Spotlight Speaker

  • Beyond the Chalk - Dean Phillips and Jeff Crews

     

     Dean Phillips

    Dean Phillips

    Dean Phillips is an educator, a professional speaker, education consultant, and co-founder of Beyond The Chalk, a Montana based company, focusing on transforming education through teacher and student teaching and learning opportunities. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and is a member of the Google Geo Teachers Advisory Team. Dean’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching encourages educators to be inspiring, engaging and relevant, while building meaningful relationships with students. He believes school should be a place where kids want to be, not a place they have to be. Dean is an award-winning Montana educator and has experience in all levels of education and school leadership. He has been a classroom teacher, both elementary and high-school, an educational coach and mentor, a University Adjunct Professor, and a statewide Montana Technology Integration Specialist. Dean’s diverse repertoire of experiences allows him to bring a unique view of current education which is both engaging and entertaining.

     

    Jeff Crews

    Jeff Crews

    Jeff Crews, co-founder of Beyond the Chalk, provides transformational learning experiences to teachers and students. He feels technology, when used effectively as a tool by teachers and students, can facilitate the change from the traditional form of education to a 21st century model. Jeff is a Google Certified Innovator and a member of the Google Geo in Education Advisory Team. His past experiences as a classroom teacher, technology coordinator, NASA Earth Observing System assistant director,accompanied by his doctoral research, have afforded him a unique opportunity to work with teachers and students around the world.  These experiences have solidified his belief that we need to teach our next generation of students to think more critically, work more collaboratively, express themselves more creatively, and become more effective communicators. Jeff is hoping to create transformational experiences for teachers and students around the world to help excite, engage, and empower all learners.