Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

February 27, 2020

Joe is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. Fall Creek was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe has also served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin.

He co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast, and co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School’s StoryPrincipal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love.

Joe is also a highly sought after speaker, who has gained a large following due to his passion for educational leadership.

Commissioner Mike Morath

February 28, 2020

Mike Morath is the Texas Commissioner of Education. He was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and has served in the position since January 2016. Prior to that, he served on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees for more than four years. As commissioner, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than 5 million students enrolled in both traditional public and charter schools.

Stephanie McConnell

February 28, 2020 – Distinguished Speaker

Stephanie McConnell is the principal of Hawkins Elementary school in Hawkins ISD. She has more than 14 years of experience in school leadership and is an esteemed educational consultant and presenter. Along with several past recognitions for her accomplishments for her strong school leadership, she most recently received the honor of being named 2019 Texas Rural Education Association’s principal of the year! Stephanie shares her practices as a co-author of the book Morale Magic with Christine Bedre and shares her daily school leadership practices on her Principal Principles. Come see her with her superintendent, Morris Lyon, to share their practices of visioning and transforming campuses in Hawkins ISD.

Morris Lyon

February 28, 2020 – Distinguished Speaker

Morris Lyon is a Superintendent who currently serves at Hawkins ISD . Mr. Lyon has recently participated in the Texas Education Agency’s instructional leadership pilot hosted by ESC 7 and facilitated by New Leaders to implement educational systems. Mr. Lyon is also currently enrolled in the District Leadership Fellows Program through the Institute for Leadership Impact at Southern Methodist University.

The vision for Hawkins ISD is to be the model of a learner centered school. Through the implementation of educational systems, Hawkins ISD has shown strong student growth in the past two years. Hawkins Elementary was just nominated by TEA as a 2019 Blue Ribbon School.

Morris holds a Bachelor’s Degree, Master of Science and a Master of Education degree from Texas A&M-Commerce.