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Chattanooga, TN Professional Development Workshop


Join us in Chattanooga, TN where Julie Emory-Johnson and Whitney Stovall from Friendzy will help us to understand social-emotional growth so that we can enhance relationships and create a sense of belonging in this engaging and interactive workshop! 

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023, 8:30am-3:30pm Eastern Time

Location: Silverdale Baptist Academy

Cost: ACSI member rate: $85 ($115 starting 10/9/23)

          Non-member rate: $115

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Building Belonging

Belonging is a central message of Christ. To belong is to feel secure. Without belonging, we are alone. We know students crave feeling accepted and valued and they need strong connections with their families, teachers and peers. Research confirms caring relationships with educators motivate students to engage in the learning process. Belonging is our primary human need. Beyond food and shelter, nothing promotes human flourishing like having people and a place of belonging. In Christ, we can find true belonging: True belonging is being fully known and being fully loved. We long to belong, and so do our students.

  8:30 AMSession 1
10:30 AMRefreshment Break
10:45 AMSession 2
12:15 PMLunch (included)
12:45 PMSession 3
  2:15 PMMovement Break
  2:30 PMSession 4 and Closing
  3:30 PMWorkshop Ends


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We look forward to connecting and engaging with you during this in-person event! Registration will include lunch and an amazing day planned to REIGNITE your calling. This event will offer up to six training hours.


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Julie currently serves as a National Partnership Director at Friendzy. As the child of educators and raised in a family of lifelong learners, she knew from an early age that she was destined for a career in education. Julie has been an educator in both the public and private school settings for over twenty years. She has been a teacher, interventionist, instructional coach, curriculum and staff development director, Catholic school superintendent, and consultant. In addition, she has been a strong advocate for education access. She believes all children deserve well-prepared and joy-filled teachers who will invest in finding every student's gifts and talents. The ethics of care and the study of belonging are both current research interests. A National Partnership Director for Friendzy, growing business and developing partnerships in schools across the country.



Whitney Stovall is a nationally Board Certified Counselor and a School Partnership Specialist at Friendzy. Before joining the team at Friendzy, Whitney served as a PreK-8th grade School Counselor for a decade at Christian schools in Tennessee. Whitney's experience as a school counselor and passion for Christian education fuels her in her role of collaborating with and supporting educators in their mission to serve their school communities through implementing school-wide social-emotional character development through the Friendzy program. Whitney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from The University of Memphis. In her spare time, you can find Whitney exploring National Parks with her husband or enjoying all the local restaurants in their hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.