PAST EVENT SPEAKERS
The Chicago Education Expo has had the pleasure of working with some excellent childhood services professionals who have presented on informative topics of great importance to parents. Take a look at some of our past speakers. We will be announcing the speakers for the 2016 Chicago Education Expo soon. Please visit our website for regular updates.
Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS will be the Keynote Speaker at the West Loop Families Childcare & School Fair. Grace will hold breakout sessions designed to guide families through the confusing school search process to help you find the school in the Chicago area best suited for your child.
A self-described “Tiger Mom Lite” (her kids have had numerous sleepovers in their years but do play more than one instrument), Grace has always felt that the most important role of a parent is to provide the best possible education for their children. Through the years, Grace has seen the school choice landscape change in Chicago yet she still strives to keep searching for the best options for her own children. She thrives on uncovering nuggets of wisdom and “hidden” information that others simply do not have time to uncover. Grace firmly believes a great education is a right, not a privilege. It just so happens in the City of Chicago, it is a right that takes an inordinate amount of research.
We are proud to welcome Michelle L. Siegman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as a guest speaker at the West Loop Families Childcare & School Fair. Michelle will address our guests on a topic that will prove quite interesting to families with children preparing for school: The Kindergarten Screening Process.
Ms. Siegman's expertise lies in guiding women to understand, accept and heal from their past in order to move forward into healthy relationships. Often clients get "stuck" in a routine and can benefit from the therapeutic journey to release them from their consistent, injurious patterns.
In addition to her current work with women, Ms. Siegman spent six years working as the primary social worker at a private school in the Chicago suburbs. Her focus was on building social skills, implementing behavioral plans and working with parents and school staff to create the most successful environment for children requiring a variety of classroom accommodations. While working in the school, she designed and employed a bullying program to foster a caring community. In addition, she guided many families through the divorce process.
APRIL D. JORDAN, Author
We are delighted that April D. Jordan, author of the charming children's picture book, Sweet Lily Pitter-Patter, What You Do Surely Matters, will be a special guest at our event. April will sign copies of her book and hold a special reading for our young guests.
April D. Jordan grew up near the Adirondacks in New York. Her adventures as an educator range from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Thailand to working as an inner-city teacher and award-winning principal in the Chicago suburbs. She is passionate about helping children consider their impact on the world and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum and Social Inquiry at National-Louis University.