'Learning Fest' brings "Power of One" to TROY

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2010

TROY—The power one person can have to impact the life of a child will be the focus of the keynote address to Troy University’s “Learning Fest ’10,” a one-day seminar for K-12 teachers and education students on June 14.

Brad Cohen, an Atlanta-area school administrator and former lower elementary teacher, will provide the address that kicks off the seminar, sponsored by the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center and the College of Education, said Terry White, who is coordinating the seminar.

Cohen, whose Tourette Syndrome causes him to make uncontrollable twitches, jerks and noises, was ridiculed, beaten, mocked and shunned as a child. He found it equally challenging to find work as an adult. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he earned a bachelors degree from Bradley University, a masters and specialist degree from Georgia State University and was named Georgia’s “First Class Teacher of the Year.”

Among his credits are his book “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had,” which was named Education Book of the Year by Independent Book Publishers. In 2008, CBS featured his “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie “Front of the Class” starring Jimmy Wolk, Treat Williams and Patricia Heaton.

Registration for the seminar begins at 8 a.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater, with Cohen’s lecture beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Other workshops will take place at Troy Elementary School from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Teachers should register for the conference through the Inservice Center by calling 334-670-3594. The cost to attend Learning Fest is $10.