• Serving the Greater St. Louis Area
St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association

Speakers

Featured Speaker:

David Williams

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David Williams is a convert to the Catholic Faith from a Non-Denominational/Charismatic Protestant background.  David and his wife, Kendel, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and studied Theology with the intention of starting their own church.  A few years into their marriage they came to understand the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty found in the Catholic Church.  Amidst their conversion, David found a personal longing for freedom from sin and particularly was drawn to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  On Easter of 2010, David and Kendel were received in to the Catholic Church in Saint Louis. 

In 2011 David & Kendel founded the Devout Heart Program which was piloted in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis at Saint Gianna Parish and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in New Melle.  David and Kendel also founded Devout Heart Press which seeks to publish books and materials to build up and edify the Church. David and Kendel also founded the Institute of the Holy Doctors in 2015 which is an undergraduate Liberal Arts Institute intended to help people learn how to “Think with the Mind of the Church”.

David has a passion for leading people to a deeper understanding of the glory and beauty of our faith. He prays each day that God can continue to use him to exhort his brothers and sisters in the Church Militant to passionately pursue the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.

David is the Principal at Saint John Paul II Preparatory School and the Provost of the Institute of the Holy Doctors in Saint Louis.  He is a frequent guest on St. Joseph Radio Presents out of Saint Charles, Missouri, and Covenant Network in Saint Louis.  David, Kendel, and their six children live in Wentzville, Missouri.

  • Your Vocation As Parents: What Does It Really Mean to Educate Your Children in the Catholic Faith?
    David will focus on defining “education” through the eyes of the Church and how to practically apply this “education” in the home.

  • Your Vocation As Spouses: How to Perfect The Cardinal Virtues In Your Marriage
    David will reveal how applying the four Cardinal Virtues are crucial to a healthy marriage and a faith-filled, loving home.

Break-out Session Leaders:

Linda Bromeier

Linda holds an M.Ed. in Elementary Reading from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a B.S. in Speech Pathology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She is certified in Missouri as a Reading Specialist, as well as other areas. Linda has 17 years of classroom experience teaching reading, language arts, and special education classes in both parochial and public schools. She was founder and first leader of the Metro St. Louis Catholic Homeschool support group, and homeschooled her own children for 15 years. As a co-founder of Gateway Academy, a private independent school located in west St. Louis County which operated from 1992-2008 and enrolled over 400 students at its peak, she was instrumental in developing their curriculum. She is married, the mother of seven children, and the grandmother of one. She professes loyalty to the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

Kathy Harkins

Kathy is in her 20th year of homeschooling. She has nine children ages 30 down to 9, and four grandchildren. She is a member of the SLCHA Steering Committee.

Maria Jansen

Maria and her husband, Seth, are raising/homeschooling their five young children in the midst of running two small family businesses, The Easy Chicken and Jansen Sharpening. Maria started the Catholic Homeschooling in St. Louis Facebook group to provide a venue for local homeschoolers to ask questions, share ideas & events, impart wisdom, and build each other up! The Jansens attend SLCHA’s St. John Bosco Co-op.
  • Introduction to Catholic Homeschooling
    What are the benefits of homeschooling? How does it work and how do I get started?

Stephanie Steitz

Stephanie is a mother of five children aging in range from 6 to 22.  She and her husband Mark have been homeschooling for 14 years. They have seen two children through high school: one is a senior graduating May 2016, and a third is now completing his freshman year. On this wild roller coaster ride they call life, and God willing, they plan on homeschooling high school with their 11- and 6-year old as well!

Marybeth Thomas

Marybeth has been homeschooling for 13 years. She tutors and teaches math at the St. John Bosco Co-op. Marybeth received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla. She hopes to provide encouragement and insight for Catholic homeschooling families.

  • Can I Handle High School?
    Do I have the energy and expertise to homeschool my high schooler?



Patty Bennett

Patty and her husband Gary and have 4 children, one with special needs.  She homeschooled three of them, two for their entire schooling, and her youngest until the 5th grade. With a background in nursing, Patty currently does volunteer home-health care, and of course, pro-life work. One of the most important things Patty has learned from helping her special-needs daughter is to pay attention to what her needs actually are. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. It’s also very important to  remember that every cross is also a blessing. God always provides some hidden talents and gifts, and we’re called to help our children develop them.

emikoEmiko Westerfield

Emiko is studio director and tap dance instructor at Dance Elite, LLC, and is also a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. She is a homeschooling mother of two and currently teaches art classes at our SLCHA St. John Bosco Co-op. The Westerfields began homeschooling their children when they were in 5th grade.

  • Dealing with Learning Disabilities
    How do I get the most out of homeschool for my struggling child?

Lori Geerling

A mother of four, Lori has been homeschooling for twelve years.  She has a degree in Elementary Education and hopes to offer insights into curriculum choices, especially Seton Home Study School.

Marybeth Thomas

Marybeth has been homeschooling for 13 years. She tutors and teaches math at the St. John Bosco Co-op. Marybeth received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla. She hopes to share her first-hand knowledge of MODG curriculum.

  • Clearing the Confusion on Curriculum Options
    How do homeschool curriculums compare and how do I choose the best one for my family?

Tom Heisserer

A former Missouri Highway Patrolman, and now employed as a special investigator for an insurance company, Tom is challenged with working out of a home office while his wife homeschools their eight children. He has been proactive in creating opportunities for participating in sporting activities and social events for the middle and high school ages.

Mike Thomas

Father of five, Mike is a supportive husband of his homeschooling wife. He is a patent attorney at Harness, Dickey LLC and enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and volunteering at Thrive. Mike looks forward to sharing a father’s perspective on homeschooling and answering your questions.

  • Ask Dad!
    What is the role of the homeschool dad?

Vicki Clayton

Vicki and her husband Randall are the parents of seven children ranging in age from two to fifteen. Formerly an engineer with The Boeing Company, she was surprised to be drawn to homeschooling when her eldest child reached school age. Now in her 10th year of homeschooling, she dedicates her life to the formation of her children, spiritually, physically and academically, through a home-based education. She currently serves on the SLCHA St. John Bosco Co-op Parent Committee as Junior Co-op Co-Coordinator.

Dana Heisserer

Dana is a homeschooling mom of eight, ranging from 15 months to 16 years. She is an RN by trade, having spent 19 years working in the emergency room, followed by three years in an office setting performing chart reviews. She became a full-time stay-at-home-mom three years ago, and has been homeschooling for the past seven years. In addition to caring for three toddlers, Dana has students in grades 2, 5, 7, 10 & 11.

  • Age Limits: Handling Multiple Grades Simultaneously
    How do I manage my preschooler, high schooler, and everyone in between?