Elana K. Arnold
Elana K. Arnold is a writer of Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. Her first three novels (Sacred, Burning and Splendor), all published by Random House, were released in 2012 and 2013. Her most recent two novels, The Question of Miracles (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Infandous (Lerner/Carolrhoda LAB) have earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Elana has an MA in English/Creative Writing (Fiction) from UC Davis, where she has taught Adolescent Literature and Creative Writing. She lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her husband, kids, and more than a few pets.
Erika Davis-Pitre and her husband Michael have 4 children - one daughter (36) and three sons (32, 30 & 22). They also have a son-in-law and two grandsons(8 & 1). 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!
Wes Beach has 54 years' experience in education. He spent 32 years in public and private schools as a teacher of several subjects in grades K-14 and as the director of several alternative education programs. He wised up in 1993, left the system, and since then has worked full time as Director of Beach High School, consisting of a home office and an attitude. BHS offers a wide variety of alternatives to traditional schooling. Some BHS students have ended homeschooling, possibly early, usually wanting documentation. Others are high school leavers, typically skipping a substantial part or all of high school and moving on beyond it. These young people enter college or trade schools, go to work, start businesses, travel, engage in independent learning and pursue unique creative endeavors. Students who enroll for a significant period of time put together high school programs that include formal coursework, self-teaching, study with tutors, work, distance learning, volunteering, travel and inventive projects.
Wes has served on the board of the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) and is at present the Teen Adviser for both HSC and the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. He is the author of Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling, and Self-Directed Learning: Documentation and Life Stories, both published by the GHF Press.
Sue Patterson, wife and mom to 3 grown homeschoolers, is as busy as an "empty nester" as she was while the kids were all still home! She has been active in the homeschooling/unschooling communities for nearly two decades, volunteering, writing, speaking about their journey. As a military family, Sue and her family moved often, meeting new people and seeing new perspectives first hand. They lived in Texas, North Carolina, Alaska, California. To read more about her family's adventures: http://SuePatterson.wordpress.com
Now, Sue is a life coach and unschooling mentor, hosts the Unschooling Mom2Mom website/FB group, and is the Managing Editor of HSC's national magazine, The Homeschooler. She is excited to share the results of her new book, Homeschooled Teens, three years in the making! Sue surveyed and interviewed 75 adolescents and young adults about their experiences as home educated teenagers. Their responses and Sue's helpful commentary is just what worried parents are hoping to find!