Conference for Texas Second & Third Grade Teachers
Jan 30-31 2017 -- San Marcos, TX
Featuring Presenters: Kayla Delzer, Amanda Nickerson and Donna Whyte
Discover research-based, innovative, practical, and motivating professional development that will help you increase rigor and critical thinking in your instruction.
  • Fitting It All In
  • Writing
  • Technology
  • Differentiation
  • Motivation/Engagement
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Shanna Adams

Shanna Adams

Shanna is a third grade teacher and has taught grades K-3 for more than 25 years. She has a degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood education. She loves working with children (and educators) and watching the sparkle in their eyes as they realize that they can read.

Marcy Bernethy

Marcy Bernethy

Marcy taught first grade before becoming a second-grade teacher—a role she's enjoyed for five years. She believes learning must first and foremost be fun for young students and she’s a rich source of creative ideas for year-round engagement. In addition, Marcy is the author of the blog, "Saddle Up for Second Grade."

Mirtha Brown

Mirtha Brown

During her 18 years as an elementary educator, Mirtha helped implement science instruction and provided staff development in science and math instruction. She is looking to help address the need for improved science instruction in elementary classrooms. Through her presentations, she enthusiastically promotes STEM-based programs that bring science to life.

Kayla Delzer

Kayla Delzer

Kayla is a 2nd grade teacher and technology enthusiast. She is a columnist for Edsurge.com, where she writes about a variety of edtech topics. She recently delivered her first TEDx Talk entitled "Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners." Kayla sits on several advisory boards of educational companies, and she was recently selected as North Dakota's Lead Digital Innovator by PBS.

Melissa Dickson

Melissa Dickson

For more than 30 years, Melissa has served the educational needs of teachers and students, as a literacy coach, staff developer, and classroom teacher. She is passionate about providing educators with quick to implement, research-based strategies. She is the author of Differentiated Instruction— A Framework for Learning Success.

Lori Elliott, Ed.D.

Lori is an energetic and passionate National Board Certified teacher (former) and trainer. She has taught students of various grade levels and has served as a Literacy Coordinator and Technology Integration Specialist. She is the author of the Teach Like a Techie series of books and Project-Based Learning for Real Kids and Real Teachers.

Jen Jones

Jen Jones

Jennifer is a K-12 reading and intervention specialist. She has 21 years of teaching experience as an elementary classroom teacher, literacy coach, RTI coordinator, professional development provider, literacy trainer, and educational consultant. She is a contributing author for the International Literacy Association and Parents Magazine. Jennifer connects with teachers through her blog, Hello Literacy.

April McNair

April McNair

April is an experienced teacher with 11 years teaching 2nd and 3rd grade. She has a passion for empowering teachers with tools to feel prepared for a successful school day. April loves connecting with teachers through her popular blog, A Modern Teacher.

Amanda Nickerson

Amanda Nickerson

Amanda is an enthusiastic and innovative teacher with ten years of classroom experience in the intermediate grades. She has worked as both a literacy consultant and an adjunct professor outside of the classroom. She is passionate about creating lessons that are challenging, cross-curricular, and fun, and she loves sharing them with other teachers on her blog, "One Extra Degree."

Pat Pavelka

Pat Pavelka

Pat is an exciting classroom innovator and speaker with more than 35 years of experience as a teacher and national education consultant. She is the author of a variety of popular professional books, including Reading Standards for Literature, available in three volumes: K, 1, and 2.

Dedra Stafford

Dedra Stafford

Dedra is an internationally known speaker, trainer, and author. She is a former middle level teacher and district professional development specialist who provides training in classroom management, differentiated instruction, technology integration, and teacher motivation. A regular contributor to professional journals and online teacher resources, she stays abreast of current educational issues as well as technology trends.

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."

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