Retreat Speakers

Susan Chrisman

Susan is a wife, grandmama, twenty-five year homeschool veteran, mentor, speaker, and ardent pursuer of God. She and Jerry have five children and seven grandchildren. Susan guides families to understand and address the issues of child behavior—development, habits, and the will. She mentors home educating parents to lead their families away from conflict and confusion and direct them instead to transformed behavior through deeper, more meaningful relationships. You can learn more about Susan at www.susanchrisman.com.


Crystal Wagner

Crystal writes and speaks about the challenges and joys of living intentionally and creating a place of refuge for her family. Her mission is to help busy homeschool moms conquer “overwhelm” so they can live intentional, purpose-filled days. Crystal and her husband, Jason, live in Oklahoma and homeschool their two daughters. You can connect with her online at www.triumphantlearning.com.


Heather Hawkins

Heather is a wife, mom of 6, freelance editor, homeschool consultant, and book nerd. She runs the Schola Lending Library, a private homeschool library in Stillwater, and is passionate about sharing the immense value of living books with other homeschool families. For the past 13 years, she has integrated the philosophies of both Charlotte Mason and classical education into her children’s learning, desiring them to be active participants in the Great Conversation. She can often be found at used book stores, library book sales, or cataloguing books in her own library, coffee in hand. Her website is www.scholalivingbooks.com.


Heather Underwood

Heather is mom to five children and wife of Johnny, and the Director for the Stillwater Charlotte Mason Community. She has homeschooled for 15 years and has a passion for the Charlotte Mason principles of creating life-long learners. Charlotte’s methods of education have remained a consistent tool that the Lord has used to build a culture of curiosity and excitement in the Underwoods’ heart and home. Heather also enjoys contributing to the lives of other women through her work as a pastoral counselor for Undivided Ministries.


Joshua Hawkins, Ph.D.

Josh spent more than a decade in the public schools, working with students of all abilities and ages, before moving into higher education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a B.S. in Special Education. His research includes teacher retention, student motivation, and the value of teacher-student relationships in a student’s success. He enjoys simple pleasures – beauty in art and nature, old books and bookstores, music, exercise, hot tea in the morning, people, clear-thinking, a good turn of phrase, study, silence, and laughter. Josh and his wife homeschool their six children in Stillwater, Oklahoma.