listed in alphabetical order (last name)

Adirah Aishet-Tsalmiel

Adirah Aishet-Tsalmiel has been an educator for learners of all ages for over 20 years. From preschoolers to university students, she is intentional about creating environments where learning is enjoyable and thought-stimulating. Her love for teaching has been showered first on her own three sons she has homeschooled since birth and has spread to students around the globe. Along with impacting students, Adirah has been a featured speaker at various education conferences including the Liberated Minds Black Homeschool and Education Expo and the Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Conference. Her newest venture is Ujuzi Curriculum Consultants, LLC, an education consulting company through which Adirah seeks to empower educators to deliver their content creatively and with confidence. Adirah has earned a BS in Nutrition and Food Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Along with this formal training, Adirah is always excited to share from her experiences as a world-schooling, single mom. You can reach Adirah at: or on Facebook and Twitter (@UjuziCC). You can also visit the Ujuzi website at 

Workshop: Homeschooling - A Gateway to Passion and Purpose



Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, EdD



Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a committed homeschooling mother and enthusiastic co-founder of the Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) network. She is digital manager of all BFHES online spaces and serves as technical coordinator of all BFHES events to date. Along with Dr. Fields-Smith, she is editor of the Contemporary Perspectives on Black Homeschooling book series through Information Age Publishing (IAP) and hosts the BFHES podcast Contemporary Perspectives on Black Homeschooling  that is currently on Spotify, Anchor.FM and Apple Podcasts. 

She is an accomplished performance artist, educator, professional writer and scholar who recently earned her doctorate in 2020. Dr. Ali-Coleman studied Higher Education through the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University. Her doctoral dissertation studied the perceptions of preparedness for college through interviews with eight African-American dual-enrolled teens who attended community college in Virginia, Texas, and Maryland while being homeschooled for high school. Her dissertation research led to an invitation to publish her research through IAP. She opted to first edit and publish through IAP an anthology of writings from Black homeschooling parents and researchers which would highlight the diverse perspectives and experiences of Black families who homeschool in the United States. Her admiration and respect for Dr. Fields-Smith's prolific work on Black homeschooling led to her inviting Dr. Fields-Smith to serve as co-editor of the book which was titled, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture. The book will be the first book in the Contemporary Perspectives on Black Homeschooling book series through IAP and released by late Summer 2021. It will be offered at discount to members of BFHES.  You can read Dr. Ali-Coleman's dissertation here. You can also read recent scholarly articles and editorials she has written in the Journal of Higher Education, Politics and Economics, the lifestyle digital magazine Romper and the parenting blog So Our Youth Aspire. She has a chapter focused on the depiction of homeschooling in the movie Black Panther featured in the forthcoming book, Black Panther: Afrofuturism, Gender, Identity and the Re-Making of Blackness (Lexington Press, 2021) edited by Renée T. White, PhD and Karen A. Ritzenhoff, PhD.

Dr. Ali-Coleman is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group and the director of education and community engagement at Montgomery Community Media. Her current happiness involves graduating her only child, Khari Isabel, who she homescholed off and on for 13 years with Khari's dad, Ben. Khari, a lover of plants, music production and writing is an aspiring filmmaker who homeschooled through high school while dual-enrolled in community college. Khari Isabel earned her associate's degree in June 2021 and will attend the University of San Francisco in the fall to study English and Film where she will be part of USFCA's prestigious Black Scholars Program. The BSP is a scholarship program committed to social justice and community engagement. She was offered over half a million dollars in scholarships from over 18 colleges and universities before selecting the University of San Francisco.




Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi





Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi is an independent educator, writer, thinker, lifelong student, and global citizen. Phyllis has a unique perspective on home education as her son is gifted and on the autism spectrum, also known as 2e (twice-exceptional).  She is also the moderator of African American Single Parent Homeschoolers (AASPH), an excellent Facebook group. A veteran homeschooler who has been homeschooling her son since he was in first grade, she is overjoyed that he is now a senior and will soon be attending college. Phyllis also has a bachelor’s degree in education, with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She now teaches students English online. If anyone has questions, please contact her via email ( or Facebook Messenger (Name: Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi).

Coffee Talk: Homeschooling a Black Child on the Autism Spectrum

Andrea Bazemore

Director and Founder of The Black Apple Virtual School, Andrea Bazemore is a graduate of George Mason University and working on her Masters at Johns Hopkins University. Fifth generation civil rights activist. Descendant of enslaved people. Creating material designed to dismantle the whitewashed ideologies perpetuated by the American public school system. On a mission to empower students of color, students with disabilities and students of all gender expressions. Teaching experience at private, public and charter schools. Teaching PK-8th Grade (yes all of the grades). Lover of SEL, social justice and educational equity. Educator shaping the next generation of leaders. 
Panel: Mitigating Anxiety Through Online Learning

Ameerah Bello

"Only after spending time home-educating my twin daughters, did I, a fifteen-year public school teacher stumble on the gap that exists between math expectations for young children and their actual math capabilities.  It was only after spending time in Japan and witnessing some of their early math mastery expectations, did I discover the tremendous benefits of abacus and abacus-based math instruction.  I immediately envisioned my children, and the children of our people adopting this tool which has long benefited children in countries that continually out-pace us in math achievement."

Inspired, Ameerah envisioned--and developed, and filed a patent application for her own simplified abacus--like apparatus, called the junior counter-- to make math mastery in preschool and kindergarteners more universal and achievable.

Workshop: Why Aren't Parents in America Considering the Abacus as a Foundational Learning Tool for 3-6 Year Olds?

Chizarra Dashiell

Chizarra Dashiell is President of Grow & Give Learning Corporation. She earned her degree in Occupational Science and Health Science Management from Howard University. After 8 years, she discovered a new passion. She fell in love with working pediatrics and behaviors. She will soon receive her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and provide home and school-based ABA services. In her sessions, she enjoys reading to her clients. 
“The engagement fulfilled me and I realized my journey into implementing reading as a primary intervention.”
Currently, she owns The Behavior Bubble, Atlas Autism Group and Sensory Tune-Ups and Consultants ( Her goal is to be an advocate for diversity and inclusivity for children of color and a staple resource within the community by way of behavioral health and literacy. 
Panel: The Importance of Quality Home-Based Culturally Relevant Response to Behaviors Within Our Community

Dannielle Joy Davis, PhD

Dannielle Joy Davis, PhD is a homeschooling mother and was homeschooled as a child. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Higher Education at Saint Louis University. She is the first known African American woman (descended from captive Mende, Temne, and Fula people in the U.S.) to earn tenure in the history of the institution’s School of Education. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has studied and conducted research in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Belgium. Her interdisciplinary research examines the experiences of marginalized groups in educational settings, the role of organizational policy and practice in the promotion or inhibition of egalitarian academic and occupational outcomes, and spirituality in the workplace and other learning environments. Dr. Davis is a twice elected Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA’s) Spirituality and Education Special Interest Group (SIG) and has served within the leadership of AERA’s Qualitative Research SIG. She has published over 65 refereed journal articles, book chapters, volumes, academic commentaries, and reviews. Dr. Davis is Series Editor of the Information Age Publishing book series, Contemporary Perspectives on Spirituality in Education, where she coordinates and leads guest editors and authors from around the globe in the development of scholarly volumes. She is Co-Editor and a contributing author of the books Black Women in Leadership: Their Historical and Contemporary Contributions (Peter Lang Publishing), Social Justice Issues and Race in the College Classroom: Learning from Different Voices (Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.), Intersectionality in Education Research (Stylus Publishing), Specialists: Passions and Careers (Universitas Press), and Motherhood in Precarious Times (Demeter Press). Dr. Davis has also served as Associate Editor for The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society and Learning for Democracy: An International Journal of Thought and Practice. She has served as Vice President of Professional Development for the National Girls and Women of Color Council, as a Leadership Team member with Sisters of the Academy Institute, on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Colorism Studies, and is Founder and Director of the community program, The Circle of Excellence Network. 

Coffee Talk: How Home Education Shaped Me Professionally

Evon Dennis

"Information on Unschooling, and Inspiration for Unschooling, is necessary so Afrikan/Black parents are informed about Unschooling as a viable option when thinking about what kind of Homeschooling could work for their child(ren) and family. After the Coffee talk, parents, and people in attendance, in general, will be able to have a general idea of what life as an Unschooler can be like and how children and family can positively benefit. 

I’m Evon, a Transformational Life Coach, who specializes in Empowering women and men to tap into their intuition, strengthen their internal belief system, get out of their own way and create a life they actually get excited about.

We’re an Afrikan Family of 3 who have been on an Unschooling (aka Interest-Led) journey for the past 10 years. I’m E, my oldest daughter is KK and my youngest daughter is G. KK is now 24 and is no longer living at home, G is now 17, still at home and is in her “Senior” year. I started Homeschooling them at the same time we started delving into an Unschooling (aka Interest-Led) lifestyle. As a Single Mom that has only recently been diagnosed with Mental Illnesses (2017 – but suffered w/ symptoms for the past 20 yrs): PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder and Major Depression Disorder, I’ve been blessed to learn many lessons and am honored to continue to learn. I’ve been sharing various resources and info about our lifestyle over the years and thought, as we’re headed to a new part of our lives, now would be a good time to create a “home” online and share, in one place. Here’s hoping you may find a bit of value in our story." 

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Coffee Talk: The Tea on Unschooling

Maleka Diggs

Maleka Diggs is an unschooling advocate, community organizer, and trainer that centers equity and inclusion with a focus on BIPOC communities who has been serving families, schools and alternative learning spaces through her organization, Eclectic Learning Network. She is also co-founder of Philly Children’s Movement, a multi-racial and multi-generational collective of families talking, playing, and rising up for racial justice! Her work explores the intersections of race and education, its impact on Black and Brown peoples and those within under-represented communities while exploring ways to disrupt the cycle of institutionalized education through unschooling and self-directed learning approaches. You can learn more about her work at the following links: 

Website: | Facebook: | Instagram: | Patreon: (for those who are interested in supporting ELN year-round as a monthly sustainer) 

Coffee Talk: Window Dressing Eduction- Barriers and Invitations to Learning

Jason Esters

Dr. Jason B. Esters has been a community advocate for social justice and education reform in Philadelphia for well over a decade and is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia. He lives right outside of Southwest Philly with his beautiful wife, Dionne, and their four brilliant, brown, and rambunctious children, who they have homeschoooled for 12 years. Jason currently co-hosts two podcasts: The Black Men Homeschool Podcast and Race & Faith Cyphers. In addition, he also explores books within the African Diaspora that are accessible through the public library and free online in his monthly YouTube series BookDrop: Black History Then and Now.

Panel: The Importance of Black Men Being an Active Intentional Presence in Homeschooling

Cheryl Fields-Smith, PhD

<span style=">Cheryl Fields-Smith, PhD is co-founder of Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES). She is an Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education) at the University of Georgia. She is the most prolific researcher focused on Black families who homeschool in the United States. She is author of numerous articles on homeschooling and author of Exploring Single Black Mothers' Resistance through Homeschooling. She is a 2018 ASPIRE Fellow, a 2015-2016 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, a 2014 COE Carl Glickman Faculty Fellow and founding board member of the Internatinal Center for Home Education Research.

Dr. Fields-Smith's research interests include family engagement and homeschooling among Black families. Her dissertation explored family engagement from the perspective of 22 Black middle class families. Later, she received a Spencer Foundation Grant to conduct a two-year study focused on homeschooling among 46 Black families. From this study Dr. Fields-Smith has published several journal articles and chapters, which among them include the first empirically-based publication to focus exclusively on Black homeschool families. Her research on homeschooling among Black families has most recently been featured in a PBS NewsHour report and the Atlantic.  Prior to earning her doctorate from Emory University in 2004, Dr. Fields-Smith served as an elementary school teacher in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk, Connecticut. During her tenure as a teacher she taught in two magnet schools, both of which employed the Bank Street Model, which emphasizes child-centered, hands-on, experiential learning through thematic, social studies-based integrated instruction.

NaConda N. Frank

NaConda N. Frank is a wife, homeschooling mom of five, budding entrepreneur, and conqueror of mental illness. She is a five-time Amazon best-selling author of the best selling books African American Homeschooling Mompreneurs and Confessions of a Depressed Homeschool Mom, 2nd edition. NaConda is also a motivational speaker and a home education consultant. Newly known as "The Homeschool Whisperer", NaConda offers spiritual inspirational & hope for families on their homeschool journey.  NaConda can be followed on her social media platforms via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, her YouTube channel, and her website

Workshop: Homeschooling the Unmotivated Learner


Anita Gibson

Anita Gibson is an author, speaker and educational strategist. She develops academic success strategies for students and organizations, including educational programs, training sessions and academic support. Anita’s book, STAR Finder, assists parents with finding their children’s strengths, talents and abilities and offers resources to discover their future potential. For the past 18 years, Anita has served as the director of SHABACH Christian Academy, a homeschool program that assists families with all aspects of the homeschool journey. She is the liaison to the state of Maryland for the program’s oversight families and manages over 30 Kindergarten-12th grade classes annually.  She is also the president of The RAS Foundation, a non-profit educational consulting firm that creates and develops non-traditional educational programs for students and organizations, including Project Excel Academy, an academic learning center for homeschool students. Her motto is “Help and Hope are Here!”  
Anita Gibson resides in Maryland with her amazing husband, Glen. They homeschooled three awesome children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Their oldest daughter is a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State and she has earned a bachelor’s degree in international marketing and a master’s degree in international affairs. Their youngest daughter is a middle school science teacher who also teaches high school chemistry, biology & physical science to homeschoolers. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University. Their son chose the entrepreneurial route and currently owns a lucrative photography and videography business. He also works full-time in a large church media ministry using his gifts. 
Workshop: The Most Important Key to a Great Homeschool Year

LaNissir James

LaNissir James is an author, speaker and consultant with decades of experience in serving the homeschool community. She recently published a book called Mom’s Manual that gives moms an organizational strategy to bring joy to the world’s most important responsibility - motherhood!


LaNissir is a wife and mother of 7 homeschool kids ages 23 to 5 years old. She graduated two homeschoolers with college scholarships, she has two high school students, one middle school student and two elementary school students. It’s never a dull moment as she captures their Road School experience on their YouTube channel called James Family Adventures. 


LaNissir serves many families in the home-educating community both locally and nationwide. She provides social, spiritual, academic, and supervisory support for families near the Washington DC area. Her expertise center around equipping students to transition into colleges, careers, and vocational schools. She recently expanded her reach by joining a team of nationwide Educational Consultants with Homeschool Legal Defense Association.


LaNissir earned her Bachelor's Degree in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park and spent several years working for NBC News on the Today Show. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies.


LaNissir is a highly sought after motivational speaker, educator and consultant who loves encouraging others with empathetic, engaging, and practical wisdom. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to speak at homeschool conferences around the nation as a subject expert on homeschooling high school, appreciating personality differences, and life organizational strategies.


Coffee Talk: Make Your Homeschool Mom Life Work for You!



Alfrea Riley Moore

I am a fun-loving, experience-creating homeschool mom of two amazing children! I've discovered that my greatest joy is connecting people with resources to help them along life's journey. I am the founder of Melanated Gold Homeschool Magazine, which is a bi-monthly publication created to celebrate the homeschool experience!

Coffee Talk: The Homeschool Imposter Syndrome

Nichelle Nelson

"I am a veteran homeschool mom with 25 years of experience.  My husband and I successfully launched three of our children from homeschool to Baylor University.  When my youngest enrolled at the local community college to take dual enrollment classes, I was so moved by the recruiter's speech that I signed up to complete my college education at the same time.  I have earned an AA in History from Austin Community College.  I went on to graduate summa cum laude with a BA in History from Huston-Tillotson University, an HBCU.  I am currently pursuing a MS in Multicultural Studies (with an emphasis on Social Justice) from University of Houston - Clear Lake.  I am an Air Force brat, Air Force wife, and an Air Force mom.  My husband spent 12 consecutive years living overseas in both Europe and Asia before he retired from the Air Force and settled our family in Central Texas.  I now teach history classes online to teens.  I bring to my classroom my unique perspective into the lives of other cultures that I have been privileged to experience."  

Workshop: Homeschooling Through Every Hill and Valley

Akil Parker

"My name is Akil Parker and I operate a business named All This Math, LLC where I offer math tutoring and educational consulting in the Black community of Philadelphia and beyond. I have worked with various homeschoolers and homeschool collectives since 2017.  I have also been a high school math teacher for the past 16 years where I have developed my skills. I am also an adjunct professor at both Cheyney University and LaSalle University. One of the most important lessons I have learned through my experience in neo-colonial public schools as both a student and a teacher is that Black people need to establish and maintain independent African-Centered schools. I see homeschooling as an opportunity to develop educational microcosms that can grow into these larger and more comprehensive independent schools. The education of my own children has also served as a major motivator of my educational outlook and understanding of the need for a trajectory toward Black independence."

Panel: The Community Must Support and Promote Homeschooling

Stephanie Pasley Henry

Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry is a former fifth grade teacher  and Academic Dean of The College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University. She is recognized for her riveting presentations highlighting her creative instructional engagement strategies that bring learning to life for all  students. She authored the books Engage Us or Enrage Us and The ABCs of Black History. She is the creator of the award-winning learning programs, The Math Party: Sing! Dance! Learn! Exercise! and The Reading Party: Phonics! Fitness! FUNdamentals! She is a certified fitness instructor and taught Methods of Mathematics at Barry University. She earned a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum Development; a Specialist in Educational Leadership; a Master’s in E.S.E.; and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

Workshop: The Math Party: Sing! Dance! Exercise! Learn!

Amelia Peace

Amelia Peace is a published author and homeschool mom. Her daughter who is autistic has been thriving in homeschool education for two years.  Throughout her 10+ years experience in Autism advocacy, Amelia Peace has spent that time educating African American families on autism resources.  Oftentimes, parents with children on the spectrum feel they are in this alone. Amelia Peace wants Black parents to know they are not alone. She hopes sharing her story and her experiences in homeschooling will help the next family.
Coffee Talk: Navigating Autism in Early Education

LM Preston

LM Preston is the author of Building Your Empowered Steps and Homeschooling and Working While Shaping Amazing Learners and a homeschooling mother of four. She’s an engineer, lead of Hawaii Strong Trade Team, Career Re-Imagination Coach, Educational Achievement Coach for Homeschoolers and After Schoolers, and a wife of more than twenty-five years. Her coaching and courses on homeschooling, college customization for homeschoolers or adults returning to school, and career reimagination, are products of her homeschooling journey. Homeschooling has enabled her kids to successfully complete college by the age of seventeen. In addition, she is a bestselling author of young adult fiction. She also writes for several small business publications focusing on women in business while parenting.

Find her books and courses on

Her blog: details her homeschooling while working journey. Her coaching services and courses are available on her website 

Workshop: Middle and High School Radically


Kendra Price

Kendra Price is a former public school chemistry teacher turned homeschool mom to her four children. She believes that homeschool is an opportunity to love on your children, spark a love of learning in them, impart your faith, values, and heritage, and reclaim quality time as a family unit. She currently blogs about her family's homeschool journey at and has a FREE ebook available at her website titled "Ready, Set, Homeschool!" She also has a self-paced, online high school chemistry course that covers the entire year of high school chemistry at

Coffee Talk: Online Tools to Help Get Your Homeschooled Teen Organized and Accountable Through Student-Directed Learning


Arden Santana

Arden has over 20 years of experience in early through adult education administration, methodology and pedagogy. She has been consistently praised for professionalism and efficacy among school principals’ and parents’ most lauded teachers.  She’s founded and developed curricula for two educational institutions. Arden was recently featured in the Girlfriends Guide to Homeschooling Podcast and is a current participant in a national study on culturally relevant teaching. You can learn more about Arden and SĀHGE Acacemy at
Panel: Alternatives in Education-Reimagining Education Outside the System of Schooling

Leroy A. Smith

Leroy A. Smith currently serves as the CEO of Realized Solutions, LLC, COO and Director of Instructional Design & Research Grow and Give Learning Co., and a special educator within the District of Columbia Public Schools. Leroy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music-Voice from Gettysburg College in 2012. Leroy received his Master’s of Education degrees in Elementary (grades 1-6) and Special Education (pre-K-12) from Lesley University in 2014. Recently, Leroy served as a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Mind, Math, and Multiliteracies Institute (M3I) in 2019. Also, Leroy serves as a curriculum developer through the District of Columbia Public School’s Curriculum Innovators Fellowship since 2018. Currently, Leroy is a certified teacher in the District of Columbia. He holds certifications in Elementary Education (grades 1-6) and Non-categorical Special Education (pre-K-12). 

During 2020, Leroy founded Realized Solutions, LLC. Leroy serves as a special education advocate for families and an educational consultant for professionals who work with children with special needs. He collaborates with various stakeholders to ensure students, with disabilities, receive the appropriate services and placements they need to be successful. Currently, he’s working on developing online courses, one-to-one coaching for homeschool educators, and other resources for educational professionals and families to become stronger advocates and instructional leaders for our children.

Additionally, Leroy co-founded Grow and Give Learning, Inc. with his business partners Chizarra Dashiell and Margo Pinckney in 2020. Leroy is one of the curriculum developers for Grow and Give Learning’s early childhood Applied Behavior Analysis literacy curriculum. He brings a wealth of experience of curriculum development, special education, curriculum accommodations, adaptations, and modifications for children with disabilities.

Workshop: Addressing Mathematical Needs and Strengths-The CRA Model

Lora Smothers

Lora has worn many hats over the last decade, from middle school science teacher to nonprofit leader to homeschooling mom, but she is best known for her former role as Owner, Director, and Lead Teacher at Freedom to Grow Unschool, a homeschool learning center in Athens, Georgia. Along the way, Lora gave a TED Talk about her unschooling experience, hosted an “unconference” uniting progressive educators from across the southeast, and coached dozens of school leaders from all over the world including Canada, Kenya, New Caledonia, and the U.S. She is passionate about education as a vehicle for personal liberation and social justice.
Panel: Historic Models of Teaching Our Own: Stories of Black Women Abolitionist Teachers of the 19th Century 

Queen Taese

Queen Taese is a Black homeschool & education visionary who has been noted for her works of being an award-winning educator and successful homeschool mother for 20+ years. She has taught and learned from thousands of children, as well as designed Afrikan-centered curriculums, critical educational tools, resources, children’s events, and conferences globally. She is founder of the Liberated Minds Black Homeschool & Educational Institute, which is an educational empire forging a new reality for the wholistic cultivation of children throughout the Afrikan diaspora. Its trifold mission consists of the cultural development of Black children as scholars, leaders, passionpreneurs, and innovators that serve the Black community; empowerment of the Black family, and the creation and maintenance of the intergenerational wealth that is needed to shape a future full of prosperity, power, and legacy. Learn more at

Workshop: Strategies for Cultivating Passion-preneurship in Our Youth


Lisa Teach Me

I am a homeschooling mother of a eight-year autistic son and four-year old neurotypical child. I have been homeschooling my eight-year-old son since kindergarten because I didn’t like his special needs preschool and kindergarten placement option. In addition to homeschooling, I am an online Assistant Professor and the author of eight books of which my latest, Effective Digital Learning, was released in March 2021. I am also the creator and host of The Stretching A Dollar For Entrepreneur Show Podcast. 

Coffee Talk: Happy Homeschooling for Special Needs Families

Zsudayka Nzingha Terrell

Zsudayka Nzingha Terrell is a renowned fine artist and mother of three children who she and her husband unschool in Washington, D.C. Zsudayka is an arts activist born and raised in Aurora, CO. Nzinga began her career as an artist in Denver, CO. She painted abstract and realism portraits and ran an art gallery. She also created art programming for nonprofits and private and charter schools and ran a Black Arts Festival. She made a name for herself as a teenager on the spoken word poetry scene and travelled the country performing her written work with her art on the cover. While traveling, Nzinga felt more and more inspired to create images, particularly the missing story of the black woman. “I felt that when I was telling a story in a poem, people had to have read what I read, seen what I’ve seen to sometimes get the deeper purpose of my work. When I paint my story, a person can look at it and come to their own conclusions in their own time. I can really hit them hard but not have to bear the responsibility of having TOLD them.” After moving to Washington D.C., she started her program From the Corner to the Gallery in 2014, fundraising to take 7 kids under her wing and help them learn to transition their hustle into a legal arts based business. Visit her website at

Panel: Art as the basis for education


Shatrela Washington-Hubbard

Shatrela Washington-Hubbard is an educator who has taught in formal and informal education settings on the K-12, technical college, and university levels. She has owned businesses, worked with organizations that support business development, and consulted entrepreneurs in multiple countries. 

Workshop: Developing an entrepreneurial mindset in our youth and teens


Jade Weatherington

"I am a homeschooling mother of one.  We are in out 7th year of homeschooling.  Our approach is eclectic as we have worldschooled and homeschooled.  I left my teaching position to start homeschooling my daughter.  During this time, I started teaching online.  I have now taught online for 13 years.  However, the over the past three years I have turned what started out as a side hustle into my full time job.  I primarily teach homeschooled families online and I am currently developing a children's book series with my daughter about homeschooled siblings."

Panel: Earning an Income as a Homeschool Parent


Dionne WilLis

I am a homeschooling mom of 4 with a Degree in Mathematics and 24+ years of classroom teaching experience. I currently teach algebra 2 and Geometry courses for homeschoolers, while working with the local community college Upward Bound Program as Lead Math Instructor for local high school students. I teach mathematics to my own children who are 3, 8, 11, and 13. I don't believe that there are people who just aren't math people. Math is a tool like a spoon. You don't have to like it to use it. There are no folks who claim not to be spoon people as justification for using a fork.

We have become so comfortable in our community giving up mathematics understanding and mastery as the purview of a select few as opposed to our natural inheritance as a people. There needs to be a true reclaiming of math (and all information) as our rite; a paradigm shift where the phrase "I am not really a math person" is as unimaginable and absurd as hearing "I am not really a spoon person." This coffee talk is necessary for people in our community to consider deliberately and consciously move away from the american notion that mathematics mastery is only for a select few.

Coffee Talk: We are All Math People: Confronting Math Fear in Homeschool Students and their Parents

Alycia Wright

Alycia is a former educator of 12 years turned homeschool parent of 7 years. She runs a cooperative in Richmond Va that serves Black and Indigenous families. 

Cultural Roots Homeschool Cooperative nurtures a love of learning, while developing a strong cultural/historical awareness in children that results in self love, self liberation and community empowerment. The cooperative has been awarded several grants, most recently a recipient of the National Parents Union for their work in the community. 
Learn more at
Panel: Inspired Learning: Build the Homeschool Co-op of Your Dreams