Keynote Speakers

TEACH 2024 Keynote Speakers


Michele Borba

Best-Selling Author, Parenting & Child Expert, Educational Psychologist

Sponsored by TBD

If you are looking for the best way to raise or educate kids to be kind, empathetic, resilient and thriving, then search no further than educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba. She is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author and parenting and child expert and is recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children's resilience, social-emotional intelligence and character, and reduce peer cruelty.

Dr. Borba is as well known for her warm, down-to-earth speaking style as she is for cutting edge insights. Her informative presentations leave audiences with usable strategies. She often works with school districts before the date of an event to help gather cultural information and data that can be used to diagnose or home-in on a district's greatest issues from the students, staff or community perspective.

A sought-after motivational speaker, Dr. Borba has spoken in 30 countries on sixcontinents and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Clients include Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 U.S. Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific and H.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 150 times on the TODAY show and countless other shows, including three Dateline specials, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, three NBC Education Nation specials, Fox and CNN. Her work is featured in TIME, The Washington Post, Newsweek, People, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Reader's Digest and The Globe and Mail. She's a media spokesperson for major corporations, including 3M, Office Depot, Fisher-Price, Unilever, Mattel, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Splenda, Hershey, KidStrong, Walmart and Johnson & Johnson. She also served as a consultant to McDonald's, Disney, Apple TV's series, Get Rolling with Otis and Learning Curve's Caring Corner Mrs. Goodbee Dollhouse.

She is the award-winning author of 25 books translated into 21 languages, including Thrivers, Likes Me, No More Misbehavin', Don't Give Me That Attitude!, Building Moral Intelligence, Parents Do Make a Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions and End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

Her awards and recognitions include the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in Character Education (presented by, a 2016 SHORTY nominee for "Best Social Media Influencer in Parenting," the National Educator Award (presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem) and the National Child Safety Award of 2016 by Child Safety Network. She was named a consultant for the Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Dept of Education, Disney Influencer and Goodwill Ambassador for M.I.T.'s One Laptop Per Child project. Board memberships include Parents, Child Safety Network and Boys & Girls Club of America. Her proposal: "Ending School Violence and Bullying" (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002.

Dr. Borba is a former classroom and special education teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, including working in a private practice with children with learning and emotional disabilities. She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.


Vincent Taylor


Sponsored by TBD

Vincent Taylor is an educator of 28 years as well as a nationally acclaimed educational consultant. He has presented his keynote If Instruction Isn’t Engaging, I QUIT to over 60,000 educators in over 15 school districts, 8 national conferences, and 5 universities. He is also the author of eleven books including the popular children’s chapter book series Cornbread.

Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of North Florida where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. His professional growth continued at the University of Florida. There he earned his Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction.

Vincent Taylor has received numerous awards and recognition for his work: 2022 NAACP’s Olivia Gay-Davis Education Award; 2021 Literacy is a Legacy Award; 2020 nominee for Image Award in Education Excellence; 2020 Literacy Pros of Jacksonville Prestige Award; 2012 Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award from the University of Florida; 2006 Teacher of the Year; 2005 Touching Hearts & Changing Lives Award from the Florida Association of School Social Workers, and a letter from Mayor Alvin Brown for his Young Gentlemen’s Club, a school-based mentoring group he founded in 1998.

Mr. Taylor is also proud to be a board member for the prestigious READ USA, Inc. organization. He is married to his lovely wife Dina, and they have two beautiful daughters.



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