November 2, 2018
100 Grand Blvd.
Longview, TX 75604

Phone: (903) 456-7890

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Vanessa Levin
Keynote Speaker

Vanessa Levin is a passionate advocate for high-quality early childhood education. She has worked extensively with public early childhood programs that serve English Language Learners and atrisk populations for two decades. Vanessa is the author of A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She is the founder of, one of the most popular early childhood websites in the U.S.

Room: General Session Room
Presenter: Vanessa Levin

Keynote Session - "Teach This, Not That! Rethinking Kindergarten Readiness"

  1. List the 3 key areas of development for kindergarten readiness
  2. Identify 3 strategies for including self-regulation in the daily routine
  3. Define 21st Century Skills

Session 1 - "Ready, Set, Read! What Comes First?"

  1. Define Visual Discrimination
  2. List 3 or more ways to support the development of visual discrimination skills
  3. Identify and list the sequence of letter matching skills

Session 2 - "Unlock the Hidden Power of Vocabulary!"

  1. List 3 ways that vocabulary
  2. Identify and describe at least 3 ways vocabulary development can be supported in the classroom.
  3. Name and apply at least 1 new vocabulary strategy in the classroom

Presenter's Handouts:

INFANTS AND TODDLERS (3 months-36 months)
Room: R.E. Eitelman
Presenter: Amber Welguisz, M.Ed.

I am a native East Texan returning to East Texas in 2015. I received a M. Ed in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University. I have worked in the early childhood field for 22 years. I started my career in education as a preschool/prekindergarten teacher and moved into administration in 2000. I have 8+ years as a mentor/trainer providing mentoring and training for both teachers and administrators. I am also an adjunct professor at Tyler Junior College. I am a Master Registered trainer with the TECPDS, and a certified Child Care Health Consultant. I am passionate about helping fellow directors and educators as they provide the best early learning experience to every child, every day.

Key concepts addressed include:

Session 3 & 4: My Toddler Did What? – Understanding the Sometimes Challenging Behavior of Infants and Toddlers
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how a child’s temperament influence their
    interactions with the world around them.
  • Participants will discuss some of the reasons for challenging behaviors and gain
    techniques for use when helping children communicate their needs and wants in positive
    and socially appropriate ways.
  • Participants will learn techniques to appropriately respond when challenging behavior
    presents itself in various settings.

Presenter's Handouts:

PRESCHOOL (3,4 and 5 year olds)
Room: General Session Room
Presenter: Vanessa Levin

Session 3 - "Tranquil Transitions"

  1. List 2 reasons why transitions are an important of the daily routine.
  2. Determine how many transitions occur in the classroom daily
  3. Name and apply at least 1 new transition strategy in the classroom

Session 4 - "Mysteries of Math Revealed!"

  1. Define one-to-one correspondence
  2. List 3 or more ways to support the development of 1:1 skills in the classroom
  3. Determine the importance (or lack thereof) of numeral identification in the counting process

Presenter's Handouts:

Room: Northcutt Room
Presenter: Julianne Shivers

Session 3 Games: Exploring the Why, What, and How
Session 4 Picturing the Gospel: Sharing the Good News in Tangible Ways

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain confidence in implementing games into their after school programs
  • Participants will be able to create an atmosphere where students can hear the Gospel
  • Participants will have a clearer focus of the intentionality behind having fun in their programs

Bio: Having spent ten years as a camper, Julianne Shivers began working with Pine Cove Christian Camps in the summer of 2012. In 2013, she joined Pine Cove’s Institute of Wilderness Studies program as an instructor. In 2015, she became the Barn Manager for their Second through Fifth Grade camp, The Pine Cove Towers. Currently, Julianne is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Stephen F. Austin in Early Childhood through Sixth Grade Education.

Room: Estes Room
Presenter: Julie Karling

Session 3: Identify knowledge deficits and educate directors to maintain compliance of Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards

Bio: Julie Thomas has been a Childcare Licensing Inspector since 2014. She has an Associate in Child Development and Preschool Management (2000), and a Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Science Child, Family and Social Services (2009). Both of which were earned from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She has worked with the Head Start Program of New Orleans, and implemented a program named LeCirque. LeCirque, which is still active, is an after school program that works with children in the Houma Housing Projects to keep education and social skills in the forefront of their lives. Julie also worked at Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility where she taught in the detention center, worked in the emergency shelter and the group home as both a teacher and as social worker. She specialized in abuse and neglect while in Louisiana. Throughout the last 10 years she has taken many classes on Autism, which is a passion of hers. Julie has lived in Texas for the last six years and is enjoying training minimum standards to providers in centers and homes.

Presenter: Officer Hiles,
Session 4: Emergency Preparedness and Intruder Protection in the Child Care Center Setting


November 2, 2018
100 Grand Blvd.
Longview, TX 75604

Phone: (903) 456-7890

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