Speakers

Aaron Daffern

Instructional Specialist at Dallas Independent School District

After teaching 11 years in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades in Arlington and Ft. Worth, TX, Aaron became the assistant principal of an open-enrollment charter school in Arlington, TX. Six months into that assignment he became the acting principal and then was officially hired ...
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Adam Kennedy

Associate professor, ECSE 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

Program Coordinator at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County


Amponsah Nkansah

Director of Teacher Effectiveness at AppleTree

Amponsah Nkansah is the Director of Teacher Effectiveness at AppleTree. In this role, she oversees the quality of the Teacher Effectiveness team's training, development and coaching of teachers to improve teacher capacity and instructional practice. Amponsah was previously a Director of Instructional Leadership, Instructional Coach, ...
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Amy Cubbage

Vice President, Policy and 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


Andrew Hopun

Instructional Designer at Teachstone


Ann Lhospital

Research Scientist at UVA

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 ELC-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, Inc.

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

Video 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 Manager at LeJardin 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 of Education Programs at Committee for Economic Development


Corinne Sparks

Instructional Coach at Dallas Independent School District


Cristina Salois

Agency Director at 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 over the past ten years includes observing classrooms across the ...
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Curry Ander

Contract Trainer at 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

Education Supervisor/ Disabilities Specialist at 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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Deidre Harris

Educational Consultant at The Rhelm

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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Derek Little

Assistant Superintendent at Dallas ISD


Diana Lloyd

Technical Assistance Manager at Child Care Services Association

Diana Lloyd lives in Raleigh, NC and has a BA Degree in Psychology and MS Degree in Child Development with a concentration in Adult Education from East Carolina University. For the past 9 years, Diana has served as Manager with the Technical Assistance Department with ...
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Diane King-Shaw

Clinical Director at The Lourie Center


Dominique McCain

Director at Early Matters Dallas


Dylan Farmer

Senior Program Manager at 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

Elizabeth Beasley, a Social Entrepreneur, Counselor and current Executive Director of Chase's Place, a private school serving kids and young adults with special needs in the Dallas area. Elizabeth has more than 15-years of experience working with families and children with special needs. In addition, ...
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Emily Doyle

Director of Program Management at Teachstone


Eula Idemoto

Program Officer - Early Learning at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

Eula Idemoto works for FIRST 5 Santa Clara as a Program Officer in the Early Learning department, where she helps early learning settings achieve high quality standards in various settings. She has experience working within several service delivery systems, from military child care, subsidized preschool, ...
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Francine Prince

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


Gena Puckett

Education and Training Specialist at The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning

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


Jennifer Rule-Ramirez M.A.,

Child Development and Education Consultant, Early Learning Outcomes Team at Los Angeles County Office of Education, Early Learning Division

Jennifer Rule-Ramirez is currently a Child Development and Education Consultant with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Head Start and Early Learning Division. She is apart of the Early Learning Outcomes team. The Los Angeles County of Education (LACOE) serves over 10,000 children in ...
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Jimmy Venza

Executive Director at The Lourie Center

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

Coach 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

Jonathan Stowe is Teachstone's COO. He a nationally known educational technology leader, who has worked in product and technology roles for both teacher and student education for more than 25 years. Jon has worked as a President, COO & CTO in senior technology and product ...
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Julie Radachy

Assistant Director of Instruction at Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts and Sciences


Karen Peterson

Education & Transition Mgr at Long Island Head Start


Kimberly Chandler

Program Quality Advisor at KinderCare Education


Lauren Delgado

Instructional Coach at Dallas Independent School District


LeTosha White

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone

LeTosha White, M.Ed, is passionate about Early Childhood Education and Youth Development Initiatives which facilitate high cognitive abilities & emotional intelligences needed to produce successful young adults. She has twenty-four years of experience in educational capacity as an early childhood teacher, director, executive director, consultant, ...
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Lise Lemay

Associate professor at Universite du Quebec a Montreal

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


Maggy Dowse

Sr. Customer Support Manager at Teachstone


Mamie Morrow

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone

Mamie Morrow has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. She has taught Pre-K, elementary and secondary students in schools around the world. For the past 5 years, her work as a Teachstone CLASS specialist has provided her the opportunity to facilitate ...
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Manda Klein

VP of Business Development at Teachstone


Maribel Centeno

Director of Practice Development and Improvement at Ounce of Prevention Fund


Marilyn Rice

VPI+ Quality Coordinator at Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Marilyn Rice, M.Ed currently serves as the Virginia Preschool Initiative Quality Coordinator for the State of Virginia. Her focus includes overseeing the ratings of 85 classrooms in 13 school Divisions across the state of Virginia. She has been a PreK CLASS certified Affiliate Trainer and ...
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Marissa Blankenship

Therapeutic Kindergarten Teacher at Blue Bird Day School


Mary Harrill

Senior Director, Higher Education at NAEYC


MaryLouise Hemmeter

Professor, Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter is a professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on effective instruction, supporting social emotional development and addressing challenging behavior, and coaching teachers. She has been a PI or Co-PI on numerous projects funded by the US Departments ...
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Matt Owens

Director of Content at Teachstone


Maureen Wagner

Program Manager at Ounce of Prevention Fund

Maureen Wagner is Program Manager, Evaluation and Solutions, at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She supports ongoing Early Education Essentials research, along with the creation of systems needed to disseminate the measurement system nationwide. Wagner is a former teacher with experience across the education and ...
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Max Schubert

Teachstone Training, LLC.


Melissa Swayne

Director of Quality Assessment Services 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


Mm Gardiner

Affiliate Program Specialist at Teachstone


Monica Pujol-Nassif

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone

In her role as CLASS Specialist, Monica loves to facilitate trainings and support participants implementing the CLASS tool to effectively impact change. In her 25 years in the field of early childhood, she has worked with various communities and under different roles, initiating her career ...
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Monica Redlevske

Education / Disability 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

Coach 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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Nathan Johnston

Lead CLASS Assessor at YMCA of Orange County

Dr. Nathan Johnston is an early childhood educator 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 T/TA

Nicolle Jones, M. Ed. has over 20+ years in the Early Childhood field. She has advocated for and served children, families, and teachers in the Kansas City and Washington, DC areas. Her experience includes: Early Head Start teacher, Family Service Advocate and in various Director ...
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Norma Fregoso-Graciano

Child Development and Education Consultant at LACOE

Norma Fregoso-Graciano is a Child Development and Education Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Head Start and Early Learning Division. Norma has worked in the field of education, preschool/K-3, for the past 19 years. In addition to being in the classroom, Norma ...
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Onjaleke Brown

Instructional Specialist at Dallas ISD


Patricia L. Greene

Child Development & Education Consultant at Los Angeles County Office of Education


Paula Polito

Owner at 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 Giannini

Educator, advocate, public speaker, photographer at No Small Matter, Chicago Children's Museum

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 PCS

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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Rosa Gonzalez

Provider Services Specialist at ELC-Orange County

Rosa Gonzalez is a Provider Service Specialist at the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County. She has been in the Early Childhood field for over sixteen years, first as an infant /toddler teacher and then working my way through to support teachers with curriculum and ...
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Sarah Hadden

Senior Advisor, Training and PD 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 Learning Manager at Teachstone

Sherilyn Crump is the Online Learning Manager for Teachstone. Her very first job in the field, a long time ago was a classroom assistant in a toddler classroom in the mornings and then driving a bus to pick up her afternoon school-age group. She holds ...
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Sherri Drake

Sr. CLASS Specialist at Teachstone

Sherri Drake, M.Ed., M.B.A., 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 ...
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Stephanie Hirsh

Executive Director at Learning Forward


Tatiana Logan

Teachstone Training


Trinisha Dean

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


Vicki Kintner-Duffy

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone


Yvonne Godber

CLASS Specialist at Teachstone