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Gail Multop @gailmult

Gail teaches Early Childhood Education as an Adjunct Associate Professor for Northern Virginia Community College, one of the largest community college systems in the country. She is a popular trainer in the DC area, leading workshops on such topics as Engaging, Arts-Based and Outdoor Learning, and Guiding Behavior. She is a member of the Virginia Community College Peer Group which collaborates with the Virginia Department of Social Services to train and license childcare professionals throughout the state. Her blog on BAM's EdWords is referenced in several arts websites, and is used in Early Childhood courses throughout Virginia. She is also a member of NAREA, the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. You can contact her for more information about Professional Development opportunities. 

Gail lives and works in Northern Virginia. Her special interests include arts-integration, play, Reggio Emilia, music and yoga. 

Rob Sheppard

Rob Sheppard | @robshpprd


In over 10 years of English language teaching Rob has held a variety of roles in many teaching contexts. These include the cram-school culture of Taiwan and Korea; intensive academic English programs in Boston; advanced conversation and TOEFL prep via Skype; and nonprofit adult English programs for immigrants to Greater Boston. He is the founder and CEO of Ginseng English, former director of adult education and interim executive director at Quincy Asian Resources, a member of the community advisory council at First Literacy. He has a master’s degree in TESOL from The New School, and his areas of interest include pronunciation and grammar instruction, curriculum development, and assessment. He is also a regular contributor to the TESOL Blog on the topic of adult education.

Brian McDavitt @bmcd25

Brian McDavitt spent ten years teaching elementary students in Pleasant Hill, MO. He taught third grade for eight years and has taught fourth for two. In addition to teaching in the classroom, he has served as vice-president and president of his district's professional development committee, been a team leader for third and fourth grades, and is the chair of his building's standards based grading committee. Starting in August, 2016, Brian will be taking on a new position as the Technology Integration Specialist for Millennium @ Santa Fe Elementary School, part of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, MO.  He holds a BA in Elementary Education from Graceland University and a Master of Education in Technology-Enhanced Teaching from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Brian is passionate about creating authentic learning experiences for his students, technology integration, professional development, and improving classroom management. Connect with Brian on Twitter: @bmcd25.

Laura Bornfreund

Laura Bornfreund is a policy analyst for New America’s Early Education Initiative and a writer for EEI's blog Early Ed Watch.