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Workshop Presenters Bio's

 It Doesn’t Have to be Lonely at the Top! – A Principals Roundtable Series

Dr. Monte Selby 


Chris Toy


Dr. Monte Selby has his roots in education as an award-winning teacher, principal, and professor.  In recent years his innovative work has been recognized through the New England League of Middle Schools, The Governor’s office of Arkansas, the Stamford American International School in Singapore, The Teachers College of Emporia State University, and the Kansas Association of Middle Level Education.  In addition to co-authoring eight books for students and educators, he’s written music with over 40,000 students from all 50 states.  Selby has composed hundreds of published songs, including “Check Your Attitude” from the 2012 Grammy Award winning Best Children’s Album, “All About Bullies.”


Co-facilitator and presenter Chris Toy has served as principal of a NELMS Spotlight School in Maine. He is a recipient of the NELMS James Garvin Distinguished Service Award and the MAMLE Edward Brazee Service Award. Chris has worked internationally as a certified Apple Professional Development consultant helping schools integrate digital resources. He also teaches graduate courses and workshops on School Law and Ethics, Human Resources, and Effective Teamwork. When not working with educators Chris teaches cooking and leads outdoor adventures as a Registered Maine Guide.

Chris Pollet


Chris Pollet is in his 28th year in education and 21st year as a school administrator. He has a CAGS from the University of New Hampshire in Educational Administration and is currently working as the principal at Tyngsborough Middle School in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts.

Brett Pierce, Meridian Stories


Brett is the founder and Executive Director of Meridian Stories, a Digital Writing nonprofit for middle and high schoolers that challenges students to create digital narratives around core curricular goals. Brett has spent much of his professional life at Sesame Workshop in New York City, serving as a Co-Executive Producer on media projects about literacy, math, science and conflict-resolution for youth around the world, including projects in China, Macedonia, Indonesia, Poland, Iraq and Ecuador. He is currently working with the Abu Dhabi-based Executive Team on the latest production of Sesame Street in the United Arab Emirates, and has recently completed work on two radio dramas targeting youth about gender equity issues in South Sudan and Somalia. Brett has a BA from Kenyon College and Masters Degrees from Middlebury College (English) and Columbia University (Education), and teaches an annual intensive at Colby College called ‘Developing Media for Social Change.’ He lives in Freeport, Maine.