Join us June 28 & 29 for a virtual event like you’ve never seen before
Real talk… these last few school years have made teachers feel a little bit frazzled.
Being an educator is beyond a full-time job. Between lesson planning, grading, meetings, bridging constantly widening educational gaps, and actually teaching- it probably feels impossible to show up for your students without dropping the ball in other areas of your life.
Educate and Rejuvenate is the LIVE virtual conference for Pre-K through 6th-grade teachers and homeschool parents to work smarter (not harder!) and live their best lives.
You’ll soak up a wide variety of inspiration, unique teaching tips, innovative educational strategies, and mindset hacks from seasoned teachers, children’s book authors, professional motivational speakers, homeschool moms, and life coaches… all from the comfort of your home!
And for less than a Starbucks latte… you can join us LIVE!
For five bucks, you could get a couple packs of candy or a box of crayons for your kiddos…
Briana Richardson is a 7th grade ELA teacher with a passion for bringing humor and joy to the classroom. It is her 4th year as an educator. She uses humor as a way to relieve stress and deal with all the craziness that comes with being an educator.
You may have seen her on TikTok as Honest Teacher Vibes. She is also a part of a podcast called Teachers Off Duty! Briana is one of those people who has never met a stranger! If you ever meet her out in public, feel free to stop and say HEY BEST FRIEND!
Amber Harper is a long-time educator, author, speaker, and podcaster. She’s the founder of www.burnedinteacher.com and author of Hacking Teacher Burnout which gives struggling teachers a path to follow as they navigate their way out of burnout.
Amber is a Teacher Burnout Coach working with educators to help them grow through their burnout and take their next, best steps toward what they want from their career in education and in life.
⭐ 2022 EVENT PRESENTERS ⭐
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Amy is the CEO and Lead Creator at Planning Playtime. Her mission to bring play back into education has taken on a life of its own, creating an international online community of 2 million moms and teachers around the world.
Her videos have hundreds of millions of views on social media and her products are improving education for millions of children in hundreds of thousands of homes and classrooms around the globe. She has been featured on Good Housekeeping, Huffington Post, Country Living, Good Things Utah, and more. She has also been a guest on a number of podcasts and hopes to launch her own soon.
Strategies for Optimizing the Organic Curious Learning Process
Keri is a kindergarten teacher in central Alabama and has been teaching over 14 years! She loves traveling, decorating her classroom, meeting other teachers and creating engaging resources for her students.
She is obsessed with all things technology and loves teaching her kinders how to use it. Reading picture books, crafting in the classroom and enjoying being a classroom family is a few of her favorites.
Planning + Tech = Gold
Kristen Donegan has been an elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist since 2005 in both California and O'ahu, Hawaii. She has enjoyed teaching kindergarten, first grade, a 1/2 combo, and second grade before resigning officially last year to continue Easy Teaching Tools Inc. and raise her daughter & son. Kristen also presents at professional development conferences such as SDE Nationals and Teach Your Heart Out.
Founded in 2010, Easy Teaching Tools has helped over a thousand busy teachers implement classroom hacks to save time, implement research-based practices to meet the needs of their students, and focus on work-life balance.
3 pm Teacher Clutter
Easy Teaching Tools
Rachel Griffith is the face behind Grow With Griffith. She helps teachers and students grow academically. She is from a small town in Texas and enjoys helping others be successful. You will pretty much always find her either sitting on the computer working or at a game watching her kids play. She is a full believer in no fluff!
She creates resources that help students prepare for grades 2-5 math testing. Her resources are minimal to no prep and include elements that make them easy for teachers everywhere to print and go.
Word Problem Training
Grow With Griffith
Alexis Shepard is a former teacher and forever educator with over a decade of experience in South Carolina public schools. Her career began as an elementary teacher where she taught 2nd and 4th grades before transitioning to the middle school setting where she taught 6th grade ELA.
Alexis believes in a human-centered approach to teaching that emphasizes critical thinking and empathy. In 2018, she created The AfroEducator, after a burn-out experience that pushed her to breaking point. Alexis uses her voice and her expertise to empower educators to live more authentically. She believes that change is long overdue for teachers and is dedicated to leaving a lasting impact for the profession.
Self Expression Leaders
Chrissy Nichols is a 23-year veteran teacher and a life and mindset coach for educators in both public and private schools. With a teaching career in the classroom spanning grades 2-12 in the US, UK, and France, Chrissy experienced her own overwhelm and burn out. Throughout her journey of working with and becoming a coach, Chrissy’s own results were dramatic: she discovered a renewed love for teaching, lost 26 pounds, and enhanced personal and professional relationships all over her life.
Knowing that teachers are smart and busy, Chrissy founded The Chrissy Concept in 2019 to help educators manage their minds in and out of the classroom. She knows that teachers don’t have a second to waste and her approach is active and no-nonsense. Chrissy understands that teachers need tools now, before the next bell rings and students walk through the door. Teachers come to Chrissy at www.thechrissyconcept.com to gain more control over their time, improve relationships, and feel better about their lives in and out of the classroom. When she’s not coaching or teaching, Chrissy enjoys speaking French, powder skiing, napping and eating salty butter.
Summer Vacation + You: How to create exactly what you want right now...today!
The Chrissy Concept
Jon graduated from the University of Utah in 2017 with a Masters in Sport & Performance Psychology. As a professional, Jon works to improve mental toughness through the use of mental skills. Jon teaches unforgettable lessons & techniques to help others be more resilient, in control, and confident.
Jon is currently lead Mental Performance Coach for the Real Monarchs, the RSL Academy, and he is the assistant Mental Performance Coach for Real Salt Lake. He also works with Weber State Athletics, Utah State athletics, Utah Jazz sales teams, Hatch Medical Sales, Legacy Power, and Westminster College.
Jon is happily married and is a proud #girldad to 2 beautiful little girls.
Lead Mental Performance Coach for the Real Monarchs and the RSL Academy
After 14 years in 2nd grade, sisters Heidi & Emily are passionate about helping teachers elevate what matters and simplify the rest!
Setting the Stage for Success with Morning Routines
Second Story Window
Meagan Bukowski is the founder of Engineering Expectations, which gives parents and teachers the tools they need to help their preschoolers develop math and problem-solving skills through hands-on educational activities and printable resources.
As a former research and development engineer, she knows the importance of mathematics and problem solving for a successful future. Therefore, Meagan is equipping parents and teachers with fun, interactive activities that help students understand how the theoretical concepts they are learning apply to the real world. This gives all children the opportunity to succeed in STEM, instead of only those that are naturally good at these subjects.
The most common mistake made teaching a STEM activity and what to do instead
Bethany is the owner and founder of MathGeekMama.com, where she shares innovative math teaching ideas and professional development for teachers. She has a degree in mathematics and a Master's in teaching, and has taught math in middle and high school classrooms in addition to homeschooling her kids for 8 years.
After working with students of all ages, she has learned that traditional methods leave kids unprepared for upper level math, with little to no problem solving skills. Her desire is to change the culture around math to show that it can be taught in a conceptual, open way that is FUN!
Getting Started with Number Talks
Math Geek Mama
Sophie Agbonkhese is a homeschooling mother of four rambunctious children. From her home on British Columbia's west coast, she writes about parenting and homeschooling at mycuprunsover.ca and about writing at storywritingacademy.com. She is also a regular contributor to both Joyful Life Magazine and iHomeschool Network.
Though she now considers writing and curriculum development her career, her degrees from Acadia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on business and logistics, which have equipped her well for homeschooling.
10 Fun Writing Activities for Kids
My Cup Runs Over
Linda Kardamis taught middle school math before being led to become the founder of Teach 4 the Heart - a website centered on providing practical advice, encouragement, and support for Christian teachers. As part of her calling to uplift educators everywhere, Linda has written three books: Create Your Dream Classroom, Take Heart & Teach, and Teach Uplifted. She is also the creator of online courses such as Classroom Management 101 and Beyond Classroom Management, and her Teach 4 the Heart podcast is enjoyed by a growing number of educators.
All of Linda's work and programs focus on her faith-based passion and calling to help teachers across the country and around the globe excel and thrive in their teaching adventures and careers. Linda is also a wife and mom of four littles, which, of course, keeps things interesting.
Classroom Management Solutions
@teach4theheart @teach4theheart @LindaKardamis
Teach 4 the Heart
Heather is on a mission to make preschool learning easy, effective and enjoyable for families! She's a Kindergarten teacher and work-at-home mama of two who spends my spare moments helping other families, like yours, prepare their children for Kindergarten with actionable insights and learning tools. Heather is so excited to be a part of this early learning journey with you & your child!
Set Your Child Up for Reading Success
Kindergarten Ready Skills
Hey there! I'm Sara, your literacy lovin' mentor and cheerleader. With over a decade of experience working as a classroom teacher, literacy coach and school administrator, I understand the joys and challenges of teaching. That's why I'm on a mission to make an impact by serving upper elementary teachers just like you. I'm the host of The Stellar Teacher Podcast and the founder of The Stellar Teacher Reading Membership.
I love sharing teaching ideas, strategies, and resources with teachers on both of these platforms. I'm excited to connect with you and ensure that you have the tools and confidence you need to build a literacy block that you're proud of. One that excites you and your students while also meeting the standards. Oh yes, it's totally possible to have both!
Using Picture of the Day to Promote Inferential Thinking
The Stellar Teacher
Megan Polk is an educator living in Nashville, Tennessee. She has over a decade of teaching experience across elementary grades. Megan gained a true love for upper elementary when she realized how large the learning gap was for so many of her 3rd-5th grade students, as many would enter her classroom on a 1st and 2nd grade level.
She viewed every challenge as an opportunity and made it a personal mission to set out and do whatever it took to grow her students! Megan is a literacy specialist and uses best practices and innovation to meet and reach students where they are. Megan is the content creator behind The Literacy Dive where she creates reading and writing resources that are creative, rigorous, and comprehensive.
These resources have helped assist upper elementary teachers who share similar challenges and have the same mission: to close the gap, to increase student confidence and achievement, and to develop students who will expand their true love for literacy. Megan is dedicated to supporting teachers and students everywhere! She loves connecting with educators through Instagram and enjoys diving into ALL things literacy every Monday on The Literacy Dive Podcast. Megan realizes the power of collaboration and the positive impact it holds. Teachers are truly better together!
The WHY Behind Writing Centers
The Literacy Dive
Kirsten currently lives on the east bench of Salt Lake City with her husband, teenage son and daughter, 2 parrots, one Goldendoodle, and a snake.
During her 18 years in public education, she served as a homeroom teacher for 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade. She also spent several years as an ESL teacher for all elementary grades. One of her true loves, though, was serving as a school counselor for grades PK-5 in Houston.
Kirsten earned her undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from The University of Iowa and then her Master's Degree in School Counseling from Sam Houston State University.
She has been trained in balanced literacy, Reading Recovery, and the SIOP method for ESL learners. She earned the title Teacher of the Year twice during her years as a teacher in Houston.
Kirsten is also an award winning children's book author. Engaging and supporting children in meaningful ways led her to begin creating ELA and SEL resources for teachers and students in 2016.
In recent years, she's become a Reiki Master and certified hypnotherapist because she believes in using a variety of modalities to support children and their varying needs. Her passions all come back to nurturing and empowering kids in their minds and in their hearts. She is currently building a new hypnosis website for kids and creating teaching resources from home.
Self Regulation for Children: Emotional Management
Jen Regan is the creator at Two Little Birds Teaching. She has more than 12 years of experience as a fourth-grade teacher in Western New York. As a certified elementary teacher, she has a passion for teaching with engaging and challenging resources while sparking a love of reading and writing in students. She is a mom to four small readers and writers of her own and when she is not in teacher-author mode, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Books to Launch Writing Workshops
Two Little Birds
Bryce is a Kindergarten teacher in the Dallas area and has taught Kindergarten through Second Grade over the past nine years. He received his M. Ed. from Southern Methodist University and since beginning his teaching career also founded The Teaching Texan. The Teaching Texan serves K-2 teachers with lesson ideas, resources, planners and more while focusing on high engagement, hands-on experiences, and learning through play.
The Teaching Texan
Dr. Sheldon Cole McAfee aka Dr. Mac currently lives in St. Louis County, Missouri. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Sheldon attended the Historically Black high school Wendell Phillips HS Academy where he graduated salutatorian in 1998.
Dr. Mac received his undergraduate degree from Alabama State University in Elementary Education. He earned his first Master's degree in Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery, and his second Master's degree in Educational Administration from University of Missouri- St. Louis. Dr. Mac graduated Maryville University St. Louis 2018 with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Sheldon's passion for education stems from his family where his mother, uncles, cousins, sister and brother are all teachers. Dr. Mac has been a teacher, principal and consultant for 19 years.
Dr. Mac firmly believes that a better-educated populace creates a better community. His motto is, leading social change through literacy. Dr. Mac has published three children's books, Everybody Came to Daddy Chuck's Funeral, Mr. Wish and the ABC's of Anti-racism. He is currently working on a graphic novel series to be released soon. He hosts the Youtube Show Dr. Mac's Literacy Lab encouraging young scholars to read more. All of his books can be found at www.drsheldoncmcafee.com
The Importance of Representational Children's Literature in an Increasingly Racial Tense Society
Author of children’s books, including
“The ABC’s of Anti-Racism”
Rebekah Poe is an award-winning special education teacher and national education conference presenter. She discovered her passion for teaching special education while working as a paraprofessional at her local high school. After returning to college to complete her Master's degree in collaborative education K-6 in 2018, she began her career as a special education teacher for grades K-4th.
She made the switch to 6th grade in the fall of 2020. As an educator, Rebekah believes all behavior is communication and all feelings are valid, and she focuses on providing equitable education and establishing connections to students of all ability levels in an inclusive setting. She can be found on Instagram and TikTok as @Lessons_and_Lattes.
Behavior as Communication
Lessons and Lattes
Ganit and Adir are the authors of bestselling Children's series "What Should Danny Do?" Parents of Four, they dedicated their lives to teaching kids about their Power to Choose with their smash hit, interactive picture books. With over 1,000,000 copies sold and counting, they are on a mission to encourage children and parents alike to activate their Power to Choose to positively impact their lives and the lives of others.
Empowering Your Child with the P2C!
Authors of the children’s book series “What Should Danny Do?”
Caitlin Peay Smith has been a teacher for over ten years in North Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and another in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is the owner of How To Get Away With Teaching, LLC, a self care subscription box curated by teachers for teachers. She enjoys empowering teachers and moms to be their best selves through radical self care and intentional wellness practices.
After having her daughter in 2019, Caitlin suffered from post-partum depression. With the added stress from teaching, she struggled with finding the balance between being a wife, mom, and teacher. She found that she could not be fully present in the three roles with the same level of intensity and dedication. It was not fair to her family, her students, and most of all, herself. Her experience in education, struggles with mental health, and research in self care fuel her passion to collaborate with educators who suffer from burnout.
But First, Me: Disrupting Society’s Narrative of the Tired Teacher Mommy
How To Get Away With Teaching
Jill Loesch is a veteran teacher and coach living in Minneapolis, MN. Her career spans 24 years within the areas of PreK-2 Classroom teacher, K-5 Literacy Resource teacher, K-5 Differentiation Specialist, PreK-5 Academic and Mindset Coach, and PD facilitator. Jill owns and operates a fitness studio with her husband, and is mother to Max and Elliana. The Self Nurtured Teacher™ was created out of the SEL practices Jill implemented during the school day after a life threatening diagnosis of Addison's Disease in 2017.
Start Implementing Practical SEL for You and Your Students
The Self Nurtured Teacher
Hello! My name is Mayson Barlow. I teach life skills in a high school. This is a self contained class with ages from 14-22. I have students with all levels of disabilities. I adore my job and am passionate about inclusion and independence for my students in the community. When I'm not teaching, I love to go Jeeping with my husband and my sweet mini schnauzer Fynn. I love the outdoors and am an avid true crime junkie. I hope to share my passions with you and support you in creating an inclusive community in your homes, classrooms, schools, and lives.
Unified in Diversity
Miss B Special Ed
I’m Karel! I’m currently part of a family of 11 (a husband, two dogs, and seven cats – most of them are fosters). Before becoming a curriculum designer at Wife Teacher Mommy, I taught resource special education for 7 years in junior high and elementary schools. Now, I help create resources for my fellow educators so that they can enjoy life to its fullest!
Asian American Representation
Team Wife Teacher Mommy
I am a former middle school social studies teacher and a graduate of Utah State University. I stopped teaching when my first daughter was born, but have continued working in education working with homeschool families. With another daughter welcomed recently, we now have 2 girls– Charlotte and Gigi. In my free time, I like to cook and bake (especially new recipes!), listen to podcasts, quote The Office, spend time outdoors, and to travel (mostly to try new food).
Session outline to come!
Team Wife Teacher Mommy
Kristine Cox is an award-winning speaker who has motivated over 300,000 people
on 100+ stages. With her engaging stage presence, inspirational stories, crystalclear vocals and live original music, Kristine delivers unforgettable “Keynote
Concerts” for conventions and seminars that leave audiences transformed,
energized and ready to face their biggest challenges.
This is not just your average keynote address. Kristine’s “Keynote Concerts” use
the power of music to entertain, educate and empower audiences in a way that
stands out as a highlight of any event for years to come!
Kristine has been featured in The Salt Lake Tribune, The Deseret News, The Daily
Herald and South Valley Journals. She has also been invited to be a guest speaker
for the Life Empowered series. She has received numerous awards for her vocal
performances (NATS Regional Award), original songs (Top 20 New Artists from
LDS Specialties) and business achievements (Power Professional, Soaring with
Results, Presidents Award, 100% Club.)
Wife Teacher Mommy Song Reveal
Songwriter and Speaker
You will have access to all prerecorded sessions for 24 hours. Day 1 sessions will be live on June 28 and Day 2 sessions will be live on June 29. All live keynotes and panels will take place in the event Facebook group.
If you would like replays for longer than the time given with the $5 ticket, you can upgrade to the Platinum Pass after checkout for replays for 6 months. Alternatively, you can join us in Wife Teacher Mommy Club for access to all of the replays PLUS a bonus day of content on June 30 (the bonus day on June 30 is ONLY for members).
Pre-recorded sessions will be available on the website, and live portions will take place in the event Facebook group.
We will offer you a certificate of completion for X credit hours. You will turn in this certificate as usual. Please ensure that your district will accept this certificate as PD credit.
If you upgrade to the Platinum Pass after checkout, your certificate will be increased to X hours as you will have the option to watch ALL of the breakout sessions during the replays.
No! Wife Teacher Mommy Club members will get into the event for FREE with replay access plus a BONUS day on June 30.
We do not offer refunds. However, you may transfer your ticket to someone else. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to transfer your ticket.