Vanessa is a homeschooling mama to three inquisitive, creative, and often loud kids ages 15, 13, and 13. Vanessa is an avid reader, yoga lover, tea drinker, and a chocolate snob. You can find her on Instagram at @vanessawrightwrites and on Facebook at Wright at Homeschool where she encourages women to find their F.L.O.W.
Amy Sloan and her husband, John, are second-generation homeschoolers of 5 children ages 5 to 15. Their educational philosophy is one of humility and doxology, and follows a restfully classical approach. Amy writes at HumilityandDoxology.com and hosts the video series “Homeschool Conversations,” a collection of interviews with real-life homeschool moms, dads, and other educators. Amy loves coffee, and starts getting nervous if the stack of to-be-read books beside her bed is less than 2 feet tall. Get her started on Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Homer, or Hamilton the Musical and it might be hard to get her to stop. Mostly, though, she gets really excited about the Gospel. The Sloan family adventures in North Carolina.
Amanda Wares is excited to be speaking at the Carolina Homeschool Conference this year! She is married to Michael and has 4 children: Susannah, 23, Killian, 19, Katrielle, 16, and Deacon, 11. This is their 15th year homeschooling. In addition to her roles as wife and stay-at-home mom/teacher, Amanda also serves on the board of her local and state homeschool organizations and teaches sign language at a co-op. In all her spare time, she loves to read, plan field trips and encourage new homeschoolers!
Michelle McCallum and Tanya Faisal
Michelle McCallum is a former High School English teacher turned homeschool mom of five amazingly different children. From dyslexia and chronic illness to autism and learning disabilities, many challenges have transformed their lives and directed their family to homeschooling. She regularly shares on Instagram at @acommon_life and has many videos on her YouTube channel: youtube.com/acommonlife Michelle loves her family, alone time, deep conversations, and bubble tea.
Tanya Faisal is a former doctor-lawyer turned secular homeschooling mom of 3 delicious hooligans, ages 10, 7, and 5. Homeschooling, which began as a one-year experiment 4 years ago, has morphed into the best thing that ever happened to her family. She shares their homeschooling journey at Project Happy Home on both YouTube and Instagram, where you can find oodles of information about secular eclectic homeschooling, ADHD & 2e parenting, and practical minimalism.
Amanda graduated from college with honors, got her diploma and had absolutely no idea what she was going to do next. After a few years of poverty, she wised up and went back to grad school to get her master’s degree in career counseling. She’s spent most of her career teaching and guiding students in high school and college settings. Her focus is helping students AND their families map out a plan for career success. Amanda’s passion is helping students make intentional choices that will lead them to successful and fulfilling careers. You can find Amanda at her website, Pathways to Explore.
Charla McKinley graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Finance. She went on to become a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years working in both the corporate and private sector. While homeschooling her two children, Charla was inspired to write an interactive personal finance curriculum that opens the student’s eyes to the high costs of being an adult. After retiring from homeschooling, Charla continues to teach teens locally and across the country using her Beyond Personal Finance curriculum.
Charla’s passion is teaching teens that their choices matter. She is a firm believer that in order to prepare teens for the road ahead they must be given the opportunity to practice making good (and not so good) choices using real dollars before they get out into the world and have real regrets.
Tomekia Latoya, of The Cultivating Mom, is a homeschool coach providing homeschool moms with reliable resources and tools so they can educate their children with confidence.
She is a mother to two beautiful children, a wife, and an entrepreneur.
Four years ago she took on the journey of becoming the first woman in her family to homeschool her children.
When taking on this task she realized it was a lonely arena for women that looked like her in the surrounding community.
Knowing that there were other women going through the same experience and having the love for writing, she decided to be a source for women wanting to better educate themselves and their babies when it came to homeschool.
Tomekia, the first time stay at home, homeschool mom takes on the tasks of helping other women find balance and easy transitions into homeschool.
Dalton Onorato is a mother of three who began homeschooling after sixteen years of service in public schools as a teacher, specialist, and mentor. Founder of Dandelion Learning Collaborative, she believes that children are always learning (and adults should be). Dalton reads and takes notes from the works of Montessori, Mason, Holt, and the rest for fun. Her professional credentials and experience inc
Jessica is a freeschooling advocate who is passionate about raising the next generation. She is a partner, a parent, and a lifelong learner. Jessica is Bay Area born and bred and currently resides with her partner and their 2 kids in California’s Coachella Valley.
Tawnya loves the Lord, planning, drinking sweet tea and has a strong passion for momma’s in this homeschool community. She believe God created us homeschooling mom’s uniquely, with a special mission and we all need to stick together knowing you are not alone.
Tawnya is married to her high school sweetheart and they have four beautiful children. They love all things outdoors and family game nights. Going into their 7th year of homeschooling she loves to share about their journey and connect with others. You can find Tawnya on Instagram and YouTube @happy.planned.homeschool and on my blog at www.happyplannedhomeschool.com
Amanda helps homeschoolers raise self-motivated learners by bringing the adventure of learning right into your living room. She’s the creator of
the Adventure Homeschooling curriculum. Amanda is a single, entrepreneur, homeschooling mama of two kiddos
Heather Woodie is on a mission to help families with Out-of-the-Box Teens homeschool high school with peace and confidence.
Homeschooling four of her own Out-of-the-Box Teens, two of whom graduated and are thriving at their dream schools with large scholarships and an Ivy League admission, Heather wants to mentor other families to homeschool differently with purpose and peace.
She went from a public school science educator with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education, to homeschooling four kids in a project based, relaxed environment.
If she can leave behind convention and homeschool Out-of-the-Box Teens, meeting them where they are, so can you! Find Heather on her website Blog She Wrote, on Instagram @Heather.BlogSheWrote, and in her high school Facebook group.
Zara Fagen, PhD firmly believes that you don’t have to choose between educational success and sanity while homeschooling – you can have both by decluttering your child’s education. Zara applies her unique brand of analysis and reproducible results that she gained as a neurobiologist to teach other homeschoolers how to be awesome at homeschooling, instead of trying to be it all.
Zara keeps things as simple as possible in Indiana with her husband, 4 children, and 3 businesses. She is a recovering perfectionist, proud science geek, and aspiring snowbird. You can connect with her on Facebook @groups/minimalisthomeschoolingzara; on Instagram
@ZaraPhD; or at her blog www.ZaraPhD.com.
Jade Weatherington is a homeschooling/world schooling/roadschooling mom of one. She started her career path working in traditional public schools after graduating from the University of Minnesota. When her daughter asked to be homeschooled, she left the classroom and became a FT virtual educator to ensure that she could be at home (or traveling the world) educating her daughter. She has taught online for twelve years and has been homeschooling for six.
Erin Garcia is a front-line, boots on the ground, homeschooling warrior Momma of 11 kids. She has 13 years of Classical Education experience which includes a classical school that she started. Erin has been married to her husband George for 20 years. They have a beautiful, messy, blended family. Their children range in ages from 35 to 10. While still enjoying home educating their three youngest boys, they are also loving the newest season of grand parenting. Erin loves the Great Books, studying for fun, and nights “in”.
Erin teaches Writing and Grammar as well as offers Academic Advising through True North Homeschool Academy.