Dr. Steve Constantino
National Family Engagement Practitioner
Dr. Steve Constantino is one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers and thought leaders in the field of engaging families in education due to his unique success in the practical application of family engagement research. His work is well documented in magazines, periodicals, journals and in his three books devoted to the practice of family engagement. He has appeared at hundreds of conferences, worked directly with schools and districts in 40 states, and has traveled around the world working tirelessly to raise the achievement of students by building a strong efficacy for families.
Dr. Constantino is the architect of “The Five Simple Principles to Engage Every Family” a series of measurable applications that can help schools and districts increase their family engagement efforts and outcomes. His new work will be featured in his fourth book due out later this year.
Dr. Constantino continues to make it a priority to not only raise awareness for family engagement but to help educators put into place successful family engagement practices that lead to the achievement of all students. He was invited by the Victoria Ministry of Education in Melbourne, Australia to work with educators and is a featured presenter and lecturer for the International Confederation of Principals, appearing at their Executive Council Summit in Shanghai, China.
Presently, Dr. Constantino is the superintendent of the Williamsburg-James City County School District in Williamsburg, Va.
Langston Chapel Middle School
Jemelleh Coes is a Special Education English Language Arts teacher at Langston Chapel Middle School in Bulloch County where she has spent her entire 6 year career. In 2012, as the youngest member of the faculty, she was selected to represent her school as the Teacher of the Year and went on to become 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She teaches her students that IQ is not as important as “I will” and that being hardworking, positive, and knowledgeable about different aspects of life can prove to be a highly regarded quality in our society.
She is the daughter of immigrant parents and a first generation college graduate. Jemelleh attended primary and secondary school in Dekalb County Georgia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education and her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning from Georgia Southern University. During her tenure at Georgia Southern University, she traveled nationally and internationally to collect research from various educational systems in order to find ways to make improvements and validate the successes of our local systems.
On the weekend, Jemelleh aides in the facilitation of a program called Delta Academy, which fosters a love of science, technology, engineering, and math for middle school girls. She is also a mentor at a group home for girls in Bulloch County. Once a month, Jemelleh leads scrapbooking projects with children in the local community who have never been exposed and do not have the means to create crafting projects.
This year, Jemelleh is on sabbatical to travel the state and be an advocate for education. She provides workshops and keynote addresses statewide. She serves as a consultant for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, member of the Department of Education Teacher Advisory Board, board member for the Georgia Partnership of Excellence in Education, and has been recently appointed to Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Advisory Council . She enjoys traveling and speaking, but her favorite job is being wife to Alvie Coes and mother to one year old Gabrielle Coes.
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