June 25, 2014
Start Time: 9am
End Time: 5pm
Serving the Spectrum: Supporting Students with Learning Difficulties
Main Speaker: Caroline Minicozzi
Speakers: Kay Belknap (Veritas Academy, NC) and Lynn Gilpin (Veritas Academy, NC)
Leading Your School from Adolescence to Maturity
Speakers: Chuck Evans and William McGee (BetterSchoolsOnline)
Biographies of Speakers
Track 1: Serving The Spectrum
V. Caroline Minicozzi
V. Caroline Minicozzi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Speech/Language Pathologist. Mrs. Minicozzi is the Director of Western North Carolina Behavioral Education, Services and Treatment. Prior to completing her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders, she completed an internship at UCLA with Dr. Ivar Lovaas. Mrs. Minicozzi also holds a degree in Psychology from Converse College. The focus of her work is with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Over the last 20 years she has trained and served over 200 professionals, families and children. As a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International group, her work is founded on evidence-based practices supported by scientific principles. She lives in beautiful Asheville, NC with her husband, Joe.
After serving as a member of the Steering Committee, Kay has served as the Head of School for Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher, NC since its opening in August, 1998. Veritas is a Pre-K through 12th grade school with 372 students. Kay is a graduate of Charleston Southern University with a degree in Math Education. She has also taugh Precept Upon Precept Bible Studies for over 25 years.
Lynn Gilpin is the Lower School Principle at Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher, NC. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Education and Special Education from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA and has done post-graduate work at University of Pugent Sound and Lesley College Graduate School.
Track 2: Leading Your School from Adolescence to Maturity
Charles T. Evans founded BetterSchools, LLC after more than twenty years as an independent school leader and consultant. Consulting full-time with Paideia, Inc. from 2006 to 2011, Chuck has provided strategic consulting and professional development for more than fifty independent, parochial, and public charter schools. A frequent presenter at conferences and leadership retreats, Chuck understands the wide spectrum of needs that exist, especially given the dramatic changes in the private school marketplace over the past decade. He has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Non-public Schools (TANS), as a member of the State CAPE Network of state-wide political advocates, and is a founding board member of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). He lives in Austin, Texas.
William D. McGee has spent 23 years as the head of four independent schools, including eight years at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas and six years at Jackson Preparatory School, Mississippi. Since 2008, he has served as Head Master at Hill Country Christian School of Austin, Texas, leading Texas classical school. Bill is an expert in independent school leadership, governance and planning, and is in great demand as a speaker and organizational facilitator. He serves on the board of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and is the past President of the Texas Private School Association (formerly TANS). He lives in Austin, Texas.