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Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer, known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from Northern Virginia, isn't your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to "Be Relentless." He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working some of the most at-risk students in the United States.

Mr. Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized in 2017 as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year.

Under his leadership - his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Hamish is the best-selling author of Relentless - Disrupting The Educational Norm, published in 2019.

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Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

For over two decades, Kristin Souers, MA LMHC, has dedicated herself to the improvement of people’s lives. As a licensed mental health counselor with a history of working in the fields of early learning, law enforcement, education, and mental health, she has been able to develop an extensive knowledge base. As an independent consultant, Kristin now provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. 

Pete Hall spent 12 years as an elementary and middle school principal in Reno, Nevada and Spokane, Washington. Now, as a Professional Development Agent, Pete has focused his life’s work on building the capacity of educators worldwide…so they can have the tremendous positive impact on their students they are meant to have. Pete lives according to a simple mantra, “Always strive to be a better you.” Taking this philosophy into his coaching, leadership, and personal interactions, he exudes optimism, energy, and all-out effort towards clear and viable goals.

Kristin and Pete have co-authored a new book titled Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation (ASCD, 2018), as well as their award-winning publication Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom environment (ASCD, 2016).

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Sean Goode

Sean Goode is a “cause-driven leader” who works through the non-profit CHOOSE 180 to provide creative second chances for youth and young adults at risk of being lost to the justice system. Since taking over stewardship of this cause in 2017, the organization has tripled the number of people they serve, now supporting over 600 youth and young adults annually in partnership with prosecutors, judges, school superintendents and community leaders throughout Western Washington. 

Prior to serving the community in this capacity, he championed gang intervention efforts, created employment opportunities for youth in at-risk communities and worked in educational advocacy to implement programing that supported young people’s readiness for kindergarten, high school and college through the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

Sean is considered a national expert on justice reform and is frequently sharing the work of CHOOSE 180 and the transformative power of restorative practices throughout the country.  

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Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI, home of the Crickets. Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

Joe co-hosts the Hacking Leadership Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School's Story; Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age; and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.

He was selected as a Future Ready Superintendent in 2014 and one of 50 Superintendents recognized as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. Education Dive named Joe one of five K-12 Administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.

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Jack Arend FMI

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Jack Arend | Associate Director | (800) 562-6100