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8:23:31 PM, 4/22/2007
Twelfth Annual Dayton Resource & Curriculum Fair (DRCF), April 27, 2007

Speaker Bios

  1. 09:30: Sharon Jeffus, Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in art education from John Brown University and twelve years experience teaching in the public schools. She has written various curriculum and programs, including one for the Cherokee Indians that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon has written a complete art curriculum that reinforces the core curriculum subjects. She also was certified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and has taught Intensive English at the University of Missouri at Rolla and written Teaching English Through Art. Sharon studied sculpting at Southern Illinois University and painting at Metropolitan in Denver. Sharon has given many workshops for parents and teachers on teaching art, using art to reinforce core subjects, and teaching and working with the creatively gifted. She has spoken at homeschool conventions in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indianapolis, and all over the country. Sharon has also given workshops at ACSI (Associated Christian Schools International) conventions, and state teachers conventions on the importance of art education and the delight that it gives to children. Sharon has taught children across the country art lessons developed by Visual Manna using the four part approach since 1992; the vocabulary of the arts, art appreciation, introduction to techniques, and the relating it to a core subject thereby reinforcing core subjects for visual and kinesthetic learners.

  2. 09:30: Josh Jeffus, Josh Jeffus has two years at John Brown University studying art and is continuing on through correspondence to get his degree in art. He spent 2 and 1/2 months in Europe studying art in the fall of 2005. He studied master painters, architecture and sculptures firsthand. Josh traveled with his parents across the country teaching art to thousands of children throughout his early academic years, and was able to enter John Brown University and get a swim team scholarship. He is a fabulous teacher and loves children. He is currently running Visual Manna with the help of his wife Christi. Christi illustrates children's books and is a wonderful artist. Christi is also continuing her education to get a degree in art education. She loves teaching little children.

  3. 09:30: Melinda Boring, Melinda L. Boring is a speech/language pathologist, workshop presenter, homeschooling mother, and future author. Her experience with distractible and hyperactive children has been developed in both a professional and personal capacity. She has a B>S> in education from Miami University and a MA in speech/language pathology from OSU.

    Mrs. Boring is a published author and a regular article contributor to magazines, newsletters ans websites. She presents workshops on helping children who learn differently, and is the President of "Heads Up!", a company which provides information and products for people who work with children with various learning challenges. Their family resides in Grandview Heights, Ohio with a large, black dog and two cats.

    She and her husband have three children. Two of them have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her husband was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Melinda has been home schooling her children for over ten years. Her oldest, a son with ADHD, is a strong visual learner, extremely distractible, creative, and exhibits some sensory issues. Her oldest daughter does not appear to have any unusual learning needs or preferences, but enjoys utilizing some of the materials and strategies suggested by Heads Up!. The youngest, a daughter with ADHD, is an exceptionally tactile learner, distractible, musically inclined, and exhibited mild sensory issues when younger.

    We chose the name Heads Up for a number of reasons. First, it is a phrase often used to alert someone and direct his or her attention to needed information. We also thank someone for giving us a "heads up" when they alert us to facts or events that are useful and important to know. We also know that when children feel successful, they will hold their heads up and be unafraid to try challenging tasks.

    Melinda has sought to be a student of her children, attempting to educate herself in order to be more effective as a parent and teacher. It has been challenging and at times overwhelming. With prayer, determination, and a refusal to give up on her children, she has seen them experience success and develop confidence in many endeavors. Heads Up! is a result of the Boring family's desire to be a source of practical help and encouragement to others who regularly interact with children with learning differences. Our logo is a salute to all the incredible learners who think and experience life "outside the box".

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  5. 10:30: Sharon Jeffus, Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in art education from John Brown University and twelve years experience teaching in the public schools. She has written various curriculum and programs, including one for the Cherokee Indians that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon has written a complete art curriculum that reinforces the core curriculum subjects. She also was certified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and has taught Intensive English at the University of Missouri at Rolla and written Teaching English Through Art. Sharon studied sculpting at Southern Illinois University and painting at Metropolitan in Denver. Sharon has given many workshops for parents and teachers on teaching art, using art to reinforce core subjects, and teaching and working with the creatively gifted. She has spoken at homeschool conventions in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indianapolis, and all over the country. Sharon has also given workshops at ACSI (Associated Christian Schools International) conventions, and state teachers conventions on the importance of art education and the delight that it gives to children. Sharon has taught children across the country art lessons developed by Visual Manna using the four part approach since 1992; the vocabulary of the arts, art appreciation, introduction to techniques, and the relating it to a core subject thereby reinforcing core subjects for visual and kinesthetic learners.

  6. 10:30: Josh Jeffus, Josh Jeffus has two years at John Brown University studying art and is continuing on through correspondence to get his degree in art. He spent 2 and 1/2 months in Europe studying art in the fall of 2005. He studied master painters, architecture and sculptures firsthand. Josh traveled with his parents across the country teaching art to thousands of children throughout his early academic years, and was able to enter John Brown University and get a swim team scholarship. He is a fabulous teacher and loves children. He is currently running Visual Manna with the help of his wife Christi. Christi illustrates children's books and is a wonderful artist. Christi is also continuing her education to get a degree in art education. She loves teaching little children.

  7. 10:30: Melinda Boring, Melinda L. Boring is a speech/language pathologist, workshop presenter, homeschooling mother, and future author. Her experience with distractible and hyperactive children has been developed in both a professional and personal capacity. She has a B>S> in education from Miami University and a MA in speech/language pathology from OSU.

    Mrs. Boring is a published author and a regular article contributor to magazines, newsletters ans websites. She presents workshops on helping children who learn differently, and is the President of "Heads Up!", a company which provides information and products for people who work with children with various learning challenges. Their family resides in Grandview Heights, Ohio with a large, black dog and two cats.

    She and her husband have three children. Two of them have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her husband was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Melinda has been home schooling her children for over ten years. Her oldest, a son with ADHD, is a strong visual learner, extremely distractible, creative, and exhibits some sensory issues. Her oldest daughter does not appear to have any unusual learning needs or preferences, but enjoys utilizing some of the materials and strategies suggested by Heads Up!. The youngest, a daughter with ADHD, is an exceptionally tactile learner, distractible, musically inclined, and exhibited mild sensory issues when younger.

    We chose the name Heads Up for a number of reasons. First, it is a phrase often used to alert someone and direct his or her attention to needed information. We also thank someone for giving us a "heads up" when they alert us to facts or events that are useful and important to know. We also know that when children feel successful, they will hold their heads up and be unafraid to try challenging tasks.

    Melinda has sought to be a student of her children, attempting to educate herself in order to be more effective as a parent and teacher. It has been challenging and at times overwhelming. With prayer, determination, and a refusal to give up on her children, she has seen them experience success and develop confidence in many endeavors. Heads Up! is a result of the Boring family's desire to be a source of practical help and encouragement to others who regularly interact with children with learning differences. Our logo is a salute to all the incredible learners who think and experience life "outside the box".

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  11. 11:30: Paula Judy, Mother of 5 and have home schooled my children for 15 years. I have been a Math-U-See rep for 10 years and have traveled around the state of Ohio and Kentucky representing Math-U-See.

  12. 11:30: Ricki Pepin, Ricki Pepin is the wife of a retired Air Force officer and mother of two grown children and grandmother of one-and-a-half. Her dual passions are education and nutrition. She leads "Institute on the Constitution" classes in churches and for homeschool groups. Her nutrition seminars are rooted in scripture and her book - "God's Health Plan - The Audacious Journey to a Better Life" is currently being published. Combining these two passions creates a healthy body equipped mentally, physically and spiritually to learn and walk out your God-given destiny.

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  15. 12:30: Leah Bromen, Leah Bromen is the State Manager of Ohio for Classical Conversations, an organization that models the home-centered learning approach to empower learners of all ages. She trains and supports facilitators dedicated to duplicating the Classical Conversations' methods, and is thereby transforming education and the quality of family and community life.
    Soon after earning her degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Leah began her passion for classical homeschooling. That passion has grown through her own experiences in homeschooling her four children with her husband Nathan. They remain committed to home schooling, and, Lord willing, are dedicated to educating their children at home for the long-term. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  16. 12:30: Amy Willmann, Amy Willmann is a School Administrator, High School Music History, K-6 "Experiencing Music"
    • Master of Humanities, with emphasis in Music History and Choral Conducting, Wright State University in 2003, Awarded Graduate Student of the Year: College of Liberal Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Wright State University, Magna Cum Laude, 1992
    • Music Education - fourteen years experience teaching and development of programs for grades K-12;
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant - WSU; taught Music Theory and Analytical Listening
    • Choral Conducting Assistant - WSU University Chorus, Dr. James Tipps, conductor
    • Administrative Assistant to head of graduate department - Dr. Hank Dahlman and Dr. Charles Larkowski
    • Administrator of church music ministries, elementary and preschool ministries, and women's ministry

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  18. 1:30: Josh Jeffus, Josh Jeffus has two years at John Brown University studying art and is continuing on through correspondence to get his degree in art. He spent 2 and 1/2 months in Europe studying art in the fall of 2005. He studied master painters, architecture and sculptures firsthand. Josh traveled with his parents across the country teaching art to thousands of children throughout his early academic years, and was able to enter John Brown University and get a swim team scholarship. He is a fabulous teacher and loves children. He is currently running Visual Manna with the help of his wife Christi. Christi illustrates children's books and is a wonderful artist. Christi is also continuing her education to get a degree in art education. She loves teaching little children.

  19. 1:30: Ray Collins, Ray has been performing professional magic since 1981. He has been a Christian 1986. He has worked with youth since 1972. He has been involved with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF( since 2003. He has performed in schools, churches, Dept of Army, Birthdays, youth camps, table hopping while people are waiting for their food, outdoor events, VBSs, and CEF events. He is married to Tammy since 1999.

  20. 1:30: Sandy MacNamara,

  21. 2:30: Kathy Hoeweler, She has taught in Kettering City Schools, currently in Centerville schools. Has taught a total of 15 years, preschool through college. For the past seven years she has also been a homeschooler. She has 13 years experience doing assessments. She is sold on the Charlotte Mason methods and is abundantly prepared to also encourage and teach you.Kathy Hoeweler and her husband, Tim, have 4 children ages 9-16. They live on 10 acres with 3 cats, 1 dog, 4 goats, 3 roosters, 35 hens, and whatever critters the kids can capture. (This week it's a rat. Domesticated, of course!) They have been involved with homeschooling since 1988.

    Kathy has both a bachelor's and a master's degree in education as well as a year of seminary. She has been paid to teach everything from pre-school through college. She taught and coached in Kettering, Centerville, and Bellbrook for 17+ years.

    Throughout the years, Kathy has tried various approaches to homeschooling (textbook, delayed, unschooling, relaxed) and has been continuing to implement a Charlotte Mason/living books/lifelong learning approach. She has a vision for sharing so others can learn and grow in their own homes and educational life.

    Kathy is often asked to speak to groups. Folks appreciate her honesty, enthusiasm, and encouragement. She values the time she spends doing consulting and year-end assessments for other homeschooling families. She can be reached at khoeweler@northerntrail.net or call (513) 897-9687 for further questions or information.

  22. 2:30: Josh Jeffus, Josh Jeffus has two years at John Brown University studying art and is continuing on through correspondence to get his degree in art. He spent 2 and 1/2 months in Europe studying art in the fall of 2005. He studied master painters, architecture and sculptures firsthand. Josh traveled with his parents across the country teaching art to thousands of children throughout his early academic years, and was able to enter John Brown University and get a swim team scholarship. He is a fabulous teacher and loves children. He is currently running Visual Manna with the help of his wife Christi. Christi illustrates children's books and is a wonderful artist. Christi is also continuing her education to get a degree in art education. She loves teaching little children.

  23. 2:30: Laura House, Laura House and her husband, Gary, have treasured the opportunity of homeschooling their three children over the last 11 years desiring to foster in them a heart for the Lord. Finding that writing is often a difficult subject to teach, and believing that expression through the written word is vitally important, Laura enjoys helping students and parents improve their writing skills. Laura has seen this transformation in her own children, and comes with ideas to spark the creativity of even the most reluctant writer.

  24. 2:30: Ricki Pepin, Ricki Pepin is the wife of a retired Air Force officer and mother of two grown children and grandmother of one-and-a-half. Her dual passions are education and nutrition. She leads "Institute on the Constitution" classes in churches and for homeschool groups. Her nutrition seminars are rooted in scripture and her book - "God's Health Plan - The Audacious Journey to a Better Life" is currently being published. Combining these two passions creates a healthy body equipped mentally, physically and spiritually to learn and walk out your God-given destiny.

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  26. 3:30: Sharon Jeffus, Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in art education from John Brown University and twelve years experience teaching in the public schools. She has written various curriculum and programs, including one for the Cherokee Indians that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon has written a complete art curriculum that reinforces the core curriculum subjects. She also was certified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and has taught Intensive English at the University of Missouri at Rolla and written Teaching English Through Art. Sharon studied sculpting at Southern Illinois University and painting at Metropolitan in Denver. Sharon has given many workshops for parents and teachers on teaching art, using art to reinforce core subjects, and teaching and working with the creatively gifted. She has spoken at homeschool conventions in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indianapolis, and all over the country. Sharon has also given workshops at ACSI (Associated Christian Schools International) conventions, and state teachers conventions on the importance of art education and the delight that it gives to children. Sharon has taught children across the country art lessons developed by Visual Manna using the four part approach since 1992; the vocabulary of the arts, art appreciation, introduction to techniques, and the relating it to a core subject thereby reinforcing core subjects for visual and kinesthetic learners.

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  28. 3:30: Melinda Boring, Melinda L. Boring is a speech/language pathologist, workshop presenter, homeschooling mother, and future author. Her experience with distractible and hyperactive children has been developed in both a professional and personal capacity. She has a B>S> in education from Miami University and a MA in speech/language pathology from OSU.

    Mrs. Boring is a published author and a regular article contributor to magazines, newsletters ans websites. She presents workshops on helping children who learn differently, and is the President of "Heads Up!", a company which provides information and products for people who work with children with various learning challenges. Their family resides in Grandview Heights, Ohio with a large, black dog and two cats.

    She and her husband have three children. Two of them have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her husband was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Melinda has been home schooling her children for over ten years. Her oldest, a son with ADHD, is a strong visual learner, extremely distractible, creative, and exhibits some sensory issues. Her oldest daughter does not appear to have any unusual learning needs or preferences, but enjoys utilizing some of the materials and strategies suggested by Heads Up!. The youngest, a daughter with ADHD, is an exceptionally tactile learner, distractible, musically inclined, and exhibited mild sensory issues when younger.

    We chose the name Heads Up for a number of reasons. First, it is a phrase often used to alert someone and direct his or her attention to needed information. We also thank someone for giving us a "heads up" when they alert us to facts or events that are useful and important to know. We also know that when children feel successful, they will hold their heads up and be unafraid to try challenging tasks.

    Melinda has sought to be a student of her children, attempting to educate herself in order to be more effective as a parent and teacher. It has been challenging and at times overwhelming. With prayer, determination, and a refusal to give up on her children, she has seen them experience success and develop confidence in many endeavors. Heads Up! is a result of the Boring family's desire to be a source of practical help and encouragement to others who regularly interact with children with learning differences. Our logo is a salute to all the incredible learners who think and experience life "outside the box".

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  30. 4:30: Sharon Jeffus, Sharon Jeffus has a B.S.S.E. in art education from John Brown University and twelve years experience teaching in the public schools. She has written various curriculum and programs, including one for the Cherokee Indians that was rated outstanding by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Sharon has written a complete art curriculum that reinforces the core curriculum subjects. She also was certified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and has taught Intensive English at the University of Missouri at Rolla and written Teaching English Through Art. Sharon studied sculpting at Southern Illinois University and painting at Metropolitan in Denver. Sharon has given many workshops for parents and teachers on teaching art, using art to reinforce core subjects, and teaching and working with the creatively gifted. She has spoken at homeschool conventions in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indianapolis, and all over the country. Sharon has also given workshops at ACSI (Associated Christian Schools International) conventions, and state teachers conventions on the importance of art education and the delight that it gives to children. Sharon has taught children across the country art lessons developed by Visual Manna using the four part approach since 1992; the vocabulary of the arts, art appreciation, introduction to techniques, and the relating it to a core subject thereby reinforcing core subjects for visual and kinesthetic learners.

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  32. 4:30: Melinda Boring, Melinda L. Boring is a speech/language pathologist, workshop presenter, homeschooling mother, and future author. Her experience with distractible and hyperactive children has been developed in both a professional and personal capacity. She has a B>S> in education from Miami University and a MA in speech/language pathology from OSU.

    Mrs. Boring is a published author and a regular article contributor to magazines, newsletters ans websites. She presents workshops on helping children who learn differently, and is the President of "Heads Up!", a company which provides information and products for people who work with children with various learning challenges. Their family resides in Grandview Heights, Ohio with a large, black dog and two cats.

    She and her husband have three children. Two of them have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her husband was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Melinda has been home schooling her children for over ten years. Her oldest, a son with ADHD, is a strong visual learner, extremely distractible, creative, and exhibits some sensory issues. Her oldest daughter does not appear to have any unusual learning needs or preferences, but enjoys utilizing some of the materials and strategies suggested by Heads Up!. The youngest, a daughter with ADHD, is an exceptionally tactile learner, distractible, musically inclined, and exhibited mild sensory issues when younger.

    We chose the name Heads Up for a number of reasons. First, it is a phrase often used to alert someone and direct his or her attention to needed information. We also thank someone for giving us a "heads up" when they alert us to facts or events that are useful and important to know. We also know that when children feel successful, they will hold their heads up and be unafraid to try challenging tasks.

    Melinda has sought to be a student of her children, attempting to educate herself in order to be more effective as a parent and teacher. It has been challenging and at times overwhelming. With prayer, determination, and a refusal to give up on her children, she has seen them experience success and develop confidence in many endeavors. Heads Up! is a result of the Boring family's desire to be a source of practical help and encouragement to others who regularly interact with children with learning differences. Our logo is a salute to all the incredible learners who think and experience life "outside the box".


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