Speakers

Who’ll be on stage at TEDxCharlotteED?

You’ll hear stories from community leaders, educators, students, and volunteers, all of whom share a passion for learning and sharing.

Janine Davis

Janine Davis

Master of Ceremonies

A motivational speaker and the Founder and Executive Director of Girl Talk Foundation, Inc., Janine stepped out on faith and veered away from her full-time career and to focus her talent on preparing young people for success and challenging adults to tap into their inner passion. Janine’s quest for purpose led her to establish Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. – a non-profit agency designed to empower young girls ages 11-16 to be leaders.

Pamela Howze

Pamela Howze

TEDxTalk: Reinventing Apprenticeship

The time is now for industry to become true partners with our education systems to ensure students are learning critical 21st century workforce skills. Industries must take an active role in shaping the education of their future employees. As an active partner of Apprenticeship 2000, Siemens Energy demonstrates the success of this model.

Tom Dubick

Tom Dubick

TEDxTalk: STEM Teachers Sit Down! Socrates is Dead

Today, the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs are engaging, inquiry-based and academically rigorous. Teachers are using programs such as Fly To Learn, LEGO robotics, and West Point Bridge Designer to teach the engineering method using technology to demonstrate the relevance of math and science. They all require the teacher to be a facilitator, not a “sage on the stage.”

Amy Daniels

Amy Daniels

TEDxTalk: A Church Goes Back to Middle School

Five years ago, a faith summit assembled by a school superintendent changed the trajectory of a church community and a middle school. Responding to his plea for greater support of high needs schools, Christ Lutheran Church adopted McClintock Middle School and McClintock Partners In Education (McPIE) began. McPIE impacts nearly 700 students and their families each year and today is recognized as the most comprehensive Charlotte school/community partnership.

Josh Bishop

Josh Bishop

TEDxTalk: The Essential Question

What is the essential question facing our education systems today? Is it “why does it matter that we have high expectations for our students?” Is it “why does it matter that we work to promote positive images about our school community?” Is it “why does it matter to our students?” Cochrane Collegiate Academy Principal Josh Bishop and his teachers strive to answer this every day as they prepare to grow this traditional public middle school into a high school as well.

Tricia Rohr

Tricia Rohr

TEDxTalk: Academic Success for Children Facing Extended Illness

After her husband’s diagnosis with a brain tumor, Trish Rohr took her experience and passion as an educator to offer hope to children facing extended illness. Creative partnerships, technology and relationships with pediatric hospitals have provided opportunities for the student-patients to reach their academic goals and to walk confidently and optimistically as life-long learners.

India Gregory

India Gregory

TEDxTalk: Re-engineering High School

India Gregory is an honors student who engages her passion for engineering and connects the dots between classroom instruction and its relevance to the real world. Her high school, The School of Math, Engineering, Technology & Science at Olympic Community of Schools “thinks different” about coursework delivery. This community of schools places project-based learning at its core and then reinforces the learning through internships with prestigious business partners.

Russ Gill

Russ Gill

TEDxTalk: The Power of Video

As a documentary producer, Russ Gill uses video to capture stories that move an audience to understanding and action. The Emmy-nominated Souls of Our Teachers project featured seven Charlotte educators sharing their stories about the challenges and rewards of teaching in high-poverty urban schools. His latest project, YouBeTV, is a new television and web-based series that will help middle school girls and minority students see their futures through successful role models who are working in exciting STEM-based careers.

Emily Serenius

Emily Serenius

TEDxTalk: Educated Out of Creativity

Many students do well in math and science classes, but too often they are not able to deepen their passion for foreign languages, visual arts, design, and music. One high school freshman student felt the weight of this big concern, and struggled to positively answer the question “Are we being educated out of creativity?” Now a high school senior, Emily addresses how she ensured she received a balanced education and calls out to the community to ensure that others will have the same opportunity.

Tom Warshauer

Tom Warshauer

TEDxTalk: A Neighborhood Symphony

A neighborhood association harnessed a City of Charlotte matching grant program to reclaim the magic of their community. Utilizing the funds, Winterfield Neighborhood Association collaborated with the Charlotte Symphony to impact their local elementary school through cultural partnerships. It’s a story of Charlotte working together to help our youth connect to their community and in the process build stronger neighborhoods.

Barbara Pellin

Barbara Pellin

TEDxTalk: Wraparound Services Bringing Hope

A principal’s dream and bold leadership at Reid Park Academy seeks to transform a school into a community with innovative System of Care processes. These wraparound services, resources, and partnerships are connected to build a community infrastructure to create a culture that brings hope and the potential for academic success.

Federico Rios

Federico Rios

TEDxTalk: The Undocumented Student

The realities of life can be hard for a student who regards English as their second language. In-school programs have proven to be effective and are positively impacting this growing segment of our American population. But equally as important is the need for volunteer-driven programs such as Men Count and MENCONNECT through the exposure they bring to students of options for their own future.

Cheryl Tucker

Cheryl Tucker

TEDxTalk: Avoiding the Summer Slip

Losses in learning are cumulative. Children with limited access to valuable summer enrichment experiences are poised to be two grade levels behind by the time they reach the 9th grade. Literacy enrichment programs like Freedom School Partners work collaboratively with community volunteer organizations and funders to close the achievement gap and demonstrate 90% success in learning retention.