Equip. Encourage. Empower.

The Playful Classroom

A book by: Jed Dearybury & Julie Jones, PhD. Our classrooms must be meaningful, relevant, and fun!


Hi, I’m Mr. Dearybury!

Jed Dearybury began his education career in 2001. During his 13 year early childhood classroom tenure, Jed received numerous awards. He was featured in GQ Magazine as Male Leader of the Year, met President Obama as the SC winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was named as a top 5 finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year because of his passion, love, and success in education. Since 2015, he has become an educational leader by providing quality, hands-on, engaging learning experiences for students and teachers across the country. In 2020, he published his first book, The Playful Classroom. Book 2, The Courageous Classroom will be released in July of 2021!

His goal: Equip, Encourage, Empower!

  • 2015: Spartanburg 6 Back to School Rally, Spartanburg, SC
  • 2015: Education Underground, Seattle, WA
  • 2016: The Power of the Cape, Irmo, SC 2016: Launching Inquiry, Fishers, IN
  • 2016: MSTA Southwest Region TEPS Conference, Kaiser, MO
  • 2017: Teacher Kindness Day, Mt Vernon, MO
  • 2017: Fall Renewal Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 2017: Making A Splash with Digital Learning Conference, Batesville, IN
  • 2017: Ditch That Conference, Marshall, IN
  • 2017: Summer Academy Conference, Greenville, SC
  • 2018: Teach Your Heart Out, Miami, FL
  • 2018: SCSELA Conference, Columbia, SC
  • 2018: Innovation Institute, Lexington, SC
  • 2019: Teach Your Heart Out, Atlanta, GA
  • 2019: Education Roadshow, Boston, MA

Mr. Dearybury In Action!


Latest Thoughts
From Jed’s Head

Professional Development

Please browse the presentations below and let me know which ones I can bring to your school or educational event!


Research shows that all students, young/old, black/white, rich/poor, benefit from from the arts and creativity in classroom. It is time for all teaching to reflect that. Let’s throw away the textbooks for hands-on, engaging, creative, arts infused lessons. Any subject, any grade, this professional development session includes brainstorming ideas, growing staff creativity, observing model lessons. During this session, you will learn some unique ways to bring creativity and the arts into every lesson you teach. Join me, as we destroy the confines of  “the box: from the inside out.


Reminds teachers why we do what we do. It is not about a grade. It’s about Foundation, Faith, Feelings, Fun, and Future.g staff creativity, observing model lessons. During this session, you will learn some unique ways to bring creativity and the arts into every lesson you teach. Join me, as we destroy the confines of  “the box: from the inside out.


The way we approach any task determines the outcome. If we begin defeated, discouraged, and down, the results will reflect that. If we begin our work with a positive, “can do” mindset, we will be successful. Teachers need to know the powerful affect our mindsets have on our students, parents, co-workers and selves. During this workshop, we will participate in numerous growth mindset learning experiences that will challenge us all and vault us forward in the way we think about our lessons, our plans, and our work as educators.


The world is shrinking every day thanks to the amazing technology we have through Skype and other free global connection tools. The learning experiences that are available to your students through these tools are endless. If you are interested in starting with the basics of Mystery Skype, advancing forward with classroom partnerships, or digging deeper with global collaboration projects, these session is for you. A bad Skype call is better than a good worksheet any day! Join me in this session to bring the world to your classroom.


Is your class in need of a community makeover. Are your students connected with each other as a team? Does your space encourage collaboration? Are you creating learners who are risk takers? Do you students build each other up? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join me for this classroom community session where will dive head first into the deep end of social emotional learning. We try out some tips and tricks, review some resources, and practice our own bit of community building.


Tackling the bad teacher, while motivating the great ones. This keynote is funny and challenging. I may have a squirrel costume.


#queer_educhat is back back again!

Join us next Wed, May 12, 6:30 PM EST to discuss "Queering Teaching and Learning in English language classrooms" Hope to see y'all there! @kruu_justin @LennonAudrain @TheAssemblyJrnl @CodyMillerELA @CHKingAccount @poetpedagogue @RforRehab

A5: After compiling lists of books to create diverse libraries for their future classrooms, students from one of my courses created sidewalk art about becoming anti-racist educators. #CrayolaEduChat


A4: These are two middle grade books that I’ve read in the last month. They are gonna be great discussion starters in my children’s lit course in the fall. #CrayolaEduChat

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Workshops Across the Country

Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Miami, Iowa, Colorado, California, Indiana, Missouri, D.C. and Massachusetts.


  • “Jed is inspirational in the way that teachers nationwide have been waiting for. His heart has never left the classroom, and his messages are life-changing. I am better in this profession for having learned from him!”

    Any McAllister South Carolina Teacher of the Year, 2013
  • “Awe inspiring for educators...funtastic academic professional development”

    Aaron Griffin Principal, Frenchtown School District, Montana
  • "Jed has consistently inspired the induction teachers, as well as high school Teacher Cadet students,  in Lexington-Richland Five with creative and engaging PD. The  session evaluations give him the highest praise, and he will always be my first choice for PD presentation. Jed presents with wit and charm, and his pace fills the time completely without overwhelming anyone. He is, in a nutshell, the best!"

    Carol Jackson LexRich5 Professional Development Facilitator
  • LOVED having you lead professional learning. We left refreshed, excited, and ready to try new ways to engage others.

    Holly Sullivan PAEMST Winner 2011, Lexington SC
  • "Jed’s presentations are both inspirational and practical. Whether his audience is 30 or 300, his ability to connect with audiences is one-of-a-kind. Our teachers consistently ask for us to bring him back for more! In addition, through his Destroy the Box Challenge, Jed has created virtual connections with classrooms that have far outlasted his short time with our teachers. Jed has my highest recommendation."

    Dr. Susan Drumm Chief Analytics Officer, Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fishers, Indiana
  • "Teachers are overwhelmed with many tasks not relative to the needs of the students they serve. Teachers enter the profession from a desire to teach and change lives on a daily basis. Given current conditions, they need inspired and reminded of the love and passion that drew them to education. I have encountered only two speakers who managed to touch my heart and instantly renew that joy and excitement about teaching. One of those was Jed Dearybury. I highly recommend you take time to renew your inner educator with one of the best in the business."

    Paulette Megee Retired Educator

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The Playful Classroom

A book by: Jed Dearybury & Julie Jones, PhD. Our classrooms must be meaningful, relevant, and fun!