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Brod is the award-winning author of 19 books of poetry for children, young-adults, and adults. His work has received numerous awards including the International Literacy Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award, and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal. Brod’s workshops provide teachers with a framework to use the power oral performance to produce fluent readers, competent writers, and confident learners.
Charles Beaman, Ed.D.
Charles, a former middle and high school teacher, served in education for 30 years as an assistant principal and principal. He consults on behalf of the National Middle School Association, and works frequently with schools, school districts, and school organizations in the areas of school and classroom management, school climate, and working with difficult to reach students.
Danny Brassell, Ph.D.
Affectionately known as "Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.," Danny has held a variety of titles and worked with leaders from various fields and disciplines, but has always considered himself first and foremost a teacher. He is the best-selling author of 15 books, including "Leadership Begins with Motivation" and "Readers for Life: The Ultimate Reading Fitness Guide."
Bill has been a classroom teacher for 40 years and a K–12 science supervisor for two years. He has been actively involved in developing county and statewide curricular standards. He challenges educators to use “hands-on/minds-on” science teaching techniques, integrating the Next Generation Science Standards.
For more than 30 years, Melissa has served the educational needs of teachers and students as a literacy coach, staff developer, and classroom teacher. She is passionate about providing educators with quick-to-implement, research-based strategies. She is the author of "Differentiated Instruction—A Framework for Learning Success."
Danielle Hickerson, Ed.D.
Danielle has taught grades K–7 for more than 20 years. She places a high priority on teaching students through various modalities to ensure all are given the opportunity to attain academic success. Danielle is the creator of PHUN Homework (Painless Homework with Unique Notions) which has been a success in many classrooms.
Jennifer has taught both kindergarten and first grade over the course of 14 years and conducts literacy training for teachers. She is the co-author of "A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades" and "Conferring with Young Writers: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do."
A teacher for more than 30 years, Cindy spent several years in PreK and more than two decades in kindergarten. A Disney Teacher of the Year nominee, she was also named to the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers. She is the author of "Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten."
Andrea is an engaging educator with 15 years of teaching experience. She has taught a range of levels from first grade to the University level. Currently, Andrea is the Director of Federal and State Programs for the Casa Grande Elementary District. Her lifelong passion is to help teachers teach so that every child understands math, and not just that they can do math.
Pat is an exciting classroom innovator and speaker with more than 35 years of experience as a teacher and national education consultant. She is the author of a variety of popular professional books, including "Reading Standards for Literature," available in three volumes: K, 1, and 2.
Shannon is an international educational consultant with 15 years of teaching experience in the areas of special education, reading specialization, and intervention. She is the author of "Finger Funatics," a fine motor development program, and "My Counting Buddy Book & Math Tool."
Eliza has taught students in a multi-age classroom, a traditional classroom, in a specialist setting, and in a content-specific classroom. Eliza has served as a Math TOSA and has taught math in nursery school through college, where she taught “Math Methods for Elementary Teachers.” She currently serves as the Director of the Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative. She is the co-author of "Time’s Up on Timed Tests: Teaching Math Facts for Understanding."
Jessica is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher with 10 years of experience in both first grade and kindergarten. She is the author of the blog," Wild About Firsties." This 2014 Teacher of the Year will have you feeling motivated as you take away a collection of strategies for your everyday instruction.
Ninnette has worked in education in various roles for more than 20 years. She currently teaches a multiage K-1-2 class and has also been team leader and early childhood center director. She has a Master's degree in Education and regularly gives presentations at LaCue, the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.
Emily has spent 14 years teaching in a K-1-2, multi-age classroom, serving as team leader and chair of the technology committee. She enjoys sharing her passion for integrating technology into her classroom with her colleagues and peers. She regularly gives presentations at LaCue, the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.
Jennifer White, NBCT
Jennifer is a fun and energetic teacher with 20 years of teaching experience, primarily in grades K and first. Currently, Jennifer teaches kindergarten and is the author of the popular blog, "First and Kinder Blue Skies." She loves to integrate crafts and science into lessons thematically in order to excite the young learners in her classroom.
Donna is an education consultant well-known for her practical and motivating strategies designed to help children reach their full potential. Her positive attitude, high energy, and practical ideas make her presentations exciting for teachers eager to enhance their programs. Donna is the author of several books and CDs, including the highly acclaimed teacher resources, "Morning Meeting, Afternoon Wrap-Up, 2nd Edition" and "You Can't Teach a Class You Can't Manage."
Sam has enjoyed a 20-year career working as a teacher in grades PreK through fifth and a literacy coach in grades K through fifth. He has coached and mentored new and experienced teachers and trained more than 1,500 educators. Sam is a published author of four books, including "Sharing," "I'm the Boss," "Are You A Bully?," and "It's My Turn."
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