2017-18 Keynote Speakers

Fall Convening


Richard W. Allen, Ed.S. has been an educator for 34 years, and is currently the Principal at Poseidon Early College High School. In 1989, he was selected as the Governor’s Teacher of the Year at Manalapan HS. He has been an administrator for the past 24 years. His work as an educational leader is featured in Eric Sheninger’s book, Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids (Corwin Press, 2016). Additionally, his innovative academic programming has been featured in several professional journals and on NJTV, the Asbury Park Press, the Star Ledger, News 12 NJ, and ABC TV’s -Channel 7- Above & Beyond. He is a member of the ELC for the NJ State Department of Education and a presenter with the Leadership Academy at NJPSA/FEA. He is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University and a member of the Monmouth University Principal’s Academy. He serves on the Board of the Tesla Community Incubator Space in Rahway, NJ. Over the years, he has presented at NJPSA, NJSBA, IEEE TISP, and ICLE. In 2016, his school was featured as one of 15 high schools nation-wide as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. His evening Academy programs, open to students in Monmouth and Ocean County, collaborate with Hackensack/JSUMC/Meridian Health, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Science Center, and IEEE. He works as an educational consult for school branding, using the BCAT to align schools to their brand and culture.


Allison K. Kreiss is currently an English and Special Education Teacher at Neptune High School in Neptune, New Jersey. She has been teaching for 12 years and has experience teaching English to grades six through twelve in a self-contained, resource, in-class support, and general education setting. Ms. Kreiss graduated from Montclair State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Art degree in English Education with an English K-12 certification. Continuing her education at The College of New Jersey, she graduated with a Master of Education degree in Special Education with a Teacher of the Handicapped K-12 certification in 2006 and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration in 2010 with a certification for Supervisor and certificate of eligibility for Principal.  Ms. Kreiss has a passion for urban education since growing up in Lakewood, New Jersey, and has taught in New Brunswick, Trenton, and Neptune. Throughout her experiences she has strived to incorporate technology and innovative lessons into her repertoire to best serve the needs of her students. In addition to her teaching experience, Ms. Kreiss has immersed herself in the world of administration; working with building principals, central office administration, and department chairpersons to creatively establish curricula, lessons and professional development for the engagement of teachers and students. She aspires to join the ranks of administration soon.


Matthew J. Murphy, Ed. D. presently serves as the Superintendent of the Ramsey Public Schools – an educational system that has a well-earned reputation for excellence and has garnered recognition at the county, state, and national level.  The district has embarked on developing a pedagogical framework that has become the centerpiece of its instructional design.   A new format for designing curriculum units was instituted to ensure that rigorous content, and the 21st Century competencies and performance assessments, were an integral part of every unit of study. In 2016, he was awarded both Bergen County Superintendent of the Year, and New Jersey Association of School Administrators Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year Award.  In 2006, he received the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Principal of the Year: Rewarding Visionary Leadership award. He is currently on the American Association of School Administrators Governing Body and is President of the Bergen County Administrator’s Association. Dr. Murphy is also an adjunct professor at Ramapo College.  He earned his doctorate from Fordham University in 2002.  Prior to that, he was the Chief School Administrator in the River Vale Public Schools.  Before becoming a Superintendent, Dr. Murphy served as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Elementary Education and Principal in the Westwood Regional School District.  Before that he worked in Wyckoff as a Vice Principal, technology coordinator, and teacher.



Spring Convening


Tim Carroll M.A. Ed. – Tim holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from West Chester University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. He taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade; worked as a high school and middle school assistant principal, and has been serving the community of Indian Mills Memorial School in Shamong, New Jersey as middle school principal since 2003.He presents locally, regionally, and nationally for NJAMLE and AMLE.  Tim’s presentations focus on instructional strategies as well as school climate and culture.  Currently Tim serves NJAMLE as President.

Tina Monteleone M.A.Ed. – Tina holds a Masters in Education and is currently obtaining a Supervisor’s Certification.  She teaches Educational/Instructional Technology courses to graduate and undergraduate education majors on the University level. A K-8 teacher herself and Technology Integration Specialist for Point Pleasant Borough School, Tina is involved in several statewide educational organizations where she contributes to the planning, development, and communication of instructional best practices.  She presents various conferences throughout the state for organizations such as NJAMLE, NJASCD, and NJIDA.


Sean Slade is the Senior Director of Global Outreach at ASCD, a global mission-driven education association. During his more than two decades in education, he has spoken and written extensively on topics related to the whole child and health and well-being, and he has been at the forefront of promoting and using school climate, connectedness, resilience, and a youth development focus for school improvement. He has written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, published with ASCD, Routledge and Human Kinetics. He is an SEL expert for NBC Education Nation, VP for Advocacy at the International Union for Health Promotion & Education (North America) and a member of the OECD 2030 global task force on the future of education. In 2013-14 he co-lead the ASCD-CDC development and release of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. Connect with Sean via his e-mail, sslade@ascd.org, or via Twitter @SeanTSlade


Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000. He operates Sams Learning Designs, is an Instructor at Saint Vincent College, and is an advisor to TED-Ed. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Aaron has co-authored seven books on the Flipped Classroom concept. Aaron is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and has trained thousands of educators to integrate technology with sound pedagogy. He is a lifelong learner, reader, and maker. He holds both a B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.A.Ed. from Biola University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Texas Tech.