Welcome to the 2021 APHEA Homeschool Convention! We are a non-profit organization of volunteers. For more than 30 years, our mission has been to support and encourage Alaska’s homeschool families. This convention has something for the whole family, and we trust that you’ll be refreshed and energized. We’re excited to present a dynamic lineup of speakers, workshops, and vendors this year. Whether you’re considering homeschooling or a long-time veteran, come join us for a great time!
We will have a Vendor Hall featuring a wide variety of businesses and organizations, both local and national. They will provide vendor workshops, educational demonstrations, and special events. Come learn about curriculums, teaching tools, youth organizations, and even camps and colleges. This link will take you to the APHEA VENDOR Registration page with all the details to sign up as a vendor.
We’ll also have a Silent Auction with dozens of items available for all ages.
This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome. There will be special workshops just for them! Our facility has a nursery/play area for younger children and a nursing mother’s room. Please note that childcare is not provided, and parents are responsible for their children at all times. Childcare helpers are welcome to attend as part of your family registration.
Early-bird registration for a family is $50 including an annual membership ($25 value) or $45 with no membership. This is a $15 discount off the normal registration price. Early-bird registration ends on April 11th, so be sure to register today.
All pastors, widows/widowers, and grandparents attend the convention for FREE. We also offer sponsorships for families in financial need. Please contact us at email@example.com for additional registration information.
Our headline speakers are Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries, Bill Jack with World View, along with Faith Berens and Amy Buchmeyer with HSLDA!
Keynote Speaker – Todd Wilson
Founder of Familyman Ministries and Homeschool Father of Eight Children
Familyman Ministries – familymanweb.com
Todd Wilson, author of “Help! I’m Married to a Homeschooling Mom” and “The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons”, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. His articles have appeared in various magazines. Christianity Today also posts his weekly column (The Familyman Weekly) on their website.
Todd and his wife Debbie, along with their eight children spend several months of the year traveling the country encouraging moms and dads. His humor, realness, and straight talk to men (& women) have become his trademark.
Featured Speaker – Faith Berens
Speaker and Special Needs Consultant with HSLDA and Homeschool Mother of Two Children
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – hslda.org
Faith Berens is team leader for HSLDA’s Special Needs Educational Consultants. She also works as a private educational consultant and evaluator. She has an MEd in reading from Shenandoah University. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties and disabilities.
Faith has over 15 years of teaching experience that includes serving as a classroom teacher in public and private Christian schools, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, NILD educational therapist, home educator, co-op instructor, and tutor. She lives in Fauquier County, Virginia, with her husband Matthew, and homeschools her daughter Hailey and son Hayden. Her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to struggling students.
Featured Speaker – Bill Jack
Co-Founder and Faculty Advisor of Worldview Academy, Producer, and Father of Three Children
Worldview Academy – www.worldview.org
Bill Jack is an educator with ten years experience in public schools and 14 years with The Caleb Campaign, a creationist youth ministry. Bill has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs and is the producer of several apologetic and worldview training DVDs. As a founder of Worldview Academy he continues to pursue his passion to raise up a generation who have the vision to reach their culture with the gospel, who have the valor to engage that culture with the truth and who rely on the virtue of the Word of God. Bill lives in Colorado, has three children, and two grandchildren.
FEATURED SPEAKER – AMY BUCHMEYER
Homeschool Graduate and HSLDA Contact Attorney for Alaska and 12 Other States
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – hslda.org
A Wisconsin native, Amy Buchmeyer was homeschooled K–12 along with her four younger siblings. She developed a passion for politics while involved in Generation Joshua in high school and eventually double majored in Politics & Government and Criminal Justice at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee.
Upon graduation, Amy returned to Wisconsin where she worked as a Field Director for Americans For Prosperity. She later received her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as President of the Federalist Society and Articles Editor on Wisconsin Law Review. Now, at HSLDA, Amy serves as the contact attorney for 13 states.
Amy loves to travel, and in addition to Wisconsin and Tennessee, has lived in Idaho, Colorado, England, Thailand, and now Virginia. When not at work, you can usually find her buried in a book (she averages over 300 a year), traveling, or making new friends.
We hope to see you there! Please visit our website for all the latest information at aphea.org/convention!