Patricia, known as “MsEdtechie,” is currently a Technology Specialist in St. Louis Missouri, and a current member of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors. She is a national keynote speaker. Patricia is passionate about closing the digital equity divide through access and opportunity and sharing practical techniques to create meaningful technology interactions and make global connections. Among her many accolades, she was selected as a National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch in EdTech, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer, and in 2006, she was honored as Teacher of The Year. She currently serves as an ISTE Digital Equity PLN Co-Chair.
Anna has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years and currently serves as the Education Initiatives Specialist with Trafera. She is a Google Certified Trainer, and her expertise includes STEAM education, promoting literacy within STEAM instruction, gifted education, technology integration and project-based learning. Anna thrives on helping empower teachers with innovative and thoughtful technology integration which leads to engaged and curious students.
Lukas is the Elementary Mathematics Supervisor for the Pinellas County School District in Florida, where he oversees mathematics curriculum, instruction, and professional development for kindergarten through fifth grade. He has spent the past 16 years in education as a classroom teacher, school leader, and district leader. In 2017, Lukas was recognized with the national Milken Educator Award. Lukas loves to create educational resources that support teachers and engage students in problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Teena is an educator of 20 years and currently serves as a Technology Specialist in West Virginia. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading and Literacy She is a Certified Special Educator and Technology Integration Specialist. As a lifelong learner, she is a current post graduate student at Marshall University in Administration. She is Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE), Apple Teacher, and the Global Google for Education Group Leader for the state of West Virginia.
Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She then received a Reading Specialist Certification prior to attaining a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been a teacher for over 12 years. Melissa is proud to be a Next Generation Teaching Mentor. Learning, growth, and curriculum development are a huge part of her life. For this reason, she takes on leadership roles in Literacy, Math, and Blended Learning implementation within her school district. One of her greatest passions is helping others and teaching humanity to young children. Melissa does this through being a Random Acts of Kindness Service Coordinator for elementary students.
Josh is the Director of Education Initiatives with Trafera. He is a life-long learner, teacher, and administrator who has dedicated his career to building capacity among educators on the topics of technology integration and digital citizenship. He is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and former Coordinator of Technology Integration and Support with the West Virginia Department of Education. Josh holds degrees from Marshall University and Grand Canyon University. He is the proud project manager of TRAILS.
Jennifer is a 2011 graduate of West Virginia University with Master's Degrees in Elementary Education K-6 and Reading PK-Adult. She also holds an Elementary Math Specialist Certificate from Marshall University. Jennifer is the Technology Integration Specialist for Mylan Park Elementary, a PK-5 Elementary School in Monongalia County. Prior, she spent 6 years as a 2nd grade classroom teacher. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and in 2018, Jennifer was recognized as the Milken Educator for the state of West Virginia.
I have been an educator for 11 years. I have taught elementary, junior high science, and now junior high STEAM, which is a class that I designed and developed from the ground up. I have a master's degree in Teaching and Learning and am currently pursuing a master's degree in STEM Education and Leadership. My favorite part of my job is witnessing creative minds at work!
Sarah Watson received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Elementary Education. She has taught in the elementary setting for over 10 years as a classroom teacher at the primary level. Sarah recently began pursuing her love of technology as a kindergarten through sixth-grade Computer Science teacher. She is a certified Level 1 Google Educator and is currently pursuing her 2nd Master's Degree, this time in Computer Science.
John is a primary/elementary school teacher with a specialty in special education and reading intervention. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience, as well as experience in public relations and journalism. Music, exercise, rares foods are his passions outside of education. John loves teaching and making his students' days brighter.