Avedis Foundation Presents "Celebrate Teachers"

The Avedis Foundation presented its third annual “Celebrate Teachers” event for Pottawatomie County educators.

The one-day professional development event was offered at no cost to public school teachers, support staff and administrators from Pottawatomie County as part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to recognize, inspire and motivate teachers through a countywide education initiative.

Area schools hosted educational sessions throughout the morning, with breakouts segmented by grade level. The afternoon session, held at Firelake Arena, featured keynote speaker Gerry Brooks, author of Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches. Brooks is also an elementary school principal from Lexington, Kentucky, whose career in education includes classroom, administrative and intervention experience.

Widely known to more than one million social media followers, Brooks relied on his signature humor throughout his keynote address to more than 1,300 educators Monday, sharing personal stories and anecdotes to illustrate how teachers can improve their instructional abilities through “personal climate” and culture strategies in the classroom. Brooks also provided real-life tips to help administrators successfully lead their staffs.

All 15 Pottawatomie County school districts participated in the 2019 installment of “Celebrate Teachers.

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