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MESPA Institute is still on despite the weather! Travel safely and we will see you there! Join us for the professional development event of the year! On February 6-8, 2019, you will be joined by 450+ of your colleagues for an incredible experience. With presentations from EIGHT incredible thought leaders, more than 25 sessions rooted in mental health, innovation, education equity, and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, a Makerspace and Therapy Dog Showcase, an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, and 80+ education-based exhibits, how could you go wrong?

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Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney (often referred to as @TechNinjaTodd) is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his work in authoring Stories from Webb, co-authoring Kids Deserve It! and Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class, as well as his children's book Spruce & Lucy. He also has another book, Sparks in the Dark, that he co-authored coming out in June 2018. Todd has been recognized by the White House as a Connected Educator "Champion of Change", the National School Board Association as one of the "20 to Watch" in Education, by the Center for Digital Education as one of their "Top 40 Innovators in Education", by the BAMMYs as the "National Elementary Principal of the Year" and the "National Elementary Teacher of the Year", and by the Texas Computer Education Association as their "Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year".
Todd is passionate about education and innovation. Todd was a classroom teacher for 7 years before taking the leap straight from classroom teacher to campus principal in Navasota, Texas. Todd took over a struggling campus, brought in a brand new staff, and used his creative ideas to transform a campus.

The one thing that is clear about Todd when you hear him speak or talk is his immense love for doing what's best for kids despite limitations. Todd works in an environment where almost 90% of his students are on a free-and-reduced lunch. His campus and district are 85% minority and face many challenges.

But that's exactly what Todd thrives off of. Todd loves a challenge. Todd also travels and speaks about his innovative practices and how we have to stop making excuses on why we can't do the best things for our students. Todd also speaks about his use of technology in the classroom and with his school and gives all educators ideas on how to continually utilize the tools at our disposal to create the best possible learning environment for children.

Todd was a "Classroom Champions" teacher and worked with Olympic and Paralympic athletes in his classroom. Todd also serves as a member of the Scholastic Principal Advisory Board and the Remind Advisory Board. Todd also co-hosts two iTunes Top Rated podcast series called "Sparks in the Dark" with Travis Crowder and "Kids Deserve It" with Adam Welcome.