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.
In Jen’s 24 years as an educator, she has taught 1st , 2nd, 3rd , 4th , 5th , 6th , & 8th grades. She is trained in Reading Recovery, Kragan Cooperative Learning Structures, Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Project, Reading & Writing Workshop methods and Common Core for ELA. She is a K-12 Reading Specialist, has a Bachelor’s in English and a minor in psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in Reading Education from East Carolina University. She taught in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District in California and at PK Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida. Before she stepped into Hello Literacy full-time, she was the RTI Coordinator, Marzano Trainer and Intervention Director for her school as well as the Literacy Coach and School Improvement Chair at Lake Myra Elementary in WCPSS, the largest school district in North Carolina.
Since 2012, Jen travels the country providing positive, engaging and relevant professional development to teachers in schools and districts in 21st century literacy instruction. She is racking up miles in California, Nevada, Idaho, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and New York. She writes for the International Literacy Association and Parent’s Magazine. She is a champion of Donors Choose and Facebook Live. Jen has a TpT store called Hello Literacy, where her mission is to create products that make kids think and make teachers better teachers. Jen is on social media at @hellojenjones and online at www.helloliteracy.com. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband and two daughters.
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.