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Tuesday, March 12, 2024 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) (EDT)


Reimagine Education

Featuring Guest Speakers, Dave TeboTravis Williams

Our education system is one of the most efficient systems ever created. It is based on a century old model that sorts, ranks, and categorizes students to prepare them for work. This model was extremely efficient and successful for past generations of students. However, today the model is simply not adequate for our students, educators, and employers.

Just imagine if we could launch an education initiative that transformed not only where and how learning was happening, but also yielded results that made educators excited about the future possibilities for school. Imagine a system where kids were engaged in learning that had relevance, context, and meaning to the student and the teacher. Imagine a system that was designed around what is best for student development and brain growth while at the same time connecting students to their community.

We are excited to share that a collaboration of leaders in our community have joined up with our location educators to do just that. Join Travis Williams, CEO of the ODC Network and David Tebo, Director of Innovation from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District as they share about a new initiative that is getting big results for our students, teachers, schools, and community. 


About The Speaker: Dave Tebo

Director of Innovation Services at The Ottawa Area ISD

David Tebo is the Director of Innovation Services for the Ottawa Area Intermediate school District in West Michigan. He spent 15 years as a District Superintendent seeking ways to meet the needs of each student so they could thrive. David has also served as an elementary teacher, building principal, and the President of MASA. He currently serves as a Board Member for Lakeshore Advantage and the Great Ottawa County United Way. David is a father, husband, avid reader, and lifelong learner. When he isn’t working, you can find him with his family, on the golf course, trying to relive past glory playing pick-up basketball or with his nose in a book.

About The Speaker: Travis Williams

CEO of The ODC Network

Travis Williams is the CEO of the ODC Network. He has worked in the field of environmental education and resource management since 1997 including serving as Animal Care Manager for Hope College, Naturalist at DeGraaf Nature Center, Aquatic Toxicology Technician for Environmental Resource Management, and a High School Biology Teacher. He has led the ODC Network since its founding in 2000 and has been instrumental in developing the nonprofit education and conservation organization into the regional entity it is today.  

Travis is involved with numerous community organizations including serving as the Director of the Lakeshore Leadership Council, serving as an advisor to multiple nonprofit organizations, serving on the Ottawa County Ground Water Board, and serving on the Holland Community Energy Plan Strategic Development Team. Travis has also held several roles with national organizations including the Children and Nature Network, National Association for Interpretation, and the Association of Nature Center Administrators. 

Wondering what to expect at the event? 

Wake Up West Coast brings together Chamber members every month for networking, to hear and learn about business best practices from fascinating leaders from around the country and within our own community. Each month features coffee and networking time followed by a delicious breakfast buffet and a featured guest speaker. We hope to see you there!


In Person: Member $35 / Non Member $50

Livestream Access: Member $10 / Non Member $20

Haworth Hotel
225 College Ave
Holland, MI 49423 United States

Parking: You may park in any open Faculty/Staff/Student Lot. Campus Safety will not ticket on the mornings of Wake Up West Coast. View Parking Map Here.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) (EDT)

7:30 am Coffee and Morning Mingle Networking 

8:00 am Breakfast and Program

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