August "Sandy" Merz III, NBCT has taught design and algebra and other STEM subjects at Safford K8 IB World School in Tucson, Arizona since 1987. In 2010 he earned his National Board Certificate in Career and Technical Education. Shortly after that he became active in the teacher leader movement, particularly with the Arizona K12 Center and the Center for Teaching Quality. He writes the Digressive Discourse blog (http://ow.ly/Kpd0O) for CTQ and contributes to Stories from School Arizona (http://ow.ly/KpmOu). His articles have appeared in ED Week, Kappan, Ed Horizons, and Go Teach. Follow Sandy on twitter @amerziii
Julie Adams, founder of Adams Educational Consulting (AEC), is an international
keynote speaker and educational consultant providing engaging and effective training
and coaching to both public and private K-12 schools in the following areas: critical
thinking, SEL, neuroscience, digital literacy, instructional leadership, content area
literacy and writing.
Mrs. Adams, a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and Educator of the Year who has
taught primary through graduate school, equips educators with strategies that empower
students with the skills necessary for academic success.
In addition, Mrs. Adams advises universities and state departments of education on educational policy and curriculum and instruction. Her expertise and humor make her a keynote speaker at leadership and educational conferences around the world.