Krisa Winn
Special Needs Consultant


Krisa Winn holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Arkansas State University, and an associate’s degree in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute. For more than 20 years, she has been a classroom teacher in both the private Christian school and public school settings. She has also worked as a private tutor and early childhood intervention specialist. Throughout her career, she has had many opportunities to work with children with various special needs. Students with attention deficit disorder, attachment issues, developmental delays, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorders and autism have filled her class rosters and her heart. In 2012, Krisa joined Home School Legal Defense Association as an educational consultant. In that capacity, she offers resources, support and guidance to parents who are homeschooling children with special needs. In addition to coming alongside her fellow homeschooling moms, Krisa enjoys singing, playing piano, leading worship, blogging and taking walks. After almost 23 years of marriage, Krisa and her husband were blessed with the birth of their first child, Grace. Three years later, their second miracle baby, Karis Joy, was born. Krisa, Byron, Gracie and Karis make their home in Winchester, VA.




Title:Developing and Drafting SEP’s (Student Education Plans)
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your child have a learning disability or perhaps severe special needs? Have you pulled your child out of public school where he used to have an IEP (individual education plan)? Participants will learn the purposes and benefits of writing an SEP, student education plan, the homeschool version of an IEP. This workshop also provides guidance in how to draft an SEP. Participants will look at sample student education plans, receive a template of a Student Education Plan, and a resource list of books that will assist them in drafting their own homeschool student education plan.

Title:Keeping Perspective on Progress
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Do you ever wonder. “Are we really on the right track?” Most likely, the answer to that question is, “Yes!” It is very possible that progress is being made, but not the way in which you are hoping or expecting. In this workshop, Krisa points out the sometimes forgotten areas of progress, and also provides some teaching strategies, assessment ideas, and other resources that will help you “keep up the good fight” when it seems your efforts are in vain.

Title:Once More
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this workshop, Krisa shares her personal testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of challenging circumstances. If you’ve ever experienced an answer to prayer, but find yourself in need of God’s provision, once more– this session will encourage and strengthen your faith.

Title:Secrets from a Preschool Teacher
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide tips for parents who want to provide a quality, early intervention preschool program for their little ones at home.

Title:Tackling Tricky High School Issues: Practical Help and Guidance for Homeschooling High School Students with Special Needs
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop addresses some of the challenges associated with homeschooling struggling or atypical learners in the high school years. Do you have questions such as, “How do I award my child with special needs a diploma?” or “What do I do since my child with dyslexia can’t read typical high school level material?” Krisa discusses alternative course work, specialized curricula and learning materials, assistive technology, transcript options, possible graduation guidelines/high school programs for special learners, post-high school options, as well as offer tips for navigating the process of applying for testing accommodations for the college boards.

Title:Teaching Math to Struggling Learners
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Does your student understand math concepts, but can’t master multiplication facts? Do you have a child with a math phobia or even a learning disability in math? This workshop will include a broad spectrum of teaching strategies and resources that will equip you to present math in ways that go beyond suggestions in traditional teacher manuals.

Title:Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success- Part 1
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop offers practical resources, lists of materials, and curricula in order to help equip you as you work with a struggling learner in your homeschool. Ideas for designing a unique home instruction program tailored to your child’s specific challenges will also be presented.

Title:Teaching Struggling Learners at Home: Nuts and Bolts for Success- Part 2
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:In this second half of Nuts and Bolts, Krisa addresses homeschooling and working, teaching multi-ages, scheduling the day, as well as practical teaching strategies to use regardless of your curriculum program. Multi-sensory teaching methods, direct instruction, modeled teaching, and “scaffolding” instruction are shared.

Title:You Can Home School Your Struggling Learner and We Can Help!
Length:1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes with Q and A
Type: 
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Special Needs
Audience:Fathers, Junior and Senior High Parents, Mothers, New Homeschoolers, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:This workshop will provide an overview of HSLDA’s Struggling Learner/Special Needs Department and the many resources we provide to both members and non-members. Krisa will share common roadblocks homeschooling parents face, and help you navigate around those, as well as share strategies for success with your children who learn differently.


If you would like to invite Krisa Winn as a speaker for your upcoming event, please contact her at 540-338-5600.


Since Krisa’s workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Krisa simply requests that all of her traveling, hotel, and related expenses be covered.


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