Date: November 14-15, 2022
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, “Go See the Principal,” outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Gerry and his wife, Kelly, have 3 adult children and live in Lexington, KY.
My name is Mitch Reed and I am currently the Superintendent of Schools in Florence SD. My wife Shari and I, along with three children Kendall, Emmy, and Finn live in Watertown. I have a strong passion for kids and building relationships with them. The project Cardboard Confessionals allowed me to build even stronger relationships with the students I worked with. I learned a great deal about how past experiences and backgrounds play a role in everyday living. It also allowed me to look at my life and evaluate my priorities. This journey of sharing my message has been a great one. I have met many strong people along the way that deserve all the credit in the world. The first step to helping those in need is to understand what they are going through!