Public Speaking

Tina is available and eager to speak to adults of all ages and young people on a wide variety of topics, including:

- her personal faith journey as a follower of Jesus Christ
- home education
- childhood sexual abuse
- effective parenting
- language arts instruction
- early childhood education

She happily engages in informal discussions on these and other topics on a regular basis, mentors many through her Facebook group, The Christian Homeschool Oasis, and is pleased that she's had an increasing number of opportunities to share in more formal settings. Beginning with her experience as a government school teacher - during which she effectively spoke to groups of teenagers for six or more hours a day, 180 days a year - her relevant experience includes the following:

August 1992 - June 1997
When Tina was interviewing for an initial teaching job, she purposely requested a position working with middle school-aged children (ages 11 to 14) because she had realized during her student teaching experience that she had a heart for kids making the transition from childhood to young adulthood. Thus, for five years, she taught immigrant children (primarily from southeast Asian and Hispanic backgrounds) in grades six through eight at an urban middle school. As a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), she focused on helping her students improve their English-language skills, especially in terms of literacy and composition. During her entire tenure at the school, she also served as the ESL Department Chair, a job which entailed managing the needs of ESL students and staff members, as well as serving as the liaison between the ESL Department and other teachers and administrators.

August 1997 - May 2001
Realizing she was ready for a new challenge, Tina transferred to a local high school and spent four years teaching English to immigrant teens (ages 14 to 19). As the main "transitional" teacher between ESL and mainstream English classes, her job was to ensure that her students were capable of succeeding in "regular" classes. By implementing a unique workshop format into the courses she taught, she was able to motivate her students to remain actively engaged in the processes of improving their literacy and composition skills to the point of fluency.

May 2001 - Present
Tina's daughters were born in 2001 and 2002, respectively, and she has been their primary care provider for their entire lives. In addition, from January 2003, through June 2014, she owned and operated a small in-home child care business. Thus, she can speak to early childhood development and education and how to effectively manage such a business while concurrently parenting and home-educating one's own children.

October 2007
Serving as a speaker for Celebrate Kids, a ministry for whom she is also the volunteer staff writer, Tina presented the keynote address and two seminars at a one-day early childhood conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Her keynote topic was "The Calling of a Teacher." In the seminars, she taught about strong-willed children and the theory of multiple intelligences (i.e., the eight ways in which every person is "smart").

Winter 2008
At a local home education co-op, Tina taught a six-week class on Shakespeare's King Lear for middle- and high school-aged students.

October 2008
As part of an in-house women's conference at Spring Lake Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tina shared the story of her journey to a saving faith in Christ and how He's worked with her to overcome the effects of childhood sexual abuse and an eating disorder that resulted from that trauma.

January 2009; January 2010; January 2011; January 2012; February 2013
Tina has served as the home education representative for an initiative called Leadership Green Bay offered through her local Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she provides the home education site visit for small groups of area businesspeople researching the variety of educational settings available to local students. Using a discussion format, she shares information about a wide variety of home education-related topics.

November 2009
Tina spoke at a regular meeting of the Young Adult Ministry at Spring Lake Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, sharing on the topic of "Things I Knew or Wished I'd Have Known Before I Turned 30."

February 2010
As part of an in-house women's conference at Spring Lake Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Tina participated as one of five panelists in a discussion about effective parenting.

May 2010
Tina spoke at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College as one of four panelists addressing modes of "alternative education." She explained why individualization is a key word in terms of home-based education and then described aspects of funding, curriculum, assessment, and standards in regards to home education.

July 2010; July 2011
As part of her husband's week-long stint as the camp missionary at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp, Tina spoke during his introductory session. She shared how God has called her to be a "stay-at-home missionary" and challenged those in attendance (students in the fifth through ninth grade, as well as high school- and college-aged staff) to be deliberate about missions involvement in their own lives.

March 2011; April 2012; March 2013; March 2014; March 2015
Tina served as the keynote speaker for her local home education association's annual curriculum fair. In 2011, she spoke on "Wandering the Curriculum Wilderness - Getting a Grip on What Works" and, in 2012, she tackled a key question in every homeschool mom's life: "Is the Perfect Curriculum Out There?" Her topic in 2013 and 2014 was "How to Get Started."

September 2012
As a member of the board for her local home education association, Tina addressed a gathering of new homeschoolers to encourage them as they began their home-learning journeys.

February 2013

Tina spoke about homeschooling - presenting an overview and answering questions - to a small group of women involved in a local MOPS chapter.

March 2013

As coordinator of The Homeschool Resource Roadmap (formerly The Educational Freedom Coalition), Tina was interviewed on Conservative Nation Radio. She discussed the problems with and dangers inherent in the "common core standards initiative"and explained how homeschoolers can educate themselves about the situation.

March 2013

Tina served as the guest speaker for a monthly meeting of a local MOPS chapter.

September 2012 - May 2013
Tina facilitated two monthly book groups for homeschooling moms - a total of 25 ladies. They used Charity Hawkins' book The Homeschool Experiment as the basis for their discussions about a variety of home education-related topics.

May 2014
Tina was interviewed on the May 12 and May 19 editions of The Great Education Struggle, speaking about homeschooling in general and about The Homeschool Resource Roadmap.

June 2014 - Present
Tina serves as the New Member Liaison for the Green Bay Area Christian Homeschoolers (GBACH), providing individualized counsel for those new to the organization and/or to homeschooling.

February 2015; April 2015
Tina was a featured speaker at the 2015 Great Homeschool Conventions in Fort Worth TX and Cincinnati OH, addressing groups of homeschoolers three times at each event. Topics included: Help I'm Drowning in Curriculum Choices! How Do I Choose the Right One?Celebrating Children's 12 Genius Qualities, and Quitting Is Not an Option: How to Be a Homeschool "Lifer."

June 2015; September 2015
Tina spoke at the Home Education Council of America's "National Home Education E-Conference" in June and its September "Not Back to School Summit." Her presentations at the E-Conference were Quitting Is Not an Option: How to Be a Homeschool "Lifer" and Common Core: What It Is and How It Affects Homeschooling. In September, she repeated her talk about common core.

December 2015
Tina served as the home education representative for Education Day with an initiative called Leadership Green Bay offered through her local Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she participated as part of an instructor panel that answered questions from more than three dozen area businesspeople about the variety of educational settings available to local students.

If you are interested in inviting Tina to speak to your group, please email her via The Homeschool Resource Roadmap contact page.

To view Tina's LinkedIn profile, click here.
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