Tracy Klicka
Widow of former HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of International Relations Christopher Klicka, Director of Development—Home School Foundation, and HSLDA blogger


Tracy Klicka (MacKillop) is a homeschooling mom of seven children, several having graduated and married. As a seasoned homeschooler and gifted writer and speaker for over 17 years, Tracy has addressed thousands of parents at homeschooling conventions and women’s events, has written dozens of articles, and has appeared on television both nationally and internationally. She has contributed to her late husband’s several books on homeschooling, and blogs at www.tracyklicka.com. She currently serves part-time as director of development for the Home School Foundation, and writes for HSLDA’s Everyday Homeschooling blog. Out of many years of great hardship, yet with a steadfast joy and certainty that God is good all the time, Tracy loves to encourage parents to see His fresh grace for each new day. She and her husband Peter live in Northern Virginia.



Title:A Journey of Grace—Coming Alongside Your Child in the Teen Years
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:What does parenting look like as your child enters into the young adult years? What are your children’ greatest needs, strengths, and weaknesses? What priorities do you as a parent embrace during this time of your child’s transition into adulthood? With three adult children, one married, and four teens still living at home, Tracy personally shares some of the struggles, joys, and failures of her parenting, and encourages moms and dads to have great hope in God who is faithful and who desires to knit the hearts of parents and their children in the gospel for His glory during this special season of life.

Title:Communication and the Online World—Helping Our Teens Live for Christ in the 21st Century
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Our children engage in our world through technology like no other generation has ever before. Computers and communication tools like email, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facetime can be used in ways that glorify God, but can also be a means to draw our hearts away from Him. In this talk, Tracy shares some practical tips and experience to help parents and teens navigate this ever-growing world of social networking for the glory of God.

Title:How Moms Can Grow Spiritually with a Growing Family
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Struggling herself with the frustrations and interruptions that seven children inevitably bring, Tracy Klicka has a strong desire to encourage other moms not to forget their number-one priority. She shares realistic ways a mother can find time to walk with her Lord in this busy season of life.

Title:How to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Marriage, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka identifies common causes of stress in homeschooling and family life, and provides helpful ideas on how to deal with stress from a godly perspective. Included in her talk are the issues of lifestyle, use of time, and getting help.

Title:I Think I’ll Quit Homeschooling: Five Reasons Why Moms Quit School and How You Can Keep from Becoming a Dropout
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Tracy Klicka hasn’t met a homeschool mom yet who at some point in her homeschooling experience doesn’t desperately want to quit. Sometimes it seems the challenges are more than we can take, but there is hope. Be encouraged not just to survive, but to thrive in raising children for the Lord.

Title:Keeping the H.E.A.R.T. in Homeschooling
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As Tracy Klicka has experienced, it is not always easy for a homeschooling mom to keep her focus, her joy, or the hearts of her children. More than academics, homeschooling is about growing in God’s grace for both parents and children! If you are feeling discouraged, come and be renewed in five crucial areas of your homeschooling adventure.

Title:Order in the House!—Peace vs. Chaos in the Home
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:All, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Tracy Klicka will discuss the wisdom of doing “all things decently and in order,” and will highlight principles of ordering one’s day and organizing the home for the glory of God. Special encouragement for both “messies” and “born-organizers.”

Title:The Homeschooling Mom: God Is Her Strength
Length:45-minute talk plus optional performance
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:As a homeschooling mother of seven children and the widow of Chris Klicka, who had multiple sclerosis 15 years before his passing in 2009, Tracy has experienced feeling overwhelmed often in her homeschooling journey. Yet God is a refuge and strength of every mother who humbly cries out to Him. Come and be encouraged as Tracy shares how God’s grace has been her overflowing sufficiency and can be yours, too.

Title:The Power of Mercy in Parenting
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Encouragement, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Every parent has days when they feel like they’re failing or are tempted to discouragement. The presence of brokenness and conflict in parent/child relationships points to the reality that both parents and children need the redemptive power of the gospel. The good news is God’s mercy serves as a tremendous example and foundational springboard from which we can find encouragement and grace to raise children with joyful hope and trust in the Lord.

Title:Tips on Child Training from a Mother of Seven
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Parenting, Spiritual
Audience:Mothers
Description:In this session, Tracy Klicka emphasizes the foundational importance of cultivating your child’s relationship with God. She will discuss a parent’s primary goal of reaching the heart of a child through godly communication and the proper role of discipline. She will share special encouragement for the toddler and teen years.


If you would like to schedule Tracy Klicka as a speaker for an upcoming event, please email her at freshgrace.org@gmail.com.


Tracy is available to provide three to six workshops, including up to two general/large group sessions. She requests all travel, hotel and meal expenses be paid, and her speaking fees are as follows:

  • Convention Honorarium: $250 per session (up to 3 workshops); $1,000 (4-5 workshops); 1,200 (up to 1/5 or 2/4 keynotes/4 workshops)
  • Women’s Retreat or Event Honorarium: $500-$750 (depending on 1 day/overnight and number of sessions)
  • Graduation Honorarium: $500
There is no fee for her vocal performance at an event where she is scheduled to speak.

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