if to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Joel Graves

Joel Graves, owner of American Survival Co., has an extensive military and tactical background completing 355 missions as Naval Special Warfare EOD on Seal Teams 2 and 4 and providing Secret Service protection for several presidents. Joel leverages his experience to prepare civilians, military personnel, and organizations for international and domestic threats. Training and consulting opportunities with Joel include: international traveler, SERE, active shooter preparedness, self-defense, and organizational security.

 

Joel’s bushcraft skills are equally impressive. Joel spent six months in a long-term survival program, during which he lived off the land for five months honing his craft. He has competed in Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off and has a great love for teaching people the skills they need to survive!

 

Steve Hereford

Pastor Steve has been in ministry for over 30 years leading churches to worship God biblically and accurately through Christ-honoring music and the expositional teaching of God’s Word. Steve is the Senior Pastor at Eastport Baptist Church and the featured speaker on “Changed By Grace” which can be heard locally on WAYR AM 550 and FM 103.3 and internationally on SermonAudio.com. Steve has been married since 1988 to the love of his life, Theresa, and has seven children (all homeschooled) and two grandchildren. Steve is also the president of HERI (Home Education Resources & Information) which ministers to homeschooling families throughout Florida.

 

 

Jim Hough

Jim Hough has a B.A. in Political Science and American Government from North Carolina State University. He served a four-year tour in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an engineering officer and navigator. During his service, Jim also served as education services officer and assisted sailors in gaining college credits and degrees. His passion for teaching and unique experience allows him to teach sciences, math, philosophy, and theology from a grounded biblical view. He has served as youth director at his home church, Sunrise Community Church, for several years. Jim is married to Morgan, and they have three children: Jonathan, Esther, and Zeke.

 

Genevieve Hutchinson

Genevieve Hutchinson is a writer and teacher. She combines her love for words and heart for teaching through her online writing classes and writing workshops. She graduated from Calvin College with a bachelor’s degree in English and writing, and lives in Gainesville with her husband, son, and their floppy-eared dog, Bruno.

 

Raymond E. Johnson

Raymond Johnson was born and raised in Jacksonville. In 2006, he worked on Congresswoman Katherine Harris’s U.S. Senate campaign and also worked for the Duval County Supervisor of Elections and the Justice Coalition, a local nonprofit that works with victims of violent crime. He was certified in campaign management by the Leadership Institute and formed his own consulting firm, Grassroots Campaign Management LLC. He has since gone on to manage and consult more than twenty campaigns. In 2009 he launched Biblical Concepts Ministries and regularly lobbies city councils. BCM serves as a watchman on the wall ministry and has become the biblical voice for the church in local media.

 

Jan Koncar

Jan Koncar is a Florida-certified teacher in early childhood and elementary education and is currently the testing coordinator for HERI. She is a former teacher in both public and private schools, a former county office resource teacher for kindergarten through ninth grade, and a former homeschooling mom.

Jan and her husband, Bob, have two daughters: Katie, a graduate of LSU, and Olivia, a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana.

Jan continues to be involved in the homeschool community as a home educator consultant, providing information and evaluation services, both standardized testing and portfolio reviews, to homeschooling families.

 

Joanne Mastronicola

Joanne Mastronicola homeschooled her three children for eighteen years. All three children successfully entered college with the benefit of several scholarships. In addition, Joanne has worked with a non-traditional private school in Jacksonville overseeing high school transcripts, and she provides individualized guidance counseling for homeschoolers and teaches classes frequently on homeschooling your high school student. She is the author of the very detailed book, Piecing Together the High School Puzzle. You’ll find more information at www.highschoolpuzzle.com.

 

Ann Meola

Ann Meola has homeschooled for twelve years. Her youngest started Right Start Math from the beginning, with her older high school child joining in for the games and also learning strategies and mental math. She loves ALL the levels of Right Start Math but her ultimate favorite is Geometric Approach that gives such a fantastic foundation for upper level mathematics and that much-needed explanation of why. She enjoys helping people along their journey of homeschooling. Ann and her family go biking, running, and camping, and she enjoys gardening and reading. You can reach her at Ann@RightStartMath.com.

 

Rich Overman

Richard Overman, born in 1957, graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University). Rich has more than thirty-two years of engineering experience. In 1992 he and Ginger accepted a call by God into a creation ministry. In 1994 this led to the formation of Creation Education Resources, where he is a researcher, lecturer, teacher, and president. He completed his Master’s in Science Education from the Institute for Creation Research in 1997 and his Master’s in Divinity from the Conservative Theological University in 2015. His is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Conservative Theological University. Rich has published articles in technical journals and magazines about engineering, creation science, and other topics.

 

Randy Owen

Randy Owen is the owner of Owen Forge LLC. He has been studying the craft of blacksmithing, bladesmithing, and knife making for six years and has been teaching for two years. He is a passionate student of the blade and seeks to instill that passion in the products he makes and the students he teaches. To God be the glory.

 

Dale Pope

Dale Pope is the founder of “Desire Mercy Ministries,” which provides education and support for individuals and churches that have been impacted by homosexuality, identity issues, and the devastating effects of pornography addiction. He has organized and spoken at several conferences, church associations, and workshops in the Northeast Florida area. These equipping events are designed to provide knowledge and resources that help educate parents and church leadership, and help individuals respond with truth and grace to issues of identity and sexual brokenness. Dale has led DMM support groups for a decade and is a member of NJBC.

 

Lindley Rachal

Lindley Rachal and her husband, Nathan, have lived in Jacksonville for more than twenty-seven years. They are owners of R.O.C.K. Solid, a homeschool curriculum company which began in 1994. They successfully homeschooled their three children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Two went on to college and one to the military. Lindley and her husband continue to be actively involved in the homeschool community through speaking on homeschool topics, sponsoring various homeschool workshops, and bringing curriculum to local homeschool book venues.

 

Lesley Rester

Lesley Rester is a home educator and Maker Mom to her three boys. Alongside her husband, they follow a hands-on STEM-focused education with their family that includes their mini-farm in Hilliard. Lesley has been providing STEM-focused resources for four years, has a blog Full STEAM Training (www.fullsteamtraining.com) and is the president of Edison Kids, Inc., a home education group based in North Jacksonville. Her passion is to see home-educated students get the opportunities and tools to excel in all that God has called them to.

 

Karen Robinson

After twenty-seven years in the corporate world, Karen Robinson was given the opportunity to homeschool her children. She has homeschooled them the past six years. During this time, she obtained her Clinical Herbalist certification and Permaculture Design certification. She loves learning about the ethnobotany in different regions, particularly those close to home, and applying them to homeschool learning. She has a deep love for gardening and growing odd edibles.

 

Jennifer Shrode

Jenny Shrode is daughter of the King, wife to Ryan, momma to seven fun, lively kiddos. She is the current director for SDG Creative Pursuits and shepherd for her daughter’s local American Heritage troop. She is passionate about leading others to the throne of Christ, while encouraging them in their walk of being a wife, mother, and the journey of educating.

 

Josh Susen

Josh Susen has worked in IT and IT security for more than twenty years. He has done computer programming in multiple languages, network design, system/server architect, managed IT teams, and has worked in the banking and healthcare industries. He has a consulting business to help companies with cybersecurity issues. Originally from Maine, he lives in Fernandina Beach with his wife and four children.

 

Sara Susen

Sara Susen is a homeschooling mom of fifteen years. She has been married for nineteen years to her husband, Josh, and together have four children ages 18, 17, 14, and 13. They are from Maine originally but have resided (happily) in Florida for the past five years. Their youngest son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was 11 years old, and Sara has been pooling resources ever since then to get the help for her son she has so desperately been looking for. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping special needs parents (and really all parents) on their journey.

 

Jimminda Thompson

After joining the Florida Virtual School team as a district relations manager, Jimminda continues to express her excitement about sharing the valuable choice of virtual education through FLVS. She currently serves Duval, Clay, Volusia, and St. Johns Counties, including the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Jimminda attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. She serves her community in various capacities, including promoting parent involvement to increase student academic success.

 

Sarah Van Kleeck

Sarah Van Kleeck has taught Suzuki Violin for twenty-seven years. She was classically trained on the violin in the Suzuki Method as a child and later continued traditional violin studies at the University of Wisconsin and Pensacola Christian College from several notable instructors: Nancy Lokken, Ed Kreitman, Christine Mulder, and Alberto Jaffe. Her teaching began at a young age and became a lifelong passion, extending into the homeschooling world ten years ago as she began the home-education of her children. She resides in Jacksonville with her husband of seventeen years and eight children, ages 14, 13, 11, 8, 8, 6, 4 and 2.

 

Rossana Villagra

Homeschool mama of one. One is enough some days! Rossana will be starting her third year of homeschooling during the 2018-2019 school year. She is eager to share knowledge and help anyone new in this journey of homeschooling and making herbal hygienics.

Rossana was born in Peru and moved to the United States in 1982. She has been married for almost 12 years to her supportive husband. “Happy wife, happy life,” is his motto!

Her favorite things are early coffee with Jesus, audiobooks, helping people, and chocolate!

 

Katie Vogel and son, Ryan Vogel

Katie Vogel came from a software development career before she started homeschooling and wanted her kids to have a love for STEM like she does. She's been homeschooling her four kids for nine years, and her oldest son, Ryan, loves sharing his love for programming with other students.

 

Tanya Wang

Tanya is a homeschooling mother of three girls. She and her family have been homeschooling for thirteen years, and her oldest daughter is headed to college this fall. Having helped her daughter obtain 95% of her education funding through scholarships, merit aid, and grants, she is excited to share with other families how they too can help their child go to college almost debt free.

 

 

 

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