to build a brighter future

Summit Agenda

Event Start. 8:00 AM

Vendor Showcase.
A one-of-a-kind networking experience and opportunity to connect with local partners.

Student Performance.
Pendergast Folklorico Dancers

Tickets and Registration

Master of Ceremonies.

Kristy Siefkin
Principal of Kristy Siefkin Communications, Professional Speaker, Executive Communications and Media Coach

School Connect’s Vision for the Future

Tracey Beal
Founder and CEO
School Connect

Michael Groeger
VP Commercial Group & Specialty Sales
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Partnership Story.

The Science of Hope

Rick Miller
Founder, Kids at Hope. Professor of Practice, School of Community Resources & Development, Arizona State University. Founder, President, & Chief Treasure Hunter, THE INTERSECTION CONSTRUCT

Suite/Table Discussion 1.
The Action of Hope

Haley Elementary Story.

Love Our Schools Day and the Haley Learning Garden

Mental Health and its Importance.

Jason Law
Mental Health Center of America

Teachers of the Year Panel.

Panel Facilitator:
Dr. Jacqui Clay, County Superintendent of Cochise County

Panel Members:

  • Nancy Parra-Quinlan, STEM teacher at Kino Junior High School in the Mesa District, 2022 Teacher of the Year
  • Sara Wyffels, Spanish teacher at Chandler High School in the Chandler District, 2021 Teacher of the Year
  • Ty White, Chemistry teacher at Willcox High School in the Willcox District, 2023 Teacher of the Year

Holbrook CAFE Story.

Dr. Robbie Koerperich
Holbrook Unified District

Principal Cheri Grau
Holbrook Junior High School

School Connect’s 10-year Anniversary.

A look back and to the future! Share our origin story and how we have grown around the state and the country.

Faith and Business Champions.

Become the Village at Harold W. Smith – Arthur Brown from Pure Heart Church and Principal Tarrah Bernabé, Salad and Go.


Amanda Hicks
Sunland STEAM Academy

Student Performance.
Sunland STEAM Academy

Superintendent Panel. Share innovative strategies you are using to address challenges your district is facing, and practical ways business and community partners can support these efforts.

Panel Facilitator:
Dr. Quintin Boyce, Associate Vice President of Outreach, Arizona State University

Panel Members:

  • Dr. Roger Freeman, Superintendent of Littleton Elementary School District, Superintendent of the Year for Arizona
  • Dr. Paul Stanton, Superintendent of Washington Elementary School District, Superintendent of the Year for a large district
  • Karin Ward, Superintendent of Beaver Creek School District, Superintendent of the Year for a small district
  • Slade Morgan, Round Valley Unified School District, Superintendent of the Year for a medium district
Suite/Table Discussion 2. Innovative strategies to address the challenges of today.


Keynote. Transformed Leader, Fighting for Heart

Dr. Rob Murray
CEO & Co-Founder
Transformed Leader

Special Gift and Student Affirmation.

Vendor Showcase.
A one-of-a-kind networking experience and opportunity to connect with local partners.

Event Close. 1:30 PM

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Nominate A Champion of Education

Nominations open February 12 – March 14

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

Stand up for STEM Education! Help #SchoolConnect and partners bridge the gap between education and industry by attending the STEM CAFE on March 28th @gcu - register: This is your chance to connect with industry leaders and school leaders who are coming together to plan projects and initiatives that bring real world STEM experiences, opportunities and connections to AZ K-12 students. Together, we can build a STEM pipeline for AZ students because #everystudent deserves a #STEMchoice. Thank you Title Sponsor @bcbsaz and Hosting Partners @GCU and @cityofphoenixaz as well as Keynote Sponsor @gentechsupport !!
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Happy National Public Schools Week from #SchoolConnect! We dare you not to smile as you watch these students from #RooseveltSchoolDistrict @rsdno66 @sunlandsteamacademy and #PendergastElementarySchoolDistrict @pesd92 @vdpelementary who performed @footprintcntr for the #SchoolConnectSummit! Both #SunlandSTEAMAcademy and #VillaDePazElementary schools participated in the School Connect #STEMCAFE last year, leading to incredible #STEAM opportunities and connections for their students. Don’t miss the chance to join us on March 28th:
Thank you to Summit Title Sponsor @bcbsaz and Hosting Sponsor @titansolarpowerinc, @titansolarpower_az the Official Solar Contractor of the @suns !!
Tell us your favorite prize and giveaway @footprintcntr from the #SchoolConnectSummit! Thank you @unitedportraits and @core1937 School Connect’s Event Bag Sponsors for supporting students, families and educators with #SchoolConnect and Summit Title Sponsor @bcbsaz along with Hosting Sponsor @titansolarpower_az the official solar contractor of the @suns !!
Thank you to #SchoolConnectSummit Luncheon Sponsor #VSMG ! We love celebrating educators with you because #everystudentsstorystartswithateacher !!! Thank you for leading the charge with the #SchoolConnectTeam and presenting sponsor @bcbsaz and @titansolarpower_az the official solar contractor of the @suns !!
Thank you to CMT Technical Services, the #SchoolConnectSummit Master of Ceremonies Sponsor! We love partnering with leaders like @cmttechnicalservices and @kristysiefkin who make supporting Arizona youth and educators a priority because #everychildmatters. We know #ittakesavillage to help every child reach their potential and it is leading organizations and professionals like CMT and presenting sponsor @bcbsaz who make the difference!