Other special guests and performers include Rep. Heidi Sampson, Tristan Starbird, Down East Singers, Lakes Region Homeschool Choir, the Miller Family, Nick Kozack, Portland Naval Shipyard Yard, and many more!
Ray and Charlene Notgrass
Ray and Charlene Notgrass are followers of Jesus and veteran homeschooling parents. They met in college and married in 1974. Ray has bachelor's and master's degrees in history and a master's degree in New Testament studies. Charlene has a bachelor's degree in political science. Ray and Charlene are lifelong history lovers and began writing homeschool curriculum in 1999. Since then they have written several full-year courses for Notgrass History, the publishing company which they and their family operate. Ray and Charlene enjoy classic literature, traveling together, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Charlene encourages homeschooling mothers with new posts each Monday through Friday on her blog, Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers.
Scott, a follower of Christ since 1971, earned his law degree from the University of Virginia. After working for John Ashcroft as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri, and later a major regional insurance company, Scott joined the HSLDA team in 1998. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar.
Over the last 20 years, he has assisted thousands of families in conflicts with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, judges and prosecuting attorneys. He has testified before state legislatures to advance homeschool freedom in Maine, Virginia, Arkansas, Maryland, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Nevada, Idaho, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has helped write portions of the homeschool laws and parental rights laws of several states.
Scott and his wife Jane married in 1983. They have three adult children whom they homeschooled, one child still at home--a very special 6-year old they are homeschooling--and three grandchildren.
David Richards is Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, where he has worked since 1996. He has also served as Executive Secretary of the Androscoggin Historical Society in Auburn, as well as Curator of Collections at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum in New Gloucester. David majored in History at Bates College. He holds a M. A. in New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine and a Ph.D. in History from the University of New Hampshire. His first book, Poland Spring: A Tale of the Gilded Age, explores the history of the famous Maine resort and water source. David's current historical adventure in the game of life grows out of his work for the Kennebec Highlands History Project and entails learning about Central Maine native and world-renowned game maker, Milton Bradley, the "Man Who Taught America How to Play." In his spare time, David has facilitated over 500 Maine Humanities Council book discussions throughout the state since 1996 as part of over 100 New Books, New Readers and Let's Talk About It series. The Council also got him involved with teaching at the Somerset County Jail, where he has led writing classes for inmates through SAD 54 Adult & Community Education since 2010.
Kathi has served on the HOME Board for many years. She has worked with homeschooling families in Maine for more than 30 years, and helped to author Maine’s homeschool law. Kathi teaches gifted & talented students in Maine, is a Professional Associate with the Gifted Development Center in Denver, and teaches online courses for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Chris and his wife, Tiffany, are founders and pastors of Life Source Ministries in Brunswick, ME. They have served within HOME's ministry as coordinators in various areas for a number of years, and currently serve as HOME Board Members. For Chris and Tiffany, homeschooling was a decision of faith made together before having children. They have a heart for helping families build healthy homes, as well as fighting for parental rights. Chris and Tiffany reside in Georgetown, ME with their seven children.
Kim has a passion for living a “learning lifestyle” and encouraging homeschooling families. As a certified teacher, she taught elementary school before having her own children. Kim and her husband, Zach, have been part of the Homeschoolers of Maine leadership team for a number of years and are homeschooling their two teenagers.
Erika is the Youth and Family Program Coordinator for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. She creates programming for and oversees all youth and family education programs, and manages the activities and volunteers of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden. She also oversees the field trip program at the Gardens, which includes the implementation of formal, curricular-based and informal environmental and garden-based educational programs. Erika holds a Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has over 10 years of experience working with children as an environmental and garden-based educator.
Heather is the Reference & Outreach Archivist at the Maine State Archives in Augusta. Formerly, she was Director of the Edward J. Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library from 2007 until 2016. She has a BA from the University of Maine at Orono with an emphasis in history and law, and a MLIS with a concentration in Archival Management. At the State Archives Heather has digitized thousands of historical documents ranging from early 1600s court records, maps, and Civil War materials. She helped develop a crowd-sourced transcription site to engage the public and enjoys partnering with local schools to teach kids how to experience history through primary source documents.
Phil is from Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. A nearly thirty-year member, is a former trustee, President/CEO, Director of Community Relations and Executive Director at the Museum and is currently serving as the volunteer project manager for the 1 million dollar restoration of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. Built in 1912, the Narcissus is a wooden, high-speed luxury interurban coach from Maine's finest and fastest electric railroad, the Portland-Lewiston Interurban (PLI). Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. A new book, Teddy Roosevelt, Mille, and the Elegant Ride, published by Phil and written by award-winning Maine author, Jean Flahive, features the Narcissus and life in rural Gray, Maine, from 1911 through 1919.
Raylene M. Hunt is a retired homeschooling mom of two. Both of her students have graduated into the adult world. She is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer who has been helping produce HOME Unit Studies since 2012.
Carolyn has been actively involved in HOME's ministry for many years. She is a veteran homeschool mom of six children. Carolyn serves as a teacher and mentor to other HOME leaders, and plays a leadership role in a number of HOME events and endeavors.