Resa Steindel Brown and Wendy C. Travers have been working together as a team since 2004.  Together they have built schools, programs, created and refined processes that help child find their individual passions and brilliance.  

Matthew Brown published Resa’s first book, The Call to Brilliance, an Amazon Best Seller in Family, Parenting and Education and co-founded Passion Oriented Education™.

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About Resa Steindel Brown:

Visionary Educator, Leader, Author and Grandmother

“The Maria Montessori of the 21st Century”

Gifted, inspirational speaker and teacher, avid homeschooler, and ardent child-led, Montessori and alternative educational advocate, Resa Steindel Brown passionately sounds the wake-up call to help children connect to their innate passions and brilliance. Then she shows us how.

Resa is an award-winning writer, educator and creator of The Call to Brilliance Series and co-founder of Passion Oriented Education™.She has received national recognition for her Amazon best-seller in parenting and education, ‘The Call to Brilliance,” Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year nomination and Mom’s Choice Award winner.  Her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune.  She is endorsed by Joseph Chilton Pearson, John Taylor Gatto, William Glasser M.D., Jack Canfield and many others.

This is what the experts say about her work:

Joseph Chilton Pearce author of Crack in the Cosmic Egg and Magical Child speaks of Resa, “as we legislate for stricter learning standards, we find that it does not solve our problems; it deepens them. Most people cannot envision education any other way.  Resa came up with a better way. She has not only envisioned it, she has built it, lived it, and now she shares it with us all.”

Tobin Hart, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of West Georgia, & President, Child- Spirit Institute writes, “Brilliance, genius and creativity are our children’s birthright. Resa shows how these natural capacities can be welcomed and wooed from the inside out. This is a rich, subtle and important corrective to the institutionalized underestimation of student’s potential and an antidote to those practices that dull them.” 

Jack Canfield co-author, Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul and co-author, Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul writes of The Call to Brilliance, “A moving, passionate portrayal of what limits us as children and how we can help our own children move past those limits to find their innate passion and brilliance. An empowering solution!”

Resa’s mission has spanned forty years as teacher, director/principal, superintendent, homeschooling mom and Montessori enthusiast. She has been involved in public and alternative education since 1970, and created award-winning schools in both private and public sectors. Resa also has significant recognition in homeschooling communities, developing new home education venues since 1987, and homeschooling her own three children from kindergarten to university levels.

Qualifications: Resa is credentialed by the State of California through the University of California at Los Angeles. She maintains Elementary, Secondary and Community College through University  level teaching credentials in multiple subject areas. She has attained the special designation by the State of California of “Highly Qualified in English Language Arts, Math, General Science, Social Studies and the Visual/Performing Arts.”  She has been teaching, creating and directing schools for forty years from kindergarten through the university level. She has a specialized credential in reading and has both taught and directed special education and mathematics remediation programs. In addition to her educational accreditations, Resa received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and Master of Fine Arts from UCLA in Art and Theater Arts with full minors in English and Psychology.

Resa is an award-winning writer, receiving national recognition for her Amazon best-seller in parenting and education, ‘The Call to Brilliance,” Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year nomination and Mom’s Choice Award winner

Featured Presentations:

  • ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN Special Documentary: Head of the Class
  • Brigham Young University Documentary: Schools at Work
  • CBS, Three Ways to Homeschool
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Daily News
  • ESPN
  • Financial News Network
  • INC. Magazine, Cover Story
  • Interview in ForeWord Magazine
  • LA Times
  • Moorpark News
  • Nation’s Business
  • News Chronicle
  • Personnel Journal Magazine
  • Prime Time Today Show, NBC
  • The Donahue Show
  • The Enterprise
  • The Home Show
  • The League of Women Voters    Broadcast
  • The Reason Foundation Journal
  • Ventura County Star Free Press
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post

Radio Shows and Interviews:

  • KCIS Living Christian Radio
  • KCMS Spirit FM Radio with Scott and Sam
  • KDTH Voices of the Tri-States Radio with Tom Berryman
  • KFIN The Bo Dalton Morning Radio Show also with Jack Suitor
  • KINF/KUHL Hoot & Robin Radio Show
  • KKZZ 1590 The Connection Radio with Maria Sanchez
  • KWYK Quick Morning Radio Show with Dana
  • KXLO LIVE Radio
  • KXYL Newstalk with Paul Harvey
  • Party Line WILO Radio with Elaine Lawson
  • The Donna Sebo Show
  • The “X” Zone Radio
  • WDBZ The Lincoln Ware Show Radio
  • WFLO Radio with Eliot Irving
  • WHCP Parenting 2020 Radio with Mary Addams-Shaffer
  • WMKV Grand-parenting Today with Sue Zimmerman
  • WZLX Boston Common Ground with Kimberley Jaeger

 School Awards: Resa Steindel Brown Director

  • Workshop Presentation, United Nations International Conference
  • United States Chamber of Commerce Commendation
  • League of Women Voters, Letter of Commendation,
  • Working Mother Magazine Awards
  • U.S. Senate, Washington D.C. Personal Letter of Commendation, Senator Pete Wilson
  • U.S. Department of Education, Special Commendation and Press Conference: Former


•  The Call to Brilliance

  • Answering ‘The Call to Brilliance, The Essential Guide and Workbook, a step-by-step guide  to finding your child’s interests, passion and brilliance
  • The Travel Log, Unit I, Interest guided journal companions to The Workbook
  • The Travel Log, Unit II, Passion guided journal companions to The Workbook
  • The Travel Log, Unit III, Brilliance guided journal companions to The Workbook

Endorsements for The Call to Brilliance by Resa Steindel Brown

  • “…nothing less than a blueprint to bring life back to our increasingly moribund educational system and to our society which has lost its way.”
    —John Taylor Gatto, author ofThe Under Ground History of American Education and Dumbing Us Down.
  • “As soon as I read the first thirty pages, I was not only surprised, I was slightly overwhelmed. I could not put it down. Here was a book that went considerably beyond what I ever learned especially in the area of home schooling.”
    William Glasser, M.D., President, the William Glasser Institute, author of Schools Without Failure and Choice Theory
  • “This book is a powerful critique of why many public & private schools don’t work. The author … offers a wonderfully supported hypothesis about how to fix them.”
    Senator Eric Oemig, Washington State, vice chair of both the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee
  • “This is quite simply the best book on education ever written. But it is much more than that. It is a fine (nonfiction) novel. It has a plot, characters, a conflict, a theme and builds towards a satisfying conclusion”
    Peter Kline author ofThe Every Day Genius
  • “A must read for all parents and educators, including all the students in my graduate education classes. … It reminds us of what humans are capable of when given the opportunity to follow our unique paths from an early age.”
    — Charlotte F. LeHecka, PhD. Director, Institute for Accelerative Learning, Teaching, and Research
  • “… .an enlightening experience, and opened my eyes to aspects of education I never was aware of. You have certainly made a difference in how we might educate our children, when the time comes. …”
    —Arjang Zendehdel, Radio Talk Show Host of “A Night of Insight” on KIRN 670AM
  • “If I was the head of UNESCO, I would insist thatThe Call to Brilliance … be translated into all the major world languages and issued to every new… For if these mothers heeded the guidance and wisdom in this amazing story …  we could change the course of civilization in a single generation.”
    —Laurel Airica, creator of Word Magic: An Enchanted Literary Entertainment
  • “You will laugh, cry, ponder and wonder along with this amazing mother and educator… will give you unflagging courage to believe in and advocate for the brilliance that is unique to your child, and will remind you of your own.”
    —Victoria Kindle Hodson, co-author ofRespectful ParentsRespectful Kids and Discover Your Child’s Learning Style.

About Wendy C. Travers:

Wendy C. Travers’ expertise is in identifying children’s interests, gifts, and  talents, and integrating them into their individual goals and curriculum. She has been working with Resa Steindel Brown and creating home school environments and processes that enable children to find and develop their passions and individual forms of brilliance since 2004.

Wendy has coached, counseled, encouraged and supported hundreds of parents in their search to help their children lead more fulfilling, happier lives, find purpose and meaning, and discover who they are and what they love to do.

B.A. in Psychology: California State University, Northridge

  • POE™ Practitioner, Facilitator and Head Trainer
  • Co-author Answering the Call to Brilliance: Essential Guide and Workbook, Travel Journal I, II, III
  • Homeschooling since 2004
  • Worked with Resa Steindel Brown as homeschooling parent, teacher and administrative assistant 2004 to present
  • Co-trainer POE™ Parent Workshops 2008 to present
  • Taught homeschool classes and workshops incorporating POE™ philosophies and practices:
    • High School Biology Labs
    • Middle School Mathematics
    • High School Chemistry
    • Graphic Novel as Literature
    • Comic book writing
    • Creative writing
    • High School Physiology Labs
    • Essential Computer Skills: Word and PowerPoint
    • Report writing
    • Art: Sculpture
    • SCRUNCH (Scrabble and Lunch)
    • Handicrafts: Knitting and crocheting
    • How to Research

Qualifications: Wendy C. Travers was granted a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology by California State University at Northridge. She has been an active homeschooling parent, teacher and advocate from 2004 to the present.


  • Answering ‘The Call to Brilliance, The Essential Guide and Workbook’, a step-by-step guide  to finding your child’s interests, passion and brilliance
  • The Travel Log, Unit I, Interest guided journal companions to The Workbook
  • The Travel Log, Unit II, Passion guided journal companions to The Workbook
  • The Travel Log, Unit III, Brilliance guided journal companions to The Workbook