What began with a simple question from her husband, Tom, “Would you prayerfully consider homeschooling?” began a journey that changed her family legacy forever. And established her as a national speaker and leader in the community.
After raising five children and homeschooling for 21 years, Connie continues to share with parents across the country equipping and supporting them in their journey. She helps parents catch a vision for their family, build strong family relationships and accomplish their goals.
Although she can speak on all subjects of homeschooling her most requested topics are preparing for the high school years, homeschooling teenagers and getting into college.
Throughout her homeschooling years she consistently challenged herself personally and professionally to tackle new projects, accept new positions and refine her skills. In addition to homeschooling she has worked as a Senior Strategist for US Congressional campaign, served as a Director and Board Member for a non-profit state homeschool organization and created a Communications Division as part of the re branding process which lead to teaming with Marketing Strategist to develop, assemble and execute a powerful grassroots community. The key was knowing how to balance the needs of her family while trusting God to open and close the doors along the way. She believes, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. There are seasons in life, so don’t be afraid to say No! Homeschooling takes work and time to do it well.
All five of her children have the honor of being University of Central Florida Knights. Three have graduated and two are currently enrolled. She understands what it takes to keep all the plates spinning and finish well. Together they have been working in the college ministry at their church and leading weekly bible studies in their home.
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks, Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? and Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines. He is also the site editor for ChristianWorldview.net.2015 Israel new pic for web
Since 1995, Israel has traveled the nation speaking on family, homeschooling, revival, discipleship, and cultural issues.
Israel has written articles for the following magazines and websites: Answers (Answers In Genesis), Revive (Life Action Ministries), UnChained (Pure Life Ministries), Biblical Worldview (American Vision), The Baptist Banner, Above Rubies, Homeschooling Today, Samaritan Ministries, CrossWalk.com, ChristianPost.com, ChristianBook.com, Christianity.com, HonorBound.com, WorldviewWeekend.com and many others.
He is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Israel’s family began home educating in 1978 and has been featured in national and international publications including TIME Magazine, The Arizona Republic, WORLD Magazine, Court Report and the Wall Street Journal. Israel has been featured as the keynote speaker at various conferences, with over 5,000 in attendance.
Israel and his wife Brook were joined in marriage without dating and share their testimony of God’s faithfulness on an audiobook titled, What God Has Joined Together. Israel and Brook, both homeschool graduates themselves, are home educating their nine children.
Israel desires to see God’s people learn to think and live Biblically.