Geniene Delahunty (@GenieneD)
Geniene serves as a K-12 English Language Learner (ELL) teacher for Boone County Schools in Northern Kentucky. Originally from South Africa, the global lens has always been part of her identity. Her dissertation in Urban Educational Leadership focused on the expectations parents and principals have for their students (ELL’s). Geniene strongly advocates for families and students to be active in their education, and builds relationships with families through home visits and ongoing communication. Her other professional passion is building efficacy with teachers and supporting them in the classroom. As an adoptive parent of older boys from Taiwan, Geniene has had to ‘practice what she preaches’ as an ELL teacher and parent. Originally Follow Geniene on Twitter @geniened. Her favorite hashtags: #ptchat, #kyadmin, #edchat, #ellchat. Connect via Voxer: gdela336.
Jim is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning Support Services in the Boone County Schools, Kentucky. He is a former elementary school principal and music teacher, and frequent Magic Bean Buyer. Jim promotes developing students’ 21st century skills through engaging project based learning and innovative teaching & learning. He is often heard telling students, “Go Make Stuff!” He is pursuing an EdD degree with interests in parent engagement and effective teacher dispositions. Jim is most happy when he is with his beautiful wife and two children lost in Orte, Italy. He is a 2014 Bammy Award Nominee and a 2014 Kentucky PTA Outstanding Educator. Jim is the Co-host of “Coloring outside the Lines” on the BAM Radio Network PULSE. Two fun facts about Jim: He walked a tightrope in his High School production of “Barnum”, and he enjoyed 15 minutes of Andy Warhol fame when he and friend Chad made the video “Snowhemian Rhapsody” Nutty School Closing. Contact Jim on Twitter @JimDetwiler1 and on Voxer at jdetwi691.
Ted is the Lead Learner at Francis Howell Middle School in St. Charles, Missouri. Throughout his 26 years in education, Ted has been an English teacher, Drama teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Ted believes in embracing academic responsibility, character education, technology integration, and parent engagement within all facets of the school setting. Francis Howell Middle has earned two National Partnership School Designations from the National Network of Partnership Schools and is a National School of Character. Ted earned his advanced certification in Character Education from the Leadership Academy for Character Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Ted earned his BA from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He earned both his MA in Directing and MA Educational Administration from Lindenwood University. Finally he earned both his Ed.S. (Executive Leadership) and Ed.D. (Quality Professional Development) from Saint Louis University. Ted is an annual presenter at the Midwest Education Technology Conference. Ted is the founder of #FHMchat, his school’s parent and teacher Twitter chat. His also a member of the #MOedchat moderating team. Follow Ted on Twitter at @TedHiff (professional Twitter PD) and @News4FHMS (School Twitter info). Find Ted on Voxer at thuff6677. Check out Ted’s blog “All Things Education”. His favorite hashtags include: #FHMchat, #PTchat, #MOedchat, #mschat, #Satchat, #NT2T, #EdcampSTL, #PTcamp, #METC15.
Dr. Joe Mazza is a lifelong learner, leader, and innovator. Joe currently serves as the Leadership Innovation Manager at The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In this role, Joe works with faculty, students, and alumni of the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. In addition to his work at Penn, Mazza serves as a digital strategist to both IEL and National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement in Washington, DC. His new company, c64KID INNOVATIONS, was designed to help educational and community organizations connect and build upon each other using today’s evolving technologies. More at c64kid.com.
Julie Pile is president of Stinger Media, LLC., a social media company that helps small businesses and organizations harness the power of the internet. She started down the path of becoming an engaged parent through sharing her social media skills with her children’s school. She is past president of Stephens Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and created its social media presence. Julie currently serves as social media chair for the 14th District PTA and Social Media Commissioner for the Kentucky PTA. She can often be found leading professional development for teachers in Boone County and training parents on social media tools. She is a board member of the Florence Rotary and Boone County Education Foundation. Julie is a proud Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership 2012 fellow and is a 2015 Bammy Parent Leader Award finalist. She is a founding member of the Boone County and Camp Ernst Middle School Family and Community Engagement teams.
Kwesi guides IEL’s portfolio of programs designed to develop and support leaders with a particular emphasis on Family and Community Engagement, Early Childhood Education and Community-based Leadership Development. Kwesi has years of experience working with local communities and state agencies to improve multi-agency service delivery systems supporting children, youth and families. Working with young people is also a personal passion for Kwesi – he has special expertise in resiliency and youth development. He is President of the Parklands Community Center Board of Directors; has been recognized as the Big Brother of the Year in the District of Columbia; and was a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capitol Area, serving for 7 years as Vice-President for Program Services. Favorite Hashtag: #ptchat
Robert has dedicated the last 20 years, working in schools, with parents in his community, and through his private practice, to raise the bar for parents. He recently wrote, “Laugh More, Yell Less: A Guide to Raising Kick-Ass Kids” (bit.ly/kickasskids). With his wife Betsy, Robert has raised two amazing teens who are busy kicking ass and taking names. From Robert: “I am passionate about supporting parents (the hardest, most under-appreciated job in the world) and supporting teachers (the second hardest, most under-appreciated job in the world) because I am an advocate for *all* children. Our future leaders, our children, need an education that helps them to identify and embrace their superpowers in order to find their purpose in the world. To achieve this outcome, adults (parents, teachers, administrators, community members) need to communicate and make a plan to work together.”