The 2018 TPA Convention will be held April 13-14, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. The convention is held at the Century II Convention Center.
We are excited to have Beth Mora, Norm Wakefield and Zan Tyler as our featured speakers. Watch here for further information about the convention.
Again this year the TPA Convention will feature over 50 workshops and more than 100 vendors ready to help you homeschool your children.
Beth Mora - Here to Help Learning
Meet Beth Mora, wife to one, mother to eight, nana to one, and a Homeschool Purple Heart Recipient for multiple moments where she thought she wasn’t making a difference in her children’s lives. Beth is indebted and salutes the homeschooling vets in her life that carried her through and simply desires to return the blessing.
This former city girl, wannabe homesteader, basset hound co-owner, who drinks way too much coffee, will bring you to tears one moment and laughter the next. Her New York moxie communicates with enthusiasm, you can do it! And her zeal for your family’s success will fill your heart and charge you up to face the next year of homeschooling with confidence and passion.
Beth pulls from her past experiences as a Certified Rehabilitation RN, homeschool mom, co-op leader and teacher, Marriage Ministry Director, Women’s Ministry Programer, Children’s Ministry Leader, Drama Team Member, creator and author of Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program for grades 1-6, and most presently, “Mrs. Mora”, the on-camera teacher for Here to Help Learning’s filmed instruction where she lives out her dream of becoming Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. She loves blogging at Home to Home, and Peak Performance, HTHL’s blogs for moms and homeschool businesses. She also writes for HTHL’s Newsletter that includes her Writing Tip of the Week. Occasionally, you can find her blog hopping or writing for homeschool magazines.
Everything she does, whether laughable or heart gripping, is done to honor One, without apology. God’s grace is the salve that has healed her own life, and God’s grace is what she offers liberally to others.
Zan Tyler’s life as a speaker, writer, and homeschooling mother and advocate was born more than twenty-five years ago in the midst of great adversity but with a sense of God’s calling. In 1984, Zan and Joe Tyler found themselves in a quandary when their local school board denied their initial application to homeschool. In a follow-up meeting, the South Carolina State Superintendent of Education threatened Zan with jail. The Tyler family spent the next eight years fighting for the rights of South Carolina homeschoolers in the legislature, in the judicial system, and in the court of public opinion. Yet Zan and Joe would go on to homeschool each of their children from kindergarten through high school.
As director of Apologia Press, Zan’s goal is to develop and publish Bible-based resources that will empower parents for homeschooling. She says, “In 1984, I read a book that gave me the courage and the vision to homeschool despite overwhelming obstacles. I know firsthand the power of the written word to equip us to pursue God’s calling in our lives. My passion at Apologia is to bring the best possible authors and resources into the lives of homeschooling parents.”
In addition to developing homeschooling resources, Zan derives deep joy from speaking to and encouraging homeschooling parents across the country and around the globe. “After speaking at a conference in Japan, I spent time with a mother who said, ‘You gave me strength because you gave me Christ.’ My heart soared because my greatest desire is to give parents a sustainable vision for raising their children for Christ while providing them the very best education.”
In addition to writing Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential, she is a popular online columnist, and her articles appear in a variety of publications including academic journals and homeschooling magazines such as HSLDA’s Court Report.
Zan founded the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools in 1990 and served as its president for ten years. In 1987, she was honored as the South Carolina Homemaker of the Year. She co-authored the book Anyone Can Homeschool with Dr. Terry Dorian in 1996. And in 1999 she appeared on NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric. In 1998, the governor of South Carolina awarded Zan the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian can receive.
Zan has recently served as the National Grassroots Director for ParentalRights.org and as the Homeschool Editor and Resource Consultant for LifeWay.com (www.lifeway.com/homeschool).
Norm Wakefield - Elijah Ministries
Norm Wakefield has spoken at Homeschool Conferences as a keynote and featured speaker since 1992. Having been a pastor for 10 years, he has a shepherd’s heart and a vision to be an instrument in God’s hands to turn the hearts of men to Him and to their wives and children. Norm’s messages build up the body of Christ by giving practical, biblical teaching in how to apply the gospel to the most important relationships and the circumstances of life that all home educators face. You’ll find Norm’s messages to be powerfully life-changing because all are based soundly on the gospel with a reliance on the Holy Spirit to give understanding and application to his listeners, whether men, women, or young people.
On the personal side, Norm and Alma have been married for 45 years, have four children, and seventeen grandchildren. They have experience with children with special needs as well since their daughter, Amanda, was born with Down Syndrome.
Norm started the Spirit of Elijah Ministries International in 1997 and is the Executive Director. He has served the homeschooling community faithfully and brings experience, inspiration, spiritual depth, and practical, simple, profound insight into the Scriptures to his audiences.