2020 Summit Presenters

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE
Bellevue Union School District

George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. A 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.


Donald Carney

CEO
Fluidity Software, Inc.

Dr. Carney has over 20 years experience in the Computer Science industry having brought software technology to market in the United States, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico and Germany. Prior to Fluidity Software, Dr. Carney co-founded StreamBase, Inc., a venture capital backed software company based, in part, on his Ph.D. research work, with his fellow researchers including database luminaries, Stan Zdonik and Michael Stonebraker. In 2005, Dr. Carney co-founded Fluidity Software, Inc. Dr. Carney has written many peer-reviewed publications in the field of Computer Science and has presented the Fluidity Software's research and products at several academic and educational conferences, workshops, and tradeshows. Dr. Carney has been the Principal Investigator for many federal research grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Carney has also been an invited reviewer and panelist for the National Science Foundation and has been a consultant to the MITRE Corporation. Dr. Carney received a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. from Polytechnic University, and an Sc.M. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University.


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".


Julia Dweck

Gifted Teacher
Willow Lane Elementary School

Julia Dweck has been an educator for over 17 years and loves being an elementary teacher to her gifted and talented students. She also freelances as an educational content designer and children's book author. She is widely known for her extensive Jamboard library on Linktree and her work with the late Stan Lee on authoring the children’s book series Woodville Tales.


Shaelynn Farnsworth

National director of educator outreach and success
News Literacy Project

Shaelynn Farnsworth is the News Literacy Project’s national director of educator outreach and success. Shaelynn has over 20 years of experience in education. She spent the first part of her career as a high school English teacher in Conrad, Iowa, where she reimagined teaching and learning in her classroom and became a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. Shaelynn focused on developing student skills in information consumption, creating innovative ways for students to demonstrate understanding, and inspiring healthy skepticism in the digital age. She was recruited by a regional state education agency in Iowa, where she was a school improvement consultant for seven years. Shaelynn supported districts throughout Iowa in the areas of literacy, technology, AIW, and systemic change. She was a member of the state’s literacy, social studies, and technology leadership teams. Shaelynn holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa.


Patricia Flores

World Language Facilitator/Online Curriculum Wriiter
Frisco Independet School District

Patricia Flores is a World Language facilitator and online curriculum writer at Frisco Independent School District in Frisco, Texas with 13 years of teaching experience in the US and five years as an ESL teacher in Mexico. Patricia’s contribution to her team is the union of her educational background as a graduate from Brigham Young University, and from her experience as a school teacher with a deep interest in technology and digital applications. Patricia also has a background as a Robotics coach who appreciates the developmental & inquiry process. Then, as a curriculum writer and presenter with a passion in innovation, research, language acquisition, & offering best solutions to people's needs. She has several apps certifications, and she has presented at several local, regional, and global conferences during the pandemic. She is a wife, mother of two boys, technology lover, & nature adventurer. She loves growing her PLN, follow her on Twitter @coachpflores and please visit her eportfolio at https://www.bulbapp.com/floresp


Jen Giffen

Teacher Librarian
York Region District School Board

Jen Giffen is a Teacher Librarian and former Digital Literacy Consultant in the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada. She has a B.Ed from Queen's and an M.Ed in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto. She is a Google Innovator (#WDC17), Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Apple Teacher, HP Teaching Fellow, Student Voice Ambassador, sketchnoter, teacher matchmaker, cheerleader, mom of three boys, and up for just about anything. Co-host of #ShukesandGiff the podcast, Jen is a believer that you have time to do anything you want – you just need to make time. Former player of the game of school, she now seeks to ensure learning is authentic and relevant, especially for struggling students You can often find her learning at her computer, having a conversation with her Google Home, driving around listening to podcasts and watching Netflix with her husband. She wants you to know that while at first, the hokey pokey is hard, eventually you turn yourself around. #Ginger #Canadian #HashtagLover. She can be found @VirtualGiff – everywhere.


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


Lisa Highfill

Instructional Technology Coach
Pleasanton Unified School District

Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill) is an Instructional Technology Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her masters in Educational Technology Leadership and has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. As a Google Certified Innovator, and a YouTube Star Teacher, she travels the country presenting at edtech conferences and speaking about lesson design and learning theory. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook.


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.


Paula Martinez

Creator
SlidesMania

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.


Anne Nash

Senior Program Manager
Google for Education


Donnie Piercey

Fifth grade teacher
Fayette County Public Schools

The 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Donnie teaches fifth grade in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating from Asbury College and earning his master’s from Auburn Montgomery, he have been teaching since 2007. Donnie specializes in using technology to promote student inquiry, learning, and engagement.

Over the past fourteen years of teaching, these interests have given him the unique chance to represent Kentucky around the world. Donnie was the recipient of a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship to Antarctica, and he also represents Kentucky on the inaugural National Geographic Education Teacher Advisory Council. He is the North American lead for the Google Earth Education Experts Network.

Donnie has been invited to keynote and present at schools in thirty-three states and on four continents. In 2017, he co-authored The Google Cardboard Book: Explore, Engage, and Educate with Virtual Reality based on virtual experiences he created for his students. The Bluegrass always calls him home, however, and he regularly leads professional development at school districts around the state.


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.


Ebonee Rice

VP, Educator Network
News Literacy Project

Ebonee Rice joined the News Literacy Project in April 2020 as vice president of NLP’s educator network. A strategic coalition builder and community engagement expert, she has spent her career successfully scaling up campaigns and programs in the pursuit of equal access for all.

From 2015 to 2017, she led the national partner engagement program at Enroll America, a nonprofit created to ensure that members of often underserved communities were able to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Her work resulted in millions of people within minority, women and young adult communities gaining health coverage. After Enroll America closed its doors, she joined the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education as a community outreach specialist, building compelling digital experiences for constituents that led to positive outcomes for children, educators and families.

Ebonee began her career as a marketing/outreach coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and has also worked for Golden Girl Media, BET Networks and the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. A native of Los Angeles, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


Amanda Sandoval

History and EL Teacher
Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Amanda Sandoval is an 11th grade US History and EL teacher in Southern California. She presents frequently at conferences, is a CUE Rockstar Lead Learner, and a connected educator on Twitter (@historysandoval). She believes in creating a learning environment that puts the student at the center of the curriculum by engaging them, using active learning strategies, real-world connections, and technology.


Kendal Shomura

Google for Education Consultant
Amplified IT

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.


Victoria Thompson

STEM Coach
Technology Access Foundation

Victoria Thompson is a STEM Integration Transformation Coach at Technology Access Foundation--a nonprofit leader redefining STEM education in public schools--and a consultant for Ignite EdTech. She has been in education for five years and began her journey teaching fifth and sixth grade math and science in Summerville, SC. After completing her masters degree in curriculum and instruction she moved to the Seattle, WA area in 2018, where her career has pivoted to focusing on STEM integration in schools, K-12 mathematics instruction with research on decolonizing mathematics curriculum for teachers and learners, creating inclusive math environments, and using technology to bridge equity gaps in math education.