Erika Davis-Pitre and her husband Michael have 4 children – one daughter (37) and three sons (33, 31 & 24). They also have a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons(9 & 2). She splits her time between Northern California and Central Connecticut. They have been 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 a Artist Trading Card (ATC) fanatic-if you don’t know about ATCs please ask!
Shannon Loucks is mama of two always unschooled boys, ages 12 and 14, married to a dream chasing race car driver. Hailing originally from Vancouver Island, now living in Santa Clara, CA. Fiercely protecting childhoods and always on the lookout for ways to love more. Writing words to help explain this journey of awesome that these two human beings she’s honored to call her children have taken her on. (breakingdaylight.org)
Gillian Mayer, her indie-music-lovin’ husband Craig, and their 2 miracles Effie (16) & Fergus (12), live in a forest on Vancouver Island. LiG 2016 will be the family’s 12th unschooling conference since Live & Learn 2006 Albuquerque exploded their tiny minds! Gillian has ridiculously curly hair, dances with abandon, and has many excuses for why her house usually looks like a cyclone just passed through. She has only performed in the Talent Show twice (slacker), but did a presentation with a rude title at LiG 2009. Gillian and Craig pieced themselves back together in a completely different form following their firstborn’s unabashedly spirited explosion into this life! They are forever grateful to both their children for the tenacious way they continue to pull their parents (sometimes kicking and screaming) to new heights of growth, insight, and ultimately, happiness!
20 years ago Mary Lewis set out on an epic journey to become a better, kinder Mom than previous models. With the unschooling philosophy as her guide, and many many hours reading at the old unschooling dot com, she charted a new course. The other members of her quest’s cast, her amazing husband Tim, her four fabulous children, her wonderful Son-in-Law and her three beautiful grandchildren, are forever grateful. She also enjoys spreading her wings and taking in all the broken people she meets, who she happily parents along with her own brood.
After years of moving with her family around the country Mary is now settled in the breathtaking Columbia Gorge. Mary’s ongoing mission: to pursue a life led by her favorite motto: “A trend toward improvement.” Mary loves improving her skills in many areas, but her main passions are singing, photography, tutoring math, and hanging out with babies.
Tiffany Sandoval is an unschooling mom of three life-long radically unschooled kids Jade (19) Dylan (13) and Logan (4) and a wife to one amazingly handsome Peter Pan. Tiffany & Jorge run three successful businesses in Irvine CA. She became a mom at 16yr and quickly grew up. She intended to traditionally homeschool until she heard Sandra Dodd and Pam Sorooshian talk and 1st heard about Unschooling. The family jumped in with both feet and it has been an amazing adventure. They have chosen to live their lives mindfully, in freedom and with much happiness. You can learn more about the Sandoval Family at: https://lwtiff.wordpress.com/
Kirstin Eventyr has been unschooling with her 11 and 12 year old daughters from the beginning. She has been in private practice as a therapist for the last 23 years and co-facilitates a two year program for health care practitioners. Her talk comes out of a years-long fascination with the brain both as a therapist and more recently out of an interest in how people do their best learning. And as it turns out unschooling is the way to go!
Panel and Funshop Presenters
Paige is a 14 year old who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is really good at nail art. Maya is a 13 year old who loves Broadway musicals and plays the violin. Olivia is a 14 year old who bakes, draws, and loves hugs. All three have been acting for several years.
Paige, Maya, and Olivia are hosting the Improv Theatre Games funshop.
Jocelyn discovered homeschooling in 1993 when she saw a TV news segment about a family of 5 who bicycled together across the US and met all 50 governors. She was instantly hooked by the thought of having fun with her kids as they learned. After reading a preschool curriculum while she watched her then toddler daughter learn so much more and have more fun naturally, she ditched the curriculum and began her journey to unschooling. Jocelyn and her husband, Martin, have 3 always unschooled daughters ages 23, 19, and (in a week) 13.
Jocelyn is moderating the Teen/Parent Panel.
Designer + Mommy + unschooler + art teacher + art supplier turned author, and founder of Nature of Art For Kids® Earth-friendly art supplies & art school. Spramani has home educated her daughter (17) and son (14) since birth. All live in San Diego, CA. Spramani is also the author of the first ever unschool visual art method book – Nurturing Children in The Visual Arts Naturally and author to several other art education books.
Spramani is hosting the LIFE is Good Art Studio all weekend long.
Molly Newman is an unschooling mama of two teenage boys, a writer, and the Empress behind Quizzical Empire, Portland’s tiniest (but most fun) trivia empire. She’s been entertaining rowdy but well-informed crowds every Wednesday night at Mississippi Pizza for six years. She also teaches writing, archaeology, and other fun stuff at Village Home Education Research Center. You can find her dressed up as a pirate, a Viking, or a barbarian with her kids and her professional pirate sweetie on nearly any given weekend.
Molly is hosting Trivia by the Pool on Thursday evening.
I am Addy Abrahams. I am 11, almost 12. And I love anime, and nerd culture! I want to be able to have everyone show their creativity!
Addy is hosting the Cosplay Extravaganza! funshop.
Kristen McKee is the mother of three freely educated children and the author of the recently published Nursery Rhymes for the Unconditional and Unschooled. She has found meditation to be an essential tool in creating a world different than the one she learned about in school and on TV.
Kristen is hosting the Children’s Storytime and Finding Center Amidst Chaos: Meditation Practice for Unschoolers funshops.
Renita is the organizer of things and Olivia spends at least a few hours each day drawing.
Renita & Olivia are hosting the Drawing Club funshop.
Lisa lives with her husband and 2 always unschooled boys (minus two very awful preschool years) in Northern Idaho. She started writing at 40 years old, working frantically while the baby napped. She’s an introvert who enjoys a good plot twist and lots of time to be in her head.
Lisa is hosting the Self-Publishing for Fun and Massive Profit funshop.
Misty is a mom of 3, a long time unschooler, and a crafty lover.
Misty is hosting the Drinking Cup Mania funshop.