Fall Into Place 2020 Keynote Speakers


Virtual Fall into Place 2020 Keynotes 


Trevor Muir

Trevor is a teacher, author, and international speaker. He is the author of the books The Epic Classroom and The Collaborative Classroom. Trevor is a professor at Grand Valley State University, a former faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, and is one of the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation speakers. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Edutopia, EdWeek, and WeAreTeachers. He gave a TEDx Talk titled, "School Should Take Place in the Real World," at TEDxSanAntonio. Trevor’s Facebook page, The Epic Classroom, has inspiring videos that have been viewed over 29 million times. At the heart of Trevor’s work is the conviction that every student has the potential for greatness, and every teacher can be equipped to unlock that potential. Trevor will also be presenting a workshop during the conference called Stop Calling them Soft Skills!


Val Day-Sánchez, MA

Val Day-Sanchez (pronouns include, she/they) is a professor of communication studies, social activist, author, TEDX speaker, and intersectional feminist. Dedicated to education, she believes it has the power to combat social justice issues that plague our society. Val is the host of So, What Are You??? a podcast dedicated to amplifying voices that are often marginalized. Val facilitates Equity & Justice Workshops across the country, to help professionals, and organizations, embrace inclusive practices. This inclusive lens is reflected in their cultural responsive teaching, equity based curriculum design, and college service within Equity centered policy change. Val also started the Law Students for Equity and Inclusion organization at UNM School of Law for students who were historically underrepresented at the law school to provide access to mentors and support to help retain and recruit students. Val will also be presenting a workshop during the conference called How to be an Anti-Racist Educator When Working with Students Afterschool!

Karissa Culbreath, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

Karissa Culbreath, PhD is a Medical Director of Infectious Disease at TriCore and Associate Director of Pathology at UNM School of Medicine. Dr. Culbreath completed her undergraduate studies at Fisk University and her doctorate at Vanderbilt University in Microbiology and Immunology followed by a Medical Microbiology Fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in Lilongwe, Africa to help to support improved diagnostic tests for HIV and tuberculosis. A native of Albuquerque, NM, she was able to return to Albuquerque to work at TriCore in 2010. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Culbreath is active in the NM community. She is a board member at Explora and Covenant Community Development Foundation. She has been recognized for her leadership and community service with awards including Albuquerque Business First 40 Under 40, Fisk University Sesquicentennial Woman of Prominence Award and Supercomputing Challenge of New Mexico Women in STEM Awardee. She is a sought after speaker within the community and nationally. In 2016 she authored her first children’s book Daddy’s Little Girl, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. By far, her greatest achievement is in her personal life – she is blessed to share her life with her husband, daughter and son.

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