Category Archives: 2013 Speakers
Cynthia has over fourteen years experience working as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of hospital, clinic and school settings. Seasons of homeschooling and teaching speech and reading to her own sons have given Cynthia an appreciation of what it means to be a teaching mom, not just a professional therapist. Her recent focus has been on helping children with a range of speech articulation issues. She has a passion for empowering parents to help their own children at home with speech and the prevention of reading difficulties. Towards that end she has piloted and published her first e-learning program, Step 1: Learning Letters & Sounds, the first installment in the Step Ahead to Better Speech & Reading Series. She is also developing resources to help parents teach R, L, and S, and other difficult speech sounds to their children.
Denise Eide, homeschool mother of four, is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Uncovering the Logic of English, and of The Logic of English series of curriculum. A nationally sought after speaker for home education and literacy events, Denise demystifies English, providing hope for those who struggle, and empowering you to become part of a grassroots effort to solve the literacy crisis in your community. Her company was born out of her experiences homeschooling children who struggled with reading and spelling. With research-based, easy to use teaching methods, Denise is laying a foundation for all students to excel in spelling, reading, and writing.
Mr. Dave Drake is Director of Development & Outreach of FreedomProject and FreedomProject Education, which are projects of the American Opinion Foundation. Mr. Drake has been homeschooling for the last 20 years and has been directly involved with the homeschool industry for the last 3 years. Prior to his service with the American Opinion Foundation, he was the Marketing Coordinator & Trade Show Exhibit Manager for 12 years with BSB Design, a national residential architect. For the last 3 years, he was the Conference Exhibitor Relations Manager with the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE). Earning his initial Associate in Arts at Faith Baptist Bible College in 1985, Mr Drake earned a Diploma in Architectural Drafting in 1988. Dave and Debbi Drake were married in 1985, have 3 children, and have home-educated for 20 years.
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/