Conference Speakers for 2018

Phillip Campbell BA

Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European History from Ave Maria University and a certificate in Secondary Education through Madonna University. He taught history and Scripture for the St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program for ten years. Mr. Campbell is the author of the popular “ Story of Civilization” series by TAN Books. He recently joined the Catholic History Textbook Project. Mr. Campbell’s writings have appeared in the St. Austin Review and The Distributist Review. He is also the star of the YouTube sensation History in a Minute. Mr. Campbell served as the Mayor of Howell, MI from 2011 to 2015 and has been involved in homeschooling for more than 15 years.

Featured talks by Phillip Campbell

History as if People Matter
Engaging students in history through a character-centered approach.

Closing the Modern History Gap
Why many students are ignorant of modern world events and how we can use history to change that.

Stephanie Engelman

Hello! My name is Stephanie Engelman., and I am a Catholic, a wife and mother of five beautiful children. I’m also an inspirational speaker and the author of the award-winning book, A Single Bead. I am a ‘born again” Catholic convert, having been a lukewarm Protestant for the first 30 years of my life. While I will always be “a few beads short” of a full Rosary, I continue to strive for perfection and holiness.

In November 2015, my husband, Ray, suffered a near-fatal heart attack and subsequent critical brain injury. Through it all, faith in our awesome, loving God gave me peace – and even joy – beyond all understanding.

Having been thus blessed by the peace of Christ, I’m committed to sharing his message of love, mercy and joy. Check out the “appearances” page for upcoming speaking events where you can learn more about our story and – I hope – grow in your own knowledge of Christ’s love and message of hope. And, of course, please contact me if you’re interested in having me speak at an upcoming event, book club, or in your school.

My book, A Single Bead, recently received awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic Publishers. It is a story of faith awakened by prayer. I wrote it before my husband’s heart attack, but the central theme of the importance of faith and prayer through difficult circumstances have been instrumental to me through the last two years. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, and will share it with those you love!

Featured talks by Stephanie Engelman

The Power of Fiction to Change Hearts While Teaching Minds

Loni Garrigus

Loni Garrigus holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from IUPUI. She has homeschooled her five children since 2000. In 2011, she returned to school and now works full-time as a cardiac nurse. She continues to homeschool with the enormous support of her husband, Cory. Loni strongly believes in empowering homeschool parents to be emboldened to take charge of their children’s education.

Featured talk by Loni Garrigus

Science is WONDERful
Learn how to bring out the wonder and excitement of science in your homeschool. We’ll talk about preschool through high school, and learn strategies to bring joy to the forefront. From nature study to physics, tots to teens, books to beakers, science can be WONDERful.

Lorelei Cleary

Lorelei is a daughter of God, wife to Corey, and mother of four who believes that all of us have been given voices with which to worship the Lord. She likes to say she has her feet in both educational worlds. Lorelei has taught music at Catholic schools for seventeen years, currently teaching junior high, and has homeschooled for eight years since their eldest began kindergarten. She also teaches privately and is the director of the youth and adult choirs at her family’s parish.

Featured talks by Lorelei Cleary

Music in the Home(school)
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” For many of us, music is a daily part of our lives and an essential part of our worship. Music has defined cultures and been intertwined with mankind throughout history. But how does one go about teaching this vast fine art? Come and hear practical guidelines for deciding what you want to teach and how to teach it!

Amy Kalscheur

Mrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.

In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also runs children’s events for the Knights of Columbus. She has managed 4 political campaigns for her husband. Amy and Michael are also active in their parish’s Marriage Ministry program, St Zita’s Altar Society, and Little Flowers Girls Club. Amy has been a repeat guest speaker on Faith in Action – Catholic Radio, and has been invited to speak at family conferences in several states and in Canada. She has authored two books: What’s My Plan? – the Catholic Homeschool Year Planner, and God is Good, All the Time. When not teaching, Amy and Michael prefer to be ballroom dancing.

Featured Talk by Amy Kalscheur

From Homeschool Parent to Homeschool Teacher
“You can’t do this. You’re just a parent . You’re not a REAL teacher.”
Amy takes this head-on and shows us why we are, in fact, REAL teachers. Discover the role of a teacher and applications of long-standing academic principles, and learn that you CAN do this. You are a parent. You are a teacher.

Ken Ogorek

Director of Catechesis, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Ken currently serves as a pastoral staff member for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and was recently acknowledged by his peers when they elected him to a term as President of the NCCL (National Conference for Catechetical Leadership). He has been blessed to learn from several bishops and additional mentors during his 20+ years of Church-related work in Pennsylvania and Indiana. In addition to being catechetical director in Indianapolis and assistant director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Ken has worked in development as well as sales—bringing all that experience to the table as a consultant who can help enhance your efforts.

Featured Talk by Ken Ogorek

The Vocation of Parents in the Mission of the Church
This interactive session will renew your sense of vocation as primary educators of your children, give you clarity on the Archdiocesan perspective regarding sacramental and faith formation, and connect you with resources to help you succeed! Did you know that the Catholic Church holds up parents as the primary educators of their children especially when it comes to handing on the faith? Were you aware that the Archdiocese has a positive and helpful policy regarding faith formation in the home? Would you be glad to know there are solid faith formation resources used by Catholic schools and parishes that are also available to you? Join Ken Ogorek from the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office for an interactive session that will focus on parents as primary educators, bishops as vicars of Christ, and balancing roles and responsibilities.

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Caris Roller

Caris Roller is a Catholic wife, mother, artist and teacher with a deep devotion to the Blessed Trinity and Our Dearest Mother Mary. She has homeschooled her children for the last 10 years using lots of prayer, coffee and an eclectic style. For the love of God and family she has stepped out of her comfort zone and into public speaking tackling subjects such as chastity, apologetics, homeschooling and Our Lady’s call for help through spreading the devotion of the Flame of Love Movement. Caris holds a BA from the Herron School of Art. She is a part time art teacher at Lumen Christi Catholic School and an art tutor and curriculum designer for Catholic School House.

Featured Talk by Caris Roller

The Flame of Love Movement happening in the Catholic Church

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