Mike teaches high school ESL and 11th grade English at Coffee County Central High School and he has taught at Coffee County Central High School for the past twelve years. Before that, he taught for three years in Metro Nashville Public Schools. He has recently presented at the Tennessee GAFE Summit, the Tennessee Reading Association Conference, and MidTNUnCon. Mike has formerly served the state as a TNCore ELA Coach/Regional Content Coach. He also currently serves his county as the President of the Coffee County Education Association and the Tennessee Statewide Engager for the Hope Street Group Teacher Fellowship.
He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee Tech in secondary education with a minor in English, a Master’s Degree from Austin Peay in Instructional Technology, and a Specialist in Education Degree (Ed.S) from Tennessee Tech in ESL. He is an ardent supporter of elevating teacher voice and giving back to his profession. Follow him on Twitter at @mike_stein33. You can read his previous blog posts at TNTeacherVoice.
Marc Walls has taught at Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tennessee for the past four years. He has served as a leader in STEM integration, facilitating in services during the summer and serving as a mentor to elementary and middle school teachers. Marc is active in the non-profit community, serving on the board of directors for three organizations: Austin Peay State University, Autism Tennessee, and Tennesee ASCD. Marc is is an advocate for compentency-based professional learning, holding certifications in a number of ed tech companies. He is also a participant in the Tennessee Department of Education's micro-credential pilot program.
He is a graduate of his district’s Leadership Development course and Aspiring Administrator’s Academy. Marc is a graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute as an advocate for autism awareness. In 2016, he was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader. He holds a B.S. in History from Autin Peay State University, an MA.Ed in Instructrional Leadership from Bethel Univeristy, and he is pursuing his Ed.d in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. Follow him on Twitter at @TNteacherleader.