Highly energetic and dynamic, LaVonna Roth is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, consultant and author, bridging how the brain learns (and thinks), with people’s incredible intrinsic skills and talents (how they S.H.I.N.E.) is her deep passion. Her goal is to help individuals become confident in who they are, and for them to use that aptitude in making a difference within their communities.
Over 25,000 educators, students and organizations have benefited from LaVonna’s wealth of practical, applicable, and down-to-earth strategies and insights to the most common frustrating educational and behavioral issues. These effective strategies are a direct result from years of research, as well as, firsthand classroom, consulting and life experiences.
LaVonna presents interactive and engaging seminars, and has done so across three continents. She is the founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. initiative where every person is encouraged to ignite their S.H.I.N.E. and use those gifts to illuminate the world.
In education, she is the best-selling author of Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage All Learners, and the seven book series, Brain-Powered Lessons to Engage All Learners. As an educator of ten years, LaVonna was recognized at state and local levels for her teaching success. She credits the amazing teachers she taught with and who are role models for her achievements.
Brandon Gogue is a highly creative teacher and presenter who stretches educators in their thinking on how to engage students. He chose to be a professional educator because he was inspired by several teachers growing up and wanted to pay it forward. Brandon graduated from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!), is ESOL certified, and has been teaching for 8 glorious years. He believes that teachers should “treat each and every student as if they could be the future president” – a philosophy that has been especially beneficial to the students at the low-income (SES) schools Brandon has taught at throughout his career.
Brandon felt an immediate connection to the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® movement. He was especially drawn to the concepts of remaining true to your unique self and celebrating differences, knowing that these things are what help create successful individuals and communities. “I believe that everyone has gifts, talents, and skills and that’s exactly why I stand behind Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®,” he explains. His “out of the box” approach and ideas have increased productivity and achievement with his own students. He lives and breathes all things that help educators be more and students to do more. Brandon lives life to the fullest and aims to inspire everyone around him – students and colleagues alike – to do the same.
Elisabeth Bostwick is a deeply passionate and highly engaging speaker who sparks inspiration within others. Educators glean from her authentic teaching experiences and genuine approach, as she connects as a classroom practitioner.
Students in her class are empowered as leaders to set goals, identify their passions, create, communicate, collaborate and think critically about their learning. Elisabeth is driven to encourage students and educators to embrace how they S.H.I.N.E., and is committed to being an Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® Illuminator to transform school culture as she’s experienced the dramatic shift first hand.
Elisabeth holds a BS in elementary education and a MS.Ed in elementary education math and science. With 14 years of classroom experience, she also serves as grade level chairperson and has supported teachers as an instructional strategy coach.
As someone who avidly seeks alternative methods to innovate in the classroom and sustain systemic change, Elisabeth was named the lead PBS Digital Innovator in NY and also received the Empire Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. Elisabeth is driven to inspire and support educators in their learning journey.