Mark Bloom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professorof Biology,College of Natural Sciencesand Mathematics,Dallas Baptist University
Dr. Bloom currently serves as Assistant Professor of Biology in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to Dallas Baptist University, Dr. Bloom served as Assistant Professor of Science Education for the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education at Texas Christian University.
Dr. Bloom has served as the Chair of the Environmental Education Forum for the Association for Science Teacher Education, is a sought after speaker and has published numerous articles on the impact, best practices and efficacy of science and math education.
Dr. Bloom graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a bachelor of science in biology, and earned his master’s in biology from Baylor University. He earned his doctorate in science education from TCU in 2008. He has taught at the University of Texas at Dallas, Tyler Junior College, and Navarro Junior College. His primary research interests are environmental education and professional development of science teachers. Dr. Bloom has been involved with TCU’s Connections and Frog Camp programs since 2005.
Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D.
Director, The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Western KentuckyUniversity
Lynette Breedlove is the director of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Before relocating to Bowling Green, Dr. Breedlove served as the Director of Advanced Academic Studies and Secondary Counseling in Spring Branch ISD, a K-12 school district serving 34,000 students in Houston, Texas. While there, she led the development and implementation of a school for highly gifted students.
Dr. Breedlove has held various roles in public education, from classroom teacher and gifted education specialist to central office administrator. She has been active in gifted education at the local, state and national levels conducting professional development presentations and parent workshops across Texas and beyond. She currently serves as the Education Committee Chair with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and as the Treasurer of The Association of the Gifted, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Breedlove earned a bachelor’s degree at Rhodes College, a master’s degree at University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Intelligence, Creativity and Giftedness at Texas A&M University.
Ian Byrd, B.S.
GT Consultant, Byrdseed Gifted
Ian Byrd taught gifted students in Orange County, California where he grew up as a gifted kid himself. On his journey to become a teacher, he earned a degree in Computer Science, played bass in an almost successful rock band and married a fashion designer.
Ian is a frequent presenter at state gifted conferences and has led professional development for districts across the country. Mr. Byrd writes about gifted education at Byrdseed.com to a growing audience of 400,000 annual visitors and develops differentiated videos for gifted students at Byrdseed.tv.
Pamela Cooper, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education, Texas Wesleyan University
Dr. Pamela Moore Cooper is an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University, teaching undergraduates in the Department of Education. As an educational consultant she reviews and evaluates GT programs for schools, offers GT Professional Development and serves on the advisory board of a private school. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a double Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Spanish, and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree.
At Texas Wesleyan University she earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in GT. For more than 30 years she has been involved in education, teaching P-K, elementary and adults; and as a district administrator, a GT Assessment Facilitator, a GT Specialist and a GT Coordinator. Her areas of research include GT, 2-E, ELL, international education and early childhood. Dr. Cooper has a passion for learning and traveling.
Todd Kettler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, University of North Texas
Todd Kettler is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses in gifted education, creativity and child development. He was a contributing author on Using the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts with Gifted and Advanced Learners (Prufrock Press, 2013) and a co-author on A Teacher’s Guide to Using the Common Core State Standards with Gifted and Advanced Learners in English/Language Arts (Prufrock Press, 2014).
Dr. Kettler earned his Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Baylor University, and he was recently honored with the Advocate of the Year Award by the Texas Association for the Gifted/Talented. Dr. Kettler currently serves on the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education in Texas, as well as the Texas Association for the Gifted/Talented Advocacy Committee. His work has appeared in Gifted Child Quarterly, Gifted Child Today, Journal for the Education of the Gifted and Journal of Advanced Academics. In addition to his work as a teacher and researcher at the University of North Texas, he spent 17 years as an English teacher and gifted and talented program administrator.
Beth Lusby, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Cornerstone Assessment & Guidance Center, LP
Beth Lusby has been a licensed psychologist in Texas since 1998. In 2004, she opened Cornerstone Assessment and Guidance Center, LP in Colleyville, Texas. Her practice provides clinical and neuropsychological services to children, adolescents and families.
Dr. Lusby graduated from the University of Colorado magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology. She attended the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, where she received both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. After completing an APA approved pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, Dr. Lusby completed her post-doctoral work at Pate Rehabilitation, a neuropsychology practice in Dallas. During her time at Pate, Dr. Lusby was fortunate to serve in several positions including Director of Assessment and Director of Vocational Programs. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Texas Psychological Association.
Dawn Rogers, M.Ed.
Literacy Consultant, Developmental StudiesCenter
Dawn Rogers holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas. Her 21 years of classroom teaching experience includes working with students in grades K-8, gifted and talented programs, Tier III initiatives, special needs programs and English language learners.
As an Instructional Coach, Dawn supported teachers in their work with Best Practices, Classroom Management, 21st Century Skills and Content Competency. She has extensive experience as a state and national speaker in areas of Gifted Education, Instructional Strategy, Differentiation and Social-Emotional Learning.