Peggy Campbell-RushU.S. Fulbright Education Specialist, U.S. Fulbright Education Program
Peggy Campbell-Rush is a nationally and internationally recognized education expert who has presented around the world. She has been appointed by the U.S. government as a U.S. Fulbright education specialist helping over 150 countries with educational best practices. Peggy has been named as a FCIS advisor program expert. She is doing educational consulting in the U.S. and abroad with teacher coaching, mentoring, and instructional support for teachers and students. Peggy retired as the head of the lower school at the Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL, in 2021. She has been in education for 47 years, has taught primary grades, and has been an administrator and teacher in both the United States and England. Peggy has sailed around the world twice studying global education on the Semester at Sea Program. She has been honored as a Fulbright Specialist, Fulbright Fellow and two-time National Teachers Hall of Fame finalist, USA Today All-American Teacher Team award, two-time New Jersey Teacher of the Year finalist, named Wal-Mart Teacher of Year twice.
Donna KincaidAssistant Director/Educational Specialist, ResearchILD
Donna Kincaid, M.Ed. is the assistant director of the Institutes for Learning and Development (ILD) and the director of outreach and professional development for ILD and ResearchILD. She coordinates and facilitates outside professional development for private and public schools and consults with parents and teachers. She is also an experienced educational specialist who provides individual educational therapy to high school and college students as well as adults with learning, attention, and executive function difficulties. During her career, she has worked with all levels of educators from paraprofessionals to superintendents and was formerly the director of special education at a bilingual charter school in Lawrence, MA. Donna holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction along with supervisor/director certification from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is a contributing author to a ResearchILD book entitled, Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom.
Grace BenedictDirector of Learning Services, The Webb School
Grace Benedict is a licensed school psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in systems-level school growth. Currently in the pursuit of a Ph.D., Grace serves as the director of learning services at an independent school in middle Tennessee by day and plunges into the world of academia and school research at night.
Following an 8-year tenure in public schools, Grace made the transition to independent school to support learners without the inherent limitations of public education. Grace has conducted research in the area of test anxiety leading to the creation of a novel intervention program, and works closely with school leadership to support the mental health of staff and students alike. On a mission to empower faculty, Grace works to expand the role of the learning services professionals to build capacity and participate in data-driven decision making.
Brandon BostonFounder, The Boston Group
Brandon Boston currently serves as the director of an international summer camp, where he coordinates the development of emerging markets that offer school-aged students (7-18) the opportunity to experience targeted academic programs in language development and global leadership development, as well as providing exposure to an authentic Northeastern camping experience. Brandon is the founder of The Boston Group, where he consults for school communities, delivers faculty workshops, and counsels families on school choice at both the K-12 and higher education levels.
Brandon is a strong advocate for all students and families and has been committed to supporting students in multiple capacities for more than a decade. Serving as an athletic academic coordinator, student government advisor, secondary history teacher, and the director of Lighthouse Point Academy: a school for students that learn differently, Brandon has been able to channel his talents and extensive expertise in special education, technology integration, accessibility, and service-learning to make a significant impact on student learning and outcomes.
Susan Huennekens Learning Specialist, Savannah Country Day School
Susan decided to become a teacher because she is passionate about kids and she loves learning. She believes every child can learn and that they should be given the support and opportunities for a successful learning experience. She holds a B.S. in education from Nova University and has taught grades 1-12 in parochial, independent, and public school settings. She has experience working in an inclusion classroom with a co-teacher and she is currently working as a learning support teacher for the upper school at Savannah Country Day. Susan shares that every day is different and that works to find what will help her students the most. She is known to be truly dedicated to her students and parents. She enjoys keeping up with the latest educational trends and sharing ideas with colleagues. She has led professional development sessions for the upper school at SCDS such as technology and pedagogy. Susan also serves as the advisor for The Savannah Country Day School’s National Honor Society.
Regan HumphreyDirector of Community Outreach, Currey Ingram Academy
Regan Humphrey is the director of community outreach, director of the ADHD Summer Treatment Program, and faculty chair for research and data analysis at Currey Ingram Academy. She previously served as a teacher in the lower school for seven years. She holds a master’s degree in special education and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.
Tanya LynchCo-Founder, The Boston Group
Tanya Lynch currently serves as a high school principal in South Florida, where she oversees all academic programming for students from both domestic and international communities around the globe. Tanya is the co-founder of The Boston Group; where she consults for school communities and delivers professional development workshops for faculty and staff. Tanya channels her vision and passion for education into deliberate and well-planned actions that yield effective and notable results. She is a self-starter, as well as a driver of positive change, and she motivates and inspires those around her.
In her 19 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and education consultant, Tanya has developed both her own expertise and the capacity of other educators in their abilities to foster, grow and sustain school-wide cultures centered around high-quality instruction, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Tanya’s expertise centers around creating and sustaining cultures of thinking, standards-based learning, using data to inform instruction, and making learning accessible.
Samantha RoseMiddle & Upper School English Teacher, The Webb School
Samantha Rose is an educator, published writer, and speaker. A School of Letters graduate from the University of the South, she is also a Shakespearean with a masters in British and American literature. Her passion for people and life-long learning sparked as she traveled the world and ignited her calling to provide innovative, student-centered education to all.
Samantha’s experience is extensive, having taught in both the public and private sector, middle and upper school classrooms, as well as day and boarding schools. Despite these different environments, her mission to rekindle students’ love for learning and provide accommodating, effective education has remained constant. Her care for her students and investment in their success is evident through her history of documented student growth and her lasting relationships with her classes. She is a leader in her field serving as a mentor, onboarder for new teachers, and residential dorm head at her current school in Middle Tennessee.
Christy SuttonLearning Specialist, The Webb School
Christy is an educator with over 13 years of experience. With relevant experience as an author, mentor, trainer, and teacher of students from elementary up to adult learners, she has positively impacted education by embracing student-centered learning and evolving to match the ever-changing demands of the world. Passionate about student-centered approaches, Christy works to support innovation, equity, and appropriate support for all students.
Currently, Christy serves as a learning specialist and educational consultant. In addition to working with students with learning disabilities, she has led the charge to formalize a scope and sequence, new teacher professional development, and ongoing support of faculty and students. Christy holds a B.A. in communication disorders and deaf education, a master’s in instructional design, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership and innovation.
Connie WhiteDirector of Learning Design & Innovation, Woodward Academy
Connie White is a visionary leader who serves as the director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, GA. She is a former upper school physics, chemistry, and math teacher who specializes in start-up innovation initiatives, STEAM, strategic planning, curriculum design, assessment, professional development, brain-based strategies, and pedagogy. She has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars throughout the country, and internationally. She is the president of AATE, which is an ISTE affiliate and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Connie leads Woodward Academy’s efforts in the areas of professional development, curriculum, and innovation. Connie was also the recipient of the 2016 ISTE ISEN Outstanding Educator Award is a 2020 ATLIS Pillar Award Winner.