Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students' skills.
Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him "the funny man with the wonderful words". He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eleven, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ginger Hubbard, bestselling author of Don't Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can't Believe You Just Said That!, speaks at women's events, parenting conferences, and home school conventions across the country.
Ginger is an award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, such as Focus on the Family, Baptist Press, HomeLife Magazine, P31 Woman, and Crosswalk.com.
An enthusiastic and compelling communicator, Ginger has been interviewed on television shows, such as The 700 Club, The Harvest Show, and Primary Focus, as well as national radio programs, including Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and Focus on the Family.
Ginger is transparent and captivating as she shares empowering truths from God's Word. She has a special talent for delivering personal and often humorous stories, and then tying in wisdom well beyond her years. Engaging every audience with charisma and warmth, Ginger's unforgettable and life-changing messages enlighten and inspire women from coast to coast.
Jesus-saved and southern-raised, Ginger enjoys reading, writing, and spending time on Lake Martin with her husband. Ginger is a veteran home schooling mother of two fabulous children and stepmom to two much-adored stepsons. She and her husband, Ronnie, reside in Opelika, AL, where they enjoy working together from home.
Melissa Molstad was introduced to the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason 11 years ago, and the methods resulting from that philosophy have transformed the Molstad homeschool. Tom and Melissa have been home educating for nearly 15 years. Their five sons and one daughter, currently ages 11-21, have all been schooled at home. Their current stage of life is one of young adult transitions and discoveries, of sharing cell phones and vehicles, of part-time jobs and service projects, of independence and launching.
Last summer, Melissa set the goal of becoming a Mason “well-read amateur". As such, she professes not to be a Mason expert, but more of a mom with a mission to learn as much as possible from Mason’s methods, and then work toward applying those lessons in life and sharing those ideas with others. For Melissa, Charlotte Mason has been an encouraging and inspiring educator, motivator, and friend. Mason’s philosophy is as transformative today as it was 125 years ago when Mason developed it.
Please join Melissa as she shares her journey of home educating with Mason’s methods regarding educational basics, atmosphere, teaching poetry, and using notebooks and journals.
You’re also invited to stop by the Mason Moms booth during the conference with your questions, for conversation, or to view samples of students’ work and books. There will also be information and registration available for the CONNECTION 5 Charlotte Mason conference held during August in Sioux Falls hosted by these moms.
Dr. Neil Rohe
Dr. Neil Rohe is a chiropractor with in-depth training in all 5 EssentialsTM of health, with specialized training in non-surgical spinal correction. He is here to teach about how God designed your body and how your choices affect your overall health. He will also discuss how stress affects your nervous system and your organ function.
Scott Woodruff, Esq.
Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998.
He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and is licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys.
He has represented HSLDA members in court, and appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott is a frequent speaker at homeschool conferences and on radio programs across the country.
Scott currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas. He also has extensive previous experience dealing with members' legal issues in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan.
Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.