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Cristina is an energetic first grade teacher with a strong background in literacy. She has experience providing motivating professional development workshops to teachers across her state and collaborates with educators through her popular blog, "Miss DeCarbo's Sugar and Spice."
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Elizabeth has been teaching kindergarten for seven years, and is always looking for exciting ways to make learning engaging and meaningful for her students. She has a Master's in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Elizabeth is also author of the blog, "Kickin' it in Kindergarten," where she loves connecting with other teachers. Her sessions are filled with innovative strategies and activities for your students that will surely inspire your day-to-day classroom instruction.
Matt served as a classroom teacher for 10 years and now works as a Literacy Strategist. He loves learning and sharing new ideas for making classrooms engaging and effective. Matt is the author of the book, "Look at My Happy Rainbow," based on his experiences as a male kindergarten teacher.
After spending 23 years as an elementary music teacher, Wendy made the leap to administration and spent 15 years as the assistant principal of a K-5 high-poverty school. She is now retired after 38 years of full time work in schools but has not lost her passion for education, teachers, or children. She continues to impact students and teachers by volunteering in classrooms.
Siobhan is a fifth year kindergarten teacher in an inner city charter school and has been an inclusion teacher for the previous two years. She believes in the importance of helping each child to see their inner leader, no matter his or her ability or background. Siobhan received her BA from Saint Michael's College in Vermont, and her M.Ed in Special Ed from Northeastern University in Boston.
Stacy is a kindergarten teacher with more than 13 years in the classroom. She is a strong advocate for innovative, resourceful, and hands-on strategies for little learners. Her belief is that purposeful play in reading and math can build strong pre-literacy and pre-mathematical foundations, leading to happy classroom environments for eager young learners.
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Vincent is a musician offering curriculum-based music for children. His CDs have won awards from Parent's Guide to Children's Media, Parents' Choice, and NAPPA. Vincent has performed across the U.S. at a variety of schools, libraries, and teacher conferences. He loves meeting teachers dedicated to nurturing and educating young children.
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.
Crystal has worn many hats in private and public education for the past 12 years. For the last seven years, she has taught kindergarten, which is where her heart is. She enjoys developing curriculum to keep learning and fun alive in the early childhood classroom. She is the author of the blog, "Kreative in Life."
Sandi Reyes, NBCT
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Sandi is a National Board Certified Early Childhood Specialist, coach, mentor, and author with more than 25 years in education. She shares ready-to-go, low-prep solutions that support standards across the early childhood domains. Sandi focuses on play-based learning strategies and developmentally appropriate practices that can be done anytime, anywhere. Her inspirational ideas empower teachers to create learning environments that set the foundation for the primary grades and for lifelong learning. She is the author of "Engineer Through the Year" (K–2 and 3–5).
Jacki is a dual certified kindergarten teacher of more than five years. Her special interests in education include yoga in the classroom, project-based learning, integrated learning, and executive functioning. She received a B.A. in elementary and special education from Salve Regina University and an M.A. in elementary education from Cambridge College.
Stacy has been a classroom teacher for more than 15 years and currently works as a math specialist for grades K-5. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing Singapore Math curriculum for her school. She is an active member of The Maryland Council of Teacher of Mathematics, both as a teacher in their summer teachers' academy and as a member-at-large on the board.
Sherri is an experienced educator who travels the country offering insightful and motivating presentations on a wide variety of teaching topics, including Differentiated Instruction, math, reading, writing, and science. She is a former Missouri Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the National Presidential Award in Elementary Science. Sherri is also the author and creator of the professional development program, Open the Eyes of Struggling Readers and Writers to Literacy Using Strategies in Comprehensive Literacy.
Dan St. Romain
Dan is a national educational consultant who is passionate about helping educators shift their perspective on behavior in today's classroom. He currently is a behavior consultant for a school district, where he works directly with students and supports staff. Dan is author of "Ten Simple Songs for Better Behavior in the Classroom" and "How Are You Feelin', Juan Pablo Chameleon?"
Dedra is an internationally known speaker, trainer, and author. She is a former middle level teacher and district professional development specialist who provides training in classroom management, differentiated instruction, technology integration, and teacher motivation. A regular contributor to professional journals and online teacher resources, she stays abreast of current educational issues as well as technology trends.
Reagan incorporates 18 years of teaching experience into her idea-packed trainings. Her passion for teaching, combined with her training experience, drives her to share the effectiveness of developing a community of mathematical thinkers in the classroom, and leaves teachers revitalized and eager to implement her ideas. Reagan has led districts in the implementation of the math standards through guided math practices. Reagan blogs at "Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits" while working as an educational consultant/speaker and curriculum writer.
Janiel is a national literacy consultant and K-6 English Language Arts Coordinator/Literacy Coach for her school district. She has been an educator for 30 years and has written 15 books on literacy instruction, including the "Stella Writes" series. She is also the author of "We Can Do This! Student Mentor Texts That Teach and Inspire."
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.
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