Conference for Tennessee Kindergarten Teachers
Nov 14-15 2016 -- Franklin, TN
Featuring Presenters: Elizabeth Hall, Deedee Wills & Kathy Griffin
Discover research-based, innovative, practical, and motivating professional development that will help you increase rigor and critical thinking in your instruction.
  • Guided Reading
  • Math Interventions
  • Writers' Workshop
  • Centers
  • Classroom Management
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Tere Bowen-Irish

Tere Bowen-Irish

Tere has been a practicing occupational therapist for over 37 years. She was selected as New Hampshire's Occupational Therapist of the Year for 2012. Working with the public school systems and her own private practice, she offers workshops focused on wellness and prevention for school-aged children, for both parents and educators. A certified Yogakids instructor, she is the creator of "The Drive thru Menu Suite."

Lynne Ecenbarger

Lynne Ecenbarger

In her role as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, and education consultant, Lynne has dedicated her career to improving literacy and proficiency in math. She has consulted with more than 700 schools throughout her state and across the nation. Lynne is the author of five teacher resources, including her popular Method Mania series.

Jayne Gammons

Jayne Gammons

Jayne has more than 15 years of preschool and elementary teaching experience, and strives to bring rigor to the classroom without losing sight of developmentally-appropriate practices. She served as the senior editor for the preschool edition of The Mailbox magazine and early childhood product, and holds a master’s degree in Arts Integration. Jayne enjoys incorporating music and movement into her presentations.

Kathy Griffin National Board Certified Teacher

Kathy Griffin

A National Board Certified Early Childhood specialist, Kathy has more than 15 years of experience teaching PreK through 2nd grade. She has twice been nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year and is highly skilled at differentiating instruction in the early childhood classroom. She is the author of the CD "Growing Dendrites with Kathy Griffin."

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth has been teaching kindergarten for seven years, and is always looking for exciting ways to make learning engaging and meaningful for her students. She has a Master's in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Elizabeth is also author of the blog, "Kickin' it in Kindergarten," where she loves connecting with other teachers. Her sessions are filled with innovative strategies and activities for your students that will surely inspire your day-to-day classroom instruction.

Jamie Hubbard

Jamie Hubbard

Jamie is an enthusiastic pre-kindergarten teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience in PreK, K, and first grade. She loves teaching writing more than anything and is excited to share her experience, strategies, and ideas with all educators. Jamie holds a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and is pursuing a doctorate in early childhood.

Donna McKenzie

Donna McKenzie

Donna has been a classroom teacher for more than 30 years. She has taught in a variety of settings from open classrooms to magnet schools to traditional classrooms. She led her school's adoption of new math curriculum and taught using Singapore Math as her primary curriculum for seven years. She is the author of "The Singapore Math Coach's Guide: A Tool for Informed Observation & Support."

Linda Prichard

Linda Prichard

Linda has spent 30 years working in the early childhood as both a teacher and an administrator. She served 20 years as instructional specialist and administrator going into classrooms helping teachers, faculties and administrators by modeling lessons and developing and helping implement curriculum and strategies to improve instruction.

Jessica Travis

Jessica Travis

Jessica is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher with 10 years of experience in both first grade and kindergarten. She has a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and is the author of the blog, "Wild About Firsties." This 2014 Teacher of the Year will have you feeling motivated as you take away a collection of strategies for your everyday instruction.

Donna Whyte

Donna is an education consultant well-known for her practical and motivating strategies designed to help children reach their full potential. Her positive attitude, high energy, and practical ideas make her presentations exciting for teachers eager to enhance their programs. Donna is the author of several books and CDs, including the highly acclaimed teacher resources, "Morning Meeting, Afternoon Wrap-Up, 2nd Edition" and "You Can't Teach a Class You Can't Manage."

Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

Deedee is an experienced teacher, literacy coach, and presenter with a deep background in early childhood education. She has won numerous awards, including WalMart's Teacher of the Year. She loves connecting with other teachers through her popular blog, "Mrs. Wills Kindergarten." Her sessions are a great way to tap into her creative, fresh ideas for creating a classroom where every kindergarten has fun and succeeds.

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