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Our Keynote Speakers

Monday July 10, 2017

Phyllis Bell

Phyllis Bell is the Child Welfare Senior Advisor and Intern Director to Governor Asa Hutchinson. Phyllis was self-employed for many years until she came to work in the governor’s office in January 2015.

In her leisure time when she isn’t at home on her family’s poultry and cattle farm, she is enjoying cycling, running, kayaking, skydiving, quilting, and spending time with her family.  She and her husband have two daughters, Victoria (25) and Hannah (22) who are now both college graduates.

Due to many personal experiences she sees potential in others that often is overlooked. As time permits and opportunities are presented, she travels the state sharing her CHOiCES presentation challenging individuals to Dream BIG, to make wise CHOiCES, and to offer hope to individuals whose lives they touch.


 Tuesday July 11, 2017


 Stephen Sroka

“Boy is retarded,” reads the top of Dr. Stephen Sroka’s third-grade report card. In Elementary School, he was mocked for having a crossed eye and a speech impediment. He was crippled in a High School fight. Doctors said, “Listen to your teachers.” The more he listened, the smarter the teachers became. His High School counselor told him that he didn’t have the IQ to go to college, but he didn’t know that Steve had the I WILL.

The challenges of being ADHD and dyslexic became gifts and gave him grit. He went from the “projects” to being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He was awarded The Walt Disney American Outstanding Teacher of Health and Physical Education, and has been on Oprah and covered in USA TODAY. He travels the world striving to reach, elevate and inspire with The Power of One message. After a cardiac arrest, he realized that The Power of One was not enough. He needed The Power of Many. We all do. He always did, he just didn’t know it. He does now.

Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D., is President of Health Education Consultants and Adjunct Assistant Professor of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Lakewood, Ohio.


  • Sheridan ALA Dr Seuss Week



The Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators is an organization whose membership is made up of teachers and administrators responsible for providing effective education programs in alternative environments through out the state. A.A.A.E. has three main goals:


  • Provide an instrument through which educators can communicate and network statewide with other Alternative Educators.
  • Gather and disseminate information which is relevant to Alternative Educators.
  • Provide a unified voice for Alternative Education practitioners in Arkansas.

 ideasDenise Riley  AAAE Conference 7-11-16 –

  • “Increasing Student Effort and Engaging Students is now available for the certified teachers audience on the LMS”