Summit Schedule

Yuma Educators Summit 2020 Postponed till 2021

The June event will take place in 2021 to preserve the safety of guests.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers Lisa Yee, LaQuisha Hall, and Alma Sandigo all plan to participate in the 2021 summit.

Lisa Yee, Author

“Connecting with readers is everything. I love sharing stories about my awkward youth, the reason I was terrified to pursue my dream to become an author, and why books mean the world to me.”

Lisa Yee

Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Lisa’s first book, debuted in 2003. Since then, she’s had over nineteen more novels published – and at this very moment is working on a new one. Lisa’s recent projects included penning the DC Super Hero Girls middle grade novel series and American Girl’s Girl of the Year books.

Alma  M. Sandigo, Ed.D.

Dr. Alma M. Sándigo has served English Language Learners (ELLs) and teachers in many capacities for more than 20 years. Currently, she teaches undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Education Department at Northern Arizona University-Yuma, a Hispanic Serving Institution. Her doctoral studies focused on Academic English strategies for Hispanic students in higher education. She is also a Consultant and Advisor in ELL instruction for several organizations and institutions and continuously present at regional, state, national, and international conferences on best practices for diverse students. At the K-12 grade level, she has been a Literacy and ELL Coach, SEI Coordinator and first and second grade teacher in dual and mainstream programs. Dr. Sándigo believes in framing instruction from an asset and culturally responsive approach. 

LaQuisha Hall, Teacher

LaQuisha Hall has dedicated 17 years to teaching middle and high school English in Baltimore City. She holds an English Bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University and a Secondary Education Master’s degree from Morgan State University. LaQuisha mentors via Queendom T.E.A. (The Etiquette Academy), a program she founded to empower young ladies. An award-winning, best-selling author of multiple books, LaQuisha published more than 100 scholars in anthologies including One Nation, One Heart—winner of the national Indie Authors Legacy Award for Youth Authors of the Year. LaQuisha, 2018 Baltimore City Schools Teacher of the Year, encourages educators to practice self-care because they cannot pour into young scholars from an empty cup.

Y.E.S. 2020 – Sponsors


Desert Premium Farms

Yuma Counseling Service

eXp Realty – Hengl & Associates Real Estate Team

Corona Optique

Gila Ridge Dental

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