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Topic:From Speaking to Reading: How Speech Development Can Impact Literacy
Amy is a Speech Language Pathologist and owner of Graham Speech Therapy, LLC. Since 1998, she has provided diagnostic and therapeutic services at a number of public schools, acute care/rehabilitation hospitals, an audiology clinic, and private practice to both adults and children of all ages. She now serves patients from her boutique-style private practice out of her home. Amy treats a variety of speech/language delays and disorders but has a particular interest and love for treating pediatric speech sound disorders, motor speech disorders, language delays, and working with both children and adolescents who stutter.
Amy received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, Fullerton. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), holds a Colorado Speech Language Pathology License from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), and a Special Service Provider License for the Schools in Speech/Language Pathology from the Colorado Board of Education.
Topic: 10 Ways to Encourage Your Teen to Become an Entrepreneur
Dana Susan Beasley, owner of AngelArts, A Creative Arts Agency and Publishing House, works with homeschooling families, teens, and aspiring entrepreneurs who face uncertain futures in these difficult times. She helps them plan, start, and launch successful businesses matched optimally with their passions, giftings, and God-given callings using proven digital and traditional marketing and branding strategies, so that they can create their own opportunities and economies and even more significantly, to make an impact on the world around them.
A graphic artist, writer, publisher, and branding/digital marketing strategist, Dana has enjoyed homeschooling her Asperger son for almost nine years. She is the author of several homeschool curriculums, including “Your Guide to Growing Your Family Economy.” This year she is developing a new, extensive course called “Becoming a Kingdom Entrepreneur in the Internet Age.” A simplified version of the course is available at Schoolhouseteachers.com.
Topic: Becoming A Powerful Math Mentor: Empowering Your Students To Think, Reason, And Problem Solve For Themselves!
Emily is co-founder of Math Inspirations and author of Hands On Math and 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Math. Emily’s pursuit of professional teaching began at Brigham Young University, being mentored by renowned math ed. guru Dr. Blake Peterson. After graduation, Emily moved to Arizona to teach in the public system and quickly realized the severe limitations of a traditional math education. So in 2012, Emily and her husband Joe moved their family to the Phoenix valley and founded Math Inspirations to mentor and empower homeschool parents to mentor their students using the Discovery Method to build them into confident, self-reliant, powerful thinkers. Emily and her family currently reside in Boise, ID.
Topic: I’m ready to start homeschooling, now what?
Theresa’s passion for learning and teaching her own has led her through many different approaches and styles as she adapted to the unique learning styles and interests of each of her children. From developing unit studies and adapting various curricula to writing high school transcripts and supporting pursuits of early college entry, Theresa has developed knowledge and experience with homeschooling children from pre-k through post-secondary. Throughout the past 16 of years, Theresa has been a sought after, unofficial consultant to those around her and has conducted hands-on workshops and co-op classes geared towards common homeschooling needs within the community. In 2011, Theresa was hired for a new position of “Homeschool Liaison” in District 49 in which she has become a source of encouragement, support and knowledge to the hundreds that seek her services.
Topic: Brain based special needs
I have been teaching art to other children from K-12 for more than 12 years. I teach art because I love it and because I want others to love it. I think that a good art education frees a child’s mind and opens it up to a whole new level of learning. I have taught children of all ages and stages, some love art, some hate art, some only want to draw, or paint, but across the board I have found that all of them have the ability to create. Art is not only something you do, it is what you feel inside coming out, it is an expression of who you are. Helping a child discover their inner beauty and bringing it out to share with others is why I teach art.
Aside from the teaching I also am an artist. Primarily I am a clay sculptor and an earth painter, collecting dirt from all over the southwest and using it in my art work. I am currently working with my partner to create interactive sculptures small and large especially so that those who are handicapped in any way can experience the art beyond only through sight and interact with it on a personal level.
I believe that we all have artistic talents and abilities living inside of us. As a teacher and an artist it is my responsibility to help each person find that
ability, embrace it, use it, and enjoy it. My goal is to inspire your to think and see outside of the box creatively and to be all that God has created you to be.
Topic: The Ripple Effect: How Our Actions Change More Than Just Our Own Lives…..
Shane has been involved in grass roots community based activities for many years and has a passion for igniting in others the realization that we can all make a difference in society.
Shane has served as a city councilman for The City of South Salt Lake for 11 years, being elected 4 times to office. In 2001, Shane founded a non profit community gardening organization which ultimately focused on youth gardening. After having his own 6 year old daughter abducted (and returned) in 2002, Shane became involved in search efforts for other missing children and adults situations.
Shane is married with 6 children. He enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, writing poetry, and seeing other people realize they can make a difference in their community. He has also spoken in front of state legislative committees, school groups and other gatherings on a variety of topics. He has experience with many forms of media including television. One of his greatest passion when speaking is convincing youth see their potential in helping others and bringing about positive changes around them.
Topic: Homeschooled and Homeschooling; a story of entrepreneurship, spirit of industry, ingenuity, and self reliance.
Jeanne Towns is the kind of hard working American and amazing mom any home school parent would be proud to raise. Stories of Jeanne growing up building their homes on land and building outhouses reminds one of the great American spirit of industry, ingenuity, and self reliance. They are workers and strong contributors to their community. Together, her family started the Golden Fuel Systems company, converting veggie oil for Diesel engines. Jeanne’s role to support to build to company was crucial part of the success of the family business. They grew up without limitations of boxes that confined them intellectually. Now, a homeschooling mom herself, she can share her journey and offer tips and insights for families here in Colorado.
Barbara West – Keynote
Topic: 10 Tips for Successful Homeschooling
Barbara West is the sweet tea addicted wife to one unbelievably supportive husband, Bruce, a retired Air Force pilot. With their military nomadic lifestyle, they set up house 22 times in their journey around the world. They have homeschooled since 1988 through 8 states, our nation’s capitol, and 3 foreign countries. She is the classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to 5 — two homeschool grads, two middle schoolers, and a high schooler. When she is not busy instilling virtue into a future military man, encouraging compassion in a servant leader, inspiring vision in a struggling learner, or building into the lives of her precious grandchildren, she is encouraging parents in their home education endeavors. The joy, contentment, and fulfillment she derives from her life being a wife and mother are unsurpassed. Her greatest challenge is maintaining balance in her daily life as many competing interests vie for priority.
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