Posts tagged Education/College Preparation/Special Education
Rick Niece, Award-Winning Author, Educator, and Inspirational & Motivational Speaker

Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and educator who served as a classroom teacher, public school administrator, and university professor, provost and president. His three-book series has won over twenty regional and national awards.SIDE-YARD SUPERHERO, THE BAND PLAYS ON, and PERFECT IN MEMORY share carefully pocketed memories about family values, community influence, and personal responsibility.

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Martha Joseph Watts, Author, Instructor, Content Developer, Independent Educational Consultant, and Teacher Trainer

Dr. Martha Joseph Watts — known affectionally as “Aunty Marcella” — is a former English teacher, who currently serves as a literacy coach in Brevard County, Florida. She is best known for her Writing to Respond (WTR) process, an approach for guiding students through evidence-based writing. Her latest focus has been on children’s fiction, with the Adventures of Iyani, series is set in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Meagan Carner, Christian Children's Book Author & Creator of CRAM, the Christian Resource & Academic Manual

Meagan Carner’s vision is to create a curriculum structure for elementary education that motivates holistic success in children by fully incorporating biblical principles into traditional education. She does this through the Christian Resource & Academic Manual (CRAM), a workbook series aimed at preschool through grade three students.

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Jeff Mondak, Children's Poet and Songwriter

Get ready to dance! Get ready to sing! Jeff Mondak will be joined at your school by one of his musician friends, Jordan Kaye or Sergio Wals. Their programs combine discussion of poetry and songwriting with fun, high-energy performances. Teachers, be warned—you will be dancing! 

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Sandra Elaine Scott, Award-Winning Author & International Speaker

Award-Winning Author Sandra Elaine Scott is an International Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Life Coach who inspires joy and specializes in helping individuals turn their someday dreams into today’s reality with her unique blend of powerful, captivating stories, positive strategies and practical action steps.

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Christina Dorr Ph.D., Professional Author, Speaker, Consultant, Media Specialist, University Faculty

Now many years later I'm in my 30th year in libraries, public, colleges, but mostly schools. The last few have been middle schools, which I'm loving! My education includes a Ph.D. in children's & YA literature/literacy from the Ohio State University (OSU). I'm so proud to have been mentored by both Rudine Sims Bishop and Janet Hickman. It doesn't get any better than that. I've also loved the last 10 years teaching adjunct for OSU and Kent State University. I have the unique experience of having taught from preschool to grad school.

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Mary Wrobel, Author and Professional Speaker

Ms. Wrobel is a teacher and speech-language pathologist who has taught and worked with students with autism and other disabilities for more than 25 years. As a consultant, she trains both parents and teachers in communication and language approaches, behavior strategies, academic/curricular modifications, safety instruction, as well as health, hygiene, puberty, and personal safety. Her extensive knowledge of and experience with assistive technology has helped her to create a large library of resources as well as individualized materials, support strategies, and accommodations for a wide variety of students with disabilities.

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Debra Wideroe, Award Winning Environmentally-Focused Children's Author, Professor, and Key Note Speaker

I have a Master's degree from Harvard University and was fortunate to study under Dr. Gerry Lesser, one of the innovators and co-creators of Sesame Street. I am a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and the recipient of the global Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award. I work actively with a myriad of non-profit agencies and have for my entire life.

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Kesha Nichols, Author, Empowerment Speaker, Writing Coach

Inspirational author, Kesha Nichols, is a native of New York. She is an advocate for children who are exceptional, penning her second children’s book on this very subject matter. Kesha is very involved in her community and has partnered with Fun Creative Writing to bring her love for writing to the school system through what she calls "her power tools: a pen and notepad." Nichols struggled herself with writing. She has a heart to cultivate and nurture the creative imagination of young people while enhancing their reading and writing abilities.

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Marla Roth-Fisch, Award-Winning Children's Author/Illustrator, Speaker

During our four-year-old son’s parent/teacher conference, his Montessori teacher noticed some different behavior during school time, so she bluntly told us she thought our son had Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SPD, better known today as Sensory Processing Disorder). Thinking the absolute worst while holding back the tears and feeling a lump in my throat, my husband and I said, “What is that? And how do we get rid of it?” The message delivered from the teacher may not have been the most professional; however, it changed the course of our family’s life.

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Michelle Worthington, Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Skype Workshops, Book Fairy

Michelle Worthington is a real-life book fairy. Her magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning picture books published all over the world. As founder of Share Your Story Australia, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors achieve their dreams of publication. She flies around from Canberra to New York sprinkling her dynamic brand of fairy dust over audiences.

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Malik Abdul-Khaliq, Author, Expert on Islam, Expert on Ethnic Studies, Expert on African-American Studies, Professional Speaker, and Published Poet

Malik Abdul-Khaliq is a scholar of Islamic studies, ethnic studies, and education. He is the author of a blog-site containing essays, poetry, literary criticism, and critical pedagogy.

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Cindy Best, Pediatric Physical Therapist, Author, and Artist

Cindy Best is the author of MEET ME WHERE I'M AT with coauthor Joyce Shor Johnson. MEET ME WHERE I'M AT is a book created as a tool for children with special needs to understand how they are wired, express themselves to others, and help them advocate for themselves.

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Sandra Warren, Children's & Adult Author, Inspirational Speaker, Workshop Presenter

Published over thirty years ago, my first three books were unique open-ended story books designed to enhance creative and divergent thinking. They are still used in classrooms today. Throughout the years, no matter the genre, I’ve worked hard and continue to work hard to learn the process and discover the facts whether writing fiction or nonfiction.

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Mary R. Massey, Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Early Childhood Consultant, Professional Development Trainer

Dr. Massey believes all children are SMART in their own special way and works with parents and teachers to help them view children through that lens.

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Johanna Hurwitz, Children's Book Writer

I have loved books since before I knew how to read myself. My parents read to me and that was the beginning of a lifelong love affair.  I began writing when I was eight but I was 38 before my first book was actually published.

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Rob Bernstein, Award-winning Author, Professional Speaker

Rob Bernstein developed his cognitive-based, intuitive approach over more than 30 years of in-depth, one-on-one work with clients ranging from nonverbal toddlers to high-functioning adults.

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Dr. Dawn Menge, Children’s Author, Professor, Special Education Educator

Dr. Dawn Menge has won twenty-nine national awards as a self-published author of the Queen Vernita's Educational Series. Dr. Dawn Menge has a PHD in Education and has specialized in Curriculum and Instruction.

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