Speakers

Adam Kennedy

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Special Education at Loyola University Chicago

Adam Kennedy is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Special Education in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. He oversees the field-based Early Childhood Special Education program and develops the community partnerships upon which this program rests. His research focuses on field-based B-5 educator ...
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Alicia Clark

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County


Amy Cubbage

Vice President, Policy & Strategy at Teachstone

Amy began her career, after graduating from Brown University with a degree in political science, as an early childhood teacher implementing an anti-bias curriculum with a project approach in a center formally using HighScope. Following that, she completed a J.D. at Northeastern University School of ...
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Andrew Duverney

Client Success Manager at Teachstone


Ann Lhospital

Research Scientist at Rector & Visitors of The University of Virginia

Ann is UVA-CASTL research scientist who has been with CASTL since 2011. Through the 4-year VPI+ grant (2015-present), Ann has trained and supported VPI+ coaches to improve classroom practices using CLASS and other tools, including the TPOT. Ann is also a leader on Virginia's current ...
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Anna Curtin

Director of the Therapeutic Nursery Programs at The Lourie Center


Ashley Feltner

Provider Services Specialist at Early Learning Coalition of Orange County

Ashley Feltner has been in the field for over 10 years. She started her career working part-time in an infant classroom and worked her way up. After she graduated from college, she became a Child Care Specialist where she provided training and technical assistance to ...
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Bridget Hamre

Chief Impact Officer at Teachstone

Bridget Hamre, Ph.D. is co-founder and Chief Impact Officer at Teachstone. She also holds a position as an Associate Research Professor at the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Dr. Hamre’s areas of expertise include student-teacher relationships and classroom ...
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Campbell Buie

Content Asset Manager at Teachstone

Campbell Buie is the Video Manager at Teachstone. She leads the Video Circle on the Content Innovation Team, maintains Teachstone’s observer reliability tests, and manages Teachstone’s master coding process. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and is a master coder for all six CLASS ...
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Cathleen Armstead

Program Manage at Le Jardin Community Center

Dr. Armstead has an academic background, but as a professor, she missed solving "real-world" problems. Moving from academia to Head Start, she found her passion and has combined her interest in research, her experience (17 years) of Head Start/Early Head Start, to provide leadership in ...
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Cindy Cisneros

Vice President, Education Programs at Committee for Economic Development


Corinne Sparks

PreK Specialist at Dallas ISD


Cristina Salois

Southern Kennebec Child Develo

Cristina Salois, MS Ed. is the Agency Director at Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation in Maine. Cristina has worked in the field of Early Care and Education for over thirty years. Her experience with CLASS tool over the past ten years includes observing classrooms across ...
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Curry Ander

Teachstone

Curry Ander, M.Ed is retired but still working with Teachstone and other programs as a trainer and consultant for all things CLASS. Curry was one of the first trainers hired for the newly hatched Teachstone, and has 9 years of passion and experience for the ...
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Dana Comeaux

St.Mary/Vermilion Head Start

Dana Comeaux is the Education Supervisor and Disabilities Specialist for the St Mary/Vermilion Head Start Program, where she provides professional development, supports teachers in their work with children and families, arranges for the utilization of developmental screenings for the early identification of potential developmental delays, ...
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Debra Pacchiano

Vice President, Translational Research at Ounce of Prevention Fund

Dr. Debra Pacchiano, Vice President, Translational Research, at the Ounce of Prevention is an educational psychologist and applied researcher who conceptualizes, implements, and evaluates models of practice and professional learning to improve leadership, teaching, and learning in early education. She is Co-Principal Investigator on the ...
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Deidre Harris

Independent Contractor and Early Childhood Consultant at Pyramid Consortium

Deidre Harris has over 30 years in the ECE field as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, program manager, and preschool director. In her role as a program manager, she was instrumental in implementing the Pyramid Model and the CLASS tool at Kamehameha Schools ...
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Denise Bega

Child Development Specialist at Stanislaus Co. Office of Education- Child and Family Services

I am currently employed as a Child Development Specialist. Some of my main job duties include training, coaching, curriculum support, and CLASS data. Last year I was chosen to attend the CTI for DRDP/Meaningful Observations through West Ed and recently became certified in Modules 1 ...
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Diana Lloyd

Consultant at Reflective Teaching

I have been a proud member of North Carolina's early care and education community for almost 27 years. I have a BA Degree in Psychology and MS Degree in Child Development with a concentration in Adult Education from East Carolina University. I am currently a ...
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Diane King Shaw

Clinical Director at The Lourie Center


Dominique McCain

Early Matters Dallas


Dylan Farmer

Southern Methodist University

Dylan has worked with SMU since 2009. As a Senior Program Manager at the Center on Research & Evaluation, she manages a portfolio of research & evaluation projects focusing in early childhood education & after-school and summer programming. Dylan is focused on collaboration with community ...
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Elizabeth Beasley

Executive Director at Chase's Place


Eula Idemoto

Early Learning Coordinator at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County


Francine Prince

Mentor Coach/Disabilities Clerk at St.Mary/ Vermilion Head Start


Gena Puckett

Education and Training Specialist at Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning: University of Mississippi

Gena Puckett, M.S., is an Education and Training Specialist with the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning (GCSEL). After obtaining her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University she has served as a supervisor of technical assistants at the Early Childhood ...
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Grace Reef

President at Early Learning Policy Group, LLC

Grace Reef is the founder of the Early Learning Policy Group, LLC, a northern Virginia based early childhood consultant firm. Grace worked for 17 years in the U.S. Senate as a senior policy advisor on issues related to families with children. Grace was the Chief ...
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Janice Poda

Senior Consultant at Learning Forward


Jimmy Venza

Executive Director at The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

Dr. Jimmy Venza is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years of clinical experience in supporting infant and early childhood mental health needs of high-risk families. Dr. Venza currently serves as executive director for the Lourie Center and provides clinical and operational leadership to ...
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Joell Eryasa

ECE Consultant at CASIOPE

Joell Eryasa is the Coordinator for all CLASS-related activities at CASIOPE as well as an Early Childhood Education (ECE) consultant. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education and specializes in measuring quality in ECE settings. As a consultant, she ...
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Jon Stowe

Chief Operating Officer at Teachstone


Julie Radachy

Personalized Education Group, Inc

Julie Radachy has been a Personalized Education Coach, a course instructor, and a member of the instructional support team at the Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts and Sciences since 2016. As an educator, she strives to understand her students as individuals with unique personalities, ...
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Lauren Delgado

Instructional Specialist at Dallas ISD


Lauren McSweeney

Instructional Coach at Bloom High School SD 206


Lise Lemay

Professor in Early Childhood Education Didactics at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Lise Lemay is a Professor in Early Childhood Education Didactics at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), specializing in a play-based approach. She is a member of the Quality of Early Childhood Educational Settings research team. Her interests are in early childhood education quality, educators’ ...
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Lorena Sernett

Senior Advisor, International at Teachstone


Manda Klein

VP of Business Development at Teachstone


Marilyn Rice

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation


Marissa Blankenship

Therapeutic Kindergarten Teacher at Blue Bird Day School


Mary Harill

Senior Director, Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support at NAEYC


Mary Louise Hemmetter

Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University


Melissa Swayne

Research and Evaluation Manager at Clayton Early Learning

Mrs. Swayne manages the Environment Rating Scales team who provides training and inter-rater reliability to the state QRIS assessors, oversees the Denver Preschool Program CLASS® project, and several other assessment projects both internally and externally. Melissa has over 14 years of experience in the Early ...
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Michelle Gallo

Director of Child Development Programs at Glendora Unified School District / Citrus College

Michelle Gallo has over two decades of experience; Michelle has been a Preschool Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Director, Site Supervisor, Program Specialist, and a Quality Support Coach. Currently, Michelle is a College Instructor teaching Child Development courses at Citrus College and Chaffey College and Director of ...
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Monica Redlevske

Education & Child Development Manager at Promise Early Education Center

Monica Redlevske, MS Ed. is the Education & Child Development Manager for Promise Early Education Center- the Head Start agency for Androscoggin County in Lewiston, Maine. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood for twenty years in a variety of settings including Head ...
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Monique Rouege

Owner/Director at Jefferson Early Childhood Collaborative

Monique B. Rouege, MBA, is the Owner and Director of Carlie Care Kids, a 4-Star childcare and pre-school center comprised of a diverse group of teachers and paraprofessionals dedicated to the physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth of children. She partners with various organizations that ...
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Natalia Mayes

Doctoral Student at Southeastern University

A Master's in Child Adolescent Psychology and currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, I have held the role of Assistant Director for Head Start, Early Head Start, EHS Child Care Partnerships and ECEAP for Olympic Educational Service District 114 in Washington ...
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Nathan Johnston

Lead Assessor at YMCA of Orange County

Dr. Nathan Johnston is a child development instructor with expertise as a coach, curriculum specialist, director and consultant for programs serving children from birth through Kindergarten. He worked as a preschool teacher for many years, exploring his passion for Reggio-inspired project-based learning, anti-bias curriculum, and ...
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Nicolle Jones

Early Childhood Specialist at Extended Loving Arms Early Learning Consulting

Nicolle Jones, M. Ed. has over 20+ years in the Early Childhood field. She has served children, families, and teachers in the Kansas City and Washington, DC areas; as an EHS teacher, FS Advocate and in the role of Director/Administrator with Community Child Care Programs. ...
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Onjaleke Brown

Principal at Dallas Independent School District


Paula Polito

Beary Cherry Tree

My name is Paula Polito, I am the Owner/Director of Beary Cherry Tree Child Development Center located in the Greater New Orleans area which serves over 200 families. Holding an MBA from the University of New Orleans, I have been effective at running a 5 ...
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Rachel Gianinni

Rachel Giannini is a childhood specialist, an early childhood advocate, and a video blog host. Rachel has an extreme enthusiasm for all things early childhood. She believes in the power of play, getting dirty, climbing trees, stargazing, pretending, and the idea that learning is magical. ...
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Rebecca Kimport

Director of Data Accountability at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter Schools

Rebecca Kimport is the Director of Data Accountability at AppleTree Early Learning PCS (Washington, DC), supporting leaders, principals, and teachers in collecting, analyzing and creating change based on student achievement and teacher quality data. Although she misses working directly with students, this former Assistant Principal ...
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Robert Pianta

Dean and Professor at University of Virginia

Robert Pianta, PhD, is the dean of the Curry School of Education, a Novartis US Foundation professor of education, a professor of psychology, and the founding director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia. Dr. Pianta‘s research ...
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Sarah Hadden

Senior Advisor, Research and Professional Service at Teachstone

Sarah is the Senior Advisor, Research and Professional Services at Teachstone. In that role, she works to ensure that Teachstone’s programs for improvements in ECE and K-12 education are grounded in research. Prior to joining Teachstone, Sarah worked extensively on the development and implementation of ...
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Sherilyn Crump

Online Training Manager at Teachstone


Sherri Drake

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone

Sherri Drake has over twenty-nine years of experience working in the education and social service fields. She has supported teachers and management staff in their professional development for more than seventeen years over topics such as program planning, curriculum, and assessment implementation, CLASS and tracking ...
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Stephanie Hirsh

Executive Director at Learning Forward


Tameika Leslie

Project Manager- ECE at Mecklenburg County


Trinisha Dean

MECK Pre-K Project Director at Smart Start of Mecklenburg County


Trudy McNally

Instructional Coach at Bloom High School SD 206


Yvonne Godber

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone