Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA)

High School at Home

23rd Annual Conference

Monday, April 16, 2018

Philip Bongiorno Conference Center

430 Union Hall Rd, Carlisle, PA 17013, (717) 243-7381;

(schedule as of February 26, 2018; subject to change)


8:45-9:00 AM Registration and Snacks- Visit college, vendor, and co-op group tables in Hotel D (most will be open until 3:20 PM).

9:00-9:10 AM Welcome- Susan Richman.

9:10-9:50 AM Keynote Address by Kathryn Bell Gomes, PHAA graduate (class of 2003), daughter of Debra Bell and online math teacher at

Homeschooling: What Our Mom Did Right; What Our Mom Did Wrong

What will your kids think about homeschooling when they’re adults?


First  Breakout Session 10:00-10:50 AM

A.   How to Achieve Excellence in High School at Home- An introduction to the PHAA Diploma Program—Howard Richman, PHAA Executive Director

B.   Join The Excelsior! PHAA’s Student Newsletter- for students. Learn how to hone your writing and journalistic skills, and make great friends, by working on the staff of The Excelsior! Abby Frailey, 2017-2018 The Excelsior! editor and Peter Livengood.

C.   Making Your Way through the College Financial Aid Maze– Elizabeth Walter and Debra Thro, CollegeAdmissionsHQ

D.   Six Secrets of a Successful College-Prep Math Program-- practical solutions to some of the common pitfalls of teaching math at home-- Kathryn Gomes  

Second  Breakout Session 11:00-11:50 AM

A.   Advanced Placement Online Classes from PA Homeschoolers AP Online- Adding unique excellence and challenge to your program-- Susan Richman moderator with panel of AP teachers.

B.   PHED Talks -- .Five minute speeches by students with prizes for 1st and 2nd place. Speech teacher Shay Jones, moderator & judge – email to participate. Winning talks will be given to the whole conference in mid-afternoon. Modeled on TED Talks!

C.   High Tech Careers: Your Ticket to the Future Don Hill moderator with panel of admissions officers from technical colleges. Gain insight into career training for fields in demand today.

D.   What’s so Valuable about Having Evaluations? –Timothy Anger with panel of experienced evaluators including Patti Stoudt, Ed Kabakjian, & Linda Blocker– for parents and evaluators.  

Luncheon Buffet 12:00-12:50 PM  -- Head to the Dining Hall!


Third  Breakout Session 1:00-1:50 PM 

A.   Making the Transition to High School at Home – for mothers only. A panel of mothers who’ve successfully done it – moderated by Margaret Pasztor

B.   How Dads Can Bring the Outside World and Work Ethic into their Homeschool -- for fathers only. For Don Hill & Laszlo Pasztor.

C.   Free-Lancing in the Arts: Using your homeschool/college years to prepare you for a free-lance lifeAnna Rebmann, AP English teacher and professional actress.

D.   Educating the Adolescent Brain–Timothy Anger and Bonnie Gonzalez. What makes the difference—and what differences are key?

Fourth  Breakout Session 2:00-2:50 PM

A.   Using the New PHAA Transcript Program Howard Richman, PHAA Executive Director. We’ll take you through the new PHAA transcript program and show you how to use it.  – for evaluators.

B.   Student Photography Panel.  Alex Vogelgesang, Jesse Lind, Peter Livengood and student contest presenters.

C.   Mentoring and Directing your Child’s Future. Bonnie Gonzalez  and Laszlo Pasztor, PHAA board members.

D.   Foreign Languages at Home. Susan Richman  

Afternoon Refreshment Break 2:50-3:20 PM  - Free Snacks, visit tables in Hotel D.


Student Performances! 3:20 – 3:50  - Hotel D – Susan Richman, moderator. Winning Student PHED Talks & Student Photography slide show.  Contest.Awards for first and second place winners!


Fifth  Breakout Session 4:00 to 4:50 PM

A.   PHAA Annual Membership Meeting—(PHAA members only – parents and evaluators) Elect a Board Member, consider by-laws changes- chaired by Howard Richman, PHAA Executive Director

B.   Are the Military Academies and/ or Military Service for You?—The how, what and why of military service- Julia Reed, AP Government online instructor, homeschooling mother, retired Air Force Lt. Col. and Air Force Academy liaison in the state of PA

C.   Writing a Powerful College Application Essay- Ruth Green, AP English Literature teacher. For students, parents welcome too. Students reading their college application essay..

D.   Question and Answer session about College Admissions. Deborah Walker and Liz Thro, of CollegeAdmissionsHQ, homeschool mothers with lots of experience and expertise in this area. Straight answers that help you make realistic decisions and set do-able goals.