Chelonnda Seroyer began her educational career as a high school English teacher in Madison, Alabama. She used Dr. Wong’s book, The First Days of School, as an “instruction manual” to set up her classroom. While using the “effective teacher techniques” shared by Dr. Wong, Chelonnda became an extremely effective teacher during her very first year in the classroom.
At the end of her first year of teaching she was awarded the “Bob Jones High School First Year Patriot Award” and by the end of her fourth year of teaching, the first year that she was eligible because she was newly tenured, she received the “Teacher of the Year” award.
Due to her successful implementation of effective teaching techniques, Chelonnda became an executive member of the Madison City School’s New Teacher Induction Team where she, along with central staff personnel, coordinated the induction program for new teachers coming into the school system. She was also selected to be a member of the University of Alabama in Huntsville Education Department’s Community Advisory Council. This committee served as a sounding board and advisory group for issues related to the preparation and support of highly qualified teachers.
In 2007 Chelonnda was one of only 40 teachers in the nation to receive the Toyota International Teacher Award which allowed her to travel to Japan for an educational study tour of the country and its educational system. As a result, she was featured on the Japanese national news station while discussing her plans to bring the Japanese culture into her classroom.
For over 10 years, Chelonnda has presented with Dr. Harry Wong for organizations such as, the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Texas Teachers Alternative Certification Program, the North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium, Louisiana State University, and has done keynote presentations for Dr. Bill Daggett’s International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools Conferences. In addition to their domestic appearances, she also travels with Harry and Rosemary Wong to train teachers around the world including trips to Canada and Hong Kong.
In addition to speaking with the Wongs, she is also the President and CEO of Seroyer Educational Consulting Service and does solo presentations both nationally and internationally for various school districts including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, St. Thomas, St. Croix , and Canada. She has also worked with new teacher programs such as the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Pre-Service Teacher Institute and the Miami-Dade County School District’s Summer In-service program.
Chelonnda Seroyer has assisted educators across the country by observing schools and classrooms while working one on one with fellow educators to assist them as they create their own customized and highly effective management plans. In December 2011 her work with a struggling school in Detroit, Michigan was featured in Dr. Wong’s teachers.net column.
She is one of the featured teachers in Dr. Wong’s online classroom management course and her complete story was featured in a February 2005, www.teachers.net column. Chelonnda is featured on the “Using the First Days of School” DVD in the 4th edition of The First Days of School, and she is also a contributing author of the Wong’s latest book, THE Classroom Management Book.
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.
Audiences enjoy Alan's humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. Alan November has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.
Alan was named one of the nation's fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Classroom Computer Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. His writing includs numerous articles and the best-selling book, Empowering Students with Technology. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
Each summer Alan November leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and participants from all over the world.