Conference Presenters

Barb O'Neil

Barb O’Neill is the creator of the Transform Challenging Behavior Online Conference, a free annual online event attended by thousands of early childhood professionals from around the world. She has been in this field for 25 years and has worked as a preschool teacher, special education teacher, center director, and early childhood professor. Barb now devotes herself full time to speaking, training, and teaching online courses for early childhood professionals.








Michael Bahr

Michael Bahr is the Education Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has been in this position for the last 20 years. He holds a BA degree in Theatre, Acting/Directing emphasis from Southern Utah University, certified in secondary subjects of theatre and history and a Masters degree in Education. He has taught in public schools in California and Utah. During this time he developed numerous educational theatre programs for grade schools, junior highs, and high schools. He has received many awards for his work with children, including a two year nomination for the Huntsman Award, outstanding teacher of the year (Kern County, CA and Box Elder School District, UT) and others, including Outstanding Contribution to the Arts (Iron County, UT,) and Utah Theatre Association Outstanding Contribution to Theatre. Michael has served on many education and art boards, Shakespeare Theatre Association, SUU Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for Innovative Education, the Utah State Office of Education Theatre Advisory Board, and has been a founding board member on two theatre companies, the Old Barn Community Theatre and the Cedar City Theatre Company. He has directed 100+ school, community, university and professional productions. Michael is an adjunct faculty member of Southern Utah University, teaching courses in Theatre Methods for Elementary and Secondary Teachers. He oversees numerous theatre education programs including the Wooden O Symposium, Shakespeare in the Schools Tour and the Shakespeare Competition. Michael testified in 2009 before the Committee on Education and Labor of the United States House of Representatives.