SPEAKERS

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: GERRY BROOKS

Thursday, February 4, 2021
9:00am-10:00am


You've seen his hilarious videos on social media, now you can experience Gerry Brooks LIVE at the 2021 AzSCA Conference!

Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for educators through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, "Go See the Principal," outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Gerry and his wife, Kelly, have three adult children and live in Lexington, KY.
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FEATURED SPEAKER: JILL COOK

Thursday, February 11, 2021
8:00am-9:00am


Jill Cook is the Executive Director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  At ASCA, Cook assisted in the creation of the National School Counselor of the Year program as well as the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) that honors exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs across the country.  She has also served as a liaison to numerous K-12, nonprofit and for-profit organizations that work on issues related to the well-being of our nation’s students.

She has been the chairperson of the National Consortium for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and is a member of The College Board’s Member Engagement Advisory Committee; the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education; the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference; the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, the Stem Equity Pipeline through the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the National Coalition of Personnel Services in Special Education and Related Services.  

She participated in the American Express Leadership Academy and worked on the revision of Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning. She has also worked with the U.S. Army and the National Association of Secondary School Principals on the Leadership and Professional Development Symposium for principals and school counselors and is a member of Special Olympics North America National Recognition Program’s Certifying Body. In 2014, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presented her with the Allies in Action Partner Award for her work on the development of a model school district suicide prevention policy. In 2019, the National Dance Society recognized Jill with the Dance Advocate Award for her work on supporting students’ mental health.

Jill is a certified association executive (CAE) through the American Society for Association executives. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has done postgraduate work at UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University. She was a music teacher, middle school counselor and assistant principal before joining ASCA.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BRIAN COLEMAN

Thursday, February 18, 2021
8:00am - 9:00am

Mr. Coleman, the cartwheeling "Unicorn Counselor", speaks on issues ranging from comprehensive sexual health education and counseling program design to counselor identity and engagement strategies. He is in his seventh year with Jones College Prep where he has served as Counseling Department Chair for three years. At Jones, Mr. Coleman has overseen counseling programming for seniors and freshmen, sophomore sexual health education, JCP’s student mentorship program, and the school’s LGBTQA+ student organization JonesPride.