Betsy Moog Brooks, EdD
EdD, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Betsy Moog Brooks is the Executive Director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and her Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners, from Lindenwood University. She is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Early Childhood Education, and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She has been in the field of Deaf Education for more than 35 years and has provided early intervention for more than 30 years. Betsy is the author of the book, My Baby and Me: A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk. She authored a chapter in the NCHAM 2015 ebook and co-authored two chapters in 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice. Betsy teaches two courses in the Washington University Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences and has been an invited presenter throughout the US, in South America, and Europe.
Dr. Thomas Horejes
Gallaudet University’s Associate Provost for Student Success & Academic Quality
Dr. Thomas P. Horejes is Gallaudet University’s Associate Provost for Student Success & Academic Quality. He is former Executive Director for Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation (DEAF, Inc.), a deaf-centric non-profit advocacy and interpreting services. He holds a Ph.D. (2009) in Justice Studies at Arizona State University with a focus on current social justice issues, such as human rights against a backdrop of legal systems, law and culture to create meaningful, real-world impact through public policy and systems change.
Academically, Dr. Horejes has over thirteen years of teaching in higher education, more than fifteen peer-reviewed published articles including Why Positionality Matters in Deaf Education (co-authored with Dr. Patrick Graham) and a book entitled, Social Constructions of Deafness: Examining Deaf Languacultures in Education. He is also former professor of sociology at Gallaudet University where he was co-Primary Investigator for a successful 3-year $495,000 grant that has resulted in numerous publications, presentations, and will be a book forthcoming on bilingualism in kindergarten schools for the deaf in three different countries (USA, Japan, & France). He was also co-chair of the Research on the Education of Deaf Persons Special Interest Group (SIG) for American Educational Research Association (AERA).
English Teacher, Ron Clark Academy; Author
Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conference, school district meeting and leadership development stages across the U.S. & Canada to share his “lessons learned” from teaching in a Title I school with children that experience high levels of trauma and adverse situations. His candid, enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to create diverse, inclusive education plans “where students can see themselves within the lessons and assessments” as a means to increase student success rates. He empowers his audiences to build genuine relationships with their students because “you can’t demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in.”
Administrators and educators alike leave Mr. Bonner’s presence ready to make an impact that affects eternity. Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. His students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges. Therefore, he identifies strategies to ensure their growth socially, emotionally, academically, and psychologically. Due to his educational approach, students leave more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville.
Today, Mr. Bonner lives in Atlanta, Ga. where he is beginning a new educational journey as a fourth and sixth grade English teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy. You can learn more about Michael Bonner at michaellbonner.com and follow him on Instagram at @michaelbonner_