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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