New to Homeschooling

Are you new to homeschooling? Exploring your options? Feeling lost or overwhelmed? CHEA’s virtual mini-conference will provide you with information about how to legally educate your children at home in California, encouragement to make the right decision for your family, and the opportunity to have your questions answered by veteran homeschool parents and representatives from HSLDA and FPM.

While this live event has already taken place, you can still register and receive access to a recording of the event.

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Schedule – Tuesday, May 12, 2020

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. “Answers for Homeschooling – Overcoming Common Objections”
with Israel Wayne
5:45 – 6:30 p.m. “Is Homeschooling Legal?” with Mike Smith & Nathan Pierce
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner Break
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Homeschool Moms Panel
7:45 – 8:30 p.m. Dads and Dessert Hangout


While this event is free, registration is required. Once registered, you will receive information about logging in to our Zoom workshops. These workshops will be recorded and made available for viewing at a later time, if you are unable to attend.


Answers for Homeschooling – Overcoming Common Objections
When you begin the homeschooling journey, well-meaning but concerned onlookers will challenge your decision by raising objections to home education. Israel will tackle some of the most common misconceptions and misrepresentations directed at homeschooling. Learn to equip yourself with facts and research to defend your decision with truth and grace.

Is Homeschooling Legal?
With an abundance of experience between them, Mike Smith (Home School Legal Defense Association) and Nathan Pierce (Family Protection Ministries) have years of knowledge to share about homeschooling, the law, and court cases that have impacted homeschooling.

Join them to learn what California’s education code has to say about home education, what is going on with current legislation, and what your legal alternative educational options are.

Homeschool Moms Panel
What does homeschooling look like from day to day? How do you choose curriculum? What’s been the biggest challenge and success of your homeschool?

Hear from several homeschool moms as they share experience and knowledge they have gained during their homeschool journey.

Dads and Dessert Hangout
Are you a dad considering homeschooling for your family? Still on the fence? Grab your favorite dessert and come hang out with veteran homeschool dads. They’ll share why they chose to homeschool their kids, what their role is in educating their children, and answer any questions.

Meet the Speakers

Israel Wayne 
Wayne,IsraelIsrael Wayne is a homeschool graduate and father of ten who is passionate about defending the Christian faith and developing a Biblical worldview. He is the Director of Family Renewal and author of the books Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics AskEducation: Does God Have an OpinionPitchin’ a Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting, and newly released Raising them Up: Parenting for Christians, among others. More information may be found at

Nathan Pierce
Nathan B Pierce 27-2Nathan is now in his 16th year working full time at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s College. Currently, he serves as the FPM California Director and Legislative Liaison. He works behind the scenes in Sacramento, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have six children, ages 12 to baby, all of whom they homeschool.

Mike Smith
Mike Smith photo 2013Mike Smith is the President of Home School Legal Defense Association. HSLDA was established to protect the right of parents to teach their children at home. Mike’s desire is to communicate the benefits of home education and that God has raised up this movement at present for a special purpose.

Meet Our Host

Andrew Vandever
AndrewVandever picAndrew is a computers systems engineer working at a tech company. He worked full-time for more than two years for a discipleship and creative evangelism ministry before pursuing a career in technology. Both Andrew and his wife, Jenny, were homeschooled, and are now homeschooling their two daughters, ages eight and nine. Andrew also currently serves at the President on CHEA’s board of directors.

Meet the Homeschool Moms Panel

Rebecca Kocsis
Rebecca KocsisRebecca and her beloved, Ed, homeschooled all five of their children, graduating their youngest in 2006. They are now the proud grandparents of an ever-growing tribe of energetic boys and girls (11 to date) who are their greatest delight. Rebecca served for 15 years as a PSP administrator and for several years on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. In addition to serving on CHEA’s board of directors she has also serves as General Manager. She is the author of the devotional booklet Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled.

Cecily McKoy
McCoyCecilyCecily McKoy is the Director of Victor Valley Desert Christian school, a CHEA Support Network Group for the past 14 years, located in the High Desert. She’s the wife of retired CHEA Board President, Gerald McKoy.  They’ve homeschooled their five sons (including twins!) for 20 years. She often coaches homeschool families on learning disabilities and creating transcripts. Now that her kids are older, she gets to run a Christian Paint Party business for fun

Winnie Sato
SatoWinnieWinnie Sato home educated her one and only child for eleven years, having graduated her one year early. She served in various capacities in her PSP while she was homeschooling and three of those years, she was the Vice Principal. She and her family spent 14 years working with unregistered house churches in Beijing, China and though the current political environment prevents them from physically being in China, the discipleship aspect of that ministry is still going strong thanks to the internet and other technologies.

Jenny Vandever
Vandever,JennyJenny Vandever is the director of SELAH Christian Homeschool Support Group, a CHEA Support Network member in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also directs a Classical Conversations Foundations/Essentials program. Jenny is a certified financial coach and has been helping people achieve their financial goals for nearly 10 years. Jenny is married to Andrew (CHEA Board Member) who is her ideal Amazing Race partner and main cheerleader as she teaches their girls to write five-paragraph essays, divide fractions, and locate Paraguay on a map.

Anjuli Watanabe
Anjuli Watanabe has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 18 years and together they have three children, ages 16, 14, and 7. After working as a teacher in public education for two years, God called her to teach her children at home. They are now finishing up their tenth year as a homeschooling family, having learned along the way that the benefits and results far outweigh any challenges they have faced. Anjuli has also served as the Events Manager for CHEA since March 2017.