I’ve been invited to do a lot of things and I never pass up a good opportunity to meet people and step out and do something different.  I was invited recently to judge a “Classic Car Show” in my city and as much as I love speaking to groups, I learned today that I really appreciate classic cars and the folks who love them!  It must be inherited. Many people do not know my dad was a mechanic and he loved cars.  Judging the Classic Car Show was an absolute blast and I am thankful for those who organized it and invited me to take part.  Oh and kudos to the 1940 Ford Deluxe Coup that won “Best of Show”!  I’m so thankful that I didn’t pass on that opportunity.

What else have I been up to?  Let’s see…

So far this month (August), I’ve met a ton of terrific people.  I had the opportunity to attend one of the best conferences ever.  Some colleagues and I attended  “An Insiders Perspective on Autism & Aspergers Syndrome” with Deborah Lipsky. If you’ve never met Deb, you are missing out.  She’s well known for being the “autistic raccoon lady.’ Check her out online sometime if you get a chance.

This is my favorite time of the year!

I’ve  been spending a lot of time leading professional development initiatives for our university faculty. Teaching is definitely one of my passions.

I’m also incredibly excited to see our university students returning and  to be witnessing the campus deluge of the  largest freshman class ever and I am thrilled to announce that our department at work just received a $500,000 anonymous endowment to benefit students with disabilities.

In July, I traveled to Seattle, WA (one of my favorite places), where I represented Tennessee, as the newly-elected President of the Tennessee Association of Higher Education and Disability at the national AHEAD conference.

In June I also had the privilege of co-hosting a “Universal Design for Learning Conference” at Tennessee Technological University.  This was probably one of the most fantastic conferences I’ve been involved with.

In addition, in April, I was co-host of the annual TN-AHEAD Conference in Knoxville, TN at the Howard Baker Jr. Center on Public Policy.

I’d enjoy sharing my stories, insights, links, and resources with you and I’d also love your thoughts as well!

In the meantime, if you a need keynote, workshop, seminar, or class customized to your group, please contact me at chestergoad@gmail.com!

Areas of particular interest to me are: dyslexia, learning strategies, literacy, special education, leadership and motivation of teachers,  speaking to students, especially those with disabilities, universal design in the classroom environment, Aspergers, and more!