We'll See You In St. Louis!

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Conference Dates: November 7-9, 2018

Education Career Fair: November 7, 2018; 1-4 pm

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Share your expertise and experience by presenting a 45-60 minute Concurrent Session at the Conference.

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Meet Our 2018 Conference Committee 

Dr. Thomas B. Cason
St. Louis Public School District

Dr. Thomas B. Cason III has served as Principal of Soldan International Studies High School for the past seventeen years. Prior to his work at Soldan, Cason served as an art teacher and assistant principal in various schools throughout the St. Louis Public School District. Cason considers himself a strong proponent of building and maintaining strong relationships with students, staff, parents, and the community. Active partnerships include such notable institutions and organizations as Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri, Columbia, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, BJC Healthcare, and Better Family Life. Cason is a member of the American Federation of School Administrators and has served as president of its affiliate in Missouri, the Administrators’ Association of the St. Louis Public Schools. Cason has received numerous distinctions and awards during his tenure as principal; however one of his most memorable is recognition by the Missouri House of Representatives. Dr. Cason began his post high school education at the University of Illinois, Urbana and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He obtained his Educational Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees from St. Louis University.

Dr. ChanTam Trinh
St. Louis Public School District
Dr. ChanTam Trinh was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh city (formerly known as Saigon), Vietnam. Her family migrated to the United States when she was 14. She attended Collinsville High School and graduated from Edwardsville High School in Illinois. Her education career includes a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Maryville University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a focus in Educational Leadership from University of Missouri in St. Louis. She came to St. Louis Public Schools district in the fall of 2001 as a Mathematics teacher at Roosevelt High School. In the fall of 2008 she became a Teaching and Learning Facilitator at Cleveland Jr Naval Academy High School. She was offered and accepted a district coordinator position for the Advanced Placement Initiative Program-federal funded program in the 2010-2011 school year. When the grant ended in 2012-2013, she became the new vice principal at Soldan International Studies High School at the beginning of 2013-2014 school year. 

Allison Musser 
University of Utah
Conference Chairperson
Allison Musser is a Career Coach in the Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) at the University of Utah where she helps students imagine what they want to do and create an action plan to get there. Prior to joining the CPDC, Allison was the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning at Pomona College where she coordinated the Pomona College Internship Program by managing and allocating over $400,000 of internship funds to make unpaid internships accessible to students each semester and summer. In addition to her role as a Career Coach, Allison is the Treasurer for the Utah Association for Employment in Education (UAEE) and was selected for the 2018-2019 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Leadership Advancement Program (LAP). Allison received her Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.

Diana Maughan
Dixie State University, UT
Job Fair Co-Chair
Diana Maughan is the Assistant Director of Career Services, at Dixie State University. Diana works with students in Education and Social Sciences and is passionate about helping students to reach their career and life goals. In addition, she coordinates the Cooperative Education Program for Dixie State University assisting over 300 students each semester in gaining work related skills in an academic program. Previously, Diana worked in Career Services at Utah State University as the Recruiting and Fair Coordinator; she planned and executed over 20 successful career events. She has presented at both regional and national conferences, and conducted a webinar for the American Association for Employers in Education “Tips for Teacher Fair Success”. She is currently, Fair Coordinator for the Utah Association of Colleges in Education and CliftonStrengths certified.

Joan Welker 
AAEE Emeritus/Retired
Joan has more than 30 years experience in higher education career development and has dedicated her career to helping students identify, explore and pursue their career goals and achieve success. In her last position, as a one-professional staff office, she successfully planned, directed and coordinated the administration of career services for approximately 5000 undergraduates. 
Joan is recently retired but is always looking for opportunities to use her knowledge and experience. She strongly believe in the empowerment of women and girls and the importance of education in securing their future.

Julie Novotny
Kent State University, OH
Job Fair Co-Chair
Julie Novotny is a Career Advisor in Career Exploration and Development at Kent State University. Julie has been working with Education and Human Services students for the past two years and coordinates KSU’s Education Employment Day. Julie received her degree from Slippery Rock University in College Counseling. She is also the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers.


Liz Young
Fulton County Schools, GA
Liz Young entered education through Teach for America 14 years ago and has remained deeply committed to working toward educational equity throughout her career.  In addition to teaching Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science, Liz has served in several leadership roles in Metro Atlanta. She was a Grade Level Chair and Science Lead Teacher at South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice and Led Professional Development for Chemistry teachers in Atlanta Public Schools. She served as Science Department Chair at Riverwood International Charter School and facilitated Professional Development at Fulton County Schools’ Summer Summit. Liz obtained her degree in Biochemistry, with a minor in African American Studies, from Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, and was assigned to teach High School Chemistry in Atlanta through Teach for America.  She obtained her Masters in Secondary Science Education and her Education Leadership add on from Georgia State University.  In 2014 Liz worked with Talent Management, as the Lead Selector, to launch Fulton County Schools’ Teacher Selection Model.  Liz is now the Talent Management Coordinator, managing the Teacher Selection Process for the district.  She manages a team of 25 Teacher Selectors who help screen all applicants to the Teacher Candidate Pool.  The Teacher Selection Model is always evolving based on data. Fulton has hired over 4,800 teachers using this data-driven, research based approach. Liz also partners closely with hiring managers to improve interview processes for school based selection.  Most recently, she led the district’s effort to address a critical Special Education talent need by centrally hiring Special Education teachers early in the season. This “FastTrack” program has expanded to all high needs areas and has placed over 140 teachers in high impact classrooms across the district. Liz looks forward to continuing to improve selection and hiring processes in order to fill the district’s 100+ schools with the best possible teachers.  After all, teacher quality is the most important school based factor on student achievement.

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