Keynote Speaker

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

Deborah J. Stewart is the blogger behind the highly acclaimed early childhood education blog called Teach Preschool. Through her blog, Deborah shares 30 years of real-life teaching and leadership experiences with over 1.5 million educators from all around the world. Deborah travels though out the US to speak on early childhood topics that help teachers build highly effective teaching skills and strategies in all areas of the classroom. Deborah wants you to know that the solution to every classroom challenge is absolutely right there within you.

Keynote Presentation and Description…

Fostering a Love for Reading in the Early Childhood Classroom through Hands-On, Interactive, Engaging Reading Experiences!

Are your students caring for your books? Do they look forward to sitting down to read with you as a large group? Do they walk away from the read-aloud experience feeling connected to the story, the illustrations, or the characters? Do they happily spend time on their own reading a book with a friend? Let’s find our way to answering each of these questions with a big ‘YES!’ when it comes to reading with young children. Discover fun and engaging strategies, amazing children’s books, and hands-on ideas for capturing student attention and engaging them in the reading process throughout your classroom.


Conscious Discipline Master Instructor

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Kim Hughes is a 30+ year veteran of education with Master’s degrees in both Elementary Education and School Leadership/Administration. She excels in providing engaging, informative events for educators and administrators of children infant through elementary age.

Kim has worked as both an administrator and a teacher of children birth through fifth grade. She discovered the power of Conscious Discipline while serving as an early childhood educator in an inclusive mental health setting. It soon became her passion to share its transformative and empowering message with as many children, parents and educators as possible.

Kim’s inviting, playful style creates memorable trainings, while her experience with Conscious Discipline is top-notch. “The hours flew by” is a common sentiment at her trainings as attendees are amazed by their own level of engagement and focus on the material. Kim has supported school- wide implementation in both early childcare and elementary settings, mentored administrators, conducted both large and small group trainings and worked directly with teachers of children infant through elementary age.

Workshop Information:

Intentional Teaching at Its Best! Caring, Sharing, and Daring to Do What is Best for OUR Children

Teaching is world-changing work. Children crave thoughtful, caring adults who can nurture and challenge them, coach and guide them, understand and care about them. Classrooms can be places of possibility and transformation for not only young people, but also for early childhood teachers. Good teachers marvel at what children bring to our world … they love to watch them open up, risk, grow and become more competent, more powerful in an ever complex, always changing world. Working with children helps many adults be their best self…for those who love teaching; love what happens to them when they work with young children. This magical world of teaching doesn’t happen without intentional, thoughtful and deliberate interactions with young children…Intentional Teaching at Its Best! Caring, Sharing, and Daring to Do What is Best for OUR Childrenwill explore the role of teacher, child, parent, and classroom environments in promoting the motivation for kids to succeed in all facets of learning and life.