Holly Elissa Bruno MA, JD is an advocate for early childhood education leadership. An author, trainer, speaker, consultant and professor, Bruno is an alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management. Holly Elissa teaches leadership and management courses for Wheelock College across the country. A recovering attorney, Bruno is a former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine and currently uses her skills to advocate for stronger leadership in early childhood education. Bruno hosts the Leadership Channel on BAM Radio. Her articles have been published in Child Care Exchange and NAEYC's Young Children journal.
Jules Csillag is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), who has presented at conferences such as ISTE, LDA, ILA, ASHA, and the Everyone Reading Conference. She is the author of Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies and Technology Tools to Help All Students Improve (Routledge, 2016).
Lori's passion is engaging her students through neuroscience in education, integrating Mind Brain Teaching and learning principles and strategies into her courses at Marian. Lori has conducted workshops throughout the Midwest on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning creating two webinars and a series of articles for “Inside the School,” an online publication originating from Madison Wisconsin. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin and Mind Body Spirit international magazine. She recently was published in the Brain Research Journal for math and sciences for her work in the fifth grade classrooms this year during a faculty in residence position with Washington Township Schools. Lori graduated with a BS in Special Education, from Butler University, with an MS in counseling from Indiana University and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy with an emphasis in early adolescence/ thought formation from AIHT and Indiana University. Lori's website is at www.revelationsineducation.com. Lori has written a book entitled, "How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education" published in March of 2012. She has currently completed a second book, entitled, “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System”, co-authoring with educator Mr. Michael McKnight published by Wyatt McKenzie Publishing available winter of 2015.
Scott has been an early childhood educator for 30 years. He has been a preschool center director and preschool ministry leader in a church. He has taught elementary school. He developed and edited curriculum for a religious publisher for 15 years. Currently, Scott is a freelance curriculum writer and editor, a workshop leader, and a school volunteer. In addition to his blog, Brick by Brick, he writes for the collaborative blog Pre-K and K Sharing (http://prekandksharing.blogspot.com) and works as editor for Pre-K Pages (pre-kpages.com).
Julia G. Thompson received her BA in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. She has been a teacher in the public schools of Virginia, Arizona, and North Carolina for more than thirty-five years. Thompson has taught a variety of courses, including freshman composition at Virginia Tech, English in all of the secondary grades, mining, geography, reading, home economics, math, civics, Arizona history, physical education, special education, graduation equivalency preparation, and employment skills. Her students have been diverse in ethnicity as well as in age, ranging from seventh graders to adults. Thompson currently teaches in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she is an active speaker and consultant. Author of Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher, First-Year Teacher’s Checklist, The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide, and The First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide Professional Development Training Kit, Thompson also provides advice on a variety of subjects through her Web site, www.juliagthompson.com; on her blog, juliagthompson.blogspot.com; and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TeacherAdvice.