Keynote Speaker

2017 Keynote Speakers

Sherri Messersmith


Sherri Messersmith earned a BS in the Teaching of Mathematics and an MS in Applied Math at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and stayed on at the university to teach and coordinate large lecture sections of undergraduate math courses.  Additionally, she was a coordinator in the University’s Summer Bridge Program for at-risk students from inner-city Chicago and East St. Louis.  Sherri has over 25 years of experience teaching developmental math through the Calculus sequence at the high school, community college, and university levels including 17 years at the College of DuPage, a community college of approximately 33,000 students in suburban Chicago.  She has served as the Chair of the Developmental Math Committee as well the Beginning Algebra Final Exam Committee and has coordinated and taught in a Summer Bridge Program for at-risk students from inner-city Chicago and East St. Louis.  Sherri is the author of 11 Developmental Math texts and has always been a firm believer in helping students acquire student success skills in every math course she teaches.  She is very excited to have teamed up with Dr. Robert Feldman to incorporate student success skills in their latest Math with P.O.W.E.R. Learning series. 

9:00-9:40 am. Monday March 20, 2017


Terry Bullock


Dr. Terry Bullock was the first person in his family to achieve not only a college degree but a doctorate in education. A quick summation of his professional and academic achievements show the following: six books, approximately fifty journal publications, a like number of conference presentations, and thirty two years in the field of education. He states that his biggest accomplishments are co-founding TASS and developing the paired reading curriculum. His twenty years of research showed that students in paired reading courses did better than their non-paired peers in terms of their content course grade as well as their overall GPA. His book "Tools for Learning" (1990) was so successful in its debut in the United States that it was eventually reprinted in Spanish.
In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Bullock coordinated the Developmental Reading Program and then served as Associate Dean of the University College at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Bullock was President of the American Reading Forum and Chair of the College Literacy and Learning Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association. He retired as Professor Emeritus in Reading and Critical Thinking in the College of Education and the College of Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati.

9:00-9:40 am. Tuesday March 21, 2017