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|Including Diverse Learners Affirms Their Entire Family’s Catholic Identity
||John is the Director of the Learning Resource Center at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
in Houston and Executive Director of the DeBusk Enrichment Center for Academically
Talented Scholars. He has extensive background in child/adolescent development and
teaching students with neurological differences.
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|Bruce Baumann is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano,
TX. He received his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from the University of St.
Thomas in St. Paul, MN and has been involved in professional ministry since 1996.
Bruce is a catechetical instructor in the Dallas Diocese and an adjunct faculty member
for the Certificate of Pastoral Ministry Program at the University of Dallas. He also
teaches at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, TX and is a Coach for the Living Your
Strengths movement. Bruce is the author of the recently published book “Catholic to
the Core”. He is passionate about training ministry leaders and has had the joy of
presenting workshops and retreats at conferences and parishes around the country.
||Father Michael Baynham
||Entering the Darkness: Engaging Suffering as a Keystone of Effective Youth Ministry
||Father Michael grew up in Coppell, Texas and is the youngest of four boys. He attended
public schools in Coppell and graduated from Coppell High School in 2008. He first
heard a calling to the priesthood in the tenth grade, and after high school he entered
Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy
& Letters, graduating in 2012. Father Michael then continued his formation for the
priesthood at Theological College at The Catholic University of America in Washington,
D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a Master of Divinity in 2017.
Father Michael was ordained a priest by Bishop Edward Burns on June 3, 2017 at the
Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dallas. After ordination, he served as
Parochial Vicar at St Joseph Catholic Church in Richardson, Texas. He now serves as
Parochial Vicar at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano, Texas and as Chaplain
at St John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas.
||Dr. Kelly Bentel
||Identification and Intervention for Children and Adolescents Experiencing Anxiety
||Dr. Kelly Bentel is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She received
her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Southern Methodist University,
her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate
degree from Texas Woman’s University in School Psychology. Dr. Bentel worked in the
Diocese of Dallas for over 10 years, as a teacher and school counselor. She is currently
in private practice in Dallas where she specializes in working with children and families.
Dr. Bentel consults with schools to provide strategies to assist children in the classroom
setting, as well as provide teachers with techniques when working with children with
a variety of struggles impacting their learning. Additionally, she conducts educational
evaluations to identify learning differences. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling
and spending time with her husband and two-year-old son.
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Catechist Wellness as a Way of Life
|Nancy Bird has been involved in religious education as a catechist, parish catechetical
leader and youth minister. She combines practical experience, creativity and motivational
enthusiasm to energize those called to embrace and live their Baptism joyfully. Presently
she serves as Director of Training and Professional Development at RCL Benzinger Religion
Publishing Company, resides in Tallmadge Ohio and continues to be a volunteer catechist.
||Dr. Christie Bonfiglio
||All Are Welcome: Including and Serving Students with Disabilities in our Catholic
||Dr. Christie Bonfiglio serves as faculty at the University of Notre Dame. She directs
the Office of Professional Standards and Graduate Studies and launched the Program
for Inclusive Education (PIE) in 2016, which advocates for inclusion of struggling
learners and those with disabilities in Catholic schools. Dr. Bonfiglio teaches across
multiple programs and provides professional learning opportunities to schools and
dioceses nationally. Trained as a school psychologist, Dr. Bonfiglio's areas of expertise
include academic and behavioral intervention through multi-tiered systems of support.
She is well-versed in collaboration and child-study teams. Dr. Bonfiglio has served
a variety of students and programs from gifted to struggling to those eligible for
special education in both public and private schools. She is grateful to be using
her knowledge and skills to serve Catholic schools in the pursuit of Catholic education.
||Tech Tools, Not Toys: Effective Tech Integration in the K-12 Classroom
||As Bishop Lynch High School’s Instructional Technology Coordinator, Beth Burau manages
the technology integration within the curriculum as well as creates and implements
professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff with the ITeam. Burau,
who has been teaching since 2000, also teaches German at the school. Since beginning
her teaching career, she has taught various content areas from PreK students to adults.
In addition to presenting at both NCEA and NCEA STREAM conferences, Burau has presented
at the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin, Region 10’s Private School Showcase,
TCEA, ACTFL, and the University of Notre Dame. Burau holds a M.Ed. from the University
of Notre Dame, where she also earned her Bachelors in English and Computer Applications.
She is a TCEA certified Campus Technology Specialist, Certified Microsoft Innovative
Educator, and Notre Dame ACE Melody Teaching Fellow.