AVID speakers deliver important, motivating messages for educators and students. Whether for a districtwide administrator launch to the new school year or a student assembly, our speakers will inspire your audience to recommit themselves to education. They provide how-tos that create a successful college- and career-ready campus. Moreover, they share personal stories of adversity and triumph that all AVID educators and students can relate to. Check out our roster of AVID speakers below. Click here to submit your speaker requests and to inquire about pricing.
Motivational Speaker, Former AVID Elective Teacher and AVID Site Coordinator
Title: “The Power of Why”
Description: Ricky is a former Marine turned teacher, who is now traveling across the nation to motivate students and teachers in hopes of shifting school culture. Ricky empowers students to discover their why in order to overcome adversity and reach their full potential. Ricky also speaks to teachers and helps them reconnect with their why by helping educators understand the importance of building positive relationships with kids to improve learning outcomes. Ricky’s inspiring “Why I Teach” speech caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, and he was invited to The Ellen Show for the surprise of a lifetime.
Audience: Students and educators
Length: 45 minutes
Bio: Ricky is a former AVID Site Coordinator and AVID Elective teacher from El Paso, Texas. After four years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Ricky became a teacher on a mission to make a difference in his community. Teachers and district personnel recognized Ricky’s ability to reach all students, and Ricky became a Teacher of the Year for the biggest school district in El Paso. Ricky is a firm believer that all students can learn at high levels if a caring relationship is established first.
- Bachelor of Social Studies with a minor in secondary education, University of Texas at El Paso
- Master of Education in educational leadership and foundations, University of Texas at El Paso
- Josh Shipp – Youth Speaker University
- Manny Scott – Professional Speaker Academy
PATRICK H BRIGGS
AVID Northeast States Director
Title: “All Means All: Bridging the Achievement Gap”
Description: Patrick Briggs is a thought-provoking and motivational speaker. He will encourage educators to examine their mindsets and practices as they consider if “all means all” when educating students. His high-energy presentations will move listeners to positive action, both in and out of the classroom.
Audience: All educators
Length: 30-90 minutes
Bio: Patrick is AVID’s Northeast States director. He came to this position after 11 years as the assistant director, then director, of AVID’s Southern Region States. Before that, he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas. Patrick believes that any perceived “achievement gaps” are the result of opportunity and expectations gaps that adults must work together to close. His passion lies in helping all learners achieve at high levels so all students are college- and career-ready upon completion of high school. Patrick believes all students deserve a high-quality education, enabling them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any field of their choosing.
- Bachelor of Science in biology, Prairie View A&M University
- Master of Education in educational administration, Prairie View A&M University
JONATHAN GRANT BROWN
Program Manager, AVID for Higher Education
Title: “People Like Me: Opening Doors to Opportunity”
Description: Jonathan has dedicated himself to encouraging students to pursue a future by obtaining a college degree. As a product of a foster care system, Jonathan has made his mission in life to help open doors of opportunity for students and support them when society dictates such doors are closed to them. As an instructor for higher education, Jonathan believes building and maintaining proper relationships with students will accelerate their learning while helping them take more responsibility for their education.
Audience: Educators, students, parents, and administrators
Length: 45-60 minutes
Bio: Jonathan is a program manager for AVID for Higher Education. As a former high school AVID student from Killeen ISD, Jonathan has experienced the roles of an AVID student, tutor, and one of the first AVID instructors in higher education. While attending college, Jonathan traveled the U.S. as a motivational speaker, sharing his experience as an AVID student and how it opened doors of opportunity to his future. In 2009, Jonathan began working with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to develop an AVID First-Year Seminar, in which students learned how to navigate college and grow their critical thinking skills. As a teaching assistant at the freshman seminars, Jonathan used his AVID experience to show students and instructors how to use the AVID strategies he implemented when he was in college. After getting his degree from UTPB, Jonathan became the university’s AVID Liaison, later joining AVID Center itself.
- Bachelor of Arts in communications, University of Texas of the Permian Basin
- Master of Education, University of Texas of the Permian Basin