Katrin McElderry David Donohue Christine Hyde
Katrin McElderry, is a teacher and the Founder of Flourish Education International. For over two decades, Kate has taught science, art and language and literacy skills in both traditional non-traditional settings; online and in the classroom. She currently teaches at The Odyssey School. Trained and certified in Phono-Graphix, Orton-Gillingham, Spell Links, and the EmPOWER Writing method, Kate has a M.A. in instructional systems design/ curriculum development. During her studies, Kate taught as a graduate assistance at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the education department. Kate serves on the Board of Directors for International Dyslexia Association in Maryland and conducts educational outreach on the themes of the Growth Mindset, dyslexia, learning profiles, intellectual risk-taking, creativity, and more. Kate’s workshops and programs have spanned the US, UK, Ireland, and South America. Empowering youth, supporting parents, and connecting with international colleagues, are some of Kate’s passions. The daughter of an artist, Kate is a believer in the arts as a form of self-expression, and also as a mechanism for learning and bolstering academic skills. She loves dance and painting in her free time. Kate also enjoys traveling when she can, and takes advantage of a variety of outdoor activities with her family.
David Donohue, a master story teller, is the author of three children's books including, the best-seller, Walter Speazlebud. Before segueing into a career of music, film-making and writing, he completed a four-year degree in graphic design and communications from the Waterford School of Art. David has made award-winning documentary films and three critically acclaimed albums as a songwriter. His work has been featured on BBC and RTÉ. David developed and facilitated the Young Critics Project with Carlow Arts Festival and Kilkenny Arts Week and recently held the David Donohue Book Club—an online summer book club for youth. As a visiting artist, author and speaker, David delivers inspirational talks to children and educators about the power of encouragement, creativity, and noitanigami (that's imagination spelled backwards). David's workshops educate and also entertain with his rich sense of humor and special talent for backwards spelling. Participants are afforded opportunities to become writers and artists themselves, reflecting upon their unique learning profiles as they write, discuss, and create. Besides a life in the arts, David is a horse-racing enthusiast and an oyster farmer who enjoys wild food foraging in the Burren, Ireland.
Christine Hyde, M.ED., is a reading specialist, currently teaching at the Rockboro Primary School. A master teacher, she specializes in the topics of English, literacy and dyslexia. Christine studied at Boston College, University of Denver and University Cork College, where she received a masters’ degree in education. Christine is known for her multi-sensory instruction and holistic approach to teaching. Considering the whole child; the social-emotional wellbeing, physical health, as well as intellectual potential, is at the heart of Christine's teaching practice. She infuses topics of leadership, resilience, and mindset work into her curriculum. Christine currently devotes much time learning and teaching about the virtues of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and healthy eating. An experienced instructor, she has worked with a variety of ages--early readers to older students in the classroom and on the hockey field. Besides reading, Christine teaches other subjects such mathematics. She is a highly accomplished equestrian and competitive runner. Based in Cork, Christine enjoys connecting and collaborating with other educators and dyslexia advocates in Ireland and the United States. In her free time, she enjoys having fun with her family.