While Mitchell has been the instructional leader of Scott Johnson Middle School, the school has been recognized by the Texas Business and Education Coalition as an Honor Roll School in 2008, by AVID as an AVID National Demonstration School in 2013 and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction in 2015, by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as a MetLife

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Michael Berry is currently the principal of Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont. He grew up in Gouverneur, New York and both of his parents were also educators. He received his undergraduate degree in Children’s Literature and Elementary Education from Castleton State College and later a Master of Education Leadership from Union Institute and University.

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Brian Sztabnik has been teaching English for over a decade in New York. By day he shares his love of literature with his students and by night he is a husband and father. At the heart of everything he does is the belief that great ideas should be shared and celebrated. Teaching by this principle, Brian has helped his students perform well on the AP Literature and Composition exam

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Jayne Ellspermann is the principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida. She has spent the past 35 years as an educator with 24 of those years as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school level. She was recognized by NASSP as the 2015 National Principal of the Year and is currently the president-elect of NASSP.

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Dr. Mary Canole is in her 40th year in public education. She has taught at both the middle and high school levels in Rhode Island and served as the Director of the Newport Area Career and Technical Center. Mary later became the Director of Instruction and Grants and then Superintendent of Newport Public Schools, a small urban school district.

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Kevin Shelton is in his tenth year as principal of Johnsburg High School in Johnsburg, IL. He earned his bachelors degree in English and Secondary Education from Loras College and his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Kevin was an English teacher and multi-sport coach for eight years, prior to becoming an administrator for the next sixteen

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