We'll See You In St. Louis!




Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

Conference Dates: November 7-9, 2018

Education Career Fair: November 7, 2018; 1-4 pm



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Meet Our 2018 Conference Committee 

Marcia Schumert
Webster University

Marcie Schumert is the Assistant Director, Career Development in the Career Planning & Development Center at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a graduate degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis – Student Affairs Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an undergraduate degree in History from Truman State University.


Erin Boswell
Maryville University


Dr. Thomas B. Carson
St. Louis Public School District

Dr. Thomas B. Cason III has served as Principal of Soldan International Studies High School for the past seventeen years. Prior to his work at Soldan, Cason served as an art teacher and assistant principal in various schools throughout the St. Louis Public School District. Cason considers himself a strong proponent of building and maintaining strong relationships with students, staff, parents, and the community. Active partnerships include such notable institutions and organizations as Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri, Columbia, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, BJC Healthcare, and Better Family Life. Cason is a member of the American Federation of School Administrators and has served as president of its affiliate in Missouri, the Administrators’ Association of the St. Louis Public Schools. Cason has received numerous distinctions and awards during his tenure as principal; however one of his most memorable is recognition by the Missouri House of Representatives. Dr. Cason began his post high school education at the University of Illinois, Urbana and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He obtained his Educational Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees from St. Louis University.


Dr. ChanTam Trinh
St. Louis Public School District
Dr. ChanTam Trinh was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh city (formerly known as Saigon), Vietnam. Her family migrated to the United States when she was 14. She attended Collinsville High School and graduated from Edwardsville High School in Illinois. Her education career includes a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Maryville University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a focus in Educational Leadership from University of Missouri in St. Louis. She came to St. Louis Public Schools district in the fall of 2001 as a Mathematics teacher at Roosevelt High School. In the fall of 2008 she became a Teaching and Learning Facilitator at Cleveland Jr Naval Academy High School. She was offered and accepted a district coordinator position for the Advanced Placement Initiative Program-federal funded program in the 2010-2011 school year. When the grant ended in 2012-2013, she became the new vice principal at Soldan International Studies High School at the beginning of 2013-2014 school year. 


Allison Musser 
University of Utah
Allison has been with the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Utah since May 2017. As a transfer student (she went to 3 colleges before finally landing at Cal State Fullerton!), who majored in what her family told her to, she knows what it’s like not to know who you are, or what you want to do with your life. Thankfully, she discovered her passion for supporting and coaching college students during her time as a New Student Orientation Leader, which she attributes to being one of the most pivotal moments in her career trajectory. Allison’s journey has allowed her to work with students in both small and large, public and private institutions including Academic Advising at the University of Southern California, and most recently Experiential Learning at Pomona College. In her spare time, you can find Allison volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Society – Utah, playing softball, line dancing, or watching HGTV home renovation shows (preferably Fixer Upper or Rehab Addict).


Kristel Schlemper
University of Missouri- Columbia


Joan Welker 
AAEE Emeritus/Retired
Joan has more than 30 years experience in higher education career development and has dedicated her career to helping students identify, explore and pursue their career goals and achieve success. In her last position, as a one-professional staff office, she successfully planned, directed and coordinated the administration of career services for approximately 5000 undergraduates. 
Joan is recently retired but is always looking for opportunities to use her knowledge and experience. She strongly believe in the empowerment of women and girls and the importance of education in securing their future.

David Azzarito
Orange County Public Schools, FL



Liz Young
Fulton County Schools, GA

Liz Young entered education through Teach for America 14 years ago and has remained deeply committed to working toward educational equity throughout her career.  In addition to teaching Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science, Liz has served in several leadership roles in Metro Atlanta. She was a Grade Level Chair and Science Lead Teacher at South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice and Led Professional Development for Chemistry teachers in Atlanta Public Schools. She served as Science Department Chair at Riverwood International Charter School and facilitated Professional Development at Fulton County Schools’ Summer Summit. Liz obtained her degree in Biochemistry, with a minor in African American Studies, from Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, and was assigned to teach High School Chemistry in Atlanta through Teach for America.  She obtained her Masters in Secondary Science Education and her Education Leadership add on from Georgia State University.  In 2014 Liz worked with Talent Management, as the Lead Selector, to launch Fulton County Schools’ Teacher Selection Model.  Liz is now the Talent Management Coordinator, managing the Teacher Selection Process for the district.  She manages a team of 25 Teacher Selectors who help screen all applicants to the Teacher Candidate Pool.  The Teacher Selection Model is always evolving based on data. Fulton has hired over 4,800 teachers using this data-driven, research based approach. Liz also partners closely with hiring managers to improve interview processes for school based selection.  Most recently, she led the district’s effort to address a critical Special Education talent need by centrally hiring Special Education teachers early in the season. This “FastTrack” program has expanded to all high needs areas and has placed over 140 teachers in high impact classrooms across the district. Liz looks forward to continuing to improve selection and hiring processes in order to fill the district’s 100+ schools with the best possible teachers.  After all, teacher quality is the most important school based factor on student achievement.

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