Best Practices to Motivate and Engage Elementary Students


Tim Morrow

NAEA President

Tim Morrow, with over three decades in education, currently leads Antietam Academy. He is a fervent advocate for “at-promise” youth and emphasizes the importance of addressing the root causes of behavioral issues. His experience spans across various roles, significantly impacting alternative education at both state and national levels.

Dr. Coby Davis

NAEA Treasurer

Dr. Coby Davis brings an extensive background from public schooling to higher education. As the assistant principal of Archer Learning Center, he is known for integrating modern learning techniques and technologies and has a significant impact on community and educational development.

Dr. Mary Cullen Frazier

NAEA Executive Director

With a focus on DEI practices and trauma-informed principles, Dr. Mary Cullen Frazier has led transformative programs in alternative education. Her work is grounded in extensive research and experience, aiming to support marginalized student populations through innovative educational practices.

Jason Johnson 

Jason is a licensed school psychologist and has published research on resilience and student performance.  Jason is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged students and currently consults and trains educators across the nation as the director of training and research for the WhyTry organization. Jason is a thought leader on resilience education and has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the country. He has led successful implementations of all WhyTry programs and has pioneered trainings for clients in healthcare, corporate, and the US Military.

Join us as we bridge the gap between alternative and mainstream education, bringing forward solutions and strategies that address some of the most pressing challenges in today’s educational landscape. Your voice and engagement are key to our collective success. See you at the webinar!

Lori Brady

Lori Brady

Lori Brady, M.A., LPC, is a seasoned counselor and esteemed educator. Brady’s diverse experiences, spanning from her early days as a dedicated homemaker to earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Spanish and a Master’s degree with dual emphasis in School Counseling and Private Practice Psychotherapy, have honed her unique approach to education and counseling. With a remarkable 22-year career as an educator and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, Brady has made significant strides in empowering individuals across various age groups. She is renowned for her empathetic approach, effectively guiding individuals in overcoming hurdles and actualizing their potential. A staunch advocate of the WhyTry program, she has seamlessly incorporated its strategies into her work, creating a profound impact on her students and clients. Outside of her professional life, Brady cherishes time with her family, exploring Colorado’s backroads, and continuously expanding her network of acquaintances.

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