Dr. Dorothy VanderJagt is a popular and engaging speaker that works with educators all over the country. Dorothy was a teacher for ten years, a principal for eleven years, and the Director of Teaching and Learning at Kent Intermediate School District for four years. She co- directed the Northern Exposure to Middle Level Education Conference in Frankenmuth, Michigan, for five years and has been the director of the Michigan Education Conference for twelve years. Dorothy works as a coach for administrators, coordinates seminars, has published research on problems facing schools today, leadership, and curriculum strategies. She has developed educational games, on-line courses, and is co-author of two popular books WOW, What a Team! and Fire Up for Learning! and author of Direction Connection and Math Connection. Dorothy’s extensive classroom background enables her to share her experiences on a teacher-to-teacher level in a meaningful, practical, and encouraging manner.
She founded Global Learning LLC (now iFireUP, LLC), which has been providing professional learning since 1991. Global Learning partnered with Spring Arbor University in 2005 to provide graduate credit for professional learning. iFireUP is a premier provider of state and national educational conferences and online learning. Dorothy is a highly sought after speaker who is well known for developing energizing, educational workshops that provide educators with practical strategies for immediate use. She has also conducted numerous workshops, in-services for schools, and presented at state and national conferences. She has worked with students, teachers, and administrators as a teacher, department chair, team leader, mentor, administrator, consultant and college professor. Dorothy’s entire purpose is to ignite learning for students and educators!