Practicum Speaker Bio

A former atheist and self-sufficient feminist, Heather’s path was irrevocably altered in 1990 when she recognized her life was on a soul-bankrupting path. Surrendering and filling out the back of a Gideon Bible her grandmother had given her years earlier, Heather laid her old life down and rose to walk in newness of life. An engineering graduate from the University of Louisville, Heather’s career path took a turn after the birth of their first child when she was introduced to the idea of homeschooling. Early in her homeschooling journey, Heather was introduced to the classical Christian model of education and shares its secrets and sufficiency with parents across the nation. A former Precept study teacher, Heather has taught and spoken at women’s conferences, as well as parent workshops and practicums. With a contagious passion for learning, speaking, teaching, and educating her children, she inspires and encourages others in their walk with Him and in their home-education journey. Heather enjoys writing, speaking, and teaching, and currently serves as Executive Director of Classical Conversations MultiMedia’s leadership team. Heather and her husband Ed live in NC, where they teach and disciple their children to use their lives and talents for the glory of God. You can learn more about Heather on her blog:  Sanctified...
Thinking Beyond a Book…

Thinking Beyond a Book…

Summer time is approaching and that can only mean one thing…  Parent Practicum season is here! Homeschooling is a journey that takes vision and careful planning. Check your bearings and plan the best route for your family at Classical Conversations’ free 3-day Parent Practicums. Join me, or any one of this year’s practicum speakers, as we explore practical tools for bringing breadth and depth to your family’s learning. Discover how the classical model takes education beyond a textbook for relational and transformational learning. CiRCE Institute founder, Andrew Kern, visits in select cities via a multimedia presentation to share his heart for education that reclaims the whole student, challenging educators everywhere to adjust their thinking. Economically-priced Care & Camps for Kids…While you are learning, your students will be too! Whether they are being cared for in our nursery, playing and chanting in our play camps, memorizing and drawing God’s world in our geo-drawing camp, or learning more about language, writing, science, or communicating in one of our older academic camps, your students are sure to enjoy the group learning environment. Visit Classical Conversations’ Event Calendar and register for one of these exciting and equipping events today! click here...

Comparing Covenants

My oldest two children and I are currently working through a study on Abraham using Precept Ministries materials for teens/schools. We are enjoying looking into the life of Abraham, where many historical and spiritual sprouted. Who was Abraham? What is his significance? How does this relate to the rest of scripture? These are only a few of the questions we contemplate and ponder in this rich study. This week we camped on the Abrahamic covenant and cross referenced two other main covenants in the scriptures – the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.  While we only scratched the surface of these ideas and their implications, it was an incredible time of discussion and observation. I’ll share a quick overview chart that may stir your family to ponder and compare these covenants.   Abrahamic Covenant (AC) Old Covenant (OC) New Covenant(NC) Genesis 15 Exodus 24, Gal 3 Ez 36, Jer 31, Gal 3 God made with Abram God made with Israel God made with believers Promise: Great nation, descendants (seed) All nations blessed through him Land added because of transgression Tutor to lead to Christ Promise: God’s Law written on hearts Forgives iniquity God’s Spirit within causes to walk in His ways   We asked questions like: When was the covenant made? How long will it last? Who made it? Who was it made with? What was promised? What was its purpose? What was the outcome? What was Abram’s response? What was Israel’s response? What should be the response of those participating in the New Covenant? Enjoy pondering and...

Speaker Bio

Heather, an inspirational speaker and teacher, has been home schooling her three children since 2000. When she began her home schooling journey, she was overwhelmed and undirected. Recognizing this was a formula for frustration and defeat; the Lord graciously intervened and brought tools and people across her path to help her gain clarity and direction for her family’s home schooling journey.A graduate from the University of Louisville with a degree in Mathematic and Computer Engineering, Heather’s career path took a turn after the birth of their first child. Heather felt compelled to make the raising of their family a matter of great priority, and was later impressed to explore the possibility of home schooling. A new journey had begun. The journey has been quite a process, including times of struggle, sacrifice, and weakness, and other times of great joy, strength, and fruit.Heather enjoys speaking and teaching, and currently serves an integral part of Classical Conversations leadership team. She has taught Precept studies for over 10 years. She has taught and spoken at women’s conferences, as well as parenting workshops and practicums. Heather, and her husband Ed, live in NC, where they teach and disciple their children to use their lives and talents for the glory of God. It brings them great joy to guide their children in knowing God’s ways, recognizing counterfeit “worldly ways”, and praying for them to choose to trust and live more fully for the Lord; knowing His ways bring immense blessing, purpose, confidence, and peace that the world can’t duplicate or...

The Journey Begins…

Growing up in a broken home and following the crowd proved to be a poor combination for most of my teen years. Church was absent in my immediate family. Thoughts of God were few and far between. I was sprinkled in a sanctuary as an infant, but it really held no meaning or significance for me. But in my later teen years, as I grew more and more wrestless, I began asking questions and wondering about the meaning of life. It was during this time that I grew close to my beloved grandmother, Doris Zeillmann. As I spent time with her, witnessing her devotion to her church and “right living,” I realized she possessed something that was different. While not outspoken about her faith, my grandmother’s life was marked by a quiet peace and stability, which I now recognize stemmed from a firm foundation in her God. Amidst the brokenness and chaos of my life, I was drawn to her. We spent time together; I even went to church with her once or twice. Somewhere in our time together, I acquired her white Gideon Bible, which she had received during her years as a nurse in WWII. I do not recall the specific exchange. I just know that because it was hers, it was important to me. The Lord used my grandmother to begin drawing me to himself, but it wasn’t until a few years later that my heart finally understood I was “in need” of a Savior. I was still living my way when a life-threatening incident shook me to my core. I spent several weeks searching, pondering,...