Mena Hill, Education Specialist and Consultant, began teaching in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has taught pre-school through third grade before teaching fifth grade and serving as an instructional learning coach in Lawrence, Kansas. A seasoned professional development facilitator and staff developer, Mena has presented throughout Kansas at regional and national conferences on such topics as technology integration, curriculum design, and social-emotional supports and reflective practices in the classroom. She is currently working on her educational doctorate at the University of North Dakota. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two teenagers. When not working, Mena enjoys spending time with her family.
Diana L. Bailey, Curriculum Design Specialist and Consultant, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and then went on to Washburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She pioneered the Blended Learning model for 21st century learners. Diana is the recipient of the Unusually Excellent Educator Award and the Lawrence School District Teacher of the Year. She has also been named a regional semi-finalist in the running for Kansas Teacher of the Year and is often utilized as a model classrooom teacher. Over the last five years, she has presented on global stages about her abilities to strategically weave standards based content with 21st century technologies while engaging her students in relevant, personalized curriculum in an accessible way for students of all abilities. Diana currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and two daughters.
Cindy graduated from Central Methodist University with a Bachelors degree in Management. She worked as an entrepreneur for around 10 years before entering education. Cindy has taken her real world experiences from growing up in family business and is now facilitating learning at a student operated business, All Things Independence, in Independence, Missouri. Cindy received her Masters degree in Education Technology from William Woods University and is currently working on her specialists degree at the University of Missouri.
In addition to teaching, Cindy is passionate about helping teachers grow and love their job. When coaching teachers Cindy takes an empathetic approach to leading teachers. She enjoys empowering teachers to implement curriculum that engages and empowers their students to higher levels of achievement.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Central Missouri with her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics. Following her time at UCM Rebecca worked as a 3th-5th grade reading resource teacher providing pull out services. During her first year of teaching she participated in the University of Missouri Teaching Fellows Program earning a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Mathematics.
Rebecca has taught a variety of grade levels and subjects. Her first year of teaching she taught high school Algebra 1 and Geometry. The years since then she has taught 6th Grade Special Education English Language Arts, 6th Grade Mathematics, 8th Grade Special Education Mathematics, 8th Grade Regular Education Mathematics, and Algebra 1 and 1st Grade General Education.
Her passions lie in curriculum development and creating educational resources for students that connect educational experiences to real life. By developing these types of experiences, she hopes to make teaching a more enjoyable experience where teachers can meet students where they are and provide necessary information to move forward. Rebecca also loves to share information that she has learned and gathered at conferences and professional learning sessions.
Brad is a former superintendent of schools who was instrumental in implementing the Academies of ISD over the past 7 years in the Independence School District in Independence Missouri. He also oversaw all instructional and educational activities in the Independence School District’s middle and high schools. Prior to joining the independence School District, Brad spent 14 years in the Lexington (Mo.) School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and four years as superintendent of schools.
Brad leadeship experince in public education is essential on providing expertice and support to educators through innovation. He builds and implements a variety of experiential learning models within school districts and buildings that view the future of education through the lens of student engagement and industry/community connection.
Building and implementing these student experiences does not require individual heroes. It requires a series of hosts working systemically to create sustainable community change, and results in student outcomes that outlast any one leader or program.