Presenters

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2018 Presenters

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Jeff Sabo

Jeff Sabo and his family have been working on this unschooling stuff since 2005, with their almost-always-unschooled kids Milo (18) and Kade (16.) Together with their daughter Annie, Jeff and his wife Ginger make their home in Portland, and have lived in San Diego, Nashville, Sacramento, State College, Corvallis, and Austin. When not trying to be a good parent, partner, and friend, Jeff spends most of his time keeping his eye out for whatever’s next. :) 

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Erika Davis-Pitre

Davis-Pitre and her husband Michael have 4 adult children – one daughter (38) and three sons (34, 32 & 24). They also have a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons (10 & 2). She has recently moved back to San Francisco full-time after living in Connecticut for more than a decade. They have ben unschooling for many years and love it, so Erika is always looking for opportunities to share their unschooling joy with others. Erika has spoken at many un/homeschooling conferences, led quite a few funshops/workshops and has hosted and participated in many round table discussions about unschooling all over the US and Canada. She especially enjoys talking about unschooling teens, sharing the joy of unschooling and celebrating diversity through unschooling.  And she is an Artist Trading Card (ATC) fanatic-if you don’t know about ATCs please ask!

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Rachelle

Rachelle McCloud

Rachelle lives in Salem, Oregon where she lives with her husband and 4 always-unschooled children (10, 9, 8 & 4). Rachelle has a master’s in Social Work. After working in the fields of maternal and child health, addictions and medical social work, she currently works with an agency supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities who also have co-occurring mental health diagnoses. She also has a private practice where she works as a Thought Field Therapy Practitioner and Emotional Freedom Coach assisting clients to resolve emotional distress and to reach their goals using traditional and alternative methods. Rachelle enjoys unschooling alongside her children and follows her passions that have led her to many adventures including edible landscaping, volleyball, and entrepreneurialism.

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Rob Endres

Rob Endres is an investment advisor for Stonebrook Capital Management and an unschooling dad to two boys, Brady 24 and Jonathan 21. In his spare time, Rob teaches karate and cheers on his beloved Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

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Laura

Laura Flynn Endres

After radically unschooling her two kids, now 24 and 21, near her family’s 5th generation farm, Laura decided to turn the unschooling philosophy toward herself and finally do something she’s wanted to do for a long time – move away from home. She and her husband Rob relocated to Los Angeles last year! She’s now doing marketing for Corniche Travel on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. #FromFarmToSunsetStripYo. She’s also a personal trainer. When she’s not working or working out, you can find her hiking, scouting taco trucks, or holding down a chair on Santa Monica Beach.

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Ronnie Maier

Ronnie Maier is the mom of two now grown unschoolers, MJ (25) and Chloe (24 at conference time), who left elementary school in 2003 and unschooled until their first day at college, give or take a couple of educational experiments on their part. For much of her family’s unschooling, Ronnie spent her days out in the wilds of corporate America as the family’s main breadwinner. Nowadays, she and her partner in crime, Frank, are looking back at unschooling, its highs and lows and the adventures that followed, from the vantage point of their empty nest. It’s been a wild ride, and she’s looking forward to sharing some of it with you. You can find some of her writing about unschooling on her much neglected blog at http://zombieprincess.blogspot.com.

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Kelly Lovejoy

Kelly Lovejoy

Kelly started unschooling her boys, Cameron (30) and Duncan (22), after pulling Cameron out of a college prep school after 6th grade. Duncan never went to school. Her third child was the Live and Learn Unschooling Conference, which was the very first conference devoted entirely to unschooling and spawned all unschooling conferences that followed, including the LIFE is Good Conference.

She stepped away from the unschooling scene a few years ago to move to NC and build a house. She was the architect, general contractor, and designer of her “Death House” in the mountains of NC. She is now working hard to turn her ten acres of pasture into a working Far Flung Farm.

Currently Cameron is a working poet, writing and dancing in far away New Orleans. Duncan is still at home; he is in college working towards his mathematics/computer major.

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Panel, Discussion and Funshop Presenters

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IMG_4761Jessica Deltac
Jessica Deltac loves creating in watercolors, glass, bronze, ceramics and mud. Jessica ran a weekly homeschool parkday for 6 years in Los Angeles (www.LifeLearnersLA.com) before moving to Portland in 2015. This year, she is teaching Art and Anatomy classes at Village home. She is also gently growing her practice www.BirthHeart.com – therapeutic and intuitive counseling for expectant mothers and families.

Jessica is hosting the LeatherCraft & Stamping funshop.

20525720_10154503301826330_4288552226221492055_nAliana & Viola Cerullo
Ali and Viola have been dancing for a few years in several dance styles including hip hop, jazz, stage, contemporary, tap and ballet. They look forward to sharing one of their jazz warm up and technique classes plus some fun ballet with you!

Ali & Viola are hosting the Jazz Tech, Stretch and Strength and Play with Ballet! funshops.

532A9915-3E55-4FFA-9265-858350EFFC66Janis Abel-Hyde
I describe myself as an Earthy Mama who enjoys all things crafty. My 3 girls have never been to traditional school, and I have tried to expose them to all the crafts. We have been traveling throughout the country by RV for 6 years and have settled part-time in Bend. This will be our second LiG conference. I have been knitting for over 30 years and crocheting for about 10 years. I am also very passionate about repurposing materials to make new things, which is the focus of my Funshop. I love to help people visualize a new life for clothing that is outgrown or flawed. Some of my favorite upcycling projects are crocheted with strips of t-shirt. .

Janis is hosting the Upcycle Your Old Clothes funshop.

kim-saleownerKim Zerbe
Kim is an unschooling mom of 1 son who is 13. We have been to every LIFE is Good except the first one. (I had just heard about it when my son was 2 and didn’t think we should attend until he was older, I was wrong! I would have been welcome!) Having found LiG so early we never sent our kid to school and have always unschooled. I run a business called Pass It On where parents can sell the things their kids have outgrown to others who need them. It’s a great away to recycle and helps tons of families.

Kim is hosting the Unschooling an Only Child discussion.

10527798_10204545278492621_3758777513569281248_nRenita Keatley
Renita is a mom to a delightful teenaged unschooler. She works a little and loves to hang out with friends. She’s a compulsive weeder and thinks that you can never have too many plants.

Renita is hosting the Create a Paper Circuit funshop.

Bria Bloom
Bria Bloom is a life long unschooler and has been practicing Martial Arts since she was 5 years old. She has experience in Aikido, Karate, Judo, and Jujitsu techniques, and incorporates these concepts into her self defense workshops. She is also the proud step mother of a self-directed seven-year-old.

Bria is hosting the Self Defense funshop.

IMG_0871Leif Schmit
Hi there! I’m a 19 year old unschooler that loves theatre, dance, making music, and breaking down gender norms. I’ve been going to LIFE is Good for around 8 years now and I’m currently a teaching artist at Northwest Children’s Theater in Portland, OR as well as the emcee for the LIFE is Good talent show! If you see me around the conference, don’t be afraid to practice your French, Spanish, tell me a joke, or do a little dance. (I can also be of help if you’re new to the conference!)

Leif is hosting the Making a Living as an Artist  discussion and the Ice Breakers and Improv Games Just for Tweens funshop.

bio-SEBBYSebby Sellers
Hey, Y’all! I’m Sebby. I’m a 13-year-old sometimes-artist. I like reading, cartoons and musicals.
I worked on the movie Bee Cookies and really enjoy coming up with stories and characters.

Sebby is co-hosting the 24 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE  funshop.

bio-AMELIAAmelia Van Brink
Hey y’all! I’m Amelia, I’m 16, and I like !! to make movies !!! I’ve been apart  of creating a number of movies including but not limited to: Thundertrain,Tiger Carpet, Illicit Goods, and Bee Cookies. I’m also an avid artist and do animation!

Amelia is co-hosting the 24 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE  funshop.

bio-MAXMax Vanlandingham
Hey y’all, my name’s Max. I’m 15, I’m a photographer, musician, sometimes an artist or game designer, AAND I like making movies. I’ve made a few, including the hit film Bee Cookies.

Max is co-hosting the 24 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE  funshop.

Shannon Buckley
I am an unschooling mama to three lifelong Unschoolers. I love throwing pottery, knitting, crafting and walking in nature when I’m not chauffeuring the kids around.

Shannon is hosting the Rebel Revolt Escape Room and Hack The Room – Escape Room funshops.

Maya Huck, Paige Murphy & Olivia Smith
Maya, Paige and Olivia are teens who have been doing improv for several years. Maya and Paige love theatre of all kinds, while Olivia prefers to stick to improv.

Maya, Paige and Olivia are hosting the Magic: Improv Games funshop.

Jaden Castelluccio
I am 16 years old and have been playing Magic since I was 12. I love to play Dungeons & Dragons and bake. I have been excited to host a Magic tournament since last year’s LIFE is Good conference. I attempted a tournament last year but was not prepared for it. I intend for this years tournament to be largely improved. I hope that anyone who seeks to join will have lots of fun no matter their scores.

Jaden is hosting the Magic: the Gathering Commander Tournament funshop.

530957_4976088965447_266269827_nGenna McLeod
Genna is an unschooling mom who lives in Portland, Oregon with her three kids, two crabs, two dogs, one fish and husband. When she is not practicing law, she is exploring a variety of interests from writing to gaming to swimming and fishing with her friends and family.

Genna is co-hosting the Haiku by You funshop and The Big Six panel.

26733615_2411764702382786_2575180048335691564_nEmily Smoot
Emily is a twenty-year-old college student who is majoring in Geology! She was unschooled from the first grade until college. She lives in Portland, Or and is attending Portland State University. Her interests include rocks, minerals, the earth, and the Marvel comics universe. She has also been an avid writer since she was ten.

Emily is hosting the Earthquakes and Shakes funshop and co-hosting the Haiku by You funshop.

FrankArmorFrank Maier
Frank had his 70th birthday last month. Where did all the time go? He’s married to Ronnie Maier (who is nowhere close to 70), who is speaking at this conference, and they’re the parents of two now-grown unschoolers (MJ 25 and Chloe 24). They attended the very first LIFE is Good Conference many (many!) years ago.

He blogs at http://pvmaro.blogspot.com which is mostly his stream-of-consciousness psychiatrist, although he does occasionally have something to say about unschooling; so if you search for that term on the blog, you’ll find a few posts. Most of the family’s unschooling life has been documented on Ronnie’s blog http://zombieprincess.blogspot.com.

Frank is co-hosting The Big Six panel and acting as moderator for the Dads’ Panel. Bring your questions and get a variety of answers from experienced unschoolers.

Paul and SalmonPaul & Salmon Ellis
Gamer, tracer (parkour enthusiast), expert climber
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Salmon Ellis (10),They/them
Paul Ellis (old, very old), He/him

Paul & Salmon are hosting the Setting up a Raspberry Pi funshop.

JaniceJanice McDonald
I have two boys, ages 7 and 4, who’ve always been unschooled. I recently started the “Homeschoolers in the Wild” Facebook group and public website: homeschoolersinthewild.tumblr.com. It focuses on children learning in nontraditional ways. I’m in the process of writing a children’s book about an unschooled character and trying to learn as much as I can about self-publishing.

Janice is hosting the Writer’s Round Table with a Focus on Unschooled Characters funshop and co-hosting the Unschoolers in the Wild: Living Their Lives; Learning funshop..

KristinKristin Lake
Kristin is a mother of four teens (Skyler, Alli, Andy and Cooper) living in Hillsboro with her husband, Dan, two cats and a dog. She teaches art classes at Village Home school and has a small side pottery business. This will be her family’s tenth LIFE is Good conference.

Kristin is hosting the Meet and Greet for Newbies funshop. She and her husband, Dan, also coordinate the Fairy Godparent Game.

IMG_8499Clarissa Fetrow
Clarissa is part of the unschooling Fetrow family from Seattle, along with husband David and 15 year old daughter Miranda. They have attended most LIFE Is Good conferences. Clarissa is a member of the Unschooling Instant Pot facebook group, and the admin of the Instant Pot Friends facebook group. You may contact her to be added.

Clarissa is hosting the Instant Pot: the easy way to cook funshop.