Presentations: Educating Young Children Through Daily Family Life - 7:30 p.m. Friday The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture - 9:30 a.m. Saturday Homeschooling through Difficult Circumstances - 3 p.m. Saturday
Cheri Frame and her husband Tim homeschooled their three children from K-12. Cheri founded Credits Before College after returning from a one-year mission assignment serving at an international school in Indonesia with her family. The experience shaped the way she viewed education. While focusing on how to best prepare her children for their futures, she saw college debt as a burden that would limit their options. Through research and planning, all three were able to earn their four-year degrees, debt-free, before the age of 20. Cheri has been speaking at conferences for over 10 years and enjoys providing encouragement and support to families as they navigate high school, college, and career. She shares a wealth of information on her website, has authored several curriculum guides, and works with students as a certified Career Direct Consultant. You can find more information at CreditsBeforeCollege.com. Presentations: Preparing for High School and Beyond. For parents and their teens (middle and high school) - Friday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PSEO in Minnesota - 11 a.m. Saturday Transcripts and Record Keeping – Keeping it Simple - 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Nancy Kelly lives in a little town on the prairie called Windom, Minnesota. She and her husband Kent have home-educated their six children for over 24 years (4 CM graduates!) using the principles and practices of Charlotte Mason. Nancy has helped build a thriving educational community in southwest Minnesota that continues to learn and grow. She helps administrate the Parents’ Midwest Educational Union (PMEU), a parents’ book discussion group; Truth, Beauty, Goodness (TBG), a student learning cooperative; and the Living Education Retreat, now in its 14th year of sharing and spreading the ideas of Charlotte Mason. Speaking, consulting, and mentoring are three of her favorite things to do. A trip with Kent and dear friends to Ambleside, England in 2014 forever changed her understanding of Mason’s teacher training and deepened her love for Mason’s relational philosophy. She writes at her CM-inspired blog, Sage Parnassus and has helped hundreds of parents through her group mentoring classes, Living Education Lessons. She enjoys family, bright eyes, flower gardening, collecting vintage honeypots, exploring the flora and fauna of new places, and of course, books! Presentations: Charlotte Mason Foundations: A Paradigm Shift - 11 a.m. Saturday Parenting the Young Child: Best Practices From Charlotte Mason For a Life of Wonder - 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Amber Sechser is a 20-year homeschool veteran … and just getting started! With 11 children, there has been much learned, through trial and error (grace and forgiveness), about being a wife, mother, and home educator. She and her husband, Deacon Joe, have 4 adult children and one yet to start kindergarten! This gal is “just a mom” trying to live out her vocation, while leading her little flock to theirs.
Presentation: Living a Liturgical Life - 11 a.m. Saturday
John Stokman and David Stokman
John Stokman is a marketer and founder of The News Memo. He lives in St. Paul, MN and graduated from The University of St. Thomas with a BA in Business Administration. He has experience in marketing for several tech startups in the Twin Cities. He was also attended a Techstars startup incubator in San Antonio, TX in 2015 which has named has been named one of the top startup accelerators in the world by Forbes Magazine. John grew up in Crosby, MN, where he was homeschooled along with his six siblings.
David Stokman is a recent graduate of Saint John’s University with a BA in economics and philosophy. He played four years of varsity basketball at Saint John’s, where he was a team captain his junior and senior seasons. David has an entrepreneurial history, having co-founded a lawn care service in high school, and is a founder of The News Memo. One of seven children of a busy homeschooling family, David grew up in Maple Lake, MN. David is a member of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Benedictine Volunteer Corps, a program through Saint John’s Abbey and University.
Presentation: How Being Homeschooled Fostered Creativity and Independence - 3 p.m. Saturday
Anne Bielejeski, mother of 11, Nana to 17 (soon to be 18), wife to 1. She has spent the past 29 years home educating most of her children, most of the time. She and her husband successfully graduated 9 children from homeschool. She has yet to write a book or blog or raise bees, but continues to serve families as a birth doula. Anne enjoys travel, time with family and friends and long walks.
Presentation: Now What?!? Or Who am I now that our homeschool days are almost over - 11 a.m. Saturday
Cathie and her husband Kevin, are blessed with six children and have home educated them since 2003. Before children, Cathie developed curricula and taught classes for adults around the world in the computer industry. She loves holding middle school and high school homeschool cohorts in her home. In her spare time she enjoys running the Family Faith Formation and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs at her church.
Presentation: Beginning Homeschooling: Beyond the Basics - 11 a.m. Saturday Lunch and Learn: Informal Gathering of Parents of Children with Special Needs - 12:30 p.m.