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Abbigail Armstrong

Abbigail Armstrong

Dr. Abbigail Armstrong

Dr. Abbigail Armstrong has been an educator for 22 years, 10 of which she spent teaching young adolescents from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. She has been at Winthrop University for 11 years where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in various education departments and she supervises and trains teacher education candidates.  She has consulted in various school systems across the United States where she has shared her expertise on fostering motivation and challenging students in at-risk populations. Dr. Armstrong is known for her interactive, hands-on, practical presentations.

Anthony Outler

Dr. Anthony Outler

An impact-oriented, high-energy, dedicated educator, school leader, researcher, and presenter. Extensive command of social science/educational research literature on eliminating educational disparities through social/emotional education, culturally relevant pedagogy, culturally relevant curriculum development, urban student identity development, psychological theories such as achievement motivation.

Over 13 years in education; administrator at Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy; research fellow for the Urban Educational Think Tank at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at GA State University; Researcher; Founder of Epic Empowerment Enterprises.

Aviva Goelman Rice

Aviva Goelman Rice

Dr. Aviva Goelman-Rice

Dr. Aviva Goelman-Rice is the Coordinator of Professional Learning in Bryan County, GA. She taught in Title 1 schools for 17 years and provided site-based and district-level Professional Learning services for 13 years. She has developed multiple courses on the topic of Classroom Management for in-service educators, including face-to-face, blended, and online courses and has been a guest lecturer at Armstrong State University in Classroom Management courses for pre-service educators. Her research interests include teacher empowerment, instructional coaching, and the use of poverty simulations to support teacher development of empathy for working with students at-risk of school failure due to poverty.

Carmen Long

Carmen Long

Carmen Long has been an educator since 1994 and has taught in traditional school, online school, university model school, home-schooled her own children and taught math courses for home-schooled students. In 2004, she started teaching as an adjunct teacher at Georgia Virtual School. She has taught for Georgia Cyber Academy for two years and is teaching at Georgia Connections Academy for the sixth year. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science in December 1994 and from Kennesaw State University with an M.Ed. in instructional technology May 2015.

Chang’aa Mweti

Dr. Chang’aa Mweti

Known for his dynamic and humorous presentations, Kenyan native Chang’aa Mweti has a B.S in English and drama, and M.S in the teaching of English in Secondary Schools, all from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His area of concentration was “The Power of Narratives in Education.” He taught elementary schools in Kenya for over 13 years. He is currently an Associate Professor and “Director, African and African-American Studies Program” at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus.

Cordelia Zinskie

Dr. Cordelia Zinskie

Cordelia Zinskie serves as a Professor of Educational Research at Georgia Southern University. She served as chair of the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading from 2006 until 2013. She teaches graduate courses in research methods (quantitative and qualitative), statistics, and proposal writing, and her most recent research efforts have focused on online teaching and learning (e-learning). She has significant experience mentoring graduate student research at the EdS and EdD levels and has served as an evaluator on a number of funded grants. She has served as the editor of the National Youth-At-Risk Journal since 2014.

Curlandra Lightfoot-Smith

Curlandra Lightfoot-Smith

Curlandra Lightfoot-Smith is currently the PBIS Coordinator in Bibb County School District. She was previously a School Social Worker for the District and an Educational Therapist/Special Education Teacher at a GNETS (Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support) Program in Bibb County.  Mrs. Lightfoot-Smith has taught students with an array of disabilities from the Autistic spectrum to SEBD.  She graduated from Fort Valley State University with a Bachelors Degrees in Social Work and from Valdosta State University where she received a Masters Degrees in Social Work. Mrs. Lightfoot-Smith holds an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Lightfoot-Smith has an array of experience from working in public education and in the field to working directly with families and children within the Foster Care system in Georgia. She has also worked as a Hospice Social Worker and also a Social Worker for the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Mrs. Lightfoot-Smith’s passion is to empower students, families, and community to join together to create a positive climate, not only in our schools but also at home and in our community.

Dan Rea

Dr. Dan Rea

Dr. Dan Rea earned his MAT in teaching secondary mathematics from Howard University and EdD in educational psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked as a secondary mathematics teacher in public and alternative schools and as a professor of educational psychology at Doane College, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and Georgia Southern University. Dr. Rea has served as a co-chair of the National Youth-At-Risk Conference since 1994 and published numerous articles and edited books on fostering the well-being of youth placed at risk, motivating student underachievers, and building learning communities in schools. Presently, he is the Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University.

Daryl Macaluso

Daryl Macaluso

Sgt Daryl Macaluso is a native of Baychester Housing Projects in the Bronx. A 19 year veteran of Durham Police Department, he currently is a Police Academy Instructor and Uniformed Patrol Supervisor. He has served as a School Resource Officer, had supervised Violent Incident Response Team, Street Crimes Unit and the Gang Resistance Education and Training Unit. He was an instructor for the North Carolina Military Academy. He is certified as a “Gang Identification Specialist” with the National Gang Crime Research Center and presents gang awareness/intervention training sessions for Law enforcement agencies, School districts, and Youth groups nationwide.

Dawn White

Dawn White

Dr. Dawn White

For 30 years, Dr. Dawn White has taught elementary, middle, and college students specializing in developing learner-centered classroom using differentiated instructional strategies to meet individual academic needs. Due to her innovative integration of technology during instruction, she became STEM and Technology Coach with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. White has written curriculum using project-based inquiry learning following the 7Es (Elicit, Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate, Extend) model. She has been awarded grants to fund special projects that enhance the learning experiences of students and has presented at national and state conferences.

Eliza Hirst

Eliza Hirst

Eliza M. Hirst, Esq., CWLS, is a Deputy Child Advocate with Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate where she represents children in dependency/neglect proceedings. Eliza is also currently partnering with Casey Family Programs and local school districts to increase education supports and opportunities for youth in foster care.  Eliza earned her J.D. from the University of Texas Law School and is a member of the Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania Bars, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. In 2012, Eliza was certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist.

Eric Landers

Eric Landers

Dr. Eric Landers

Dr. Eric Landers earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida with an emphasis on children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD). He has worked as a classroom teacher for students with EBD, a professor at West Virginia University and Georgia Southern University, and as an independent consultant for supporting school-wide behavioral systems. Dr. Landers has given hundreds of presentations and authored more than a dozen publications regarding bullying, responding to challenging behaviors, teacher job satisfaction, and school-wide PBIS. He is the Co-Director of the National Youth-At-Risk Center at Georgia Southern University and the founder/director of the Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Dr. Landers is also the creator of My-Behavior-Resource.com, a free online behavior resource for schools and MyBaseSystem.com, a comprehensive RtI data management system.

Eric Rowles

Eric Rowles

Eric Rowles

Eric is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker who has worked with over 160,000 youth, adults, administrators, volunteers, and policy-makers within the past 15 years.  Eric’s previous experience includes his work as Senior Director of Training with the Youth Leadership Institute (CA), Director of Leadership Development at Rutgers Univ. (NJ), Director of International Youth Summer Abroad (CA), Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator with Riverside County Friday Night Live (CA), was a professional DJ, & ran a traveling theater company that toured California over 10 years.

Frank Kros

Frank Kros

Frank Kros

Frank Kros is a career child advocate, who has served as a childcare worker, child abuse investigator, children’s home administrator, consultant, college professor, attorney, writer, and speaker. Frank currently serves as president of the Transformation Education Institute, Director of the National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) and EVP and COO of The Children’s Guild, a multi-service children’s organization headquartered in Maryland. Frank is a worldwide speaker and presents seminars to parents, educators, child-serving professionals and their leaders on various topics including brain-based learning, neuroscience of the teenage brain and brain-compatible organizational leadership. He also speaks on the effects of stress, child abuse and poverty in relation to brain function and development. In addition to lecturing nationwide, he co-authored two books: Creating the Upside Down Organization: Transforming Staff to Save Troubled Children (2005) and The Upside Down Organization: Reinventing Group Care (2008).

Hotep

Hotep

Education Success Strategist and Congressional award-winning author, Hotep is widely known for his proactive, “tough love” approach to education. He is a 15-year master teacher that has developed a reputation for requesting the most troubled students and transforming them into willing participants in their own education. Hotep is the founder of Hustle University and creator of the MAKE A WAY program, a series of high relevancy curricula which are used in over 1000 schools throughout the U.S. His profound work has earned him nominations for the Presidential Citizen’s Award and as a CNN Hero. Hotep is also creator of the revolutionary Outcome Progression Model, which he uses to transform the climate and culture of poverty, excuse making and helplessness into one of empowerment, resiliency and success!

Jacqueline Smart

Dr. Jacqueline Smart

Jacqueline Y. Smart is a middle school teacher with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System.  She is a graduate of California State University and she has earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College School of Education.  Dr. Smart has taught at the elementary, middle, high school and adult levels in the inner city as well as in suburban schools.  She is the “2017 Teacher of the Year” for her school site.

She is passionate about the issue of bullying behavior and she is a firm believer that prevention of bullying is the responsibility of every human being.

Jà Hon Vance

Jà Hon Vance

Today, he is highly praised and respected for his savvy work with academic testing, teacher education training programs, recruitment, educating and graduating African American male students in higher education, retention, as well as, redesigning developmental educational writing programs. When Professor Vance is not working with students and conducting instructional training sessions for educators, he can be found presenting workshops for H.O.P.E. Academy Leadership Institute, Innovative Educators, JV Educational Annual Males of Color Empowerment and Retention Conference, JV Educational Executive Leadership Institute, National Association for Developmental Education, Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention, The National HBCU Faculty Development Symposium Conference, The National Youth-At-Risk Conference, Oxford Round Table, and The QUEST: Minority Male Annual Conference.

Recently, Professor Vance used a zero dollar budget to operate a successful structural learning community by the name of QUEST that he designed and developed specifically for African American males to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in one year, while producing more than 13.5 million dollars in FTEs, as well as, secured a 2.7 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2011. To add to his academic leadership credit, Professor Vance made history and changed the educational teaching and learning platform by producing nine consecutive classes of graduates from 2009-2017 at Baltimore City Community College Using his “One Year Degree Model Concept—The QUEST.

In addition, his innovative writing concept—which implores the use of The Vance-Brooks Writing Model—provided successful outcomes over a four year period that helped students matriculate from developmental educational writing courses to credit-level writing courses with the needed skills to advance in higher education. Lastly, Professor Vance’s philosophy for education is simple: “All persons are capable of learning, but the educator must be creative and skilled to reach, to teach, and to meet the various academic needs, but most importantly, the educator must act as the change agent that constantly works to foster continual awareness in every soul.”

Jeremiah Hopes

Jeremiah Hopes

Jeremiah Hopes

Jeremiah Hopes is a solution-focused thinker, professional counselor, speaker, and author. He holds an M.S. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2005 he founded The Center of Hopes,™ a counseling, speaking, and training organization and in 2015 he co-authored Facing Our Future: Building Strong Black Men in the 21st Century.

Jeremiah is a powerful speaker and an engaging storyteller and his trainings are both interactive and informative. Jeremiah has consulted with the award-winning GAP program and has provided services to a variety of groups and organizations including the School Nurse Association of North Carolina, the Virginia Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control Board, and the North Carolina Governors Crime Commission.

Jessica Begley

Jessica Begley

Jessica Begley is the Training Coordinator for the Office of the Child Advocate. She facilitates the statewide Mandatory Reporting training in child abuse and neglect. Jessica is also an Education Consultant for the Compassionate Schools Initiative and trains at the local and national level on trauma, resilience, and self-care strategies.  Jessica started her career in education as a teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After six years in the classroom, Jessica moved into a new position as Program Coordinator for a non-profit organization, where she provided training and consultation in bullying prevention and intervention for area schools and youth-serving organizations.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years experience working in classroom settings and as a behavioral consultant to schools from Barbados, Florida, Georgia and beyond. Mr. Taylor is best known in his hometown as a mentor to over 50 school age ‘street kids’ and as the organizer of mentoring programs and service provisions throughout his county and across the state.  He has been active with his Local Interagency Planning Team for the past 6 years and has over a hundred workshops and presentations to his name. Mr. Taylor has worked with children mental health organizations across the Eastern United States as a consultant working to strengthen academic and behavioral services to behaviorally challenged children.

Joanne Billingsley

Joanne Billingsley

Joanne Billingsley

Joanne Billingsley is a national presenter, author, consultant and award-winning teacher.  Joanne inspires and motivates educators to explore NEW techniques and strategies for reaching and teaching all students, particularly ELLs, special populations and those that struggle to succeed in school. Joanne’s work combines current neuroscience research with best practices in teaching. She is passionate about supporting educators and sharing creative strategies for building brain-friendly,  language-rich, interactive classrooms.

Joanne is the President/Founder of Billingsley Education and the creator of Vocabulary Magic, a research-based 6-step process for accelerating the acquisition of academic language.

Joe Hendershott

Dr. Joe Hendershott

Joe Hendershott, Ed.D., is a sought-after speaker on the effects of trauma & working with wounded children.  As president of Hope 4 The Wounded Inc (www.hope4thewounded.org), he also provides consulting, staff training, an online course, & has authored Reaching The Wounded Student & 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students.  Joe has over thirty years in education & is the recipient of the 2015 National Crystal Star Award for dropout prevention & the 2016 Bixler Award, which recognizes excellence in education.

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

Dr. Joe Johnson

Dr. Joe Johnson is a former standout college athlete who understands the importance of education and developing individuals and organizations in as many ways as possible. As a Licensed School Counselor, he has worked in a variety of K-12 school settings but has also done extensive work with undergraduate and graduate populations, corporate organizations, and with many entrepreneurs.

Serving as an Educator, Mentor, Trainer, Peak Performance Coach, and Entrepreneur Leader across the country, Dr. Johnson continues to transform the lives of individuals and organizations by shifting mindsets which translates into purposeful thinking, acting, and living. He is also the author of Pursue Your Purpose Not Your Dreams and The College Kids, which is one of the first bilingual books in the country about college for elementary school-aged students.

John Vandenburgh

John Vandenburg

John Vandenburgh has spent his career working in the fields of violence prevention, youth development, safe schools, and internet safety. He has served as a high school teacher, school site administrator and a district safe schools coordinator. He is now a nationally recognized program developer, trainer, and speaker on the latest youth trends and critical issues that are impacting the next generation of young people. John’s experience includes pioneering the first internet safety social reporting tool for youth to utilize to address online harassment. He is the author of the PLUS Program, a youth-based curriculum that is being utilized by schools nationwide to address bullying, cyberbullying and building safer environments for all students to be included in. His most recent work includes developing the Direction Survey and Resource Database for schools and communities to utilize to trend youth behavior.

Keith Brown

Keith Brown

Keith L. Brown has been a Professional Speaker, Educational Consultant, and Consultant, for over 15 years and Chief Messenger of 2020 Enterprises for well over a decade. He has been a Featured Presenter at Conferences Nationally and Internationally for well over a decade, most notably- The National Youth At Risk Conference, Savannah, GA, Youth At Risk Conference, Barbados, Conference on Educational Care, Dutch Caribbean Islands, Youth At Risk Conference, Sheffield-Hallam University, Sheffield, England and Pedagogy of Diversity Conference-Sheffield, England, in addition to presenting in hundreds of School Districts and for Family Advocacy Agencies and Government Agencies Nationally and Internationally since 2000. He has authored and co-authored books which have been nationally and internationally recognized, the latest being a curriculum, presently being used in School Districts nationally and internationally: not impossible-I’M POSSIBLE: A Relevant Guide on Leadership and Life Skills for Students and Families, which contains a Book, Student Portfolio, and Facilitator’s Guide. He has been a featured guest on I-Heart Radio, Sirius XM, and other Radio and Television programs as an expert on Topics, Issues and Solutions in Education and Youth and Family Advocacy- and has served as a Client Referral Consultant for the hit television series, “Beyond Scared Straight,” on A&E. As a former Educator in a Rural School District in Georgia and Adjunct Instructor at a Technical College, this former Teacher of the Year continues to be a staunch advocate for youth-at-risk, their Families, and the Change Agents who empower youth-at-risk daily. More information can be found via www.keithlbrown.com

LaMarr Shields

LaMarr Shields

Dr. LaMarr Shields

Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and educator who loves to create and build with purpose. As the CoFounder and Senior Director of Education and Innovation at the Cambio Group, and former professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, he has dedicated his life to inspiring adults and youth alike to pursue a higher purpose, achieve sustainable value for longterm success, and cope with adversity in order to create opportunities in their personal, professional and spiritual lives.

A recipient of the 2015 Social Innovator Award, this bilingual author, master teacher, public speaker, social entrepreneur and thought leader is a dynamic presence who has appeared on NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, and BET.

 

Michael O'Neal, Courtesy of Nuno Serrano

Michael O’Neal

Michael O’Neal

Michael is a founder of Parent University and now serves as the Executive Director of Community United Services Inc., which is the entity that manages the Parent University program. O’Neal has been the chief steward of this grassroots community-based program since its inception in Savannah, GA in 1999. O’Neal has given talks about Parent University and community building many places in the United States and several countries. Currently, Michael is facilitating Parent University and its new component “Early Learning College” program for the parents of children birth to five years old. Mr. O’Neal also presently hosts the TV show “Parent University TV”. He previously co-wrote the “Dear Diane and Mike” column and currently is a contributing columnist for the Savannah Morning News. He has managed a pilot project for the City of Savannah called the Strong Families Program to give parental training to the parents of youth who were considered at risk by the schools or courts. He has co-facilitated Parental Engagement seminars at locations in Georgia and South Carolina in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education which was featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

His awards and recognitions include being one of Forbes Magazine’s 2015 “Heroes of the 500,” the 2013 Arthur Mendonsa Visionary Award by the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority, Resolution of Commendations from the 2006 and 2010 GA House of Representatives and in 2010 from the GA Senate, the Black Business Awards’ “Outstanding Achievement Award for Leadership and Business Contributions,” and the MLK Jr. Observance Day Association’s 2007 Humanitarian Award.

 

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips, “The Change Agent,” is a doctoral student, college instructor, urban education specialist, award-winning speaker and author, certified educator, and school social worker. He is a recipient of the President of the United States Volunteer Service Award, Grassroots Leadership “Legacy Award” and the author of The Intentional Student: 17 Strategies To Survive & Thrive In College From Day 1, Decisions: A Young Man’s Guide to Avoiding the Traps, Change 101: Average Is Crowded, and the Decisions: Success Is Optional curriculum. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Georgia State University (GSU). He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work.

Rajni Shankar-Brown

Rajni Shankar-Brown

Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown

Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown is an Associate Professor of Education, Director of Education Graduate Programs, and Jessie Ball DuPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education at Stetson University. She is the Founder and Director of the Poverty and Homelessness Conference and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless. She is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of poverty and homelessness, diversity and inclusion, and social justice education. She is widely published and has presented around the globe. In addition to being a committed teacher-scholar, she is a passionate mother, multi-media artist, and social activist.

Robert Lake

Dr. Robert Lake

Robert Lake is an Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Education at Georgia Southern University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in diversity and multicultural education from both a local and global perspective. Robert is the author of (2012) Vygotsky on Education for Peter Lang and (2013) A Curriculum of Imagination in an Era of Standardization: An Imaginative Dialogue with Maxine Greene and Paulo Freire: Information Age.

Sadiq Ali

Sadiq Ali

 Sadiq Ali

Sadiq Ali, MBA, is a two-time author, speaker, professor, education consultant, social entrepreneur, and host. Based in Baltimore, MD and having founded and led several businesses, including his current venture, Millionaire Manners Academy, Sadiq is passionate about developing young people, families, and communities. He has appeared in numerous media outlets for his work, views on education and dealing with troubled youth. He is also the creator of the Young Gentlemen’s Institute Conference Series for Young Men, where hundreds of young men have attended and been positively impacted. He’s also spoken to and worked with thousands of other young people in schools, foster care and youth detention centers on leadership and becoming the best version of themselves. His recent travel to Ghana, West Africa has spawned a number of new projects which are currently in development. He can be reached via email at Sadiq@Millionaire-Manners.com or on all social media @MillionaireManners or @TheSadiqAliShow.

Steve Parese

Dr. Steve Parese

Dr. Steve Parese began his career as a wilderness counselor and special educator, working with special needs youth in a variety of settings in NC, FL, and MD. Since leaving his teaching position at George Washington University in DC, Steve has become a well-known international speaker, and is the author of more than a dozen curricula. He specializes in cognitive behavioral and crisis intervention for youth, as well as workforce development for challenging adults. Steve lives in rural NC, where he is active in his community and church, and spends his free time renovating his 110-year- old home.

Steven Edwards

Steven Edwards

Dr. Steven Edwards

A leader nationally recognized by USA Today for his innovative approach to education, Dr. Edwards successfully implemented numerous groundbreaking programs to improve student performance during his sixteen-year tenure as a school administrator. As President and CEO of Edwards Educational Services, Inc., Dr. Edwards has been instrumental in helping countless organizations tailor similar programs with positive, far-reaching results. He is also CEO of an expert contributor to The National Principals Academy, an organization dedicated to helping educational leaders improve their professional practice. In addition, Dr. Edwards is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, facilitator and trainer regularly featured as a content expert on television and radio with appearances on CNN.

Takeysha Lewis

Takeysha Lewis

Takeysha Lewis is a School Social Worker with the Bibb County Public School District in which she is a Proud Product of! Mrs. Lewis graduated from Fort Valley State University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and from Valdosta State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work and an Educational Leadership Specialist Degree. She has an array of experience which spans from working with students and families in public education, working directly with families within the Child Protective Services system in Georgia, and in the community sector for local non-profit organizations. It is her passion to engage and inspire EVERY child on the importance of obtaining an education and the passion that she has for her community that drives the work that she performs on a daily basis.

Teri Lawler

Teri Lawler

Teri Brown Lawler is a results-driven educator serving the students and families of Delaware for the last 28 years.  She works collaboratively with education partners and community stakeholders to develop trauma-informed systems of care for schools and youth serving organizations. Teri is committed to moving systems from trauma-sensitivity to trauma-responsiveness.  She loves training and serves on Delaware’s Compassionate Schools Learning Collaborative, the City of Wilmington (DE) Community Advisory Council and Delaware’s MTSS Advisory Council.   A native Virginian, Teri is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of Delaware.  She is in the final stages of doctoral candidacy at Wilmington University.

Thomas Peterson

Thomas Peterson

Dr. Thomas Peterson

Dr. Thomas Peterson has served for 26 years as a professor of Critical Theory and Philosophy of Education at the University of West Georgia. He teaches courses including philosophy, critical theory, and history. His research interests include teachers’ inner-life, teacher burnout/renewal, growing a spiritual classroom, and igniting a SPARK in challenging youth. Son of a preacher, Tom lived his formative years in South East Asia. Prior to his appointment at UWG, he was an elementary/middle school principal in NC, an art teacher in California and Maryland, World Masters gold medal winner in badminton, flight instructor, and pilot missionary to Africa.

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Rev. Timothy Allen

Reverend Timothy Allen is a nationally recognized lecturer on urban issues. Born and raised in the city of Boston, he began his career in the corporate world, experiencing success in engineering, sales and executive recruiting.  His heart for the plight of troubled youth drove him to begin working directly with this population as his vocation.  For more than 20 years, he has worked with high-risk youth and their families.  He has pioneered strategies to assist youth in re-integrating into their home communities and has designed and delivered training for families to help them support their children.  His innovations have caught the attention of law enforcement agencies, schools, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations, for which he is a regular speaker, trainer, and consultant.  Rev. Allen is also the senior pastor of the Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, an urban ministry that focuses on restoring broken families.

Victor Woods

Victor Woods

Victor Woods is a national speaker, CNN contributor and his autobiography A Breed Apart is published by Simon & Schuster. His book is currently being developed into a major motion picture and national TV series.

Victor’s audiences are diverse and life story has been mesmerizing and his style of speaking has been said to be spellbinding. Victors life’s challenges and current success force all that hear him to look in the mirror and realize that if Victor Woods could achieve his vision through sheer will, sacrifice and determination that life holds no excuse for failure, and the universe opens up for a man or woman who knows where they’re going. Simply put that’s why Victor has been speaking non-stop for two decades inspiring all that hear him to never give up. His journey from prison to the biggest publishing company in the world in incredible. Having beaten the odds against him, Victor’s message is perfect for anyone who aspires to greatness in their life no matter what their circumstances are, that you can make it.

Wesley Montoya

Dr. Wesley Montoya

Dr. Wes Montoya is a principal at Denver Public Schools in Denver. He has worked with youth-at-risk, primarily Latino students, for more than 26 years and has taught math, science, and social studies. He works in a youth detention center that serves nearly 800 students each year, of which 80% are students of color. He has been a Dean of Students, assistant principal and worked at the Colorado Department of Education as a Title I Senior Consultant. He has a BA from Adams State College, MA from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

 

Last updated: 12/11/2017

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