Beginners Team

All the beginners sessions will be prepared and presented by the following team:

Danea Lawrenson (moderator)

Danea is glad to be married to Chuck and to be mom of seven, ages one through 20.  Together, they homeschool, farm and host field trips near Sanford, MB.  They are also the MACHS conference coordinators and serve on the MACHS board.



Sylvia Goertzen

Sylvia and her husband Duane, along with their six daughters (almost 3-16yrs. in age) make Roseau River, MB their home. Here they have served in camp ministry for sixteen plus years. Their homeschool journey began taking it one year at a time and though Syl thought they would never last this long, are now doing highschool at home as well!



Jody Martin

Jody and her husband, Tyler, have been married 18 years and reside in Lorette, MB.  They have 4 children ages 13, 11, 9 and 1 that love the outdoors and playing with friends.  They have been homeschooling since kindergarten and love that they can pursue their interests as a family.




Heather Teichrib

Heather is married to strawberry farmer extraordinaire, Dana. They have been homeschooling their 9 kids for over 14 years…with many more years to go!




Vera Louden

Vera, married to Jim for almost 25 years and mother to 13, began the homeschooling journey way back in 2001. In spite of many ups and downs over the years, the decision to home educate was never questioned. With 2 children graduated and in college programs, Vera offers hope to the beginner, as well as the weary mother in the thick of a challenging season.