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2007

 

CARLITA BOYLES

Carlita Boyles is the author of Math on the Level. She has an extensive background in child education with particular emphasis in the field of learning disabilities. Carlita has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development, a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, a California Multiple-Subjects credential, a California Specialist in Learning Disabilities credential, and more than 20 years teaching experience. Carlita taught for over 12 years in the public system, mostly teaching special education classes for 4th, 5th, and 6th learning handicapped children (CA terminology) as well as a few years teaching 6th grade. During this time, she was also a California Resource Specialist in special education. She is now in the tenth year of homeschooling her own children. Carlita writes: 'Besides being author of Math on the Level, I'm also a homeschool mom. Math on the Level is the method I developed to teach my own children, because after years of doing individualized instruction in public school special ed classrooms, math textbooks and workbooks frustrated me. I just wanted to teach my children what they were ready to learn, and then help them practice what they had mastered so they wouldn't forget it. Other moms in my homeschool group asked me to write a math curriculum so they could also teach their children using my approach. Math on the Level is the result. I'm excited to see all the families who are adopting this maturation focus, and I'd be glad to answer any questions you have about it." The editor/ publisher/and illustrator of Math on the Level is John Boyles, Carlita's husband. John has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering. John writes, "Carlita and I are both dedicated Christians. We started Family Lifestyle Learning and together developed Math on the Level to help families provide excellent education to their children in the safe and morally secure environment that homeschooling provides. We have both worked very hard to make this math curriculum complete, effective, and easy to use - and we are happily finding that both parents and kids love it! We use Math on the Level to teach our own children, and we believe you will benefit from using this innovative approach to teach your family."


MARK BRECKINRIDGE

Mark Breckenridge is a 10 year veteran and former Army Captain trained as a tank commander in the Army Reserve. He enjoyed teaching military topics to soldiers and trainees using comedic impersonations of famous people to keep morale up while training on important topics. Mark has served as a municiple Police Officer for fifteen years. As a DARE instructor he enjoyed interacting with kids sharing the messages of MAKE GOOD CHOICES and SAY NO TO DRUGS. These messages are placed in every program. Mark has been a Rockwood School District presenter for six years in the "Partners in Education" programs, presenting on all eras of history, to elementary and middle school aged children. He has also done presentations in Parkway and Lindbergh school districts and to numerous churches and parochial schools. He and his family attend St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellisville, MO.


HOLLY BROYLES

Holly and her husband Tim are happy to be serving as Region 5 Directors with Families for Home Education, a statewide home education lobbying organization in Missouri. They have three children, Thatcher, Avery and Hudson and have been homeschooling for four years. Holly grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a BA in Art History and Philosophy. Tim grew up in Rolla, Missouri where he graduated from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He is a structural engineer here in St. Louis and the principal of their school. They have served on the FHE board since June of 2006 as Region 5 Assistant Directors and now as Directors.
 

ETHAN DEMME

Ethan is a homeschool alumnus who speaks to other homeschoolers around the world. He is also the marketing director for Math-U-See. Ethan is married to his lovely wife Anna, and they live scenic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she teaches music. They are both graduates of Bryan College, they also enjoy hiking, traveling, frisbee, reading, and riding motorcycles.


JOHN EYRES

John Wesley Eyres was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1954. He spent the first years of his life in North St. Louis (learning city skills), attending Bel-Nor Grade School and Normandy Jr. High. Then in the eighth grade John's parents moved to De Soto, Missouri, buying 20 acres of woodland property with a lake. John enjoyed a country lifestyle, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1973. He attended Jefferson Junior College, in Hillsboro, Missouri on a two-year music scholarship program and then transferred to Central Missouri State College, in Warrensburg, Missouri, graduating with a B.M.E. in 1977. John taught music as a band director to grades 5 through 12, for two years at Adrian R-3 Schools, 45 miles South of Kansas City, Missouri. Desiring to move back home to St. Louis and establish his roots, John changed careers and took a photography copy-stand job at Commercial 35, Inc. in the summer of 1979. After learning the 35mm slide production business from the inside out for five years, he was promoted to an account sales position. Here, he found a niche area of work that he enjoyed and stayed in sales. His sales background included Audio Visual Rentals, Advertising, Business Disaster Recovery Services, Computer Rentals, the Mortgage industry, Video Production and he is currently working in the IT and Facilities Management field. John is married to Kristine L. Eyres, who has been a dental hygienist for over 28 years. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in November of 2004. They have four children; Whitney, Blake, McKenzie, and Gabrielle. They currently reside in Creve Coeur, Missouri and attend Faith Christian Ministries Church, where they have been members for over 20 years.


URBAN AND CARRIE GAXIOLA

The Gaxiolas have eight children, ages 2 to 20 years, and have home educated for sixteen years. Currently leaders of the St. Clair County Christian Home Educators in Illinois, they have tips on learning styles, organizational skills, curriculum helps, and what you can do with the little ones. They come to you with a heart to help you reduce the frustration of a busy household and help you have joy in the journey. There will be time for questions and answers!


DONNA KRAHN

With over twenty years in education, Donna Krahn joined Rainbow Resource Center two years ago as an educational consultant with experience straight from the classroom. She has been married to Gary Krahn for 25 years and is the mom of Steve and Suzy. During her time in the classroom, she has taught at a variety of levels, from preschool to high school. Over the years, she has volunteered in many capacities for the 4-H, the Boy Scouts, and school functions. Donna has been a junior high and high school youth sponsor in her church, and she has tutored students who need a little extra help. She has organized science fairs and workshops, and has also judged spelling bees and speech contests for ACSI. Donna has a bachelor's degree in Christian Education, and a second bachelor's degree with a concentration in early childhood education, both from Lincoln Christian College.


MIKE AND RONDA MARSHALL

Mike and Ronda Marshall are the homeschooling parents of six who have recently moved to the St. Louis, MO, area from Asheville, NC. They have been homeschooling for 13 years, and their children range in age from 5 to 22. Mike is an electrical engineer, working as an engineering consultant to the electric utility industry. Prior to moving back to MO, the Marshall's served on the Board of Directors for North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE), led the homeschool ministry and co-op program at North Point Baptist Church in Weaverville, NC and have spoken at various support groups throughout North Carolina and at the NCHE state convention.


CARLEEN MATHIESEN

Carleen Mathiesen has a bachelor's degree in English and teaches at a local St. Louis, MO, area Catholic homeschool co-op. For the last five years, she has taught American Literature, British Literature, Introduction to Literature, General Literature and Short Stories and Novellas. She currently has 30 students, in 8th through 12th grades.


BILL AND JO-ELLEN MC DONALD

Bill and Jo-Ellen McDonald live in the St. Louis area and are the homeschooling parents of Ally, who has graduated with honors from Webster University, Lindi, who is graduating with honors from Webster University, and Will and Micha, who are still being educated at home. Bill retired after 28 years as a manager with Southwest Bell/SBC and now operates his own residential window residential business. Jo-Ellen is a wife, mother, and homemaker. The McDonalds began their homeschooling journey over twenty years ago, and Bill served as Executive Director of Families for Home Education (F. H. E.), Missouri's statewide homeschooling organization, for 4 years, from 1989 to 1992. As a result of their experiences, they have a great deal of wisdom to share with homeschooling parents.


JERRY MORGAN

Jerry Morgan is a practicing attorney licensed in Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska. Jerry and his wife, Miki, are homeschooling parents of three children, and they are members of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and St. Louis Homeschooling Activities, Resources, and Encouragement (SHARE) local homeschool support group. Jerry is a member of American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), is an allied attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, has written legal articles for Concerned Women for America, and is a past board member of St. Louis Lawyers for Life. In addition, Jerry has a Masters in Educational Administration. The Morgan family attend the Arnold Church of Christ.


JEAN MUDRY

Jean says, "My husband's name is Mike and we have been married for 17 years. We have 2 children, our daughter, Mikala, is 12 (13 in April), and our son, Aaron, is 10. We have been homeschooling for four years and notebooking for three years. I am a former public school teacher that swore I would NEVER homeschool, LOL. Well, God had other plans for our family and I'm very glad he intervened! Being a former teacher, I thought I new exactly how to teach my own children, but once again God intervened and changed my whole philosophy of education. I'm still learning how to homeschool HIS way."


PATRICK NURRE

Patrick Nurre has been an enthusiastic rockhound since grade school.  He grew up in the beautiful state of Montana where he spent many of his Saturdays rockhounding near the Big Horn River.  His field experience has included extensive digging in the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas and Indiana.  He has a special interest in volcanoes. In the 1970s Patrick and his wife Vicki were involved in helping to promote and organize the creation-evolution debates featuring the late Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. Duane Gish.  Patrick and Vicki home schooled their three children, now all grown.  Patrick and Vicki now reside in Bothell, Washington.  They are grandparents and remain good friends of the homeschool movement.  In 2005 Patrick started Northwest Treasures, a business devoted to producing a wide variety of fine geology specimen kits and high quality polished thunder eggs to promote rockhounding.  Patrick's geology specimen kits and polished thunder eggs have been featured in the new Creation Museum gift shop in Petersburg, Kentucky.   In addition to his hobby of rockhounding, Patrick pastors a church in the Edmonds, Washington area.
 

JANICE PRICE

Now retired from her nineteen-year homeschooling career, Janice Price is Scott's wife and mother to Rachel, Anna, and David (homeschooled K-12 and now college graduates and/or students). As with many homeschooling moms, Janice has worn various related hats. Most recently, before joining Rainbow Resource Center five years ago as a homeschooling curriculum consultant, she was an educational consultant for Westbridge Academy, an umbrella school for home educated, academically advanced students, as well as the administrator of the Peoria Co-operative Academy, which is both a history-based unit study co-op and a support school offering science labs, choirs, and classes on a variety of subjects. Janice has a B. A. from Phillips University and a M. Ed. from Idaho State University.


BARRY STEBBING

Barry Stebbing of How Great Thou ART Publications, has been involved in art his entire life, both as an artist and an educator. Mr. Stebbing has a godly perspective in the fine arts and currently has published over a dozen teaching texts created for the homeschooling family. He and his wife Saundra have been instructing three-day art classes for homeschoolers throughout the United States and Canada for the past dozen years. They now estimate that they have personally instructed over 50,000 students. Mr. Stebbing has also been invited throughout North America to speak on a variety of topics pertaining to teaching art in the home. He believes that drawing and painting are learned disciplines, established through practicing the fundamentals. His instruction is based on a godly focus, professing that God is an Artist, and that we are made in His image and likeness with the ability to create.


DAVID VAUGHAN

David J. Vaughan is a minister, writer and community leader dedicated to the propagation of the Christian message by means of the spoken and written word. Currently, Dr. Vaughan is minister of Liberty Christian Church, Director of Liberty Leadership Institute (a division of Whitefield Theological Seminary) and President of Liberty Classical School. In addition to these ongoing activities, David also addresses current and biblical issues through writing. He is a consulting editor for the St. Louis MetroVoice and Highland Books, and his articles have appeared in numerous national publications. He has also authored several books: Give Me Liberty: the Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry; The Pillars of Leadership; Jonathan Edwards; Extra Muros; and Statesman and Saint: The Principled Politics of William Wilberforce. As a lecturer and community leader, David speaks at a variety of church and civic functions, has appeared on nationally syndicated television and radio, and is a host of the Encounter radio program (KSIV 1320 AM). Dr. Vaughan is a member of the National Association of Scholars, the Emerging Scholars Network, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He holds the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, the Master of Arts Degree in Political Science, the Doctor of Arts Degree in Christian Leadership, as well as the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Christian Thought. David and his wife Diane have four children, Hannah, Lydia, Ethan and Adam, whom they have homeschooled.


MELANIE WILSON

Dr. Melanie Wilson, a self-proclaimed Wonder Woman, has been married to her Superman, Mark, for 15 years. She is a native of South Dakota who moved to Missouri to complete her graduate training in clinical psychology in 1989. Melanie subsequently completed an internship at the St. Louis V.A. hospital, graduating with her Ph.D. in 1995. She was in private practice with Minirth-Meier New Life Clinics for three years. Melanie and Mark had their first child, a son, in 1996. Since then, they have added five more students to their homeschool--four boys and one girl. They've been homeschooling since 1999. Melanie has written and spoken frequently about her struggle to lose wieght, get organized, and be her husband's helpmeet. Her writing has appeared in the Good News Herald, the Christian Communicator, and Woman's Day magazine. She has written numerous evangelical booklets and most recently completed the book, So You're Not Wonder Woman?: How Your Super Power Can Change Your Life. Melanie has also been a frequent radio and television guest. Recent appearances include Homeschool Radio and Ablaze Connections on the web. She has been an avid speaker since high school and enjoys teaching at women's retreats and homeschool meetings. Melanie is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in South St. Louis County and the St. Louis Homeschooling Activities, Resources, and Encouragement (SHARE) local homeschool support group. Be sure to visit Melanie's blog, http://wonderwomen.typepad.com/ for more information and for tips you can use in advance of the EXPO.


SCOTT WOODRUFF

As Staff Attorney for Home School Legal Defense Association, Scott specializes in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia homeschool law. He has assisted hundreds of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, principals, and prosecuting attorneys. He has campaigned successfully against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott and his wife, Jane, teach their two daughters, Betsy and Sarah, at home. Their son, Christopher, was homeschooled through high school and is now attending Baylor University.

Friday, 4:00 to 5:00 pm: You Are Not Alone--Home School Legal Defense Association and the Protection of Homeschooling. For 25 years, HSLDA has been protecting homeschooling on the federal, state and local level--and in your kitchen. Learn how the combined efforts of our 80,000 member families can help secure a bright future for the home education movement despite many looming threats. Members of HSLDA have even worked together to protect homeschooling in other nations. Learn how HSLDA's experience can go to work for you on a very personal level--by providing seasoned attorneys if your home school program is threatened.


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