2020 UMSI Virtual Summit

When: July 7-9, 2020
To Register: Click on the title of the session

Schedule of Sessions:
All times are in CDT

July 7
10 am– Andrew Pudewa: A Classical Approach in a Modern World

11:15 am– Matt Holland and Yvette Cavender: Creating Christian Leaders

1:30 pm– Andrew Pudewa: Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators

2:45 pm– Tammy McIlvoy: Leading for Stability in Turbulent Times

July 8
10 am– Andrew Pudewa: Teaching Boys and Teaching Girls: Towards a Better Understanding

11:45 am– Kathy Koch: Change: Teach Them Don’t Tell Them

1:30 pm– Kathy Koch: Conversations About “Tough Stuff”

2:45 pm– Jennifer Snyder: The Role of the School Nurse – Why Every School Needs One! 

July 9
10 am– Kathy Koch: Focus Students’ Thinking to Increase Learning and Decrease Frustration

11:15 am- Jason Barney: Implementing Narration in the Classical Classroom

1:30 pm– Kathy Koch: Resiliency: A Necessary Ability for Today’s Times 

2:45 pm– Kathy Koch: Technology’s Influence Over Kids’ Beliefs and Behaviors

Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Pudewa is the founder and principal speaker of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting around the world, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to improve students’ skills dramatically. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of fourteen, making their home in Northeastern Oklahoma’s beautiful green country.

Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “cook”) is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, and a cofounder of Ignite the Family, based in Alpharetta, GA. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. She is proud to be represented by the Ambassador Speakers Bureau of Nashville, TN. She is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions, on the faculty of Summit Ministries, and a frequent presenter for Care Net, Axis, and other organizations. She speaks regularly at schools, churches, and pregnancy resource centers.

Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.

She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. Because of listeners’ reactions and feedback, her broadcasts about the 8 great smarts made the top ten shows of the year on Focus on the Family in both 2014 and 2016. Kirk Cameron chose her as the technology expert to interview in his 2018 movie, Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World. She has authored six books including Screens and Teens and 8 Great Smarts. Her newest book, Start with the Heart: How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Compassionate, Responsible, and Brave (even when you’re not around) was published by Moody in March.

Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.


Tammy McIlvoy-Tammy has spent the last 28 years in education, twenty of those in University-Model schooling. She began her career as a classroom instructor before becoming a founder of Logos Preparatory Academy in Sugar Land, Texas, where she now serves as Head of School. Tammy is also secretary of the NAUMS, Inc. Board of Trustees, the governing organization for University-Model Schools International (UMSI).

Jennifer Snyder– Jennifer graduated from Houston Baptist University in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Her nursing experience as a Registered Nurse has been in the outpatient pediatric care setting and in school nursing. She serves currently as the Head School Nurse at Logos Preparatory Academy, and this fall will mark her seventh year in that role.

Yvette Cavender– Yvette serves as the Grammar School Principal at Coram Deo Academy’s Flower Mound campus. She has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator and holds a State of Texas teaching certificate for early childhood through sixth grade. Having worked in various types of schools, she is a firm believer that a classical Christian approach to learning and teaching best serves educators and students. Yvette and her husband Kendall have two grown children.

Matt Holland– Matt is the Dean of Students at Coram Deo Academy, where he performs duties related to student life, discipline, and spiritual development. He holds a B.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, a two M.A.’s from Dallas Theological Seminary, one in Writing and another in Biblical Studies. He has been at Irving Bible Church for twenty years, where he and his wife Camille met. They led the College Ministry for years and have also served small groups in high school but currently work with young adults in the 20’s and 30’s community. Matt’s writing has appeared on Relevant.com, in Youthworker Journal, and in the Christian Research Journal. Matt and Camille married in 2008, and they have three children, Levi, Annabelle, and Audrey.

Jason Barney– Jason serves as the Principal of Coram Deo Academy in Carmel, IN. In 2012 he was awarded the Henry Salvatori Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Hillsdale College. He completed his MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College, where he received The Tenney Award in New Testament Studies. He regularly speaks at events and conferences, including SCL, ACCS and the CiRCE Institute. He recently published The Joy of Learning: Finding Flow Through Classical Education and A Classical Guide to Narration is forthcoming with the CiRCE Institute. Jason blogs regularly on ancient wisdom for the modern era at www.educationalrenaissance.com.