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, 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.
ArtsBridge produces quality performing arts education programs designed to engage and motivate the next generation of artists and art supporters. In collaboration with leading arts organizations and community arts leaders, ArtsBridge paves pathways for students to experience and benefit from the positive power of the arts.
Dana M. Merritt MS CCC-SLP specializes in the diagnosis & treatment of auditory, visual, & motor processing disorders that cause delays in speech, language & learning. She has developed a unique phonics program called “A Time for Phonics” that utilizes the Hebbian learning rule through the student’s “eye gate,” “ear gate,” & “motor gate” to drive neuroplasticity for reading, writing, spelling and vocabulary. She has also developed “Math Made Fun Through Playing Cards” to improve students’ working memory, math skills and social skills.
“A Time for Phonics” is a book that includes the first ten steps of comprehensive phonics that teaches reading, writing, spelling skills and builds vocabulary. This system is based on the power of neuroplasticity to build “phonemic decoding skills” in a fun way using a whiteboard and no boring memorization drills. “A Time for Phonics Photo Flashcards” coincides with the ten steps and they have amazing color photos and every word can be “sounded out.” “Math Made Fun Through Playing Cards” is a unique set of playing cards that is designed to reinforce odd and even perception, eliminates confusion between 6 and 9 numerals, enhances computational skills and improves working memory. Math skills can be greatly enhanced through various activities. Algebra can even be clearly explained and practiced using these unique cards.