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Bernard Hankins

Bernard Hankins is a musician, filmmaker, spoken word poet, and creative catalyst. He lives in Charlottesville. and teaches workshops for adults and children on Hip Hop, poetry, and creative identity. He is co-founder of Cypher, an idea-generation and branding consulting venture.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Proal Heartwell

A Game of Catch

Proal Heartwell, author of A Game of Catch, is the co-founder and co-director of Village School, a middle school for girls in Charlottesville. He is also the author of Goronwy and Me: A Narrative of Two Lives.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Anne Holton

Anne Holton is the Virginia Secretary of Education. Holton is a proud product of Virginia’s public school system, and in 1970, she and her family helped to integrate Richmond City Public Schools. Holton earned her degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She has also served as Virginia’s First Lady and program director for Great Expectations, a program of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth