Back to School Summit

Parenting with the End in Mind with Heather Brandon

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Heather Brandon

Heather Brandon has been doing her dream job of teaching high school theatre for 14 years. She is also a mom of three. Heather just received her Master's in Education with an emphasis on STEAM education. She is passionate about using the arts to help kids build life skills. You can read more from her at


Parenting with the End in Mind with Heather Brandon


Heather Brandon

Heather Brandon has been doing her dream job of teaching high school theatre for 14 years. She is also a mom of three. Heather just received her Master's in Education with an emphasis on STEAM education. She is passionate about using the arts to help kids build life skills. You can read more from her at


The Greatest Influence on your Child's Life with Tiffany Thomas


Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany is a former math teacher, SAHM homeschooling mom, and CASA volunteer who loves finding good deals! She and her husband, Phillip, who is an engineer, work together on The Crazy Shopping Cart. They enjoy spending time with their family, geeking out over sci-fi together, and saving money.



From Overwhelmed to Excelled with Jennifer Elia


Jennifer Elia

Jennifer Elia is a certified teacher, homeschool mentor, and mother of four children. She has been homeschooling her children for 10 years, including two with special needs. Jennifer is the founder of Aurelius Cabrini Homeschool Resource Center as well as an accomplished freelance writer. She is on a mission to help every mom learn how to teach every child because every child has special needs and amazing talents!


Supporting your Child's Inner Genius with Christina Fletcher


Christina Fletcher

Christina is a spiritually aware parent coach and Energy healer over at Spiritually Aware Parenting. Through simple, practical practices, perspectives and energy clearing, Christina offers moms and dads connection in the chaos so they can be the authentic, present parents they want to be. Through her courses and books and coaching, Christina also offers parents simple and fun processes to create foundations in mindfulness and spirituality for their kids.

Christina is a homeschooling mom of 3 and lives in Nova Scotia with her husband of 17 years and their family. 


Essential Skills for Academic Success with host Rachael G

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Rachael G, host of the Back to School Summit

Hi there! My name is Rachael and I have been a personal tutor for over 10 years. I am a military wife and mom of 2. I believe education is important, and encourage all ages to pursue higher education. I teach teens and parents the Skills needed for Academic Success, so that your child can achieve success on their own!


How to Teach your Teen Study Skills with Louisa Porzel


Louisa Porzel

Louisa Porzel is a certified teacher and private tutor who helps teens improve their study skills and grades. Before starting a tutoring business, Louisa taught Social Studies and Study Skills for 15 years. After a successful career teaching US History and Government, Louisa now coaches teens on how to get organized, improve their study skills, and prep for high-stakes exams. 

Louisa enjoys baking and all things Harry Potter. Any fellow Gryffindors in the house?

Louisa’s available for online tutoring and consultations. You can reach her at


Organization 101 with Dr. Cynthia Morton


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Cynthia Morton has worked in the field of education for over 29 years as a teacher, school counselor, peer educator, and virtual learning specialist.  Outside of her professional career, she is a mother and grandmother. In addition to her work as an educator, Dr. Morton has presented at several academic conferences, educational workshops and webinars. Some of the areas of her expertise include conflict management, helping at-risk students, preparing parents for the new school year, suicide awareness, and youth mental health. Also, she holds several professional licenses and certifications in the areas of counseling, trauma and crisis, and civil mediation.  

Presently, Dr. Morton serves as the Virtual Support Learning Specialist for Rockdale Virtual School where she coordinates the Rockdale County Peer Mediation and Peer Leadership Program. You can reach her at


10 Tips to Foster the Love of Reading with Raquel DeSouza


Raquel DeSouza

Raquel DeSouza is the wife of an amazing supportive service-member whose job moves the family all over the world, she is also the mother of two beautiful children James and Sophia.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a master’s degree in Elementary Education and pursuing an Ed.D in Reading and Literacy. She has experience teaching kids K-5th grade.
Her love of adventure has helped the family explore the world and adapt and conquer no matter the circumstance.
Raquel is a content creator, blogger, mom, educator. You can find her at


How to get through College Application Season without Overwhelm with Veronica Schofield


Veronica Schofield, Academic Success Coach

Veronica Schofield is an academic success coach and speaker who helps high school seniors take the stress and worry out of transitioning to higher education institutions by guiding them through their university and scholarship applications and giving them the mindset tools to finish their year out strong and prepare for college in a program that matches their ambition. She uses her vibrant, young personality and past personal experiences to resonate with teens and make this stressful period of their life more comfortable and simple. When she's not guiding students on their way, she can usually be found exploring the beautiful nature of her hometown, Vancouver Canada. Her free time is spent skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.


How to Communicate with Teachers with Leigh Ann Zerr


Leigh Ann Zerr

Hi, I’m Leigh Ann, mom to a cute toddler girl and one lovable but ornery golden retriever. I’m married to my high school sweetheart; 2018 will mark twelve years of marriage! We currently live in Kansas City, MO, where I work part-time as a high school teacher. The rest of my days are spent parenting, adventuring, and blogging! Most of my teaching career has been spent with high school freshmen through juniors, exploring the French language most of the time and American literature some of the time. With over ten years of experience in the classroom, I’ve just about seen it all, and I have (so far) survived to tell the tale. I look forward to many more years in the classroom, learning alongside my students.


How to Build your Teens Resume and Stand out for College, Scholarships, and Career Success with Todd VanDuzer


Todd VanDuzer

Todd is the co-founder and CEO of Student-Tutor, a blogger / writer for popular sites like Huffington Post, motivational speaker for high schools and companieseducational blog writer, avid rock climber who has climbed 2000+ foot cliffs, world traveler who has gone to 35+ countries, and more. He is driven by the need to help others achieve lofty S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goals, allowing them to follow their dreams.


The Importance of Study Skills in Middle School and High School with Sarah Blomberg


Sarah Blomberg

Sarah Blomberg is working in her second year of teaching 7th grade Science, while simultaneously obtaining her Master's degree in Secondary Education. Prior to her teaching experience she was a nanny for ten years and helped many students on their path to scholarly success. This path ultimately leading her to teach. In her spare time you can find her on Instagram at @thismomteaches