Meet The Speakers
Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse
Full Professor & 3M National Teaching Excellence Fellow
Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse is originally from the community of Sagamok First Nation in Northern Ontario (Canada). She is a proud Anishinaabe woman that comes from a long line of educators. Dr. Toulouse celebrates many years of activity (entering her 28th year) in the formal educational setting, beginning as an elementary school teacher and then finding herself in the role of colleague within the university system. Dr. Pam is also fondly known for her dynamic teaching, commitment to equity and passion for education. She has published well over 55 resources which include books, chapters in books, curriculum pieces, articles, videos and other key selections. Dr. Toulouse continues her life journey in the field of education by representing her Nation and profession in a respectful and meaningful way.
Dr. Erik Youngman
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Erik Youngman is an education leader who is passionate about topics such as homework, growth mindset, grading, and leadership. He recently wrote the book, 12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework. This is his twentieth year in educational leadership. Erik is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Libertyville District 70 in Libertyville, Illinois. Previous education experiences include being a principal in Libertyville as well as an assistant principal and teacher in Gurnee, Illinois.
Erik earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Education Specialist Degree, and Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College. Please follow and contact Erik via Twitter: @Erik_Youngman.
Dr. Peter Grostic
Director of Professional Learning, Communications by Design
Peter received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. As Director of Professional Learning, he works with school districts to plan and implement professional learning experiences around topics such as student engagement, project-based learning, and technology integration. Previously, Peter taught project-based mathematics for Kentwood Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a certified mindfulness instructor who teaches mindfulness to K-6 students one day per week throughout the school year.
Teen Whisperer and Family Coach
Kirsten Cobabe supports parents in navigating the waves of adolescence while learning how to talk with their teenagers by becoming authentically curious and truly present. She supports teenagers along their journey to adulthood. As an advocate for families for two decades, Kirsten has observed the recent and dramatic shifts, along with how to cultivate dynamic transformation. Her validating approach coupled with an open-hearted space form a foundation of radical self-acceptance. She engages families in fostering rapport, cultivating conscious connections, transforming obstacles and restoring harmony in the home. Kirsten believes that through raising our consciousness, we can better raise the next generation. With those she considers herself honored to work with, specific tools are applied to create lasting change to reshape their worlds. With the right support, anything is possible.
Director of Culture & Strategic Leadership
Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). He has also served as an award-winning principal of a PreK-5th Grade campus of over 775 students in a rural town in Texas. He has been recognized by the White House, John C Maxwell, the Center for Digital Education, National School Board Association, the BAMMYS, and more for his work in education and with children. Todd’s has written four books, including Kids Deserve It, Stories From Webb, Sparks in the Dark, and his brand new book When Kids Lead. He also recently released his first children’s book Spruce And Lucy. He hosts the podcast “Tell Your Story” and is very active on social media under the moniker Tech Ninja Todd. He is passionate about reaching students of all ages and uses his platform to share his incredible insight with High School Educators as well.
Teen Whisperer and Family Coach
Active in social work since her teens, Ily counts herself lucky to realize her passion for youth education so early in her life. While participating in an outreach program in rural Borneo, mere hours away from where she grew up, she was struck by the difference in opportunities and the likely future trajectories of the children she worked with. She has been working for the cause since then, doing her part in ensuring no student gets left behind.
Ily completed her BSc (Biotechnology) from Monash University and MSc (Sustainability) from University of Malaya. Armed with her technical background, Ily especially enjoys converting complex concepts into digestible information, making them accessible to audiences across different backgrounds and levels of knowledge. She has spent more than 10 fulfilling years working with students in both professional and volunteer settings.
Professional Learning Consultant
Amy coaches and leads K-12 educators in innovative, student-centered instruction. Previously, she taught middle and high school English for 12 years and led schools in innovative technology integration. She graduated magna cum laude from The University of Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Amanda (Mandie) Kramer
Teacher / Instructional Designer / TeachSDGs Ambassador
Amanda is an IB Certified teacher, instructional designer, and the founder of STEM Tactics on TPT. She has taught a variety of subjects, grade levels, and schools, but middle school science has been the bulk of her career. She has also taught in Japan and Sweden and hopes the international list keeps growing! 5 years ago, Amanda discovered the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, also known as the SDGs or the Global Goals. Since then, she has devoted herself to integrating this amazing movement into her curriculum and inspiring other educators to get involved. She has facilitated multiple workshops around the SDGs for educators, entrepreneurs, and children. She is also a lover of Project-Based Learning (PBL), STEAM, and gamification. She is now publishing her teaching resources to help other educators bring the purpose-driven activities into their classroom that sparks excitement to take action!
Jalina Bielaska Da Silva
Science & Math Educator
Jalina is a teacher and educator who has been teaching science and math to teenagers for over three years. She is recently OCT certified and completed her Master of Teaching degree at OISE, University of Toronto. She also completed her Master of Science in Biology and Honors Bachelor of Science in Genetics at the University of Western Ontario. She has taught in high school classrooms (virtually and in-person) and currently works as a tutor at The Math Guru where she empowers her students to recognize their math and science skill sets. Previously, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in universities and an Arts/Science Educator for primary students. Jalina’s strength is in breaking down complex ideas into relatable ideas that leads her students to success. Her methods for engaging teenagers are to make the content she teaches relatable to their every day lives by integrating STSE (science, technology, society, environment) and socio-scientific issues while aligning the curriculum to their interests. She also values student-choice and provides a space in her classroom for teenagers to find their voice and help shape their own learning experience. Jalina is passionate about developing her students into 21st century, global citizens through equitable, anti-racist education.
Founder Positive Discipline UK, author, speaker, educational consultant
Joy Marchese is an educator, author, keynote speaker, and wellbeing advocate. For 25 years Joy has worked with thousands of children, parents, teachers, and professionals to help foster a happy and flourishing environment in the home, in schools, and in the workplace.
Joy is the Founder of Positive Discipline UK and co-author of Positive Discipline for Today’s Busy (& Overwhelmed) Parent. She runs a successful educational consultancy and coaching practice, and offers seminars and workshops to various schools and organizations globally.
Joy sees herself as an agent of change. With her combined passion and experience in education, parenting, professional development, and wellness she is able to give you a comprehensive look in to the modern world of parenting, relationships, and personal and professional development.
Sari Beth Rosenberg
Teacher, Writer, Host, & Public Speaker
Sari Beth Rosenberg is an award-winning U.S. History teacher, writer, host, and public speaker. She has been teaching at a New York City public high school for nearly two decades and currently hosts the PBS NewsHour Extra Teacher Zoom Series. Last spring, she wrote a 13-part series, “”Teaching in the Age of Coronavirus,”” for PBS NewsHour Extra. Rosenberg writes & speaks about history, politics, civics, civil rights, education, and culture. She has been featured in various publications and multimedia platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters,The Progressive, A+E/Lifetime, Travel Channel, TheSkimm, and PBS NewsHour. In March 2019 she was awarded the Paul Gagnon Prize by the National Council for History Education.
From 2015 to 2019, she collaborated with the New York City Social Studies High School instructional specialists, history professors, and social studies teachers to create the new Global and U.S. History curriculum for all New York City public high schools. She also recently contributed to the “”Hidden Voices: LGBTQ+ Stories in United States History”” curriculum project. In addition, Rosenberg is a frequent curriculum consultant at New-York Historical Society.
Rosenberg co-founded the Feminist Eagles club at her school in 2015 and is the Senior Advisor for Voters of Tomorrow as well as the Senior Advisor for Student Success for One Million of Us.
Sari Beth Rosenberg holds a B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University and a M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Sabrina Runbeck, MPH, MHS, PA-C
Peak Performance Keynote Speaker / Consultant / Author; Surgical PA; Public Health Practitioner
Sabrina Runbeck, MPH, MHS, PA-C is a cardiothoracic surgery PA with more than 10 years of experience in public health and neuroscience.
After overcoming burnout and feeling stuck in a career that drained her, she became an International Peak Performance Keynote Speaker to empower ambitious health practice owners to save at least 8 hours of work per month, increase productivity by 30+%, and become respectable in their fields under 60 days without feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated, or unfulfilled!
That’s why people call her the Queen of Performance and Productivity.
She hosts the Powerful and Passionate Healthcare Professionals Podcast whom has been featured on KevinMD, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, and numerous stages such as Fox, CBS, ABC, Screw the Naysayers Podcast, and Live on Purpose Radio. She is also an international bestselling author of the book, Asian Women Who BossUp.
Teen Life Coach
I’ve taught in the high school and middle school classrooms for over 7 years and currently I am the teacher in the discipline office at my middle school (a position I volunteered for!). I am a certified Teen Life Coach and run the Firmly Founded Teen, a coaching program that helps teens create more happiness and success in their life. I also have 15 years of experience in stage performance and improv comedy.
Teen Life Coach and Education Consultant
Tahira Bell, teen life coach and Founder & CEO of Teen Girl Impact, Inc., helps teen girls develop strategies to tackle the challenges of life with confidence, as they transition into adulthood. Using cutting edge tools, Tahira is dedicated to equipping teen girls with the power to make decisions, with a focus on a positive and successful future. Best known for her specialized support, keen insight and lasting results with teens, Tahira has over 15 years of experience working with teen girls through community outreach efforts as well as through her company Teen Girl Impact, Inc.
Her passion working with teens has been evident since Tahira’s days in the classroom. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she combined her love for the sciences, as an educator, with her desire to make the subject relevant to her students. She later earned her Master of Education in Education Leadership from Columbia University and now also works with school leaders around the country to incorporate transformational coaching principles into the social-emotional learning experiences created for students in the classroom.
Tahira is a graduate of the Teen Wisdom Certified Life Coach training program and the CAPP (Coaching And Positive Psychology) Institute. She offers her signature program, Conquering Confidence, to high achieving teen girls to help them to gain the courage to confidently step into their life vision. She also teaches her signature system, The TEEN Life Framework, to educators and entrepreneurs seeking to impact the lives of teen girls through their programs. Her vast experience and education coupled with a heart for serving teens has uniquely equipped her to coach teens, their parents and caregivers, as well as educational leaders all with the common goal of empowering teens to successfully navigate middle school, high school, and beyond.
Tom Murphy is the proud husband and father of four living in the charming City of Saint Albans, VT. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where his parents ran a small shelter and recovery home for the hopeless in their own house, Tom has gone on to take this mantra of helping and caring for others in need his life’s mission. After graduating All-American at the University of Brockport and taking second place at the 1997 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, Tom spent the next 16 years advancing through the railroad industry, eventually becoming the Director of the New England Central Rail Traffic Control until stepping down and pursuing his full-time passion of being a Superhero. On top of his “mild-manner” role in the railroad, Tom has gone on to become the successful entrepreneur of multiple small-town businesses, namely one of Northern Vermont’s premiere restaurants and bars – Twiggs: An American Gastropub and The Clothier. Tom is also a former professional mixed marital artist with a record of 8-0, competing in both amateur and professional fights, including on the popular UFC Ultimate Fighter Season 2. Tom now travels the nation with his good friend and wounded warrior Rick Yarosh. The two have spoken to over 2-million students on the power of HOPE and Action, focusing on empathy activation and student empowerment to change and save lives.
CEO & Founder of Brain Dip Education
Through his continuous research into the role of neurotransmitters and imagination, Ali founded Brain Dip Education, an organisation that encourages young people to use their creative potential to increase their grades, raise their confidence and help build better relationships at home through Brain Dip’s innovative technique.
With previous experiences within the homeless charity sector, interfaith dialogue with young people and education, Ali’s work has been driven by building relationships and improving lives within our community. During his 8 years’ teaching in secondary schools and working with referral units across London, he has supported young people who face countless hurdles in achieving their true potential to stay in education. Through this work, Ali has developed a range of strategies used by schools across the UK to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds regain their confidence and continues to do so through Brain Dip Education.
Parenting Teens Life Coach
From struggling “knucklehead” teen who accidentally lit his school bus on fire, to high school principal, Ben Pugh developed a special set of skills that helps him engage with “struggling” teens and their parents. In addition to being a teacher and 5-year principal, Ben was also a foster parent for 10 years, and a high school football coach for 4 years. He is now an LCS certified life coach for parents of teenagers, a podcaster, and the director of the Firmly Founded Parent, a coaching program that helps parents create more connection, happiness, and impact with their teens.
On September 1, 2006, Rick was part of a routine military mission in the Abu Ghraib region of Iraq. While on the mission, his armored vehicle was hit with an IED and the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
Rick’s story, although tragic in parts, is what has allowed him to become one of the world’s HOPE experts. He now travels around speaking to students and giving them HOPE and perspective. Rick can honestly say he is happier than he has ever been in his entire life.
Study Skills Coach and Parenting Coach
Every child has greatness in them and can be empowered to fulfil their academic potential and nourish their wellbeing.
Ola’s refreshing approach to education combines her expertise as a mother and ex-homeschooler to equip preteens with the skills they need to flourish academically, whilst also prioritising their wellbeing.
After helping her son to overcome bullying and academic challenges, she became passionate about empowering other ambitious preteens to navigate the school system – nurturing them to work smarter, rather than harder. By focusing on mindset, wellbeing and self confidence. Ola develops well-rounded children with the skills to think outside the box and achieve their own greatness.
Ola is the founder of the Study Skills Lab. She is a qualified Pharmacist from the University of London (UCL) and has qualifications in Confidence, Parenting and Academic Coaching.
LAURA M. RIZO
Speaker. Facilitator. Educator.
Born and raised in the projects, Laura Rizo’s life experiences relate to both youth and adults. Her messages on overcoming poverty, depression, alcoholism, an identity crisis, and a lack of self love reach the hearts of young minds. She connects to youth because of the experiences she lived and connects with educators because of her years in the classroom and now as a High School Counselor. Her talks teach adults about BEING the LOVE that young people need to survive the circumstances of their environment and teaches young people to be LIMITLESS with the obstacles their lives set forth.
As a School Counselor, Educator, and Facilitator, Rizo is able to empower and inspire students to reach their full potential and live a purposeful life. As an acting administrator, she has always put forth value in the faculty and staff. She has been a youth mentor for over 20 years for various organizations, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Extreme Youth leadership, Project MALES, Teens in the Driver Seat, Paso del Norte Health, AVID, and TX Say What Tobacco Free Organization. She received 3 consecutive awards for Texas Sponsor of the Year for Teens in the Driver Seat, Bilingual Teacher of the Year for her former district, and AVID National Demonstration School. Rizo has motivated and spoken about various topics, such as character education, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, college readiness, and other topics. She has spoken for many events, from Drug and Alcohol Awareness Rallies, to STAAR Pep Rallies, Shattered Dreams Mock Simulations, Leadership Camps, Mental Health Awareness Campaigns.
Dr. Estie Alessandrini
Estie is a mom of two lively kids, and an experienced physician and medical researcher. She has a keen interest in understanding how the brain works and how to use this knowledge to best help others learn with confidence. She focuses mainly on knowledge growth and how to effectively regulate this progression using advanced learning strategies. Estie enjoys sharing her clinical perspective and presenting topics related to brain-based learning, mom-life and healthy living. She created The CLEVER Learning Method based on up-to-date medical research centered around the neurology and psychology of learning. Estie’s goal is to empower as many children as possible with the super skill of knowing how to learn.
Adam K. Anderson
Educated at Vassar, Yale, and Stanford, Adam is a Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Chief Scientific Officer at NeurodigitX. A neuroscientist who studies emotions and their relation to neuroplasticity and health, Adam is a recipient of the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contributions Early Career Award in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. He applies this work in the form of fun breath controlled games to enhance relaxation and neurplasticity (www.plastichealth.com), in the Get to Know Your Brain progam in K-12 education, and the online platform Interactive Psychology: People in Perspective, all aimed at teaching students about themselves through new ways to interacting with and understand their brains.
Growing up, I was the smart, fun girl on the outside and a frantic, anxious mess on the inside. I spent years healing the pain of dysfunctional family relationships, including eating disorders and a suicide attempt, to break the cycle raising my own teen boys. Today, I’ve been happily married to my husband for over 23 years, and we have 2 incredible teen boys. My passion is empowering parents to build healthy, respectful relationships with their teens without giving up or giving up, even if they’ve tried everything and are at their wits end.
Over the last 14 years I’ve helped parents end the emotional blow-ups and painful disconnection using skills and experience from my own journey, and in my Certified Life Coach and Certified Relationship Systems Coach programs.
Founder and Editor of Your Teen Media
Susan Borison started a career as an attorney but left that after her second child was born. Two grew to five and when Susan’s older kids entered adolescence, she was searching for parenting resources to help her thrive (more like survive) those teen years. A playgroup of moms and magazines like Parents Magazine really helped shape Susan as a mom of young children. Yet, as her kids entered the teen years, she found there was nothing out there to help parents during the adolescent stage. That led her to co-found Your Teen Media in 2007. 14 years later, the company has shelved its original print magazine and moved into an entirely online space that includes online courses, a podcast – Your Teen with Sue and Steph, an active Facebook group, daily Facebook Live on Your Teen TV, and much more.
Principal, Author, Speaker
David Geurin has served as principal and lead learner at Bolivar High School since 2008. In 2013, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School and Missouri Gold Star School. More recently, he was honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) as a 2017 National Digital Principal of the Year. David is author of Future Driven: Will Your Students Thrive in An Unpredictable World? He’s passionate about leadership, school culture, and authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences. He’s on a mission to help others develop their own leadership and build capacity for change and excellence. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2008. David shares insights with educators through his keynotes, workshops, and presentations. He also shares his voice regularly via his blog, davidgeurin.com.
Founder/Scientific Learning Designer
Driven by curiosity, Lauren Waldman, founder of Learning Pirate, has one true purpose in this world, increase our abilities to learn and be better humans by understanding our brains. As a translator Lauren uses her credentials in Neuroscience to decode complex science about our brains, how they learn and remember, and make that knowledge accessible, transferable and practical to learning and everyday life.
Most sought out for her expertise in scientific learning design and her not to be forgotten experimental talks, Lauren has designed and implemented learning for ambitious change initiatives, created remarkable learning experiences for sales and marketing teams and has worked with some of the most prominent industries (banking, hospitality, IT, retail) and organizations ( Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, TCS, Tokyo Disney Land, Social Bakers) all while guiding people to better understand their brains and what makes us, us.
Cameron (Dr. Cam) Caswell, PhD
Cameron (Dr. Cam) Caswell, PhD, the “teen translator,” is an adolescent psychologist, family success coach, and host of the podcast “Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam.” She is on a mission to help parents build strong, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication, connection, and understanding using her PRIME Parenting Method. In her fun, interactive style, Dr. Cam unpacks frustrating adolescent behavior and empowers parents to work with their teen’s wiring rather than against it—boosting the development of a positive, healthy sense of self rather than unwittingly eroding it. Dr. Cam is the mom of a teen too, so she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk!
Undergraduate Student – Nanotechnology Engineering
Sama Nanayakkara is a senior Nanotechnology Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. She is committed to using her background in engineering to drive the 17 UN SDGs forward, which includes improving education. She has tutored elementary and secondary school students for several years, primarily through multicultural centers. Sama understands that schools do not provide students from every background with the tools needed for their individual success, and she wants to improve the system by spreading awareness and empathy.
Roxanne Derhodge BSc., MSc., R.P.
Mental Health and Wellness Expert
Roxanne is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. With over 20 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist and as a graduate of the University of Toronto and University of Guelph specializing in Cognitive behavioral and family systems therapy, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her expertise are couples/family, depression/anxiety, trauma, addictions, EMDR and corporate restructuring.
She has written an Amazon Best Seller A Therapists Insider guide on Relationship and will be releasing her book in a couple of Months on Authentic Heart Leadership.
In addition to being a prominent relationships therapist, Roxanne Keynoted at national conferences on Authentic relationships, trauma and Addictions. She is also the host of the Podcast Authentic Living with Roxanne.
Dr Cathy Owens-Oliver
What In the World Is This Teen Thinking?
Dr. Cathy Owens Oliver is a speaker, author, professor, instructional coach, education policy consultant, and National Board Certified Teacher. She is the CEO of Educational Effectiveness Group in Charlotte, NC helping education agencies with organizational leadership, teacher preparation and licensure, and school culture transformation, and closing the equity gap. Having more than 20 years of service, she has worked with local and state education officials in 46 of 50 states. She has traveled the U.S. and Canada training teachers, parents, school leaders, boards of education, and college faculty.
High School Student
Alexa Caswell, 15, is a freshman in high school. Since being diagnosed with ADHD, Alexa has become a strong advocate for herself and others with learning differences. Alexa loves singing, acting, and anything to do with Broadway. Full disclosure, she is the daughter of Dr. Cam Caswell.
Dr. Nanyamka Redmond
Dr. Nanyamka M. Redmond, Ph.D. is an applied developmental psychologist with a background in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy. Her research focuses on positive youth development with an emphasis on the impact of supportive relationships in athletics, on performance, character, and well-being. She is passionate about the power of connection and how relationships are key to thriving! She learned a lot about teens as a high school teacher, track coach, mentor, and therapist. She is also a consultant to parents and educators helping them to maximize the support they give young people, especially high performing teens. In her spare time, she enjoys running around and wrestling with her husband and three sons aged 4 and under. Follow her on social media @Instagram: dr_nanyamkaredmond_phd or email her with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder of SDGsForChildren
Ayush Chopra started his journey from Ahlcon International School, India as a young advocate for United Nations, 17 Sustainable Development Goals when he was 13 years old. He is now studying in Grade 12 at Rick Hansen Senior Secondary School, Mississauga, Canada. Ayush has been recognized with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. He has been acknowledged as one of the Most Influential Young Change Makers around the world. The Diana Award is the longest running award given to the outstanding young people for selflessly creating and sustaining positive social change in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, UK.
Ayush is the Founder of ‘SDGs For Children’ a unique platform for children across the globe to CONNECT, CREATE and COLLABORATE for a better and sustainable world. SDGs For Children is incorporated under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporation Act to support Agenda 2030 globally.
Ayush believes, “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of voices calling for CHANGE.”
Co-founder of AHA! IB Educator
Born 100 km north of the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, Yvette always had a dream of moving to a tropical island. Her dream was achieved after her university studies and she continued to live and work abroad for 13 years. The Reunion Island, Provence/France London/UK, Norway, and Copenhagen/DK where the places where she lived. She discovered the International Baccalaureate program when her own two children joined the Copenhagen International School. Since 2013 Yvette works as an IB Educator at the International School of Helsingborg where she founded the “Just Move Program” together with two colleagues. The program addresses social, emotional and physical well-being for students and educators. At the school all students have physical activity every day, learn about the growth mindset and how to use it, students take agency and co-create the program with the educators. The program is anchored in the IB PSPE curriculum, based on applied neuroscience + sports psychology and addresses the importance of creating safe and engaging learning environments, to create healthy relationships with the students. Yvette is playful, open-minded and creative. She laughs a lot with her students and often takes them out in nearby parks to do outdoor education. She herself, had a very free upbringing living in a UNESCO protected area, where she grew and appreciation and care for nature and all living things. Yvette believes that we must first and fore most educate the heart and give well-being a priority in our 21st century learning eco-systems.
Psychologist / Mental Coach / Special Education Teacher
Nanna has over 15 years of experience working as a psychologist and teaching worldwide. She earned her Psychology degree living in Peru and now living in Sweden she obtained a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Lund University. Working for years as a special educational teacher in an IB school, has given Nanna the opportunity to apply her knowledge and skills to successfully teach and inspire students toward academic performance and wellbeing. Her passion for positive psychology relies on helping others boost up their potential while developing confidence and growth mindset. Her approach is based on scientific methods and techniques to provide awareness and massive action on how to take care of your mind and body. Nanna strives to optimise individual and team success through personal empowerment, teamwork and enjoyment.
Social Emotional Learning Creative
Shylla Webb is committed to educating students, leaders, and the community on social-emotional learning. She holds an M.S. in Special Education and a B.E.S. in Education with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Shylla has been an educator for the past 22 years within public schools serving grades pre-k to grade 12. While she has spent the majority of her career working with students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD), and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), she has also served various leadership roles, including administration. Shylla is driven to help parents and members at all levels of public education to overcome barriers that impact their ability to succeed.
Hope Tuff-Berg is a social innovator with a drive for creating positive change in local and global communities. With extensive experience working with NGOs, grassroots organizations, post-secondary institutions, school boards and private corporations, Hope works collaboratively across all sectors to achieve goals that improve communities as a whole. Specifically, Hope dedicates herself to empowering youth and women to reach their full potential through education, engagement and policy reform.
Just halfway through her University career, Hope successfully incorporated a not-for-profit organization called Civiconnect (formally known as First Vote), intended to engage youth in civic affairs and get out and vote. With a strategic approach to public relations and communication, she easily builds relationships with elected officials and civil society organizations across all sectors and ideologies to work towards common goals. Her dedication to youth empowerment has led her to organize several initiatives and fundraisers that enable youth to reach their full potential through civic action, education, and experiential opportunities.
Hope currently works as a research and policy writer for the Brock University Students’ Union, advancing student advocacy efforts across campus and to the provincial government. In addition, she works as a research assistant on a project seeking to better understand the experiences of marginalized entrepreneurs. She hopes to use these experiences to pursue a career in public policy.
In her spare time, you can find her enjoying a cup of tea over a good book, hiking with friends, and travelling with her family. Send me a message and let’s connect!
Brad is a Global Motivational Keynote Speaker, Futurist, Educator, Visionary, Author and Top 20 Global Influencer in Emerging Technology, Specializing in AR/VR/XR, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He is also the recipient of the U.S. National School Board Association “20 to Watch” award. An award that is given to individuals who will have the greatest impact in education over the next 20 years.
Meditation Coach, Musician & Author
Ofosu Jones-Quartey is a meditation teacher, musician and author from the Washington DC area. He has been teaching mindfulness and meditation to young people and adults since 2004. He is currently the male voice on the Balance meditation app and he teaches meditation and mindfulness classes and retreats around the country when travel is possible and virtually when it is not. Ofosu has taught and led retreats at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, The Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, Brooklyn Zen Center, Cleveland Insight and more.
Ofosu is also an accomplished hip hop and electronic musician, he recently released a single entitled “In This Moment”, a follow up to his album “11:11” released in 2020.
His children’s book “You Are Enough” is currently available on Amazon.
Ofosu’s philosophy is that everyone is deserving of their own love and compassion and that inner work is the way in which we begin to change the world for the better. All of the work he does in the world is meant to support this idea. Ofosu currently lives in Rockville, Maryland with his wife and their four children.
Dr. Ian Chen
Adolescent Medicine and Neurodevelopmental Specialist; Managing Director, Chen Medimo Corp.
Dr. Ian Chen is an adolescent medicine expert and researcher. He received his engineering degree from Queen’s University, his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa and completed his paediatrics residency at Cleveland Clinic, along with his adolescent medicine fellowship and adolescent transplant medicine fellowship at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital and University of Toronto. When Ian was a Staff Physician at SickKids along with being the only adolescent transplant paediatrician globally as well as the sole osteopathic medical specialist in Ontario, he recognised that many of the health challenges facing young people today require innovative and paradigm-shifting changes. He developed a community adolescent medicine program at Kindercare in midtown Toronto to bring a rare specialty closer to young people who need the support. The demand for the program outpaced the supply of services. Ian’s research combines psychology, medicine, neuroscience and mathematical modelling together in order to understand the development of the adolescent brain and to help young people become more resilient. As a researcher in brain maturation using brain imaging technologies, Ian often provides educational events in the community, in order to facilitate discussions, especially in this day and age, regarding the impact of technology on the developing brain and its social ramifications. Dr. Chen is currently providing performance consulting services for individuals, families, athletes and institutions in order to assist in personal, professional and many other facets. He continues to research brain maturation using EEG and brain imaging techniques as part of the research and development at the new mental health institution that he is heading, Chen Medimo Corp.
Dr. Don Parker
Principal, Author, Professional Development Provider, Motivational Speaker
Dr. Don Parker is the principal of Posen Intermediate School in Posen-Robbins School District 143.5 in Posen, IL. He has improved the school climate, staff collaboration, parent engagement, and student achievement. Previously he was the principal of Lincoln Avenue School, which is a K-8 school in Dolton, IL, where he improved the culture, implemented a resilience program, managed the implementation of restorative justice, and increased attendance and student achievement. Dr. Parker has been an educator since 1997 with a background as a teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal of Student Life, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and Assistant Principal for Activities and Athletics. His education experiences include working in inner-city Chicago Public Schools and predominantly low-income minority suburban schools. Dr. Parker was also an Adjunct Professor and instructed graduate courses to a cohort of students seeking their master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at National-Louis University in Bolingbrook, Illinois. His diverse background in education has provided him with the knowledge of how to best apply evidence-based methods and student interventions to improve student behavior and increase student achievement.
Dr. Parker has a strong belief in creating a school climate in which the entire staff goes above and beyond to meet the academic and social emotional needs of all students. He has presented throughout the United States at the top educational conferences including ASCD, Every Student Succeeds Act Conference, Staff Development for Educators, and the National Principals Conference to name a few. Dr. Parker is the author of the book Building Bridges: Engaging Students Through the Power of Relationships. Dr. Parker is also a professional development provider and conducts workshops entitled “The Power of Building Trusting Relationships with Challenging Students” and “Implementing a Resilience Program for Students”.
Dr. Parker received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Chicago, IL.
Keith “Hip” Hughes
Facilitator of Learning Experiences
Keith Hughes is an educator, youtuber and innovator in the field of technology and education. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Social Studies Education from Buffalo State College and obtained his Masters in Educational Technology from the University of Buffalo.
Keith taught U.S. History and Government and Advanced Placement American Government at McKinley High School in Buffalo, NY for 14 years before taking on the role of a district instructional technology coach in 2014. He was the lead instructor for UB’s City Voices, City Visions which trained over 300 educators in the art of digital storytelling and DV integration. Over the course of his teaching career he has delivered over 100 Professional Development workshops across the United States.
In 2007, Keith became one of the earliest adopters of the “flipped” class with the creation of HipHughes History on a new platform called YouTube. With over 550 video lectures spanning the Social Studies, current events and pedagogy, HipHughes History has amassed over 40 million views and hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. In 2012 YouTube and Khan Academy named him, along with ten other educators from around the world, as a “Next Edu Guru”.
Keith has served as an adjunct professor of New Literacies at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo since 2008, teaching Digital Literacy, New Literacies and Technology and Advanced Methodologies in the Social Studies. He has also appeared on the History Channel’s “United Stuff of America”, “Presidential Transition of Power”, the Travel Channel’s, “Mystery at the Museum” and AHC’s “America’s Most Badass” as an on air expert. Currently Keith is working and consulting with Saavaas on their project imagine endeavor as well as doing speaking gigs on their behalf
When Keith isn’t engaging students and his fellow educators in person he can be found filming roller derby games, working on his website and tweeting out #teachertips on Twitter.
Wiley Brazier, V
Founder & CEO
Mr. Brazier is a veteran Educator with over 2 decades of experience who has served as a Science Teacher, Founding Principal and Central Office Administrator for district and state agencies. An ISTE Award Recipient for Exemplary Leadership and Founder of Louisiana’s Online Professional Network. He is a Microsoft and Apple Trainer, a Google Trainer & Innovator and who has been selected by Google to as the Google Educator Mentor for the South Central United States which covers eight (8) states. Mr. Brazier is a leadership & technology integration consultant as well as a featured speaker for conferences across the United States and Canada.
Registered Social Worker (RSW)
Riley is currently working for Pathstone Mental Health in St. Catharines (Ontario) serving adolescent and teen populations within the region. Riley’s current position is held through the development and implementation of various groups and clinics for youth ranging from 8 to 18 years. Riley also runs a parent program through the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model to aid parents, teachers and caregivers in raising and working with their youth. Riley obtained a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Niagara University in Lewiston New York and continued on to complete a 3-year Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling. Through his education, Riley has developed a person in environment conceptualization of youth, through a humanistic and person centered approach, which has allowed him to promote evidence based interventions rooted in sociocultural philosophy. Additionally, Riley bridges mental and physical wellness with psychotherapy to incorporate an all encompassing approach to his therapeutic orientation to better serve youth and families.