Speakers

This year’s conference includes an exciting lineup of general session speakers all from North Carolina. We welcome each person and appreciate their heart and passion for North Carolina’s greatest commodity – our children!


Mark Johnson

Opening General Session
Monday, November 18, 9 a.m.

North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson has been at the helm of the state’s education system since elected in 2016. He was a teacher at West Charlotte High School, and he later served as a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education.

Dr. Kenston Griffin

Opening General Session
Monday, November 18, 9 a.m.

 Dr. Kenston J. Griffin is internationally known throughout corporate, education, federal/judicial and non-profit organizations for his award-winning presentations that are not only inspiring but transformational. 

Anthony Johnson

Third General Session
Tuesday, November 19, Noon

Anthony was a high-school dropout and is now a teacher with the Rowan-Salisbury Schools. He holds the title of Apple Distinguished Educator, TED-Ed Innovative Educator, and was the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the school district.

Mariah Morris

Closing General Session
Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 a.m.

Mariah Morris is the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Morris is a second-grade teacher at West Pine Elementary School in Moore County.

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