Presenters for 2017

We are excited to announce that AzSCA will be able to offer 1.0 graduate credits for counselors attending the conference through Adams State University.  Counselors must attend all 16 hours of professional development.  More details will be available at conference.

Monday, February 27th - Time: 8:00 am

Welcome Keynote Address


Beverly Henry Wheeler: Beverly Henry Wheeler is the Regional Director of Admission at Hendrix College, Conway (AR). She has served in this profession over two decades. July 1st she celebrated 30 years in the Admission Profession. She received a Bachelor's of Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and Masters of Arts in Developmental & Adult Education from Texas State University. Her expertise includes an extensive knowledge of enrollment management, relationship building and professional ethics. She served as the state president of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling organization (TACAC) and as president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling organization (NACAC), almost 20,000 plus member organization.

Keynote Address - You Be You: Your Life is A Setup The keynote will encourage the audience to view leadership from the perspective of assisting others in learning who they are and giving them permission to be who they are from a ribbon dancer to the world renown tennis player.

Breakout Session – Helping Your Students Demonstrate Grit in the Admissions Process Helping Your Students Demonstrate Grit in the Admissions Process - In the holistic admission process, universities are looking for those unique characteristics in students. By defining GRIT in their life, you are able to assist in defining GRIT and demonstrating GRIT in the admission process. Most students do not realize they have GRIT they do. This presentation will give you tools to assist your students in defining, understanding and demonstrating GRIT in the admission process.

Monday, February 27th - Time: 11:40 am

Lunch Keynote Address

Frank Kitchen: Frank Kitchen is the Life and Leadership Connoisseur. His FRESH recipes Educate, Elevate and Empower students, educators, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and professionals to “Live FRESH” as Difference Makers and Life Changers.

The experience and knowledge Frank earned as educator, entrepreneur, entertainer and author have been used by individuals and organizations to create positive and productive environments people desire to be in. His keynotes, workshops and trainings been delivered to audiences in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Lunch Keynote Address – “Be FREH, Stay FRESH, Live FRESH” THE FIVE ESSENTIALS TO BEING A DIFFERENCE MAKER AND LIFE CHANGER To be a Difference Maker and a Life Changer, you must be FRESH. FRESH is when you create positive experiences and environments where dreams flourish. FRESH is when you develop a culture where people stay Focused, Resourceful, Enthusiastic, Strong and Honest. "The Life and Leadership Connoisseur," Frank Kitchen, will teach you the essentials to living FRESH…the productive feeling of living something New, Exciting, Great, Wanted and Needed.

Breakout Session – “It’s OK to P.L.A.Y.” THE EXPERIENCE OF GAMING YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS Life and Leadership are a complicated game. The only way to succeed is to participate and learn. Your success is dependent on how you play. "The Life and Leadership Connoisseur," Frank Kitchen, will use his recipe book of "Games" to facilitate this tailored interactive experience designed to improve your Life and Leadership skills. He'll teach you why "It's OK to Play!"

Tuesday, February 28th - Time: 8:00 am

Welcome Keynote Address

Dr. Jonathan Mathis: Dr. Jonathan Mathis impacts both secondary and postsecondary institutions, focusing on college access and success. He serves as director of the National Honor Societies at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Prior to NASSP, Dr. Mathis was the director of education and training at NACAC. He completed his PhD in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California (USC); he served as an adjunct assistant professor in USC’s Rossier School of Education.

Keynote Address - “Honor Your Future Now”: Cultivating Excellence, Aspirations and Engagement Student outcomes, academic and otherwise, serve as important considerations for counselors, teachers and leaders in our nation’s schools. How do we facilitate and/or promote the success of all students? For nearly 100 years, the National Honor Society has recognized and celebrated students for their contributions both in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Mathis, Director of the National Honor Societies, will share insight, offer resources, and challenge audience members to consider asking students, “what will you do to ‘Honor Your Future Now’”?

Breakout Session – Vision, Progress and Next Steps: Program Features of NHS and NJHS The 2015-2016 academic year marked a historic period for the National Honor Societies—an unveiling of significant programmatic and resource investments into the programs. Come hear the vision behind and status of the NHS and NJHS program features. Be first to hear of new initiatives to support student achievement and future aspirations. Engage in conversation regarding ideas that will further our efforts.

Featured Speaker:

Cadi Angeli: Cadi Angeli has been a counselor at Sonoran Trails Middle School for 16 years. She RAMP'd the STMS counseling program in 2013 and currently working on re-RAMP status. She has been an executive board member for AzSCA for three years and is the AzSCA 2016 School Counselor of the Year.

Featured Breakout Session – Successful transitions: Elementary to Middle and Middle to High School Learn how a small school district went from losing 20% of their elementary students during their transition to middle school to transitions 96%, saving the district millions of dollars, literally!

Featured Breakout Session – Sexting 101: creating school wide technology standards As the use and abuse of technology has become more prevalent, the reality that no school is immune to the threat is apparent. This session will explore the impact that technology has on the adolescent brain and the process of decision making, as well as present on how one middle school is using parent and student on-line education to help combat in appropriate technology use by their students.

Daniel Santiago: Daniel Santiago has over 15 years of experience in education and is a dynamic motivational speaker who inspires youth and empowers adult professionals on the topics of college, career, and life readiness.

Mindsets & Behavior Strategies for Students Success, Part 1 In this session you’ll learn practical strategies for applying ASCA’s Mindsets & Behaviors Standards with your students in one-on-one’s, core instruction. Focusing on Category 1: Mindset Standards (M1-M6)

Mindsets & Behavior Strategies for Students Success, Part 2 In this session you’ll learn practical strategies for applying ASCA’s Mindsets & Behaviors Standards with your students in one-on-one’s, core instruction. Focusing on Category 2: Behavior Standards (Learning Strategies, Self-Management Skills, and Social Skills)