2019 Conference Speakers
Deedee is an experienced teacher, literacy coach, and a national presenter with a deep background in early childhood education. She loves connecting with other teachers through her popular blog, Mrs. Wills Kindergarten. Her sessions are a great way to tap into her creative, fresh ideas for creating a classroom where every kindergartener has fun and succeeds.
Jen Jones is a K-12 reading specialist with a background in Reading Recovery, Guided Reading and Reading Workshop. Jen has over 24 years of classroom experience, mostly in K-2, and currently travels the country providing fresh, inspiring literacy professional development to schools and districts who believe in growing independent, strategic, avid readers one best practice at a time. Her website is www.helloliteracy.com
Kayla Delzer is a globally awarded 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. In fact, The New York Times named her “one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States”.
She has ten years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota. In September 2018, she will be receiving the University of North Dakota Sioux Award, the highest honor of achievement offered by her University.
Governor Doug Burgum has recognized Kayla for her contributions to education in North Dakota, and assigned her a chair on North Dakota’s Innovative Education Task Force.
She has been recognized as both an “ISTE Influencer” and “HarperCollins Publishing Influencer”. Additionally, in March 2018, she was named 1 of just 30 “All-Star Digital Innovators” in the United States by PBS.
Kayla frequently travels around the United States and other countries as a featured and keynote speaker. She has delivered well over 100 keynotes, one of note being at Twitter Headquarters. On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners.
Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide, and she was recently selected as a recipient of the Global Hundred Award, designating her as one of the top 100 innovative educators in the world. She is currently writing a book about classroom learning spaces and flexible seating, titled FlexED: Flexible Seating for Flexible Learners, set to release during the summer of 2018. She is also a co-author of the best-selling book Education Write Now, published in December 2017.
Mary E. Anderson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist licensed by the state of MN. She is located in Hutchinson MN at Stepping Stones Therapeutic. Along with providing a plethora of trainings available to parents, Mary has over 30 years of providing childcare in a center and a home setting. Mary has over 35 years experience of working with children and their families from a caring and concerned perspective, all while looking out for the short term and long term best interest of the children and their entire family.
Mary is passionate about serving children and families and helping them make the most of their relationships.