AnnArbor.com to hold panel discussion on bullying
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Robin Batten works for Washtenaw Area Council for Children as a internet safety facilitator. She graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor's of arts in psychology. Her work experience includes working for Wayne State University Library Systems, Vista Maria, a residential treatment facility for teen girls, and Methodist Children's Home Society as foster care licensing specialist. She is an expert on cyber safety.
Annie Zirkel, MA LPC is a relationship and parenting consultant based in Ann Arbor. Privately and with her Don't Take The Bait Workshops, Zirkel has passionately coached hundreds of parents, children and professionals in the skills needed to successfully replace bullying with more effective interactions. Zirkel's methods include support, education, training and accountability so that all parties ultimately benefit. For additional resources and articles on bullying prevention visit the resources page at www.practicehow.com.
Michael Benczarski, principal at Whitmore Lake Middle School, was emancipated and became his own legal guardian at the age of 16. A high school dropout, he became a graduate of high distinction from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's in education in 1999, and graduated from Marygrove College in 2002 with a masters in education. Benczarski has 12-plus years experience in education including work as a paraprofessional, fifth-grade teacher, eighth-grade teacher, elementary principal, middle school assistant principal and middle school principal. He is trained in Love and Logic and has experience utilizing the concept of Restorative Conferences. He is married to Jacqueline and has two beautiful children (Skyler, age 8 and Noah, age 5) and a 4-year-old black lab named Loki.
Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., is associate professor of pediatrics and associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System and associate professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. Dr. Davis earned his M.D. cum laude from Harvard Medical School and trained in pediatrics and internal medicine at the Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He trained in public policy and health services research as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Irving Harris Child Policy Fellow at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Davis is also the founder and Director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health (www.med.umich.edu/mott/npch). He also serves as Director of the Fellowship in Pediatric Health Services Research in the CHEAR Unit and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. He has been recognized with research and teaching awards at U-M and is also the recipient of the national Nemours Child Health Services Research Award in 2007.
Jen Eyer is on the Community team at AnnArbor.com. She oversees the Parenting and Pets sections, and writes feature stories, blog posts and opinion pieces. She is also involved in community outreach. A 1997 graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism, she spent several years as a newspaper reporter covering local government beats, and six years as a news producer at MLive.com. She has written the Neurotic Mom blog on MLive.com since 2004. Eyer lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, two children and golden retriever, and is active in the PTO and Girl Scouts.