European League for Middle Level Education Annual Conference 2017

Wien Vienna

Jan 26 - 28, 2017

ELMLE is the premier destination for all educators who know that middle school students deserve a unique and developmentally appropriate education.  Each Janurary, these educators gather to share information, explore current research & trends and inspire one another.  In Vienna 2017, ELMLE participants will focus on Perspectives as our theme.

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Dave Brown

Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, PAMLE

Bio: Dave Brown started his teaching career as a first through ninth grade certified teacher in Illinois. He taught in the public schools in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Virginia teaching from fourth through eighth grade for 13 years. He was a coach of both male and female athletic teams, at both the middle and high school levels. After receiving his doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Dave became a professor and researcher at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Most of Dave’s research has been with young adolescents and middle level teachers in rural, urban, and suburban schools across the United States. Dr. Brown continues to conduct research with young adolescents and middle level teachers specifically on curriculum integration, identity development, and the challenges of being a young adolescent. Dave’s research has been published in over 25 journals, including The Kappan, Educational Leadership, Middle School Journal, and Middle Grades Research Journal. Dave has authored/co-authored seven chapters on young adolescent development and appropriate middle school design in six books, including two chapters in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education published in May of 2016.

Lesley Roessing

Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Armstrong State University

Bio: Lesley Roessing was a middle school teacher of ELA and Humanities for 20 years. She now serves as Founding Director of the Coastal Savannah Writing Project and Sr Lecturer at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. She is the author of four books on literacy for teachers and 17 articles for professional journals and will be contributing as a columnist for AMLE Magazine.

Mike Johnston

Head of School, Colegio Maya

Bio: Mike Johnston is currently head of school at Colegio Maya in Guatemala. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action. In pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change.

Peter Welch

Director, International School of Helsinki

Bio: Peter Welch is currently the Director at the International School of Helsinki. Originally from England, he has spent most of his career in very different kinds of schools overseas, in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Previously, he was the Director at Istanbul International Community School and the American Pacific International School in Thailand. He started his career as a voluntary English teacher before working in international schools teaching history and politics. Peter’s particular passion in education is exploring the link between our culture and how we learn. He is part of a research team at ISH that is developing practical tools to help educators be more effective at cross-cultural communication. They have developed a new student questionnaire model and are partnering with the Council of International Schools (CIS) on a global pilot of this initiative. Peter regularly runs workshops and speaks at professional conferences on the topic of how we become more culturally intelligent as international educators. He is currently collaborating with his wife, who is an artist and illustrator, on a funny book about cultural differences.

Mark Overmeyer

Author, Teacher

Bio: Mark Overmeyer is a native of Colorado, and received his education at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado College, and University of Colorado at Denver. He has over 30 years of teaching experience, most of it in Cherry Creek Schools in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2 through 8, a special education and Title I teacher, a coordinator for gifted programming, and as a literacy coordinator. Currently, Mark works full time supporting reading and writing workshops in schools around the US and internationally. Mark’s publications include When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working, What Student Writing Teaches Us, and his most recent title, Let’s Talk, which explores different methods for structuring talk in the writing workshop in order to increase student motivation and achievement. Mark believes that professional development must engage teachers as both learners and as practitioners. He presents on topics ranging from effective models of instruction, formative assessment, feedback, and intentional use of language in the classroom.

Aimee Meditz

Middle School Principal, Casablanca American School

Amber Neid

Tech Integration Coach, American School of Bombay

Andras Valezy

Social Studies Teacher, American Int'l School of Budapest

Brianna Gray

Professional Practice Coordinator , ACS International Schools

Colin Bridgewater

Middle School Technology Coordinator, The American School in London

Daniel Cowan

Administrator, Frankfurt International School

Evelyn Marolf

6-7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, American School of Bombay

Helen Whelan

English Teacher, Int'l School of Monaco

Jacob Rosch

Head of Educational Technology , Collège du Léman

Jason Walsh

Enrichment Teacher, Community Day School Association

Jenny Killion

K-8 Literacy Coordinator and Coach, Regis University

Jessica Lyle

Teacher, Ewing Public Schools

Jodi Ramos

Science Teacher, American Overseas School of Rome

Karen Scarfuto

English / Language Arts Teacher, Italy: American Overseas School of Rome

Kathleen Ralf

English / Social Studies Teacher, Frankfurt Int'l School

Kathryn Berkman

Math Teacher, Science Teacher, Latvia: International School of Latvia

Katie Shefren

MS Assistant Principal, American School in London

Lindsay Schonbrun

Middle School Learning Support Specialist, Int'l School of Amsterdam

Mallory Goetz

Secondary Teacher Librarian, American School of Barcelona

Matthew Armstrong

Middle School Counselor, International School of Stavanger

Melissa Gamette

World Language Teacher (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, etc.), Germany: International School of Dusseldorf

Nancy Ruppert

Past President, BOT, Association for Middle Level Education

Nicole Doner

Exhibitor, Responsive Classroom

Pip Curtis

Middle School Principal, American School of Bombay

Rebekah Lopata

Sixth Grade Math/Science, American International School- Chennai

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