Jon is a Google Certified Innovator (#GTAWA 2011), has been a Lead Learner for a Google Teacher Academy (#GTAMTV2), is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and has facilitated over 10 Executive Briefings and led sessions in Final Cut Pro for the 2013 Apple Institute. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which originated as a GAFE, 1:1 Macbook and PBL based high school in 2008 and has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has also been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE Teacher of the Year. Jon has served as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Technology at the county level. Jon’s last district was selected as a Future Ready District, implementing 1:1 from 7th grade up, adding coding, 3d printing, PBL and Minecraft Edu in all K-8 schools, among other notable innovative activities.
Currently an education consultant advising a variety of organizations, Lucy Gray previously taught elementary grade levels in Chicago Public Schools and middle school computer science at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She also has worked at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference. In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional development coaching to school districts, and presented at many conferences. Lucy also has received the distinctions of Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher. For further information and resources, please check out her website at http://lucygrayconsulting.com
Kyle has seen first-hand the effects that technology has on student learning and engagement. Kyle is a Google Certified Innovator and has led variety of professional development sessions for Google, ISTE, & CUE. Over the years, Kyle has had several roles in Educational Technology, including being the Technology Coordinator for a school and a school district, developing a "Technology Arts" department, developing EdTech courses, like Global Communications and serving as a Director of Technology for a school district. He has also launched several 1:1 initiatives in schools within California. Currently, Kyle is the Director - Professional Learning Network at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.
Robert Pronovost is the founder of EmpowerMINT, a makerspace & edtech consultancy, and Adjunct Faculty at Foothill College. Robert graduated from the Stanford Teacher Education Program, receiving a M.A. in Elementary Education from Stanford University. In 2013, he created the award-winning Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative. Prior to leaving the classroom, Robert taught at Belle Haven School in Ravenswood in grades 2-6. He has been named an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Emerging Leader, a Computer Using Educators (CUE) Outstanding Emerging Teacher, a Google Certified Innovator and participant in the 2015 White House Roundtable on Making & Education. Additionally, Robert co-authored a book, Creating a Google Apps Classroom, available through Shell Education.
Timothy Jehl is a Rio Salado Noyce Scholar and Secondary Post Baccalaureate completer. Tim has a BSEE from Purdue and a MSEd from Phoenix College. For ten years he taught Mathematics at Phoenix College. For the last three years he has taught Engineering and Advance Technology at Perry High School in the Chandler Unified School District after completing the Rio Salado Teacher Certification Program. Tim worked in the STEM industry for 34 years as a microchip design engineer for Magnavox and Intel. He truly brings life application to his high school engineering classes!
Mark Gresko was born and raised in Arizona and attended schools in Phoenix until reaching the 7th grade. It was at this time he dropped out of school all together to hang out at Christown Mall to teach himself coding on a TRS-80 in the local Radio Shack. After two very short attempts to move on to high school, Mark gave up on education and decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He flipped pizzas and burgers until enlisting in the Navy on his 18th birthday. It was in the Navy where Mark learned about self-discipline, hard work, setting and achieving goals, and the value of a formal education. Mark currently holds a bachelor's degree in business management as well as many industry certifications in technology. He has worked in technology since 1984 with an emphasis in Educational Technology since 1998. He has been the Director of Technology in the Avondale School District since 2005 and is proud of the District's 1:1 program where every student in Avondale receives their own device and also learns coding in Kindergarten through Grade 8. He is the proud father of five children who keep him on his toes with emerging apps such as Snapchat and Tender...thanks to his young adult daughters.
Lennon Audrain is an academic junior at Arizona State University, majoring in Classics (Latin & Ancient Greek, Greco-Roman Culture) with minors in History and Spanish, supplementing with a secondary education teaching certificate. He is an Educators Rising National Officer, representing over 29,000 rising educators from all across the country. Lennon is working towards certifications in the teaching of Latin, Spanish, and History. He has won multiple state and national public speaking competitions and has most recently been a keynote for the 2017 Educators Rising Nebraska State Leadership Conference. In January 2017, Lennon completed both an Associate in Arts degree and an Associate in Arts degree in Elementary Education. He then completed his high school career in May 2017 at Brophy College Preparatory, leaving as a Distinguished Student, the Classical Language Academic Award recipient, and winner of the St. Ignatius Award for Spiritual Life.
For the last nineteen years, Cori Araza has been the IT Specialist/Computer Informations Systems Instructor at Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). Cori has provided Professional Development courses in technology integration and engagement strategies for K-12 education in the PVUSD. During her time at Paradis Valley High School she created and supported Information Technology hub on campus, deploying thousands of devices to classrooms, labs and mobile environments that aided active student learning throughout campus and in the Makerspace and Media Center. Cori changed the Media Center from library to Makerspace, an active technology learning environment in which students gathered and innovated for STEM based project development. During her tenure at PVUSD she created and implemented the Technology Internship Program for students entering the IT workforce and assisted teachers with the Tech Mentor Program, TechYES, and GenYES.
Since July, Cori is now on a mission to inspire students to follow their passions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Grand Canyon University having become the Director of STEM Outreach and Program Development.