Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start is providing a pre-service conference on September 4-6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Way of Holiness Church, located on Route 33, west of Buckhannon. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Over the three-day conference, several professional trainers will present topics that affect our young children today. All training is STARS-ccredited and STARS Certificates will be distributed at the end of each training.
The featured speaker for the conference is Neila A. Connors, Ph.D. Connors is presently the founder and president of Networking And Client CONNECTIONS INC., a corporation dedicated to the implementation of positive attitudes and actions in people. Her primary focus is to coach people on how to "build their own bridge for a successful life." Her philosophy is based upon Napoleon Hill's quote: "If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it."
Neila worked at the Florida Department of Education, responsible for coordinating the development of the middle and high school state curriculum frameworks, working with high school teachers and administrators throughout the state. She also was the director of middle grades and later was responsible for the state international baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs. She also served as a tenured professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.
Her research has been in the areas of teacher advisory programs, successful counselors, attitudes of students from rural areas, positive teachers and their characteristics and homework. Her most recent publication, "If You Don't Feed the Teachers, They Eat the Students," a guide for all educators, has received many enthusiastic reviews. She is presently writing a partner book for businesses entitled "If You Don't Feed Your Employees, They Eat the Customers." Additionally, her newest book "If You Don't F.E.E.D. (Fuel, Empower and Engage Daily) the Students They S.T.A.R.V.E. (Stop Trying and Reject Valuable Education)" will be available through John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing in the winter of 2013.
For additional information, contact Donna Thomason, volunteer coordinator for UHR Inc. Head Start, at 304-472-2016 ext., 120.