Keynote Speakers

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Tuesday – JoAnn Deak

JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., has spent more than thirty years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or significant ‘brain sculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: “Every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”

Parents and educators at schools from New York to Hawaii, as well as such organizations as the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of International Schools, the American Montessori Society and the International Baccalaureate Association, have heralded Dr. Deak’s ability to demystify complex issues of child development, learning, identity formation and brain research.

Dr. Deak began her career as a teacher and head of the science department. She soon learned the complexity of dealing with the many brain and motivational patterns represented by the diverse students in her classes. This led to her work at Kent State University, one of only three universities in the United States to have a specialty in Preventive Psychology at that time. Her doctoral work focused on how to assess those environmental, school and family patterns that lead to the healthy development of children and, conversely, those patterns that cause issues, problems and disabilities.


Jonathan Parker has been a teacher in the Glendale Union High School District since 1995 and he has served as the AP U.S. History instructor at Thunderbird High School for the past 15 years. Since 2003, Mr. Parker has acted as the mentor-on-assignment at Thunderbird High School, providing instructional coaching and facilitating professional development workshops for teachers new to the district. Throughout his career, Mr. Parker has been an assistant varsity football coach while also completing stints as a baseball and track coach. An active member of the Glendale Union Education Association, Mr. Parker has been elected to local and state positions, including current roles as the GUEA President, and the sole teacher representative on the State Board of Education’s Professional Practices Advisory Committee. Most recently, Mr. Parker was recognized by the Arizona Educational Foundation as an Ambassador for Excellence in 2014.

Jonathan Parker graduated from the University of Redlands with degrees in Political Science and Psychology before earning a Masters’ Degree in American Government from American University in Washington, D.C.

Finally, Mr. Parker is the grateful son of two teachers, the proud father of two extraordinary children, and the fortunate husband of a wife he does not deserve….