Speakers 2019

Pre-Conference Speakers ~ Sunday, March 3rd ~ 7:00-8:00pm

Keynote Speaker ~ Monday, March 4th ~ 8:30-9:30am

Featured Speakers ~ Multiple Sessions Mon., March 4th -Tues., March 5th

Featured Speaker: Chance W. Lewis

Chance W. Lewis, Ph.D. is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Full Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, he is the Provost Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Inclusion and Access and Founding Executive Director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative, which is dedicated to disseminating the next generation of research on the improvement of teaching and learning in urban schools.

Keynote Speaker- Jack Berckemeyer

A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and was on the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team.
Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education.
Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness – A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team – How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism – Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen.


Pre-Conference Speaker – Dr. Mary Beth Roth 

Session: “Effective Grading Practices Within an MTSS Framework”
Director of Middle Schools, Curriculum and Instruction, Cabarrus County Schools.
This session will focus on the purpose of grades within an MTSS framework.  

Pre-Conference Speakers – Dr. Vernon Farrington

Session (co-presenter): “It’s Time to Get Real about Boundary Spanning”
Dr. Vernon Farrington is in his 40th year as an educator and served as a middle school teacher and administrator for 20 years with Guilford County Schools. During his tenure at Jamestown Middle School, the school was recognized as a Governor’s Entrepreneurial School for innovative and successful school renewal. As a result, he was also recognized as the 1999 Met Life/NASSP State Principal of the Year in North Carolina. He has authored numerous publications related to school leadership and renewal. He currently serves as a Teaching Associate Professor at East Carolina University.

Pre-Conference Speaker – Dr. Barbara J. Mallory

Session (co-presenter): “It’s Time to Get Real about Boundary Spanning”
Dr. Barbara J. Mallory is an associate professor in educational leadership, Department of Graduate and Specialty Studies, at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). Prior to her faculty appointment at CCU, Dr. Mallory, a former North Carolina “Principal of the Year” and school transformation coach with the NC State Department of Public Instruction, served as the coordinator of the doctoral program in educational leadership at Georgia Southern University (GSU) and also coordinator of the doctoral program at High Point University (HPU). She also helped launch the Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnership at Winthrop University, serving as Director of the Institute in 2011. Dr. Mallory has been recognized by her peers for her commitment and achievement in the profession. She served as a principal at both middle level and high school level in Pitt County School, NC. She was presented the President’s Award by the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration in November 2011, and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at East Carolina University in Fall 2011. She served as President of the North Carolina Professors of Educational Leadership (NCPEL) from 2016-2018. She spends her leisure time in her home in Atlantic Beach, NC, and with her family and friends, including her daughter, Sara, who lives with her golden doodle, Loubie, in Wilmington, NC. She served as a principal at both middle level and high school level in Pitt County School, NC.