Conference for Louisiana First Grade Teachers
Dec 12-13 2016 -- Baton Rouge, LA
Featuring Presenters: Dan St. Romain, Pat Pavelka & Jessica Travis
Discover research-based, innovative, practical, and motivating professional development that will help you increase rigor and critical thinking in your instruction.
  • Time/Classroom Management
  • At-Risk & Struggling Students
  • Writing
  • Teaching Ideas & Strategies
  • Hands-on/Make & Takes
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Lori Elliott, Ed.D.

Lori is an energetic and passionate National Board Certified teacher (former) and trainer. She has taught students of various grade levels and has served as a Literacy Coordinator and Technology Integration Specialist. Lori believes that relationships and teaching with intention are essential elements for classroom success. She is the author of the Teach Like a Techie series of books.

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.

Palma Lindsay

Palma Lindsay

Palma is a kindergarten teacher who has stayed on the cutting-edge of educational research and technology throughout her 35-year classroom career. She has taught grades K-8, serves as a mentor to new teachers, and shares her fun ideas in her innovative blog, "KFUNdamentals." Her sessions are jam-packed with new and fresh ways to keep the FUN in the FUNdamentals.

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.

Pat Pavelka

Pat Pavelka

Pat is an exciting classroom innovator and speaker with more than 35 years of experience as a teacher and national education consultant. She consistently earns high marks for her creative strategies, straight-forward style, and real-life answers to challenging issues. Pat is also the author of a variety of popular professional books, including Reading Standards for Literature, available in three volumes: K, 1, and 2.

Dan St. Romain

Dan is a national educational consultant who is passionate about helping educators shift their perspective on behavior and understand the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today's classroom. He also regularly presents on topics impacting school climate, brain-based instruction, developmentally appropriate educational practices and presentation skills. Currently, Dan works as a behavior consultant for a school district, working directly with students, while also providing support to the staff. His sessions are exceedingly interactive and entertaining, though his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior.

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.

Jennifer White National Board Certified Teacher

Jennifer White

Jennifer is a fun and energetic teacher with 19 years of teaching experience, primarily in grades K-1. She has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and received her National Board Certification in 2003. Currently, Jennifer teaches first grade and is the author of the popular blog, "First Grade Blue Skies." She loves to integrate crafts and science into lessons thematically in order to excite the young learners in her classroom.

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