Alex Oris is a Google for Education Certified Trainer & has been Technology Integration Specialist for Cuyahoga Falls City Schools in Ohio since 2015. He uses various online resources & technological strategies to engage his learners with authentic lessons, & continuously provides support & professional development to teachers. He has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology & his professional presentations include Teach Better 19, OETC, ITIP Google Summit, WVIZ ideastream, and NEOtech.
Amanda has been a high school English teacher at Genoa High School for the past 13 years. She is a certified Google Trainer and is passionate about technology integration in the classroom.
I have the pleasure of working as the Technology innovation specialist for the Amherst School District for the past five years. I began my career in education with the visual arts and made the transition into technology. I am also the contributor for the Tech Talk section in the Teachers of Vision Magazine. I love the ability to share educational technologies to assist students, teachers and the community.
Amy is a former music teacher who is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for grades K-4 in Winnetka, IL. She has 12 years of experience teaching Pre-K through 5th grade and has used technology to provide students with various learning opportunities that challenge students to think critically, problem solve, and be creative. She works closely with staff members to help them build their technology skills and become more confident at integrating technology seamlessly into their classrooms to help support student achievement. Amy is an Apple Learning Coach, a Seesaw Ambassador, a Book Creator Ambassador, and a Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer and Game Designer.
Andrew Trickett is Co-founder of Merge Labs, Inc. We use spatial computing technology that allows students to touch and interact with digital 3D content, enabling engaging and enjoyable new ways to learn.
I am currently a Preschool-4th Grade Technology Facilitator in the Millburn Township Public Schools. I am certified to teach Elementary, Middle School Math, Science, and K-12 Technology/Engineering. I recently received my Master's Degree in Educational Technology, am Google Level 1&2 Certified, and am a Seesaw Ambassador.
I am a 4th grade teacher in Findlay City Schools. This will be my 20th year teaching. My personal mission is to treat everyone I encounter with kindness, empathy, and compassion. My passions include creating a calm classroom, mindfulness, and building relationships.
Chelsea is the Director of Learning Technologies at Port Clinton City Schools. She is a former classroom teacher with extensive experience in technology integration. Chelsea is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google for Education Certified Coach, and Apple Teacher. Chelsea has presented at several conferences including the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, ITIP Ohio Summit, National Vision Conference for Career Tech Education and more!
Chris Gott is the Learning Technology Specialist and Livestream Producer at Bluffton University in Bluffton, OH. After spending his whole career in K12 education focusing on technology integration and as a teacher in public, charter and private school, Chris moved to higher education just in time for the pandemic to send students home. He has spent the past 2 years helping university professors connect with their students while separated, and integrate technology into their courses with a special focus on video integration into Moodle. Chris is also a passionate believer students are the reasons schools exist, and the learning should be tailored to them.
I have been working with teachers throughout Ohio and the United States for the past nine years. I am a self-proclaimed tech geek and I love sharing my passion for next-generation learning through technology. I work as an educational technologist with Northern Buckeye, an ITC located in Archbold. I have been married to my wife, Nikki (a 5th grade math teacher), 22 years this month. We have three wonderful children – Anthony (college freshman), Dominic (high school freshman) and Gabriella (4th grade).
Chris Woods is a math teacher, author, speaker, podcaster, and STEM nerd. He created dailySTEM to help educators build a culture of STEM learning (not just a STEM class) in their schools & communities.
Christine is an experienced educator with over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, media specialist, and is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Genoa Area Local Schools in Genoa, Ohio. She has a passion for helping and training educators how to integrate technology tools and resources into the curriculum that are highly engaging and allow for student choice and creation. When she is not researching, learning, sharing, or talking about the latest trends in technology integration, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jerry, son, Jonah, and her dogs, Buddy, Dino, and Rex.
David Lerch has been teaching for 15 years. He's currently serving Marissa District #40 as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. He's a Google Certified Trainer & Coach, leader of both the Global GEG and GEG Southern Illinois. He's also the cohost of the Ed Tech Distilled Podcast. In 2019 he was awarded the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dan Gallagher is a NJ educator originally from Philadelphia. He currently is an Elementary Technology Facilitator. In previous districts, both in PA & NJ, he held various positions including fourth grade classroom teacher, elementary technology teacher, technology coach and teacher resource specialist for technology working in elementary, middle, and high school. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Lebanon Valley College and a Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology from Arcadia University. Dan is an Eagle Scout, a Google Certified Trainer with a variety of certifications and ambassadorships from various edtech platforms.
I'm Dan Niessen, the Technology Integration Specialist at NEOnet. I started out as a High School Social Studies Teacher at a couple different schools around Cleveland, and I'm pursuing my Masters in Educational Technology at Cleveland State. In my spare time I like to read, play guitar, play video games, and spend time with friends and family.
Dr. Kerby has been teaching business and computer classes in grades K to 12 for 20 years. She is Google Certified and loves to learn new technologies and share it with others. She is looking forward to sharing some of her time saving tips with you!
I am a passionate social studies teacher at Perrysburg High School. I have been in education for 14 years. I love providing a student centered experience in my classroom that focuses on engaging students and teaching them in an active learning environment. I love integrating technology and hands on strategies to help my students get the most out of their learning.
Dr. Inna Armstrong is an AR Enthusiast, professional speaker and Co-Founder of CleverBooks. Inna's current focus is on influencing the change in the education system through a strategic application of most innovative EdTech, thus helping educators to embrace 21st-century teaching.
Jessica is beginning her 12th year at Otsego Local Schools, and her 2nd year as Technology Integration Specialist. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Middle Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University, then earned a Master's Degree in Educational Technology and obtained her Teacher Leadership Certificate. Jessica and her husband, Ryan, have two children, Kylin (5) and Cole (3). When not spending time with her family, she is reading a book, watching football, or working outside in her flowers.
Kristin and Joe Merrill share a passion for infusing EdTech into their Fourth and First Grade classrooms. Together, they have a combined 20+ years of teaching experience, where they collaborate to create engaging lessons that turn into memories for their students. Even though they teach different grades, they share one common goal: learning needs to be interactive. This mindset drove them to write the books: The InterACTIVE Class and Flipgrid in the InterACTIVE Class (Elevate Books EDU), and put a new spin on traditional strategies to help implement technology that meets the needs of all students.
John Mansel-Pleydell is Professional Learning Group Supervisor with the Northern Buckeye Education Council located in Archbold Ohio. He has a career of 20+ years in education and holds a M.Ed (Classroom Technology) from Bowling Green State University. John is a Google for Education certified trainer, Seesaw and Kami ambassador and has presented at many local and regional conferences including the CREATE! , OETC, MACUL and Learn 21 conferences, the ITIP and G-Tech and MiGoogle Summits.
John Sowash is an experienced classroom teacher, former school administrator, author of The Chromebook Classroom, and founder of the Google Certification Academy. John inspires educators to use technology connect with and challenge students. You can connect with John via his blog (Chrmbook.com/blog) or Twitter (@jrsowash).
Keven Rinaman is the Director of Technology at Calvert Catholic Schools in Tiffin, OH. A graduate of Heidelberg University (’07) and Western Governors University (’17), Keven aims to utilize his knowledge and skills to bring classroom technology tools to teachers all over the world.K
Keven is a Level 1 Google Certified Teacher, MakerBot Certified Curriculum Creator, and an Apple Teacher. Keven’s vision is to use technology to engage, enhance, and extend lessons when it comes to educational technology. Keven also the MAGIC Potion EDU Podcast as well as the Teacher’s Tech Toolbox blog, and is the author of the upcoming book; 3DU.
Kristie is an Educational Technologist and Google Certified Trainer at Northern Buckeye. She works with many districts in the state of Ohio providing professional development for teachers, this being in person and virtual online training classes. She provides assistance with technology integration in the classroom and coaches teachers with new innovative ideas and practices. Kristie also co-teaches two online cohorts for teachers to get Google Certified - Level 1 and Level 2. In addition to working with teachers, Kristie also works with students providing technology instruction and integration. She co-teaches with teachers to provide training in Google and STEAM. This includes Google Apps, STEAM lessons, and robotics. Kristie has 17 years experience as a trainer with Northern Buckeye, and prior to that she was an elementary teacher for 2 years.
Katie is an enthusiastic educator to English Learners, and she is currently a Department Head and teacher with the Halton District School Board. She is also the co-host of The EduGals podcast; a podcast dedicated to helping support educators as they navigate technology in the classroom.
Marisa Labadini is the digital marketing specialist at Unruly Studios. She recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelors’ degree in marketing and entrepreneurial studies. For the past two years, she has been a peer advisor, where she has guided first-year students through a mentorship program designed to cement the foundation of their college experience. This has sparked her interest in providing students with resources that can lead them to success.
Laurie Floyd is a technology teacher coach and Google certified trainer for Freehold Regional HS District (at Howell High School) in Monmouth County, NJ. Tom Jennings is also a technology teacher coach and Google certified trainer for Freehold Regional HS District (at Freehold Township High School) in Monmouth County, NJ. We work as part of a team of six to support the technology and curriculum for a high school only district of almost 10,000 students.
Leah is an 8th grade science teacher in Huron, Ohio. She currently works at McCormick Junior High and LOVES it! Integrating iPads, 3D printing, VR/AR technology, robotics, laser cutting, drones, and more make every day a joyful challenge for both Leah and her students. From creating class books to monitoring the local water quality, the citizen scientists learn through doing! With over 20 years in education, Leah looks forward to an exciting future with her students and colleagues around the world.
I am a Digital Learning Specialist in the Fort Worth ISD in Fort Worth, Texas. I am passionate about helping teachers leverage digital tools in the classroom to increase student engagement and learning. I am a Google Certified Educator, an MIE Expert, and a Wakelet Ambassador. I love to share and collaborate with other educators around the globe.
Marc has 23 years of experience in the educational technology and publishing industries. He has worked extensively with Google Apps, testing and accountability, digital curriculum, RTI, and assistive technology. His presentation experience includes OETC, Closing the Gap 2020, MACUL, Michigan Reading Association, Ohio AT Vendor Fair and SPARCC. Marc resides in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife, daughters & great dane!
Marcia Kish is a Blended Learning Specialist. With over fourteen years of experience, she has developed a Three Phase implementation process that provides a step-by-step guide on helping school districts implement student empowerment through voice, choice, and ownership.
Driven by the goal of empowering educators to make learning fun and relevant, Mayan McDermott followed her 10 years of experience in PreK-20 education to her current role as a Customer Success Manager at Breakout EDU. Mayan’s understanding of the needs of stakeholders across the education landscape provide her insight into the techniques required for successful procurement and implementation of instructional tools and services. Most importantly, as the #1 cheerleader of her husband, a middle school teacher, she stays close to what is happening in the classroom.
Growing up, MERRILL RAINEY spent most of his Saturday afternoons watching monster movies, drawing superheroes, and going on imaginary adventures with his brothers. Today, he is a cowboy-boot-wearing, award-winning illustrator, designer, and paper engineer. Merrill likes to experiment with tools and uses marker, cut paper, or water soluble graphite to create his illustrations. He has served on faculty at the Highlights Foundation and is currently the illustrator coordinator for the Northern Ohio chapter of the SCBWI. Merrill lives in the historic town of Whitehouse, Ohio, with his editor (his wife), subject matter experts (his kids), and very opinionated coworkers (one pup, a toad, two goldfish, and some crabby hermit crabs). His most recent books include Color, Cut, Create • Dinosaur World, and Color, Cut, Create • Horse Ranch published by Odd Dot an imprint of Macmillan Publishing. Merrill is also the author and Illustrator for a new board book series with HarperCollins. The first book Roar! I’m a Dinosaur is set for summer of 2022 publication. He works for many children’s magazines like Highlights, Cricket, Ranger Rick, and Humpty Dumpty.
Visit him online at littlerainey.com or follow him on instagram @littlerainey.
Patrick Hausammann is a perpetual optimist and believer in the power of a #growthmindset to #failforward en route to creativity and innovation. He is the founder of UnisonEDU.org, co-founder of #EdcampNSV, and is also a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer and Educator I & II as well as an ambassador for Flipgrid, Insert Learning, Wakelet, WeVideo, Common Sense Education, and more!
He currently works as a coach and supervisor of instructional technology for Clarke County Public Schools. Patrick has presented at VSTE, FETC, and ISTE in addition to local, state, and global events. Come learn with him at www.phausedu.com and @PHausEDU on Twitter.
Rachel is an innovation coach with the Halton District School Board in Burlington, ON (west of Toronto). Before her coaching role, she was a secondary science teacher, teaching mostly grades 11 and 12 chemistry. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and is qualified to teach in chemistry, biology, math, SPED, and library. Rachel is also a podcaster (The EduGals Podcast and The Shift Show EDU) and blogger (EduGals.com) as well as a Google Certified Trainer.
EFL Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Rosario, Argentina
• Former Director of Studies ARCI (1980-2010)
• Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner (1996-2016)
• CALL SIG Coordinator APrIR 2001-2008
• Google Innovator 2008
• Presenter at TESOL Conventions, WORLDCALL, IATEFL Digital Ireland, FAAPI Argentina
• Microsoft Innovation Expert
• Freelance Educational Online Coach and f2f Presenter and Consultant
My name is Ryan Evarts and I am entering my 8th year of teaching 6th grade at Port Clinton Middle School in Port Clinton, Ohio. In addition to teaching, I am an assistant coach for both Varsity Boys Tennis and Varsity Girls Tennis. I also coach 7th grade basketball in Gibsonburg, Ohio during the winter season.
Sarah Kiefer is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Ross Local School District. Sarah spent 14 years in middle school classrooms prior to moving into her current role where she supports the 3 buildings (preK-5). She is passionate about helping teachers & students use technology in more meaningful ways. Sarah is a wife & mom to 3 daughters as well as blogging at www.TechYouCanDo.com . You can find her on Twitter @kiefersj .
Stephanie has been working in Pickerington Schools since 2014. Stephanie has spoken at conferences such as ISTE, ITIP and OETC and her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie is one of the founding members of Global GEG. Stephanie has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.
Hannah Meade is a Senior who plans to attend The Ohio State University. Dan Faber is a Junior who has not decided what he wants to do and will have many options open to him to decide. Hannah and Dan mentor/supervise around 107 students grades 6-12 in the maintenance and repair of Chromebooks or assisting teachers with classroom technologies. Both students are involved with many school activities and participate in community service activities as well.
Tasha Penwell, MISM is the Computer Science Program Manager and Instructor at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She is an AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador and AWS Academy Accredited Educator and works with local middle and high schools sharing her love of computer science career opportunities. You can reach her at email@example.com. She is also the founder, content creator and educator with Pretty Nerdy Social Media and Bytes & Bits
Tonya Thorbahn has been an Intervention Specialist in Findlay City Schools for the last 15 years. Recently, Thorbahn has moved into the role as a STEAM educator for the 2021-2022 school year, and will be working closely with gifted and talented students. Thorbahn also serves as an advisor for First LEGO League and Wonder Workshop robotics teams.
Thorbahn has been recognized as the 2020 District 1 State Board Teacher of the Year, a finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year, STEM Teacher of the Year, and a 2021 University of Findlay Distinguished Alumni Recipient. Thorbahn is also an adjunct professor for the University of Findlay and serves on the Educational Advisory Council.
Traci is a former kindergarten teacher and current K-3 tech integration specialist for her district, happily sharing with teachers and students how to use technology for creating, learning and sharing. Traci is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion and Google Certified Educator.
Tyler Tarver is the Dean of NLC College. He has over 15 million views and 65k subscribers on YouTube. He runs TarverAcademy.com, wrote 3 books, hosts the Education Academy Podcast, is a Google Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and has been a teacher, facilitator, principal, and a fake Assistant Superintendent. He is probably not a horcrux.
Katy Mayer is a Fifth Grade Teacher in the San Diego Unified School District. She graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education (K-5). Katy has her Master's in Education from San Diego State University and is certified as both a English Language Learner and Gifted and Talented Teacher. She just recently received her Reading Specialist Certificate as well.
Teri Langlie is a teacher educator at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Previous to teaching at Concordia, she spent 23 years teaching in a local elementary school. Teaching with meaningful technology, literacy instruction, engagement strategies, as well as equity and inclusion are areas of particular interest. In addition to teaching, Teri and her husband enjoy time with daughters, son-in-law, and five grandchildren, especially at the lake!