2018 Speakers

Keynoter Biographies

To Be Announced

Speaker Biographies

Ana Alvarez, MSW, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA

Ana Alvarez, MSW, is a passionate and qualified social worker with over 11 years of experience. She has had a consistent track record of working successfully with individuals, families and groups. Ana has widespread expertise of providing high quality support in the fields of mental health, child and family services, medical, workforce development and early childhood education.  Ana currently works with  early childhood educators/administrators in strengthening parent involvement in early childhood programs across LA County as a Family Engagement Specialist at LAUP.

Tamar Andrews, EdD, Director, Temple Isaiah Preschool, CA

Dr. Andrews has been working with young children for over 30 years. She is an adjunct professor as well as a preschool director of a large (400 children) center. Her passion is understanding how the brain works so that educators can work more effectively with young children. She has been presenting conference sessions internationally for many years and sharing her expertise on how to effectively create environments that are most conducive to high quality learning for all students.

Maria Jesus Ampuero, PhD, LMFT, Behavioral Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA

Maria Jesus Ampuero was born in Peru, South America. She started her career in Pharmacology. She immigrated to United States in 1984.  She received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2000 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2014. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Maria has experience working with families and children for more than 30 years in different settings. Currently, Maria works for Desert Mountain Children’s Center in Apple Valley and has her private practice. Maria is Bilingual Spanish being her first language.  Maria has participated in different conferences national and international conference in her country Peru.

Luis Barajas, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA

Luis is a Family Engagement Specialist at LAUP for the past 4 years. As a Family Engagement Specialist, he has facilitated an array of presentations such as, Parental Resilience, Transition to Kindergarten-School Readiness and Nutrition, Male Engagement the importance of Physical Activity and Health. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Male Engagement Collaborative (LACMEC) which promotes positive male involvement and programs across Los Angeles County.  Luis is currently pursuing my Master Degree in Social Work from California State University Los Angeles.

Rosalina Becerra, MS, LCSW, Behavioral Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA
Rosalina Becerra is a Licensed Clinician Social Worker and has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. Rosalina is employed with Desert Mountain Children Center as a Behavioral Health Counselor, SART (Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment) program. Rosalina has provided individual, group and family counseling services to address the needs of children who have prenatal exposure, neglect, abuse and experienced trauma. Rosalina has worked with young children to explore the impact of early development stemming from a trauma history. Rosalina has presented at the Children’s Network Conference in 2013 and the Young Child Expo and Conference in 2014.

Luz Castellanos, MSW, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA

Luz Castellanos, MSW, is a dedicated and passionate social worker with 19 years of experience of working with families, community organizations, and schools, in the fields of mental health, social work, and early childhood education.  Luz has dedicated her career to promoting resiliency, healthy social-emotional development, and community/family engagement.   Luz currently works with early childhood educators/administrators in strengthening parent involvement in early childhood programs across LA County as a Family Engagement Specialist at LAUP.

Maria Ciccone, MA, PD, Consultant, The Executive Leadership Institute, NY

Maria Ciccone is a veteran New York City educator.  She worked for the NYC Department of Education as a teacher, staff developer, coordinator of dual language programs, assistant principal, and retired as a principal of a model Early Childhood School in Jackson Heights, Queens.  She has developed a series of workshops that support supervisors in the supervision of ELLs and Early Childhood programs which has been her passion and expertise.  Recently, her workshops have shifted focus to address both the needs of supervisors and teachers as teams, who are directly impacting student learning.

Justine Chadly, MA, Director, In Harmony Music, CA

Justine Chadly is the owner of In Harmony Music in San Francisco and has been an advocate for early childhood music education since 2003. She has taught early childhood and elementary music in private, school and outreach settings as a partner with First Five California. She holds a BA in music from UC Davis and an MA in Music Education with an emphasis in early childhood and special needs from San Francisco State. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and serves as a guest speaker in both the Special Education and Education departments at SFSU.

Elisa Chrem, MA, Principal, Imagine Academy, NY

Ms. Chrem holds a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology and in Educational Leadership.  She is currently the Principal of the Imagine Academy, an Autism program in Brooklyn, NY, using the DIR-Floortime methodology and ABA. Elisa has extensive training and experience in Augmentative Alternative Communication.  She has worked with children with Autism from Early Intervention through 21.  She is trained in DIR, Visual Cognitive Therapy, PROMPT and the Lindamood Bell Programs.

Jennifer Cluley, Associate Project Director, Georgia State University, GA

As the Associate Project Director with the Best Practices Training Initiative at Georgia State University, Jennifer Cluley works with a dynamic team of trainers providing professional development for teachers, administrators and other staff working with the birth to five population throughout the state of Georgia.  Jennifer has spent her career in Early Childhood in Georgia working with the Georgia Pre-K program as well as Head Start programs in the state.

Ana Duarte, Family Engagement Specialist, LAUP, CA

Ana is a Family Engagement Specialist at LAUP. She has been a member of the LAUP team for 4 years. As a Family Engagement Specialist, her duties consist of facilitating presentations to families and educators all over LA County. Some of the topics include Concrete Support in Times of Need and Transition to Kindergarten.  She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Male Engagement Collaborative, which encourages and supports positive male involvement and programs across Los Angeles County. Ana  graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors of Art in Liberal Studies from CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson.

David Ferrin, PsyD, NYS Licensed Psychologist, All About Kids, NY

Dr. Ferrin is a former CPSE Chairperson, having held that position for twenty years, and having served as psychologist in that district for 32 years. An active psychologist, he was twice elected President of Nassau County Psychological Association. Having taught in the Psychology Department at Adelphi University, he is currently an Associate Professor at Dowling College. Speaking on issues of child development, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, he is now focused on the psycho-social consequences of high stakes testing and Common Core. Along with his late wife, he was a ten-year Co-President of the LI Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. His current area of interest is the social/emotional challenges being faced by transgender youth.

Cheryl Goldberg-Diaz, LCSW, Program Manager, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA

Cheryl Goldberg-Diaz, Program Manager has 28 years experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Her experience has focused on working with at risk youth. Over the past 15 years Cheryl has worked with the Desert/Mountain Children’s Center, providing  clinical supervision, training, program development and implementation.  Experience in dealing with crisis management, prevention, intervention, including transdisciplinary team for intensive treatment to children ages 0-6 in the Screening, Assessment, Referral and Treatment program, assisted in development and implementation of CARE program serving children on the Autism spectrum. Her most current role is in development and over site of the DMCC Training Institute.

Laurel Francoeur, JD, Attorney, Francoeur Law Office, MA

Laurel graduated with a M.I.T. with a BS degree in Political Science and with a JD from Suffolk Law School.  She authored  “How To Advocate for Your Food Allergic Child” and “Flying with Food Allergies” co-authored the “Preschool Food Allergy Handbook.” She presented webinars for Food Allergy Research and Education  and the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. She spoke for Nationwide Children’s 6th Annual Pediatric Asthma Conference, the Food Allergy Bloggers’ Conference, the Rhode Island Bar Association and other conferences. She has appeared on NPR  and ABC News, the Boston Globe, Allergic Living Magazine. Creator of the “Allergy Law Project.”

Judith Fuhrman, MS, SLP, Staff Development Specialist, Riverside Unified School District, CA

Judith Fuhrman is a licensed speech-language pathologist with varied therapeutic experience including rehabilitative, clinical, itinerant, and classroom settings.  Her expertise is in higher order language function and its relationship to literacy.  Ms. Fuhrman has presented at state, national, and international conferences, including the U.S. Department of Education’s National Comprehensive Literacy Institute, The European Conference on Literacy, and the Reading Association of Ireland.  She currently works as a Staff Development Specialist and curriculum writer for reading and writing intervention, preschool to high school, in Riverside, CA.

Carolyn Harvey, EdD, Shelby County School District Early Childhood Advisor, Shelby County Schools District, TN

Dr. Carolyn Harvey serves as Early Childhood Advisor and ensures all District and Community based Pre-K classrooms offer quality instruction by supporting the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices.  Additionally, Dr. Harvey has served as Director for Memphis City Schools.  During her purview, she managed the largest public school early childhood collaboration in the state of Tennessee, including Head Start, and non-profit and private childcare providers. She ensured the enhancement of school readiness for approximately 4,000 children and consistently surpassed academic gains of  skills in five developmental domains as measured by the Brigance Inventory of Early Learning Development Assessment.

Michelle Havens, EdD, Consultant, Imagine Academy, NJ

Michele Havens received her Ed.D. degree from Rutgers University. She is currently the DIR/Floortime Consultant to the Imagine Academy, an Autism program in Brooklyn, NY, (DIR-Floortime and ABA). Dr. Havens is also a Professor at Kean University and Montclair State University. She works privately as an advocate for families of children with disabilities.  Dr. Havens is also a private interventionist for children with special needs and has spoken at numerous conferences.  In addition, she currently works as a facilitator of an Autism parent support group.  Dr. Havens was previously the coordinator of the Verona, NJ Preschool Disabled Program.

Sherry Howard, MS, Project Director, Georgia State University, GA

Sherry P. Howard is the Project Director for the Best Practices Training Initiative in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University. She serves as the Principal Investigator contracted with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning to deliver professional development to approximately 10,000 Birth-5 teachers and directors across the state of Georgia since 1996. Best Practices delivers hands on developmentally appropriate training across a variety of content areas. She teaches Child Guidance to undergraduate students and serves on the B-5 Advisory Board.

Suzanne Bracaglia, MSE, JASPER Consultant/Supervisor of Groups, New York Center for Infants and Toddlers, NY

Suzanne Bracaglia is currently the JASPER Consultant and Supervisor of Groups at New York Center for Infants and Toddlers. She has received intensive JASPER training through UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles). Her interests include early childhood development and autism spectrum disorders. Suzanne holds a Masters degree in School Psychology.

Claire Hyland, MEd, R. Psych, Psychologist, Sturgeon Public School Division, Canada

Claire Hyland works as an Educational Psychologist and coordinator for early childhood education programs in Sturgeon Public School Division, in Alberta, Canada. She has been involved with teacher, parent, and educational consultant in-servicing for the past 20 years. She specializes in working with preschoolers with significant behavioral or emotional difficulties. Her presentations are always enlightening, humorous, and practical. Her background and expertise revolves around special education and differentiation of instruction for all learners.

 

Belinda Jauregu, LCSW, PPS, RPT-S, Clinical Counselor, Desert Mountain Children’s Center, CA

Belinda Jauregui is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Approved Instructor through the International Critical Incident Skills Foundation.  She is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Belinda has experience working with the Juvenile Justice system, Developmental disabilities and as a Hospital Social Worker for neonatal intensive care. Belinda has been employed as a Clinical Counselor for the past 25 years with Desert/Mountain SELPA and Children’s Center providing individual,family counseling and parent education to children and their parents.  She also provides staff development training to school district personnel including Critical Incident Skills Management for the development of school crisis management response teams.

Lisa Bruno, OTD, OTR, Related Services Coordinator, Celebrate the Children, NJ

Lisa Bruno, OTD, OTR, is a licensed Occupational Therapist with 15 years of clinical experience. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Biology and earned a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University in 2001. In May of 2015 she graduated from Misericordia University with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration & Praxis Test) certified and has experience in performing evaluations involving visual spatial, fine motor, and gross motor skills.

Debbie Karaman

Ms. Karaman has worked in hospital-based community education for over 30 years.  She has been a Perinatal Instructor at Cedars Sinai for 17 years and at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital for 14 years.  Ms. Karaman has worked with the Children’s Burn Foundation for nine years, expanding the burn prevention program list to include senior, disabled, and teen audiences.  She also partners with the Los Angeles Fire Department on a prevention training program for children who start damaging fires.  She has her Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA.

Stephanie Lester, MA, College Instructor, Antelope Valley College, CA

Stephanie Lester’s 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Director. She is currently a college instructor and  an Educational Consultant. Stephanie believes that children learn best when they are excited and engaged in the learning process while participating in developmentally appropriate Project-Based activities. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about educating and motivating teachers to implement Project-Based Learning through science activities.

Jane Montgomery, MA, Director, Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, GA

Jane is the Director of a large half day inclusion preschool in Atlanta, Georgia, for 25 years with over 25 children with special needs. She has worked strategic change for  school improvement as well as the development of a pedagogical master plan. She is a member of the Pedagogical Steering Committee of Inspired Practices in Early Education, Inc. Jane has presented at conferences including NAEYC, NAREA, Young Child and AdvancEd. She was the 2007 recipient of the Dare to Dream award by Adaptive Learning Center for her work with inclusion and children with special needs.

Renee Metty, MEd

Renee Metty, MEd, works with the preschool she founded, teachers, administrators and students in both public and private schools, families and businesses to bring mindfulness and compassion to the world.  It began with preschoolers and after seeing the importance of mindfulness for all, she expanded her work to reach adults. Her background also includes implementing an animal assisted therapy program into her middle school emotional behavioral disorder classroom over a decade ago.  Combining mindfulness and animal assisted therapy was a natural direction for her.  Renee has a passion for this work and its importance in social emotional learning. 

Tina Moglia, Supervising Producer, Sesame Workshop, NY

As a Producer, Tina Moglia supervises all digital production for Sesame Workshop’s Social Impact initiatives, including the Sesame Street in Communities initiative. Tina is an integral part of production at Sesame Workshop for many years, first as a Producer on Pinky Dinky Doo in 2007.  A creator of kid-directed media in multiple studios before joining Sesame Workshop, she’s contributed to both on and off channel development projects, and was a Production Manager, an award-winning Show Writer, and has worked as a Production Director for games and apps. She earned her bachelor of science in broadcasting and film from Boston University.

April Nakayoshi, MPH, Vice President Program and Evaluation, Prevent Blindness Northern California, CA

April has designed and implemented evaluation frameworks to ensure the See Well to Learn and Professional Education and Training programs are delivered efficiently and effectively. She is currently working on a research project with University of California San Francisco and Bay Area Head Starts to explore the effects of vision problems and vision correction on early development.  In addition, she is working to assess the cost benefit of our program’s interventions. Data driven decision making is critical to keeping us on course toward our mission and maintaining the integrity of our work.

Barbara O’Neill, EdD, Consultant, Transform Challenging Behavior, CA

Barb O’Neill, EdD helps early childhood program directors and teachers develop the confidence and skills necessary to support children who exhibit challenging behavior using a unique set of play and theater-arts based methods. She has previously worked as a preschool teacher, a special education teacher, early childhood professor and center director. She has studied and written about the use of improv-based play support and the theater arts as tools to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities and prevent children’s use of challenging behavior. You can find her at www.transformchallengingbehavior.com.

Katherin Freier Randall, PhD, Psychologist Consultant, DMCC, CA
Dr. Kiti Freier Randall is a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with extensive experience, spanning over 26 years, with high-risk infant and youth populations; especially with pre and post natal substance exposure and childhood trauma. She is Director of Psychological Services, Department of Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Health Care and Medical Director for the Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence. She works as a consultant expert for the San Bernardino County SART centers (transdisciplinary 0-5 high risk clinics), as well as to Desert Mountain SELPA (education). She is author/director of the Trauma, Loss & Compassion (TLC) bereavement support group for preschoolers.

Patty Randall, Director of Educational Practices, Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, GA

As Director of Educational Practices, at Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, Patty serves in the role of pedagogista. She sits on the school steering committee and is a member of Project Infinity, an educational project of seven schools working together. She has spent many years studying the schools of Reggio Emilia, including five study tours in Reggio. Patricia sits on both the Project Infinity steering committee and pedagogical team. She has presented at NAEYC conferences, Project Infinity Educator Exchange Days, The Young Child Conference, NAREA Initiatives, and Project Infinity Institute.

Staci Ratcliffe, MA, Lecturer, Federation University, OR

Staci Ratcliffe is an experienced social worker with 10+ years’ experience in the field specifically working with children, young people and families..  She is a lecturer at Federation University in both community and human services and social work and is currently working on the completion of her PHD titled, How parent’s manage the care of their children post ASD (autism spectrum disorder) diagnosis which is focused on increasing understanding for professionals, families, and parents in the gaps and potential supports required following a diagnosis of ASD.

Kristina Satchell, MSEd, Educational Supervisor, Columbia University Early Head Start, NY

Kristina is the Educational Supervisor at the Columbia University Early Head Start in New York City and is responsible for overseeing the curriculum needs of the center and for professional development of the staff. Kristina has done consulting work for the Center for Emotional Responsive Practice at Bank Street College and is currently consulting for the Bank Street Education Center. She previously worked at the Bank Street Family Center in an inclusion classroom for infants and toddlers. She earned her Master’s in Education from Bank Street College in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special and General Education.

Karen Schumacher

Karen Schumacher is the founding, Executive Director of Pawsitive Works, a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing curriculum driven, canine assisted social emotional learning programs.  She began her career in the medical device industry in marketing and sales.  When presented with the opportunity to apprentice as a dog trainer, Karen invested time, passion and skills into becoming a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist. Her expertise in dog behavior, marketing and working with troubled youth led her to create Pawsitive Works in 2009.

Chelan Shepherd, MA, Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum and Intervention, Golden Valley Unified School District, CA

Chelan Shepherd is a passionate educator who believes that students thrive in a supportive and understanding educational environment. Her current position as Coordinator of Elementary Curriculum and Intervention for Golden Valley Unified School District allows her to coach teachers to create positive learning environments. Through her experience adopting her 8 year old daughter, Chelan realizes that increasing numbers of children are experiencing trauma that creates new challenges in the classroom setting and that all educators need to understand the importance of creating learning environments that support children who have experienced trauma.

April Shoemaker, MA, Founder of Empowering Parenting, Home School Association of California, CA

April Shoemaker has a pioneering spirit in everything she does. In 2012, her 25-year old son asked her to write a book about how she empowered him, and together they wrote “Empowering Parenting” e-book, providing abundant resources and stories. Using her witty sense of humor, she sparks new ways of thinking that make a difference in the world. She is committed to all families being healthy, loving, joyful, and creative, as they hone their superpowers and take on life powerfully.

Katie Statman-Weil, MS, LCSW, Instructor, Portland State University, OR

Katie Statman-Weil holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a master’s degree in social work, her clinical expertise is trauma informed care. Katie has worked as a preschool teacher, a school social worker, and as the Executive Director of an inclusive nonprofit early childhood center. Katie currently speaks internationally on the topic of childhood trauma, while also teaching at Portland State University where her courses focus on equity and guidance strategies that improve social-emotional development and self-regulation for all learners. In her personal life Katie is a foster parent to children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Jennifer Sturgeon, MA, Executive Director, Omaha Early Learning Centers, MA

Jennifer Sturgeon serves as the Executive Director of the Omaha Early Learning Centers in Omaha, Nebraska. She is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Nebraska Leadership with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. She received a bachelors degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Early Childhood Education, and a Certification in Administration. Prior to her position as Omaha Early Learning Centers, she was the supervisor for the Early Intervention Program at Omaha Public Schools for five years, and taught kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education for eight years before that.

Charmaine Turpin, Educational Consultant, Zoo-phonics, CA

Ms. Turpin is an educational consultant for Zoo-phonics Inc in Sonora, CA. She conducts inservices across the US for Head Start, public and private preschool through first grade teachers. She is a member of NAEYC, SECA, NKA, NHSA and an affiliate member of SCAEYC, NCAEYC and VACE. She has been employed with Zoo-phonics for the past 26 years and has eight years early childhood experience. Ms. Turpin was Zoo-phonics’ creator Georgene “Gigi” Bradshaw’s SDC/RSP aide during the early stages of the program and saw first-hand how successful the methodology worked in the special education classroom. She is also the mother of twins with cerebral palsy.

Anna Vagin, PhD, Speech Language Pathologist, Private Practice, CA
Anna Vagin, PhD, is a licensed speech/language pathologist with over 30 years experience. In her private practice she provides individual sessions and social learning groups to children through young adults. Her particular interest is using media to support social thinking in students with diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, NVLD, Language Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Social Communication Disorder or Twice Exceptional. She provides consultation to parents and schools, and is a frequent speaker in the US and Canada on topics related to social cognition. Author of Movie Time Social Learning (2013) and YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning (2015).

Ilene Val-Essen, PhD, President, Quality Parenting, CA

Dr. Ilene Val-Essen has been passionately serving parents for decades. Recently, she has devoted attention to training educators. An innovator program developer, she blends Western psychology with Eastern philosophy, bringing a unique voice to the global community. Val-Essen leads workshops in the USA and Europe and is a featured speaker at international conferences. Her books and Quality Parenting/Quality Teaching program invite parents and teachers to enter a new paradigm, which dramatically improves how we relate to children. Family and classroom life becomes so much easier and more rewarding. Val-Essen practices as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA.

Ruby Velasco, MS, Counseling Concentration MFT, Mental Health Specialist, CAMFT, CA
Ruby Velasco is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health with clinical background working SED children and families 3-18 y/o and providing Cultural Competence Trainings for therapists and case managers before joining LAUP. Ruby Velasco has Masters of Science in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ruby Velasco currently develops and coordinates trainings for Early Childhood educators on various topics, focusing on Mental Health, Cultural Diversity, and Child Development as the topics relate to the social emotional wellness from a Mental Health Perspective.

Tenise Wall, PhD, Mental Health Clinician, Institute For Family Health, NY

Dr. Tenise Wall, Ph.D works as a Mental Health Clinician in a community-based clinic where she assesses, provides clinical diagnoses, and treats a variety of mental health disorders and specializes in the treatment of ADHD and conduct disorders. She worked 11 years as a school social worker. She shares her knowledge and expertise on the topic of ADHD as a professional speaker for school personnel, parents, and community stake holders. Her research on ADHD has greatly contributed to the psychological community and experience with school children is making an impact on how school personnel are intervening with children with ADHD.

Carol Wertheimer, MS, PD, Coordinator, Executive Leadership Institute, NY

Carol Wertheimer has served as an educator with the NYC Public Schools for 37 years, 15 of which was a principal of a pre-k -5 school. Carol has had articles published in the TESOL Journal, The Idiom and Teaching K-8.  She has also coauthored a reading manual, Learning in Style for Struggling Readers Grades K-1. She has presented her work at local, national and international conferences. Since her retirement she has been instrumental in facilitating principal study groups, lead workshops on the Common Core Learning Standards, mentored assistant principals and supervised student teachers.

LaDonna Wicklund, MA, Early Literacy Specialist, I Can Read Non-Profit, IA

LaDonna Wicklund MA taught children to read for 40 years as a classroom teacher, Title 1 Reading Specialist, and a Reading Recovery Teacher.  She is an educator, song writer, author, and national presenter.  Her I Can Read Songs harness the power of music and movement to teach children to read and write a few powerful, beginning sight words that ease them naturally and joyously into reading and writing.  She founded I CAN READ, Inc. non-profit company in 2004 to gift teaching resources that boost all children, but especially at-risk and English Language Learners, into literacy.

Lisa Wilson, MEd, Owner, Professor, Consultant, Professional Education Development Technology, CA

Lisa Marie Wilson is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Professional Education Development Technology Corporation (PEDTC). PEDTC includes: Lisa M. Wilson Consulting, Teachers On-Call, Innovative Tutoring Services and Early Bird Learning Centers. Lisa is an adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons and also teaches at Santa Monica City College in the Early Childhood Education department. As the Professional Development Coordinator for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge pilot in Los Angeles County, Lisa was able to extend her passion for quality programs for all children.