Keynote Speakers

Brian Wiebe, Executive Director, Horizon Education Alliance (HEA)

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Brian has worked as an educator for 25 years in early childhood, middle school, high school and higher education as teacher and administrator, serving for 10 years as Executive Director of the Goshen College Music Center. Prior to leadership at Goshen College, he taught at Central Christian School in Kidron, Ohio and at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. At the Music Center, he was responsible for all outreach community programming that grew out of the Center’s first decade, also overseeing operations and fundraising. He played a significant role in Elkhart County's strategic planning process beginning in 2010 that led to the creation of the HEA in 2012, and became HEA’s first executive director in October 2012. He has a master's degree in music from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a master’s in arts in Intercultural Leadership from Goshen College.

Bill Haithcock, Principal, Harborside Academy

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Bill is a 1991 graduate of Kenosha’s Carthage College with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and cognitive disabilities. He earned his Master’s degree in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with an emphasis on emotional disturbances. Bill also earned a second Master’s degree in Administration from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.  Mr. Haithcock began his career with the Kenosha Unified School District in 1992 as a teacher at Whittier Elementary School. He has also served as a site leader for the school district’s Life and Leisure summer school program.  He served as teacher consultant with the Total Interagency Model of Education (T.I.M.E.) Program located at Hillcrest School. His responsibilities in that job included development and implementation of the school’s improvement plan, serving as the program’s instructional leader, coordination of the program with the community agencies involved, budget management, staff development, student discipline, leadership of the program’s site council, and implementation and development of Hillcrest School’s summer school plan, among other duties.  Mr. Haithcock is also a noted and sought-after speaker at the local, state, regional, and national levels on such topics as student discipline, conflict resolution, bully prevention, school data analysis and inclusion to name just a few.  Mr. Haithcock was selected as the Kenosha Unified School District Special Areas Teacher of the Year in 1997, was nominated for the prestigious Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship, and was named Wal-Mart Kenosha County Teacher of the Year in 1998. He was named Kenosha Unified School District Administrator of the Year in 2007.  Before the opening of Harborside Academy, Mr. Haithcock had served with distinction as principal of John Bullen Middle School, championing the regular educational program as well as the school’s anti-bullying theme.  He holds a Wisconsin Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Principal license.

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