2020 Summit Presenters

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator
Bellevue Union School District

George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. Certified Google Trainer, Educator and Apple Certified Teacher. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College. Technology has always been in his teaching from creating commercials in Spanish class to work on vocabulary, to creating a production of Romeo and Juliet with zombies... He now teaches coding, G-Suite and web/video design with iMovie and Adobe After Effects. In his current role he also works with teachers to find the right tool to help students. His passion for teaching has found a place with Google apps for education and pushing the boundaries of being geeky.

Allatesha Cain

Third grade teacher
Martin Luther King Elementary School

Dr. Allatesha Cain is a third grade teacher at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a teacher by trade with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Technology. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. With a passion for education and technology, Dr. Cain decided to combine her love for both fields by earning a Doctor of Education Degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. After the sudden school closings due to Corvid-19, Dr. Cain started the Facebook Group, Bitmoji Craze for Educators, which provides support to educators from around the globe to create vibrate and interactive virtual classrooms. Dr. Cain currently lives in Hoover, Alabama with her husband, children, and a fur baby

Jon Corippo

Executive Director

Jon Corippo describes himself as a “formerly disgruntled student.” He made it almost all the way through school at a 2.9 GPA. His final three semesters in Advertising changed everything, though: Advertising classes were project based. Jon’s grades shot to nearly 4.0. Also while at Fresno State, Jon served as a graduate assistant football coach, learning about leadership and teaching at the feet of Jim Sweeney. Jon graduated college with no intention of teaching. After about 7 years in non-educational jobs, Jon’s amazing wife persuaded him to try his hand in education: he was hooked after just two days as a long-term sub on an emergency credential. About 20 years later, Jon had served a decade at the K-8 level, opened a 1-1, PBL, Google-based high school, served in two county offices, including as an Assistant Superintendent and It Director. Jon has been recognized a County Teacher of the Year, a 20 to Watch Educator by the NSBA, and was a finalist in the EdTech Digest Awards. Jon also holds the Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator badges. Jon is very proud of his work with CUE, where he currently serves as the Executive Director. His work with CUE includes creating the CUE Rock Star concept of Professional Development, with a focus on hands-on learning and getting teachers connected via social media. Cue Rock Star Camps now include Admin, TOSA, Teacher and Specialized Editions for core areas. Jon has lead the development of the very successful CUE Launch program, and the well received CUE BOLD Symposium. Under Jon’s leadership, CUE professional learning has trained over 30,000 educators in only two years. Jon lives in Coarsegold, California, near Yosemite, with his wife (a very successful educator), three children and a random number of free-range chickens.

Eric Curts

Technology Integration Specialist
Curtsworks LLC

Eric has been in education for 28 years, and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio where he oversees G Suite for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group at bit.ly/gegohio. Eric runs the award-winning blog www.ControlAltAchieve.com where all of his edtech resources can be found, and is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".

Nadine Gilkison

District Technology Integration Specialist
Franklin Township Schools

I have been a District Technology Integration Specialist for 7 years in Franklin Township Schools and also served as an Innovation Specialist for the Office of eLearning/IDOE. I am a Google Certified Innovator, part of cohort NYC#19, with a project focus on #dyslexicmindset. I love helping all teachers and all students excel at technology integration within the core subjects. My specialties include: Hyperdocs, Accessibility, eLearning, blended learning, Chromebooks, district level coaching and anything Google. I believe in sharing all of my work to help as many teachers as possible on a global scale. #bettertogether

Sarah Gilmore

Educator, author and education consultant

Sarah Gilmore is an educator, author and education consultant specializing in technology integration. Sarah trained in the UK and taught internationally for many years as an Elementary classroom teacher, mainly in the IB PYP, before specializing in the use of technology to enhance learning across the curriculum. She believes passionately in enhancing communication, collaboration, critical thinking and deeper learning through the purposeful and holistic integration of technology in education. She is co-author of 'Integrating Technology: A School-Wide Framework to Enhance Learning' and co-founder of Intechgrate.eu, which provides technology integration professional development to teachers, leaders and schools around the world.

Lauren Heil

Digital Arts and Computer Science Teacher

Driven by removing learning barriers in the classroom, Lauren Heil takes pride in creating instructional design elements that increase access for students of all ages. After years of work as an art director and graphic designer, Lauren chose a more fulfilling career of teaching where she quickly realized the power of color theory, typography and human centered design within student facing materials. In our new learning landscape, she has led her district in creating successful e-learning structures and supported teachers across the globe in creating strong online learning materials.

Jessica Lenore Williams

Technology Department Head
Illing Middle School

Pertinent, high-energy training peppered with laughs is her forte! Jessica has been providing professional development on technology integration since her early days as a 7-12 Reading and Language Arts teacher. Now a Technology Integration Specialist for Manchester Public Schools in Connecticut, she's overseen Chromebook 1:1 deployments at both the high school and middle school levels, provided GSuite training at the district level, and has even spearheaded her district's first MakerSpaces. As head of the Technology Department at Illing Middle School and co-teacher for the IMS News, she's presented at numerous conferences all over the world on how to effectively roll out and integrate technology in meaningful ways. Jess is passionate about tinkering, design thinking, video production, improvisation, and creating with her student-led maker club, the Gearheads.

Cicely Lewis

Meadowcreek High School

Named the 2020 National Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal and Scholastic, a 2019 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and the 2019 National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Penguin Random House (PRH) , Cicely Lewis is a school librarian with a passion for creating lovers of reading. In 2017, she started the Read Woke challenge in response to the shootings of young unarmed black boys, the repeal of DACA, and the lack of diversity in young adult literature. Her students were required to read books that challenge the social norm and give voice to the voiceless. Using this platform, she had inspired the nation to Read Woke with educators across the world joining in and sharing the movement with their students. When she is not reading, you can find Cicely writing for her bi-monthly column in the School Library Journal where she shares her book recommendations. Her writing was recently featured in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Walter Dean Myers 145th Street Short Stories. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @cicelythegreat or check out her blog CicelytheGreat.

Jesse Lubinsky

Chief Learning Officer
Ready Learner One

Jesse is currently the Chief Learning Officer for Ready Learner One LLC. He is an educational technologist and former school administrator based out of Westchester County in New York. Prior to entering the learning space, he was a technology consultant for Fortune 500 companies specializing in network engineering and software development projects. He has been published in the books "High-Tech Teaching Success!" by Prufrock Press and "Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality" by DBC Books Inc. He was named one of BestCollegeRankings.org’s 100 Top Experts in #eLearning and #EdTech as well as a Top 100 K12 Tech Leader and Top 100 Most Social CIO by Extreme Networks. In 2016, he received a Technology Leader Pioneer Award from the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center. A Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, Jesse is also co-founder of NY TECH ED, an organization centered around instructional technology use, and a former co-chair of NYTEN, a regional group focused on technology leadership. He is a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader, an Adjunct Professor of Education Technology at Pace University, a member of the Google Earth Education Experts team, and a frequent keynote speaker and presenter who has recently done educational technology presentations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Australia. He also has a Bacon Number of 3. Jesse is also co-host of the Partial Credit Podcast.

Paula Martinez


Paula Martinez is the gal behind SlidesMania. She lives in Europe, along with her hubby, daughter and four cats… yep, four. She doesn't claim to be a designer, and is totally blown away by the acceptance that the SlidesMania templates are having. She has a 9 to 5 job that has nothing to do with design or creativity. She works in a financial department and is surrounded by numbers and structured data the whole day. Because of this, the creative side of her brain is always trying to come out, and making presentation templates became a fun hobby that allowed her to scratch that itch. This has led to SlidesMania being born! She is very grateful for the warm welcome this project is having, especially by the teaching community around the world.

Derek McCoy

Director of Innovation and Learning
Grady County Schools

Derek McCoy is currently the Principal of North Asheboro Middle School in Asheboro City Schools. He has been a career middle school educator. His focus is on improving student learning and achievement, increasing teaching efficacy, and creating a learning environment that will prepare students for their future. He was named one of 25 educators to Follow on Twitter by #NCED and the Innovative School Partners. In 2014, he was named a Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP. He presents nationally on aspects of leadership, teaching and learning best practices, equity and learner-centered schools. He has co-authored, The Revolution: Its Time to Empower Change in Our Schools - a book designed to lead conversations on leadership, change strategies, school culture, and empowerment and 10 Perspectives on Learning in Education - a compilation featuring leading educational voices today.

John Meehan

English teacher, instructional coach
Bishop O’Connell High School

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. His first book, EDrenaline Rush, was published in June of 2019 by Dave Burgess Consulting, and offers a game-changing look at student engagement strategies inspired by theme parks, mud runs, and escape rooms.

John began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. In March of 2019, he created the #EggDashChallenge – a classroom activity that became a viral video, racking up 75K+ views in less than one month’s time, and spawning hundreds of classroom videos in 40 US states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 8 countries. He is a past presenter at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races.

Joe and Kristin Merrill

Fourth and First Grade Teachers
Lake Park Elementary School

Kristin is a fourth grade teacher, certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, and Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. She is an ambassador for: Flipgrid, Seesaw, Classkick, and Buncee. Kristin has co-hosted events like Ed Camp Flipgrid, and is also one of the moderators of the #FlipgridFever chat. She has been teaching for over 13 years and works hard to engage students in learning by reaching them in ways that are responsive, relevant and interACTIVE through the intentional infusion of technology in the classroom.

Joe is a first grade teacher and certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. He is an Apple Certified Educator, Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, and Flipgrid Certified Educator. He is an ambassador for Flipgrid, Seesaw, Buncee, and Book Creator. Joe is also one of the moderators of the #FlipgridFever Twitter chat. He has spent the last four years implementing 1:1 iPads. Joe has self published several eBooks: “#AppSmashing with @MrMerrillsClass” (Vol. 1 & 2), which are available for free download on themerrillsedu.com.

Pat Noonan

Special education teacher

Pat Noonan is a special educator from Massachusetts that began making educational videos to reach his students during the transition to remote learning due to COVID-19. He created a YouTube channel called Special Education with Pat as a place to share his educational videos with the rest of the world. In less than two months the channel has 50,000+ video views and 3,000+ subscribers. With a background in music and video production, Pat uses a unique skill set to craft his creations and is passionate about encouraging and empowering other educators to make videos of their own.

Ryan ODonnell

Video Production teacher
Rocklin High School

I am a current Video Production teacher at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California. Before teaching video, I have been a TOSA and social studies teacher, With over 20 years in education, I am passionate about professional development for teachers with a focus on using tools, techniques and strategies in order to help students become more engaged and connected. Along with being a full time teacher, I am a podcaster, co-hosting the ed tech podcast, "Check This Out" as well as a presenter at various workshops and conferences throughout the country. You can connect with me and find all my resources on my site www.creativeedtech.com

Britton Picciolini

Regional Manager

Britton Picciolini is obsessed with all things digital. From coding BASIC in 6th grade to her Nest Thermostat today, nothing is ever too wired. Working at Google since 2002, she's completely at home surrounded by the whirring noise of technology's evolving pace. Britton has held prior positions at Google in the advertising business, at one time overseeing $600M worth of business. After being transformed by volunteer teaching in the South Side of Chicago, she now help's large K-12 school districts use Google tools to transform the classroom. Britton is married with two adult sons, enjoying her empty nest in the West Loop of Chicago. You are likely to find her in an airport, because travel is for both work and play.

Donnie Piercey

Fifth grade teacher
Fayette County Public Schools

Donnie Piercey is a fifth grade teacher in Kentucky. He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website, http://www.mrpiercey.com.

Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his fourteen year teaching career. Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University and got his Masters in Education from Auburn University (Montgomery). Donnie is also a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and Educator, and a lead for the Google Earth Education Experts in North America. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Traci Plitz

Kindergarten teacher and K-3 technology integration specialist
Billings Public Schools

Traci Piltz is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Kids Early Learning Champion, Google Certified Educator, ISTE Early Learning Network PLN Leader, a Seesaw Certified Educator and an Ambassador for Seesaw, Book Creator, Flipgrid, and PicCollage. She taught kindergarten for over a decade, and was one of the first 1:1 iPad classrooms in her district. She has been a technology integration specialist in her district for the past 5 years, helping kindergarten - 3rd grade teachers innovate and integrate with technology. Traci has presented at ISTE, NAEYC, the Apple Distinguished Educator Academy, NCCE, TWTCON, the Montana State Educators Conference, and various other workshops and conferences in her state and district. In her free time, she loves reading, baseball, spending time with her family and New Kids on the Block concerts.

Stacey Roshan

Director of Innovation & Educational Technology
Bullis School

Stacey Roshan is Director of Innovation & Educational Technology at Bullis School and author of Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms. She is passionate about bringing innovative tools into the classroom to create a safe learning environment for all students to find their voice and build confidence. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN and PBS Newshour. She has also been named Teacher of the Future by NAIS. In addition to teaching high school students to love and understand math, Stacey works closely with faculty to design tech-infused lessons aimed at providing the optimal learning environment for all students.

Micah Shippee

Chief Executive Officer
Ready Learner One

Micah Shippee, PhD is the Chief Executive Officer of Ready Learner One LLC and author of "WanderlustEDU: An Educator’s Guide to Innovation, Change, and Adventure." Micah is listed by EdTech Digest as one of the 100 top influencers in EdTech for 2019-2020. Micah is an instructional technology trainer and educator with two decades of experience. He serves the education community in several capacities including as the Eastern US lead for the Google Earth Education Experts team, as a Google Certified Innovator, and as a National Geographic Educator. Micah's innovative approaches to training and learning find him working to bridge the gap between research and practice. As an author, consultant and keynote speaker, he focuses on the adoption of innovation through the development of learning cultures that embrace change. Micah is also the co-author of “Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality.”

Kendal Shomura

Google for Education Training Consultant

Kendal Shomura joined the Amplified IT team in 2018 after 7 years working in Public Schools as an educator, Instructional Coach, Technology Integration Specialist, and as a Professor in Masters of Educational Technology program at Touro University. He spent 3 years as a Google Administrator while training staff on how to integrate G Suite tools into their classrooms. Kendal’s wide array of experiences with Educational Technology allows him to understand the important nuances of technology in schools. Today, he is a Google for Education Consultant who works to help schools better understand and leverage their Google environment for student learning.

Wanda Terral

Director of Technology
Lakeland School System

Twenty-­five year educator Dr. Wanda Terral is the Director of Technology for the Lakeland School System (TN). A former band director, Wanda is constantly seeking information relating to techniques & practices related to the use of tech to empower students and educators. A Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, she is known for widely sharing useful resources and lesson ideas on Twitter and Facebook. She earned her Doctor of Education from the The University of Memphis, focusing her research on the topic of self-directed professional learning of educators. Wanda is a member of ISTE, TETA, CUE, and TCEA as well being an organizer of EdCamp Memphis and DEN Star. In 2019, she was named Outstanding TN CTO by the Tennessee Educational Technology Association and in 2016 was named the Lead PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for the state of Tennessee. Additionally, Wanda is a Spotlight Speaker for EdTechTeam and a Learning Guide for friEdTechnology. When not spending time with her four cats, she is coding, listening to audiobooks, or sketchnoting.

Sarah Thomas

Regional Technology Coordinator
Prince George’s County Public Schools

Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around the world. Through EduMatch, Sarah has published several collaborative and individual books, and serves as President on the Board of Directors for EduMatch Foundation, Inc. Sarah is also on the leadership team of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN, and Affiliate Faculty at Loyola University in Maryland. Sarah is a co-author of the ISTE publication series, Closing the Gap, focusing on digital equity.

Sarah graduated from George Mason University with a doctoral degree in Education, and a concentration in International Education. She also holds a Master’s degree from Howard University in the field of Curriculum and Instruction.

Sarah was designated an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2016, and was named Prince George's County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Using Technology in 2015. She was named by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in 2015. She was part of the Technical Working Group that refreshed the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators in 2016-2017, and in 2017, she received the ISTE “Making IT Happen” Award.

Daren White

Learning Technologies Lead
2 secondary academies

Daren is the Learning Technologies Lead for 2 secondary academies in Essex, in the UK. Daren is Modern Language & Digital Skills teacher and was a Senior Leader for 10 years prior to his current position. Daren has led training for his own organisation, Academies Enterprise Trust as well as for other trusts and international schools. Daren is a Certified Trainer and loves building Escape Rooms. He is also a WeVideo Ambassador, Edpuzzle Coach, Screencastify Genius and Flipgrid Educator and Global GEG and GEG UK leader.

Daren has also published a range of E-books which can be found at bit.ly/RangaNation