Keynote Speakers

Monday, June 18, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Sean Covey

Sean Covey is a business executive, author, speaker, and innovator.  He is President of FranklinCovey Education and is devoted to transforming education throughout the world through a principle-centered leadership approach.  Sean also serves as Executive Vice President of Global Partnerships where he oversees FranklinCovey’s international operations in over 100 countries around the globe.
Sean is a New York Times best-selling author and has written several books, including the Wall Street Journal #1 Business Bestseller, The 4 Disciplines of Execution, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, which has been translated into 20 languages and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. He is a versatile keynoter who regularly speaks to kids and adults within schools and organizations and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows.
Sean graduated with honors from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in English and later earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.  As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and was twice selected as the ESPN Most Valuable Player of the Game.
Born in Belfast Ireland, Sean’s favorite activities include going to movies, working out, hanging out with his kids, riding his motorcycle, producing short films, and writing books.  Sean and his wife Rebecca, who is also a BYU graduate, live with their children in Alpine, Utah.   

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
No General Session - Click here for information on Game Changer Sessions

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:30 a.m.
The Honorable Molly Spearman
State of Education Address


Molly Mitchell Spearman was elected as the 18th South Carolina State Superintendent of Education on November 4, 2014. Native to Saluda County, Mrs. Spearman’s childhood laid the foundations of family, faith, and hard work that transcended into her professional career as an educator and civil servant.

Superintendent Spearman’s career has spanned 18 years as a public school music teacher and an assistant principal. In addition to teaching and administration, she has served four terms as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, six years as Deputy Superintendent of the South Carolina Department of Education, and ten years as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She holds a B.A. Degree in music education from Lander University, a Master’s Degree in education supervision from George Washington University, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of South Carolina.

As the South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Mrs. Spearman has the experience and relationships needed to move South Carolina’s education system forward. Superintendent Spearman strongly believes the foundation for student success lies in effective classroom teachers and principals who facilitate personalized learning for every student, every day. Her vision is for every South Carolina graduate to be prepared for the next step after graduation. Superintendent Spearman is excited to keep a positive and forward-thinking approach to South Carolina education to promote better schools and brighter futures.

Dr. Akil Ross
2018 National Principal of the Year

Dr. Akil Ross is a visionary and innovator who is always looking to improve himself, his school and his community. His commitment to the Chapin community resulted in his being named one of the Most Influential People in the Town of Chapin by The State Newspaper. Dr. Ross led CHS through a very rigorous evaluation process for the top high school in South Carolina and Chapin High School was selected as the 2015 Palmetto’s Finest High School.  He was named the 2017 South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year by SCASA, and the 2018 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He is very active in the Chapin Rotary club and a member of the SCHSL’s Executive Committee. As a member of SCASA, he currently serves on the Palmetto’s Finest Committee.  

Erica Page
2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Erica Page has ten years of experience in Lexington County School District One. She began her career as a teacher at White Knoll High School in 2007. While teaching, she wrote the Leadership 21 curriculum, assisted with DECA, mentored new teachers, and raised $60,000 with School Improvement Council.  In 2012, Ms. Page was promoted to assistant administrator at Pelion High School, and in 2014, she became an assistant principal.  Under her instructional leadership, Pelion High has reached an all-time high for each end-of-course examination, achieved the highest graduation rate in school history, and begun a dual enrollment program where students can take twelve courses in six departments and enter college as sophomores.  She was named the 2018 South Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year by SCASA, and the 2018 National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.