Regional User Group Leaders

Sean Beavers

Sean is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and the Technical Consultant for SOITA; one of the eight ed-tech agencies in Ohio. SOITA provides professional development opportunities to help educators integrate technology into the classroom.

Rich Kiker


Instructional Technology & Design Specialist, Google Certified Apps for EDU Trainer, Fierce 1:1 Advocate, IT Professor, and Professional Development Designer.

John Sowash

John Sowash is a teacher and the director of online learning at Southfield Christian School located outside of Detroit, Michigan. John currently teaches biology, anatomy & physiology, AP biology, and yearbook in addition to his administrative responsibilities.

As a Google Certified Teacher and trainer, John has helped schools creating dynamic digital learning environments using desktop computers and mobile devices.
Renee deValpine
Toledo, OH

Renee is an Education Resource Specialist  and Google Certified Trainer with WGTE Public Media’s Educational Resource Center (ERC).  For the past six years she has developed and presented workshops on media and technology integration to teachers in Northwest Ohio as well as at state and regional conferences. Renee  committed to presenting new technology in a hands-on environment that ties technology to the curriculum in a supportive  atmosphere of learning and collaboration.

Chris Atkinson
Carmel, Indiana

Chris is an assistant principal at College Wood Elementary, in one of the top performing districts in Indiana - Carmel Clay Schools.  Chris has also spent time as a teacher and technology coordinator.  Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, and  Chris passionate about technology in teaching and learning, and he spreads this passion through blogging and social media.

Chris has presented sessions at ISTE and Indiana ICE conferences, as well as helps other schools Google Apps For Education.