Keynote Speakers

2017 Conference

Day 1Dean Wilson   |      Day 2 - Joe Cuddemi

Dean WilsonDean Wilson, originally from Ogden Utah, Dean served as a teacher in Tooele County School District.  He moved to the Uintah Basin after marrying Nichole Yack and took a job as a wireline engineer in the oilfields.  Dean also started several small businesses ranging from concrete curbing to bee keeping. 
Once his taste for industry was satisfied, he returned to education and worked as a character education and history teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School.  He transitioned to administration and served as an Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Student Services, and is currently the Principal of Altamont High School.  He works as a consultant for MasteryConnect helping schools to track and report mastery of standards.  Dean is pursuing his EdD in Educational Leadership through the University of Wyoming and plans to write his dissertation on the effects of mastery-based grading.


Joe Cuddemi
Joe Cuddemi, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. He has served as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings. Joe is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University.
He specializes in the implementation and development of the professional learning communities process designed to help schools build collaborative cultures that result in high student achievement. As principal, Joe started two schools, including Kinard Middle School. During his principalship, Kinard received multiple national recognitions, including selection as a national model PLC in 2012. The school received the 2013 National Green Ribbon Award in 2013 and was nominated by the Colorado Department of Education (one of three schools in the state) for the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award for sustaining high academic performance.
As a counselor, Joe created and developed an award-winning horsemanship program for under-supported students who struggled with social and emotional challenges. As a mathematics teacher, he received the Sallie Mae Award for outstanding first-year teachers in Colorado. Joe began his teaching career on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana and then taught in Jamaica.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston College and a master’s degree in mathematics from Northern Arizona University. He completed his principal licensure program at Colorado State University.

Presentation titles by Joe Cuddemi

  • Develop a Model PLC With High-Performing Collaborative Teams
  • Create a Clear Decision-Making Matrix Using Consensus
  • Develop a Cohesive Leadership Team
  • Create Cultural Shifts That Improve Student Achievement
  • Create a Whole-School Approach to Social and Emotional Learning