Alicia Roberts is currently the Educational Technology Specialist at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory K-12 and founder of Teach2Inspire,LLC, an educational consulting firm working with districts, schools and teachers to support successful implementation of Technology Instruction related to the Common Core State Standards, and Curriculum Mapping. She has worked with leaders in the industry to design workshops sharing the best free web-based education resources for K-12 educators.
Alicia has over 15 years of experience in education including work with the CT Science Center, Temecula Valley School District, Cave Creek Unified School District and Shepherd of the Desert. She is proud of the fact that in 2012 PVCP earned Excelling Status and recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Integration the very first year the high school sought accreditation. She holds an MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix with and emphasis in Technology.
In 1996, Carrie O’Donnell earned her bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Multi-Cultural/Bilingual Education in 2000 from Northern Arizona University. She is currently completing her Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University.
Carrie O’Donnell began teaching second grade in 1996. Carrie has taught: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades formally and tutored high school students in the areas of reading and writing. Carrie worked with second language learners since 1996 and is passionate about helping teachers develop teaching strategies that reach all learners. Carrie was also in administration from 2008-2010 before joining Grand Canyon University as a full time faculty member. Carrie is passionate about life-long learning and education.
Dr. Casey Reason is a recognized expert in overcoming resistance to change, innovation, collaboration,and next-level leadership for teachers, principals, and everyone involved in the process of helping schools improve. His first book, “Leading a Learning Organization: The Science of Working With Others”, was endorsed by best-selling author, Dr. Ken Blanchard. In 2011, Casey published “Mirror Images: New Reflections on Teacher Leadership”.
In addition to leadership consulting and research, Casey’s consulting company specializes in distance learning and instructional design and has developed more than 50 graduate and doctoral-level distance learning courses since 2003. Casey also earned a prestigious Blackboard International Course Design of the Year award in 2010 for a doctoral-level leadership course he designed.
Cherie Stafford attended Northern Arizona University, attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education as well as a Library Sciences endorsement. She has been a teacher/facilitator for over 30 years. Her experiences range from teaching grades 2-5 regular classroom and special education, Library Media Specialist, Computer teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator in Paradise Valley Unified School District, adjunct faculty member for Ottawa University Professional Education Program, Arizona State University Cohort Program, the University of Phoenix Online division, and Arizona K-12 Center’s technology workshops. She also provides professional development and mentoring in school districts throughout Arizona through the Statewide Instructional Technology Project. She currently provides consultation services in Common Core Standards integrated with technology, Project-Based Learning, and STEM.
Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. has been an educator for over 15 years working as a middle and high school English teacher, school administrator, Title I specialist for the Arizona Department of Education, and adjunct college instructor for Ashford University. His presentations and trainings on teaching, learning higher order thinking and depth of knowledge using active learning strategies, have been featured at numerous national, state and regional education conferences.
He is the owner and lead professional education specialist of Maverik Education LLC providing consultation in the development of Title I programs and professional development in implementing Common Core State Standards, combining traditional and differentiated instruction, and teaching literacy across the curriculum.
Judy Rex’s career as an educator began as a middle school teacher in southern California, followed by the pre-school level in Phoenix, Arizona. More recently, Judy has been employed by the Scottsdale School District, where she has taught and coached in multi-age K-8 classrooms for over twenty years. Additionally, she has been a district professional development facilitator specializing in differentiated curriculum, instructional strategies for diverse student populations, and positive classroom management. Judy has been the recipient of the Scottsdale Mayor’s Council Award for the successful inclusion of special needs children in her general ed classroom, as well as an award for District Teachers of the Year.
As a member of the ASCD faculty, DI cadre, Judy has brought her classroom experience to consulting, coaching and presenting internationally for the past twelve years. Currently she works with districts, schools and teachers to support successful implementation of Differentiated Instruction, the Common Core State Standards, and Curriculum Mapping.
Judy’s classroom is the featured site for the ASCD video A Visit to a Differentiated Classroom.
Mary Urich has been actively engaged in the field of education for over 30 years. She is an experienced classroom teacher, school administrator, and adjunct faculty member. Mary has held district leadership positions including Executive Director of Academic Services, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Special Education Services, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Director of English Language Learner services, Principal and Assistant Principal. Mary has worked with districts as a Turnaround Director and Turnaround Coach with the School Improvement and Intervention Section of the Arizona Department of Education. Additionally Mary has served as the Director of Professional Development for a County School Office. She has worked with several departments within the Arizona Department of Education and Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center.
Mary received her BS ED degree from the State University of New York and her MS ED degree from Nazareth College, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership with the State University of New York. She has extensive experience and background in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, data analysis, English Language Development services, school improvement, and professional development. Mary completed the Professional Development Leadership Academy with the National Staff Development Council and holds teaching and administrative certificates from Arizona and New York.
Mary has served as an adjunct faculty member with Roberts Wesleyan College and Arizona State University. Currently, Mary is an adjunct faculty member with Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University.
Rebecca Willey is a National Board Certified Teacher whose 21 years in education includes time spent as a Response to Intervention Specialist, classroom teacher, reading interventionist, instructional coach, and most recently a Maricopa County Education Service Agency field specialist. She earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with an Emphasis in Reading and recently completed her degree in Administration. Willey delivers professional development on topics such as Response to Intervention, Depth of Knowledge with Common Core Standards and Professional Learning Communities. She believes in continual learning for educators, supporting teachers in action research with their classrooms.
Scott Adamson is an award-winning professor who strives to help students develop mathematical reasoning and persistent problem solving as they make sense of big mathematical ideas. He structures the classroom environment so that participants are afforded the opportunity to make sense of mathematics and strive to develop enthusiastic learners in the classroom. Scott has over 25 years of classroom experience and has also led professional development experiences for teachers at all levels. These professional development experiences have involved workshop/classes as well as Professional Learning Communities.
Currently, Scott teaches mathematics at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and is involved in a large National Science Foundation grant focused on mathematics in the middle school grades through teacher professional development. Scott has authored several college level textbooks and journal articles and speaks frequently at professional conferences. Scott holds a B.S. and M.A.T. in Mathematics in Education from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction-Mathematics Education from Arizona State University.
“Every Goal Is Attainable” is Shica Little’s philosophy with any project that she pursues. From being honored to meet and converse with the President of The United States of America, to strategically planning in the boardroom with her clients, she’s one amazing fundraiser, networker, and professional that can exceed any goal set. Being a Top Producer is an on-going goal that she will adopt to any occupational opportunity as she has a long list of corporations that she has worked with such as Democratic National Committee, Los Angeles Lakers, Turner Broadcasting, The Trumpet Awards, Fox Network, BET and several more.
Soon to be Dr. Little in Organizational Leadership, Shica Little, has an amazing level of determination and ambition to prove the paradigm that “The Sky Is The Limit.” This dynamic, highly educated, charismatic and sophisticated professional has a unique combination of varied occupational experience and advanced education to help meet the needs of her clients in a global marketplace.
The Clemson University graduate loves to lead, present, and convey new ideas and methodology to her clientele. Shica is equipped to spearhead and lead organizations while incorporating her expertise in fundraising, marketing, sales, strategic planning, and educating to meet each client’s individual objectives. Shica is now a full time faculty member in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University located in Phoenix, AZ. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the university.
Her high business acumen and diverse background of talents gives Shica a decisive advantage in her business endeavors. Shica is truly a “Jack of All Trades.” The charismatic mother of two credits her success in the belief that with the right connections anyone can achieve .
Ted Coe is a fifth generation Arizonan and a three-time graduate of Arizona State University. His BA, M.Ed. and Ph.D. are all in Mathematics Education. Prior to coming to GCU to serve as Assistant Dean, Ted was a mathematics professor and the department chair at Scottsdale Community College. He also served as the chair of Maricopa Community College's Mathematics Instructional Council and as Maricopa's representative to the Arizona Articulation Task Force for Mathematics. Before his time at SCC, Ted was the mathematics chair at Rio Salado College. He began his career teaching high school at Mountain Pointe in the Tempe Union High School District.
Ted is actively involved in the implementation of the Common Core. He is a member of the PARCC Mathematics Operational Working group. He is also currently a professional development co-director for the Arizona Mathematics Partnership, an $8.7 million National Science Foundation grant based at Scottsdale Community College. He is a supporter of the open education movement and he enjoys maintaining his website, tedcoe.com, where he shares his interactive mathematics resources with the community.