About the Symposium

Now in its tenth year, Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten’s Annual Early Childhood Symposium provides an important opportunity for educators throughout the Northeast Florida region to come together for unique professional development related to the advancement of early childhood education. Participants will engage in an inspiring educational evening that includes a stimulating keynote address, breakout workshops, delicious dinner, continuing educational units (CEUs) and more.

Our Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker of the 10th Annual Professional Development Conference is Nicole Mercer.

Nicole Mercer is passionate about empowering parents and educators with skills and information that allow them to bring the best of who they are to classroom and home. She has been integrating and practicing the skills of Conscious Discipline in her personal and work life since 2003. Nicole was an early childhood teacher for 15 years and has worked with elementary age children through summer camps and substitute teaching during the school year. Her passion for positive learning environments for children led to the opening of her preschool in 2006. Nicole infused Conscious Discipline® (CD) into her curriculum because it offered positive solutions for the struggles she faced as a mother of two young girls, teacher, mentor, and administrator. After four successful years of watching children, teachers, parents, and her daughters choose a better way through CD, she took the next step and became a Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor in 2009.

Nicole’s engaging presentation style combined with her humor and willingness to share her own vulnerability and oops moments make training fun, enjoyable and the practices of Conscious Discipline achievable. Her enthusiasm, energy, and warm spirit are engaging and inspiring. Nicole provides tailored Conscious Discipline® workshops for parents, educators, schools and early childhood programs as well as one-on-one parent coaching and classroom management coaching for teachers and administrators.

Nicole holds a M.S. in Child Development from Florida State University. In her 15+ years in the field of early childhood education Nicole has presented at state and local conferences, provided workshops for private organizations and schools, webinars for Florida’s Office of Early Learning, was an instructor for “Mind In The Making” course at Tallahassee Community College, and was selected as a member of Florida’s Panel of Experts collaborative meeting for creating one set of four-year-old learning standards. Her professional roles include preschool teacher, administrator, early childhood specialist, and developmental screening coordinator.



Registration Available now!

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.



In-service Certificates and CEUs

An in-service certificate for 3 hours of attendance will be awarded to all participates at the end of the evening. CEUs (0.275 units) will be awarded by FLAEYC. The CEU online link will be provided at the symposium.

Registering Multiple Attendees

Directors or schools who are registering multiple attendees with one form of payment can contact Roxanne Gordon or the Registrars office. 


A delicious boxed dinner will be served. Dinner is kosher and there is a vegetarian option.


Please arrive early and drive with colleagues if possible as parking lot fills quickly.