Dr. Perkins was born and raised in Connecticut. He is in his 26th year as an educational leader which he served as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, district director, and now superintendent for the Gila Bend Unified School District. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Diverse Learners and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Perkins is a part-time professor for Northern Arizona University and author.
Keylah is a second generation Oregonian who has demonstrated her commitment to education and community her entire career. Her expertise is in the area of access & college readiness; her dissertation, titled Improving College Access for African American High School Students, was focused in the area of Increasing College Access and Career Readiness for African American College Students. Keylah has engaged in many community-based and supported levels of service, including her tenure as President of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators.
Kathy Hoffman was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2018 and assumed office in January 2019. Superintendent Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public education. Her experience as both an educator and advocate for students with disabilities informs her vision for public education. Throughout her career, she has fought tirelessly for equal access to high-quality public education regardless of a student’s race, gender, or zip code.
Ms. Clay currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools in Cochise County in Arizona. Her responsibilities spans 21 school districts, and over 23,000 students. She also provides supports for private, homeschool, detention and students in the county jail. She has been recognized as Teacher Of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars aand Arizona's Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Brown is director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University. She is a public historian and a scholar of African American literature and culture whose groundbreaking research reshapes our understanding of race, class, gender, education, faith, and place in America.
Tackling inequity has always been personal to Colin, because of the amazing educational opportunities he received in gifted and talented courses despite his underprivileged background in Brooklyn, NY . Colin created thinkLaw to give all students access to a game-changing
critical thinking education.
Lloyd, Founder/Executive Director of the Million Dollar Teacher Project, is an organizational leader with extensive experience in community and nonprofit work. He graduated from ASU with his degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and took his passion for ensuring quality education for all to launch the teacher recruitment and retention program, Million Dollar Teacher Project.
Devin is a member of the Governing Board of the Tolleson Union High School District. Devin was raised by a single mother, and due to financial situations, attended 8 different public schools while growing up. He was taught the value of hard work from a young age, and raised to take positive action in his community. In 2015, Devin was elected to serve as the Regional Pacific Director for the National Black Council of School Board members.
Dr. Laffitte is an instructional trailblazer who partners with thought leaders across the country to improve outcomes for learners of all ages and demographics. With more than two decades dedicated to the field of education, Laffitte’s critical insight into what drives teaching and learning has benefited students and colleagues alike. He is currently the superintendent at an award-winning school system in Arizona.
Dr. Kennedy was appointed as St. David Unified School District #21 superintendent in July 2018 after serving over 24 years in education as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district office support personnel. Dr. Kennedy graduated from South Carolina State University in May 1993 with a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law. Continuing the educational journey, in December 1996, she received a MAT in Secondary Education from The Citadel Military College. Additionally, Dr. Kennedy holds a second M.ED in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University and has recently defended her dissertation to complete her ED.D program in Urban Educational Leadership.
Dr. Robert worked for 12 years as a Spanish bilingual and dual language teacher in Phoenix/Los Angeles, as a Montessori elementary teacher in Page, AZ, Phoenix/the Pacific island of Saipan, and as a community college adult ESL instructor. He has been an administrator for the past 13 years, currently serving as the Superintendent of the Osborn School District in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Luckie is the Principal at CJ Jorgensen Elementary in Roosevelt School District since 2012, the Riverside School District Governing Board President since 2009 and a Chicago, IL native.
She has taught as a pre-school, k-12 and substitute teacher capacity since 1993 in various subjects across the United States. She has a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, from Argosy University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a Bachelor in Business Administration from Chicago State University and an Associate degree in Real Estate from San Diego City College
Dr. Battle currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer at ASU Preparatory Academy. In her role, she oversees the daily operations and the long-range planning of ASU Prep Academy. Serving as the point person for all ASU Prep matters, her role is to supervise school directors and staff, and work with appropriate staff to manage fiscal operations. As the Chief Operations Officer, her responsibilities include hiring staff, solving issues, and teacher and leadership development. She reviews, manages, and continually refines the leadership and academic development programs through formulating training, learning and development, and disseminating knowledge and information through transformative, data-driven strategies.
Principal Guliford is entering his 23 year of public educational service. He graduated from Peoria High School in 1992. From 1992-1996 he attended Northern Arizona University on a Football and Track & Field scholarship, graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice minor in Sociology. In 1996 he began his public service by working at The Arizona State House of Representatives for the honorable Art Hamilton. One year later he transitioned to the AZ Department of Juvenile Corrections. Principal Guliford, received a Post Baccalaureate in Secondary Education from Chapman University. In 2007 he earned his Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. During the 2015-2016 school year, Mr. Guliford was appointed Principal at South Mountain High School. Principal Guliford is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Grand Canyon University .
Ghazi is an empowerment speaker, published author and professional story teller. He teaches clients throughout the country to pull back and eliminate the masks and manifest the power of their authentic self. In the 80’s, Ghazi began his speaking career among at-risk youth. Surviving the harsh realities of a troubled past, Ghazi became committed to helping others.
Deirdre is a native from Detroit, who is a math educator with almost two decades of teaching in her toolbox. She has a proven track record and a wealth of experience working at Title I Schools, ensuring that all students have access to equitable educational options. Deirdra has vast knowledge in teacher coaching, building relationships, being culturally responsive and classroom management.
David, Civil Rights Advocate: As a parent of special needs children, he understands and appreciates all of the difficulties parent’s face as they try and navigate the special education maze; attempt to access supports in the developmental disability system and work to identify resources to meet their children’s behavioral health needs. David formed Parent Support Arizona to ensure parents have access to education and civil rights advocacy.
LaTonya is a Community Literacy Advocate who firmly believes that literacy is social justice. Subpar reading skills fuel the school-to-prison pipeline and African American children are the targets. LaTonya seeks to stem the flow. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy who has spent more than 20 years in education as a literacy coach, reading specialist, and most importantly, a classroom teacher.
Edwin, Founder/President/CEO of EDEquity Inc., an educational consulting firm, he has led his company to be one of the most sought-after educational consultant firms in the country. The company’s Culturally Conscious Behavioral and Learning tools have provided essential data to support site administrators and teachers clear approach to analyze how culture can be used as preventive strategies for students for Black students.
Kim has served as Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation since November 2018. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Louisiana A+ Schools, a internationally known whole-school transformation model focused on arts integration. Graham spent most of her professional career in Tennessee, where she created and designed two nationally known arts integration initiatives,.
Dr. Henderson-Cole, a National Board Certified Teacher, has collaborated for several years with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, school districts and professional development organizations to create quality programs of candidate support. Adrienne’s passion for supporting teachers of color is inspired by the self doubt she felt when she wondered: Is this process for us? She believes ALL teachers should participate and is fueled by the impact it will have on our youth.
Dr. Johnson is a former teacher, math coach, and school administrator. He is currently the CEO of Johnson Learning Systems, and the Author of "Math Fluency in Problem Solving, Grades 3-5" which is a test prep series that helps students to become fluent in the language of math!
After graduating from UCLA and earning a teaching credential, Mr. Prothro began his teaching career in Los Angeles. After 7 years in Los Angeles, Mr Prothro moved to San Jose, California where he taught for 3 years. Mr Prothro moved to Chandler, Arizona, where he continued his teaching career in elementary school for the next 11 years and Junior high School for 8 years. Currently, Mr Prothro teaches at Perry high School in the Chandler Unified School District.
Max Goshert works for the American Red Cross to increase the number of participants in emergency preparedness courses in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Southern California. Max received his Master’s in Public Policy from Arizona State University and his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Arizona. Max also serves as the Senior Research Associate for the Grand Canyon Institute.
Dr. Sanders is an entrepreneur who decided to become an educator to address the lack of minority faculty in higher education and serve as a role model for minority students who rarely see people of color in academia. She has over 10 years of experience working with schools and businesses in the areas of teaching, training, curriculum design, public programming, strategic planning, and professional development.
Teniqua leverages her initiative, experience and insight to impact her community. She effectively serves as an executive consultant for organizations and individual clients’, manages projects and events, as well as empowers nonprofit leadership and equity through public speaking and workshop engagements. Her extensive non-profit experience in both direct services to children and organizational leadership serves as a platform for Teniqua to infuse her knowledge.
Amber, commonly known as MsLadee, by all youth and young adults that she has met, worked with, or has mentored. She is a dynamic visionary by far--purposed to inspire, to teach, to empower and transforms the lives of people and the community. Her unique storytelling approach; using a customized lesson with an underlying message that redefines and changes lives. She is an educator and inspirational strategist; working to make a sound impact whether in the classroom, or in a public arena.
Michelle LLC is a Certified Transformational Life Coach, Author, and Educational Motivational Speaker. Specializing in Thought Training, Michelle's passion is to speak life into the lives of all. In 2005 Michelle founded The Divine Vision Center for Healing and Self Discovery. She is a passionate trainer on innovative and leading edge topics. Her unwavering commitment to invest in the beauty and power of each child of all ages, shines through in every interaction she has.
Dr. Dawson - A skilled leader and builder of leadership teams for school districts, post-secondary/early education institutions and businesses; with more than 30 years broad-based experience in education and organizational development. For the last 15 years Dr. Dawson has been an education consultant and Principal Coach. Dr. Dawson has demonstrated success in revitalizing underperforming organizations and improving instructional leadership skills while attaining academic objectives through effective intervention strategies and process improvements.
Dawn Demps, mother, crusader, organizer, speaker, artist and life student, is a Flint, MI native that has been involved with community advocacy since 12 years old. She utilizes her own lived experiences as a young girl in the projects, high school dropout and single mother to connect with students and parents to promote tools for self-advocacy, structural reforms and champion the concerns of these populations. Dawn has worked with nationally renowned scholars and innovators such as: Educational sociologist, Dr. Pedro Noguera, environmental justice crusader, Majora Carter, Dr. Tyrone Howard, UCLA educator and author and non-violence advocate and Hip-Hop legend KRS-One.
Marcelino earned his B.A. and MFA in Theatre from Arizona State University. He has performed with Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Tempe’s Childsplay, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Teatro Bravo!, New Carpa Theatre and ASU Gammage. His play “El Che” was published as part of an anthology titled “Latina/o Heritage on Stage: Dramatizing Heroes and Legends.”
Stuart Rhoden is an Instructor in the University College at Arizona State University. He teaches courses related to academic success, critical thinking and sociology. His research interests focus on education policy/reform, secondary and post-secondary education, students of color, and diversity issues. Dr. Rhoden has presented at several academic conferences and has published academic and editorial publications. His book, Building Trust and Resilience among Black Male High School Students: Boys to Men, was published in 2018.