I just returned to my hotel room after the first day of the VSRA conference. It’s been an amazing day with speakers including Pernille Ripp, Kylene Beers, and Bob Probst during our General Sessions. I saw my dissertation work cited for the first time in a session led by my mentor, Dr. Marcia Invernizzi. I met Stacey Shubitz after following her blog and Two Writing Teachers for several years (Stacey is awesome! I loved the opportunity to chat with her!). I painted a picture with Caldecott honoree Gregory Christie during Paint Night and I met so many wonderful people from around the state. It was an exhilarating day and it’s just the beginning! Tomorrow, Kate Messner and Donald Bear will headline our General Sessions. Josh Funk will be featured during our Primary Breakfast. We’ll go speed-dating with authors and have the chance to collect autographs in the Exhibit Hall.
Serving as the conference chair for this conference has been an experience that I will never forget and I feel so blessed for this opportunity!