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Jane A. Ball has a B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York. She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. Her Master’s Thesis centered on Spanish American descendants from four ghost towns in New Mexico and the effects of the 1918-1919 Influenza epidemic. Her Ph.D. Dissertation focused on Jemez Pueblo and the political ramifications of factionalism. Ball has taught numerous anthropology and communication courses in Minnesota and North Dakota colleges and universities for decades. Her work with Minnesota’s Native American populations on educational issues resulted in grants from US West, the Blandin Foundation, Concordia Leadership Foundation, Northwest Initiative Fund, North Central Initiative Fund and the US Department of Education. Her research and manuscripts have been published in both national and international journals. Her current interests are; intercultural communication, maximizing the effects of diversity in the classroom, and social justice and the US justice system.
Karina Barley, founder of Project Autism, is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 30 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
She is currently working with the Special Education Faculty at Monash University Australia whilst she completes her PhD in Inclusive Education.
David Beyers is a technology implementation coordinator for a public school, online instructor for MVU and graduate-level university instructor. He has been teaching for over 15 years and has experience in the urban and rural settings. David earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and his Master’s from Walden University.
David has been acknowledged by receiving an "Outstanding Performance in Education" award in northern Michigan and has also been awarded over $25,000 in grants for his co-workers, as well as his own classroom. His passion for teaching is contagious and is easily recognized even in the online setting. His focus is on designing courses that deliver resources and experiences that are directly implementable into the teacher’s classroom, no busy work! He believes everyone can learn but they just may need it taught in a unique way.
Ann Dolence, has spent 15 years as a certified recreation therapist working in the area of psychiatric treatment. She has owned her own professional speaking and training business, The Leisure Connection, for the past 25 years. Ann is a Certified Tiny Habits Coach and was recently named to the Tiny Habits National and International Online Coaching Faculty. She has facilitated Worksite and School Wellness programs for Lakes Country Service Cooperative for the past 13 years and teaches as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Dakota Recreation and Tourism Department. Ann is also the co-owner and co- developer of Wellday at Work; Healthy online breaks for your workday.
Ann promotes nationally and locally that creativity, playfulness, laughter, and celebrations of life are nature's way of re-energizing and re-vitalizing ourselves. Once we remove the obstacles that conflict and negative attitudes produce, we are sure to obtain our goals. Simple techniques implemented daily can make these positive life qualities of success available to everyone.
Ann draws her training and presentation material from her professional knowledge but also from real-life experiences. Having always had a passion for running. Ann has participated in distance running races for the past 27 years. She believes in life, like in going the distance in running, training is the key to performance. You must focus on the finish line, stay on course and believe you will reach your goal one step at a time.
Jennifer Hair is located in the Heartland. She has taught for over 17 years in the Visual Arts Pathway in Career and Technical Education. She has also been a team lead for the integration of 1:1 Apple MacBook roll out and has completed many trainings through Apple Education. She is also an Adobe Certified Associate.
She received a B.A. in Business and Marketing through William Woods University, B.S. in Secondary Business Education from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and finally her Masters in Literacy from the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!)
She currently teaches for several Universities and also Johnson County Community College in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. She is passionate about helping other teachers implement technology that will impact student learning and outcomes. She is convinced technology and building amazing relationships with your students go hand-in-hand. She lives with her husband who is a head boys' basketball coach and 4 very busy kids in the Kansas City area.
Dennis Irelan has extensive experience as a teacher, professional consultant, and coach. He also has experience/skills in facilitation, public speaking, teaching, and coaching. Dennis has a Master of Arts in Elementary School Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts with a Tri-minor in Social Science, English, and Elementary Education from Siena Heights College. Dennis is the elementary principal at Reading Michigan Community Schools.
Michelle Kalina has been teaching continuing education distance learning classes for the past eleven years. She earned her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology and a B.A. in History, German and Russian from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For the past 16 years, she has been employed in the Anoka-Hennepin school district as a speech language pathologist. She is also a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and has presented on the topic of culture and special education at the Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association annual conference.
Dr. Denise Kaye was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her B.A. in Speech Communication from San Diego State University, M.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge, and Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from Southern Illinois University.
Her professional background includes working in the technical field implementing networks for health care and manufacturing companies, and owning an internet service company. In the educational field, she taught high functioning elementary autistic children, and business and computer courses for a technical college.
Currently, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate communication courses, consults online course developers, and produces online course videos. Her own online course experience as a student motivates her to reach out and connect with those who need flexibility in their schedule without sacrificing standards for education.
Chuck North has extensive experience as an administrator, teacher, professional consultant and coach. He also has professional experience/skills in facilitation, public speaking, teaching and coaching. Chuck has a Master of Arts in Secondary School Administration from Central Michigan University with an emphasis in Principalship, Leadership, and Organizational Development. His bachelor’s degree is in Secondary Education, also from Central Michigan University. Chuck is the Superintendent of Reading Michigan Community Schools and CEO of Chuck North Consulting.
Jim Ruid has16 years experience in education. He is currently at Champlin Park High School working as the Technology Teacher. Job responsibilities include integration of technology into the classroom and helping teachers and students prepare for the future. Jim holds a Master in Education from the University of Minnesota.
David Seela has spent 36 years in a classroom, which makes him more than aware of the challenges and rewards that go along with the title of "Teacher." With degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and Northwest Missouri State University, Seela, along with his wife, formed a goal of making science more understandable for elementary and middle school teachers. From that goal, came Seela Science.
For the past 25 plus years, Seela has written more than 2,000 lessons, which use common, down-to-earth explanations of science. Today, Seela Science is still helping teachers better understand science.
Seela was a science instructor at New Market Community Schools (1973-1983), a chemistry/physics instructor at Clarinda Community Schools (1983-2008) and was named Wal-Mart's 2004 Teacher of the Year in the state of Iowa. Currently, he's an adjunct professor at Buena Vista University and Iowa Western Community College.
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