Keynote Presenter

Robert Q. Berry, III, Ph.D.Robert Q. Berry, III, Ph.D.

Robert Q. Berry, III is the President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and a Professor in the Curry School of Education with an appointment in Curriculum Instruction and Special Education. Equity issues in mathematics education are central to Berry’s research efforts with four related areas: a) understanding Black children’s (particularly Black boys’) mathematics experiences (mathematical identities and agency); b) measuring standards-based mathematics teaching practices; c) unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning; and d) exploring interactions between technology and mathematics education. Berry has extensive experiences in classroom observation and is the lead developer of an observation instrument, Mathematics Scan, which measures standards-based mathematics teaching practices.

Currently, Berry is engaged in research unpacking the mathematics teaching strategies of Black men who teach mathematics. Berry use a community nomination strategy to identify Black men who are viewed by their communities as highly effective mathematics teachers. He is conducting interviews focusing on understanding how Black men see themselves as teachers of mathematics and using the Mathematics Scan to understand their mathematics teaching. The goal of this work is to establish a narrative in the literature of Black men as highly effective mathematics teachers

Berry is also engaged in using qualitative metasynthesis as a methodological approach to understand how researchers interpret mathematics teaching practices that support culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in pre-K through 12th grade.

Berry has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and proceedings.  His articles have appeared in the Race, Ethnicity and Education, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Teacher Education, American Educational Research Journal, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Teaching Children Mathematics, and others.  He was on the writing team for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) newest landmark publication Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014).   Additionally, he is an author for Pearson’s enVisionMATH 2.0 (2016).   Berry served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2011-2014, recipient of NCTM’s Linking Research to Practice Publication Award for volume years 2010 and 2014, recognized as the 2011 Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM), and a recipient of the University of Virginia’s 2011 All University Teaching Award.


Headshot Heather AndersonHeather Anderson

Heather Anderson has served as a school counselor in Charleston County School district for five years. She currently works in the Dept. of Alternative Programs as a district climate coach, supporting and collaborating with administrative and teacher teams. Her scope of work includes creating capacity around school-wide implementation of social/emotional learning, anchoring data-based problem solving around multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS,) and supporting schools in their PBIS (positive behavior intervention and supports.)

Headshot Hanna AttafiHanna Attafi

Hanna is a former teacher, has been practicing yoga & mindfulness for over a decade and has recently earned a graduate degree at The College of Charleston. The (advocacy) degree and the time away from the classroom has led her to a place where she brings all of her experiences together in order to facilitate mindfulness work for teachers.

Headshot Keri BakerKeri Baker

As an educator and administrator in Charleston County School District, Keri Baker has served in a variety of instructional and coaching roles with a concentration on inclusive practices in early learning settings. Currently serving as a School Climate coach, focusing on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and social-emotional learning, Keri assists school teams in designing and implementing multi-tiered systems of supports to promote inclusive climates, high quality social-emotional instruction, and individualized interventions in educational settings.

headshot robin berlinskyRobin Berlinsky

Robin Berlinsky is the Executive Director of Engaging Creative Minds & adjunct instructor at CofC, where she teaches future teachers. She taught 5th & 1st grades in Charleston & Berkeley County and is the former Director of Education at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.


headshot Vanessa BrownVanessa Brown

I have been a mental health therapist for about 20 years and was previously a school based therapist in Charleston and Dorchester Counties. I currently supervise a team of clinicians working with children and adults. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Counselor Supervisor.


Headshot Lydia CarnsdaleLydia Carnesale

Statewide dual language specialist assisting in the development of best practice when working with dual language children and their families. Eight years of Title 1 preschool classroom experience, as well as Hispanic families liaison in Early Head Start. Masters in Elementary Education with early childhood endorsement and Bachelors in Psychology. Three bilingual children, 3 dogs, 2 cats and a snake!

Headshot Ms. CervantesLorena Cervantes

Lorena Cervantes holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the UNMA in Mexico. In 2016 she joined PASOs to work as a Community Health Worker in the Connections for Child Development program. This program helps children 0-5 in the Tri-County area get connected with resources for child development.


Headshot Ms. ClarkKayela Clark

Kayela Clark seeks ways to spark curiosity in the Charleston County School District. As a classroom teacher, she saw the need for innovation. In 2013, she became a Personalized Learning Coach where she promoted school-wide change and led her to become an Innovation and Digital Learning Coach.


Headshot DuenaSherrie Dueno

Sherrie Dueno is the Network Director for South Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral. She has held a variety of early childhood leadership roles including Director of Individual Professional Advancement, Environment Assessment Rating Scale Evaluator, Child Development Associate Advisor and Program Coordinator of a statewide Child Care Apprenticeship.

Headshot Dr. Jean FeldmanDr. Jean Feldman

Jean Feldman has been actively involved in education for five decades as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant. Dr. Feldman has a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a D.A.S.T. from Emory University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgia State University. She is the author of over 20 books for early childhood teachers and has produced 16 CDs and 2 DVDs. Dr. Jean inspires teachers across the country with her lively music and practical activities that demonstrate that learning can be playful and FUN!

Headshot Susan FlynnSusan Flynn

Susan taught at Purdue University and in Maryland and Ohio public schools before CofC. Flynn directs FitCatZ Aquatic and Motor Therapy for children with disabilities. Flynn’s philosophy is to lead by example and do so with enthusiasm, passion, acceptance, and a strong belief in the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.


Headshot Anne GutshallAnne Gutshall

Anne Gutshall is a former school psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with children, families and teachers in a variety of educational settings. Currently, she teaches educational psychology courses at the College of Charleston. Her research focusses on developing student social and emotional skills and beliefs including academic mindset, perseverance and self-efficacy.

Headshot Camille HendrixCamille Hendrix

Camille has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a certified teacher and administrator.  She has worked for Charleston County School District for 33 years. During that time, she has held various positions, such as, teacher, administrator, and principal. Her present position is Program Specialist in an Early Childhood Center.

Headshot Tracey Hunter-DonigerTracey Hunter-Doniger

Dr. Tracey Hunter-Doniger is an Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at the College of Charleston. She is the author of the arts infusion book, “Experiencing the Arts” and the director of two summer STEAM focusing on arts integration and environmental issues.

Headshot Katie HouserKatie Houser

Katherine’s educational background includes a B.S in Elementary and Early Childhood Education (CofC) and a MEd in Special Education with a concentration on Teaching students with Emotional Disabilities (CofC). Katherine received National Board Certification in Early Childhood in 2008. She also received a MEd in Administration and Supervision (SWU). With 17 years of experience in Charleston County Public Schools, she assumed the director’s position at the N. E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center in July 2017. Her professional interests include student-led learning, social and emotional learning, mentoring pre-service teachers, and advocating for best practices in early childhood.

Headshot Samantha JanickiSamantha Janicki

Samantha Janicki is a Charleston native with an Associate’s degree in Child Development, a Bachelor’s in Child Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. She is a Quality Coach with Child Care Resource and Referral supporting increasing the level of quality in child care programs in our state.


Headshot Mr. JoynerKenneth Joyner

Kenneth Joyner has been teaching since 2011. He is currently teaching at Memminger Elementary and has been there for the past 5 years. He has a passion for helping and teaching the youth. He has worked as a Leadership Specialist for the past three years with the Flippen Group training teachers how to develop great relationships both in and outside of the classroom. He is also the co-founder of Boys With A Purpose which is a mentoring group for young boys.


Headshot Craig KingCraig Q. King

Craig Q. King is currently the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Palmetto State Teachers Association and the CEO and founder of the Craig King Group, LLC. He taught third grade for seven years at Whittaker Elementary School in Orangeburg, SC and was the 2007-2008 District Teacher of the Year for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five. Mr. King is a 1999 graduate of Manning High School and a 2004 and 2007 graduate of South Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Mr. King is a National Board Certified Teacher holding his certification as an Early Childhood Generalist and served as adjunct professor at South Carolina State University for two years teaching leadership development. Mr. King has provided professional and staff development for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and many other organizations across the United States and South Carolina. He is an avid volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Camp Kemo. He is married to Tasia King and has one daughter, Saniah. Mr. King is a proud eighteen-year cancer survivor who knows his purpose in life is to serve, educate, and inspire!

Headshot Jessica LucasJessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas is an Innovation and Digital Learning Coach for Charleston County Schools. Mrs. Lucas combines her experience as a classroom teacher, knowledge of personalized learning, and technology skill to provide comprehensive support for students and teachers across the low country.

Headshot Mr. NelsonRaymond Nelson III

Raymond Nelson III has a passion for helping young people. He is currently an Intervention Specialist with Father to Father a non-profit organization that helps to engage fathers in becoming more involved in the lives of their children. He has a daughter and is also co-founder of Boys With A Purpose, which is a non-profit organization that mentors young boys.

Headshot Ian O'ByrneIan O’Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne (@wiobyrne) is an educator, researcher, and speaker. His research investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, & communicate in online spaces. Ian has been involved in initiatives ranging from online & hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, & supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. Ian’s work can be found on his website ( His weekly newsletter focuses on the intersections between technology, education, & literacy.

Headshot Nenad RadakovicNenad Radakovic

Nenad Radakovic is an Assistant Professor and Math Educator at the College of Charleston, Department of Teacher Education. His Ph.D. is in the field of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development and his doctoral research was on the pedagogy of risk in the context of secondary mathematics. Radakovic has taught secondary mathematics in Croatia, and elementary, middle school, and secondary mathematics in Toronto, Canada. Prior to his appointment at the College of Charleston, Radakovic was a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto where he taught a graduate course about holistic approaches to elementary mathematics and a graduate course about making secondary mathematics meaningful. He is a Service, Teaching, and Research (STaR) Fellow with the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Headshot Lara RussellLara Russell

Lara Russell, Ph.D. is a CCSD Gifted and Talented Lead Teacher, and serves as a Teacher in Residence for a Javits’ Grant with the College of Charleston, The Talent Development Academy Project. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English (Guilford College), a master’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English Education (George Washington University), and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction (University of Virginia).

Headshot Ryan StoneRyan Stone

Mr. Stone’s educational background includes a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (UConn), M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education (CofC), and two years of PhD coursework at UNC in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Literacy. He has taught for 5 years in public schools, served in the US Peace Corps in South Africa, and has taught in Japan. His professional interests include digital storytelling, cultural literacy, action research, and poverty.

Headshot Virginia VedilagoVirginia Vedilago

Virginia Vedilago holds a Masters in International Development with a focus in International Health from the University Carlos III in Madrid. She is the Program Coordinator for PASOs of the Tri-County, an organization which works with service providers and the Latino Community to improve health outcomes in maternal/child health.

Headshot Deborah WheelerDeborah Jones Wheeler

Deborah Jones Wheeler is the Children’s Services Manager at the John’s Island Regional Library of the Charleston County Public Library. Deborah is a former educator with seven years of experience teaching English and English as a Second Language at the high school level both in South Carolina and abroad and over ten years of experience in libraries. Deborah’s literacy efforts currently focus on literacy, and STEM/STEAM education.

Headshot Mary WhiteMary White

Ms. White’s educational background includes a B.S. in Secondary Education with a specialization in English and Social Studies (Bluefield State, WV), and a MEd. In Early Childhood Education (CofC). She taught in public schools before joining the faculty at N.E.Miles Early Childhood Development Center in 1995. Her professional interests include storytelling, play, collaborative teaching, and action research.



updated 05/17/18