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We Learn Not for School, but for Life

Eboné Lockett

Cato Middle College High School

As a middle school student, Eboné Lockett was introduced to a phrase that would impact her for the rest of her life: "Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus," translated as, "We learn not for school, but for life." Now a high school language arts and composition teacher, she continues to live by that mantra and encourages others to never stop learning. Eboné teaches at Cato Middle College High School in Charlotte, NC.

Epigenetics and the Curious Journey Into Education

Eli Davis

Lincoln Heights Academy

James Baldwin said “We carry our history with us.” Kendrick Lamar has rapped about the experiences inside his “DNA.” In this talk, Eli Davis connects their words and more to epigenetics and asks us to consider whether this field of science may be relevant to the classroom. Eli is a high school special education teacher at Lincoln Heights Academy in Charlotte, NC.

Expectations For All

James O'Neal

Piedmont IB Middle School

Students live up (or down) to our expectations of them. In this talk blending spoken word and story-telling, James O'Neal tells how one teacher's expectation changed his life, and how that experience now impacts his students today. James teaches math at Piedmont IB Middle School in Charlotte, NC.

The Struggle Is Real: Depression In The Classroom

Kari Rhoades

Mallard Creek High School

Nearly 7% of U.S. adults experience depression, and “the struggle is real” for educators managing major depressive disorder. In this talk, Kari Rhoades courageously discusses what it's like teaching with depression and how others can be supportive of people who may be struggling. Kari teaches biology and biomedical sciences at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, NC.

More Than My Curriculum

Justin Parmenter

Waddell Language Academy

Academics are important, but maybe our students need more from us. In this talk, Justin Parmenter shares what happened when he moved beyond the curriculum to help students learn something else: Kindness. Justin is a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte, NC.

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