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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Darla Wood-Walters is an acclaimed kindergarten teacher, author and outstanding internationally recognized presenter with a passion for learning and teaching. Experienced as a kindergarten teacher, special education teacher, speech and language clinician, tutor, teacher trainer, program developer, and writing coach, Darla brings more than 36 years of experience working with students and teachers. She is able to recognize popular trends in teaching that come and go, as well as shifts that build on what is tried and true and move education forward. Embracing the question daily, “what am I doing and why”, Darla’s work with students and teachers is purposeful, research and experience based.

Through extensive work in New Zealand, Canada and the U.S., Darla has gained insight and knowledge on how to incorporate powerful learning opportunities into programs for young students. She is the recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship for Teachers, a Distinguished Educator Award and an Excellence in Kindergarten Literacy Award. She is the author of many extensive, comprehensive resource handbooks, including 101 Strategies, Activities and Resources to Help Your Kindergartners Become Successful Readers and Writers, that each participant will receive at the seminar.

Because Darla understands children and the dynamics of teaching, her seminars are highly practical, inspirational and stimulating.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

Darla’s experience and love of teaching shine through her presentation.”
- Cathy Dickinson, Kindergarten Teacher

Darla presents a fantastic seminar! So many ideas are given for helping students reach their higher standards.”
- Lori Travinski, Kindergarten Teacher

Darla is fabulous! She gives lots of activities that are practical, simple and easy-to-try tomorrow.”
- Suzanne Korpics, Kindergarten Teacher

“Darla presents great, easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply activities!”
- Michelle Velez, K/3 Teacher

I can apply so many of the ideas Darla presented today to my class in the future.”
- Patricia Gonzalez, Kindergarten Teacher

“Darla’s expertise and enthusiasm made me eager to try new ways of reaching our youngest learners. This was a very valuable day for me.”
- Margaret Schramm, Kindergarten Teacher

“Darla is personable and energetic and has lots of real classroom experience to draw from that makes the information very practical.”
- Robin Overman, Kindergarten Teacher

“Darla’s seminar is one of the best I’ve attended. She helped me understand how to take what I do and tweak it for the most ‘bang for the buck’ and align it with state standards.”
- Cherise Hall, Kindergarten Lead Teacher

“Darla is very encouraging and helpful.”
- Liz Cleary, Early Childhood Education Teacher