Patrick Farenga brings more than 36 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience to help parents and children learn in their own ways. Farenga is a writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn.
Farenga continues the work of John Holt, one of the founders of the modern homeschooling movement who started Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS) in 1977. GWS was the nation’s first periodical about learning without going to school. After Holt’s death in 1985, Farenga published GWS until 2001.
Farenga speaks as a homeschooling expert at education conferences around the world as well as on commercial radio and television talk shows in the United States (The Today Show, Good Morning America) and abroad. Farenga writes about homeschooling and self-directed learning for a number of publications and operates the John Holt/Growing Without Schooling website, www.johnholtgws.com. He is also a founding member of Alliance for Self-Directed Education.
Farenga’s books include The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling (Holt, 1998), Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (Perseus, 2003), The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (HoltGWS, 2013), and How to Report Unschooling to School Officials (HoltGWS, 2015).
Farenga has also written chapters about homeschooling in Encyclopedia Britannica (2014, 2010), A Parent's Guide to Homeschooling (Mars Publishing, 2002), Creating Learning Communities (FER, 2000), The Handbook of Alternative Education (Macmillan, 1994), The Exhausted School (Oxford Village, 1992), Schooling At Home (John Muir, 1990), and The Encyclopedia of School Administration (Sage, 1988).
Kris Krajewski is a licensed certified Speech/Language Pathologist with 27 years of experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, clinics, and schools. Her areas of special interest include improving communication skills in early intervention, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dyslexia, and foreign and regional accent modification. She has maintained a private practice since 2009. She has gained experience in delivering services through teletherapy, providing speech/language therapy services online to schools and to individual clients with a variety of ages and needs.
Over the years, Kris has seen the delivery of services change with the advent of new technology, and even though she describes herself as more of a “Fisher Price” therapist, she has experienced the value of providing online teletherapy services to those who do not have direct access to a therapist. Kris embraces the notion that traditional therapy techniques can be modified to fit the needs of individuals seeking online services. With “real world” interpersonal communication as the ultimate goal, Kris feels that teletherapy can be effective in the beginning stages of therapy for individuals who seem to gravitate to technology rather than people. She feels that providing teletherapy allows therapists to explore their creativity and grow professionally as they work to develop strategies and techniques that translate to success in this new, nontraditional format.
Kris is a proud native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She graduated with her B.S. in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Michigan State University and her M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in White Lake, Michigan with her husband of 31 years. Kris has 3 extraordinary children and is an avid rescue mom for retired racing greyhounds.
Wayne Kroeplin is an award-winning Technology and Engineering Education instructor. Wayne had the privilege to begin technological resource for students. Innovators Tribe provides teachers and homeschool parent/teachers powerful curriculum and resources to help identify, encourage, and train student innovators to be a part of a technological society.
Marsha Ganz, M.Ed. and Maria Lowenstein, M.Ed. believe teaching and learning should be fun and they seek to promote this mindset through their work. Marsha and Maria are literacy specialists at VocabularySpellingCity, an award-winning company dedicated to helping K-12 students build vocabulary and reading comprehension. Both women have master’s degrees in Elementary Education with over 40 years of combined professional experience in education, including time spent as classroom teachers, district literacy specialists, instructional coaches, and writers and developers of online professional development courses for teacher re-certification. Their lively presentation will engage your children and provide you with strategies you can use immediately.
Karen Meyer is a lifelong educator committed to helping parents of preschoolers become their child’s best and most important teachers. Karen ’s innovative ideas became the foundation for Get Ready 4 Kindergarten’s award-winning preschool-at-home programs. Karen gives parents the tools and resources to build the learning environment all young children need to succeed.
Yegor is on his mission to make your kids smarter and stronger by utilizing every tool ans scientific finding that is out there. There is a connection between a brain and a body. So it is to no surprise that Yegor is focusing on early physical development promoting #makeSmartMoves and exploring possibilities of engaging your kids at home. Yegor himself did every possible sport when was a kid while graduating in top 10 of hos class at one of the most selective high schools in Ukraine.
After spending 4 years at Microsoft working for Xbox team as one of his assignments he now wants to get your kids off the couch and make them physically and mentally healthy.
Katie is a fulltime Time4Learning employee and fulltime homeschooling mom to two boys, ages 13 and 18. Never intending to homeschool, she pulled her oldest out of the public school system in the middle of 1st grade and gave homeschooling a try. 13 years (and only a few bumps!) later, they’re still homeschooling and loving it, with her oldest graduating in 2017.
Chad Stewart has worked as a professional animator in film and television for the last 27 years! He has worked with both Walt Disney Feature Animation and Sony Pictures on films like Emperor's New Groove, Tarzan, and Polar Express. Now he brings his wide experience—both from the field and from being an expert homeschooling dad—into teaching students ages 11-18 about this fascinating art form.
Christina is a new homeschool mom to her amazing 11-year old daughter. She is a full-time working career woman with a background in marketing, writing, and law. She is also a Girl Scout volunteer and loves going on adventures with her daughter and their troop!