Early Education Conference — Nampa, ID

January 12, 2019 8:15 a.m.–January 12, 2019 4:15 p.m.
Nampa Christian School Middle & High School Campus, 11920 W. Flamingo Ave., Nampa, ID 83651

Building a Firm Foundation

"... rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7 NIV

Renew your professional and spiritual growth at the ACSI Early Education conference. Join us for keynote speakers who will inspire, equip, and encourage early educators while you earn professional clock hours/CEUs for attending. Clock hours with IdahoSTARS program available.

Pricing (per delegate, buffet lunch included Member Non-member
Early Regsitration (through 12/14/18) $68 $98
Standard Registration  $78 $108

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nampa - Idaho Center 

4104 E. Flamingo Ave., Nampa, ID 83636

(855) 516-1090 

Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. Suzie Mohler will present rom Mad Hatter to Maximum Impact: The Roles You Play and Your Influence on ChildrenDr. Mohler is ACSI's Senior Coordinator for the Western Division of Early Education. She develops professional development opportunities and builds relationships with ACSI's early education members in the California/Hawaii, Northwest, and Rocky Mountain regions. She previously served at a large Christian school system for 27 years in a variety of leadership positions EE-12, including starting and administering two preschool campus programs.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Dr. Deborah Miller will present Teacher, Do You Love Me? Dr. Miller has worked in Christian education for over 30 years, teaching grade school through post-graduate students. She and her husband founded a Christian high school and she has founded and directed teacher education college programs. She currently serves as the NW Regional Director for ACSI.


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