Conference for Tennessee First Grade Teachers
Nov 14-15 2016 -- Franklin, TN
Featuring Presenters: Kim Adsit & Reagan Tunstall
Discover research-based, innovative, practical, and motivating professional development that will help you increase rigor and critical thinking in your instruction.
  • Writing
  • Sight Words
  • Vocabulary
  • Phonics
  • Interventions
  • Math
  • Teaching with Technology
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Tere Bowen-Irish

Tere Bowen-Irish

Tere has been a practicing occupational therapist for over 37 years. She was selected as New Hampshire's Occupational Therapist of the Year for 2012. Working with the public school systems and her own private practice, she offers workshops focused on wellness and prevention for school-aged children, for both parents and educators. A certified Yogakids instructor, she is the creator of "The Drive thru Menu Suite."

Lynne Ecenbarger

Lynne Ecenbarger

In her role as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, and education consultant, Lynne has dedicated her career to improving literacy and proficiency in math. She has consulted with more than 700 schools throughout her state and across the nation. Lynne is the author of five teacher resources, including her popular Method Mania series.

Kathy Griffin National Board Certified Teacher

Kathy Griffin

Kathy is a National Board Certified Early Childhood specialist with more than 15 years of experience teaching Pre-K through 2nd grade. She is passionate about supporting educators as they plan developmentally-appropriate activities, and is an expert in strategies to differentiate instruction for all learners, while also keeping them engaged through music, technology, and hands-on learning. Kathy is the author of the CD Growing Dendrites with Kathy Griffin along with many other multimedia files, games, and songs.

Danielle Hickerson, Ed.D.

Danielle Hickerson, Ed.D.

Danielle has taught for more than 20 years, ranging grades K-7. She places a high priority on teaching students through various modalities to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to attain academic success. Danielle is the creator of "PHUN Homework" (Painless Homework with Unique Notions) which has been a success in many classrooms.

Deanna Jump

Deanna has taught for 18 years in kindergarten and first grade classrooms and was Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2006. Deanna earned her Ed Specialist degree in early literacy and reading. She has a passion for creating and sharing grade-level-appropriate units and activities that incorporate the Common Core State Standards and make learning fun again. Deanna is the #1 seller for teacherspayteachers.com.

Jennifer McDonough

Jennifer McDonough

Jennifer is a first grade teacher and literacy coach. She has taught both first grade and kindergarten for 14 years and conducted literacy training for teachers for five years. Her literacy articles have been published in the Journal of Literacy Learning and online. She is the co-author of A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades.

Donna McKenzie

Donna McKenzie

Donna has been a classroom teacher for more than 30 years. She taught in a variety of settings from open classrooms to magnet schools to traditional classrooms. Donna led her school's adoption of Singapore Math and taught using Singapore Math as her primary curriculum for 7 years. She loves helping teachers and administrators bring Singapore math to life in the classroom. Donna's love for learning and teaching is contagious!

Jessica Travis

Jessica Travis

Jessica is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher with 10 years of experience in both first grade and kindergarten. She has a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and is the author of the blog, "Wild About Firsties." This 2014 Teacher of the Year will have you feeling motivated as you take away a collection of strategies for your everyday instruction.

Reagan Tunstall

Reagan Tunstall

Reagan is a 17-year primary grade teacher who is passionate about providing students with both engaging and effective standards based lessons. This 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year also shares effective teaching techniques in a hands-on format with her home campus and with her district as a Teacher Leader. Through this role, Reagan serves her campus and district by providing staff development and peer coaching for colleagues. Reagan also shares her passion for education through her award winning teaching blog "Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits."

Donna Whyte

Donna is an education consultant well-known for her practical and motivating strategies designed to help children reach their full potential. Her positive attitude, high energy, and practical ideas, make her presentations exciting for teachers eager to enhance their programs. Donna is the author of several books and CDs, including the highly acclaimed teacher resources, Morning Meeting, Afternoon Wrap-Up 2nd Edition and You Can't Teach a Class You Can't Manage.

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