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Presenters

2017 Great Plains Summit Presenters

Keynote Presenter

Kasey Bell

Consultant, speaker, and blogger
The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast, Shake Up Learning LLC

Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, national speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging professional learning experiences for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and Amazon Education Thought Leader, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including presentations at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey is the author of The Teacher's Guide to Google Classroom, and co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast. Kasey received a Digital Innovation in Learning Award given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the "Sharing is Caring," category, and she was recognized as one of 20 TrustED educational thought leaders, as well as the #3 EdTech and E-Learning Influencer on Twitter.

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning
Grant Wood AEA, IA

Stacy is a former elementary and middle school teacher and spent some time as a district technology director. Now, she is the Coordinator of Digital Learning at Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she works with school districts as they integrate technology and 21st-century skills into their curriculum. She is a Google Education Trainer and Certified Innovator and loves how these Google tools can be used by students and districts to collaborate and expand on learning!


Peter Henrie

Chief Operating Officer
Amplified IT

Peter Henrie is an authorized Google Education Trainer and one of the founding members of Amplified IT, an education-focused Google Apps Consultancy with a unique approach that focuses on empowering schools and districts. Peter began working with Google Apps for Education in 2009 at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He quickly learned how powerful a tool it was within education and created Amplified IT to help schools ensure that they are set up to best practices. Since then Peter has presented at GAFE Technical Retreats and Summits throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific on how schools should be deploying and managing GAFE to safely get the most out of the platform.


Lisa Highfill

Technology Integration Specialist
Pleasanton Unified School District, CA

Lisa Highfill describes herself as a thinker, philosopher, debater, and geek. She was a classroom teacher for over twenty years, and is currently Pleasanton Unified School District?s Instructional Technology coach. Working in the ed tech field since 1998 when she earned her Master's Degree in Ed Tech Leadership, she went on to become a Google Certified Innovator, a YouTube Star Teacher, a Merit Fellow, and a Leading Edge Digital Educator. Lisa serves on many advisory boards including GoogleEDU and Imagine K12 and presents at ed tech conferences around the country. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook.


Chrystal Hoe

Technology Integration Coordinator
Hopkinton Public Schools, MA

Chrystal Hoe is an Integration Coordinator and Certified Google Apps for Education Trainer, Google Certified Innovator & Google Certified Educator. She is a keynote and spotlight presenter/trainer for EdTech team. She works with schools on how to integrate Google Apps, Chromebooks, and other emerging technologies into learning. Her background is in Modern Language Pedagogy with a Masters in French. She holds a license in French, Educational Technology and Administration. She has been featured at MassCue, Google Summits by EdTechTeam, ISTE, and Deep Learning.


Chad Kafka

District Technology Integration Specialist
Franklin Public Schools, Franklin, WI

Chad works for Franklin Public Schools as a Technology Coach at the 5th-8th middle level. He prides himself on being able to talk "teacher" and "tech" while he works to integrate technology in the classroom with students and staff. Aside from his daily work in Franklin, Chad has taught several grad level courses for educators, run various conferences, consults with school districts, and regularly presents at conferences. Chad is an active part of the Google Certified Teacher, Trainer and Apple Distinguished Educator networks. Chad personally enjoys learning new ways to be more efficient, effective and engaging with technology and hopes he's able to inspire and share some new things with you.


Britton Picciolini

Regional Manager
Google

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/District technology integration specialist
Eminence Independent Schools, KY

Donnie Piercey works in a hybrid role as a fifth grade teacher and district technology integration specialist for Eminence Independent Schools 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 http://www.mrpiercey.com. Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his eight year teaching career.


Christine Pinto

Kindergarten Teacher, Author
Arcadia Unified School District, Arcadia, CA

Christine is a Kindergarten teacher in California. She believes YES THEY CAN! Her students log into Google Classroom and use Google Apps at high levels. Littles can use spreadsheets and critical thinking and be creative with digital tools.


Henry Thiele

Superintendent
Community School District 99 Downers Grove, IL

Dr. Henry (Hank) Thiele is the Superintendent of Community High School District 99 Downers Grove in Illinois and was formerly the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning in the Maine 207 Schools in Park Ridge, IL. Before moving into his current role Hank was a high school science and music teacher for ten years while also serving in the role of technology coordinator. Hank has been a featured presenter at conferences, for corporations such as Google and Follett, and for many government agencies in Illinois. He is one of the co-founders of the Illinois Google EDU K-12 user group, Chicagoland GEG, and has supported many schools in Illinois as they transition to Google Apps for Education. Hank is a Google Certified Innovator, Administrator and Trainer. His doctoral research was some of the first work investigating “Web 2.0” and its impact on communication, learning, and efficacy in the classroom.


John Unruh-Friesen

Digital Learning Coach & Social Studies Teacher
Hopkins Public Schools, Minnetonka, MN

John has loved technology ever since he found an Atari 2600 under the Christmas Tree in 1981. He started teaching in Kansas in the mid 1990s and has been at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota since 2001. He teaches AP Government, is a Digital Learning Coach, and helped lead a Chromebook rollout to 1,600 students.


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