Brad Kampf

Brad Kampf

With a BA in Elementary Education from Augsburg College and training at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Brad Kampf now teaches at City of Lakes Waldorf School. After years working with Minneapolis Kids at Burroughs Elementary School, Brad moved to a Waldorf classroom, integrating Froebel Gifts into his program.

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Cathy Weisman Topal

Cathy TopalA visual arts educator at the pre-school, elementary, middle school and college levels for over 30 years, Cathy Topal is emerita professor of Arts Education in the Dept. of Education and Child Study at Smith College. Author of many books for Davis Art, including Thinking with a Line, Cathy currently co-authoring a book with Lella Gandini.

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Jeff Lende

Jeff Lende

With 20+ years experience as a teacher, Jeff spent most of his career at Blandford School, an outdoor environmental school for GRPS 6th graders. Now retired, Jeff is a prolific craftsman/artisan. Jeff will present suggested environmental lesson plans for preschool and kindergarten ages.

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Juanita Copley

Juanita Copley

Emerita Professor in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston. Dr. Copley is a leading expert on early childhood mathematics, having written extensively on the topic, with three books co-published by NAEYC and NCTM, including The Young Child and Mathematics. In semi-retirement, she has been using Froebel Gifts to teach Common Core standards in several Michigan school districts.

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Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett, M.Ed. has taught for over 25 years in both private and public schools. Introduced to Froebel in 2002, she sat on the original board of the Froebel Foundation USA. Stepping away from the board in 2004 for job and family obligations, Julie never lost sight of the pure sense of Froebelian teaching. Julie currently teaches grades 5/6 in a private school, trains homeschool parents, and delivers a yearly lecture on Froebel to university education students. She's excited to join the Froebel team in Grand Rapids to share ways of integrating Froebel methodology in various content areas.

Scott Bultman

Scott BultmanAuthor, toy manufacturer, former director of the Froebel Foundation USA. and host of this year's conference, Scott Bultman has actively worked to promote the original Froebel Kindergarten method internationally since 1997, including the upcoming documentary series, The Kindergarten.

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Tiffeni Goesel

Tiffeni GoeselTiffeni Goesel will present on the use of a variety of materials and aspects of Froebel's Kindergarten method. The Froebel® Gifts & Occupations can be applied to classroom and homeschool settings. Attendees will learn how to connect the Gifts to Occupation activities to music, games, curriculum and the child's specific surroundings.

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