Keynote Speaker

Chris Lehmann



Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. In September 2013, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model. In 2013, Chris co-founded the non-profit Inquiry Schools with Diana Laufenberg to help more schools create more empowering, modern learning experiences for students, and he serves as Superintendent and Chair of the Board. He is also the co-author Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need (Jossey-Bass, 2015).


Beverly Berns



Technology Integration Specialist- Keystone Area Education Agency

Beverly is a Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Area Education Agency in Iowa where she is part of a team of consultants providing professional development to Northeast Iowa schools. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a masters in Teaching English in Secondary Schools and is currently working toward a degree in Educational Leadership. Her role includes supporting districts in competency-based education, standards based grading, technology integration, blended learning and personalized learning. Bev is an annual presenter at Keystone AEA’s KPEC conference as well as other national conferences. She is passionate about supporting student-centered, collaborative classrooms through purpose driven technology integration. Prior to joining the Keystone staff, she was a middle school/ high school English teacher in a 1:1 laptop district.

Jarod Bormann



Technology Integration Specialist - Keystone AEA

Masters in Instructional Technology through the University of Northern Iowa. An adjunct professor for the same Masters program. Formally taught MS/HS English for seven years in one of the first 1:1 iPad schools in Iowa. A contributing blogger and app reviewer at, as well as a contributing blogger at An annual presenter at the Keystone TIC Conference as well as other educational tech conferences throughout the midwest. Presenter at ISTE 2016. Recognized as the 2014 Iowa Safe Schools Educator of the Year. Passionate about #PersonalizedPD & #flipclass. I love to connect with educators and share ideas on how to integrate technology in order to reach the levels of all learners. Connect with me at

Vita Carnduff



4th and 5th Grade Teacher- Gurnee School District 56

A 2014 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Vita is very proud to be able to represent Gurnee District 56. As an original Apple Trainer for the district, Vita is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to incorporate technology into her classroom and with 1:1 iPads K-8, across the district, there is always something fun to learn. Last year, Vita embraced the concept of gamification and turned her classroom into a castle, and her students into questers and adventurers. With the students focused on earning XP and conquering the evil wizard, Bor-DOOM in order to save the queen, she has seen a dramatic improvement in student achievement, interest, engagement, responsibility and productivity. Remember, Gamification + Imagination = Transformation and Motivation! Vita earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

Charlene Chausis



CIS, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD102

Charlene Chausis is a Creativity and Innovation Specialist at Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 in Buffalo Grove, IL, supporting teachers and students in the district's 1:1 iPad Personal Technology Initiative. Charlene is a frequent presenter at national, state and local education conferences, and serves on the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and Northern Illinois Computing Educators (NICE) executive boards. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Certified Trainer.

Mickey Chavannes



Director of Instructional Technology

I am the Director of Instructional Technology for the School District of Cudahy, just south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a small department of two, I oversee the management of 1200 Chromebooks and soon to be 1000 iPads. When that is running smoothly, I am found in different classrooms helping to coach teachers and students on the best ways to use technology in the classroom.

Rico D'Amore



Director of Educational Technology, Warren Township HS District #121

Rico D'Amore has been the Director of Educational Technology at Warren Township High School, one of the largest high school districts in Illinois, for the past 9 years. His work over the years includes a successful transition from a school wide BYOD policy to a district wide 1:1 Chromebook initiative for 4500 students.

Todd Dugan



Superintendent: New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88

Todd Dugan is the Superintendent of New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88, a small (115 students; 72 square miles) remote, rural district of high-poverty (74% low-income). Four years ago, the District had no student software, hardware, nor functioning website. Now, NH-M #88 is one of the most innovative small PreK-8 feeder districts in central Illinois, utilizing Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks and Microsoft Surface technologies in a 1:1 atmosphere. What changed? The community was convinced of not only why technology is beneficial, but why it is crucial to disrupt the barriers of poverty.

Allison Gest



Instructional Coach and Science Teacher

Allison Gest (@MrsGest) is a high school geosciences teacher and building instructional coach at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, IL. She is now supporting the district’s 1:1 Chromebook initiative and offering professional development to staff across the district in technology tools in the classroom, cooperative learning, and assessment. She was awarded one of the 2013 Innovative Chromebook Teacher for Science awards and was featured on the Google in Education YouTube Channel. She is also the founder of #SnowCampNS, a local EdCamp for educators, parents, students, and community members. She enjoys seeking out new ideas and providing opportunities for teachers and students to innovate education.

Michael Gorman



Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University. Mike has overseen a one to one laptop program and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has also served as a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, PBS Learning Media, and November Learning. Mike is on the National Faculty at BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech & Learning Magazine. Mike has provided hundreds of professional development opportunities across the country at conferences and school districts. Mike maintains his award-winning blog at (

R.J. Gravel



Director of Technology Services, Glenbrook High School District 225

A native of the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Gravel (@rjgravel) is the Director of Technology Services for Glenbrook High School District 225. As an educator and technologist for elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions, a SMART Exemplary Educator, and a Skyward Leader in Excellence recipient, R.J. advocates for effective technology integration in PreK-12 education at the local and national levels. As a contributor to the profession, Dr. Gravel contributes to a number of publications, and emphasizes the importance of school leaders working together in order to ensure student and staff success.

Wendy Harrop



Learning Resource Teacher

Wendy is the Learning Resource Teacher at Summit Elementary in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin - this role includes technology and makerspace integration, gifted resource, and library/technology instruction. She was part of a team that designed, built and implemented a makerspace for her school in 2014. She holds a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and has taught for 20 years in schools in Illinois, California and Wisconsin.

Phil Hintz



Director of Technology at Gurnee School District 56

Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 10 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 4th year of a district-wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 8. Phil has presented at numerous conferences around Illinois and the United States including the ICE conference, FETC, and ISTE. In the Spring of 2015 Phil was chosen as the Technology Director of the Year for 2014-2015 for the State of Illinois and was presented with this award at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) conference. In June of 2015, Phil was the recipient of ISTE’s Outstanding Leader of Year Award, which was highlighted and presented to him at the annual ISTE conference in Philadelphia. Recently it was announced that Phil made the list of the National School Boards Association’s top “20 to Watch” in educational technology. For the past 3 years, Gurnee School District 56 has played the host for many school districts that have come to tour our schools and see the initiative live and in person. Gurnee SD 56’s District-Wide 1:1 iPad Initiative was awarded the Apple Distinguished Program for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence for 2013-2015 and again for 2015-2017. An interactive iBook detailing this initiative can be found on the iTunes Book Store. Gurnee School District 56’s award-winning 1:1 iPad Initiative is one of only 6 featured programs internationally on the Apple Distinguished Schools website.

Mary Mlinar-Stephens



Director of Ed Tech Innovation

Mary is one of the Directors of Educational Technology Innovation in Waukegan Public School District #60 in Waukegan, Illinois. Mary works to build capacity for meaningful instructional technology integration by facilitating innovative ed tech professional development and by supporting professional growth in teacher leaders. Mary and the department are working to expand the district’s 1:1 learning initiative from grades 9-12 to include 6th grade next fall. She has co-presented on ed tech topics at ICE, MACUL, and ISTE, and co-presented at NASSP on the positive impact of collaborative leadership on school improvement. Mary co-chairs and works with the ITS department each year to run the Waukegan's own “Google n’ More” ed tech conference. She earned master’s degrees in both Elementary Education and in K-12 Instructional Technology, and is a graduate of the JHU/ISTE Administration and Supervision Cohort certification program. Mary is a former Waukegan middle school technology/multimedia teacher.

Jackie Moreno



Instructional Coach and Library Media Technology Specialist

Jackie collaborates with colleagues to cultivate student creativity, learning, and leadership at Sandburg Elementary, a 1:1 school. She holds a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and certifications in Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, and Secondary Education. Jackie also blogs for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. Her work is driven by a commitment to the success of diverse learners.

Deanna Nelson



Instructional Technology Trainer - Sheboygan Area School District

Deanna Nelson provides technology integration and instructional support to teachers and specialists at the Sheboygan Area School District (Wisconsin). The district of 10,000 students provides 1:1 ChromeBooks at the secondary level and 1:2 devices at the elementary level - iPad Mini's (K-2) and ChromeBooks (3-5). Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Deanna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work including 10 years in corporate business, 19 years in small business, and 10 years in public education. She is passionate about learning and sharing with others - especially those who are new to or fearful of the technology whirlwind we are living in today. Education/Certifications: BS - Business: Management and Administration MS - Education: Curriculum and Instruction Google for Education Trainer Certified SMARTBoard Trainer

Ashley Painter



Bilingual Resource Teacher

Ashley Painter, Bilingual Resource Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District, WI Ashley Painter, is in her ninth year of teaching at Sandburg Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, she began her teaching career in a Developmental Bilingual Program as a kindergarten teacher and then transitioned to a Bilingual Resource Teacher. She is a collaborative instructional technology leader in the Madison Metropolitan School District and a proven innovator with extensive experience in development of meaningful technology integration in education. She has worked with other teachers to create a path for educators and administrators to use technology transformatively. Her teaching practice now incorporates technology into all of the content areas, and has helped her students learn in transformational ways while addressing Common Core State Standards and World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Standards.

Daniel Rezac



Director of Academic Technology

Daniel Rezac is the Director of Academic Technology at Quest Academy, an independent school in Palatine, IL. In that role, he oversees Quest’s STEAM program, and is developing a STEAM curriculum that grows and develops young leaders of engineering and creativity. Quest is a 1:1 Chromebook environment, and supports students using myriad devices and platforms. Daniel is a Google Certified Innovator, also a founding organizer of EdCamp Illinois and the Palatine Mini Maker Faire. His mission is to provide students with possibilities, and to help students realize their unending potential.

Kevin Ryan



Director of 21st Century Learning, Kildeer Countryside School District 96

Director of 21st Century Learning, Kildeer Countryside School District 96. Oversees Math and Science Curriculum, instructional technology and infrastructure, and classroom learning environments. Received a B.S. in Business from Florida Southern College and a M.Ed from DePaul University. Was a teacher in Cary School District 26 and served as a building administrator in both Cary District 26 and KCSD 96 before becoming the Director of 21st Century Learning.

Anne Truger



Director of Ed Tech Innovation - Waukegan Public Schools Dist 60

Anne Truger is a Director of Educational Technology Innovation at Waukegan Public Schools District 60. She is a Google Certified Innovator, DEN STAR, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, former President of ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) and former co-chair for the ICE Conference. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in partnership with ISTE: Supervision and Leadership program. She loves all things technology and isn't afraid of trying new things. In her current position she has co-facilitated a 1:1 Learning Initiative comprised of 5000+ Chromebooks. She is also the co-facilitator for the district’s Lighthouse Lead Learner program and co-chair of Waukegan’s annual Google n’ More Conference . Anne has presented at ISTE 2001-2015, ICE 1998-2015, TCEA 2015, Tech Learning Live Chicago 2015 and was a featured speaker at MACUL 2009-2012. She enjoys presenting and sharing her lifelong love of learning and technology passion with others.

Ken Wallace



Superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207 Park Ridge, Illinois

Dr. Ken Wallace is the Superintendent for Maine Township High School District 207 in Park Ridge, Illinois whose 3 comprehensive, diverse (73 languages other than English spoken in the homes of students) high schools have been recognized by the Washington Post, US News & World, and Newsweek to be among the nation’s best high schools. One of District 207’s signature features is its innovative teacher leadership program that includes instructional coaches in each building who provide support for teachers, each of whom has an annual instructional coaching plan to help improve classroom teaching.

Steve Wick



Technology Coordinator / Science Teacher

Steve is a High School Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. He has a Masters in Instructional Technology from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. Steve has taught Science and Social Studies at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years. His passions as a learner and leader include the 4Cs, personal learning networks, Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, and student-centered classrooms. Steve has supported the implementation of EdTech and Google Apps for Education in K-12 settings. The foundation of his beliefs is that technology can facilitate pedagogical shifts to improve teaching and learning.

Brett Wilfrid




I have been a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and now principal of the same school for 7 years. Our high rates of growth and strong climate survey results from parents, teachers, and students have less to do with the experts we have in coaching roles and more to do with a school culture which promotes de-personalization of the craft of teaching. We work in teams, study the art of offering and receiving feedback, and engage in organic non-evaluative peer observation. There are coaches - and there are some who benefit from their expertise - but creating a culture of ongoing inquiry, learning, collaboration, and safe exploration of the complex art of teaching is the major goal. This flattens the hierarchy, builds transparency, develops essential skills in collaboration, and bonds people together.

Melissa Wilson



IT Coordinator / English Teacher

Melissa is a high school English teacher and instructional technology coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. This is her eighth year at Neuqua and in the English department and third year as an IT coordinator. Melissa is an avid user of Google Apps for Education and helps support teachers and students at the high school and within District 204. In addition, she believes that the collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking are essential to a successful classroom environment.

Krista Wyman



Gurnee School District 56 - Gifted Math & Language Arts Teacher

Krista Wyman is an educator at Prairie Trail School in Gurnee School District 56, an Apple Distinguished District in year four of 1:1 iPad initiative. Gifted Math and Language Arts for grades 3-5 and formerly was a 6th grade math teacher. Krista earned her undergraduate degrees from Carroll College in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Krista has an additional Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Her co-presenter, Mary Lee Xenos, also works at Prairie Trail with me and have been friends for almost 30 years. When not working hard in D56, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and cheering on her favorite Chicago teams. Go White Sox!

Mary Lee Xenos



Elementary Teacher - Gurnee School District 56

Mary Lee Xenos is an educator at Prairie Trail School in Gurnee School District 56, an Apple Distinguished School District. Mary Lee has an Elementary Education degree and Spanish minor from Carroll University (2003) and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University (2007). She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Mary Lee has experience teaching in regular education and bilingual classrooms, grades 3, 4, and 5. In addition to learning, sharing, and collaborating with other educators in her own school district, Mary Lee has been a speaker at the Waukegan Google 'n More Conference (2016), the D70 i3 Conference for K-8 Educators (2015), and the D211 1:1 Summit (2014).

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