2017 CHN Family Expo’s KEYNOTE SPEAKER
— Dr. Arthur Benjamin


benjaminDr. Arthur Benjamin is the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. He has been repeatedly honored by the Mathematical Association of America for his teaching and writing, and was recently selected by Princeton Review as one of The Best 300 Professors in America. He is also a professional magician and one of the world’s fastest mental calculators.

Dr. Benjamin has given 3 TED talks which have been viewed over 12 million times. He has demonstrated and explained his calculating talents to audiences all over the world and has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show, CNN, and The Colbert Report. He has been featured in Scientific American, Omni, Discover, People, Esquire, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Reader’s Digest. Reader’s Digest calls him “America’s Best Math Whiz.” His newest book is called “The Magic of Math: Solving for X and Figuring out whY.”

Join us during Dr. Benjamin’s presentation, “Mathemagics!” on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:oo p.m.




Also joining us – Featured Speaker, Blair Lee

Blair Lee M.S. is the founder of SEA Homeschoolers and author for the critically acclaimed R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Series. Blair has been handcrafting the education of her non-linear thinker for over 11 years. During that time, she has learned as much about how learning happens from him as he has learned from her. Blair is a passionate advocate of innovative academics using secular materials. Through her speaking and writing, her goal is to empower homeschoolers to dare to be innovative and create something unique and academically-rich when handcrafting their child’s journey through learning. You can follow her at SEAHomeschoolers.com. You can learn more about Blair Lee’s “Evolution in Homeschooling” here.

Blair’s presentations include: The benefit of homeschooling: It’s Innovative, It’s Eclectic, It’s Organic, It’s Academic; Handcrafting High School; and Project-Based Learning: Through the Lens of Politics and Activism during the weekend.



Don’t miss the Opening Session, Friday morning, to kick start Expo this year….


The CHN Board of Trustees Featured Presentation — Everyone Is Their Own Story

A presentation by the Board of Trustees, representing a wide variety of authors with different levels of homeschooling experiences.



Wait! There is more in store… Here are some more speakers the 2017 CHN Family Expo has lined up for you.



Lisa Cortez Barry

In her life before children, Lisa Cortez Barry studied early childhood development and taught pre-school while she continued her studies and became a Child Care Associate for the City of Los Angeles. Eventually she gave up that glamorous life and became a mom and a La Leche Leader. Homeschool life kicked in a few years later and that means constantly learning new subjects – like sex!




Maria Egbert

Teacher for Celebration Education and Dehesa Charter school and CHN volunteer

Maria is holding Homeschool 101 sessions for new homeschoolers.



Heidi Christianson

Active involvement in Leadership Education and homeschooling mom of 5 boys

Heidi Christianson is presenting three sessions at Expo. Don’t Go it Alone: The Untapped Power of Community in Homeschooling; Educating Teens with Confidence; and Teaching How to Think: Individualized Learning to Find Passion & Purpose.



Chris Epting

Author and award-winning journalist

Chris’ sessions for the 2017 CHN Family Expo are Hidden History – The Importance of Local Storytelling and Teddy Roosevelt in California.



Pam Dowling

CHN’s President of the Board of Trustees, who began her homeschooling journey in 2002

Pam’s sessions include Homeschooling 101, Homeschooling 102, and Life After Homeschooling.



Martin Forte

CHN’s Vice-President of the Board of Trustees, Learning Style Coach, owner of EIE Academy and Excellence In Education Resource Center in Monrovia, California

Martin, along with his wife, Caroline, holds a session for Grandparents. His sessions also include a Dads Session and casual meet-up, and Learning Styles.



Caroline Forte

Principal and owner of EIE Academy and Excellence In Education Resource Center and Developer and author of the “The Game Curriculum”

In addition to joining her husband, Martin Forte for a Grandparents session, Caroline presentation is “Game Curriculum”.



Robert “Bob” Basile

Bob Basile is a Financial Planner with Waddell & Reed. Bob has been involved in financial services for over eight years. He has a degree in Business Administration, and holds Series 7 and 65 securities licensees as well as licenses in Insurance and Annuities.

He presents a workshop, “Saving for College” on Saturday, September 9th, at 3:30pm, plus he can be found in the Vendor Hall.






Interested in speaking or holding a session, please submit your proposal.

We are looking for several different kinds of speakers, including:

  • Professional speakers – typically experts on a homeschooling topic.
  • Amateur speakers – typically experienced homeschoolers with expertise/passion in a particular area.
  • Artists, crafters, technical geeks, etc. – wanting to share a hands-on project in a workshop type environment.

Major emphasis is placed on:

  • Homeschooling 101 for beginning homeschoolers (homeschooling philosophies, learning styles, etc) and
  • Homeschooling High School and beyond.




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