We are delighted to announce that author and inspirational educator Brad Cohen will be the Keynote Speaker at CEC’s 2015 Opening General Session!
As a child with Tourette Syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Other children, teachers, and even sometimes family members found it difficult to be around him. His mother’s encouragement and his brother’s support were key elements that kept him going. College and then job hunting brought new challenges, but he continued to strive toward his goal to be a teacher and was rewarded when he was named Georgia’s First Class Teacher of the Year.
Even today Brad is ejected from movie theaters and restaurants. Nothing has stopped him from taking leadership roles in a variety of settings and being a role model for others. This story of personal challenge and unwavering determination proves anyone can make their dreams come true. No one can hear Brad’s story and fail to see the power of a positive attitude.
Brad is from Atlanta, Georgia and is an Area Lead Teacher for Cobb County Schools. He is responsible for teaching the teachers. Prior to that he taught 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and was a technology lab teacher.
Brad has served as Vice President of the Board of Governors for the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia, and also founded an overnight camp for children with Tourette syndrome. Part of Brad’s past, included being the team mascot “Homer” for the Atlanta Braves Baseball team.
A native of St. Louis, he has a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University (Peoria, IL), where he graduated cum laude with honors and received their Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
Brad has earned master’s and specialist’s degrees from Georgia State University, and graduated from both the Gwinnett County Leadership Academy for aspiring school administrators and Cobb County’s Leadership Academy.
Brad has received many other awards, including St. Louis Area United Way Volunteer of the Month; he was a Ben & Jerry’s Citizen Cool semifinalist; and he was recognized by the Atlanta Braves and BellSouth with an Excellence in Education award. Brad recently got married to his wife Nancy and still works with the community.
Brad was featured on Oprah, People Magazine and Inside Edition after the release of his award-winning book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, in September, 2005. His book was named the “Education Book of the Year” for the Independent Book Publishers. CBS featured Brad’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie about his life in December 2008. He is now a motivational speaker and inspires people to keep a positive attitude and to follow their dreams.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 8 from 5–6:30 p.m. for the Opening General Session and Brad Cohen’s keynote address as we kick off the CEC 2015 Convention & Expo!