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Check out our previous workshops!

Thank You to our host:

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2412 61st Street
Galveston, TX 77551

Workshop Schedule


Registration and Breakfast


Session One


Session Two


Session Three


Evaluation and Door Prizes

Session Topics

  • Gross Motor Skills and the Importance of Play

  • Toilet Training

  • "Hands-In" Play

  • April Showers Bring MUD PUDDLES! - Curriculum Development

  • Update on Bodily Fluids Containing Blood and Preventing the Spread of Communicable Diseases

Presenter Bios

Margie Kusnerik is a Principal of Rosenberg Elementary School in Galveston ISD.  Her years of dedication to all of the children in her classroom has risen above and beyond the expectations of an educator.  Now as a principal, her impact will reach even further.  You will not want to miss it as she imparts her years of educational experiences to encourage teachers to get messy with their kids!

Christine Ortiz-Gatlin is an Early Childhood Education expert who's resume boasts accomplishments such as leading and facilitating the daily operations of the San Jacinto Early Childhood Lab School as well as working with the Collaborative for Children in Houston in the wake of Harvey.  By staying well connected to the early childhood classroom, Christine's sessions will not only be valuable for the center director, but will emphasize the need for quality social-emotional learning in classrooms for all ages.

Ginger Kieckbusch is the current Dean of Elementary Education at Odyssey Academy in Galveston.  With a BS in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, and over 25 years of practical school based experience, Ginger has a lot to add to the differentiated instructional strategies in regards to young learners.  Her music based sessions are always a big hit.  

Amy Musick is a 12 year veteran of public education and certified trainer, Amy Musick is registered with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System as Trainer #22443.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and a Masters of Education in School Administration from Lamar University.  Amy is a Texas Certified Teacher in Life Science 8-12 with supplemental certifications in Gifted and Talented Instruction and English as a Second Language.  

Serving on the Board of Directors of a childcare facility has given Amy 6 years of early childhood experience - working closely with directors to implement Minimum Standards as defined by the Texas Department of Family Protective Services.

Sharon Rohrer is registered nurse with the University of Texas Medical Branch and works in the the pediatric clinic in Texas City.

Refund Policy

To respect the planning time of our presenters, and to allow for adequate resources, registration for SMART Family Literacy Workshops will close one week prior to the event.  Because your payment reserves you space at the workshop, all sales are final.

Special Thanks

Providing low cost local professional development to Galveston's Early Childhood Professional Community would not be possible without the following entities:

  • Odyssey Academy for graciously allowing us to use their facilities

  • Lakeshore Learning for generous door prize donations

  • Galveston's Historic Pleasure Pier for exciting door prizes

  • Workshop volunteer staff for giving up their Saturday mornings!

  • SMART Family Literacy donors and partners such as the Moody Foundation, the Kempner Fund, Moody Methodist's Permanent Endowment Fund, the Ippolito Charitable Foundation, Valero, DSW Homes and so many more.