Gary R. Tipsord, District Superintendent for LeRoy CUSD #2, has championed innovative and responsible leadership to promote a purposeful 21st Century vision for education. He has spent the past eight years leading the charge in changing the conversation in public education and focusing on what is possible. A visionary leader with a deep knowledge of school finance, Tipsord has expanded student opportunities and improved facilities while at the same time improving the district’s financial profile through strategic practices.
Tipsord is recognized for designing innovative student opportunities and leading through transparent communication. Cadaver Academy Lab, LeRoy Right Start, LeRoy Preparatory Academy, and Literacy in LeRoy are a few programs Tipsord initiated and developed with great success. Leading through transparent communication, Tipsord developed the annual “State of the Schools” community engagement event for LeRoy CUSD #2.
Throughout Tipsord’s professional career in education, he has built a reputation for his strong leadership in the advocacy for the profession of education and the role that the public school plays in the life of the children served. His leadership skills have not gone unnoticed by colleagues and professional organizations. He actively serves as a member of the Vision 2020 Team, ISBE RTI Governing Board, and is a Leadership Coach for the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
Tipsord holds degrees from Illinois State University and Eastern Illinois University. He has furthered his professional skills through the Illinois School for Advanced Leadership Fellowship Program. Seeking to purposefully change the conversation about what is possible in public education and the necessity for innovation, Tipsord is recognized as a visionary leader in education.
Dr. David M. Mouser
Dr. David Mouser is an educational leader with a relentless interest in issues of improving opportunities for every student to excel. As superintendent of Tri-Valley High School in Downs (IL), Dr. Mouser models innovative leadership with a focus on improving teaching and learning – for every student. He has success providing perspective on the lasting IMPACT that we all can make on students and each other. His message incorporates personal experience, good and bad, to encourage us to become better educators. Attendees will walk away with a more positive outlook on their importance in the classroom.
Dr. David Mouser grew up on a grain farm in Normal, Illinois. He graduated from Normal Community High School. David is a graduate of the University of Illinois with bachelors and masters degrees in education. He also holds an advanced certification in Educational Administration from Illinois State and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University. He is married to Amie. They have two children, Morgan and Brady.
As an educator, David was responsible for turning around an agriculture program with only 25 students in 1997 to a program with over 165 students only a year later. The FFA chapter ranked among the best in Illinois and the United States. He continually had students that succeeded locally and at the state level in various contests and activities. David was named the McLean County High School Teacher of the Year in 2001. He was named to the top 20 under 40 by the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph in 2010. He currently serves as the Superintendent at Tri-Valley CUSD #3 in Downs, Illinois. Prior to that, he was the High School Principal at Tri-Valley High School. A year after his arrival, Tri-Valley High School was named a Chicago Sun Times top 50 high school in Illinois. In 2010, Tri-Valley High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award as one of the top high schools in the Nation.
David has had a long history in speaking and consulting by being State FFA President in 1993-94 and participating in various speaking contests. He won state and national competitions. Since that time, he has spoken to thousands of people from different groups and organizations that include adults and students. David has provided keynote addresses and workshops to agricultural organizations, business groups, educational organizations, teachers, and schools throughout the Midwest.
David’s messages focus on education, leadership, motivation, and the importance of finding purpose through impacting others in a positive way.