Dr. Debbie Silver
With 30 years spent as a teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor, Debbie Silver doesn’t just know her way around the classroom – she is familiar with the challenges educators face at every level, from kindergarten to college. The former Louisiana Teacher of the Year has given presentations around the world (including 49 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia), helping audiences to interact with students on a deeper level.
Debbie’s best-selling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning, has been recognized for its insights into research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and inspirational “from-the-heart” lessons for addressing individual differences. It is her humor, her practicality, and her ability to connect with students, teachers, parents, and administrators, however, that has made her a popular choice for keynotes, workshops, and breakout sessions.
Her newest release, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, is being heralded by parents, teachers, and administrators as a “fresh approach to getting kids to work smarter and better.” In it she explains motivational theory and provides down-to-earth examples of concrete, applicable guidelines for helping students overcome setbacks and failure to foster lifelong success.
Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication. She makes important points while sharing poignant stories and lots of laughs. She firmly believes that teachers need to be having fun and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom.
When she’s not working as an educational speaker and writer, Debbie enjoys spending time in Texas with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, and with their five sons and their families in five different states.
Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and in-service presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to Debbie’s use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Through research-based theory, touching stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.
Mrs. Baros has been in the education field for 17 years. Her foundation in education began as a paraprofessional in a Pre-K ID classroom. She later became a 4th/5th self-contained and inclusion teacher in New Mexico. She moved back to Georgia where she worked in high school as a 9-12th self-contained and inclusion teacher. She entered leadership as a Graduation Coach, Assistant Administrator, and later an Assistant Principal in high school. She currently works at the District level as a Project Manager with multiple responsibilities including Data Management and Professional Development. She is a wife to a wonderful husband of almost 25 years and 3 amazing teenage sons (1 college bound and identical twins in 9th grade).
Dr. Amelia Cook
Dr. Cook earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and a master’s degree in secondary education (mathematics) from the University of Phoenix, and a BSBA in business management from Hawaii Pacific University. Currently she serves as a Mathematics teacher at Somerset Academy, Sky Pointe campus. Dr. Cook's experience spans over 15 years in education. She has served as a department chairperson and a School Improvement Specialist in Mathematics. Some highlights from her profession in the field of education include experiences in technology integration, STEM education, and teacher mentoring. Dr. Cook has worked closely with the Upward Bound/TRIO program at the University of Hawaii and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Dr. Cook is a nationally certified trainer with the Center of Teacher Effectiveness in the area of classroom management and with DimensionU in the area of gaming implementation in education.
Dr. Teresa Harvey
Dr. Harvey has been in P-20 education for 30+ years. She feels that her job, as an educator, is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning, whether it is on-line or face-to-face. She is an educator because she has a passion for guiding students and teachers through the learning process. One of the best ways to foster learning is to demonstrate those feelings to the learners. One of the most important concepts she hopes to pass on to educators is that learning is a process that never ends. She has been a classroom teacher, Principal and Instructional Coordinator before retiring from public education after 30 years of successful service. She volunteers with the local Special Olympics, her church and Gigi's House, which is a home dedicated to serving girls ages 13-19 who are at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking. She has had the opportunity to serve as guest Lecturer in both Brussels Belgium and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is married and a mother of one son.
Dr. Chon Hester
Dr. Chon Hester is an author and speaker. She has degrees from Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, and Argosy University. She currently is the Coordinator of Advisement and Counseling in a suburban school district. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Clayton County Community Service Authority to enhance the lives of the impoverished and disenfranchised. Also, she serves on the board of the Raise Me Up Foundation dedicated to eradicate child abuse and human sex trafficking, as well as assisting students in Foster Care and providing school supplies to teachers. Moreover, she serves as a Family Selection Committee Member for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. She believes in transformational servant leadership and positively impacting the lives of children and adults.
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!
Dr. Angelita Howard
Director of Online Education at Morehouse School of Medicine, and a previous K-12 Educator.
Jason D. Wright is a native of Pennsylvania and has been working with children since the age of 15. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a masters and specialist degree in Education and is on the final stage of completing his doctorate. Mr. Wright currently serves as an Academic Coach at an elementary school in Georgia, and the founder of the all-boys mentoring club “The Gentlemen of Fairview”.