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Saturday April 18th, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Aquinas College – Main Building
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett

Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York. Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House...

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Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli

Dr. Richard H. Bulzacchelli, S.T.D. is a husband and home schooling father. He holds a doctorate in theology from the International Marian Research Institute and is an Associate Professor of Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as a Senior Fellow with the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He has published...

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Mrs. Colleen Hammond

Mrs. Colleen Hammond is the author of Dressing with Dignity, and was a former On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel, a model, actress and Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager. Colleen lived the “American Dream” and found it to be a nightmare! While working in television, she reverted to the Catholic Faith...

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Mr. Nick Marmalejo

Mr. Nick Marmalejo hails originally from the Chicagoland area. After graduating Christendom College in 2001 with a major in history, Nick chose to make his home in the mountains of Appalachia. His life’s work has led him into several occupations, such as high school disciplinarian...

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Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Behold Publications

Publishers of the popular Little Flowers Girls’ Club and Blue Knights Catholic Boys programs as well as the Glory of America series of Catholic fiction for kids. Behold Christ Club Foundation, a sister organization, also puts on annual retreats for moms and daughters called Mary's Garden Party. Visit our website under Summer Camps.

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Colleen Hammond

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Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.

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Pauline Books and Media

The Daughters of St. Paul are an international congregation of women religious who carry out the apostolate of evangelization using the means of communication. We dedicate our lives to bringing the Gospel of hope to people yearning for God's love, providing them with many different avenues to encounter the Living God.

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Queen of Heaven Academy

Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). Please visit to learn more or email

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Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).

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Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.

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Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.

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12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Teacher Survival 101

Nick Marmalejo

This talk covers tips and strategies on setting personal ground rules and principles for maintaining morale and avoiding burnout. Certified teacher, former disciplinarian, and a homeschooling father of 3, Mr. Marmalejo will provide his personal pathways and insights for handling the daily trials and joys of homeschooling.


1:30pm – 1:50pm

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Colleen Hammond

Does it seem that your child can never remember to say please or thank you? How about learning to greet guests politely, or answering the phone? This talk will answer some frequently-asked questions on raising children with manners.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Homeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

Mary Ellen Barrett

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.

3:00pm – Coffee and Cookie Social

4:00pm – 4:20pm

Encountering God: The Most Crucial Thing to Teach Our Children

Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli

Explore what the Bible teaches us about God that only faith can know: not just what but who God is, and the difference knowing Him makes in our lives. Teaching this truth to our children is our most sacred task as parents, and if we don’t do it, no one else will.

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Actually Getting Your Children to Do Their Schoolwork

Mary Ellen Barrett

Most young children are not wired to sit still and bring a great deal of thought to school work; they would really rather be tearing around the house and the yard, and would be happy to never crack open a book. Mrs. Barrett will give some tips on how to use your child’s learning style to contain the fidgets and get the work done peacefully.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Teaching Values to Your Children

Colleen Hammond

This talk offers ideas and suggestions on how parents can help children’s all-around development. It discusses which virtues to focus on at a particular age in a child’s development.

6:00pm – Conference Ends