WHO Convention June 14 & 15, 2013
Puyallup Fair & Events Center
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
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Friday, June 14th - 9:00 - 6:00
Saturday, June 15th - 9:00 - 4:00
|Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, 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.
Alice Osborne is a former talk radio show hostess, hospital commissioner, American Paper Recycling Institute spokesperson, 2000 Flushes TV spokesperson, and "Good Morning, America" guest. She and her husband, Rich, have 12 children and 13 grandchildren between them. Alice wrote a best-selling book on clutter, It’s Here…Somewhere, andearned an MA in Education at age 60. She wrote a teaching methodology for Kenyan educators, trained Kenyan educators and now teaches college. Alice edited the cooking magazine, Cook’n, and is co-author of the daily blog, “Making Family Dinner Hour Possible.” (www.makingfamilydinnerhourpossible.blogspot.com). Alice is an avid homeschooling promoter and is deeply concerned about childhood obesity and the importance of families eating healthy meals together around the family table. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, book collecting, and traveling, especially in her restored 1950 Westerner travel trailer (a canned ham affectionately called Cookie).
Sneed Collard III
Sneed's first published piece was an article for Highlights for Children magazine about deep-sea shrimp. After writing magazine articles for the next few years, he published his first children's book, Sea Snakes. Through persistence, research, and travel, Sneed carved out a niche as a nonfiction science author for young people. Sneed received the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for work that "has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.
Dr. Stephen Guffanti, author of "Rocket Phonics"
Who would have thought that the kid who was kicked out of nearly every school—and voted by his family likely to end up in jail—would become an inspiring, hilarious and sought-after convention speaker? (Not to mention a successful medical doctor, author, and happily married husband and homeschool dad.)
Probably just God. No wonder one of Stephen Guffanti MD’s favorite messages is this: "Your child may never be normal—but he can be extraordinary!"
As a medical doctor, author, and homeschooler, Stephen Guffanti, M.D., offers a unique background and tremendous insight, and communicates with warmth and humor. Not only is Stephen a physician, but he’s also dyslexic and ADHD, and from this unusual perspective he brings hope and understanding to families. Born with a passion for education as well as medicine, Dr. Steve has served as the medical director of a clinic specializing in learning disorders and has studied nutrition and its effects on learning.
Ashley (Strayer) Wiggers - Geography Matters
Ashley (Strayer) Wiggers grew up in the early days of the home schooling
movement taught by parents, Greg and Debbie Strayer, who are authors of
numerous home schooling materials. A home school graduate, Ashley
enjoyed a 10-year career as a national champion synchronized swimmer and
is currently the head coach of the Pulaski County High School swim team.
Ashley speaks at home school seminars across the country, edits a monthly
online newsletter for Geography Matters, and is the author of the Profiles
from History series.
Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her husband, Alex, and can’t
wait to someday continue the home school philosophies and ideals that her
parents and in-laws have passed on with her own children.
Jim Weiss and his wife Randy founded Greathall Productions in 1989.
It was a huge leap of faith as children’s audio at the time was just coming
into fashion. Raised by parents who valued literature and history and with
the additional influence of grandfathers who loved to tell stories to their
grandsons, Jim grew up in the presence of literary and real-life characters in
the tradition of oral language. Jim graduated from The University of
Wisconsin, Madison and entered the sales and marketing profession. At
forty years old, he realized that he was unfulfilled and needed to make a
career change. With a lot of prayer and reflection, Jim and Randy decided to
trust their intuition that a line of storytelling recordings told, not read would
provide a wonderful way for children to appreciate classics at an early age. This year, Jim and Randy Weiss are celebrating Greathall Productions’ 22nd
Anniversary year of business. Married for 36 years, Randy and Jim reside in
Charlottesville, Virginia and are their newly married daughter and son-inlaw.
Lee Binz, The HomeScholar helps parents homeschool for high school and is a leading internet home school resource helping parents homeschool to college. She is an expert in how to craft a winning homeschool transcript . She has an award-winning Christian homeschool blog and one of the most popular homeschool newsletters available. Lee is a dynamic speaker at homeschooling conventions as well as homeschooling support groups. Check out her homeschool online free minicourse and training webinar on how to give homeschool credit in high school You can find Lee online at www.TheHomeScholar.com and can email her at Lee@TheHomeScholar.com.
Janice Hedin continues to be one of the strongest voices to defend and champion the rights of homeschoolers in Washington.;She actively worked with the grassroots movement to get our homeschool law passed in 1985 and then went on to homeschool her children all the way to college and careers. Her passion is to build confidence in parents who will hand down the gift of homeschooling to the next generation.
Candice Childs is a homeschool alum (and now has homeschool grandkids) and a former junior high and high school teacher (“BH” – before homeschooling) . She has worked with families for over 30 years through Family Academy/Academy NW, co-authored Homeschooling the High Schooler, and developed “Able to Teach,” a course for parents.
Susan Evans has a Bachelor's degree in English literature and was a certified teacher for 7 years before homeschooling her own children. She even taught a couple of years in London, England, where she directed the middle school drama productions as well. Susan loves teaching fast-paced workshops with powerpoint presentations while dressed in costume. She believes in hands-on learning, and her dramatic flair makes her workshops interesting. www.SusanEvans.org
John Bennett is a math teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and a homeschooling father of four. An outspoken advocate of education reform, he has presented lectures and workshops throughout the west coast, including TEDxManhattanBeach, The California League of Schools, and The California Mathematics Council. He has also been a featured speaker at homeschooling conferences in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Portland. John has authored three volumes of Pentagrid Puzzles, one set of BlokStak puzzles, and the game SlapShot. He created these new puzzle and game forms to challenge deductive logic and visual-spatial reasoning. His current project, BrainGames, is a collection of logic puzzles, abstract strategy games, and other math activities designed to bring deeper analytic reasoning to the classroom. For more information, please see iwannabigbrain.com and pentagridpuzzles.com.
Chris Chisholm - Wolf Camp
Chris grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin, except when his parents were on active military duty in Germany and other tours, and when he spent a college year abroad in Ecuador. His parents would pull him and his 6 siblings out of school as often as they could to broaden their education, including for hands-on natural science outdoor experiences. Chris credits his parents with giving him the original wherewithal to grow his outdoor school, Wolf Camp and the Wolf College, from its small start in Bellingham WA in 1996 to where it is now, actually located just one mile from where the homeschool convention is held in Puyallup. Chris and his wife Kim recently purchased her grandparent's old homestead where they are recreating a working farm and building the new Wolf Campus. In the meantime, Chris and Kim have been offering natural science classes to homeschooling families across western Washington, as well as summer camps, workshops, and expeditions for adults and families nation-wide.
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