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Association of Washington School Principals
Washington Principal | Volume 3 – 2021-22
AWSP/WASA 2022 Summer Conference Speakers
These Keynoters Found Belonging, and Now They Belong at Our Conference (and So Do You!)
Get ready for an inspiring and insightful AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, June 26-28 in Spokane! Our keynote speakers offer a range of perspectives on today’s leadership challenges while sharing their own moving stories of hope and resilience. Register today – You Belong Here!
Opening Session and Sunday Banquet
Ben Nemtin
At the lowest point in his life, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and influencer Ben Nemtin made the decision to only surround himself “with people that would inspire me.” That one small decision completely changed his life. After creating The Buried Life for MTV—with the realization that so many of the things that Ben and his friends truly wanted to do in their lives were essentially buried by work, by school, and by life—Ben was able to create the most epic bucket list of all time. And that mission took on a life of its own, gaining raving fans along the way. Items checked off that list included writing a New York Times bestseller, having a conversation with Oprah, playing basketball with President Obama at The White House, and having a beer with Prince Harry.
The most powerful piece of this bucket list project however was Ben’s desire to give back to those who couldn’t fulfill their own bucket lists. THIS is the world you want to create.
Ben Nemtin is a Canadian producer, writer, speaker and television personality. He is the creator, executive producer and cast member of MTV series The Buried Life. Nemtin is co-author of the New York Times best seller, “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”
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Monday Keynote
Shelley Moore
Originally from Edmonton and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, consultant, and storyteller and she has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research and work have been featured at national and international conferences and are constructed based on theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum, and teacher professional development.
Her first book entitled, “One Without the Other” was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk hosted in Langley in January 2016. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her master's at Simon Fraser University, and is currently an SSHRC-funded Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia.
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Closing Brunch Keynote
Dr. Richard White
With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. Author of the memoir, “I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream,” he began his tuba studies with Ed Goldstein at age 12 at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He then went to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study with David Fedderly (Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony) where he received his Bachelor’s degree. On the advice of Mr. Fedderly, Richard traveled to Indiana University to study with the legendary Professor Daniel Perantoni. He continued his studies there receiving both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees, becoming the first African American in the world to receive a DM in Tuba Performance.
Dr. White held the position of Principal Tubist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2004 until its untimely demise in 2011 and is currently in his fifth season as Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic.
Prior to moving to New Mexico, Dr. White was one of the top freelance musicians in the Indianapolis area, where he recorded with such greats as movie film composer John Williams, Cincinnati Pops conductor Eric Kunzel, and the late great wind ensemble conductor Frederik Fennell. Throughout his musical and educational career development, Dr. White has had a passionate interest in motivational speaking. That dream has recently materialized itself with the launching of the documentary RawTuba. Sharing inspirational thoughts and philosophies that have motivated Dr. White has taken him to Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, South East Asia and across the United States of America – with more engagements on the horizon.
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