MATE’s MTS Professional Development Day in October is all about building a community of ELA teachers who support young learners in the application, art, and humanity of ELA.


KEYNOTE: Penny Kittle

Jessica Dumas

Penny Kittle teaches freshman writers at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for 34 years. She is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award from NCTE, as well as two memoirs of teaching. She is the co-author of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents with Kelly Gallagher and also co-authored two books with her mentor, Don Graves.  She is the founder and president of the Book Love Foundation, which annually gives classroom libraries to teachers throughout North America. She was given the Kent Williamson Exemplary Leadership Award from NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership and the International Literacy Association’s Thought Leader award. She works beside teachers and leaders across the world to empower young readers and writers. 

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Jessica is the President of Jessica Dumas Coaching and Training, She is a professional certified coach who specializes in speaker coaching and business coaching, helping individuals speak with clarity and confidence. She is an energetic and motivated professional who quickly gains the trust of her audience with her warm, engaging personality and professional style. Recognized for her professional expertise through nomination, Jessica is a recipient of the Manitoba 150 Women Trailblazer award from the Nellie McClung Foundation for 2020. She was a finalist for the 2017 Future Leaders of Manitoba and a finalist in the CBC’s Top 40 Manitoban’s under 40 for 2015. Jessica’s volunteer contributions have gained her wide respect within Manitoba. She has served as Chairperson of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and the first Indigenous Female Chairperson of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (2019-2020) and continues to sit on numerous committees and boards at the executive level. She is a powerful role model and advocate for social justice, leading others to overcome challenges by developing personal strengths, vision and self-confidence. You can connect with Jessica directly on instagram @jessicadumas01