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Gretchen Goodman

Gretchen Goodman spent 34 years as a public school teacher. She was involved with children who had learning and behavioral problems. Gretchen was an instructional support teacher, an RtI coordinator, and assisted in...
Jane Feber

Jane Feber

As a middle school language arts teacher for 36 years, Jane Feber's innovative approach to instruction has earned her several awards including the AMLE Distinguished Educator Award; the Gladys Prior Award for Teaching...
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,...
Katie Powell

Katie Powell

Katie Powell began teaching in 2005, first in special education and later in Title 1. This focus on providing interventions for struggling students led to the development of strategies that leverage curiosity and fun...
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...
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...
Neila Connors

Neila Connors

Dr. Neila A. Connors is presently the founder and president of N.A.C. (Networking And Client), CONNECTIONS INC., a corporation dedicated to the implementation of positive attitudes and actions in people. Her primary...
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...
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