Brad Kampf

Brad Kampf

With a degree 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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Helge Wasmuth, Ph.D

Helge Wasmuth

Assistant Professor in the Department of Childhood Education at Mercy College in New York (and previously at Higher Technical College for Early Childhood Education in Zug, Switzerland), Helge has worked for many years in the training of kindergarten teachers in the US and Germany, including teaching a variety of courses and supervising the student’s fieldwork in different settings of early childhood education.

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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, Ph.D

Juanita Copley

Emerita Professor in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston. After earning her PhD at Texas A&M, Dr. Copley became a leading expert on early childhood mathematics, writing extensively on the topic, with 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, director of Froebel 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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Stacey Wellman, Ph.D

Stacey Wellman of The Greeley School

Stacey Wellman, MA, CCC-SLP, LD is a Speech/Language Pathologist at the Greeley School of Winnetka, IL. She will present on her work assessing neurodevelopmental, literacy and other skills using Froebel Gifts and Occupations, as well as ways of integrating Froebel methods into public school curriculum.

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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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