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Donnita Davis-Perry joined the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at William and Mary in 2002, with 30+ years of experience as a general and special educator. At T/TAC Donni provides professional learning sessions and follow along coaching to support educators to full implementation of evidence-based practices. Donni has expertise as an Instructional Consultation Team (ICT) facilitator and coaches new ICT members to enhance, improve, and increase student and staff performance nationwide. Donni has multiple coaching certifications and is the lead certifier for Evocative Coaches at the Center for School Transformation and Lead Learner Associates. Donni’s areas of expertise include assistance with instructional and leadership coaching, student progress monitoring, formative assessment, learning strategies, inclusive practices, providing specially designed instruction to students with disabilities, project based learning and co-teacher collaboration. She earned a M.Ed. in Education from Old Dominion University.
George Manthey is the Co-founder of Lead Learner Associates. He retired as the Assistant Executive Director, Educational Services, of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) after 40 years in education. He taught elementary school as a regular classroom teacher and taught both elementary and middle school students as a special day class teacher and resource specialist. He was an elementary school principal for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. George served as Assistant Executive Director of ACSA from 2006 to 2013, responsible for all of ACSA’s educational programs and conferences. In addition to his work with Lead Learner Associates, George serves as the Program Coordinator for all educational credential coaches in the ACSA program in the Silicon Valley. George has received a number of awards including the Whitney Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education (1984) and the California Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s highest honor – the Helen Heffernan Award for Outstanding Instructional Leadership (2012). He has written over 60 columns for Leadership magazine as well as numerous articles that have been published in Leadership, the School Administrator, Learning Environments Research Journal, and Educational Leadership. George earned his Ed.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.