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's in 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.
Rebecca Taylor is a certified trainer of Program for Infant andToddler Care. She is also certified in Toddler and Pre-K CLASS. She has a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Northeastern State University. Taylor is currently working on her master’s in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on early childhood education from Concordia University. She has worked in child care and education for over 20 years. The last 12 years she has been at CAP Tulsa under several different capacities. She has experience as a classroom teacher for both infant/toddler and preschool as well as an instruction coach. Taylor’s current role is professional development specialist with the Oklahoma Early Childhood Program. She is passionate about training and supporting teachers, caregivers and parents to help improve practices that help young children achieve success. She is mother of three and grandmother to six.
Jennifer Tubb is a customer support and implementation coordinator at LENA. She brings more than 10 years of experience in early childhood education, including classroom teaching, administrative support and research coordination. Tubb spent the past six years traveling domestically and internationally to provide support around best practices with curriculum and assessment solutions through coaching and on-site product trainings. Having worked collaboratively with everyone from parents to executives, she looks forward to supporting customers as they implement LENA programs nationwide. Tubb earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Florida Gulf Coast University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Focused, dedicated and committed to education for over 20 years, Shalek Chappill-Nichols provides training for teachers in the areas of mathematics, science, arts, literacy and social-emotional development. Chappill-Nichols is an outstanding leader among her peers, both creating and providing classroom activities, facilitating in-service trainings, seminar workshops, conferences, delivering keynotes, creating curriculum materials and teaching at a local college. She has been published in the CMC ComMuniCator and the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s magazine, Teaching Young Children. Chappill-Nichols is a certified trainer of the California Preschool Instructional Network. She is also trained and experienced in quality assessment tools such as DRDP, CLASS, ECERS-3, ITERS-3 and SCERS. She has her master's and as a professional development consultant, will leave conference participants rejuvenated and excited to implement new strategies into their classrooms.
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 each of these impact 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.