"Lead the Way HOME" Convention

Keynote and Featured Speakers and Presenters for 2020 (so far!)

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 Woodruff

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.


John Taylor


John Taylor moved to Maine from Indiana 2011. He earned his B.S. in History and Political Science from Indiana State University and holds a M.A. in American History and Popular Culture from Indiana University Indianapolis. John is the State Coordinator for the educational program, National History Day in Maine. He also assists in educational programming and the creation, installation, and maintenance of museum exhibits at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan. Previously, John was a teaching assistant at Indiana University and a National History Day intern for a Teach American History Grant. He also served as a docent at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in Indianapolis and worked both at the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Historical Bureau. His area of specialty is the Cold War with a particular interest in comedy and music of the 1950s and 60s and he currently is a member of the Maine Archives and Museums Board of Directors. 


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. 




Kim Mazone

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 Huber

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 Moran

Heather is the outreach educator and 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.  


Carolyn Simonds

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.