Each one of our presenters is set to bring their expertise and insight to create an engaging experience for all attendees. We'd like to say a big thank you to each one of our presenters for their support of this conference!
Amy Huffer graduated with her Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma and earned her doctorate in human science from Oklahoma State University. She specializes in infant and early childhood mental health and currently supports efforts of Zero to Three to change the trajectory for infants, toddlers and their families impacted by the child protection system. Previously, she assisted with the research and dissemination of the Attachment and Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC) intervention through the University of Delaware and served as Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Trainer and Consultant where she worked to develop and strengthen infant and early childhood workforce across the state. Huffer has supported infant and early childhood mental health consultation for early education settings and additionally supported research efforts in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Huffer has been endorsed by the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor and regularly provides training and reflective consultation to professionals serving infants, toddlers and their families.
Ava Armstead-Cozart holds her master’s in human development and family science. She works as a professional development specialist for CAP Tulsa, a non-profit organization that assist lower-income families in Oklahoma counties. She has served as an early childhood educator for over 15 years and currently teaches coursework in parenting, early childhood and life-span. Presently, she is completing her doctorate at Oklahoma State University. Armstead has been involved in a number of studies on trauma-informed practices, prevention programs, early childhood education and relational care.
Susan Kimmel is the executive director of the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) and an adjunct professor, both at the University of Oklahoma. Since 2002, Kimmel has provided leadership to CECPD and its staff of approximately 40 employees. She has implemented large federal research projects and led efforts across the state to promote school readiness. She is a former early childhood teacher, lead instructional coach for the U.S. Army’s Children and Youth Services in Heidelberg, Germany, and principal investigator of multiple federal grants. In addition, Kimmel is the author of several professional journal articles focusing on teacher professional development, instructional coaching and closing the achievement gaps in at-risk preschool children.
Kimmel and her colleagues developed the Early Learning Quick Assessments (ELQA). These web-based progress monitoring tools focus on math and literacy skills for three- through five-year old’s. Kimmel is the co-founder of the Instructional Coaching Institute and the Literacy in Action online professional learning series. Additionally, she is a committee member of OPSR’s Preschool Development Birth Through Five Grant and a school board member of Carlton Landing Academy, the first rural charter school in Oklahoma.
*This location's session will be taught by a professional certified to teach Zero to Three's The Growing Brain.
Ron Mohl earned his bachelor’s from Florida Atlantic University and brings over 20 years of experience in the education industry to his position of lead educational presenter for Lakeshore Learning Materials. He is a CLASS-certified classroom observer for both toddler and pre-K classrooms. Mohl also studied at the Environmental Rating Scale Institute for ECERS-3 and ITERS. In this role, he collaborated with school districts to enrich their scope of instruction and summer programs — as well as public and private institutions — to provide professional development related to curriculum, including The Creative Curriculum and HighScope. Mohl’s experience with Head Start programs spans across the country with keynotes in state, regional and national conferences. He has also contributed educational strategies to military child development centers around the world, including London, Italy, South Korea and Japan. By focusing on the importance of play in the learning process, Mohl’s interactive training helps educators enrich curricula that relate to being a partner in play through authentic experiences with children. He instills the need for creating a learning environment of mutual respect, and finds inspiration in a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.”
Kyong-Ah Kwon is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma (OU)-Tulsa. She has extensive experience as a teacher of young children in Korea and the United States. She received her doctorate in developmental studies from Purdue University and worked as an associate professor at Georgia State University before coming to OU. Kwon has an extensive record of scholarly work about parenting, classroom quality and teachers’ well-being and the impact each of these has on children’s development. She has been published in prestigious journals, such as Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Learning and Individual Differences and Early Education and Development. Kwon has also led several grants that contribute to supporting teachers and improving classroom quality. She was recently awarded the Research Scholarship Award from the Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education at OU.
Ken Randall is co-director of the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU)-Tulsa as well as associate dean of the College of Allied Health and a professor in the department of rehabilitation sciences at the OU Health Sciences Center. He received his bachelor’s in physical therapy from OU in 1986, his master’s in human relations degree from OU in 1996, and his doctorate in educational psychology at Oklahoma State University in 2009. Randall has taught in the academic environment for 27 years and been in physical therapy field for 33 years. Moreover, he has been involved in interprofessional education for 20 years. Randall is currently involved in three research studies examining fitness and wellness in three distinct populations: 1) Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (in collaboration with the St. Jude affiliate clinic at St. Francis Children’s Hospital); 2) adults with behavioral diagnoses (a collaboration with OU Tulsa’s IMPACT team and Dr. Jessica Tsotsoros in occupational therapy); and 3) early childhood educators (in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Institute at OU).
He has published numerous articles in international journals as well as in both Allied Health Education and Physical Therapy, the flagship journals of his profession. In addition, he has presented internationally on four continents. Randall’s publications and presentations address topics that range from academic integrity to novel educational strategies to fostering student success in the practice environment and to individual and community-centered practice. He has received over fifteen teaching and service awards over the years, including the OU-Tulsa President’s Award for leadership in community service in 2009, the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association Kennett Ball Service Award in 2014, and the inaugural Provost’s Teaching Award at the OU Health Sciences Center in 2017.