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Each year, the NYAR Conference hand-selects individuals that demonstrate innovation in their respective areas. From educators and administrators to school counselors and social workers, NYAR’s featured presenters offer a wealth of expertise and information.

Julia Gabor, MA Ed, kid-grit
Jeffrey Jordan, BA in Business, kid-grit

“Explore the kid-grit Holistic Wellness Wheel: The Perfect Life Satisfaction Tool”

Kiana Battle, Ph.D., LMSW, K Battle Consulting

“Youth and Trauma: The Hidden Impact of Grief and Loss”

Joelle Hood, Ed.D, Thriving YOUniversity
Janeen Antonelli, M.A., M.Ed., Thriving YOUniversity

“More Good Days: An Integrated Approach to Staff and Student Success”

“Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E.: Strategies for Strengthening Staff & Student Resilience”

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Phylicia Anderson, LCSW,  Black Girl Flo, Inc.

“Black Girl Magic: Understanding Misunderstood Black Girls Through Therapeutic Relationship Building”

“Intent vs. Impact: Decreasing Barriers to Increase Powerful Relationships with Our Black Youth”

Travis Thomaston, Ed.S, Carrollton Jr. High School
Jason Sidel , M.Ed., Carrollton Junior High School

“Building School Culture Through Cultivating Genuine Relationships”

Megan Killingsworth, B.S. Elementary Education, Forsyth County Schools, Chestatee Elementary
Polly Tennies, Ed.D., Forsyth County Schools, Chestatee Elementary

Teshaunda Hannor-Walker, PhD, LPC, NCC, CPCS, Liberty University/WHW, LLC
Jacque’ Walker, EdS, Worth County Schools/WHW, LLC

“Colorism and COVID: Using SEL to combat the invisible traumas!”

Matt Eldridge, Ed.S., Certified Restraint Training

“De-escalation made easy : A common sense Approach”

Jamie Like, BS, Henderson County Schools

“Helping Children of Trauma Feel and Experience a Sense of Hope in Their Lives”

Derrick Butler, Ed.S., Islands High School Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools 

“Closing Gaps by Opening Spaces:  A Conversation on Equity Design in Reimagined Schools”

Bea Lewis, M.S. Educational Leadership, South Carolina State University; Nova Southeastern University

“What do You See When You Looking at Me?  A View Through Their Eyes”

Joe Hendershott, Ed.D., Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC
Dardi Hendershott, Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC

“Social-Emotional Learning & Wellness 4 Wounded Students”

“Support & Wellness 4 the Wounded Educator”

LaMarr D. Shields, Ph.D., Cambio Group

“UBUNTU (I AM BECAUSE WE ARE): Using Professional Development Practices to Build Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching and Leading”

“HELP! I am Quarantined with My Children and My Students”

BreYanna Carter, M.Ed., International Strides Society
Charles Flowers, Ph.D., A Second Chance W.O.R.K.S.

“Behavioral Social Emotional Learning through Restorative Practices Utilizing Culturally Sensitivity Interventions in lieu of Suspension”

Marion Pugh, Ed.D., Georgia Southern University 

Presentation Title: Humanity in the Black 

Timothy Allen, BS, Gilead Consulting Group 

“Mama, That’s Not Helping”

Joe Johnson, Ph.D., Joe Johnson Group

“Pursue Your Purpose Not Your Dreams: Jay Z Did it and At-Risk Students Can Too”

Curlandra Smith, MSW. Ed.S, Bibb County School District
Takeysha Lewis, MSW. Ed.S, Bibb County School District


“Count Yourself In: Effectively Serving Students by Encouraging Daily School Attendance”

Tom Harris, M.S., Youth Villages, Inner Harbour Campus
Tatiana Rolles, Youth Villages, Inner Harbour Campus

“A Percussion Discussion”

Cary Holman, Ed.D, Ed.S, LaVergne Middle School
“Leading in the Midst of a STORM”

Leigh Beggs Colburn, Ed.S., The Centergy Project
Linda Beggs, Ed.S., The Centergy Project  

Presentation Title: Responding to the Epidemic of Student Stress and Anxiety


March 7-10, 2021    |    #NYAR21    |    Savannah, GA

Last updated: 10/27/2020