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Thank You to our host:

2412 61st Street
Galveston, TX 77551
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Workshop Schedule


Registration and Breakfast


Session One


Session Two


Session Three


Evaluation and Door Prizes

Session Topics

  • The Educator's Role in Child Abuse Allegations

  • The Basics of Behavior

  • Resources for the Inclusive Classroom

  • Amazon Animals with Moody Gardens' Educational Outreach Team

  • The Importance of Literacy in Early Childhood Education

Dr. Elizabeth Beavers - University of Houston Clear Lake - College of Education - Assistant Professor of Special Education

Dr. Beavers areas of expertise include special education and early childhood, developmental disabilities, language and literacy development, and instructional and intervention pedagogy.  

In 2013, Dr. Beavers was named the Teacher Educator of the Year by the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children.

Candy Hattingh -  Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County, Community Education Coordinator

The Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County is a non-profit organization that coordinates all of the agencies in Galveston County who treat, investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse. 


Candy has worked in Galveston County for 10 years,  7 of those in the legal field in various capacities from managing a law office, running a bail bond company and directing an organization for offender education.

Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (CADD) Graduate Students - At CADD, children receive individualized training designed to reduce problem behaviors and to develop age-appropriate social, self-help, school readiness, and language skills. Family members and caregivers also learn how to continue the training methods at home. CADD is an Applied Behavioral Analysis - Skills Intervention Program (ABA-SkIP).

Moody Gardens Education Outreach - Moody Gardens Experts will bring the rainforest to you!  Since 1993, the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens has boasted more than 1,700 exotic plant and animal species for visitors to experience first-hand.  Presenters will bring a small piece of this environment to share with participants.

Amy Burke - SMART Family Literacy, Teacher Extraordinaire 

Amy Burke is a Texas Certified Teacher with 12 years experience in teaching students to love language arts.  Her fun loving attitude and approach to learning is enough to engage even the most reluctant reader.  As a Sam Houston State University graduate, Amy enthusiastically shares her her extensive English Language Arts expertise with diverse groups of educators through professional development initiatives.

Presenter Bios

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.