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Guest Speakers

Lester LaminackLester Laminack
Keynote Speaker

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Lester is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States and abroad.

He is the author of over 25 books for teachers and children. His academic publications include Climb Inside a Poem (Heinemann), Cracking Open the Author’s Craft (Scholastic), Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Aloud and Guided Conversations (Heinemann), The Writing Teacher’s Troubleshooting Guide (Heinemann), Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Strategies into Writing Instruction (Heinemann), The Ultimate Read Aloud Collection Fiction and Nonfiction (Scholastic).

Lester is also the author of several children’s books including: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake’s 100th Day of School, Snow Day!, Three Hens and a Peacock (2012 Children’s Choice K-2 Book of the Year Award), and The King of Bees all published by Peachtree Publishers. His newest work is Reading to Make a Difference (Heinemann) and The Ultimate Read Aloud Collection 2nd. Edition (Scholastic) and The Ultimate Read Aloud Collection Fiction and Nonfiction (Scholastic).

Lester is available for professional development and school author visits. You can contact him via his website and follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @Lester_Laminack

Patty McGeePatty McGee
Guest Speaker

Patty McGee is author of the best-selling book Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing (Corwin 2017) and has been a national and international literacy consultant.

She has worked near and far—in her own home town of Harrington Park and across the world in Abu Dhabi and many places in between. Her passion and vision is to create learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power through joyful inquiry, study, and collaboration. Her favorite moments are when groups of teachers are working with students together in the classroom. It is truly where the magic happens.

Michael ShouldersMichael Shoulders
Guest Speaker

Mike Shoulders Ed.D., spent his childhood traveling in an army family from Maryland, to Germany, Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia and Germany (again) before settling in Clarksville, TN. Mike taught for 14 years and then worked as an instructional supervisor.

He retired with 30 years service to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools in TN. Mike visits nearly 80 schools and conferences across America and Europe each year spreading the message that Reading IS Magic! His school programs include the writing process (why are most picture books 32 pages long?), magic, rap, and secrets found in his books.

Books (selected titles):
The Legend of the Christmas Pickle
D is for Dump Truck - A Construction Alphabet
V is for Volunteer – A Tennessee Alphabet
Count on Us: A Tennessee Number Book
T is for Titanic - A Titanic Alphabet
Crossing the Deadline (Civil War Novel)

Conference Speaker (selected events):
International Literacy Association Conferences: Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, & Boston
International Literacy Association State Conferences: AR*, CO, KY*, FL, MI, MO*, MS, NC*, NY, SC, TN*, VA, & WV*
*Keynote presentations

Visit Mike on his website