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Conference Speakers

Kathryn Gomes

Apologia Ministries

Apologia.com

A homeschooled student herself, Kathryn (Bell) Gomes, holds an M.Ed. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught math to homeschooled students for 13 years and is very familiar with the challenges of learning math at home. Kathryn spent three years teaching mathematics in inner-city Philadelphia through Teach for America. She then taught in the most ethnically diverse high school in Pennsylvania. During this time, Kathryn designed Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 curricula for English language learners. Now, one of her great passions is improving mathematics education for homeschoolers by increasing rigor, while maintaining the creativity and free-thinking that she enjoyed in her schooling.

Speaker Sessions

What My Mom Did Right, What My Mom Did Wrong (Thoughts From a 2nd Generation Homeschooler)

(Family Discipleship)

What will your kids think about homeschooling when they are adults? Kathryn Gomes was homeschooled and is now homeschooling her own three children. Looking back, she reflects on her experiences and those of her siblings. In this tell-all session, Kathryn shares six things she’s grateful for and four that she would go back and change.

5 Ways God Used Homeschooling to Strengthen My Faith and Prepare Me to Engage the World

(Biblical Worldview)

There will always be a math lesson, science project, or research paper clamoring for your immediate attention. But what about the bigger picture? How is God using homeschooling to work in your child’s heart? In this session, Kathryn shares how God used being homeschooled to build her faith, develop her character, and how that is giving her a vision for her own children. Drawing on examples from her own life, she’ll bring a fresh reminder of how the challenges that your child is facing today are preparing him or her for a life of service in God’s kingdom.

Toddlers in Tow: What to Do With Your Littlest Ones While You Homeschool

(Homeschool How-To’s)

There is nothing like a baby or toddler to foil the best-laid plans of any homeschool parent. While our littlest ones can seem like a constant disruption, they are a part of God’s plan for our families and our homeschools. In this session, Kathryn Gomes will give you fresh inspiration for folding the cuddliest members of your family into your homeschool by sharing practical tips she has gleaned from homeschool veterans and her own experiences.

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