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Onsite Conference with Workshops

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November 1, 2014

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Regent University Campus Robertson Hall - Various Rooms

PDUs: 5
CEUs: .5
CEs: 5

Fee:
$75

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CON012 - TLC Symposium

 

November 01, 2014

The TLC Symposium hosted by Regent University is a one-day professional development activity offered to novice teachers (0 to 3 years of teaching experience) currently teaching in the public school systems in the Southeast Region of Virginia. This symposium will provide needed professional development to enrich and support non-continuing contract participants, as well as connect them with an award-winning mentor from the Virginia Teachers of the Year network for the duration of the year.

Conference Description:

The TLC Symposium is a one-day professional development activity offered to novice teachers (0 to 3 years teaching experience) currently teaching in the public school systems in the Southeast Region of Virginia. It will involve approximately 125 people including beginning teachers, mentors, higher institution representatives, deans and presenters. The symposium will provide needed professional development to enrich and support non-continuing contract participants, as well as connect them with award-winning mentors from the Virginia Teachers of the Year network.

Conference Learning Objectives

  1. The T.L.C. Symposium will provide novice teachers desired professional development in the form of a one-day professional development conference consisting of three selected choice workshops as well as participation in “Collegial Cohort” mentoring groups.
  2. Teachers will participate in workshops designed to meet the needs of the novice teacher. Through workshop participation, teacher will recognize the importance of various best practices to utilize in their classrooms.
  3. Through workshop selection, participants will choose sessions that correlate to their specific content and particular interest or need. Participants will implement workshop topics and ideas in their classroom in order to improve their teaching practices.
  4. Novice Teachers (0 to 3 years teaching experience) in public schools in Region 2 will receive mentoring services from experienced teachers from around the Commonwealth of Virginia. This opportunity will serve to provide support and guidance for beginning teachers throughout their provisional experience in the classroom. Networking opportunities will also be established for participants in order to create a continuum of support throughout the school year.

This Conference includes these Workshops:

  • Workshop A-1: Engaging the Community to Support Student Success
  • This course teaches participants about current programs and outreaches established throughout the Virginia Beach City Public School divisions that garner effective and substantive support for students K-12. The lecture will cover support programs ranging from mentor to volunteer to partner. Participants will also learn strategies for working collaboratively with school PTAs to recruit community volunteers.

    Educatinoal Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of community engagement by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of community partnerships for student success.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of community partnerships by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop A-2: Part of the Team: The Role of the General Education Teacher in the World of the Special Education Student
  • General education teachers would be provided with an overview of their importance in the education of the special education student. Federal policies and guidelines would be discussed along with the importance of collaboration as it relates to the classroom and the IEP Team.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of special education guidelines by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of IEP implementation.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of special education responsibilities by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop A-3: Navigating Through the New Virginia Department of Education Performance Standards
  • This course outlines the guidelines and standards set forth for Virginia teachers in the Board of Education’s 2012 Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria. Participants will gain an understanding of the seven key standards set forth, including those related to professional knowledge, instructional planning, instructional delivery, assessment of and for student learning, the learning environment, and professionalism.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of student growth measures by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of teacher evaluation.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of rubrics, growth measures, and analysis of student performance by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop B-1: The Power of the "R" Principles in Learning and Teaching
  • The Rs of the past-Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic have been replaced by the new and improved Rs-Rigor, Relevance, Resilience, Relationships and Reflection. This course will outline the ways in which teachers can create a learning environment that encompasses these new principles. Through such methods, participants’ students will begin to make connections, take risks in learning, challenge misconceptions, collaborate and communicate with others, and reflect on their educational experiences.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of integrating the “R” principles by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of 21st century skill integration.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of incorporating rigor, relevance, resilience, and relationships by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop B-2: Classroom Management for Active Learners
  • In this session, participants will gain tools for effectively managing an active and engaging 21st century classroom. Learn how music, movement, and brain-based strategies can be utilized to maintain order, establish routines, improve communication, and motivate learners to strive for excellence. Experience strategies that will get students up and out of their seats, pairing, sharing and loving learning!

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of integrating 21st century skills by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of active learning and classroom management.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of music, movement, and brain-based strategies by demonstrating their understanding of workshop topic through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop B-3: Active Learning: Practical and Effective Strategies to Engage and Involve Your Students
  • Want to get your students actively participating without losing control of your classroom? Experts agree that students who are involved in the learning process understand and retain information better while developing higher order skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. However, active learning requires that both teachers and students stretch out of their comfort zones to become engaged with each other, which can sometimes be scary! Come experience and explore creative, practical ways to get your students reading, writing, listening, talking, interacting and reflecting. You will leave with dozens of instructional strategies that you can apply immediately in your own classroom!

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of utilizing practical and effective strategies to engage and involve students by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of active learning.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of active learning by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop B-4: Teacher Evaluation Work
  • This workshop will help new teachers to clarify some misinformation, give some ideas about student growth performance evaluation instruments, as well as helpful information about the new evaluation system.

    Note: Open only to teachers that have attended Workshop A-3: Navigating Through the New Virginia Department of Education Performance Standards

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of student growth measures by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of teacher evaluation.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of rubrics, growth measures, and analysis of student performance by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop C-1: Creating a Positive Classroom Climate - The Power of One
  • Students today need more than a dispenser of knowledge in the classroom. Faced with greater challenges than ever before, students long for someone who understands them as learners and genuinely cares about them as individuals. As teachers, we must educate ourselves about our students before we can educate them. We must know their stories. Come and learn how to unlock the hearts and minds of students in order to help each one achieve success.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of creating student relationships by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the areas of classroom relationship setting.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of student/teacher relationships by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop C-2: Differentiated Instruction: Building a Climate of Success
  • Student diversity challenges teachers to meet a variety of student readiness levels, interests, and learning styles. A growing body of research supports the conclusion that differentiating curriculum and instruction improves student achievement. In this course, participants will learn how to build a climate of student success by first assessing students’ academic achievements, interests, and learning styles, and then differentiating their instruction through content, process, and product.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of creating student relationships by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the areas of classroom relationship setting.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of student/teacher relationships by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Workshop C-3: These Kids Are Driving Me Crazy - A Positive Approach to Dealing With Challenging Behaviors
  • Participants will learn ways to build effective and appropriate relationships with their students. The instructor will provide strategies to prevent challenging behaviors in the class as well as strategies for dealing with those behaviors when they occur. Finally, through this course attendees will learn how to effectively teach students classroom expectations.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Teachers will discuss the importance of differentiation by participating in a workshop specified to develop their novice skills in the area of accommodating student need through differentiation activities.
    2. Each teacher will utilize instructional material provided by their instructor in their current classrooms in order to increase student growth within each grade level domain.
    3. Teachers will recognize the importance of meeting student needs through differentiation by demonstrating their understanding through discussions and interactive workshop activities.
  • Keynote Session – “Teachers- You Make A Difference”
  • This keynote address is the capstone to the symposium to inspire teachers and give practical application to the education profession. Mr. Bigler will share his insights from his experience as a teacher and his personal appeal to encourage new teachers as they embark on their careers in this industry. Both new and seasoned teachers alike will benefit from the examples that Mr. Bigler will present.

    Educational Objectives

    1. Participants will recognize the strength of the educational profession
    2. Participants will gain an understanding and advanced appreciation of the importance of creating relationships with students through personal examples and stories from award-winning teacher and author, Phil Bigler.

Conference Price & Schedule

Price: $75

Conference Schedule

Start Time

End Time

Topic of Discussion

7:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m.

Arrival/Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

Welcome/Opening Session

8:40 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Workshop A-1
Engaging the Community to Support Student Success

8:40 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Workshop A-2
Part of the Team: The Role of the General Education Teacher in the World of the Special Education Student

8:40 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Workshop A-3
Navigating Through the New Virginia Department of Education Performance Standards

9:40 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Workshop B-1
The Power of the “R” Principles in Teaching and Learning

9:40 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Workshop B-2
Classroom Management for Active Learners

9:40 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Workshop B-3
Active Learning: Practical and Effective Strategies to Engage and Involve Your Students

9:40 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Workshop B-4
Teacher Evaluation Work

10:40 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Mentor Group

11:10 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Workshop C-1
Creating a Positive Classroom Climate- The Power of One

11:10 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Workshop C-2
Differentiated Instruction: Building a Climate of Success

11:10 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Workshop C-3
These Kids Are Driving Me Crazy - A Positive Approach to Dealing With Challenging Behaviors

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Keynote Session
Speaker: Philip Bigler, National Teacher of the Year (1998)

 

Discover the Regent Difference

  • The TLC Symposium hosted by Regent University is a one-day professional development activity offered to novice teachers (0 to 3 years of teaching experience) currently teaching in the public school systems in the Southeast Region of Virginia. This symposium will provide needed professional development to enrich and support non-continuing contract participants, as well as connect them with an award-winning mentor from the Virginia Teachers of the Year network for the duration of the year.

Keynote Speaker:

Philip Bigler, National Teacher of the Year (1998)

Philip BiglerPhilip Bigler recently retired as the director of the James Madison Center for Liberty & Learning. He continues to work to help improve the quality of teaching while advancing academic excellence. Professor Bigler is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences throughout the nation. In 1998, Mr. Bigler was selected as the National Teacher of the Year during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House hosted by then President, Bill Clinton. A highly acclaimed history teacher for over 30 years, Bigler is widely recognized for his innovative methods, use of technology and commitment to teaching. He is a sought after keynote speaker and has appeared on numerous television programs including the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, the History Channel, and Nightline. Bigler is the author of seven books including Teaching History in an Uncivilized World which is now available. Please see the Apple Ridge Publishers website for further details.

Instructors:

Laura Smart, Partnership Coordinator VBCPS:

Laura J. Smart Laura J. Smart, partnership coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools since 2010, serves as the division's liaison between schools and the community. She coordinates educational partnerships which match resources with school division needs to benefit students and enhance academic success. Smart is a member of Mentoring Providers Council for Virginia Mentoring Partnerships and has been an active member of the VBCPS Teacher Forum Leadership Council since 2006. A 30-year veteran educator, Smart maintains Collegiate Professional Certification in Virginia in grades K-8 and Professional Educator Certification in Elementary Education grades K-6 as well as an endorsement as a Reading/English Language Arts Specialist in grades PreK-12 in Vermont. In addition to classroom teaching experience, she has written division-wide curriculum and has presented at state and national education conferences. Since joining Virginia Beach schools in 1986, Smart has received several recognitions for her contributions to education, including being named the 2006 Teacher of the Year at Strawbridge Elementary School and honored as a finalist for the 2006 Citywide Teacher of the Year in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She received an Award of Distinguished Service by the Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1998 and was awarded a PTA Lifetime Membership in 1996.

Lydia Stewart:

Lydia StewartLydia L. Stewart, a teacher of students with moderate intellectual disabilities at Osbourn Park High School in Prince William County Public Schools, is the Region 4 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Ms. Stewart received a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis on mental retardation and specific learning disabilities from George Mason University. She previously has taught middle school students with mild intellectual disabilities and currently serves as a high school teacher of students with moderate intellectual disabilities. She was selected as the 2012 Prince William County Public Schools Teacher of the Year and the 2012 Prince William County High School Teacher of the Year. She received The Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012. In 2011, she was recognized as the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Volunteer of the Year for Prince William County and was “tapped” as one of five “Role Models” honored for the Potomac Mills Role Model Fashion Show.

She is her school’s Administrator Designee for Individualized Education Plan Meetings and serves as the Assistant to the Program Coordinator for the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP) in the school division. In 2012, she was selected to serve a one year term on the VAAP Range Finding Committee. In 2007, she was selected to serve a one-year appointment as a member of the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program Standard Setting Committee. Since 2002, Ms. Stewart has served as Founder and Coordinator of Ordinary People Doing Outstanding Things-Together (OPDOT-T), a classroom-operated program focusing on civic responsibilities, making classroom decisions, community service and vocational assignments within the school and surrounding community. She regularly organizes and conducts Professional Learning Community meetings for teachers of students with intellectual disabilities at Osbourn Park High School. She has been a member of the Prince William Education Association since 2002. Mrs. Stewart summarized, in part, her philosophy of teaching as follows: “...given the right resources and opportunities for success, all students can not only learn, but they also can achieve beyond measure.”

Cathleen Hopfinger

Cathleen HopfingerCathleen E. Hopfinger, an Administrative Coordinator for the Central Office of Special Education in Prince William County Public Schools and the Northern Virginia Regional Program. She specializes in developing and managing programs for students with intellectual disabilities and the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program. Mrs. Hopfinger has a five year degree in General Education and Special Education from Northern Michigan University and an endorsement in Administration/Leadership, Emotionally Disabilities, nk-4, and Intellectual Disabilities. She has attended many universities,, George Mason, Old Dominion, The Citadel, Norfolk State, and University of Phoenix Arizona to mention a few. Mrs. Hopfinger taught all levels in the classroom for twenty plus years, and administrative position for the past thirteen years. She is a Region 4 TTAC Board member, serving for the past 8 years, service on many different committees for VDOE and works with Pearson Assessments.

In the past Mrs. Hopfinger was the guest speaker for “Faith and Family Foundation”, which provides students and families with special needs support in the home and school environments. She has presented at different conventions, Council for Exceptional Children, Deaf-Blind Virginia Conference, Pathways, ARC, Transition Fairs, and at school division levels. Mrs. Hopfinger was Teacher of the Year for several school systems in different states and was nominated twice for the “Disney Teacher of the Year” award. She also received honors with Who’s Who Executives and Professionals for achievement and distinguished contribution to the business community for 2010-12.

Mrs. Hopfinger believes that learning is an “on growing process” for all individuals’ weather it is formal or real-world application. At some time in our life, we as individuals are the learner, teacher, and the coach. Provide individual support, encouragement, resources, and time, so you and others can grow to achieve the highest level.

Tommy Smigiel

Thomas SmigielThomas "Tommy" Richard Smigiel, Jr., an award winning educator, has dedicated his professional career to helping the children of Norfolk be successful in school and their personal lives. Mr. Smigiel was recognized as the 2007 Norfolk Teacher of the Year and subsequently was selected as the 2008 Virginia Teacher of the Year, becoming the first Norfolk teacher selected for this honor. In 2008, Mr. Smigiel was selected as one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. In the 60 year history of the National Teacher of the Year program, Mr. Smigiel is only one of three Virginia Teachers of the Year to be a finalist.

Mr. Smigiel is a proud graduate of Norview High School. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Old Dominion University, and later returned to school to earn a Master's Degree in School Administration. While attending Old Dominion University, he served as Student Body President and was recognized for his leadership and vision by being named Student Leader of the Year, and was a finalist for the distinguished Kaufman Prize. Mr. Smigiel returned to his alma mater Norview, and taught Science and Leadership for eight years. He helped increase pass rates on state tests from 29% to 85%. For his work, he was recognized with an Inspiration Award for Science Teacher of the Year. In 2005, he developed a program to help at-risk 9th graders stay in school, which was successful and help raised the promotion rate. Mr. Smigiel is finishing his fifth year as an Assistant Principal at Granby High School in Norfolk.

Mr. Smigiel has a dual role as an educator and an elected member of the Norfolk City Council. Elected on May 4, 2010, he co-chairs the Health, Education and Families Sub-committee of the Council and also serves on the Communities and Public Safety Sub-committee. He is an appointed member to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and serves as a board member on the Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Advisory Committee. His wife Shannon is a Norfolk Public School’s Elementary School Counselor, and they have two daughters, Devin and Erin.

Karen Drosinos

Karen DrosinosKaren Drosinos is a kindergarten teacher at Pembroke Elementary School in Virginia Beach, representing the school division as their 2011 Teacher of the Year, as well as Virginia's 2011 Region 2 Teacher of the Year. A 16 year veteran teacher, Karen received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University in Kindergarten and Elementary Education and her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland. She earned her National Board Certification in Early Childhood in 2011, and is recognized by Penn State University's Alumni Society as their 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. In addition, she has recently been awarded by the Virginia Lottery as its 2013 Super Teacher. In addition to her classroom duties, Karen is the Lead Mentor for her school, providing mentoring services to novice teachers in her building. Karen hosts many teachers and practicum students in her room to observe her teaching in action. Her integrated lessons have been video-taped and are available to teachers to demonstrate how to effectively incorporate 21st Century skills in an early childhood classroom. She also provides division-wide staff development for fellow teachers in Virginia Beach, is a key presenter to parents of rising Kindergarten students throughout the city, and is an inveterate speaker throughout the Commonwealth, presenting at various workshops and conferences.

Kathy Galford

Kathy GalfordMrs. Kathy Galford, the 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year, is a sixth-grade English teacher at Greenbrier Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Middle School Education and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University. She obtained a gifted endorsement from the University of Virginia and is currently working towards her doctorate in Educational Leadership through Regent University. She has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in elementary and middle grades. Her philosophy of education is to make learning relevant to prepare her students for a successful future. Kathy stays active at school and in the community. She serves as the coordinator of her school's study hall program, Advisor of the Kiwanis Community Service Builders Club, core team leader, member of the Curriculum Council, and mentor to student teachers. She co-wrote the Chesapeake Public Schools sixth-grade gifted curriculum, has been videotaped in the classroom for staff training purposes, and has had her lesson plans and ideas published in several books. She is a volunteer dance instructor at the Mary Ann Wood School of Dance, directs the drama ministry at her church, and sings in the choir. Kathy Galford: B. S. in Middle School Education M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Gifted Endorsement 25 years of teaching experience in Chesapeake Public Schools 1988 Sallie Mae Award for Outstanding First Year Teacher PTA Lifetime Member 2012 Chesapeake Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year

Suzi Sherman

Susan CatlettMrs. Suzi Sherman, the 2013 Region 3 Teacher of the Year, is a second grade teacher at Cool Spring Primary School in King William, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master's Degree in Gerontology with an emphasis in Adult Education from the Medical College of Virginia. She obtained her teaching certificate from the University of Richmond. Prior to becoming a teacher she worked in various educational settings including the Ready To Learn program through the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and as the Children and Teen Programmer at the Pamunkey Regional Library, Upper King William Branch. She fervently believes that everyone can learn, we only need to find the spark that will light one's path to success. Suzi serves as the coordinator of the Indian Education After School Program, Grade Level Chair, Leadership Team representative, and a member of the Gifted Education board. She has been a mentor, taught several professional development classes and has published an article about the importance of play in the classroom. She loves to share ideas that engage students and make learning fun for all. Suzi Sherman: Postgraduate Professional License Elem. Ed - 6th grade M. S. in Gerontology with an emphasis on Adult Education B. S. in Sociology and Psychology 9 years of teaching experience in King William County Public Schools PTA Lifetime Member 2013 Region 3 Teacher of the Year

Susan Catlett

Susan CatlettSusan Catlett was the 2010 Virginia Region III Teacher of the Year and Spotsylvania County's 2009 Teacher of the Year. She earned both her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. After teaching for nine years at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, Susan returned home to Spotsylvania in 2007. She currently teaches chemistry at Riverbend High School, where her focus is using creative instructional strategies to engage students in learning. Susan has planned and conducted dozens of workshops for teachers on topics such as learning in the 21st Century, using class time effectively, building academic rigor, designing the classroom for learning, taking notes in Cornell-style, communicating with parents, working with cooperative groups, and implementing research based instructional strategies. She is a member of the Virginia Professional Educators, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. Outside of school, Susan enjoys applying her chemistry knowledge while making handmade soap. She is also a graduate of the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage and a nationally certified massage therapist. She lives in Spotsylvania County with her adopted pit bull, Toby.

Stephanie Doyle

Stephanie DoyleStephanie Doyle, 2009 Virginia Teacher of the Year and the 2011 Sons of the American Revolution History Teacher of the Year, is a sixth grade United States History I teacher at Breckinridge Middle School in Roanoke City Public Schools. She has taught at Breckinridge Middle for eleven years of her fourteen year career. In addition to classroom teaching, Stephanie has distinguished herself in several leadership activities. Stephanie is an active member of her school community. She is the team leader of her grade level, a member of the school site-based leadership team and Treasurer of the Breckinridge Middle School PTA. She is founder and chairperson of the Virginia Teacher of the Year Network, which is dedicated to improving the quality of teaching across the Commonwealth. Stephanie has also written numerous articles and selections for Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul: Teacher Tales, Finding Ms. Warnecke, the Virginia Journal of Education, Monticello, and the Kappa Delta Pi Record

Dr. Tim Reynolds

Dr. Tim ReynoldsDr. Tim Reynolds is an Associate Professor of Education at Roanoke College and Co-Director of the Margaret Sue Copenhaver Institute for Teaching and Learning, www.roanoke.edu/msci/. His current research is on teacher professional development. From 1994-1996, Reynolds served as a Professor of Education at Wesleyan College in Bartlesville, OK. He has taught as a public school teacher with the US Department of Defense Dependent Schools (Vilseck, Germany), Munich International School, and Roanoke City Public Schools.

 

Wes Warner

Wes WarnerWes Warner graduated from Emory and Henry College with a degree in Psychology in 1993 and from Old Dominion University with a Masters in Education in 2006. His endorsements include teacher of students with Emotional Disabilities and Specific Learning Disabilities. Wes first began working with at-risk children and their families as an in-home individual and family counselor and foster care trainer with Camelot Care Centers in Nashville, TN. After returning to Virginia in 1998 Wes began working at Rivermont School, a private alternative school, as a Special Education Teacher and later, principal. He joined Roanoke City Public Schools in 2010 as a Positive Behavior Specialist, coordinating professional development for teachers and services for both at-risk students and students with disabilities who displayed challenging behavior in school. Wes has been a certified MANDT instructor and is currently a certified Crisis Prevention instructor for Roanoke City Public Schools. He has conducted trainings at RCPS on a variety of topics including: crisis prevention, relationship building, positive behavior interventions, verbal de-escalation and classroom management. Wes has been married to his better half, Carla, for sixteen years and they have one fourteen year old son, Cameron. In his free time Wes enjoys golf and watching Cameron play basketball and baseball.