Meet Our 2021 Speakers

Laura Berquist - Keynote Speaker

Mrs. Laura M. Berquist, a home schooling mother of six, is founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, an accredited  distance learning school serving more than 4000 students, and providing ongoing training to parent educators. Mrs. Berquist is the author of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and editor of The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum. Based on the philosophy of the classical Trivium—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—she developed a classical curriculum for grades K-12 that strengthens character and intellect, and reinforces virtue. Inaugurated in 1995 with 75 students, MODG now offers various levels of programs for students, summer classes for students and parents and workshops for parents throughout the school year.

Rimini Esser - Intro to Homeschooling

Rimini Esser is serving her first term at the President of the Southern California Catholic Home Educators.  As a seasoned veteran to homeschooling, Rimini brings unique insight into beginning this new journey into education and family life.

Especially for Moms

Especially for Dads

Barbara Berg

Barbara and her husband decided to try out the mysterious art of homeschooling in 1999, shortly before the first of their six children turned 5. As their children continue to grow, they keep at it, with Barbara homeschooling the children through high school; each high school graduate (4 so far!) has not only been accepted into the university of his choice, but has earned academic distinction there.
Whether tutoring mathematics or teaching Bible Study, RCIA, or supplemental adult catechesis at her parish, teaching is Barbara’s passion. When she graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1993 with a BS in mathematics, summa cum laude, Barbara had already worked in the college classroom, teaching math courses and developing math curriculum.  After one year of teaching high school math, Barbara switched to tutoring math (Kindergarten through Calculus) so she could focus on her family.  
With 21 years of homeschooling and 25 years of mathematics tutoring under her belt, Barbara looks forward to helping you flourish along your homeschooling journey!

Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold is a Roman Catholic speaker, author, and producer.
After his conversion to the Catholic Faith in 1996, Matthew created and produced several nationally broadcast Catholic radio programs which with Dr. Scott Hahn and aired on EWTN.  His book, Confessions of a Traditional Catholic, is available now at your local Catholic book store or through Ignatius Press and Pro Multis Media.  Currently, Matthew works with the Augustine Institue, the Catholic Resource Center, and is host of No Nonsense Catholic on Virgin Most Powerful Radio.  
He resides in Southern California with his wife Betty and four of their six home-schooled children.  (The eldest is serving our country in the U.S. Army and his second born is married and gave Matthew his first grandchild).

Margaret Walsh

Margaret graduated with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and went on to receive a Master’s in Special Education. She has also received specialized training in different therapy programs. While bringing professional services to families, Faith is of utmost importance to her and she strives to see each student in light of God. She is a kind and understanding teacher, while at the same time encouraging high standards, and loves to have fun with and see her students succeed.

Fr. William Goldin

Priest of the Diocese of Orange in California – Parochial Vicar at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church. Graduate of the Pontificia Università S. Tommaso d’Aquino.
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