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Joyce Claus, M.Ed.
Joyce is the curriculum writer, editor, and educational expert that integrate the theological concepts into creative activities for all the workshops for Potter's Publishing. Joyce has 26 years of elementary education experience, a Master's degree in curriculum and instruction and has been an adjunct instructor and curriculum developer in education at the university level. Joyce was one of the originators of the workshop rotation model in the Chicago area and was essential in connecting the Multiple Intelligence Theory and multidimensional learning to the Workshop Rotation Model in its early stages of development in 1990. She has presented workshops at the national conference on Workshop Rotation Model in Chicago since 1997, APCE, Northwest Ministry Conference, EQUIP, and numerous seminars around the country. Joyce and her husband, Rev. Dr. J. Robert Claus is among the initial developers of the Workshop Rotation Model in 1989 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, IL. Joyce joins her husband serving the Lord at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, AZ.


The Rev. Dr. J. Robert Claus, D. Min.
Bob is the theological consultant for Potter's Publishing. Bob provides the theological direction and writes the Theological Understandings and What Kids Can Know sections for each of Potter’s Publishing Faith Journey curriculum units. Bob initially developed the Workshop Rotation Model at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1989. Bob's passion in ministry is for people to come alive in the Spirit. Bob's experience in Children's Ministry led to his doctoral thesis: The Workshop Rotation Model: Toward a New Educational Approach. Bob is the Associate Pastor at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, AZ.


Jill O’Connor, Writer, CMA Seminar Presenter
Jill writes, co-edits, and designs creative ideas for Potter's Publishing curriculum. She has presented workshops at the national conference on Workshop Rotation Model since 2000, APCE, and numerous seminars around the country. She was the Children's Ministries Director at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Arlington Heights, IL. Her creative implementation of the Workshop Rotation Model has doubled the attendance at Southminster and led children to a deeper spiritual faith in Christ. Jill has enhanced Potter’s Publishing curriculum with her experiences in the field of Christian education. Jill has formatted the curriculum she writes to be practically used by Christian Ed directors as well as teachers. Jill's journalism and production background includes experience in radio, television, newspaper, video, and desktop publishing. Jill's love of drama has led her to develop "Scriptless Drama," a formula for children that is unique to Potter's Publishing curriculum.


Danette Forbes, M.A. Christian Education
Danette is a children’s faith formation consultant for Potter’s Publishing and has presented Workshop Rotation seminars across the country. Danette received her M.A. in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary – Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Union PSCE) in Richmond, Virginia where she specialized in Children’s Ministry. While at Union-PSCE, Danette worked in the Ecumenical Resource Center consulting with churches helping them develop educational experiences for their congregations, interpreting new resources and their uses for the local church, and specializing in Curriculum Resources. Danette has served several churches as a Christian Educator writing Workshop Rotation Model curriculum and developing experiences to help children and parents connect their faith with daily living.