Each year, CHEC speakers inspire parents to excellence in their home education journey.
Our speakers cover a wide range of topics from curriculum choices to special education and worldview.
I have been a Primary (K- 2) teacher for over 25 years and have taught in both public and private schools. I also spent spent a year teaching English in Japan. I am currently teaching Kindergarten part-time at Heritage Christian School in Kelowna, BC. In our classroom we love to integrate our work with singing, creative movement, art, play and hands-on exploration. I enjoy being a pastor's wife and the mom of two married daughters. I also love hiking, writing curriculum and songwriting. My album, In the Light, was chosen as one of 5 nominees for Children's Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Association of Canada's 2015 Covenant Awards.
I'm a homeschool graduate that went on to getting my psychology and education degrees and God led me to HCOS. I recognize in myself that I learn well, with hands on projects. I've also seen over 15 years of teaching, that many students that don't fit the normal box, do great with project based hands on learning.
Steve has worked for HCOS for more than a decade and has a holistic perspective on homeschooling since he's helped homeschool his own 4 kids, worked as a full-time K-9 support teacher, taught Music courses in the GradProgram, and helped with Administration at both K-9 and GradProgram levels. One of his biggest passions is modular synthesis, and the ability to share this knowledge without it costing hundreds of dollars is extremely exciting!
Pippa Davies is the director of the HCOS learning commons, wife to John, and is mama to three adults, and Nana to two grandchildren. She has been with the school since inception, and has loved the journey homeschooling her son who is now 22. Pippa loves sharing on all things literacy, and inquiry to encourage our students to become passionate researchers, makers and 21st century collaborators.
Cynthia Duncalfe is the Curriculum Consultant and a STEAM Mentor at Heritage Christian Online School. She and her husband Darren have been married 26 years, have 5 children, and have been home educating for over 15 years. Cynthia’s passion for equipping home educators began in 2005 when she and her business partner founded Cornerstone Learning Resources, which operated out of Kelowna, BC from 2005 to 2016. She provided educational consultation to her clients throughout those years, and continues that passion through her role at HCOS. She recently attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 3-day Conference in San Antonio, TX (along with nearly 20,000 other educators), and focuses much of her professional development efforts in the area of educational technology. As a STEAM Mentor, Cynthia conducts various technology-based Learning Camps in the Lower Mainland of BC.
Diane Geerlinks is a Certified Educational Therapist, Co-Director of NILD Canada (National Institute for Learning Development) and operates GeerLINKS Learning Centre. She is a motivational speaker and brings her 23 years of home educating her own 5 children to each session. She is passionate about finding new ways to help ALL kids learn.
I taught for 20 years at Comox Valley Christian School and Lighthouse Christian Academy at all grade-levels and most subject areas, and loved my career! I developed an amazing virtual world French and Spanish program with Heritage Christian Online School and have taught in it for the past three years, and love my career! I recently joined the Curriculum Development Department with HCOS to help develop amazing online courses, and did I mention...I love my career!
In addition to a career/ministry that I am passionate about, my husband and I have two amazing children: Emily, who graduated from Heritage in 2017 and is now a full-time student at UVIC; and Nathan, who is in grade eleven full-time with Heritage. We live on a beautiful little lake on the outskirts of Victoria where we work hard, play hard, serve hard, and strive to glorify God by praising him with joy in all aspects of our lives.
I love teaching and supporting families in their home educating journeys. I feel called as a Christian teacher and believe that God has blessed me to be involved in Christian schools. I am passionate about Christian Education and feel that we have such an opportunity to speak over the children in our province and teach them from a Biblical perspective.
Bruce has more than 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher. He is currently the Director of K-9 with HCOS.
For more than 20 years, Clarence has been a high school teacher in the private sector, with a focus in Biology and Chemistry at the senior level. Prior to becoming a teacher, Clarence worked as a journeyman electrician for 11 years, specializing in telecommunications.
Clarence was raised in a Christian home and was faithfully committed to their home church while growing up. While attending trade school, at the age of 19 years, Clarence re-dedicated his life to love and serve God. Clarence has always believed in a literal 6-day creation because the inerrant Word of God was taught and modelled in his life from a very young age. However, within his first 10 years of teaching, Clarence soon realized that many “churched” adults did not adhere to the authority of scripture, and instead, believed in a variety of theologies concerning creation. This conflict has devastating results for both adults and our youth. Clarence has a passion for teaching, and it is his desire to combine his love for science and the Word of God, and to teach as many adults and youth, that science really does prove that the Bible is infallible.
Clarence and his wife, Dawn, live in British Columbia. They have five grown children (4 sons, 1 daughter) and 1 terrific son-in-law. They have a deep desire to serve God together, teaching the importance of believing in a literal creation from the book of Genesis, right from the very first verse.
Andria Lengkeek, B.Sc. B.Ed., has been a teacher with Heritage Christian Online School since 2009 and has been teaching for 21 years. While her degree is in Chemistry and her first love is science and math, Andria enjoys teaching children of all ages to love learning, make connections with the content and each other through group learning, and especially appreciate the complexities and beauty of God's world. She is the coordinator of Abbotsford Community Connections, administrator of Learning Groups in the Lower Mainland and individualized support teacher. Most importantly, she is Jerome's wife and mom to six girls: Emily, Esther, Bethany, Alicia, Kristen and Sophia.
The Merz’s have been Online Grad teachers with HCOS for the last 7 years. They have been teaching for a combined 3 decades in the Public, Private, Post Secondary, and International sectors, and have been homeschooling their own kiddos for the last two years. They are passionate about Christian Home Education, missions and travel. After Bruce’s scary brush with death a few years ago they decided to focus in on family and spent the last year road schooling with their three adventurous children in 14 states/provinces around North America, as well as spending three months in South Africa and a month road tripping through Europe. In their spare time they enjoy buying tiny toiletries, packing their suitcases, stalking google flights and planning the next adventure!
Allison Miles has been working in the educational field for 18 years with a focus on special education for over 9 years. As a mother to a special needs child, she developed compassion for families navigating educational options for their children. Allison assists families to create a comprehensive plan for graduation to include transitions into adulthood.
Vance was born into a non-Christian household in Manitoba, Canada in 1973. He is the youngest of three boys.
Vance went through life like many in our world today, without the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Living for himself without any real hope or purpose in life, Vance struggled through High School trying to fill an obvious void in his life with anything he could find. Nothing seemed to suffice.
At age nineteen Vance accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and started on a new journey to tell his old friends about the one who created them—Jesus. Vance developed an unending passion to tell people about the God of the Bible. Less than one year later, he went to Bible college. During his last year of Bible College, Vance married his wife, Korelei. Vance graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Religion degree specializing in Christian ministry.
After working for two years, Vance and his wife decided to move to Clearwater, Florida to work on a Biology degree. Vance attended Clearwater Christian College. Three years later, after completing his degree, Vance and his wife, Korelei packed up and headed back to Canada to start the Canadian charity called Creation Truth Ministries. Creation Truth Ministries, of which Vance is the Executive Director, was started in 2002.
Vance credits much of his passion and knowledge to many of his mentors including Dr. Gary Parker, John Mackay, and Dr. Jonathan Henry. He knows that Christ is the ultimate one to be praised for redeeming him and allowing him to serve in this capacity.
Vance and his wife now have three daughters: aged seventeen years, twelve years, and nine years old.
Vance now travels all over the world doing research, writing, and speaking on the topic of the Creation and its vital importance to the Christian faith. Vance has the ability to speak to children, university students, and adults alike with a passion to see unbelievers come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Linda and her husband Paul have been happily married for 31 years. They have homeschooled their 7 children-aged 8-25 years from the beginning. "It is hardly ever easy but we are fully persuaded that it has been the best we can give our children". Linda and Paul live in Vernon, BC. They have 6 children still at home and one married daughter. The youngest member of the family is baby Jasmine, their first grandchild. The Queiros household stays busy with homeschooling, chores on their hobby farm, keeping hens, selling eggs, raising sheep, riding horses, and constantly working on projects.
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Marie Filion Sherwood possesses a Masters of Science in psychology and is currently working on her PhD. She has been working with trauma children for over 20 years and with horses for over 30 years. Her Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program is becoming increasingly more popular with homeschooled children. Marie specializes in helping children with behavioral, learning and/or psychological issues. In particular, Marie uses the neuropsychology of the brain to help children learn and heal and for parents to understand where behavior is coming from. She feels the Lord has called her to infuse hope into parents and children alike. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, and, of course, her Curly Horses.
Peter Stock is the President of the Home School Legal Defence Association of Canada. For nearly a quarter century, Peter has been a successful pro-family leader and strategist in government, media, and public relations. His experience with public policy, from conception to implementation, naturally progressed into protecting and promoting home education. For over 10 years, Peter and his wife, Tarah, have homeschooled their four children. Peter shares the teaching responsibilities with his wife and ultimately understands the needs of HSLDA members.
Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. For the next eight years she fought for homeschool freedom and good legislation in SC. In 1990 she founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools and served as its president for ten years. Her fight for homeschool freedom has led to her serve as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org, to advocate for homeschooling in the media (appearing on NBC’s Today Show) and at the nation’s capitol, and to write profusely about the benefits of homeschooling. Zan is the author of 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential and speaks across the country and around the globe to encourage homeschooling families. She is currently serves as the Director of Language Arts, History, Bible, and Press for Apologia Educational Ministries, where her goal is to produce inspiring, challenging, biblically based resources and curriculum for homeschooling families. Zan was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor given by the governor of South Carolina, and in 2014 she was presented with the Chris Klicka Award for her dedication and commitment to home education worldwide. She considers the twenty-one-years she and her husband Joe spent homeschooling their own three children from kindergarten through high school to be the greatest privilege of her life. Zan enjoys traveling, reading, watching her adult children embark on the homeschooling journey, playing with her grandkids, and laughing hysterically with Joe wherever they go. Most important to Zan and Joe is that their children continue to love one another and all are seeking to serve and glorify Christ in their adult lives.
Joe Tyler currently serves as the IT Director for Apologia Educational Minsistries. Prior to that, he spent thirty years in the corporate world as an information systems project manager. Joe and wife Zan have been married for forty years. They spent twenty-one years homeschooling their three children, from kindergarten through high school. Joe has been deeply involved in the homeschooling movement, both through his own family and the homeschool community at large. He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. The Tylers have been blessed with three children, two wonderful daughters-in-law, a fabulous son-in-law, and six grandchildren. Joe has a heart and passion for ministering to and serving homeschooling parents and families.
I’m Ana, a blessed homeschool mom of 3, wife, pastor, Certified Health Coach, mompreneur and passionate homeschool blogger. I love to encourage, inspire, empower and help homeschool moms to turn from stressed - to blessed - one day at a time.