Keynote & Featured Speakers
Gary Brantley is the City of Atlanta’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Atlanta Information Management (AIM). Before joining AIM this fall, Gary was the CIO for the DeKalb County School District, the third largest school district in Georgia. While he was there, Gary spearheaded the district’s largest technology overhaul, Digital Dreamers, which included the distribution of over 70,000 desktop computers and laptops to teachers as well as students.
Gary began his career with IBM before becoming the Regional Operations Director for MCI WorldCom, and the Ohio State Department Director of Technology. He later became CIO for the Lorain City School District, which is one of the largest urban school districts in Ohio.
Gary was named as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education in 2015, ComputerWorld’s Premier Top 100 Technology Leaders for 2017 and awarded the Making IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education. Most recently Gary was a finalist for the 2018 Georgia CIO Leadership Association CIO of the Year Award.
Gary will be presenting on Tuesday & Wednesday, and is the Featured Speaker for the School Network & IT Specialty Luncheon, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
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Olenka Cullinan, STEM Director West for Discovery Education is a former Founder of Rising Tycoons, speaker, author, and a National Program Director for STEM Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. She brings 10+ years of experience in business and STEM education. She has worked with top education organizations in the nation, consulted companies, and partaken in development of a wave of young STEM entrepreneurs globally.
Olenka’s work with teenagers from 21 countries, combined with humor and personal experiences led to her recent appearances at TEDx (twice) and made her into one of the nation’s premier coaches. She has worked with startups, corporate leaders and some of the top youth organizations in the country: e.g. National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Student Councils, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, TEDx, Job Corps, & Rotary Youth. Having been mentored by top leadership speakers in the country, such as John Maxwell and Darren Hardy, Olenka has become one of the nation's premiere speakers and STEM entrepreneurs’ experts, as recently demonstrated by her speaking appearances at TEDx.
Olenka will be presenting on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and is the Featured Speaker for the STEM & CTE Specialty Luncheon, Monday, February 11, 2019.
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Richard Lan joined Microsoft in March 2008 and is currently working with the US Education Team as a Senior Education Strategist. In this role, Rich works with state and national education leaders to identify opportunities for Microsoft to support and advance their efforts to provide top quality instruction and education services for students. Microsoft is committed to empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. Rich works to ensure a dialogue is maintained with education leaders so that goal can be realized.
Prior to coming to Microsoft, Rich was an Education Market Specialist for Verizon Business, however, most of his career has been spent in the public sector. In 2006, Rich retired from the New York City Department of Education after almost twenty years of service there in a variety of roles including Deputy Chief Information Officer.
Rich graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982 and served as a surface warfare officer for five years before leaving the military and going to work for the NYC Schools.
Rich will be presenting on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and is the Featured Speaker for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialty Luncheon, Monday, February 11, 2019.
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Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. He holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a MS in Educational Psychology, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service.
Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade. He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin. Joe co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He was recently named 1 of 5 K-12 Administrators to watch in 2018 by Education Dive.
Joe will be presenting on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and is the Featured Speaker for the Leadership Specialty Luncheon, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
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Dean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades first through eighth for 14 years and spent nine as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition he teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion remains helping teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning. Dean believes humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.
Dean will be presenting on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
Followe on Twitter @shareski
Josh Stumpenhorst is a Learning Commons Director at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, IL which is part of Naperville Community School District 203. He served as a 6th grade English and Social Science teacher for 13 years prior to taking the Learning Commons Director position. Josh oversees the Library, Makerspace, Video Production Lab and school arcade. In addition to teaching, he is an athletic director, computer club adviser, basketball coach, and serves on numerous curriculum and technology committees at the school and district level. He holds a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a National Boards Certification in early adolescence social science.
Josh will be presenting on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, and is the Featured Speaker for the Library & Media Literacy Specialty Luncheon, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
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Meg Wilson is part of Apple’s education team, working with school leaders to leverage technology to transform learning. Prior to Apple, Meg served for 10 years as a teacher, technology integration specialist, and digital learning coordinator in Connecticut and New York City. She holds a MSEd in Special Education and an MBA. Some of the most powerful opportunities for technology are realized in the hands of students and teachers. Apple designs technology that empowers every individual, no matter how they learn and what they love to do. And Apple Education is dedicated to helping schools make the most of Apple products to expand what’s possible for learning, create new opportunities for teaching, and establish dynamic environments that inspire both.
Meg will be presenting on Tuesday and is the Featured Speaker for the Early Learning Specialty Luncheon, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
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Chris Anderson and Lori Riedel are co-media specialists at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. They have completely transformed the library media center physically and philosophically. The 360° LMC is the center for learner agency for students and staff. Chris and Lori have been selected as the Liberty Public Schools District Visionary Educators. They are leaders in the library and technology community and enjoy sharing their story.
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Roger has trained eMINTS teachers in Mexico, Hallsville, and Hollister, Missouri. He has also presented at the eMINTS National Conferences in Columbia, MORENET conferences at the Lake of the Ozarks. He also has presented at the Innovation Institute in Springdale Arkansas in 2016 and 2018. Roger provides professional development at Hollister School District PD days as well as presenting at the GOCSD (Greater Ozarks Cooperating School District) in Springfield and Branson, Missouri. His training also has extended to the business world in the areas of banking and finance as well as marketing in the Columbia, Missouri area.
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Dr. Abby Erwin attended the Ferguson Florissant School District and after college began teaching in the district. She was in the classroom for 10 years. After earning her Masters in Instructional Technology five years ago, she began working as an Instructional Technology Specialist. Abby lives her life by a growth mindset. She loves to learn and work towards personal mastery and bettering herself as a person and as an educator.
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Rhonda Jenkins has been a teacher for 20 years. She has taught third grade, fifth grade and served as a reading specialist at the high school level. She is currently a library media center director at Kendall Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois. Her current position is a combination of everything she loves about the profession: books, technology, students and teaching!
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Amy Johnson supports PK-12 instruction and learning with technology as the Digital Learning Specialist for the Parkway School District. Through her work, Amy supports district instructional technology and innovation initiatives and develops teachers and district leaders in all areas of digital learning including GAFE, blended, online and mobile learning. She has presented at ISTE, National Staff Development Council Conference, Best Practices Conference, METC, MOREnet and MO Google Summit.
Followe on Twitter @ajohnson106
Tina Lauer is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the City of St. Charles School District. She is passionate about integrating STEM, especially technology, into all subject areas by empowering teachers and students in the classroom. Tina has presented at numerous local conferences, including METC and MOREnet; as a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, she is on the planning committee for the MO Summit featuring Google for Education.
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Vicki Mikow is a veteran teacher of 15 years and currently serves as a Gifted Specialist and STEM teacher for the Fox C-6 School District. In addition to revamping the middle school gifted program over the last 10+ years, she also began developing the STEM curriculum she currently teaches. She has accomplished this through collaboration with educators and companies all over the world. Vicki uses her skills to empower students in the use of all kinds of technology.
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Lori Riedel is a co-library media specialist in the 360° LMC at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. She has 22 years’ experience in education, 13 years as a media specialist. Lori was selected as a LEADS Instructional Innovation Network Visionary Educator for Liberty Public Schools, a building teacher of the year and is a leader of professional learning for her district and surrounding area. She is a member of the Liberty Public Schools Vision 2020 Committee which provides direction in transforming education to prepare students for their future.
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Matt taught 7th grade science and language arts for 10 years, has served as an Assistant Principal, a technology coach, and currently holds the position of Director of Innovation & Technology for the 13 counties that make up Area 5 in Illinois. He’s passionate about creating, reading, writing, the outdoors and horticulture. Matt has presented at both local and national conferences on Google Apps, Science and Technology Practices and develops online courses for teachers.
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