Convention Speakers

Keynote and Featured Speakers and Presenters for 2018 (so far!)

Cheryl Swope


All because my daughter Michelle – who has autism, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, borderline intellectual disability, and various medical conditions – said, “Mom, I want my story to help other children like me…


Cheryl Swope, M.Ed. is an author, speaker, and creator with Memoria Press of the Simply Classical Curriculum, a full-year series designed for children with special learning needs. Cheryl and her husband homeschooled their adopted twins (both with autism, learning disabilities, and mental illness) from the children’s infancy through high school. The children’s love of history, literature, and Latin persuaded Cheryl of the benefits a classical education for any child.


With a master’s degree in special education, lifetime K-12 state teaching certificate in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders, Cheryl has studied in a university Occupational Therapy program, tutored, taught in early childhood classrooms and private special school summer programs, helped implement an innovative inclusion program among twelve elementary schools, spoken at her state’s Council for Exceptional Children Conference, led I.E.P. meetings, and conducted assessments on behalf of children with 

special needs. Yet her most humbling education came through her own twins at home.


Author of Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child (Memoria Press, 2013), Cheryl is perhaps most pleased with the response to the Simply Classical Curriculum voted #1 in Special Needs (Old Schoolhouse Magazine) in 2016 for the second year. Cheryl has spoken in Michigan, Wyoming, California, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and in her home state of Missouri.


Cheryl serves as writer for The Classical Teacher, advisor to the Classical Latin School Association, editor of the Classical Lutheran Education Journal, member of the LCMS President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Lutheran Education, and lifetime member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education.


Cheryl lives with her husband of more than 25 years and their forgiving and forbearing adult twins, Michael and Michelle, in a wooded community where they can all swim in the lake, grow spinach and kale in their backyard garden, and stargaze on blankets in the open field.


Angela O'Dell


Angela O’Dell is the author of the Math Lessons for a Living Education math series and the A Living History of Our World history series, both published through Master Books of New Leaf Press. She is also the owner of her own publishing company, Jelly Bean Jar Publications. 


Angela is a second generation homeschooler and has home educated her own four children for 19 years. She and her husband, Dave, have graduated their three eldest children and continue to homeschool their youngest, who is in high school.


Although she stays busy writing, Angela also loves to work as a homeschool consultant and has served as a leader in her local homeschool community for years. She thrives on helping and encouraging her fellow homeschooling moms to live strong lives anchored in the truth of God’s Word, which declares each of them to be precious and unique, capable and worthy of their calling through the power of Jesus Christ. 


Jake MacAulay


Jake MacAulay serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), an educational outreach that presents the founders’ “American View” of law and government. IOTC has produced thousands of graduates in all 50 states with a full understanding of the Biblical principles on which America’s founding documents are based.


The former co-host of the syndicated talk show, The Sons of Liberty, he is an ordained minister and has spoken to audiences nation-wide, and has established the American Club, a constitutional study group in public and private schools.


Jake has been seen on Yahoo News, Fox News, The Blaze, AP, CBS, NBC, The Weekly Standard, and more.

Carolyn Simonds


Carolyn Simonds 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.


Kathi Kearney

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 Wilcoxson

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.