District PD Day 2016

Lawrence KS

Aug 12, 2016

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Alison Preston

Teacher, USD 497

Bio: This is my third year teaching at Hillcrest Elementary. I taught first grade at Hillcrest the last two years and I am excited to move to second grade this year! Before moving to Lawrence I taught second, third and fifth grade in Lincoln, Nebraska. This summer I finished my Master's degree in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education and my Reading Specialist endorsement at the University of Nebraska. My family moved to Lawrence in August 2013. I have two children, Ethan and Ella. When I am not at school I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with my family and friends.

Bret Church

CEO, King Prawn Consulting

Bio: Dr. Bret Church was literally born into the field of education. His mother was an elementary teacher, and his father served as a teacher and ultimately Superintendent of Schools. He too gravitated toward “the family business” and attained an education degree from the University of Kansas. Dr. Church’s passion for leadership and school improvement led him to educational leadership. He attained a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (University of Kansas), and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Baker University). Early on, Dr. Church was given increasing responsibilities in a variety of administrative roles with primary focus in the areas of intervention and supports, instructional coaching, professional development, and ongoing school improvement. Through experiences gained in four school districts, he has gained a reputation for his ability to quickly translate complex initiatives into actionable plans, and also for his willingness to have passionate conversations necessary for school cultures to evolve and transform. He has spent the last decade of his professional career in various leadership roles assigned to hiring, developing, mentoring, and evaluating instructional leaders. Dr. Church has observed countless strategic investments and initiatives that require significant time, finances, and human capital that have failed to deliver desired or agreed upon teaching and learning outcomes.  Therefore, Dr. Church created King Prawn Consulting as a professional vehicle to partner with schools and school districts, to ensure that improvement efforts and educational strategies are understood by key decision makers and stakeholders, and executed effectively. Dr. Church currently works with school districts, administrators and schools to create a culture of improvement, use feedback as a lever to maximize improvement, and to meet the professional learning needs of today’s leaders and educators.

Jeffery Plinsky

Teacher & Coach, USD 497

Bio: Debate, Forensics, English Lawrence High School

Alex Cramer

Curriculum Facilitator, LPS

Amanda Peterson

Orchestra, USD 497

Amanda Williams

Library Media Specialist, USD 497

Amy Hoffsommer

PE Teacher, Usd497

Amy Yates

7th Grade Math, USD 497

Andrew Davis

Teacher, USD 497

Anita Carlson

Learning Coach, USD 497

Anna Heinritz

Elementary Gifted Education Teacher, USD 497- Lawrence Public Schools

Arla Jones

ESOL Teacher, South Middle School

Ashley Beason-Manes

Gifted education facilitator, USD 497

Ashly Squires


Bob Durgan

Behavior and Autism Consultant, USD 497

Cara Aldridge

6th Grade Math, USD 497

Cara McNorton

5th Grade Teacher, USD 497

Carly Showman

Learning Coach-SPED, USD 497

Catherine Bolton


Cathryn Monroe

Learning Coach, USD 497

Chace Jewell

Manager, Discovery Education

Charlotte Anderson

Library Media Specialist, USD 497

Christina Smith

4th Grade Teacher, USD 497

Christy Hunt


Cris Anderson

Prinicipal, USD 497

Danica Moore

Curriculum Facilitator-Equity, USD 497

Danira Flores

Curriculum Facilitator, USD 497

Deborah Garner

Learning Coach, USD 497

Deena Wilson


Denise Johnson

Health and Wellness Administrator, USD 497 Lawrence Public School

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