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We are excited to share with you a few key details about the upcoming joint AWSNA-Alliance-WECAN Waldorf Education Conference –School Renewal and The Heart of Change – June 22-25, 2021. Our theme is meant to inspire us toward realizing our potential for the next 100 years, meeting the challenges of our times by continuing to grow and evolve from the seeds planted by Rudolf Steiner. This brief, informal video message will bring a smile to your face while giving a feel for what to expect at the conference and some information about our keynote presenters.

Karina Haedo is a Waldorf school graduate from Green Meadow Waldorf School. She attended Oberlin College, and completed her BA in Liberal Studies, Magna Cum Laude, at Purchase College. She completed her Waldorf Elementary Teacher Training, as well as her Master's Degree in Waldorf Remedial Education at Sunbridge College. She holds a California Multiple Subjects Credential through Dominican University of California and has taught for over 20 years. Karina recently completed her Administrative Credential from North Coast School of Education, and is currently the Student Services Director at Novato Charter School.

Keelah Helwig is currently an early childhood educator and chair of the EC program at the Waldorf School of Garden City (WSGC), where she is also an alum and alumni parent. There she has served as Chair of the College of Teachers and is a founding and continuing member of the WSGC's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Committee. Most recently Keelah has joined the board of WECAN. Keelah is proud to be a founding member of the Sunbridge Institute Diversity Scholarship Fund Committee, where she also serves as a board member. Keelah is also engaged as a DEIJ practitioner, consulting with Waldorf schools with her colleagues at Alma Partners.

Monique Marshall is the founder of Monique Marshall Strategy & Consulting. She is an educator who has been working with children, families, and teachers in school communities over the past 30 years. She currently teaches at Wildwood School, a progressive school in southern California. With a BS in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, Monique has been dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion work for as long as she can remember. Monique is a graduate of Rudolf Steiner School in NYC.

Victoria Reyes is currently co-chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as well as the Chair of the Humanities and World Languages Department at Austin Waldorf School, where she is a member of the AWS College of Teachers and also a parent. She holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Texas. She has a Waldorf HS Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College, a Level I program diploma from the Spacial Dynamics Institute, and is a member of the Pedagogical Section Council. Victoria is originally from Colombia.

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