Speaker Profiles

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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...
Mandy Stalets

Mandy Stalets

Mandy Stalets is an author, presenter, and Middle School math teacher at Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School in Normal, IL. In 2010, Mandy helped to introduce standards-based learning and grading to her K–8 school...
Mark Springer

Mark Springer

After earning degrees from Haverford College and the University of Chicago, Mr. Springer taught for 35 years at Radnor Middle School in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Early in his career, Mr. Springer developed and taught...
Michael Chirichello

Michael Chirichello

Michael Chirichello, Ed.D., served as a district superintendent, principal, vice-principal, and teacher in urban and suburban districts in the New York City and New Jersey public schools for 30 years. He was a...
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...
Patti Kinney

Patti Kinney

Patti Kinney began her career as an elementary music specialist and then taught 5th and 6th grade in an elementary school. She later taught 6th and 7th grade at the middle level when her district made the transition...
Rick Herrig

Rick Herrig

Rick Herrig is a tireless advocate for quality educational practices. An educator for more than 33 years, Rick has served education as a teacher, principal, college adjunct instructor, and now as an educational...
Santo Pino

Santo Pino

Santo Pino has spent a major part of his career working with schools and districts concerning how they implement the middle school model. His work as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, director of...
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