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  • Troy Kemp

    TENNESSEE Troy Kemp is a native of Riverhead, NY. He grew up as one of six children in a single parent, migrant working household. …

  • Dakota Hoyt

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO Gurian InstituteExecutive Director Emeritus and Master TrainerColorado Springs, Colorado Dakota Hoyt has been in education for 30 years as a teacher, …

  • Shawn Hardnett

    WASHINGTON, D.C. Above all, Shawn Hardnett is a teacher.  A product of the community that he serves, he knows their challenges well.  Of the …

  • Dr. Lisa Basista

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Dr. Lisa Basista is a lifelong California educator with over 29 years in the K-12 classroom. She has served as an …

  • Dr. Glynetta DeShon Fletcher

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Dr. Glynetta DeShon Fletcher has 16 years of experience in education from the middle school level to the university level. She …

  • Robert Kodama

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Mr Kodama has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007 and is a member of the Boys Initiative Board of Advisors. …

  • Jim Weber

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS INDIANA Jim Weber was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He received his B.A. Degree in English and Education from Augustana College in Rock …

  • Katey McPherson

    She has presented at major conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Malaysia and Jamaica. Katey currently serves as a Cadre Supervisor …

  • Theresa Moore

    SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS ​Theresa Moore has been a psychotherapist in the San Antonio community for over 35 years. She divides her time between her private practice, Worth …

  • Tim Coble

    QATAR  (September – June) FRANCE  (July – August) Dr. Timothy Coble is a veteran educator and an internationally recognized expert on learning differences between …

  • Kimo Steenaart

    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Kimo Steenaart – 1967, has been a high school English teacher since 1996 and got her second degree in Pedagogy in 2005. …

  • Bonnie Kowaliuk

    ALBERTA, CANADA Bonnie Kowaluk is a creative educational consultant/facilitator employing a holistic, integrative approach in helping individuals, family systems, athletic and organizational teams to …

  • Peggy Daniels

    ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA For most of the last thirty-eight years, Peggy Daniels has been a classroom teacher and school administrator.  She has a Master’s …

  • Bill Kane

    WEST MILFORD TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY ​ Bill Kane has been a teacher and school administrator for 17 years. He spent the last seven years …

  • Vermelle Greene, PhD

    MARBURY, MARYLAND   Vermelle Greene has been an educator for more than 44 years as a teacher and administrator at the grade school, college …

  • Gary Ross

    GEORGIA Gary Ross has over 40 years of experience as an educator, serving as a special education teacher (K-12), as an elementary and middle school teacher (public and private), which included three …

  • Lynn Ritvo

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA Lynn R.L. Ritvo’s career in education includes 15 years in the classroom and 14+ years as a school principal in New Hampshire …

  • Adie Goldberg

    Adie Goldberg, M.Ed., DSW, is a board certified social worker who has worked in many clinical and university settings for more than thirty years, …

  • Eva Dwight

    Eva Dwight earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. After teaching language arts for 12 years, she earned her …

  • BJ Crane

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA Benny “BJ” Crane is a dynamic and enthusiastic leader of students, parents, colleagues, and future educators alike.  In his 12 years of …

  • Tracé Copeland

    COLUMBUS, GEORGIA Tracé Copeland is currently the Brookstone School Intermediate Division Head.  Prior to this role, she taught Middle and Upper School as well …

  • Carla Sparks

    TAMPA, FLORIDA Carla Sparks serves Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida as the Supervisor of Single Gender Programs. She is also working with …

  • Michelle Roza

    MIAMI, FLORIDA Michelle Roza is a Certified Corporate Trainer, Certified Professional Coach and Seminar Leader.  She has over 20 years of experience designing, developing, …

  • Arnie Roza

    MIAMI, FLORIDA Arnaldo “Arnie” Roza is a Certified Professional and Relationship Coach and Corporate Leadership Trainer with over 6 years of experience designing, developing, …

  • Amy Morales

    JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Amy Tibbals Morales is a career educator who has a passion for teaching and life.  She has extensive classroom experience and …

  • Beth Black

    SOUTH CAROLINA Life is an amazing journey!  I always thought I would be a teacher and went to college to study elementary education.  But, …

  • Angela Brown

    FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA Angela Brown is the Principal of Dillard Elementary School, located in Northwest Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Angela’s professional experience ranges from counseling, …

  • Don Nelson

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Born September 10th, 1960, in San Antonio, Texas. Attended Winston Churchill High School here in San Antonio and graduated in 1979. …

  • Patrick Atkerson

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS When teachers and parents become frustrated with children it is often due to a lack of understanding.   By combining qualitative and …

  • Lakeva Barnes, Ed.S.

    MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE Lakeva Barnes is an educator who specializes in K-8 literacy. Over her 12 year career, she has taught 7th & 8th grade …

  • Barbara Fiaccone

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA People often ask me where I am from, and I struggle with that question.  I am technically from “nowhere” since my …

  • Constance Walker

    CLEVELAND, OHIO Constance Walker is the driving force behind the innovative Boys’ Project of Starting Point in Cleveland, Ohio, which inspired the book Wired to Move: …

  • Frank DiLallo

    TOLEDO, OHIO Frank A. DiLallo holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Master’s in Education and has completed post-graduate doctoral coursework in Clinical Psychology. Frank …

  • Gloria Sherman

    LAPEER, MICHIGAN Gloria’s passion is to equip parents, educators and service providers with tools to assist them with what she believe is their most …

  • Karen Boyk

    MICHIGAN Karen is an educator, speaker, and motivator in the field of education. She has over 40 years of experience, mostly in the classroom, …

  • Shericka Smith

    KENTUCKY ​ Shericka Smith was born and raised in Lexington, KY and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Transylvania University with a …

  • Miranda Scully

    FAYETTE COUNTY, KENTUCKY Miranda Scully is the District Coordinator of Family and Community Engagement with Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS).  She joined FCPS after …

  • Leon Buford-Kelly

    LEXINGTON, KY I attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY were I received my bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduation, I moved to …

  • Erica Beatty

    LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY Erica Beatty is a Student/Family Transitional Support and Dropout Prevention Specialist for Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS). She has been employed with …

  • Christian Adair

    LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY   Christian Adair has over 20 years of experience as a Special Education Teacher, Coach, and Mentor. Currently, he leads the Educating …

  • Tom Schutte

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON ​ Tom Schutte is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is a proud graduate of Creighton Prep High School, a Jesuit all-boys institution.  …

  • Frank Lazarek

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON ​ Frank Lazarek attended St. Patrick High School in Vallejo, California, an all-boys school. He earned his BA in English at the …

  • Jolene Boyle

    EATTLE, WASHINGTON ​ Jolene Boyle is a licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in adult, adolescent and parenting/teens counseling, and maintains a private practice in …

  • Janet Allison

    PORTLAND, OREGON Janet Allison is a teacher, speaker, and author. She graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Maine. She …

  • Richard Jack III

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Richard Jack III is a school counselor with five years of experience. He is originally from Bayonne, New Jersey and relocated …

  • Kathy Bentley

    KANEOHE, HAWAII ​ Kathy Bentley is a nationally recognized Parent Educator and the owner of Kathy’s Parenting Solutions. She has her Bachelor’s degree in …

  • Noelle Roni

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO ​Noelle Roni is a Gurian Institute Certified Trainer. It is her goal to use the latest information on brain research …

  • Troy Rivera

    GREELY, COLORADO Troy Rivera is a Reading Instructor at University Schools in Greeley, Colorado. He has a Master’s of Science degree in Reading and …

  • Mittie Pedraza

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO ​ Mittie Pedraza is a parent and a grandparent.  She believes when all is well with the children, then all is …

  • Manuel Pedraza

    FORT CARSON, COLORADO Manuel Pedraza is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education. He is presently …

  • Betsy Hoke

    EVERGREEN, COLORADO Betsy Hoke is a Master Trainer for the Gurian Institute and an Education Consultant working with private, public and charter schools across …

  • Michael Girodo, M.Ed.

    BOULDER, COLORADO Michael has a BA Psychology and a MA Education, from Naropa University. He is currently head of school at Mountain Village Montessori Charter School in …

  • Kathy DeNiro, PhD

    PUEBLO, COLORADO ​Dr. DeNiro is a native Coloradoan and currently serves as the Vice President of Pueblo City Schools Board of Education in Pueblo, …

  • Kristi Dahl

    BOULDER, COLORADO ​Kristi Dahl is an experiential learning specialist with a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Curriculum Design with a special focus …

  • Paige Bray

    CONNECTICUT Paige M. Bray, EdD is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Hartford. She is a teacher educator with primary …

  • Ethan Segovia

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA ​ Mr. Ethan Segovia is the Dean of Academics at the Army and Navy Academy in San Diego, California. He also …

  • Stephen Parmelee

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Steve Parmelee has taught at all levels of education.  Growing up in Ohio, attending college in Florida, obtaining his Master’s Degree …

  • Lisa Macias-Flavin

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA CALIFORNIA In 2005, Lisa Flavin didn’t know how to get her then pre-school-aged son to stop karate kicking his friends.  Someone …

  • Deborah Beck Engilman

    STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA ​Debra has been working with children for over 33 years. She has been a classroom teacher for every grade level, pre-school …

  • Amy Coe

    CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA ​ Ms. Amy Coe is the Assistant Dean of Academics at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California. Ms. Coe taught Chemistry …

  • Travis Webb

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA -Gurian Certified Trainer.  Travis provides workshops of brain science as it relates to helping boys and girls develop healthy attachment and atunement …

  • Frank Griffitts

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA Frank provides a unique perspective as a Gurian certified trainer, combining his background as an internet crimes police detective, a school resource …

  • Adam Lee Brooks

    PHOENIX, ARIZONA Adam Lee Brooks is a former High School Facilitator of Exceptional Student Services (special education) turned College Professor and Motivational Speaker. Adam has …

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