Kim brings her 14 years of teaching and more recent experience working with educators to stop the dropout phenomenon to the TEDx stage and will leave you feeling passionate, purposeful and inspired in the classroom. Be ready to think outside the box with Kim’s experience with educator training on neuroscience and the instructional strategies that work for anyone with a brain!
Jessica Clayton, founder of Dance Exploration, is a local professional ballet dancer with an impressive performance history and repertoire under her belt including her original “Dance to Learn!” curriculum. Jessica loves to share her knowledge on how dance can be used as an educational tool for children by training professional dancers and school teachers.
Steve Dobo is an entrepreneur who’s sweet spot is innovating around the dropout crisis. As the founder, CEO and president of Zero Dropouts, Steve is taking his years of dropout intervention expertise to the national stage. By using technology, social media and marketing techniques, Zero Dropouts is seeking to creatively reduce dropout numbers. Throughout his 30-year career, Steve has worked with homeless teens and families, parents in poverty and youth at risk.
Stacie Gilmore, co-founder of Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), has dedicated her life to diversifying the face of natural resources, most recently through anti-oppression work that aligns with her strong commitment to inclusivity and equity around environmental and educational rights. Since 1996, she and co-founder and husband Scott Gilmore, have worked to get kids into nature for the wonders of a science education.
David Kollar has been an integral part of Jeffco Public Schools’ Office of Dropout Prevention and Recovery as its director since its inception five years ago. In that time, Jeffco’s dropout rate has fallen by 50%. Dave is also the father of two elementary age daughters and he plays a very important role as a member of the Watch Dog program at their school.
What do you get when you combine a joyful love of teaching and a two-time Teacher of the Year honoree? You get Lisa Lee, Jeffco teacher extraordinaire. Lisa is convinced that teaching is the most important of all professions, and she has lived this both as an educator and student. Although she has taught for many years, as long as she still gets butterflies every August Lisa will be where the magic happens: in her classroom.
Inspired to become a journalist by the movie, “All the President’s Men,” at the age of 14, Reggie Rivers has achieved that goal and so much more. As a freshman at Southwest Texas State University, Rivers landed an internship at the Austin American-Statesman and later won a highly competitive internship at Long Island’s Newsday. In 1991, Reggie moved to Denver to begin a career with the Denver Broncos. His journalism continued on during his Broncos career with the Rocky Mountain News, Broncos Beat, Sports Extra, The Orange Zone, Reggie’s Kids and Rolling with Rivers. Post football, Rivers is still earning his journalistic chops with radio, television and print assignments including sports and international topics expertise.
Mae Thompson is a senior at Ralston Valley High School where she is actualizing an early passion for health. It all began with a Jillian Michaels book and has turned into student health activism and service on the Jeffco Public Schools Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and the Community Health Action Team (CHAT). When she’s not hiking, climbing, cooking or chilling with friends, Mae can be found making an impact on the health and wellbeing of students and her community.
This innovative teacher and school principal has incorporated rigorous physical activity into every school day at Red Hawk Elementary, a school he founded and shaped in Erie, Colorado. The result has been extraordinary academics and a school that kids love to attend. The best part is that he believes this kind of program can be implemented in every school at little to no cost and could help transform the quality of education in America while reversing the current obesity trend.
Darius Richards was born to play sports. When other kids were watching cartoons, Darius was watching Sports Center! He’s a natural athlete – from playing competitive football, basketball and baseball -– and a natural leader who in the 4th grade, was nominated to be a Playworks Junior Coach. But his achievements aren’t only on the sports field and playground, Darius is also a talented student, musician and robotics aficionado.
Christen Bakken brings the joy and personal growth of yoga to her passion for teaching and children. Through Yoga for Young Warriors, Christen honors each child’s spirit, nurturing our future leaders with movement.