Drs. Harry and Rosemary Wong
Dr. Harry Wong was the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Teachers Hall of Fame in June of 2012. In 2006, Instructor magazine polled its readers about the most admired people in education. Dr. Wong was included on the final list of only 20 people. Dr. Wong may be best known for his book, The First Days of School, which, through sales of over 3.7 million copies, has helped countless teachers become more effective in their vital roles. Dr. Wong’s co-presenter at the conference is his wife Rosemary, also a lifelong educator and co-author of The First Days of School.
Karen Pence, First Lady of Indiana
Karen Pence has been a school teacher for more than 25 years. As First lady, Karen continues her passion for educating children by traveling the state visiting schools. She thoroughly enjoys shining the spotlight on our amazing schools in Indiana. Mrs. Pence is an artist and small business owner. Her specialty is watercolors of homes and historical buildings. Mrs. Pence is honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis and is a board member of Tracy's Kids, an art therapy program for several children's hospitals in Washington, D.C. She is excited to be filling her office with art work created by students from all over the state.
In addition to traveling the state, Mrs. Pence is honored to have been named the official Bicentennial Ambassador by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. In this position, she will play a key role in the planning and execution of a statewide celebration of Indiana’s 200th birthday in 2016.
Mrs. Pence earned a B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education from Butler University. She and Governor Mike Pence have been married since 1985 and have three grown children: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey.
Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Glenda Ritz has been an educator since 1978, and until her election in 2012 as the Superintendent of Public Instruction, she served as a Library Media Specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Superintendent Ritz is a National Board Certified Teacher. She holds two masters degrees with licenses to teach elementary, middle and high school in the areas of special education, general education, and library science. Superintendent Ritz is dedicated to working with educators, parents, policy makers, business leaders, and community leaders to ensure that the Department of Education provides the support needed to our public schools to give Indiana children an education of the highest quality.