Keynote Speaker

Micheal Horn



Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Entangled Ventures, an education technology studio, and as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.

Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.

He is on the board of Fidelis Education, Education Elements,Noodle Partners, Everest Education, the Silicon Schools Fund, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Minerva Institute, and the LearnLaunch Institute.

He serves as an advisor to Intellus Learning, Pedago, Knod, AltSchool, Degreed, Emotuit, SchoolCNXT, ReUp Education, the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is an executive editor at Education Next. He is also a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Jason Appel



Math Teacher - Barrington High School; FuseRI Fellow - Highlander Institute

Jason Appel is a math teacher at Barrington High School, and a Fuse RI Fellow for the Highlander Institute. He has 21 years of middle and high school teaching experience in Rhode Island and New York City. He is passionate about redefining the classroom in order to meet the needs of all students. Jason regularly shares his expertise around blended & personalized learning throughout New England and will be presenting at ISTE in San Antonio in June. Learn more at

Mike Arsenault



Instructional Technology Integrator - Yarmouth, Maine School Department

Mike Arsenault has been the Instructional Technology Integrator at Frank H. Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, Maine for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, Frank H. Harrison Middle School has been an Apple Distinguished School since 2007. He has been a Google Certified Innovator since attending the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago, IL in 2013. He is passionate about professional development and pre-service teacher preparation, co-leading a collaborative project within Maine connecting Technology Integrators with pre-service teachers. Mike has supported administrators, teachers and students in 1:1 environments since 2001. He is on Maine’s ISTE affiliate’s (ACTEM) board representing Technology Integrators.

Alice Barr



Instructional Technology Integrator

Alice Barr is the Instructional Technology Integrator for Yarmouth High School, an Apple Distinguished School in Yarmouth, Maine. She facilitates 1:1 learning and technology in grades 9 – 12. A semi-finalist for the 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year, Alice is also a Google Certified Innovator. She also teaches at The University of Southern Maine and provides professional development sessions during the year.

Bill Black



Principal, West Broadway Middle School, Providence RI; FuseRI Fellow - Highlander Institute

Bill Black is the Principal at West Broadway Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island. West Broadway opened as a new middle school in Providence in 2014 and blended learning became a huge driver for student success. As a Fuse Fellow, he is looking forward to learning and collaborating with passionate educators to find ways to do what is best for kids!

Laurie Center



Director of STEM Education, Moses Brown School, RI

New Director of STEM Education at Moses Brown School, in Providence RI. Veteran math and computer science teacher currently teaching the new AP Computer Science Principles course as well coding to 4 year olds. Intrigued by all programmable, electronic gadgets.

Thomas Chestna



Director of Technology, Moses Brown School

Thomas Chestna has been working at Moses Brown School for 17 years. For the past 14 years, he has been the Director of Technology. He currently teaches an Upper School course using the Arduino microprocessor electronic prototyping platform enabling students to create interactive electronic objects. Additionally, he is working to enhance STEM in early education with bi-weekly session using coding toys. Recently, Thomas served as a board member of the R.I. Society of Technology Educators (RISTE).

Michelle Ciccone


Coordinator of Technology Integration

Michelle Ciccone is Coordinator of Technology Integration at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, Mass. Michelle works with all educators at her school to seamlessly and authentically integrate technology across content and classrooms. As part of her work at McAuliffe, she also teaches a digital literacy/citizenship class to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Prior to joining McAuliffe, Michelle worked with two nonprofit organizations in the blended learning space. Michelle is passionate about engaging young people and educators in thinking about the way that technology impacts culture and society. She earned her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and B.A. from Vassar College.

Sarah Connell



Media Specialist, Auburn Public Schools

Sarah Connell teaches eighth grade English and serves as a Curriculum Coordinator of Auburn Middle School in Auburn, MA. Sarah studied English and Education at Fordham University and received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. This year, Sarah's students are using technology to activate a historic greenspace long forgotten by the town. Students have created original mobile applications to engage the community in their efforts. They have also attracted the attention of local politicians, a world renowned artist and a variety of environmental scholars.

Rachel Discko



Technology Integration Specialist- Manchester High School, CT

Rachel Discko is a former high school English teacher with a passion for technology. As a technology integration specialist, she promotes the use and integration of technology in the classroom to support quality teaching, student engagement, and learning. She also assists and supports faculty in developing a 1:1 learning environment in their classrooms. Her educational philosophy is that of George Couros: ​"Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational."

Jessica Garbowski



District Instructional Technology Coordinator - Easton Public Schools

I have been a teacher for 9 years at the middle school level in everything ranging from 6th grade to ELA to Coding. I am also the District Instructional Technology Coordinator for Easton Public Schools. My technology certifications include: Google Certified Trainer & Google Certified Level 1+2 Educator

Chrystal Hoe



Technology Coordinator- Hopkinton Public Schools

Chrystal Hoe is a 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.

Matthew X. Joseph



Director of Digital Learning, Informational Technology, and Innovation - Milford Public Schools

Dr. Joseph is currently the Director of Digital Learning, Informational Technology, and Innovation for the Milford Public School District, Milford, Ma. Before coming to Milford, he was a building principal for 11 years in Natick, Ma and Attleboro, Ma. Other professional roles include: classroom teacher, PD specialist, and other district roles supporting technology instruction. Dr. Joseph holds licenses in general education, school administration, and Ma superintendent. His master's degree is in SPED and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College.

Hilary Lundgren



5th Grade ESL Teacher, West Broadway Middle, Providence RI; FuseRI Fellow - Highlander Institute

Hilary Lundgren is a 5th grade ESL, Math and ELA teacher at West Broadway Middle School in Providence, RI. She is a graduate of Wheelock College where she studied Counseling Psychology and has her MAT from Rhode Island College in Elementary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. ​Miss Lundgren is focused on engaging students in learning and advocating for at risk youth. She implemented Blended Learning in her first year of teaching, under the guidance of the Highlander Institute, and has since won numerous awards which include; NBC10 Golden Apple Award, Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award, RIMTA Rookie Teacher of the Year 2016, RIMLE Promising Practitioner 2016, Digital Tech Champion of Rhode Island 2015 and 2016. ​Outside of the classroom, you will find Miss Lundgren cheering on her students in the stands of their sporting events, meeting with families in their communities, and at all WBMS events. Miss Lundgren is looking forward towards the future as she continues to build a strong classroom culture that is focused on personalizing learning for every student and doing what's best for kids!

Deborah Marshall


Department Chair Career & Technical Ed; Granby High School, Norfolk, VA

Deborah is the Career & Technical Education Department Chair at Granby High School, Norfolk, VA. She has been Teacher of the Year, collaborated on state technology initiatives, presented Train the Trainer professional developments throughout Virginia, has been published in geography, library and science journals, and serves on the Virginia Department Of Education's 2017 Computer Science Steering Committee.

Robyn McKenney

@@robynmckenney, @wpstechthink, @elemcomplab


K-5 Technology Coordinator, Waterford Public Schools, Waterford, CT.

Robyn is a K-5 Technology Coordinator at Waterford Public Schools in Connecticut. She has a Master’s in Education Technology and has worked at the Elementary, Middle School, High School, and District Level. Currently Robyn works with teachers and students to facilitate the purposeful integration of technology throughout the elementary curriculum. She is passionate about leveraging technology to provide opportunities for creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. She believes that technology can empower learners by transforming learning environments, perpetuating opportunities for problem-solving, and amplifying student voice.

Paul Sanfrancesco



Director of Technology, Owen J Roberts SD, Pottstown, PA

Paul Sanfrancesco is Director of Technology for the Owen J Roberts School District in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches as a professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA and Neumann University, Aston, PA. Mr. Sanfrancesco has been a teacher and assistant principal in the high school setting. He was named as one of the "20 to Watch" educators by the National School Boards Association for his work in IT. He has served on Dell's K-12 Platinum Council for the past seven years. He is a technology consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publishing company. Mr. Sanfrancesco has offered presentations to teachers, administrators, parents and students across the country in topics that cover digital footprint to setting technology visions for districts.

Whitney Wadecki



Teacher, Waterford Public Schools, Waterford, CT

Whitney Wadecki is a first grade teacher at Waterford Public Schools in Connecticut. She has a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut. Whitney has made it her mission to empower her classes by using technology in creative and innovative ways. She has created an after school coding program for grades K and 1 as well as running school-wide robot days. Whitney has presented about coding and innovative technologies at local, state, and national conferences.

Andrew Wallace



Director of Technology, South Portland Maine Schools

Andrew Wallace has been a technology director for South Portland Schools in Maine for the past 13 years. He is a member of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), is Treasurer of ACTEM (Maine’s ISTE affiliate), and is President of the Maine Educational Technology Directors Association (METDA). He is a member of the design team of #EdChatME, a weekly Twitter chat, and was recently named to the faculty of the University of Maine’s Graduate College of Education. A former librarian, Wallace is interested in spreading the Learning Commons model and helping to imagine and create effective learning spaces. Please connect with him on the Twitter.

Julie York



Career Preparation Department Chair, Educational Access Channel Operator & Webmaster, South Portland

Julie York is the Career Preparation Department Chair, Educational Access Channel Operator, and Webmaster for South Portland High School in South Portland, Maine. She is a Graphite Certified educator who is dedicated to the inclusion of computer science, STEAM, and media literacy in high school curriculum. She has created and maintained several computer and media electives in her school system and is now working on concurrent classes with a local college allowing students to earn college credit while still in high school.

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