Teen Conference Speakers and Workshop Leaders
Lance fell in love with ballroom dance in 2002. He enjoyed the social aspect of dance, the challenge of learning figures, and the use of different techniques of motion and movement to lead a partner on the dance floor. He began teaching the following year and was certified with the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in 2009. He has been teaching for 13 years. His goal through dance is to enrich relationships, strengthen marriages, and help people gain confidence and poise in every area of life. He and his wife Jesseca met on the dance floor and in 2010 were introduced to Charlotte Mason by Liz and Emily of the Living Books Library. The Halversons currently homeschool two of their four children and are so thankful that God has led them to this rich way of life. The relationships that have been formed as a result of finding this community are priceless. For the past several years Lance has taught a weekly class of CM students and it has been very rewarding to see their progress.
Digital Dilemma: Staying Plugged In and Healthy
Dr. Monke is a retired professor of education from Wittenberg University where he spent the last decade challenging aspiring teachers to rethink their assumptions about the purposes of education and its role in American society. He is coauthor of Breaking Down the Digital Walls: Learning to Teach in a Post-Modem World (SUNY Press, 2001), and numerous cautionary articles on the role of technology in children’s lives. For twenty years Lowell taught young people with and about computers in schools in the U. S., South America and Europe. He is a founding member of The Alliance for Childhood and served for twelve years on its board of directors. Currently, Lowell is living in Colorado where he contributes essays to books: Children and Nature: Making Connections and Leave No Child Inside.
Dr. Monke will speak with the teens through an online presentation. The goal of this presentation is to help the modern teen understand how to use technology including social media in a healthy way without becoming addicted to the various technologies available to them in the 21st Century.
Brendan has been providing corporate training for companies, governmental agencies, finance institutions and non-profit agencies in the area of overall wellness. Topics have included personal finances from budgeting, credit reports, identity theft, building savings and first time homeownership. Brendan has also taught workshops on Ethics and Values in the Workplace, Communications Skills, Having a Positive Attitude, and Sleep Basics. He has his personal trainer’s certification and enjoys working out and hiking. He has served as an intermediary for the Virginia Individual Development Accounts program, an 8:1 savings program to help new businesses and first time home buyers. He conducts webinars on the national level for consumers on financial and corporate matters. Audiences have included United States Department of Justice, Harvard University, Federal Reserve Bank, National Basketball Association, National Football League, New York Times, Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and Federal Housing Administration.
Brendan has organized and led teams to work with disaster relief victims on the domestic and international level. Trips have included Russia, Kosovo and the Dominican Republic. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in Business Administration and is a home school dad of over 20 years.
Nicole has been home educating her three children using Charlotte Mason's principles and methods for more than a decade. She also taught four of her adopted siblings from middle school through graduation. Watching the feast of life-giving ideas restore her sibling's innate love of learning inspired her to dig deeper into Mason’s philosophy of education and then to share her experiences with others. She does that now by co-hosting the podcast A Delectable Education, writing at SabbathMoodHomeschool.com, and teaching workshops. She is the author of Living Science Study Guides, where she helps families and schools implement Charlotte Mason's particular way of teaching science. Beyond studying Charlotte Mason’s writings, sharing what she has learned, and homeschooling her own children, Nicole enjoys working in her garden, gathering with family around a bonfire, and, of course, reading a good book.