Dr. Summer Pannell is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Delta State University, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Union University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Pannell has worked extensively with families and children/students in high-poverty, high-minority schools. In the Mississippi public education system, she served in such roles as teacher, bus driver, coach, athletic director, instructional facilitator, assistant principal, and principal. Dr. Pannell received the Champion of Change Award from the Mississippi Department of Education in 2013 for closing achievement gaps in her school. Dr. Pannell also served on various district-level strategic planning committees and developed a New Teacher Induction Program. She holds principal and superintendent certification in the state of Texas as well as administrator certification in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida. Dr. Pannell also holds a Certified Athletic Administrator certification through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Dr. Pannell has published articles and presented at various national conferences on educator preparation program evaluation on program evaluation and literacy instruction of African American students. She has also served on collaborative committees with the Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi State University to assist in development of the Mississippi Principal Evaluation System. Her primary research interests include educator preparation, teacher retention, and the effect of poverty in schools.
A national presenter, speaker, and published author, Dr. Delilah Gonzales operates under the belief system, “Educators are required to reform to the needs for their students, students not required to reform to educators.”
Dr. Delilah Gonzales received a Master’s in Science in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis (UOM). She also holds a Doctor of Education from UOM in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership with a concentration in Reading.
Dr. Susan Wise brings a broad base of teaching experience, having also worked as a Resource, French, and Music teacher, university sessional instructor, and Reading Recovery teacher and Teacher Leader. As a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for the Southwest Region, she worked alongside teachers and administration of several school divisions. Following highly successful work as a division-wide Literacy Coach, Dr. Susan is leading professional development initiatives in literacy in several school districts.
Dr. Susan has been tremendously received as a consultant from coast to coast in Canada and has presented at National and International conferences in both Canada and the U.S. Most recently, she has enjoyed meeting and working with Canadian teachers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, the Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland. In 2017, Dr. Susan’s consulting work has taken her as far as the American School in Bello Horizonte, Brazil. Her popular sessions are frequently lauded for their practicality and their basis in the reality of classroom instruction.
Dr. Delilah Gonzales, an early literacy professor, has worked in education for over twenty years. She brings a mixture of begin a practitioner and researcher to the table. Working as a literacy consultant for the National Literacy Professional Development Consortium has offered her the opportunity to educate, train and mentor both pre-service and in-service educators in developing effective instructional strategies, specifically in literacy and language development.
Dr. Susan Wise is the currently the conference chair. Dr. Susan brings over 20 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist to empower and engage classroom literacy teachers. She has taught English Language Arts at primary and Middle School levels in urban and rural settings.
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