2015 Convention Speakers

CHEF of Alabama Homeschool Convention

June 18-19, Gardendale 1st Baptist Church


Bill Jack

Bill Jack is an educator with ten years experience in public schools and 14 years with The Caleb Campaign, a creationist youth ministry. Bill has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs and is the producer of several apologetic and worldview training DVDs. As a founder of Worldview Academy he continues to pursue his passion to raise up a generation who have the vision to reach their culture with the gospel, who have the valor to engage that culture with the truth and who rely on the virtue of the Word of God. Bill and his wife, Tabby, have three children and live in Colorado. 

Bill will be leading a Worldview Teen Track and presenting a keynote address. Here is an informative article about Bill and his family: http://samaritanministries.org/member-spotlight-bill-jack-worldview-academy



Israel Wayne

Israel Wayne

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, and The Questions God Asks. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest magazine. 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.

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.



Sonya Shafer

Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for nearly 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at simplycharlottemason.com.

To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya shares her heart through IntentionalParents.com and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.


Joyce Herzog

Joyce Herzog is a gifted teacher and author of many educational products that simplify teaching for you and learning for your students. Joyce taught classrooms of learning disabled students in private and public schools for many years and has been working with homeschooling families for two decades.  She has addressed rapt  audiences of appreciative parents and teachers all across the United States and Canada.  Joyce continues to reach the world through her  writing, tutoring in her local area and long-distance email and telephone consultations. 

Joyce’s products and counseling have blessed countless learners across this continent and around the world for more than two decades. Her unique philosophy to learning enables learners of all ages and abilities to progress. Homeschoolers have found that Joyce’s methods fit well with most other approaches, including the “real book” method, unschooling, relaxed homeschooling and the Charlotte Mason learning style. Her philosophy and materials also serve those with special needs.

Joyce Herzog’s products are designed to be used by those who care about a unique and appropriate education concentrating on each individual’s talents. We serve professional and parent educators. We promote an education suited to the needs of learners, their families and those who educate them. We have a reputation for serving homeschoolers, changing the mindset of parents and teachers and rescuing students who have been failing.


Dewitt T. Black, III

Dewitt T Black

Dee Black received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973 from Memphis State University School of Law and his Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. He has been practicing law for 36 years and is licensed to practice in his native state of Arkansas, in addition to the District of Columbia and South Carolina where he was in private practice for 11 years just prior to joining Home School Legal Defense Association. As Senior Counsel at HSLDA for the past 19 years, Dee is responsible for legal matters involving the Association’s members in 14 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and the territory of Guam. Dee and his wife, Ricci, have four children, all of whom have been taught at home.


Christy Bell

Christy Bell is a mother of three and knows full well the struggle of balancing motherhood and homeschooling. She enjoys sharing the truth of God’s Word and encouraging women to nurture the most important relationship in their lives - their relationship with God. In her “spare time,” she writes Bible studies for Missions Mosaic, a magazine for women published by WMU, and teaches a weekly Bible study at her church. She is a lifelong student of God’s Word with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Dale Callahan

Dale Callahan is a leading authority on winning at work. Combining the skills in engineering, personal leadership, and business strategy, Dale works with professionals helping them develop their entrepreneurial muscles to foster innovation and economic development. He is the director and faculty of the graduate program in engineering management at the  University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also an active speaker for professional organizations, a blogger, a podcaster, and a serial entrepreneur. 

As an engineer in industry, Dale  has served in telecommunications, automation, software development, and project management. As a faculty he has been part of Electrical and Computer Engineering course development, program development, and led an active research program embedded systems and tracking.

Most importantly, Dale provides education and resources to help invigorate engineering careers that have gone stale by teaching you how to find the right career path and win. His course in personal entrepreneurship continues to be the flagship of the Information Engineering and Management program by rekindling the fire and spirit of innovation engineers once felt, but found smothered after years of bureaucracy.

Dale lives in Birmingham, Alabama. His wife is Lea Callahan. He has four children and two grandchildren.


Cassidy Cash

Cassidy Cash is a math educator, homeschool mom, author, and speaker. For over 12 years Cassidy has been the tutor schools and educators call in when they have students who are failing math. Over the years of helping failing math students what she came to find is that most of the students were not failing math because of any learning disability or cognitive learning gap. Instead, what she discovered is that the majority of those students needed someone to explain the math in terms they could understand—to use real world activities and demonstrations to make the math come alive. Once the explanation was given in terms the student related to personally, almost all of Cassidy's students return to their math classes to achieve A's and B's in their classes. Seeing that there were many students who needed this kind of help, but too many to be able to work with them each personally, Cassidy created her blog, http://www.cassidycash.com , to share with other tutors, parents, students, and educators the methods she had discovered to help students succeed in math. She also founded the company, Have Fun Learning, to provide active education lesson plans that bring science-lab type activities to the math class. Her most recent book, "9 Myths about High School Math and the truth that brings peace to your kitchen table" is available as an ebook on Amazon.com. Cassidy lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, Tim, and their two sons.


Hettie P. Johnson

A speech-language pathologist since 1970, Hettie has published and presented at national and international levels. She specializes in dyslexia, looking at the whole person, and teaching learning strategies that apply
across the curriculum and across the lifespan. www.hettiejohnson.com 



Brandy Dahlen is both an educator and homeschooling mother of 8.  She has a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge and enjoys teaching history, literature, and writing at UAB, Jeff State, and to local homeschooled high schoolers.  She has extensive experience with the AP program--as a teacher, reader, and coordinator.  She has also taught ACT and SAT test prep with Kaplan, along with tutoring students in test prep strategies.  Additionally, she volunteers with the exchange student organization World Heritage, coordinating host homes for students from around the world and sending out local students on a variety of exchange trips.  Homeschooling her own children has given her a heart and mission to offer encouragement, experiences, and practical advice to homeschool moms through workshops designed to equip parents with the tools they need for their students to excel and to graduate prepared for college and career plans. As further encouragement, she writes a homeschooling blog with practical advice for parents of all ages on curriculum and teaching methods at www.myfavoritehomeschoolplans.blogspot.com.  Along with a friend, each February, Brandy organizes Refresh:  A Homeschool Moms' Retreat (www.refreshhomeschoolretreat.com) at the Ross Bridge Resort to encourage moms to find rest and to turn their hearts toward their children in the midst of that time of year that everyone feels burnt


Kristy Trent

Over ten years ago, Kristy started her homeschool journey, and for the past 8 years, she has worked to educate and support new homeschooling families as a support group coordinator, church school administrator, workshop speaker, and personal mentor. As a homeschooling mother of high school, middle school, and preschool students, she understands the challenges of each stage.  She shares her thoughts and lessons learned on her personal blog at http://kristytrent.com


Jordan Crenshaw 

Jordan Crenshaw is a proud homeschool graduate! She is now assisting families through the college admission process as an Admission Counselor at Birmingham-Southern College. Jordan has a passion for sharing tips her trade with fellow homeschoolers to order for you to feel comfortable and confident through your college search.