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Todd Whitaker


Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognised as a leading motivational speaker in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.

Prior to moving into higher education he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum and technology for the opening of new middle schools.

One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written many educational books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult TeachersTeaching MattersGreat Quotes for Great EducatorsWhat Great Principals Do DifferentlyMotivating & Inspiring Teachers and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is a professor of Elementary Education at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline and Harrison.