Jana Alayra is a Christian recording artist and worship leader for kids. She has been leading kids and adults in praise and worship, doing concerts, and creating music to this end (along with producer husband Ron Alayra) for 25 years. Their catchy, Biblical music, motions and resources are beloved by children, parents, and church/worship leaders around the globe. Jana has a personal passion for worshiping God, and also for leading and encouraging children and those who lead children to do the same. janaalayra.com
Dr. Gregory Jantz
Pioneering whole-person care over thirty years ago, Dr. Gregory Jantz has dedicated his life’s work to developing ways to create more possibility for others, helping people change their lives for good. Today he leads a team of 40 world-class, licensed and board-certified professionals providing treatment to those suffering from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addictions, PTSD and more. Specializing in treating co-occurring disorders, The Center was recently recognized among the top 10 facilities in the U.S. for the treatment of depression. www.aplaceofhope.com
Dr. Rick Chromey
Dr. Rick Chromey is the founder and president of MANNA! Educational Services International, an organization that specializes in inspirational training of leaders, teachers, pastors and parents. Dr Chromey will be presenting on both the teachers and administrators workshops (Thursday, March 28th).
After serving as a children's pastor for over 10 years, Josh transitioned all his vocational energies toward KidMin Science. Josh is a seasoned educator with BA in Chemistry Education, a MA in Effective Instruction, and earned National Board Certification in Young Adult and Adolescent Science. As a former High School chemistry teacher, Josh melded his love for Science and Christ, creating “The Amazing Chemistry Show”, a traveling gospel-centered stage show with fire, explosions and foam. Carrying this Ministry of Chemistry even further, Josh created three “Science VBS” curricula. kidminscience.com
For over 40 years Linda has been involved in teaching both children and adults. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, STARS trainer and Preschool Director. Linda has also served on the advisory board for the Foundation for Early Learning. She is currently the director at Eastridge Christian School in Issaquah.
Officer Joe Handley
Churches today face a host of safety issues. Officer Joe of 911 Shooting Academy will help your faith-based facility with the highest quality active threat response training and consulting services. 911shooting.com
I believe that to fully prepare our children to step out into the world they must accept and celebrate the beauty that makes them unique. If each child can learn to be confident in whom they are as little individuals everything else has a way of falling into place. Education & Certifications * AAS in Early Childhood Education * Early Childhood Education Initial State Certificate * Early Childhood Education General Certificate * Early Childhood Education Infant and Toddler Care Certificate * Early Childhood Education Administration Certificate * Early Childhood Education State Certificate * S.T.A.R.S. certified
I’m the technology teacher at King’s Elementary school. I develop and teach coding based curriculum for grades K-6 and I run our elementary robotics program. I have a passion for engaging girls in technology and growing STEM based skills in all students.
Kelli Van Ess
I have been working in the preschool at HCA since 2010. I am married and have 3 sons. I believe that it is critical we help these littlest students understand how very special they are to Jesus more than any academic lesson we could put before them. If they feel loved and treasured by Him, the rest falls into place. We must plant biblical truths in their hearts while their hearts are tender to hearing them. + B.A. Home Economics, University of Arkansas + CDA certification + STARS certified + First Aid and CPR Certified
I am the Director of Eastridge Child Care & Learning Center in Issaquah. I graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working with children for the last 20 years. There is no greater joy than watching a child discover and learn in a nurturing environment that focuses on how God sees them and loves them.