Category Archives: 2014 Speakers

Laura Scheer


Laura Scheer, M.Ed. is co-author of the Up-Words Reading™ curriculum, a reading specialist with Next Generation and the mother of three. Laura graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Education degree in Special Education and Cognitive Studies in 1999. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters Degree in Reading, Language and Literacy in 2002. Laura has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, instructional specialist, and assistant principal at the Atlanta Youth Academy. Laura is trained in Orton Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell reading programs.

Lorie Delk


Lorie S. Delk, M.Ed., CCC-SLP is Founder and President of Next Generation Therapy Services, as well as a practicing speech-language pathologist and mother of four. Lorie graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Education degree in Speech Pathology and has a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from Georgia State University. In addition to being the co-author of the Up-Words Reading program (, she directs a practice that treats children with language and articulation disorders, reading disorders, and learning disorders, such as dyslexia and autism.

Dr. Sheldon Margulies


Dr. Margulies is uniquely qualified to create audiovisual curricula for middle and high school students. As a neurologist, he understands how the brain works, including how we learn, how we focus our attention, how we retrieve information, and how emotion and motivation affect learning.

Having attended both medical school and law school, having taught neurology to over 2500 medical students and residents, and having authored three educational textbooks, he has honed his teaching skills and is now applying them to improve the way science is taught and to inspire our youth to pursue careers in science.

Dr. Margulies graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966, and Stanford School of Medicine in 1971, completed an internal medicine residency at McGill University in 1973, and completed a neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco in 1976. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Dr. Margulies currently holds the rank clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and at Howard University, having been a clinical assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University and assistant professor of neurology at the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama. Dr. Margulies is also an inactive member of the Maryland Bar. He has written three educational textbooks, Everyday Doctoring: A New Approach to the Logic and Reasoning of Neurology and Medicine (1986), Learning Law (1992), and The Fascinating Body: How It Works (2004). In his 35 year teaching career, Dr. Margulies has taught over 2500 medical students and residents.

Charlene Ruble

Charlene Ruble

Charlene Ruble, a math consultant for bby Publications at the University of West Alabama, has taught school for 30 years in grades K-5. She travels across the country helping elementary schools meet the needs of children using hands-on tools. Charlene is a two-time winner of Oldham County, Kentucky’s Teacher of the Year award. She was also one of three finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year in Kentucky. She believes all students can be successful in math if the concepts are explained with models showing the relationship of numbers and their patterns. This method allows children to think, problem solve, work at their own level, and solve abstract problems.

Josh Clark

Josh Clark, currently serving his 2nd term as the Georgia State Legislator for the 98th District, is transitioning into GNLD’s Vice President of Sales for North Josh Clark, currently serving his 2nd term as the Georgia State Legislator for the 98th District, is transitioning into GNLD’s Vice President of Sales for North America, a whole food pharmaceutically licensed company in 58 countries. He currently owns and operates Josh Clark Realty, Buford, GA, and other small businesses.