Buddy Berry (October 2, 2015 @ Creston)
Buddy Berry went from a math teacher to a superintendent of his alma mater (Eminence Independent). As a past University of Kentucky football player, Berry has led his district from the bottom of the state rankings to the top in only a few years.
Berry’s innovative mindset is exampled through the long list of accomplishments, including:
- Developing the first wifi bus in Kentucky
- Purchasing a KFC
- Inserting a slide into the cafeteria to increase fun
- Leveraging partnerships to provide students and teachers with Apple MacBooks and Apple training
- Securing external funding to build a mobile application
Berry’s entire resume shows student success being the driving force behind decisions. The changes at Eminence Independent Schools has positively effected the entire community. Berry’s stories are sure to touch your heart and his training and leadership are guaranteed to improve your schools.
Ramsey Musallam is a secondary science instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown San Francisco and also has served as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University. In addition to his role as a science instructor, Ramsey is the Director of Inquiry and Innovation at Sacred Heart Cathedral and runs invention workshops for elementary and middle school students in the Bay Area.
Ramsey delivers keynotes, webinars and facilitates workshops for teachers nationally and internationally with a focus on using technology as a strategic classroom partner in designing learning environments grounded in inquiry fueled by student curiosity. Additionally, Ramsey is the host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an internet TV show dedicated to sharing innovative ideas for teachers and students. Ramsey’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” is widely popular with classroom teachers, and was the lead talk on TEDs first ever PBS TV premiere, “TED Talks Education.”
Upon graduating from the University of California Davis with a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Ramsey went on to obtain a MA and Ed.D in Education from the University of San Francisco. Since graduating, Ramsey’s research interests have shifted from using Multimedia to manage student Cognitive Load, to a focus on harnessing Multimedia as a tool in cultivating student curiosity, inquiry and motivation.
“As a full-time high school science teacher and department chairperson, I am passionate about building and sharing innovative learning environments grounded in inquiry and guided by curiosity. Student questions can be windows into dynamic and tailored blended instruction, but not the other way around.” - Ramsey Musallam