High School Symposium

April 20, 2024

Join us for a day of helpful instruction with LaNissir James, a high school consultant with
Home School Legal Defense Association and other exciting speakers!

CHEO will provide separate sessions to help families plan and clarify their
high school as home educators.

Bottled water and a light snack will be provided in the morning.


CHEO Member – $25/family
Non-Member – $40/family


Heritage Christian Church
7413 Maxtown Road
Westerville, OH 43082



Saturday, April 20th
9:00am – 2:30pm

LaNissir James: High School Educational Consultant

As an HSLDA high school consultant, LaNissir loves speaking to parents to encourage and support their homeschooling with empathetic, engaging, and practical wisdom. She says, “The joy of helping a family feel confident that they can homeschool is priceless.”

She earned her BS in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park, is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator certified, and is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies.

Scott Ellsworth: Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions

Scott Ellsworth is the Principal and Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions. As a contractor to Jobs for the Future, he works to more fully engage employers in developing and implementing effective apprenticeship programs and driving greater inclusion of all populations in the workforce.

Scott has also served as the Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU), a Washington DC-based advocacy and education organization. He has over 25 years of experience in managing a variety of manufacturing firms, including as VP and General Manager of US Operations for Tipco Punch in Hamilton, Ohio.

Scott holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from LSU-Shreveport.

Shellie Doub: Director of Recruiting for Cedarville University’s Dual Enrollment 

Shellie Doub currently serves as the Director of Recruiting for Cedarville University’s Dual Enrollment program. She is also an educational consultant for UniversityReady and the owner of BlueSky Coaching LLC.

Shellie has spoken on topics related to homeschooling high school, dual enrollment, and college and career preparation at homeschool conventions across the US. She has also served as a homeschool co-op director, high school tutor, and college advisor for hundreds of dual-enrolled high school students. Shellie and her husband Steve homeschooled their five sons from kindergarten to college, and she is passionate about helping families navigate the transition from homeschool to college.


2024 High School Symposium Workshops and Schedule



Registration / Check In:   8:30 -9:00

9:00 – 9:30am

Homeschooling through High School – You’ve Got This!
LaNissir James – HSLDA High School Consultant


9:30 – 10:00am

Developing a Plan for High School (Course Credits)
LaNissir James – HSLDA High School Consultan


10:00 – 10:45am

Apprenticeships: Non-College Option to a Great Career!
Scott Ellsworth – Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions


10:45 – 11:30am
College Credit Plus: Essential Skills for Dual Credit Success
Shellie Doub, Director of Dual Enrollment for Cedarville University

11:30 – 12:30pm    Lunch On Your Own
(Partipants may choose to use local restaurants for pack a lunch to eat on-site)

12:30 – 1:15pm
Career Exploration – Tools for Academic/Career and Personal Success*
Dr. Michael Bankey, Ed.D.,Ph.D – Education Service Specialist, U.S. Army

1:15 – 2:00pm
High School Transcript Clinic – Practical Help and Tips
LaNissir James – HSLDA High School Educational Consultant

2:00 – 2:30pm
To Test or Not to Test? That is the Question!

Kimberly Farley, Director of Homeschool Partnerships – Classic Learning Test

2:30 – 4:30 pm  CHEO College and Career Fair on Site

*The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

Testing will be offered again this year with
Dr. Bankey overseeing this part of the day.

This testing service is FREE.

(9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)  ASVAB Test Administration 
Testing is for Grades 10 – 12 

(11:00 – 12:00 p.m.)  Test Interpretation

   NOTE:  In order to participate in the ASVAB Assessments you must be registered for the High School Symposium
and have a student who is in 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.

   *For information on the ASVAB: Email Melanie Elsey, cheo@cheohome.org and put ASVAB TEST in the subject line.


We are also pleased to announce our

Teen Seminar Workshops

(Grades 7 – 12)
With Rebecca L. Fairbairn, M.Ed.



Topics to be covered…


Logic Games   (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
The ability to think logically is a critical component of adulthood. Competence in thoughtful reasoning can be taught and practiced. In this seminar, students will hone their Critical Thinking Skills as they participate in fun individual, partner, and large group activities.

This seminar is available to students aged 11-18. The cost is $7 per student to cover materials, and payment can be made on-site. Time required for this workshop is 2 hours.

Study Skills  ( 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.)
One of the goals of home education is creating independent learners. As students encounter more difficult curricular material in their teen years, the need for effective Study Skills becomes more essential. This workshop will cover topics such as:

* Preparing Yourself to Study
* How to Study from a Textbook
* Notetaking Methods
* Study Techniques

Students will be given the opportunity to practice what they have learned using material presented in class. This free workshop is offered to students aged 11-18. Time required for this workshop is 1.5 hours. 


Pre-Registration is Required for this Teen Seminar. $7 fee/student payable on-site. Please email cheo@cheohome.org if you are interested in your student participating. Use Teen Track in subject line.

Rebecca is an Ohio licensed educator with a Gifted education endorsement. She is also a veteran homeschooler of over 20 years, graduating her last child in 2022. Rebecca is a long-time member of CHEO and HSLDA, and one of the leaders of Christian Homeschool Community Connection, a Homeschool Mothers’ support group in Lorain County, Ohio.  For more information, feel free to contact Rebecca at: rlfairbairn@gmail.com 

Registration has now closed.
Information for the 2025 Symposium will be announced in the fall. 

College and Career Fair Countdown!