Meet Our AMAZING Presenters

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Greg Smedley-Warren

Current Kindergarten Teacher

5 Sessions:

Morning Meeting

Classroom Management

Research Projects


Centers Management

Holly Ehle

Current Kindergarten Teacher

Session 1 - The Science of Reading: From Speech To Print

Session 2 - Putting The SOR into Practice with Sound Walls, Small Groups, and Engaging Activities that Promote Orthographic Mapping

Katie Knight

Current 1st Grade Teacher

 Session 1 - Tips for Authentic and Easy Paragraph Writing

Session 2 - 10 Teacher Tips To Stay Organized & Happy




Deedee Wills

Former Kindergarten Teacher

Building Emergent Writers

Christina DeCarbo-Wagers

Current 1st Grade Teacher

Success With Small-Group Reading

Abigail Peterson

Former Kindergarten Teacher

Picture This! Teaching & Learning with Picture Books


Lisa Faught

Current Pre-k Teacher

A Day In Pre-k: Organization, Technology & Center Ideas

Stacy Simpson

Current 1st Grade Teacher

Math Is Not A Worksheet




Kayla Dornfield

Current Kindergarten Teacher

Student-Led Learning: Genius Hour Passion Projects


Mary Amoson

Current Kindergarten Teacher

Session 1 - Let's Talk About Technology

Session 2 - Making Math Hands On! 



Brenda Tejeda

Former Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teacher

From Pictures to Sentences: Essential Lessons for Beginning Writers






Debbie Clement

Children's Author & Musician 

Music, Movement & Books In The Classroom

Beth Pittman

Current 1st Grade Teacher

Teaching Tolerance Through Books 


Jake Daggett

Current 2nd Grade Teacher

Rhythm, Movement, and Whole-Brain Engagement in Phonics

LeAnna Wolkis 

Current Kindergarten Teacher

Learning Lab Time with Purposeful Play

Cynthia Kaye 

CEO and Chief Zoo Keeper of Alive Studios

Addressing Teacher and Student Emotional Well-Being

Kelly Threadgill

Former Teacher; CEO and Creator of Math Stackers

Build Math Thinkers: Hands-On Addition Strategies





Hilary Statum

Kindergarten & EL Teacher

Enhancing ESL Instruction





Keri Brown

Kindergarten Teacher

Math Workshops You Can Do





Toni Smith


Cynthia Bohrer

From Welcoming Schools by The HRC

Embracing All Families & Gender Inclusive Schools

 HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals.