Empower Your Audience with Dynamic Speakers from AVID Center

With a focus on inspiring educators and students alike, our speakers bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to every speaking engagement.

Speeches From the Hearts of AVID Educators and Alumni

Our AVID speakers inspire educators and students with motivational messages that help create successful college- and career-ready campuses. From districtwide administrator launches to student assemblies, they provide how-tos and share personal stories of adversity and triumph. Browse our roster of speakers below to learn more and submit your request.

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Meet Our Speakers

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AVID Northeast Area Director

Patrick is a dedicated educator with over a third of a century of experience in teaching and administration. He strongly believes that any perceived achievement gaps can be addressed by closing the opportunity and expectation gaps through collaborative efforts of adults. Patrick’s passion lies in helping all students achieve at high levels, and he firmly advocates for preparing them to be college- and career-ready after completing high school.

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AVID Southeast Area Director

Dr. Christie McMullen’s passion for education and teaching has driven her 24-year career, which includes teaching high school and adult students throughout the United States. As an AVID Area Director and former AVID District Director, Christie works tirelessly to ensure that the AVID College and Career Readiness System is implemented effectively in multiple states.

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Community Engagement Manager

Jonathan’s unwavering dedication is focused on inspiring students to pursue a brighter future through higher education. Having experienced the foster care system and being an AVID alumnus himself, Jonathan has made it his life’s mission to empower and support students who face societal barriers to opportunity.

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Central Region Associate Senior Director

Brett is an experienced educational leader with extensive background in instructional transformation, change management, and systems design. Passionate about serving all students as they progress on their path toward college and career readiness, Brett looks to inspire and equip school and district staffs to work together for the greater good. With a strong belief in the collective power of educators, Brett strives to bring focus to the work of school improvement, find simplicity within the dynamic nature of education, and help groups of any size build their capacity to reach ambitious goals for themselves and the students in their charge.

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