Kelly Lutman is a 19-year veteran homeschool mom whose 3 sons have graduated from their homeschool and become productive in their own careers. Kelly has been a Sonlight Curriculum Consultant for 16 years, enjoying the opportunity it provides for her to share her own delight in the literature-based approach as well as encourage homeschoolers to seek out the tools to make education an enjoyable process for the whole family.
Jennifer Ford Berry is an organizational expert, best selling author, entrepreneur and speaker. Her first book Organize Now! a week-by-week guide to simplify your space & your life has sold over 300,000 copies world wide. Jennifer has recently published Organize Now! your money, business & career and Organize Now! 12 month home and activity planner. She is currently writing her next book which will be launched in November 2013.
Michael Sinclair Curtis, senior pastor of Powerline Community Church, is married to his college sweetheart (Meredith Curtis) and is the impressed father of 5 amazing children. A homeschooling dad and sports fan, Mike graduated from University of Delaware (BA Psychology 1984) and Regent University (1991 Masters of Divinity).
Renee Metzler is a freelance author who lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters and cat. After beginning her career as a mother and home manager in 2002, and feeling “lost,” she began to research secrets to the trade of home management, and the idea of Total Home Makeover was born.
Renee holds a degree in Secondary Education, English from Bloomsburg University. She spent four years mentoring women in a sales career. Renee now blogs at TotalHomeMakeover.com where she coaches women to know God intimately, manage life and home and drink more coffee.
Visit Renee’s Blog at http://totalhomemakeover.webs.com/
Award-winning Author, Speaker and Producer Jenny L. Cote developed an early passion for God, history and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C.S. Lewis by book reviewers and bloggers, Jenny provides creative writing workshops at schools, homeschool groups and universities across the US and abroad. The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® is a two-book prequel series that begins the adventures of brave Scottie dog Max and brilliant French cat Liz through the stories of Noah’s Ark and Joseph. Book One: The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud (2009 Gold Award in the Readers Favorite Awards for Children’s Chapter Books) is in pre-production for animated feature film adaptation, DVD school curriculum and VBS program development. Book Two: The Dreamer, the Schemer and the Robe (2010 Readers Favorite Gold Award, Children’s Chapter Books) brings Max, Liz and friends to work behind the scenes in the life of Joseph in the land of Egypt. The Epic Order of the Seven® series begins with Book One: The Prophet, the Shepherd, and the Star, where Max, Liz and the gang have a crucial seven-hundred year mission to impact the lives of Isaiah, Daniel and those in the Christmas story (2011 Readers Favorite Gold Award, Christian Historical Fiction.) Her fourth novel, The Roman, the Twelve, and the King unfolds the childhood, ministry and passion of Jesus Christ with a twist – his story is told within the story of George F. Handel composing Messiah. Jenny gained unprecedented access to Handel House Museum in London to write in Handel’s composing room for this book and won the 2012 Readers Favorite Five Star and Bronze Awards for Christian Historical Fiction. She is working on three more books in the series, covering Paul in Acts, Patrick Henry and the Revolutionary War, and C.S. Lewis and WWII. Jenny’s passion for research has taken her to London, Oxford (to stay in the home of C.S. Lewis, the Kilns), Ireland, Paris, Normandy, Rome, Israel, and Egypt. Her books are available online and in stores around the world, as well as in multiple e-book formats (Kindle, Nook, etc.). Although written with children in mind, Jenny’s readership heavily comprises adults.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Jenny holds two marketing degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Prior to writing her career focused on strategic planning and marketing, specifically in healthcare at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She now writes and speaks full time and lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband Casey and son Alex. Jenny is active in the Student Ministry at Dunwoody Baptist Church, and enjoys reading, research, museums, music, travel, fitness and finding any excuse she can to get to the beach.
Please visit: www.epicorderoftheseven.com www.sevenwinged.com Facebook: Jenny L. Cote
HOMESCHOOL EXPO WORKSHOPS by Jenny L. Cote
“I CAN’T WAIT TO RESEARCH MY NEXT PAPER!”
Jenny L. Cote, Award–winning Author, Speaker and Producer
Sigh, if only these words came flying out of your child’s mouth. Guess what? They can! One of my key objectives in providing creative writing workshops for kids across the country is getting them fired up about research. The #1 challenge I hear from educators is, “How can I make kids want to do research?” After showing over 20,000 kids how much fun research can be, I’m happy to give you parents the inside scoop. Get a mini-preview of my CHAIRS workshop where I focus on research, followed by Q&A on specific challenges you have.
“I CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE MY NEXT PAPER!”
Jenny L. Cote, Award–winning Author, Speaker and Producer
Are these words you think you’ll never hear from your child? Does it go more like this: “Writing is so boring! I hate writing!” Well never fear, I’m here to ease your pain. After speaking to over 20,000 kids on creative writing, I’ve learned a trick or two to make writing so much fun that kids can’t wait to get started on their next project. Educators have reported same day success:
“Your enthusiasm caught the children’s attention. Teachers said they saw an immediate improvement in the children’s journal writing, starting the day you were with us! It was a WONDERFUL day!”-Jeanne Borders, Administrator, Cornerstone Prep, Acworth, GA
Get a mini-preview of my CREATE workshop where I focus on research, followed by Q&A on specific challenges you have.
Kid Workshops by Jenny L. Cote
Opening with the popular “Black Coat Story,” Jenny humorously illustrates a really lame story, followed by a really colorful story. She explains how creative writing is like painting a picture in your mind and writing what you see. Animating animal figurines, Jenny brings colorful characters to life, and describes the importance and, yes, FUN of doing research! Learn how to weave in surprises, action, tension, and then end well.
“Pharaoh Cote” makes a grand costumed entrance and engages the students on the subject of dreams. She’ll be joined by costumed Joseph volunteers who act out the different stages in the life of Joseph for a vibrant discussion on the evolving arc of a character, complete with dynamite dialogue, reality checks for writing historical fiction, and how to use artistic license.
Dr. Miles R. Jones is an accelerated learning specialist and Bible scholar who has taken generations of homeschoolers and turned them into gifted mathematicians. Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught at universities and institutes worldwide including the Sorbonne, Centre de Formation (Paris), the Air Defense Academy in Yemen, United Arab Emirates University, the Defense Language Institute in the U.S., and Texas A & M – Commerce. He has recently published a book on biblical archaeology entitled The Writing of God which outlines the scriptural basis of home-schooling.
As a homeschool graduate herself, Kathleen has a heart for homeschool families. Throughout high school, she actively coordinated and coached a homeschool speech & debate club. At age 18, she pursued a short stint in politics where she ran for local office. Despite losing by 5 votes, the experience was one to be fondly remembered.
In 2006, a short two years later, Kathleen completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College through accelerated learning. After college, she worked with several businesses and organizations, gaining valuable experience as well as providing creative ideas particularly in development. From May 2007—May 2011, she was employed by Verity Institute, an innovative college program that assists young people in gaining an accredited college degree from a Biblical perspective in under two years through non-traditional approaches (such as CLEP). One of her favorite projects was writing a college prep curriculum for homeschool students. More information about Verity Institute is available from their website at: www.verityinstitute.org.
In December 2009, Kathleen began working with Crystal Creek Media as Producer/Director of Operations for the forthcoming movie Creed of Gold. From recruiting cast and crew to coaching the press team, Kathleen helped to provide the tactical support necessary to ensure the successful completion of the film. Creed of Gold recently finished post-production. A special prerelease DVD is available online at Amazon.com.
In addition to operational support, Kathleen also does graphic design work and functions as the web master for Crystal Creek Media. She is currently pursuing a certification in E-Marketing from a local college.
Throughout the last four years she has traveled across the U.S. to numerous homeschool conferences and spoken on a variety of subjects related to high school, college, and media.