About the Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is a veteran educator in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and twelve years as an administrator. A passionate public speaker, Gerry has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He also desires to help administrators lead their staff in a positive and constructive manner. Gerry’s following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. He is currently followed by over 500,000 people.

Carol Radford

Carol Pelletier Radford, an experienced classroom teacher and teacher education administrator, is the founder of Mentoring in Action, an organization dedicated to the success of novice teachers and their mentors. She has authored five books, including Teaching with Light: Ten Lessons for Finding Wisdom, Balance, and Inspiration. Carol received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused her studies on mentoring and teacher leadership. She is a certified yoga teacher who practices meditation and mindfulness strategies with educators through her online courses and website. Her Teaching with Light podcast features teacher stories and inspiring leaders. Her next passion project is the creation of a Teacher Legacy Network, where retired teachers can share their wisdom with aspiring teachers.


Kelsey Myers

Kelsey Myers is a trauma-informed therapist, speaker, consultant, and writer who is driven by a love of people and a deep desire to see generative healing in her own life and the lives of others. Through the lens of spiritual formation and interpersonal neurobiology- with a generous dose of humor and conviction- she guides individuals, groups and, and communities through experiences that facilitate discovery, growth, and lasting change. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Marriage and Family Therapy program and currently works in private practice in Northern VA. Kelsey currently lives in Reston, VA with her partner and three children.


Tim Reynolds

Dr. Timothy Reynolds is a Virginia native with roots in the coalfields of West Virginia and the farmlands of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University and a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Tim’s teaching career began in elementary classrooms in Roanoke City Public Schools and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Germany. Dr. Reynolds was chair of Roanoke College’s Education Department and co-director of the Copenhaver Institute for many years before returning to K-12 schools. During the last decade he has taught at the American School in Switzerland and served as an administrator at International Baccalaureate Schools in Norway and Massachusetts. His professional development work continues a lifetime calling of teaching and educating for local, national and international understanding.