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2018 West Texas Area Conference

2018 West Texas Area Conference

Big Hearts Shaping Little Minds

September 22, 2018

Wayland Baptist University
1900 W. 7th Street
Plainview, Texas 797072

Conference Details

Keynote Presenter | Session Presenters & Handouts | Conference Pricing  | ScheduleSession Descriptions

Dr. Shelly Melia

Dr.  Shelly Meila – Opening Keynote

Connecting the Dots: Developmental Theories and Spiritual Formation

Ever wonder how different ideas or philosophies of child development originated and how those ideas relate to what the Bible says about children? This is the session for you! This session will connect the dots of how the early years impact the spiritual formation of children.

Core Competency: Child Growth and Development (1.4,5)

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1 – Child Growth and Development

About  Shelly

Shelly is the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and holds a PhD in Childhood Education from B. H. Carroll Theological Institute. Shelly is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with a special interest parental bereavement and resilience in children.

(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Renee Terry – Closing Keynote

Cultivating A Joyful Heart!

As leaders in early childhood education, we must pour into the lives of countless little ones.  In a world full of stress and negativity, it’s crucial to intentionally pour from a heart that is filled up with joy!  In this session you will be inspired and equipped to start your day off with a positive mindset and habits that will allow you to choose JOY every single day!!

Core Competency: Professionalism and Ethics (9.3)

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (d.7 – Professional Development)

About  Renee

Renee Terry is the owner and Director of Stretch ’N Grow in Wolfforth, Texas. Prior to Stretch-n-Grow, she was a special education teacher for children with autism and Down Syndrome.  Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Special Education from the University of Texas-Permian Basin. Renee has been a trainer through Region 18 Service Center and has presented at numerous teacher and director conferences. She is passionate about learning as well as teaching, inspiring, and empowering others. Three years ago, Renee experienced a season of extreme burn out and discouragement. Through her adversity, Renee discovered that regaining passion and purpose is the key to perseverance and finding fulfillment in a life worthy of the calling we have received.

(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Conference Pricing (Early Bird Rates – Deadline is September 15, 2018)

1 Day

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Non-Member Rate