About the Presenter
Amy Jones, Tyson Smith, Stacy Hurst
Dr. Amy Jones is the Elementary Curriculum, Pre-K, and Federal Programs Director for Lauderdale County Schools in Florence, AL. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in elementary education, a master's certificate in educational leadership, and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Jones resides in Florence, AL with her husband, Dr. Lloyd Jones, III, and their two sets of twins -- Edward and Katherine (15) and Hugh and Walt (9).
Tyson J. Smith is the President of Reading Horizons, Tyson has guided the Kaysville-based company into becoming a national and international education publishing enterprise. Since its inception over 33 years ago, Reading Horizons has had a firm focus on its goal to publish and market industry-leading education products, centered on the Reading Horizons reading strategies. Tyson received his Undergraduate Degree in Business Management from the University of Utah and his MBA from Brigham Young University. He first joined Reading Horizons in 1998 as Executive Vice President with an emphasis in Marketing and Sales. He assumed the role as President of Reading Horizons in October 2001 and since that time has overseen steady sales growth and a myriad of improvements to the Reading Horizons line of products. Tyson has worked with thousands of educators across the world to help make dramatic improvements in literacy rates for their students. He has also presented at education and technology conventions throughout North America and internationally.
Stacy Hurst has degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education and Reading, and she has Advanced Reading and ESL Endorsements. During her twenty years as an educator, she has been a first grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist. Her extensive experience also includes coordinating interventions for struggling readers, implementing blended learning, and training thousands of teachers on effective literacy instruction. Stacy is the Curriculum Director at Reading Horizons and is the co-author of Reading Horizons Discovery®.