2016 Speakers

Georgia Home Education Association (GHEA)

The Georgia Home Education Association (GHEA), is the statewide, member supported, 501(c)3 non-profit association that has been serving the needs and protecting the rights of Georgia homeschoolers since 1992. GHEA is governed by a Board of Directors who serve voluntarily. GHEA is committed to the advancement of home education and to protecting every family’s right to home educate their children and considers it part of its mission to help families across Georgia involved in this educational choice. GHEA will serve and assist any homeschooling family or support group in Georgia, however, GHEA is a Christian organization and the counsel and direction of the organization will be Christian.

Andy Mater

Andy grew up in a Christian home in Michigan, and was saved at the age of five. At the Word of Life Bible Institute Missions Conference in 1999 he felt God calling him into ministry. In 2003, he was accepted as a missionary with Word of Life and spent a brief period serving as the Assistant to the Dean of Men on our New York campus. Together with his wife, Tabitha, and two children, Novalie and Eden, they served with Word of Life Hungary as the Academic Dean from 2009-2012. In 2012 they felt God calling them to Florida where he served as the Dean of Men on our Florida campus. Currently, he is the Associate Executive Dean for that same campus. He has a diploma from the Word of Life Bible Institute, a B.S. in Bible-Christian Ministries from Tennessee Temple University, and a M.A.B.S. from Piedmont International University.

Kim Bedingfield

Kim Bedingfield lives in Central Georgia with her husband where she homeschools her five children. Prior to her work as a homeschool mother, she received her BS in Education from University of Georgia and her MS degree in Speech Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University. Her background in child and language development has led her to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of many popular classical homeschool curriculums. Her goal in homeschooling and as a Veritas Press community director is to employ the classical method while engaging children with different learning styles, strengths and weaknesses. She has discovered that the many options offered by Veritas Press provide a rigorous academic experience that enables students to interact in the humanistic culture of our times while maintaining a solid Biblical foundation and worldview.

Daphne Nicely

Daphne and her husband Dean have four adult children and one grandson. Not only did Daphne own and operate a thriving daycare and afterschool childcare service in California, but each of their children have experienced a variety of educational options (including but not limited to public schools, charter schools, and preparatory academies). Their youngest child, DeidreHannah, is a homeschooled honor student who graduated in 2013. Daphne has served in various leadership capacities at One Heart Church such as: Assistant to the Children’s Minister, Childcare Provider, Student Ministry Chaperone, Missions Lead Team Committee member and as a member of OHC Praise, amongst others. She’s committed to seeing hearts, minds, and lives transformed by God through the power of the Holy Spirit for “life” and the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2007, Daphne left over 20 years of corporate America for full-time missions and ministry service, Daphne was called to volunteer and shortly thereafter serve on staff at APRC in the spring of 2007. Daphne’s passionate about the sanctity of all human life, sexual risk avoidance, abortion recovery, and serving at risk and underserved people groups, especially young people and children. Not limited to local missions, she also serves internationally in Romania, which she now considers home. Making 11 trips of differing lengths over the past 10 years, the Lord united her two passions as Romania has a generation of marginalized orphans and the second highest abortion rate in the world. A certified Zumba® Instructor since 2007, Daphne enjoys birding, going for walks, and reading fantasy books aloud with DeidreHannah. Daphne was recognized by Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine as a 2015 Superwoman for her service and contributions to the community.

Betsy Primm

Betsy Primm is a lifelong educator. She has presented training workshops and keynote speeches throughout the United States and England. She is a Bright from the Start Level III trainer and has worked with teachers and children for over 30 years. Her passion is to help children learn to read with ease and enjoyment. Since retirement as a public school administrator, Betsy tutors children every day in acquiring beginning reading skills. She knows that there is no substitute for a child’s getting off to a good start in school.


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