Technology Coordinator/Instructional Technology Specialist, Madrid-Waddington Central School District
Michelle Burke has been teaching for twenty-one years in rural, northern New York public schools. For fourteen years, Michelle was an intermediate elementary teacher, and for the past eight years has been the district’s instructional technology specialist. Since 2016, Michelle has been the Technology Coordinator for the district, as well. Michelle is a member of ISTE, CoSN, and NYSCATE. Michelle holds CETL certification from CoSN, and is The North Country Director for NYSCATE’s Board of Directors. Michelle and her husband live on a small hobby farm with their four children.
Agency Director, The Brand Leader
A former magazine editor-turned-digital maestro, Kyle is obsessed with all things online. As an expert in onsite optimization, email marketing, and digital brand growth, Kyle has successfully grown the online divisions of many well-known brands, most recently surging online sales for Dr. Martens by increasing the web channel 38% year-over-year. He’s also re-platformed many websites to be industry-leading sites, such as Chrome Industries, Hlaska, Nau, and more — even earning an Honoree Webby Award in the process for Best Practices along the way for Speck. His ability to massage the work of copywriters and art directors into a cohesive style and tone, and then mix it with the right audience and add a dash of sales is why Entrepreneur magazine once said of him, “[he has] made a career of growing online sales.”
Digital Sales Manager, Clear Digital
Steve Gallant is the Digital Sales Manager for Clear Digital and Clear Touch. He has spent 10 years in the industry, starting off installing interactive flat panels at Bridgetek. In 2015, Steve started working full time at Clear Touch as an Account Manager. A little over two years later, he became the Digital Sales Manager where he completely started the new department by scratch. In this role, he runs a studio and gives live, online demos for potential customers. In the last 2.5 years, Steve and his team have helped over 1,000 customers find the solutions they are looking for!
Instructional Technology Integration Coordinator, Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Marlena Hebern is known for her gentle approach to educators, and she draws upon her 18 years of successful classroom experience when training, supporting, and coaching teachers on engaging students through technology, hands on tech, and district implementation of
technology programs. Marlena has worked as an English Language Arts K-8 Academic Coach and English Language Arts K-8/English Language Learner Services Coordinator. She is the co-author of The EduProtocols Field Guide, Books 1 and 2 and is currently a Content Coordinator of Instructional Technology Services at the office of the Fresno County
Superintendent of Schools. Marlena is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and co-founder of Edcamp Yosemite. Marlena is also the recipient of the 2020 EdTech Digest Award, Leader Setting a Trend for her work with EduProtocols.
Bilingual Training Specialist, Clear Touch
Jennifer comes with 13 years of experience in the classroom. She has a B.A. in Spanish and International Business Management from The University of South Carolina and a Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages from The University of South Carolina. In 2013, Jennifer achieved National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and is passionate about using technology in the classroom to enhance student learning.
During her career, she served on the Immersion Leadership Team and was the lead immersion teacher at her school. Jennifer was a frequent presenter for the South Carolina Foreign Language Teacher’s Association and the Southern Conference on Language teaching, presenting on topics such as integrating literacy strategies in the immersion classroom and ways to use data notebooks to set and track student goals. Jennifer was involved in curriculum writing for Science and Math and she helped design Integrated Performance Assessments for grades K-5 in Spanish. Over the course of her teaching career, she has served as a mentor for many aspiring teachers from local universities as well as for new teachers in her district.
Through her mentoring experience, Jennifer discovered her passion for training other teachers in the effective use of technology to enhance their teaching and enrich the students’ learning. She believes that all teachers can integrate technology in their classrooms in a way that works for them. Jennifer is a dedicated listener who seeks to meet the needs of her clients by developing specialized training that is relevant for their unique situation.
CO-CEO of Nyborg, Senior Research & Development Chemist for Bama-BioTech
Nyborg's motto is "We are Weird Science"
This covers a broad spectrum that not only focuses on the objective of developing and manufacturing equipment for the biopharmaceutical industry; it also ties in multiple scientific disciplines expanding the why and how manufacturing and tech companies can continue to shape the future.
Not a stranger to business management, as CO-CEO, Diana leads the company using expertise in business management, analytics and tests the weird in science by adding her experience in R & D and analytical chemistry, predictive and prescriptive data analysis, behavioral science and tons of all kinds of science and mathematics.
At Bama-Bio Tech, Diana is aiding this emerging company to get newer advanced health and safety products to the market. As the Sr. R & D Chemist, she’s formulated newly advanced exclusive liquid gel hand sanitizers, and is currently formulating top secret pain and anxiety health and nutritional products.
CEO, True North Consulting Group
Russ began his career in 1998 as Managing Principal and Chief Executive Officer of a regional technology integrator. Wearing many hats, he sought to become an expert in as many technologies as possible by achieving associate, professional and expert certifications in routing, switching, unified communications, wireless, data center, storage, and several others. For over 15 years, this company would grow to nearly 150 employees and $50 million in sales under his leadership. Recognizing the need for capable and unbiased technology advisors, Russ assembled the best in the business and together founded True North Consulting Group in 2014. Over time, the remaining operations of Elert & Associates came to be integrated into the True North Consulting Group family. Today, True North Consulting Group consists of nearly 50 consultants and holds true to the heritage and culture that sparked the creation of each. Russ is married to Dr. Mandy Johnson, an elementary school principal in Central Texas. Passionate about public education, they created a weekly Twitter chat called #EDpiper to help both newer and seasoned educators discuss timely topics in today’s world of education. Together they have seven daughters: Brittany, Emily, Lindsay, Viola, Betsy, Elena, and Kennedy.
Founder/CEO, One to One Plus
Burt has worked in the software industry for more than 30 years having served in a wide variety of positions. The majority of his career has been spent working with school systems to help them enhance processes and procedures with software solutions. In 2016, Burt started One to One Plus and now works with school systems of all sizes across the nation to help them simplify and integrate their technology management processes. This experience has enabled Burt to gain a great perspective on what does and what does not work for school systems. This perspective allows him to share some of the industries best practices with school district technology departments across the nation.
Education Technology Coach, NUITEQ
CEO, Magana Education
Dr. Sonny Magana is an Oxford Research Scholar, award-winning educational leader, best-selling author, and musician. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, education consultant, and executive coach. Drawing inspiration from his love of Rock & Roll music and innovative teaching and learning, Sonny’s latest book, "Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education," has become a must-read for modern educators and leaders.
Dr. Magana is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator, Award, The Governor’s Commendation for Educational Excellence, and The Global Innovative Leadership Award from EdTech Digest. Sonny holds a bachelor of science degree from Stockton University, a master of education degree from City University, an educational administration endorsement, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.
Assoc. Superintendent of Academics, Greenville County Schools
VP, Sales - North America, Filewave
Leadership, Sales and Relationship building are Stephen's key strengths. Using professional assertiveness and creativity to forge a path of success for all sides of any business interaction, he effectively articulates complex ideas in a simplified way for all to understand.
VP of Customer Experience, NUITEQ
Regional Vice President, Gaggle
Gretchen Thompson is the Regional Vice President for Gaggle. She brings with her an expansive background in educational technology, holding titles as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Market Development, and Sales and Outreach over the past 12 years. A polished public speaker and passionate advocate for safety in the K-12 digital playground, she also holds certificates in women’s executive leadership and emotional intelligence leadership. A graduate of both Kent State and Case Western Universities, Gretchen resides in Bay Village, Ohio.
VP of Customer Engagement, NUITEQ
Dr. Edward Tse believes that creative learning is the key to jobs in a world of automation. He holds over 50 utility and design patent filings and is the primary inventor of the first MultiTouch Table Product for Education. He delivers keynotes, podcasts, and panels to raise awareness of global work trends. His YouTube channel was awarded the 2018 Global EdTech Leader from the Edvocate and his whitepapers deliver new ways of motivating skill development. As VP of Customer Engagement at NUITEQ, Dr. Tse co-develops strategies that deliver sustainable improvements to engagement, grades, course completion, and job skills.
Founder, the BUZZ on Education
Buzz Wood is an experienced education strategist with a passion for technology, who has been working with teachers for over 25 years, helping them integrate digital tools into their teaching and learning practices in simple, yet meaningful ways.
Buzz embraces visual and experiential learning experiences which transform the classroom, have a powerful impact on instruction, and engage the digital learner intrinsically.
Surrounded by teachers in his personal life, education is in his DNA and it's what he loves most. His mother and sisters are all teachers and his wife and most of her family are educators as well.
He's worked and consulted for many innovative educational companies such as Apple, Leapfrog SchoolHouse, Pearson Digital Learning, Steelcase and many more!
He continually captures an audience with inspirational thoughts and ideas for new, innovative, and effective ways to reach the digital learner and reminds us why we are in education.