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Chris Toy

Chris Toy

Chris Toy has spent 30+ years serving as a teacher, principal, university instructor, consultant, presenter, cooking instructor, and writer. In addition to being a certified Apple consultant, he has worked...
David Shepard

David Shepard

A native of rural North Carolina and a product of public education in four states, Dave Shepard brings experience, common sense, and practicality to any educational gathering. He has dealt with middle and high school...
Ed Vittardi

Ed Vittardi

Ed Vittardi is a principal at Saint Albert the Great School. He is also works with Finding Leaders a group that finds and supports school leaders. Prior to retiring as superintendent of the North Royalton City...
Gail Heinemeyer

Gail Heinemeyer

Gail Heinemeyer has worked for the Ridley School District in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1972. She has been a classroom teacher, team leader, coach, assistant principal and principal of Ridley Middle...
Janet Vernon

Janet Vernon

Janet Vernon has served middle schools, teachers and students in many ways. In her various roles, including as an school principal, Janet has mentored other school leaders, supervised and supported faculty and staff,...
Joel Brodsky

Joel Brodsky

Dr. Brodsky's formal education culminated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from New York University (1992). He has received various honors including Supervisor of the Year in Special Education...
Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez from Framingham, Massachusetts, had been a principal in urban and suburban schools for 27 years. Juan was the Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. Fuller Middle School had been...
Linda Hopping

Linda Hopping

Linda Hopping is the state director of the Georgia Schools to Watch Program, the chair of the National Forum's Schools to Watch program, lead trainer for the National Forum Early Warning Indicator project, and a...
Marlena Gross-Taylor

Marlena Gross-Taylor

Educational Leader. Questioner. Writer. Speaker. Marlena Gross-Taylor is a dedicated and successful K-12 administrator with proven track record of improving educational and operational performance through vision,...
Nancy Doda

Nancy Doda

Nancy Doda is an internationally renowned speaker, workshop leader, and author. Regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on middle grades education, she has devoted much of her career to improving middle grades...
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