3ThomLatoThom Stecher

Thom Stecher is a nationally-recognized motivational speaker and educational consultant.  He specializes in self-esteem, wellness, and student assistance programs.  Raised in a family of educators, Thom believes that education is a life-long process and that we all teach best what we most need to learn.  It is therefore imperative that we teach each other.

Thom has spent over 40 years educating and mentoring students, teachers, administrators and board members.  He is one of the original developers of the nationally-recognized and acclaimed Masonic Model Student Assistance Program and has expanded the model to developmentally appropriate programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  The program is in use in over 30 states, and in Canada.

Thom's current passion is providing school board and administrative retreats and professional learning opportunities for K-12 staff.  The primary focus of this work is the integration of social emotional learning with academic achievement and helping school districts transform into Whole Child centered environments.  Thom believes that budgets and test scores must be subordinate to people.  Caring for students and staff must be our highest priority.  Connection, compassion, and courage are the future of education.              

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prof jessieJessie McFarland

Jessie McFarland earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and her Master’s Degree in Science Education. She worked as a Middle School educator for 13 years, and witnessed firsthand the stress and pressure that today’s children place on themselves both academically and emotionally. After going back to school to increase her awareness and understanding of the whole child, she earned her certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a RYT Licensed Yoga Instructor, and a Mindfulness Educator.

As an Educational Consultant, Jessie created Wholesome Sprout with a mission of working with the whole child to create balance, joy, resilience, connection and nourishment. She has followed her passion to help bring these practices to schools and learners through Professional Development and her work as an Adjunct Professor.

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prof kristaKrista Leh

Krista spent the first ten years of her career enthusiastically working with high school students in a social studies classroom. For the next five years, she served as a Curriculum and Instructional Technology Coach supporting K-12 teachers across the district in Rigorous Curriculum Design. While with the district, Krista co-developed a student leadership organization which inspired her to focus on the cognitive and affective benefits of Social Emotional Learning.

In 2012, she was selected as one of twenty-six members nation-wide for the ASCD Emerging Leader class. In 2014, she became an ASCD Professional Services Faculty Member and in 2015, she was invited to join the inaugural class of ASCD Influence Leaders to delve into the realm of disseminating information on education policy.

She currently works nation-wide with school leaders, staff, and students on Social Emotional Learning as well as diversity, equity, and access. In addition to consulting, she is an adjunct professor for multiple Masters courses.

Krista graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kutztown University. She expects to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University in 2020.

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prof scottScottLato

Born and raised in Boyertown, PA, Scott A. Heydt graduated from Moravian College in 2002 with degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. Upon graduation, he traveled for two years as a leadership consultant for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, working with undergraduate men on organizational and personal effectiveness. Eventually he settled down in Bucks County, PA with his wife Monika and his two cats Hilo & Kona.

Scott spent six years working for Central Bucks School District as a second and fifth grade teacher respectively. During that time, he coordinated Groveland Elementary’s Green Team environmental club, served on District curriculum development committees, and developed a nationally award-winning “6 Pillars of Leadership” program for his fifth grade students. In 2009, he graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate methods courses in the Education department of Holy Family University.

“Live, learn, teach” is Scott’s personal motto. Whether through his works as a published author for young adults or through his continued involvement as International Director of Academic Affairs for Delta Tau Delta, Scott strives to deeply connect with life experiences and lead others to do the same.

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Christian's passion is bringing experiential education to life.  His natural ability to problem solve combined with his engineering background have enabled him to design and implement activities for all aged students.  He co-authored the book Real Genius at Play: Life Skills and Multiple Intelligences and designed many of the activities listed in the book.  

Christian has spent 10 years facilitating Adventures in Education programs for teachers and students including high and low ropes challenge courses.  He is also the Designer of Educational Games utilized at the LifeSkills Conference, where he also mentors a group of Counselors in Training.

Christian designs and builds high and low ropes courses for schools and communities throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.  He also is a adjunct faculty member for Nuemann University where he co-teaches Adventure Education and Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills.

Christian believes that all students are able to learn in their own way only if every educator is willing to take the time to figure out how.  

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