2008 CHEACT Conference Speakers
Jeff is the research director for Worldview Academy and has served for four years as the humanities chair for Providence Classical School. He also served as the creative editor for Understanding the Times by David A. Noebel, and co-authored the Understanding the Times curriculum.
Jeff recently published a worldview primer for students K-5. He has also published a collection of essays, poems and short stories entitled The Twelve Trademarks of Great Literature, and an introduction to worldviews based on the stories of Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde entitled The Deadliest Monster.
Currently, Jeff is producing discussion guides for Worldview Academy’s website, TheGreatBooks.com. Each guide helps educators teach a classic work from the Christian perspective; works range from Homer’s Odyssey to John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Jeff’s articles have appeared in World, Teachers in Focus, and New Attitude, and have been broadcast on Charles Colson’s radio program, Breakpoint. Jeff teaches nation-wide at camps and conferences. Jeff’s wife, Linda, homeschools their three children, True, Kate, and Emma, deep in the heart of Texas.
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Andrew is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a homeschooling father of seven.
In 1990, while working for a small school in Montana, he learned of the Blended Sound-Sight Program of Learning, and traveled to Canada that summer to take the course, where he met Anna Ingham and James B. Webster, author of the Blended Structure & Style in Composition program. That next year, while teaching it to a variety of elementary and middle school children, he realized the profound power of the program, and returned to Canada the next summer to learn more. Eventually, he was invited to join the BSS team, and has continued to work with Dr. Webster since then, further developing the Structure & Style approach.
Currently traveling and teaching throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity and insight, practical experience and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer, and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.
Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin currently teach their four youngest children at home in Atascadero, California.
Little Giant Steps
An educator and Certified Neurodevelopmentalist, Jan began her professional life with a love for little children and a deep desire to give them the best academic start possible. She focused on early development in her course of study and looked forward to teaching kindergarten. She recalls having children in her classroom who were very bright, yet would know facts one day and the next (as she says) “they were like a cow at a new gate!”
Little did Jan know in those early years, how life would test her personally, spiritually, and professionally. Never would she have guessed that her firstborn daughter, Jenee' would arrive as a mentally challenged little girl. She struggled through fifteen disappointing years trying various programs, techniques, and homework through public and private schools, as well as home school. Their lives changed when they were introduced to The Neurodevelopmental (ND) Approach. Jan learned that the brain had great plasticity. By using specific brain stimulation frequently, with intensity and short duration, a life could forever be changed. She discovered that a child who was struggling with academic work could experience success when the neuro-pathways were strengthened and information processing became efficient. The life lessons of a desperate mom became a professional calling.