Sponsored by Hill Creek Christian

North Sound Home School Fair

Cancelled for 2019

Check back for 2020 plans

10:00- 10:30- 1st Session

Home Schooling Basics

This workshop will explain how to get started homeschooling at any grade, Washington laws regarding homeschooling, options as a homeschooler, and resources
Presenter: Karen Schmidt

The Middle School Years: Thinking Ahead to High School

This workshop will look at the "Big Picture" of moving your child through the middle school years.  Specific academic goals for your child in the core subjects will be discussed as well as exploring opportunities for physical and personal development.  Options to consider when parenting tweens and young teens will be addressed as well.
Presenter: Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

10:50-11:20- 2nd Session

Hindsight is 20/20 -  Panel Discussion

Tips and encouragement from experienced homeschool parents. If you would like to submit a question for the panel, fill out a 20/20 Question Card. We will answer as many questions as we can. Remember that you can also schedule a personal meeting time to ask more specific questions.

Presenter: Various home school parents

11:30- 12:20- Lunch

12:30-1:00- 3rd Session

Home Schooling High School: Making a 4 year Plan

This workshop will help you plan your student's 4 years in high school.   Graduation requirements for high school and for college prep students will be examined to ensure you are preparing them well for the future.

Homeschooling Elementary Kiddos
In this workshop we will discuss the advantages of homeschooling younger children, talk about schedules, curriculum, time management and how it works.  

1:20- 1:55- 4th Session

National Institute for Learning Development (NILD): Assistance for your Struggling Student

Anyone we know would surely rescue a student in danger, but few might realize that students with invisible issues are in danger, too, of 
emotional, social, academic and vocational struggles. It is to these 
students the NILD educational therapist is most dedicated. Attend this presentation to see for yourself why the mediated learning experience through NILD educational therapy works.  You’ll find out why the characteristics of NILD Educational Therapy are different from other intervention, and you’ll understand that this program addresses the underlying causes of learning difficulties rather than merely treating the symptoms.


Patricia Huey

is the founder of Hill Creek Christian. Patty Huey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Alabama. She later received an English endorsement from OSPI in Washington State and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Currently she serves as an NILD educational therapist. Patty’s education experience includes elementary, secondary, post-secondary and English as a Second Language in a variety of cultures over a span of 32 years. She has taught in both special education and gifted and talented programs.

Amorah Nelson

is the administrator of  Hill Creek Christian.  She is also the high school science teacher at HCC. She has been working with home school students for over 14 years.  Every year, Amorah works with over 20 students helping them plan their high school years.  She also oversees and helps parents plan courses done at home.  Her degrees are a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree in Science.  Her research work at SPU and WWU have been published in scientific journals.

Karen Schmidt

earned a B.A. in communication from Trinity International University (Illinois) while she and her husband served in Ecuador as missionaries. She has taught three levels of Spanish for four years as well as translating at a local Christian medical outreach. As a freelance writer for more than 20 years, Karen has been published in magazines and journals, written curriculum for four publishers, and been a contributing editor for the children’s books section of a trade publication. Karen homeschooled her son through his high school years. 

Brandy Vizmanos-Garcia

received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a major in History and minor in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1998. She also earned a middle school endorsement at that time. Brandy later earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Emotional Behavior from the University of Arizona in 2002. She worked in the public school system for 9 years and has been running Calvary Heritage Learning Center, an affiliate of Academy Northwest, for the last 5 years.

Christina South

has a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Southern Oregon State College. Christina taught in Christian schools for eight years before becoming a home schooling parent. Christina was home schooling her two biological children when she and her husband became foster parents and adopted four foster children living in their home. Christina has been home schooling for the last nine years. When her oldest child became deeply involved in competitive speech and debate, Christina started a home school speech and debate club here in Skagit County.

Barb Peterson

is a graduate of Biola University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, with a minor in Biblical Studies. She taught in a Christian school in Southern California for five years before moving with her husband to the Skagit Valley.  When the first of their children approached school age, they were instrumental in founding the Skagit Valley Homeschool Association, the first organized homeschool group in our county.  For twenty years she homeschooled her own children, then began working in a parent partnership program associated with the Arlington Public Schools.   During her 18 years at this program, the district awarded her to be Highly Qualified in most subjects in grades K-8th.