Ann B. Welch

Speaking/Consultation Areas: ADHD, learning disabilities, inclusion, classroom discipline, motivation, home/school cooperation

Presentation Style: Moving stories about children and teaching, based on her own teaching experiences; practical strategies for home and classroom

Ann B. Welch is an accomplished teacher and speaker who has given convention presentations and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Welch's presentations combine current information with a practical, real-world view of the home and the classroom.

Ms. Welch began teaching over twenty years ago in British Columbia. She has taught children with a wide variety of disabling conditions, including language & learning disabilities, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and mental retardation. Ms. Welch has experience in self-contained, resource, itinerant, and consultation service delivery models. She has also taught collaboratively in general education classrooms and worked as an educational diagnostician. In 1993, Ms. Welch received the Council for Exceptional Children's prestigious Teacher of the Year Award. Ms. Welch's academic background is as varied as her professional experience. She has an honors B.A. in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, a Diploma in the Education of Children with Learning and Behavior Disorders from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in Speech Pathology from Western Washington University, and an M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from George Mason University.

Ms. Welch was a member of the team that developed the Council for Exceptional Children's Continuing Education Program on Attention DeficitIHyperactivity Disorder. In addition to participating in program development, Ms. Welch has conducted workshops at national conventions based on these training materials. She also teaches college courses on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

In spite of her popularity as a speaker, Ms. Welch continues to teach part-time in a public school in Virginia. Her ability to be encouraging and non-judgmental with her colleagues extends to her audiences. Teachers are more willing to try the strategies Ms. Welch recommends because they understand that, as a teacher, she faces the same practical frustrations they do.

Ms. Welch is a very dynamic, upbeat and energetic speaker with relevant, practical suggestions. You will welcome her inclusion in your program!