Pre- K & Kindergarten Conference




41st Annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference


April 13-14, 2022 (Virtual)



Virtual Conference Schedule



Meet the 2022 Featured Speakers



Keynote Day 1 - Brandon P. Fleming


Brandon P. Fleming is a nationally acclaimed Harvard educator and author of MISEDUCATED: A Memoir. His story  of struggle, success, and service has inspired millions around the world. An at-risk youth and college dropout turned award-winning educator, Fleming is Assistant Debate Coach at Harvard University and Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project. Fleming was recruited to join the Harvard debate faculty at the age of 27. Harvard later approved Fleming’s proposal to establish a new department within the university system called the Harvard Diversity Project – an unprecedented pipeline program of the Harvard Debate Council. Fleming now leads an executive staff and board that has raised over a million dollars to enroll over 100 students of color into Harvard’s international summer debate residency on full scholarship. 



Keynote Day 2 - Jack Hartmann

Jack Hartmann’s Super Fun Learning Songs are all about making learning even more fun with the very best in educational music.  Jack’s music is research-based and teacher-approved to focus on helping children learn important state, national and early childhood standards.  All of Jack’s songs and videos engage children with not only great educational content, but with cool beats, kids love, and fun movements.


Kim Adsit

Kim taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Focusing on developing curriculum and strategies that incorporate child-centered activities, she emphasizes the fun of kindergarten. Kim has been selected as an Expert Teacher, and she serves as a teacher mentor. She has a Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an At-Risk Endorsement. Kim has authored many teacher resources that are available on


Mary Amoson

Mary has enjoyed 14 years in the kindergarten classroom, where she enthusiastically uses technology and hands on activities to engage her little learners. She loves sharing the ideas, activities, and tools that have worked with her own kindergartners through her blog, Sharing Kindergarten. She is committed to instilling passion in teachers because she believes that passion is truly the secret to increasing learning and achievement.






Keri Brown

Keri Brown is a kindergarten teacher in central Alabama. She has taught for 13 years in Kindergarten and First Grade. She loves traveling, meeting other teachers and creating resources for her students. She is obsessed with all things technology and loves teaching binders how to use it. Reading picture books, crafting in the classroom and enjoying being a classroom family are a few of her favorites. In her free time, Keri loves sharing her teaching adventures on her Instagram, Enchanted Kinder Garden (



Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown, originally from Chicago, formed Role Model Productions, Inc to serve today’s youth.  He now writes and implements unique and entertaining curriculum enhancement programs for childcare centers, elementary grades and private schools. He uses infectious music for hooking his audience into learning and moving while having “Super Fun.” Mr. Brown and The Super Fun Show team travel to schools and conferences all over the country with his hit live show, “The Super Fun Show.”



Jim Gill 

Jim Gill is a musician and author with singular credentials among children’s artists. Jim spent twenty years directing  in music play for families and children with special needs in the Chicago area. His particular writing style—combining word play and movement opportunities into songs—was developed through this work. Jim completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. His work experience and studies have led Jim to create each of his recordings and books as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. 



Matt Halpern

Matt Halpern is a joyful educator who draws on almost two decades of experience as a classroom teacher and  coach. He is passionate about making classrooms child-centered and putting the effort and work of students at the forefront. His love for teaching social-emotional skills and literacy often combines as he is always looking for new ways to help others become the best versions of themselves. Recently, Matt started his own educational consulting, presenting, and writing business. You can find more information about Matt at




Kim Jordano

Kimberly Jordano has incorporated over 30 years of teaching experience into her kindergarten classroom. A  teacher and language arts mentor in the Los Alamitos School District in California, Kimberly holds a master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL). Kimberly is a full-time kindergarten teacher in Los Alamitos California. Kimberly is a national teacher presenter and teacher blogger. You can find her posts daily on both Instagram, and her Facebook pages Kinderbykim. Kimberly‘s kindergarten blog is and has fans all across the world! You can find all of her creative teacher resource materials on Kimberly’s goal is to keep the joy in kindergarten while teaching the standards in a meaningful child-centered way.



Jackie Kops 

Jackie is an enthusiastic preschool teacher with over fourteen years of classroom teaching experience in both  and half-day settings. She is from Missouri where she earned a Masters and Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Maryville University. Her goal is to help you unleash your teaching superpowers! Jackie's passion is to inspire you with play-based activities, themed centers, and supports that nurture and challenge little learners in a caring classroom community. In addition to teaching, she is the teacher-author and CEO behind Pocket of Preschool ( and loves to share her passion with other educators.



Marsha M. Moffit McGuire

Marsha McGuire is a kindergarten teacher in Cadillac, Michigan where she has accumulated over 15 years of teaching in early childhood classrooms. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Differentiated Instruction at Grand Valley State University. Marsha is also the author and creator behind the blog, A Differentiated Kindergarten where she shares ideas, activities and products.  Her blog has become an avenue to aide other instructors in developing practical, developmentally appropriate and differentiated instructional strategies in their own classroom.



Katie Mense 

Katie has taught kindergarten for more than 14 years and has a passion for creating fun, hands-on lessons and  to meet the needs of all students. As a student who struggled through school, she truly understands that every student has different needs and learning styles. Katie has an MA in Education and also earned an additional 24 hours through a STEM grant. She loves to share her ideas and teaching experiences on her award-winning blog, or on social media @littlekinderwarriors




Adam Peterson

Adam Peterson is an educator, speaker, author, and vlogger most known for his YouTube channel, Teachers  Too. A kindergarten teacher with over 13 years in the classroom, Adam now dedicates his time to helping teachers create meaningful and engaging experiences for their students! He's on a mission to make classrooms as fun as possible to ensure every day is the best day ever in school!




Hilary Statum

Hilary Statum is a kindergarten teacher in Middle Tennessee with 15 years of experience at the school she  as a child. She is the author of Pencils to Pigtails, a popular blog for parents and teachers. Her first published book entitled “Solar System for Kids” was released on May 26th, 2020. Hilary is also a Featured Presenter at regional and national educational events held around the country. She holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership and enjoys coordinating and teaching her school district’s free parent English class. Her favorite days are spent with her two young girls and baby boy, husband, parents, siblings, and the rest of her very large extended family. You can connect with Hilary on all social media platforms using the handle @pencilstopigtails.



LaNesha Tabb

Educator, Influencer, Author, and Speaker

A WORD FROM LaNesha! - “I am extremely passionate about leaving a legacy, a stamp on the world in an impactful way- and helping students and educators is how I get that done. I believe in empowering our youngest learners with the skills they need to read and write is one of the most powerful ways to bring change. Growing up in a world where I did not always feel seen in my schooling created the desire to provide perspective, exposure, and representation at every turn for my students. Once this was achieved in my classroom, I began to share ideas with teachers and administrators. - LaNesha Tabb”

LaNesha Tabb is an apron donning primary educator from Indianapolis, Indiana with nearly 15 years of teaching and classroom experience from grades kindergarten through third grade. LaNesha is the content creator behind Education With An Apron where she creates fresh and innovative teaching resources. 



Greg Smedley-Warren

Greg has been teaching for 15 years. He spent a year teaching fifth grade, two years in second grade, and is now  11th year in Kindergarten, which he’s determined is his calling and passion. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and ELL certification from David Lipscomb University. In 2015 he was selected as Teacher Of The Year. When not in the classroom, Greg enjoys blogging and doing all things teaching. His husband (known as The Mister online) is a large part of his blog, social media, and their conference, ELEVATE. They recently added a daughter Adelynn to their family and complete the fam with their dog, Butters.



Donna Whyte

Donna Whyte is a certified teacher, an education consultant and an author. Her positive attitude, high energy, and  many practical ideas make her presentations exciting and valuable to educators. Donna has published several books including You Can’t Teach a Class You Can’t Manage and a 2nd edition of Morning Meeting ~ Afternoon

Wrap Up. She is also the author of Social, Emotional and Behavioral Interventions, The Reading Aptitude Continuum and My Writing Words.





Deedee Wills

Deedee began her teaching career in San Diego where she taught at a school with 96% second language learners.  several years of teaching second grade, she became her district’s literacy coach. She helped to train and implement balanced literacy to the K – 2 staff but found she missed the classroom and returned to teach Kindergarten. She runs the popular blog