This year’s conference includes an exciting lineup of general session speakers. We welcome each of these speakers and look forward to hearing from them throughout the conference. Each person has a heart and passion for North Carolina’s greatest commodity – our children!

Tim Hodges

Opening General Session
Monday, November 12, 9 a.m.

Tim Hodges, Ph.D. is Director of Research for Gallup’s Education Practice. He consults with K-12 school districts and higher education institutions and leads research projects in strengths development, employee selection, employee engagement and well-being.

Student Voices

Second General Session
Monday, November 12, Noon

This session will feature a keynote discussion with local high school students. NCSBA President Minnie Forte-Brown from Durham County Public Schools will serve as moderator and lead the conversation with the 5-member panel.

Home Nguyen

Third General Session
Tuesday, November 13, Noon

Dr. Home H.C. Nguyen is a professor of leadership, and an advisor and coach to leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. He has coached mid-level and C-suite executives of Fortune 200 companies and numerous start-ups. He teaches and facilitates courses on Self-Awareness Training, Interpersonal Group Dynamics, and Adult Learning and Leadership Development at Columbia University and Yale School of Management.

Freebird McKinney

Closing General Session
Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 a.m.

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World and European history and also is co-coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate Pathway Program. A self-described “village teacher,” McKinney also sees his role as an educator reaching beyond the classroom, leading international service-learning adventures, working also as an adjunct professor at Elon University and serving as a community leader.

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