Merlyna Valentine to Deliver Keynote at GAR Educator Conference

Brittany LaPointe \
August 14, 2018

GAR Foundation is thrilled to welcome Merlyna Valentine as the inspiring keynote speaker for the 2018 Educator Conference on October 4, 2018 in Akron, Ohio.

Merlyna Valentine is an accomplished educator, national speaker, author, consultant, trainer, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC.

As a well-respected educator for over thirty years, Merlyna served as a teacher, principal, and executive director in a highly successful school district. Her transformational leadership as a school principal resulted in her school being recognized as a “Top Gains” school. She is also the recipient of many awards in her roles as an educator, including principal of the year, University of New Orleans Alumnus of the Year, and the NABSE Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award.

Merlyna’s life changed in 2007 when she experienced the closest call to death imaginable. Against overwhelming odds, she overcame a medical tragedy and thrives in her new life as a sepsis survivor. Instead of focusing on what happened and what’s missing from her new life as a quadruple amputee, she chooses to embrace this new path with a grateful heart and positive attitude.

Her powerful story of perseverance, courage, and hope was featured on the Today Show and in Ebony Magazine. Her message inspires her audiences to live life without limits and succeed beyond expectations. Her passion for education and living life to the fullest captivates audiences and inspires them to be the difference in the lives of students.

Merlyna’s keynote presentation will focus on ways educators can work together to develop and sustain positive school climates.

A positive school climate is one where staff, students, and parents feel valued, cared for, and respected. In order to achieve sustainable results, schools must have a shared vision of success. In her talk, Merlyna shares proven steps and strategies that allow schools to create and sustain a positive climate and culture of excellence as well as powerful and practical techniques proven to motivate and empower staff, decrease disruptive behavior, and positively impact student achievement.

GAR Foundation’s conference brings together K-12 educators in Summit County for a full-day of learning, idea sharing, and networking around education and classroom instruction. This is a FREE conference for K-12 educators in Summit County. Registration is open through September 28.