ABL Master Presenters
ABL Master Presenters are highly trained, highly qualified teachers who are chosen because they are outstanding award winning educators. Each ABL Master Presenter brings their own expertise to our innovative workshops. Our ABL Master Presenters train teachers, principles, and school administrators how to link academics to the Common Core. Schools using ABL Strategies have shown marked improvement in student health, student behavior, and student performance. Contact us today to schedule a Master Presenter for training, workshop, presentation, or staff development for your school or district.
Sheila Gardner brings inspiration, passion and humor to her trainings. She is excited to assist you in utilizing the greatness within yourselves to form better learners in your classrooms. She will share with you teaching strategies that teach specific academic concepts in a teacher friendly, time efficient, fun way that has proven results for a positive learning environment.
Participants will engage in activities that demonstrate how students using Action Based Learning™ can improve memory retention, have their academic concepts reinforced and balance brain chemicals while experiencing whole-brain, whole body learning. Utilizing Common Core State Standards infused with Action Based Learning™, students will be better prepared for the future they create.
Sheila holds a BA in Education from Montana State University. She holds a certification as a classroom teacher and as a PE teacher K-12th grade. She was recognized as Administrator of the Year for her district as well as Health and PE Coordinator of the year by the American Diabetes Association.
With experience in teaching preschool, elementary and high school and currently in an administrative roll with a large school district, she has a great deal of understanding about the education system. Traveling extensively sharing her enthusiasm with other school districts is her passion.
Al Craven is currently an Assistant Professor in Teacher Education and Health Education at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. He is an experienced presenter in health related topics with presentations and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He has taught elementary self-contained classrooms, middle and high-school levels, physical education, health, adapted physical education peer tutoring program, and was the Health Teacher of the Year for the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He has been a health consultant, a health & physical education coordinator, a consultant for an educational television network and curriculum writer. His workshops are dynamic, interactive, fun and practical gaining high recommendations and evaluations from teachers, administrators, parent groups and colleagues.
Gina Ludolph brings excitement, passion and humor to her trainings. Her expertise is Early Childhood (PreK-2nd). In her presentations and workshops she covers a variety of topics, which include: how the brain learns, how to prepare the brain for learning, and how to build a better brain through movement. These concepts are enriched with plenty of dynamic lessons as she involves the audience in the activities. She also covers the brain in poverty. If preferred, presentations can include key words, key concepts, and activities in Spanish.
Gina has been using Action Based Learning strategies in all her classes throughout her teaching career. She has taught Pre-K, Kinder, and Content Mastery. In addition, she has designed and taught and Adaptive PE curriculum for a severe ED Centralized Behavior school. She has also written curriculum and taught at the Community College level.
Gina has a BA in Education from Trinity University in San Antonio, with certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Kindergarten, Elementary, Elementary Self-Contained, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. She has authored a paper on the necessity for including Kinesthetic Movement in the classroom, and has received numerous Dale Carnegie Leadership awards for her delivery.
Vic Caban is currently the Head of Middle School Health and Physical Education at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) in Beijing, China. He is an experienced public speaker and presenter in various forums, but his expertise lays in health and movement related topics. Presentations can be done in either English or Spanish (or a mixture of both if necessary). He has been an educator for 12 years; 8 years at the classroom level (K-12) and 4 in Administration (9-12). He has been a public health advocate, health & physical education department head, athletic director, and a curriculum writer. His ability to communicate and connect with a wide-ranging audience, while still having fun, has gained him much praise and high recommendations from students, parents, colleagues and the greater school community.
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Anthony L. Shuler is a Raw Vegan Bodybuilder, Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Motivational Speaker, and Certified Action Based Learning Master Teacher who has done extensive research in religious, philosophical, medical, metaphysical, counseling, and alchemical studies. In utilizing his critical analysis and research skills acquired through his Bachelor of Arts in English, further developed as a Master of Science in Transportation, Mr. Shuler created The L.I.F.E.4DLiving Mobile Holistic Health, Wellness, and Action Based Learning Program designed to essentially be the holistic version of Meals on Wheels J.
Youth-Focused in schools directly from K-12 and Post-Secondary, in conjunction with youth/community/faith based organizational initiatives, mentorship campaigns, group/corporate wellness programs, or individual personal training, through physical fitness and increased athleticism, the L.I.F.E.4DLiving approach has been statistically/scientifically substantiated to enhance mental acuity and agility, improve circulation throughout the body enabling all vital organs to operate more efficiently, and essentially, holistically enhancing the functionality of the human machine, employing NATURAL tactics to win the battle against the epidemic levels of preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. impeding personal and professional development. The L.I.F.E.4DLiving approach asserts the most valuable thing on this plane of existence is LIFE and
only through ideologies and strategies enabling, sustaining, and propelling life simultaneously and harmoniously can humanity ever hope to reach her full potential individually and/or collectively.
Carole Snider is a former teacher and school counselor in Ohio public schools and an adjunct professor with Communicate Institute/Walsh University, Canton, OH. She authored the graduate course, Succeeding with Students of Poverty and co-authored with Eric Jensen, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain. She is driven by the belief that every child can be successful and is passionate about promoting total fitness – brain, body, and spirit. She has organized and facilitated numerous staff development and conference presentations on using movement to facilitate cognition, teaching students of poverty, and brain based learning.
Carole’s other areas of expertise would include stress management for staff and students, AD/HD and the school’s role in this disorder, and developing success strategies to turn low performing schools into high achieving ones. Her presentations are lively, thought provoking, and always tailored to meet the specific needs of the school or district.
-Rebecca Johns-Wommack ,Ed.D.
Rebecca received a Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Mass Communications. She received her second Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, where she majored in Kinesiology with emphasis in physical education. She completed her Master’s degree in Health and her Education Specialist degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. Rebecca earned her Doctorate of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a concentration in Child and Youth Studies. Dr. Rebecca Johns-Wommack, has an expertise in Action Based Learning, Child and Adult learning, Physical Education, Health Education, Personal Wellness and Coordinated School Health. Rebecca has co-authored two books titled Concepts in Fitness: A Balanced Approach to Good Health, and Discovering Optimal Wellness to Change Your Life.
Natalie is an energetic and passionate presenter of brain research and education. She has presented at local, regional, state, and national levels. Her expertise is in brain research, integration strategies, physical education, health education, and administration buy-in and support. She is driven by the thought that all children can learn and has a “no excuse” policy when it comes to children learning. She believes that movement facilitates learning and that learning can be fun. She models all of her believes in her presentations.
Natalie has 10 years of educational experience. She spent the first 8 years as an elementary physical educator where she was a master at integrating core curriculum into movement. She has been invited to do several state and national presentations on integration and fitness. The past two years she has been in administration both as a Physical Education Coordinator and most recently as an Assistant Principal. Her goal is to help all administrators and teachers understand the impact that movement has on the learning process.
Natalie has her Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from Western Carolina University, a Masters in Physical Education and a Masters of School Administration also from Western Carolina University. She has a National Board Certification in Physical Education, and holds both CrossFit Level I and CrossFit Kids certificates. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner -Webb university. She is so passionate about action based learning that she is focusing her research on brain science and how movement is linked to learning. Natalie is a master trainer of Action Based Learning and is full of energy and passion. She is a dedicated life long learner and longs to share her knowledge with you.
Located in southwest Missouri, Master Trainer Jerod Morey brings a different perspective to Action Based Learning. Jerod comes from the not-for-profit world as the Executive Director of About Our Kids, Inc., a youth development organization targeting youth ages Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Jerod has experience in after school and summer programming and in-school prevention education both locally and nationally. He has presented across the US on a variety of topics including physical education, healthy lifestyles, holistic abstinence education from harmful activities (drug and alcohol abuse and sexual behaviors) as well as the importance and connection of Action Based Learning.
Jerod and his wife Elisha have two children, Ellistin, six, and Jagger, one. As a family they enjoy showing livestock competitively, all water activities, traveling, community events and activities, reading books at bedtime, playing on the floor and the swing set as well as spending time with friends and family whenever possible.
Shaney Mulligan’s dynamic presentations will have you on your feet “literally” as you engage and learn Action Based Learning strategies. Participants will have a better understanding of how the brain operates to enhance learning in their students. Such topics as teaching the brain in poverty, building better brains through movement, integrating common core, and Action Based Academics are taught.
Shaney currently teaches elementary physical education in Kentwood Public Schools. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College majoring in Physical education and Psychology, a minor in Social Sciences, and an education degree with a K-12 endorsement in physical education. She received her Master’s degree from Michigan State University majoring in Kinesiology with a focus on curriculum and program design.
Now based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Stuart Welsh has 20 years of teaching experience, working in a wide range of government, independent and elite private schools in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A passionate, highly skilled and widely respected Physical Education specialist, he has taught at every grade level from 3 year old Pre-School to 12th Grade, as well as at Tertiary level, teaching undergraduate students at RMIT University. In 2011 Stuart established his own consulting business, specialising in providing professional learning opportunities and program support to schools and teachers. He has quickly developed a reputation as one of the most sought after Physical Education presenter’s in Australia, working directly with organisations such as the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (ACHPER) both in Victoria and South Australia. Stuart’s professional expertise has also been recognised in working with groups such as the Victorian Premier’s Active Families Challenge and Cricket Australia where his services were engaged to develop innovative program content. Holding Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Education qualifications, Stuart also has extensive classroom teaching experience working in Primary (Elementary) and Secondary (Middle & Senior High) schools both in Australia and London, England. As the only ABL Master Trainer in Australia and the South East Asia/Pacific region, Stuart offers a range of Action Based Learning presentation options. He is particularly committed to developing a culture of movement & physical activity in schools and empowering teachers to create learning environments that provide students with every opportunity to become effective lifelong learners.
-Dr. Ann F. Goldade
Ann has her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is a Master Trainer with Action Based Learning and the current Director of Special Education for KIPP Houston Public Schools. The focus of her dissertation research was measuring academic outcomes as a result of brain based instructional practices as outlined by Medina (2008) and Ratey (2008), specifically she reviewed and implemented research-based strategies for learning improvement through the application of physical activity in the moderate to vigorous activity levels. Ann has been selected with the honor of presenting at 3 international, 4 national conventions and several state, region and district level conferences and professional development trainings. She has trained several K-12 districts on brain-based learning strategies. Recently a publication has been accepted to the iBookstore for an interactive e-book on research-based strategies connecting movement and academic learning at the elementary level.
Ann earned licensure in Emotional/Behavior Disorders (E/BD), Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), and Physical/Health Disabilities (P/HD). Her experiences encompass fifteen years of working with a variety of students with exceptionalities and diverse needs in public and charter school settings, communities and at the university level. She has extensive experience in working with teaching behavior, assessment, curriculum & instruction, due process, assistive technology and instructional technology. She is a certified behavior specialist, coach and trainer in Teacher Child Interactive Training (TCIT) and is among a rare few trained on this groundbreaking effective model that comes to us through clinical therapy. She was selected by the state of Minnesota to be a Teacher Mentor in the field of special education. She was the assistant professor and coordinator the special education programs at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) for 7 years, and is in her 8th year as a consultant for implementation of the Response to Intervention model for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. Drs. Eric Jensen, John Medina, John Ratey and Jean Blaydes have trained her in brain-based and active learning strategies and research, including working with students and families in poverty.
David Spurlock, Coordinator of Health, Physical Education, Athletics, ROTC, and Wellness in the Charleston County School District in South Carolina, is hailed as “one of the titans of physical education in the US,” by Harvard Medical School researcher and author Dr. John Ratey, “he is one of the biggest reformers in this country.” Spurlock, a retired coach and PE teacher, is now an experienced presenter, who is regularly asked to speak at conferences, throughout the country, on how the integration of daily physical activity improves learning and behavior. Spurlock has worked closely with and presented with Jean Blaydes for the past 7 years. His practical application of movement in the classroom is currently a subject of research by The Medical University of South Carolina and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
-Donald Keith Cannon
Keith is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Vanceboro, NC with his wife and son. Their son is a college student at Appalachian State and their daughter lives in Raleigh. He obtained his teaching degree at East Carolina University and has been an Physical Educator for 27 years in North Carolina. He is presently Lead Health and Physical Education Teacher for Craven County Schools and Physical Education Teacher at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary. Keith also serves at West Craven High School as the football team’s 1st responder and the men’s tennis coach. Keith has served as president of NCAAHPERD, president of NCAAE, and JRFH State Coordinator. Keith currently serves as the program director for the Fall Physical Education Leadership Training in Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Community involvement includes serving as First Lieutenant, EMT-I, and Director of Vanceboro Strawberry Festival for the local volunteer Rescue Squad. At the Vanceboro United Church, Keith serves on committees, as Sunday School Superintendent, Lay Speaker and President of the Methodist Men. Keith has received over $20,000 in grants to provide new programs for his students. He has presented programs at Fall PELT, Southern District Convention, NCAAHPERD Convention, Regional Workshop, and Youth Fitness Conference. He also served as Roger Bell Elementary 5K Coordinator, NC Special Olympics Games Venue Director/Event Organizer, and World Special Olympic Games Medical Responder. Keith is a Member of NCCA, NCAAHPERD, NCAAE, AAHPERD, NCAOA, USTA, NC Association of Rescue and EMS, NCATA, and NCAE.
Pam Tevis is currently the Instructional Specialist for Health and Physical Education with Pasadena ISD in Pasadena, Texas. Pam has thirty-two years of teaching experience with the last twelve as a central office administrator. Her expertise is with physical education, health and coordinated school health for grades K-12. She is well-versed in content area curriculum specifically English and English as a Second Language at the secondary level. Pam is responsible for all workshops, in-services, and teacher training programs for all grade levels. She has been the Co-chair for the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) for the past 12 years.
Pam has experience presenting to teachers, administrators, and community members at the local and state level. Pam is passionate about providing brain based, brain compatible strategies as intervention for special education and second language learners to help remediate the gaps in their learning. Pam is the 2010 CATCH Champion for the state of Texas, a 2010 PEP Grant recipient, the 2010 Director for the Secondary and Elementary Administrators Conference, and the 2013 Chair-Elect for K-12 Administrators for TAHPERD (Texas AHPERD). She has been nominated for the TAHPERD Administrator of the Year. She is a member of the Houston Area Leadership for Health and PE, the School Health Leadership for Harris County, and Healthy Living Matters which is a Houston/Harris County collaborative to connect policy to prevent childhood obesity. Pam has a BS in Education majoring in English and Athletic Coaching from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education in English as a Second Language from the University of Houston. She has teaching and coaching experience at both the high school and intermediate levels.
Crystal Reimer, CAPE, is a national speaker and ambassador for physical education with an emphasis in programming for students with disabilities, co-author of the Partner PE manual for Region X ESC, and an educator for all students for 16 years. She has presented at countless conferences ranging from outdoor education, state P.E. , to adapted physical education across the USA. Crystal has taught at all student grade levels, including college PE classes. In the past 10 years she has utilized brain research and best practices to navigate the challenging classrooms with students (aged 3-22 years old) with disabilities. The Partner PE programs have included facilitating the general education students to reach new heights of emotional development and social competencies of being a peer to students with disabilities during secondary PE settings.
Crystal is currently creating a brain compatible elementary physical education program with brain-based activities interwoven throughout the sport and non-sport themed teaching units. She has taught English and elevated reading achievements in inner-urban high school settings with students from entrenched poverty. The brain from poverty can learn equally as the brain from affluent homes, and once they know the teacher cares then they will care. If you haven’t read Dr. Seuss in P.E. yet, well what are you waiting for? She earned her Bachelors of Science and her Masters of Science in Kinesiology at Texas Woman’s University.
-Karen Saffles-Slater, M.Ed, Ed.S
Karen received a Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Education with emphasis on Health and Physical Education K-12 and Biology. She received her Master of Arts degree and her Specialist in Education degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. She has represented her district with presentations at the National PE4Life Convention, AAHPERD Southern District Conference, several TAHPERD conventions, and the Coordinated School Health Institute of Tennessee. Karen has 28 years of public education classroom experience with an expertise in Physical Education, Lifetime Wellness, and Action Based Learning.
Gail Ward has 30 years of experience in Education. She holds several teaching certificates along with a Principal Certification and a Master Degree in Education. Gail has experience in teaching Physical Education, Teen Leadership and coaching. Gail currently plays the role as a Peer Facilitator where she works closely with the intervention process. She has secondary experience in a variety of ways. she identifies and assist in the intervention process by sorting data to best meet the needs of the students. She is a leader in building relationships and assisting teachers as they create programs to assist with intervention, ESL and Special Education. Gail has presented and lead trainings, workshops, staff developments and in=service in areas with teambuilding , motivation, classroom management, testing preparations, intervention identification and strategies. Gail is very passionate in her beliefs that “all students can learn and never give up on any student.” Gail has presented at conventions on the district and state level. Gail has assisted with the state assessment preparation and focused on special education accommodation, modifications and supplemental aides to assist the students. Gail has a personality and the energy to captivate the audience and motivate. Her 30 years experience and philosophy on the key of success is building a relationship not just with the students but your colleagues on your campus.
-Gym and Caroline Street
Master Trainers Gym and Caroline Street offer a unique Action Based Learning workshop as a team with experience in the gym and the classroom. Gym and Caroline share a passion for movement, learning and helping kids succeed. With a master’s degree in physical education pedagogy and administrative experience, as well as 30 years teaching physical education, Gym has seen first hand the positive effects movement can have on learning. After integrating the principles of Action Based Learning into his P.E. curriculum, Gym and his colleagues saw noticeable improvement in the classroom and excitement and enthusiasm from students, teachers, families and community.
Caroline brings 30 years of elementary classroom experience and a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in gifted and talented education to the team, joining Gym in his passion for getting kids on their feet to enhance their learning. Caroline brought Action Based Learning practices into the classroom and was often seen performing brain compatible energizers alongside 25+ students, followed by more effective learning by happier, healthier kids.
Together, Gym and Caroline’s workshop combines specialist training with classroom expertise to give attendees a holistic view of Action Based Learning.
Gym and Caroline live in Masonville, Colorado. They enjoy mountain activities, traveling around the world and visiting their daughter and son-in-law in San Francisco and son in Salt Lake City.
Our team uses knowledge, humor, upbeat music and eight decades of combined experience teaching kindergarten through college to help the audience understand the latest developments in brain research. We will fill your head with jaw dropping discoveries on how the human brain learns and then we will use them! Not only will you come away with a new passion for teaching and learning, you will be equipped with the knowledge of how, when and why to implement movement in your classroom and gym the very next day.
Sessions include interactive exercises that support movement improving cognition, with a specific focus on:
How movement changes the brain
How to use movement in the classroom without disrupting others (and enhance learning)
How to organize P.E. classes and programs to take advantage of brain research
How to set up and run successful ABL labs in your school
Leslie DeRuiter is an experienced presenter on the topics of Physical Education, Brain Breaks, and Movement in the classroom. She uses a creative approach involving audience participation and group dynamics which results in enthusiastic and motivational presentations. While maintaining her high standards, Leslie delivers useful and relevant information in all of her presentations and workshops on topics for teachers of preschool age children through adults and well as pre-service teachers. Presentations, based on the latest brain research, are customized for the audience.
They can include: Teaching the Teenage Brain, Teaching the Brain in Poverty, Building Better Brains, Kinesthetic K.I.D.S. plus more. This is all delivered with enthusiasm, passion and humor. The audiences leave her workshops with a shared sense of purpose and with skills ready to put to practice. She is currently a Physical Education Specialist in the Kyrene School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She has taught elementary and middle school physical education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Leslie is very knowledgeable with curriculum, management and team building. This knowledge, combined with her excellent interpersonal and communication skills, create energetic, interactive and fun sessions that can be implemented the same day.
Mark has over thirty years of experience teaching elementary Physical Education in Kansas and Virginia, and nine years as the former executive director of District & State Relations at the national office. Mark served in the elected office positions with the Kansas AHPERD, and their first Executive Director.
He has received numerous professional recognitions at the state, district and national association levels, including the Outstanding Alumni Award at Missouri Western State University, and the 2011 Loudoun County Public School award for Specialist Teacher of the Year.
In 1998 Mark attended his first of three international brain teacher in-services with Slywester, Sousa and Jensen. Shortly thereafter, he began presenting workshops around the mid -Atlantic region under the title of The Brain-Body Connection. In 2013, Mark directed the first brain based learning summer workshop, in conjunction with the Virginia State Department of Education, at James Madison University with eleven other presenters.
Mark became a certified master trainer with Action Based Learning in June 2013. Besides teacher and school administrator presentations, he has available an e-Brain Newsletter for workshop attendees.
A unique approach to brain based learning is also being directed to the
corporate sector. The rationale is, if it is not good for children to sit for long periods of time, then it is also not good for employees to sit for long periods of time without movement breaks. Mark has over 25 published articles in professional refereed Journals and has presented in over 25 states. Please contact Mark at email@example.com to schedule your workshop.