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Aaryn Schmuhl

Aaryn Schmuhl, GLISI

Aaryn Schmuhl is Vice President for Program Development & Innovation at GLISI (the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement).

Schmuhl began his career teaching and coaching middle school in Henry County Schools in McDonough, Georgia. He helped open Luella Elementary School in 2005 as its assistant principal and served as principal of Luella Middle School from 2005-2011. He accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Services in Henry County in 2011 and led the district’s 2020 Vision for Personalized Learning in 50 schools. The district reorganized in 2017 and he stepped into the role of Chief Leadership Officer. 


Madeline Levine

Madeline Levine is the Senior Manager of Community Partnerships and Outreach at Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit that works to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

As a passionate advocate of social justice, Levine works to foster strong community partnerships with school districts, library networks, and community-based organizations so that every girl has the opportunity to gain the confidence and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.


Baruti Kafele

Baruti Kafele,  School Leadership Expert & Education Speaker

A highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over 20 years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, New Jersey, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and he was a finalist for New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.


Steph Jensen

Steph Jensen, Boys Town

Steph Jensen is the director of community contracts for Boys Town National Community Support Services.

Jensen joined Boys Town in 2003. She has been in the educational field since 1995, holding positions from middle school teacher, district reading specialist and school consultant, speaker and author.


Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson, Robert Jackson Motivates

Robert Jackson began his teaching career over 20 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools with a “no more excuses” teaching approach that set high expectations for his students and challenged them to not let their personal circumstances define their futures.

Jackson’s goal is to teach educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to educate, activate and motivate all students to be successful.


Joe and Dardi Hendershott

Joe and Dardi Hendershott, Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC

Joe Hendershott, co-founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, has an extensive background working with at-risk and wounded youth as a teacher, coach and administrator in traditional, alternative and correctional education settings.

Along with her administrative role as co-founder of Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, Dardi Hendershott is a trained and formerly licensed foster/adoptive parent and an advocate for professionals working with children of trauma.


Mary Hemphill

Mary Hemphill, state director of K-12 Computer Science and Technology Education, North Carolina

Mary Hemphill is North Carolina’s first state director of K-12 Computer Science and Technology Education. With over 15 years of professional experience as a teacher, administrator, state director and university professor, Hemphill understands the importance of fusing education, empowerment and leadership as she works with communities as a leadership expert and coach and inspirational speaker. She has reached over 25,000 individuals with a message of transformation and innovation, self-empowerment and leadership.


Catherine Guimarães

Catherine Guimarães, Teaching Channel

Catherine Guimarães, Regional Director for Teaching Channel since 2015, supports districts in using Teaching Channel Plus – a video-enabled learning management system – and adopting personalized professional learning. She believes educators are powerful influencers and leaders in making a better universe. 


Thomas Glanton

Thomas Glanton, The Education Company Thomas Glanton, Jr., is president and lead consultant for The Education Company, a national educational consulting company specializing in school improvement and the art of school leadership. Under his leadership, the company has served over 200,000 teachers and administrators in public, private, and charter schools across the U.S.

Glanton works directly with school and district leaders to develop their capacity to create school climates that are conducive to student success by focusing on operations, instructional leadership, data analysis and school performance.


Phyllis Donatto

Phyllis Donatto, Flippen Group

Phyllis Donatto, Leadership Development Strategist for Flippen Group, provides districts with professional development training focused on improving instructional practices and curriculum alignment. Drawing on her extensive experience as a secondary and postsecondary educator and administrator, she has presented at the international, national and state level on topics ranging from effective course design to teacher effectiveness.