EdWisely Fall Summit '22 Maximizing Learning Speakers
Dr. Lisa Riegel - Keynote Speaker
Dr. Riegel is an expert in student engagement and delivers professional development around best practices for using assessment strategically to enhance student engagement, developing trauma informed practices to increase student success and belonging, and designing student-centered instruction that addresses the needs of each student. She has taught at the high school, college and graduate levels and holds a PhD in Educational Leadership. Her program counsel has been sought internationally and she has authored three books.
Derek Hakes is in his second year at Indiana Math and Science Academy North, where he is revising his role as a middle school resource teacher for exceptional learners. Mr. Hakes has undergraduate degrees in elementary and special education as well as a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Western Governors University. He is currently working on a second masters degree in trauma-informed education and leadership at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. When he is not busy teaching and being a lifelong learner, Mr. Hakes is published arranger and composer of both choral and handbell music.
Kimber serves as the Technology Integration Coordinator for Anacortes School District. She has worked in public, private, charter, and international schools, including a school serving students with learning differences, and has taught in various roles K-12. She has her MEd in Learning Design and Leadership and is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. She loves working with students and educators to integrate technology into teaching and learning, and believes technology can be life-changing for students as it allows them to both access knowledge and share their ideas in ways not otherwise possible.
Dr. Krista Welz
Dr. Krista Welz is a Library Media Specialist and STEM Research teacher in North Bergen High School, New Jersey. Krista serves on the New Jersey Department of Education’s New Jersey Students Learning Standards College and Career Ready Committee and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Coach. Krista received a Doctorate of Education in the Educational Technology Leadership Program at New Jersey City University in Spring 2019. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Educational Technology & Literacy Education Departments. She specializes in technology integration in schools and libraries.
Mr. Scott Hawley currently serves as Assistant Principal of School Culture at Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Hawley holds degrees from The Ohio State University (B.A. History, 2004) and Ashland University (M. Ed, Educational Leadership, 2013). Scott maintains licensure from the Ohio Department of Education in Integrated Social Studies (7-12) and Principal (5-12). Mr. Hawley is a OTES credentialed Teacher Evaluator. Employed in secondary education since 2006, Mr. Hawley was hired as a Social Studies teacher at Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School in 2009. Scott served as Social Studies Department Chair and as a member of several school leadership committees before joining the school administrative team in the fall of 2012. As Assistant Principal of School Culture, Mr. Hawley leads the process to evaluate and reform the behavior management systems and practices at HSA Columbus High School with a focus on equity and restorative practices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott led the team that developed and implemented the school remote learning plan. Scott has also pursued grant opportunities for the school, which has led to the award of grants in the areas of school safety and student social-emotional learning. In addition to his work as Assistant Principal of School Culture, Mr. Hawley serves as the School Attendance Officer, is a teacher evaluator, manages the school safety planning/implementation cycles, and is a mentor to new and prospective building administrators. Scott resides in Southeastern Ohio with his wife and daughter.
Tonya Kelly, M.Ed
Tonya Kelly, MEd, is the CEO/Founder of the 501c3 non-profit organization called Empower our Youth Foundation and 4th grade Educator at Horizon Science Academy Columbus Elementary. Tonya is a community activist for bullying prevention resources and services that is working to bring attention to the problem of all forms of bullying happening in our schools and communities.
Xavier Owens is a long time educator with experience in the following: school leadership, school improvement, performance improvement, and instructional coaching. Xavier holds an Education Specialist degree (EdS), and is a certified Performance Improvement Technologist. Currently, Xavier is the Principal of Indiana Math and Science Academy North.
Elisa Salazar, MS, MA, LMSW graduated from GVSU with her Master’s degree in social work in 2010 and her second Master’s degree in Communications in 2020. Her background is in diverse settings including juvenile justice, special education, and substance abuse; however, she has spent most of her career as a therapist working with children, families, and individual from mild to severe mental illness.
For over 23 years, Dincer Coach has been in education as a teacher and an administrator driven from the philosophy of “Serving to Others”. Dincer Coach works as director of science education at the Concept Schools’ Charter Network. He earned his master’s degree at the Central Michigan University. Dincer Coach also is founder two international schools aboard.
Lissa Brunan is the owner and Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of Engaging TECHniques. She has worked in the field of education her entire career. Before focusing her passion and energy in the world of professional development, she had experience teaching in a middle school classroom. As a former teacher, Lissa understands the need for engaging, innovative, and collaborative opportunities for educators to learn and grow.
Stephanie is a Specialist in STEM, STEAM and Experiential Learning Education. She has been at the center of building two Academies within her district, and recently was featured on DailySTEM’s STEM Everyday Podcast with Chris Woods along with Cindy Hasselbring of NASA. This year, Stephanie is focusing on teacher and parent development through NASA resources and the CONNECTS teacher network.
Regina Armour, Ed.D.
Regina Armour is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Concept Schools. She started
9 years ago as the Director of Community Engagement & New School Development. She received her
doctorate from National Louis University’s National College of Education and her research focuses on
instructional & organizational coaching and culture transformation. Her work in schools began with
becoming an intermediate and upper grade teacher of biological sciences and math. She has also taught
high school, community college and university graduate students.
Dr. Armour’s primary focus is equity, cultural responsiveness, and leadership/organizational
development primarily in education using a multi-faceted, systems approach. By crafting relevant,
engaging learning experiences for all students—both young and adult, she has provided professional
development for teachers and leadership development for principals and districts. She has extensive
experience in building collaborative relationships with the community and families by doing numerous
workshops on social justice; instructional school cultures; cultural proficiency in schools and
organizational literacy for educators.
She is a certified Evocative Coach which is a protocol that helps individuals and organizations re-write
their own stories that shows excitement for diversity and welcomes multiple perspectives.
I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years with Concept Schools! I have been serving as the Assistant Principal of Academics at Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School for the last 5 years; prior to that, I taught English III and AP Composition and served as the ELA Department Head for my building. I served as an integral part of our school’s ODE STEM School Designation Team leading to our official recognition by ODE during the 21-22 school year. My primary role is to oversee teaching and learning by providing observational feedback and teacher coaching.
Molly Ferryman has been an educator for 28 years. She is currently a 4-8 reading intervention teacher at Noble Academy Columbus. Mrs. Ferryman attended The Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Education. She also has her K-12 reading endorsement and PreK-12 TESOL endorsement and completed her Masters degree in Literacy at Concordia University Nebraska.
Oktay Ince is an Assistant Principal of Academics, responsible for STEM implementation in HSA Columbus High School. He holds bachelor of science degree in Biology, master of science degree in Biology, master of education degree in Teaching and Curriculum, and currently working on master of educational leadership degree.
As a National Geographic Certified Educator, Oktay is the recipient of several educational fellowships including, Fulbright Teacher for Global Classroom, NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Teach Earth Senior Fellow, TEACH fellowship to Kingdom of Bahrain, Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) STEM fellowship to Germany, and United Arap Emirates (UAE) study tour fellowship to UAE.
Oktay is passionate about increasing STEM literacy, global competence and fostering the love of learning in his students.
Serdar Kartal has been a professional educator for the past 23 years. His classroom experience includes teaching at both the elementary and high school levels. Serdar founded Horizon Science Academy Belmont that served disadvantaged students, and worked as Principal for 9 years. He accomplished creating an educational model which combined the best practices of constructivist philosophy, problem-based and inquiry learning with rigorous academic standards.