who is twse?

Willie Spears-- Owner/Speaker

   Willie Spears is a professional speaker, teacher, author, head football coach, and motivator. A licensed minister, he has motivated churches, youth groups, prison inmates, schools, teachers, teams, companies, and individuals through his business, The Willie Spears Experience.


    Speaking to thousands each year, his goal is to add value to the life of the listener. In the past few years, Willie has spoken to thousands of people across the country at events in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, New Mexico, Arkansas, New York, and Alberta, Canada.

    

  After spending several years working with young people as a teacher, coach, and motivator, Willie saw a need for a book that would help teens make better life choices. In 2008, he published his first book Keisha’s Dilemma. He continued Keisha’s story with the sequels The Ultimate Dilemma, and Derek’s Dilemma. He later saw a need for a motivational book for all ages, Transforming Your Life from Good to GREAT! Daily Nuggets of Wisdom was published in 2013. He just completed and published his fifth book, Culture Creators available at the "Shop" tab on the website. 


     Willie has spent time as an entertainer working for Disney Cruise Line as a disc jockey, comedian and cruise staff host. He is the former co-host of Blab TV’s daily morning show The Daily Brew.  Willie was also on ESPN's First Take where he debated Stephen A. Smith.


     Originally from Panama City, Florida, Willie Spears graduated from Rutherford High School in 1996. He then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was a starting receiver for the NWOSU Rangers, winners of the 1999 NAIA National Championship, prior to earning his BA in communications. He also holds a Master’s in Education from Troy University.  


    Willie currently resides in Union Springs , AL.  He is married to Tanika and they have two children Tayelor and Kenneth. 

Donte Sheppard-- Speaker

Donte Sheppard is a 2011 graduate of the University of West Florida. He is a former teacher and college football coach (Eastern Kentucky University) and spent time on staff at his church. He is currently an enrollment recruiter at Pensacola State College, serving students and his community. 


Donte is a sought after motivational speaker. Speaking is a natural gift. He has the ability to captivate any audience, and his passion and enthusiasm are evident within each keynote. He is a phenomenal storyteller who delivers messages that provide hope and inspiration. He will release his first book, "Dream Chasers" in June 2018.  Donte believes that he is living out his purpose and God placed him here to add value to others. Donte has been happily married to Krystal for five years.

Jimitre McMillan-- Videographer

 Jimitre currently resides in Pensacola, FL and has worked as a videographer  for more than ten years.  He has completed several video productions including church events, plays, live concerts and many other events.  Jimitre earned his bachelor's degree in math education from Grand Canyon University.  For TWSE, he facilitates all video productions that will be shared with the world. 

Tanika Spears-- Owner/Public Relations

             Tanika Spears is a certified counselor and teacher, a motivator, and an occasional speaker. She has spoken to church, youth groups, prison inmates, schools, teachers, and individuals through The Willie Spears Experience and in her job as a teacher and counselor for the past 15 years.


    Tanika is originally from Panama City, Florida, where she graduated a year before Willie from Rutherford High School in 1995. She then attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) where she earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree with a minor in Juvenile Justice prior to earning her Master's in Education.  Tanika served as a mentor in several Florida schools while in college and she continues this adventure to date.  


For TWSE, she manages the flow of information between the company and the public, as well as books the companies engagments.

    Tanika currently resides in Montgomery, AL with her husband Willie and their two children Tayelor and Kenneth. 

Angelia Case-- Public Relations Assistant

Angelia Case resides in Alva, Oklahoma, where she is the academic projects assistant/media specialist  for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. For TWSE, Angelia  handles promotional, computer and artistic needs. Angelia majored in Art and has a Master's Degree in Speech Communication.

Valarie Case-- Public Relations Assistant

Valarie Case has taken hundreds of photos of Willie dating back to 1996. She is a PR Specialist for Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, where she majored in mass communications and earned a Master's degree in speech communications. 


For TWSE, Valarie writes articles and provides photography for promotional products plus some speaking and signing engagements.

TWSE Awards & Honors

2017

                                                                       "Celebrating 50 Years of Integration"

First African American Athletic Director/First African American Head Football Coach in the History of the County  (Washington County)

2015

Rookie Teacher of the Year  (Vernon High School)

2014

Featured in African American Cultural Center  (Panama City, FL)

2013

District 1 Class 6A Coach of the Year, Florida Athletic Coaches Association (Escambia High) 

  

Teacher of the Year finalist in local school (Escambia High)


Florida Athletic Coaches Association Regional Coach of The Year

2012

Teacher of the Year finalist in local school (Escambia High)

2009

Big Bend Coach Of The Year (Tallahassee Democrat)


Florida Athletic Coaches Association Regional Coach of The Year


4quartersonline.com Coach of The Year 

2008

Outstanding Graduate in the Area of Education (Northwestern Oklahoma State University) 

2003

Teacher of the Year finalist in local school (Rutherford High)  

Twice named in Who’s Who’s 

Among American Teachers


Motivational Speaker

throughout the United States

 

Licensed Minister

 

Guest on CNN Today 


NAIA National Football Champion

 

Indoor Professional Football Player 


Successful High School Coach: Football, 


Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Weightlifting 


Featured on ESPN’s Sports Center 

National Award Winner High School Music Video 


Cruise Ship Comedian

 

Morning Radio Personality 

Panama City, FL and Rochester, NY 


Twice Named Best College Disc Jockey in the state of Oklahoma 


Featured on HBO Family