Onsite Workshops and Keynote Presentations

Premiere training at your school!

Ride the tidal-wave of positive energy that is improving the way administrators and teachers lead, students work, and how schools function. What would you give to have engaged, positive, teachers working collectively to achieve the vision that you’ve set forth for the school?

Bring Jon Gordon’s best selling books, principles and premiere training to your school. Our facilitators deliver innovative workshops that develop positive, engaged leaders and teachers. Through a highly active delivery style, our trainers will enhance teacher engagement and learning Generating an immediate and positive impact as well as creating long-term sustainable change is the goal for each workshop.

 We also offer workshops to student organizations that apply many of the same principles mentioned above only tailored to the group’s specific needs and audience. Students find out first hand what it takes to become part of the next generation of leaders.

What would you say to someone considering to attend one of the Leadership Tour Workshops?

  • “Get ready to get out of any box and say YES to positive school leadership!!”
  • “Come with an open heart and prepared to be amazed! This workshop not only provided valuable information but motivated me to shift my mindset and take action! Thank you!”
  • “This training helps participants to reflect on current culture and practices to start the process of developing the desired culture.”
  • “Extremely informative with tons of ideas on building and creating a positive environment.”
  • “They Must check it out! I want to get information to bring this to my campus.”
  • “Very applicable and motivating.”
  • “I would say it’s definitely something every leader should participate in. It gave me hope and allowed me to remember my purpose.”
  • “It was a motivating and gratifying experience.”

Niki Spears

Co-Founder & Chief Energy Officer, The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey

Get ready to experience the power of positive energy! As a former school principal, educator, and change leader, Niki shares her passion and enthusiasm for creating positive school culture based on shared leadership – including students as young as 5 years of age. Niki is leading the charge to develop positive schools by sharing the importance of embracing a leadership mindset. Niki believes that leadership extends beyond a title or a position but is a belief that every member of the school is a leader (teachers, staff, students, families) as they can make change from where they are, no matter the position.

Niki has partnered with best-selling author, Jon Gordon and is touring around the country sharing how the success principles from Mr. Gordon’s book, The Energy Bus can reinforce positive leadership as we transform classrooms, schools and communities. Niki resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and three beautiful girls.


  • Leadership
  • Positive Culture
  • Build A Winning Team
  • Schools/Students

The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership JourneyChief Relationship Officers/Facilitators present relevant and motivational presentations and workshops that fascinate learners while engaging them in reflective, practical exercises that will enhance both their personal and professional lives. Each Relationship Officer/Facilitator believes in building strong, supportive relationships to ensure each district, school, and team member has a positive learning experience. Each Relationship Officer/Facilitator brings forth their own unique gifts, strengths, and stories to inspire and engage audiences around the world.

To request one of our Chief Relationship Officers/Facilitators for your next event, please visit our connect page.

Donna Fontenot

Deputy Chief Energy Officer

Donna has been in education for 32 years and has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. She believes that establishing relationships and creating a positive culture creates success for students, staff, and families. Donna has worked as an educator and counselor, she recognizes the impact adults in our schools have on students’ academic and emotional success and in developing students’ leadership skills.

Donna is currently serving as a Director in Human Resources with Fort Bend ISD in Texas where she is responsible for overseeing teacher recruitment and creating a positive hiring experiences. Donna served as a school counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for 12 years. Her mission in every role she assumes is to be a positive role model for students and adults.

Donna currently resides in Richmond, TX with her husband. She loves spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Donna Brown

Chief Relationship Officer/EB Facilitator

Donna is a professional coach covering the Sugar Land and Houston areas. She mentors beginning educators on the implementation of exceptional instruction, creative lessons, and developing a positive attitude in problem-solving. She is a dynamic professional who is dedicated to academic excellence, quality instruction, and a commitment to each relationship she encounters. Open communication and trust are the key components she promotes in her positive relationships!

Donna retired as an elementary principal with twenty-five years of experience in education and ten years of volunteering in her diverse community. She discovered her passion for painting seven years ago and each of her paintings is a message of energy and movement! She channels her vitality into dancing, traveling, music and the love of her family! Her enthusiasm and optimistic spirit are an inspiration to others. She is ready for YOU to jump on board The Energy Bus for Schools Leadership. Just say YES for the ride of a lifetime!

She currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas with her beautiful 88-year-old mother and talented daughter.

Eddie Damian

Chief Relationship Officer/EB Facilitator

Eddie Damian is a Senior Consultant with Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, TX. He is instrumental in creating effective components of leadership development frameworks and leadership programs for district leaders. He is the founder of My Campus Goal Board LLC, a goal tracking and management website that assists teachers in more easily reaching their educational goals.

Eddie has served as a teacher, athletic coach, assistant principal, and principal and in executive level board positions for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Eddie is known for building collaborative solutions and getting results while keeping children in the forefront.

Dr. Alice T. Ledford

Chief Relationship Officer

Dr. Alice T. Ledford has more than 25 years of experience in education in both the United States and abroad. Her K-12 experience includes teaching, counseling, special education, human resources, and Strategic Planning/Innovation and Continuous Improvement. In addition, she has extensive experience in higher education as both faculty and administrator. Dr. Ledford holds an EdD in K-12 School Leadership, MBA, MEd in Counselor Education and holds professional certifications in PK-12 Principal, Special Education, and School Counseling.

She is married with two sons and three rambunctious dogs. As a continuous learner, she is passionate about growing and developing adults and improving school culture for the benefit of all children!

Stephanie Martinez

Chief Relationship Officer/EB Facilitator

Stephani brings 11 years of classroom energy into the mix. From building both a classroom and departmental culture built on positive energy and growth, she works to ensure all leaders are comfortable with moving in the right direction. Stephani supports the Energy Bus for Schools by creating meaningful relationships to foster the movement of positive change.

Jim Van Allan

Chief Relationship Officer/EB Facilitator
Jim Van Allan is an accomplished speaker and trainer with clients across the country. He uses audience-engagement and high-energy presentations to make your conference or gathering come alive.

Jim is a Certified Speaker with The Jon Gordon Companies and has been presenting curriculum and material on behalf of Jon Gordon for over 10 years.

He is a Professor of Communication Studies with Keiser University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Florida Atlantic University.

Jim is currently working on his Ph.D. in Education Leadership where he is analyzing the impact of The Energy Bus training on sustaining a positive school culture.

Cindy Ward

Chief Relationship Officer/EB Facilitator

Chief Relationship Officer/Trainer for the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey, Cindy Ward is an award-winning Master Teacher and enthusiastic Campus Administrator with over 20 years of experience in education. Cindy thrives in diverse settings: low-income schools, bilingual settings, and at-risk populations while generating high levels of student growth. Cindy’s life work addresses climate change in every educational setting (K-12) through building relationships with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to ensure a sound ecosystem of learning.

Cindy, a first generation college graduate, earned her Bachelors of Science from Texas A&M University in Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters of Education from Lamar University. Joining the Energy Bus for Schools Leadership Journey is a dream come true for her. Cindy ignites passengers with her optimism! She establishes and maintains positive, productive environments and proudly prepares for the ride ahead. Currently, a resident of Schertz, TX, she and her husband have raised 5 children and live only 8 minutes from their first grandchild!