Featured speaker: Tricia Goyer
Facebook Live: Jan 15, 8-9 p.m. – Tricia Goyer
Tricia Goyer is a God-centered and passionate author with a detail-focused approach to her unique blend of writing. A prolific writer, she’s published over 70 books, including Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time. This USA-Today Best-selling Author has also won a two Carol Awards and a Retailer’s Best Award. She was also an ECPA Gold-Medallion Nominee and a Christy Award Nominee. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They are the parents of ten children and four grandchildren.
Featured speaker: Steve Lambert
A busy working father of two, Steve found himself “along for the ride” when Jane first began homeschooling more than 30 years ago. But he quickly saw the benefit to Jane’s unique approach to teaching and became an enthusiastic cheerleader as he watched his children’s love of learning blossom. By the mid-nineties, Steve had become a popular author and speaker at homeschool conventions nationwide. Today Steve remains involved in a variety of family-related ministries, public speaking and writing while enjoying the wonderful role of grandfather.
Featured speaker: Ray and Robyn McKelvy
Facebook Live: Jan. 21, 8-9 p.m. – Ray and Robyn McKelvy
Ray’s greatest accomplishment in this life is that he is the husband of one and the father of ten. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and served for 10 years as a church planting pastor in Kansas City, MO. He currently lives out his mission as Lead Pastor of Christ for the Nations Church, a multi-ethnic church in Nashville, TN. Ray and Robyn are speakers for “Weekend to Remember” marriage conferences through FamilyLife, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, for over 23 years. Robyn’s mission begins in her home with homeschooling, counseling, mentoring and writing. She has authored two books, “SOS: Sick of Sex” and “Say it Loud: Becoming Your Husband’s Personal Cheerleader”. The McKelvy’s have graduated 8 children from homeschool and have 2 children at home.
Featured speaker: Israel Wayne
Facebook Live: Feb. 5, 8-9 p.m. – 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, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks , Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.
Featured speaker: Vicki Bentley
Vicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to 23 wonderful grandbabies so far (and great-grandma to four!). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children alongside her husband Jim, and has been in support group leadership since 1991. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups. She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps, and coordinates Home School Legal Defense Association’s Toddlers to Tweens program (Homeschooling Toddlers to Tweens) as well as their Group Services. Vicki has a heart for parents–especially moms–with practical wisdom and encouraging words.
Featured speaker: Melinda Boring
Melinda L. Boring is a speech/language pathologist, workshop presenter, homeschooling mother, and author. Her experience with distractible and hyperactive children has been developed in both a professional and personal capacity.
Melinda has three children. Two of them have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her husband was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Melinda has been home schooling her children for over eight years. Her oldest, a son with ADHD, is a strong visual learner, extremely distractible, creative, and exhibits some sensory issues. Her oldest daughter does not appear to have any unusual learning needs or preferences, but enjoys utilizing some of the materials and strategies suggested by Heads Up!. The youngest, a daughter with ADHD, is an exceptionally tactile learner, distractible, musically inclined, and exhibited mild sensory issues when younger.
We chose the name Heads Up for a number of reasons. First, it is a phrase often used to alert someone and direct his or her attention to needed information. We also thank someone for giving us a “heads up” when they alert us to facts or events that are useful and important to know. We also know that when children feel successful, they will hold their heads up and be unafraid to try challenging tasks.
Melinda has sought to be a student of her children, attempting to educate herself in order to be more effective as a parent and teacher. It has been challenging and at times overwhelming. With prayer, determination, and a refusal to give up on her children, she has seen them experience success and develop confidence in many endeavors. Heads Up! is a result of the Boring family’s desire to be a source of practical help and encouragement to others who regularly interact with children with learning differences. Our logo is a salute to all the incredible learners who think and experience life “outside the box”.