Keynote Speakers

Spotlight Speakers

Lee Martin

Lee Martin

Educator, Consultant, Professional Risk-taker - DSBN, Brock University

Rob Dunlop

Rob Dunlop

Blended Learning Resource Teacher - DSBN


Sukru Akyuz
Math Teacher
Cree School Board
I currently teach math at a Cree Northern Quebec community, called Chisasibi. I drive 16 hours from Ottawa to be here. This is my first teaching job I started five years ago.

I got my Ontario teaching licence in January 2009 and started hunting for a wife. Got happily married in June 2009 and now have two girls, 2- and 4-year-olds.

I am good at using tech tools and can learn new things very fast. My goal is to build a better website, and have an app to integrate with it.

Mrs. Katie Bauml
Limestone District school
I’m a primary elementary school teacher teaching in a small rural school. I’ve been teaching for 13 years and have been exploring coding and Lego Robotics within the last 5 years. My goal is for students to want to learn and for them to become learners while they are attending school. As well as having students explore a variety of coding and innovative activities.
Amy Beecham
Instructional Coach
Peel District School Board
I have been teaching for 18 years and have a range of experiences from primary to intermediate classrooms, special education and ESL. Most recently, I taught in a “paperless” grade 8 classroom with flexible seating using a maker stance approach. I have a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and a passion for everything tech. Currently, I am an instructional coach in Brampton where I get to do what I love everyday!
Mr. Vincent Bénard
CS Viamonde
Enseignant des technologies, motivé par les possibilités pédagogiques qu’offrent les technologies de l’informatique en salle de classe. Les découvertes et l’application des nouvelles technologies maintiennent mon niveau d’enthousiasme et mon désir de partager mes connaissances avec les éducateurs(trices) intéressées. Venez démystifier le monde du modelage et impression 3D.
Mr. Jared Bennett
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Jared is a Digital Program Consultant with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.
Andrew Bieronski
Waterloo Region District School Board
Andrew Bieronski is a high school teacher at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, ON, which is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is passionate about finding ways to leverage technology in the classroom to improve student learning and achievement. Andrew serves as an Educational Technology Mentor to startup companies that are part of the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program and is the founder and director of TEDxKitchenerED.
Julianne Birch
Elementary Teacher
Peel District School Board
Julianne Birch teaches at Mount Royal Public School in Brampton, Ontario. She has experience in the primary, junior and intermediate grades and loves to integrate technology into her lessons and classrooms. As a Special Education teacher, Julianne focuses on matching innovative technology with students’ strengths.
Leslie Boerkamp
Instructional Coach
Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
Leslie has been a teacher with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board since 2004. She currently works as the “Technology in Learning Consultant” and has a passion for educational technology, assistive technology, and integrating technology tools with anyone and everyone who will listen, learn, and try alongside her! She has facilitated workshops and PD sessions for teachers at her school, her board, at OTF’s Pedagogy B4 Technology conferences, and at Bring It Together conferences. Her favourite thing about education includes the people she meets and their ideas!
Milène Brassard
Milène Brassard est enseignante-accompagnatrice au conseil scolaire Viamonde, suite à plusieurs années d’enseignement. Elle est très passionnée par les technologies et se fait une mission de l’intégrer dans son enseignement et ses accompagnements, et ce, surtout en mathématique.
Jonathan Brown
Retired Public Servant
Northumberland County
Jonathan was a former adult, alternative education teacher and eLearning coordinator with the Kawartha Pine Ridges DSB. In 2000, he joined the Ontario Ministry of Education where he worked on multiple policy and program initiatives until his retirement in June 2016. Since then, Jonathan has been volunteering his time on how Open Data can be used to support experiential learning outside the classroom.
Ms. Joanna Bull
Digital Literacy Resource Teacher
York Region District School Board
Joanna Bull is a Digital Literacy Resource for the York Region District School Board. She is passionate about responsive teaching and facilitation that builds trust and community as well as scuba diving and ocean conservation.
Barb Caunter
Teaching for 20+ years. Participating in a TLLP with Laurie Vonk about adding STEAM to school wide environmental inquiries. Presenters on Literacy, Inquiry and Repeated Interactive Read Alouds.
Mr. Brian Chen
Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact
Durham Catholic District School Board
Brian is a teaching and learning consultant with the Durham Catholic District School Board currently in the role of the TELTC (Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact). He has been a high school teacher, a business curriculum manager for an online private school and an online teacher. He and Michael Cain co-wrote the 21st Century Shepherds: Stewards of Student Data course in 2016 and he is eager to share his experiences with digital privacy at Connect 2017.
Laura Collins
Toronto District School Board
Laura Collins is a Kindergarten/Grade 1 Special Education teacher and DLL with the Toronto District School Board. Laura has taught a variety of subjects in a number of educational roles ranging from Kindergarten – Grade 8 and incorporates technology into her daily teaching. She is a Certified Google Educator and has presented workshops on technology/STEM within her board as well as at OISE, ETFO and Ontario Google Summits. She loves all things Google, coding, robotics, STEM and any edtech innovation that increases student engagement and makes work easier for teachers.
Mr. Jeff Cummings
Technology Enabled Learning Coordinator
Wellington Catholic District School Board
Mrs. Laura Deeves
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Born and raised in Westport, Ontario, I am pleased that my career has returned me to my roots, and the school I grew up in.
I have taught in three countries, and all grades from K-6, including Special Education. I currently am enjoying a wonderfully small group of grade 5 and 6 students. Throughout my years of teaching, I have always embraced the idea of being a life-long learner. Over the past few years, I have worked hard to improve how I teach Math, how I approach new lessons and how I use technology in my classroom.
A friend once said, “You just need to get playing with technology and use it. Just get in and give it a try.” I’m so glad I listened!
Using OneNote and our Classroom Notebook is now a daily activity that I engage in and so do my students. It keeps us all organized, and allows for many collaborative opportunities.
At home, my two teenaged sons keep me “up-to-date” on technology, as I work to hold my “cool Mom” status.
Mrs. Amanda Dickson
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Amanda has been teaching with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario for the past 10 years. She has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of grades and positions from K-8 including Special Education. Over the past 8 years she has been teaching Kindergarten where her true passion lies. Her school was one of the first to offer the full-day Kindergarten Program, where she has seen play-based learning unfold and the benefits it has had socially and emotionally on her students. Over the past 2 years she has been part of a TLLP focusing on Microsoft Teams and OneNote, using these for home/school connection and as tools for pedagogical documentation.
Mr. Lotfi Djemai
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Lotfi Djemai détient un ingéniorat en informatique et un baccalauréat en enseignement. Il est aussi spécialiste en mathématiques. Lotfi travaille au conseil Viamonde depuis plus de 5 années. Il enseigne présentement l’informatique au niveau secondaire et la concentration robotique à l’intermédiaire (École Ronald Marion – Pickering). Il anime le club de robotique au sein de son école et a déjà participé aux différents concours de robotique Zone 01.
Miss. Kaylyn Dorland
Elementary Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow
Halton Catholic District School Board
Kaylyn is a passionate teacher from the Halton Catholic District School Board, where she has been teaching since 2011. In 2014 she was selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert by Microsoft in Education, Canada. Joining this community of innovative educators was when her journey with 21st century learning really began. Since then, she has developed strategic ways to teach her primary students how to successfully use OneNote, Sway, Minecraft, and Skype on a regular basis in her classroom.

Kaylyn is also strong advocate for global education and collaboration. One of her goals is to help other teachers, students and classrooms to connect worldwide; giving them a live experience of collaborating and learning from and with each other.

Kaylyn is now become a Microsoft Educator Fellow and Trainer, as well as Team Lead for an exciting TLLP project. She continues to work closely with 21st century teaching leads across the globe, conducts and participates in webinars, workshops and webcasts as well as write about her experiences with 21st century learning in education.

Jeff Dumoulin
IT Teacher Consultant
Grand Erie District School Board
IT Teacher Consultant ⋅ Grand Erie Ed Tech Team @GEDSB21C ⋅ Microsoft Certified Educator ⋅ #MIEExpert ⋅ Sharing Ed Tech tools to support 21st Century Competencies.
Mr. Robert Dunlop
Blended Learning Resource Teacher
District School Board of Niagara
Robert Dunlop is a national award winning teacher with a passion for technology and teacher motivation. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award of Teaching Excellence, Robert always strives to make learning engaging and meaningful. Whether working with students or teachers, he believes that inspiring a love of learning should always come first.

Robert also believes that we need to tap into our passions to find happiness. As part of the Terry Fox Lesson Plan writing team, Robert created a series of K-8 lesson plans to help keep Terry Fox’s dream alive. These lessons have been viewed over 3 millions times internationally since they were create four years ago. Click here to view these lessons.

His current role as Blended Learning Resource Teacher at the District School Board of Niagara has afforded him the privilege of working with thousands of K-12 educators throughout the province. Through his experiences in this role, Robert has developed a passion for making a positive impact on teacher wellness. He is currently writing a book on Happiness in Education. His mission is to celebrate, connect and inspire educators around the world and empower them to find happiness and fulfillment in education.

Nabil El kerri
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Nabil est un enseignant de mathématiques et de physique à l’école secondaire francophone Toronto Ouest. Nabil adopte la technologie en classe comme outil d’évaluation et de différentiation pédagogique. Il coordonne également le programme STIAM à l’école Toronto ouest depuis septembre 2017.
Mr. Cory Ell
Secondary Teacher
CORY ELL is a senior level Contemporary Studies teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with over 20 years in the classroom. He received his Bachelor of History (Honours) in 1992 from the University of Ottawa, followed by his Bachelor of Education in 1993 from the University of Western Ontario. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, recording, and performing music in local venues around the Ottawa area, and has built and equipped multiple recording spaces in his home base (St. Matthew Catholic High School in Orleans, ON). He is a self-described “news junkie” and works hard to engage all classes in a critical awareness of current events in the world around them.
Mrs. Carla Esposito
Durham Catholic District School Board
Mrs. Tina Franzen
Technology Services Coordinator
Trillium Lakelands DS
I have worked in the Technology Services department now for 6 years. Prior to that, I have taught mathematics grades 9 – 12 for 13 years. I am a mother and I love to run and kickbox!
Mr. Carlo Fusco
Waterloo Region DSB
Carlo Fusco is a Teacher-Librarian at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario. In the course of his career he has been an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher, and a college professor. Carlo has always been passionate about the use of technology to enhance student learning. He regularly shares his expertise when he facilitates Professional Development in the areas of blogging, podcasting, collaborative writing, cloud based tools, 1:1 chromebooks, elementary coding, flipped classrooms, and digital citizenship.
Mr. Oliver Gallery
Renfrew County
An educator for 10+ years who has spent the last 5 in a technology coaching role. I am passionate about supporting students with the development of skills that promotes problem-solving, collaboration, and a curiosity for global issues through authentic deep learning tasks.
Jen Giffen
Digital Literacy Resource Teacher
York Region DSB
Jen Giffen, formerly a secondary English and Math teacher, currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board just north of Toronto, Canada.. She is a Sketchnoter and Google for Education Certified Innovator (#WDC17). Her teaching passions centre around EdTech and finding ways to reach struggling students.

She can be found on all over social media @virtualgiff and on her website

Bill Gowsell
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
I have worked for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario for over 10 years. In that time, I have taught from grade 3-8, and worked with a variety of students with multiple learning abilities. Technology in the classroom provides numerous learning opportunities. From booking a Skype Virtual Field Trip to using OneNote to provide feedback to students in real time, the world is open for the students to explore and learn thanks to technology. When I am not teaching, I spend my free time exploring my hometown of Kingston with my wife and two kids.
Cynthia Gozzard
Itinerant Teacher Ed Tech Elementary
Grand Erie District School Board
As an Itinerant Teacher Ed Tech Elementary I help to support schools in their quest to infuse technology into the classroom. I’ve helped to support many schools in their transition from a traditional library space to a Learning Commons. Last year I focused on integrating game based learning into our Learning Commons set up which also featured print materials, digital materials and a MakerSpace.
Dr. Cindy Gunn
Director, Faculty Development Center
American University of Sharjah
Dr. Cindy Gunn is the Director of the Faculty Development Center and Professor in the Department of English at American University of Sharjah (AUS). Before joining AUS in 2001, she lived and taught in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. While a member of the English Department at AUS, she helped to develop the MATESOL program and the Education minor. As the Director of the Faculty Development Center she works closely with the Academic Computing Group to offer workshops on effective use of technology in the classroom as well as assisting individual faculty members in their endeavors to utilize technology in the classroom.
Quin Henderson
Technology Coordinator
Weber School District
Quin Henderson is a magician turned educator. As the Technology Coordinator at Weber School District in Ogden, Utah, Quin develops technology and innovation strategies that inspire teachers and students. He is a keynote and spotlight presenter with the natural ability to entertain, engage, and inspire audiences to take action.

In conjunction with his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Quin is a Google Certified Innovator (#SWE17), Certified Educator. Certified Trainer and Administrator.

Quin is currently teaching Innovation and Design Thinking on the secondary level at the districts Innovation High School and is working to launch a whole new PD experience for educators. He welcomes anyone to reach out to share ideas or to talk shop on education, technology, or anything else they may be passionate about.

Mrs. Jane Hirst
Grand Erie District School Board
Jane Hirst is a DLL with Grand Erie District School board. She is a MCE, an MIEE and a MIET. She is passionate about integrating technology in the classroom to facilitate student engagement, differentiation and 21st century learning competencies. She runs the WGES Digerati at her school, where a group of dedicated students help staff and other students with technology. She also runs a technology session where student representatives from other grades learn coding and robotics. These students then take what they have leaned and share their expertise with their homeroom teacher and the other students in their class.
Mr. Robin Holt
Teacher of Awesomeness
Peel District School Board
Robin Holt is a PJIS teacher in his 9th-year teacher; 1 year in the Bahamas, and 8 with the Peel District School Board. This year is his 2nd year at Centennial Sr. P.S. in the SciTech Regional Program teaching Grade 7. In SciTech, Students view the curriculum through an inquiry lens, use design thinking, science and technology to engage and empower them as modern learners.
Ms. Jody Jakubo
Rainbow District School Board
Jody began her teaching career in 2005 with the York Region District School Board. She moved back home to Sudbury three years later where she is currently an English teacher at Confederation Secondary School. Jody is passionate about incorporating 21st century learning skills into the classroom and allowing students to drive their own learning through the use of inquiry projects. Jody believes that validating student’s personal interests is key to building relationships. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children as well as seeking out escape room experiences.
Mark Janke
Technology Services Consultant
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Husband, Father of 2, technology enthusiast. Present areas of interest include Hyperdocs, VR, and Classroom Design.
Ms. Janis Jones
K-12 Learning Coach
Toronto District School Board
Janis Castle Jones is a K to 12 Learning Coach with the Toronto District School Board. In her role, she is privileged to work alongside educators and partner with parents to enhance equity in education and create inclusive spaces where all students are valued contributors in a learning community. Janis is passionate about connecting educators who are interested in integrating technology and social innovation through an inquiry framework in order to ignite a spark and empower students to contribute solutions to local and global issues.
Sapna Khosa
Grade 6 Teacher
Peel District School Board
I am a grade 6 teacher in the Peel District School Board and a self-taught Google Geek, who loves to make all aspects of teaching more efficient, effective and manageable. I am always looking to learn and explore new ways to use technology and I enjoy the level of collaboration that Google Apps and other programs bring to the classroom.
Alanna King
Teacher-Librarian, eLearning teacher
Upper Grand District School Board
Alanna King is an agent of change in the Upper Grand District School Board. She works tirelessly to improve availability and access to resources in all media forms in her secondary school library learning commons. Alanna is proud to volunteer with the Ontario School Library Association and TVO and can best be found on Twitter @banana29.
Kyle Kitchen
IT 4 Learning
Kyle Kitchen is a coder, maker, speaker, presenter, leader, and all-around teacher of innovation. Teaching for over 17 years in the Niagara region (the past 7 as a technology integrator), he often describes his role as the bridge between curriculum and technology. He is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to enhance their learning through the use of modern technology. He is rarely seen in the wild without his Batman tech bag of tricks and an extremely large coffee in hand.
Melanie Kitchen
Melanie is a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Staff Development for Erie 1 BOCES, which services 108 school districts in Western New York. For the last 14 years, Melanie has worked with students, teachers and administrators to implement research based instructional strategies combined with purposeful technology integration.
Ms. Andrea Kleinsteuber
Rainbow District School Board
Andrea began teaching in 1996 after completing the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Warwick. She currently teaches English at Lockerby Composite School in the Rainbow District School Board. She is passionate about helping students find their interests and encourages them to use their creativity that sometimes gets lost along the way. Inquiry based learning and 21st Century learning skills are underlying practices in her teaching. Outside the classroom, she enjoys reading, writing, going to camp and watching movies.
Arianna Lambert
I’m a grade 4/5 Teacher in the Toronto District School Board who loves integrating technology and mindfulness in the classroom. Through inquiry and Entrepreneurial Thinking, I work with students who are engaged in meaningful learning opportunities while looking at ways to make the world an even better place. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of co-facilitating the STE(A)M Certificate Course for Junior Teachers in our board. For the last 2 years, I have been fortunate to co-moderate #tdsbEd, Twitter chats for educators in the TDSB. Through conversations on trends in Education from STEAM to Mindfulness, it has become an online community of educators dedicated to improving their practice to ensure greater student success, well-being and achievement.
Mrs. Miriam LaPeare
Elementary Teacher
Grand Erie District School Board
An Ontario public school educator for the last 14 years. I am currently teaching Grade 6 and am a Digital Lead Learner for the Grand Erie District School Board. My goal is to foster curiosity, creativity, innovation and collaboration in classrooms that will prepare students for a rapidly changing, technological and interconnected world. I believe STEAM explorations inspire students curiosity while exposing them to real world, challenging issues.
Robert Long
Coordinator Learning Technology
Learning Technologies Coordinator at Ottawa Catholic. Passionate about leveraging technology for deep learning.
Mme Linda Love
Leader pédagogique TacTIC
Ministry of Education
Linda Love a travaillé au palier élémentaire en tant qu’enseignante, conseillère pédagogique et direction d’école pendant un peu plus de 30 ans. Durant ces années, elle a aussi oeuvré à titre de conseillère pédagogique à l’échelon provincial dans le cadre du projet FARE, et de direction des services pédagogiques au conseil scolaire Viamonde dans les volets Politique d’aménagement linguistique et cadre d’efficacité des écoles. Elle occupe pour une quatrième année le poste de leader pédagogique au service de formation professionnelle – volet formation et accompagnement, auprès de l’équipe TacTIC du CFORP. Son rôle d’appui aux directions d’école dans la mise en oeuvre et la poursuite du virage à l’ère numérique la passionne. Apprenante à vie, Linda s’intéresse hautement aux domaines reliés au développement des compétences globales ; et souhaite humblement pouvoir contribuer dans un modèle de collaboration avec les directions d’école et le personnel enseignant à la réussite de tous les élèves.
Nathalie MacDonald
Enseignante 5/6
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Enseignante passionnée pendant 24 ans. La différentiation est au cœur de ma passion: engager tous les élèves, les aider à vivre des succès et réaliser leur plein potentiel. Je suis constamment en apprentissage moi-même, prête à apprendre de nouvelles stratégies, et de partager ma philosophie, mes succès et défis avec d’autres professionnels passionnés par l’enseignement.
Lee Martin
Educator, Consultant, Professional Risk-taker
DSBN, Brock University
Lee Martin is an Elementary Teacher and Makerspace Instructional Coach in Niagara and an Instructor for the Faculty of Education, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. An award-winning educator, Lee empowers educators and students to see themselves as daredevils who take risks, solve problems and make a better world. Lee is also a consultant and researcher who has supported educators and companies from around the globe on diverse topics such as makerspace, coding and robotics, digital citizenship, risk taking and supporting young mathematicians. Finally, Lee is a passionate advocate of equity in education and demonstrates this commitment through his COMPUTERS4CHANGE charity which seeks to provide greater accessibility to educational technology for students and educators.
Mrs. Vickie Morgado
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 17 years. She has taught multiple grades and worked as a technology coach. Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world becoming agents of change. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT, OAME and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE 2015 and 2017. Vickie is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, and PioNear. She uses technology in her classroom to connects her students with the world.
Laura Morrison
Project Manager, Research
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Laura Morrison is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She currently teaches the online course Learning in Digital Contexts to primary/junior and intermediate/senior teacher candidates. Laura is also the project manager of research in Canada Research Chair, Dr. Janette Hughes’ STEAM3D lab, located within the Faculty of Education. Laura completed her Master’s of Arts at UOIT, with a focus on the impact of digital literacies in education. Her favourite ways to communicate are through poetry, narrative and image.
Stephanie Myers
Consultant, Learning Technologies
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Stephanie is a Learning Technologies Consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is passionate about learner agency, future ready schools and is a former seconded teacher to the University of Ottawa where she taught integrating technology in the classroom. Stephanie is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Hapara Certified Trainer/Consultant.
Ms. Jennifer Nalon
Jennifer has been an elementary teacher for 17 years, teaching K – 8 including Special Education and Differentiated Instruction. This past year, she has been the lead teacher of a Teacher Learning and Leadership Project with a focus on Pedagogical Documentation. She has always been passionate about Math and Growth Mindset, but a new passion is emerging: fostering teaching and learning with technology.
Kiril Pamporov
IT Manager – Enterprise Administration
IT Leader, with over 13 years of experience in IT Planning, Transformation and Delivery Operations.
Leading Toronto District School Board IT Operations Analytics and Big Data transformation.
Lisa Pilgrim
Instructional Program Leader – Elementary
Halton District School Board
A former architect and intermediate teacher, I have worked as a Math Coach as well as an Instructional Program Leader for the HDSB.
Cindy Plunkett
Manager, eLearning and Educational Technologies
Baycrest Health Sciences
Cindy Plunkett is a project manager of eLearning and educational technologies at Baycrest Health Sciences and the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. She is also an executive director of finance for the eACH Conference, a lecturer in the graduate studies programs for family and community medicine at the University of Toronto, and a sessional lecturer in the education faculty at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe
Media Arts Teacher
Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe has taught Media and Art in the Ontario Secondary School System for over eleven years. She has done workshops for the National Character Education Conference as well as workshops on integrating arts and film cross curricularly.

As well as developing arts and film programs for her home school board of TLDSB, Jennifer has been active in creating a career women’s conference, and arts elementary and high school feeder school art connections programs with TLDSB.
Jennifer is currently teaching media at I.E. Weldon Secondary School as well as continuing post graduate studies at UOIT.

Rachelle Poth
Riverview Jr Sr High School
I teach Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology. She is also an attorney with a Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law and has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. I am the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, the President-Elect a for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT Historian. I was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology, the PA affiliate of ISTE) and by the NSBA as one of the “20 to watch” educators. I stay actively involved in several communities as an Ambassador for BloxelsEDU, Buncee, CoSpaces, Flipgrid, Hoonuit, and an Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, Recap Pioneer, TES Ambassador and Ambassador for several other networks. I wrote chapter 3 of the Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and is a contributing author to “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE.
Mr. Robert Powo
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Monsieur Powo travaille au conseil scolaire Viamonde. Il a une formation dans le domaine de la recherche et particulièrement en chimie organique. Soucieux de mettre ses connaissances au service des jeunes, M. POWO s’est engagé dans le domaine de l’éducation en 2015, et enseigne la chimie à l’école secondaire de Lamothe-Cadillac à Windsor. Il est très engagé dans l’introduction de la technologie dans son enseignement. Cette stratégie garde la plupart des jeunes motivés et intéressés à apprendre dans un milieu où les téléphones cellulaires et les tablettes sont en plein effervescence. Il a intégré l’apprentissage par le jeu en utilisant minecraft.
Mr Jonathan Pratt
TELT-Contact/eLibrary Coordinator
Jonathan Pratt is an Educator with the Renfrew County District School Board. Over the past three years, Jonathan has been part of the TELT-C team-leading technology innovation and integration in K-12 classrooms. Along with establishing and maintaining a district-wide digital eBook resource as eLibrary Coordinator, he has also worked to extend the use of virtual reality, coding, and robotics through authentic challenge-based learning for students.
Mr. Aaron Puley
Department Head / Teacher
I am an inquiry minded historian with a passion for engaging students, the department head of Canadian and World Studies at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton, ON, and above all that, a father of two amazing little ladies! Prior to my current tenure at SWC, I was the consultant for student and parent engagement for HWDSB (5 years) and, previous to that, a consultant of 21st Century learning for K-12 (2 years). Engaging students in new and innovative ways brings me joy.
Jamie Reaburn
Jamie is a passionate educator in the WRDSB who focuses on the ideas of personalization of learning and descriptive feedback rather than grades. As an active collaborator, she has co-facilitated engaging and meaningful student-led projects that provide her students with opportunities to have a voice on a global level. Jamie also presents at various conferences across Ontario including BIT and Connect. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being a mommy to two beautiful, funny, and creative little girls.
Mrs Lisa Read
District Information Technology Coordinator
School District 79
Lisa is the Information Technology Coordinator for School District 79— Cowichan Valley. Her official role is to help teachers integrate technology into their practice. Unofficially, she looks for ways to support all learners in a fun, active and authentic ways.
Currently, her Educational Passions are Design Thinking and Unplugged Coding and Computational Thinking activities
Jonathan Redeker
K-12 Technology Coordinator
Goshen Central School District
Educational Technology Specialist, K-12 Technology Coordinator, NYSCATE Social Media Coordinator, educational disruptor
Mr. Roger Reynolds
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Roger Reynolds is a grade 6 teacher with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board in Lindsay, Ontario. Roger is passionate about engaging students through the use of technology and makerspace. His focus this year has been allowing students to explore their own interests and passions through makerspace and embedding curriculum into their self-selected passion projects. You can check out what is happening in his classroom by following @ReynoldsTeach.
Hella Richter-Glinos
Genius Hour Teacher (JK-Grade 5)
Millwood Junior School
Hella Richter-Glinos is a Genius Hour Teacher, Resource teacher and chairperson (POR) at Millwood J S. in the TDSB. She is a Digital Lead Learner who enjoys supporting teachers with using Google Apps to facilitate inquiry, improve assessment practices, run a paperless program, manage project-based learning and integrate Global Competencies. She has enjoyed presenting at numerous conferences around Ontario including TDSB Google Camp, Connect Conference, MakerEd TO Conference and EdTechTeam Summits. As a First Lego League (FLL) and JrFLL robotics coach, Hella has helped to lead five teams to the Ontario Championships and one to Ontario Innovation Celebration. Hella is a lifelong learner who, after completing her Special Education Specialist, ICT specialist and PQP Masters Dimension with OPC, is now studying International School Leadership in the MPEd program at the University of Western Ontario.
Tracy Rosen
Education Consultant, Quebec’s RECIT network
Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles
Tracy Rosen is an education consultant with the Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles and a Provincial resource person with the RECIT, Quebec’s technology integration resource network.
She believes that technology is best used when it helps to share our stories around teaching and learning and that if we want to see change in our classrooms, we need to see it in our professional development as well.
She has taught in both the youth and adult sectors since 1996.
Lori Sands
Director, Teaching Resources Center and SELF Design Studio
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lori Sands is Director of the Teaching Resources Center, a model school library in the School of Education at UNCG, and the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace dedicated to preparing pre-service teachers to become educational leaders who incorporate hands-on, innovative teaching strategies. Lori also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the UNCG Library and Information Studies department, where she teaches courses on makerspace design and implementation and school library practicum supervision.
Mr. Ryan Smith
Technology Services Consultant
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Originally a high school math and science teacher in Huntsville, ON, I am currently a technology consultant with the TLDSB. I have been working with teachers to integrate coding into their classrooms at a district level during the past two years. Personally I have two awesome kids and am an avid mountain biker and hockey player.
Jonathan So
Peel Board of Education
Jonathan is a teacher in the Peel District School Board. He is currently teaching Grade 6 at Ray Lawson Public School. He has also taught grades 2 to 6 and is one of the lead instructional technology and math coaches at his school. He is always looking to promote creativity and exploration in his students and colleagues. Jonathan uses Google Apps in his daily teaching and loves how it opens his classroom to the world around him. He is a google certified teacher (level 2). His interests lie in math and technology (not in any particular order) but he is also passionate about inquiry and the endless possibilities it has for his students. Jonathan also loves building connections with other teachers and classrooms. Opening the classroom doors and letting the world in has been one his most recent passions. Connect with him @Mrsoclassroom.
Richard Swandel
Secondary ICT Consultant
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Richard Swandel is an educator with 16 years experience as a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. His current obsessions include equity in edtech, GSuite, learning spreadsheets. and Google Cardboard.
Heather Theijsmeijer
Renewed Math Strategy Co-ordinator
Rainbow District School Board
A Math and Physics teacher for 15 years, Heather is currently the Renewed Math Strategy Co-ordinator (grades 7-12) for the Rainbow District School Board. Her role allows her to split her time between working directly with students, and facilitating collaborative inquiry projects with teams of teachers, developing and implementing innovative, technology-enabled teaching, learning, and assessment practices in Math.
Lynn Thomas
Digital Lead Learner, Secondary English Teacher, Acting Deptartment Head of English
Granderie District School Board
I am the mother of 4 children and a Secondary school English teacher at Dunnville Secondary School. I am a Digital Lead Learner in the Granderie DSB, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer. My goals are to support fellow teachers in integrating technology into the classroom and provide innovative learning opportunities to students that will build their 21st century skills.
Craig Thompson-Wood
Peel District School Board
Teacher of 18 years experience, and lover of board games for many more years than that! Now, much like chocolate and peanut butter, finding that the two go great together!
Ms. Jenna Tsuchida
Grand Erie District School Board
Jenna is a high school English teacher in the Grand Erie District School Board who loves collaboration for herself and her students. She values professional development and believes strongly in the importance of continuous growth and self-reflection. Jenna is interested in exploring healthy, constructive technology use in education. She also advocates for the importance of mindfulness in education for both educators and students. Jenna recently completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at OISE, focusing on student-centred research and social streaming.
Louise Vaillancourt
K-12 Instructional Technology Coach
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Louise Vaillancourt is a Technology Coach for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is passionate about STEM and language learning. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for technological tools and strives to make robotics and coding accessible to all. Currently, she is also experimenting with PedDoc, the Maker Mindset and improving workflow for educators.
Blanca Valdez
Bilingual Teacher
Waco ISD
Blanca Valdez holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Marketing from Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico, and a Texas Educator Certification, Bilingual Generalist EC-4.
She is a dedicated and recognized Bilingual Educator and #AppleTeacher who uses the 21st-century skills framework to integrate technology in early childhood and primary classrooms. Miss Valdez strives to be a disrupter and catalyst for change in her school district by encouraging educators to transform teaching practices to improve learning outcomes, student engagement, and academic success. Since 2014, she has been leading the implementation of the Apple ConnectED grant on her campus, a Title 1 school that serves more than 540 under-resourced learners in Waco, Tx.
Mrs Pascale Vandenhaak
Physical and Health Educator
CS Viamonde
Pascale is completing her 24th year as a teacher, 21 of which have been in the physical & health education field. She teaches in her area of specialties of H&PE and music at École Nouvel Horizon in Welland for the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde. She is passionate about promoting health and physical literacy with her students and colleagues across her board where she assists with coaching and in-service training. Pascale is also an Ontario Physical Health Education Association (Ophea) Ambassador and helps to promote teaching resources through leading workshops, webinars, blogs and resource review. A curious learner with an interest in technology, Pascale looks for ways to incorporate technology in all facets of her job to facilitate delivery and to enhance learning for her students.
Dr. Shelly Vohra
Instructional Coach
Peel District School Board
Shelly Vohra is an Instructional Coach and recently completed her PhD in Educational Technology. She is an AQ instructor in Mathematics as well as having instructed AQs in ESL, Technology, and Media Literacy. Shelly is passionate about inquiry, social justice, and equity through an integrated curriculum. She has written several courses and documents on a variety of educational topics. Shelly is currently planning her next research study as well as writing her book on an inquiry based classroom. You can follow her on twitter @raspberryberet3 and connect with her through her blog
Ms. Amanda Williams
Halton District School Board
Amanda Williams is a Learning Commons teacher from Halton with a passion for innovation. As an arts advocate, Amanda has presented provincially and globally, on inquiry based learning and the arts. Her belief in “doing school differently” has led her to develop a co-plan/co-teach model of instruction with educators in her building. Most recently, she has been sharing the transformation she led from library to “Learning Commons,” including the development of a Makerspace. She has been a part of innovation based leadership teams within her school board and presents regularly on the impact of “making” and design thinking on student empowerment and student achievement.
Mark Willoughby
Online Course Developer/Administrator
Brock University
Mark has been developing several online courses for the Department of Mathematics at Brock University. Mark has also been an instructor of calculus for the past 7 years. Mark has been involved with integrating technology in the classroom for many years, including the Caribou Contest, a world-wide online mathematics contest for elementary students. Mark has an M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. from Brock University.
Karen Wilson
Karen is part of the Digital Program Consultant Team at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Her teaching experience includes Teacher-Librarian, Family Studies, Careers, and Science in both Hamilton and Windsor. She has also enjoyed participating in collaborative writing projects for the Ministry and eLo related to Adolescent Literacy, Financial Literacy, Geography and Social Science and Humanities.
Mr. Victor Samou Wong
Digital Lead Mentor
Toronto District School Board
Victor Samou Wong is a visual art, science teacher, and Digital Lead Learner Mentor for the Toronto District School Board, currently located at Georges Vanier Secondary School. Victor established the ADVANCE Art and Innovation Specialist High Skills Major program at Vanier and has shown a considerable commitment to extending the repertoire of arts studies to include, programming, game design, electronics, 3-D printing, and laser cutting. Victor has spoken and presented at CONNECT 2015 and 2016, OAEA, OISE and more. See pictures of his students’ work @vsw_HighGround
Jennifer Wroe
Classroom gr3 Teacher
Renfrew County District School Board
Jenn Wroe is an elementary teacher currently with the Renfrew County District School Board with 20 years teaching experience in the Primary division. She has taught in several provinces in Canada, mostly in small, rural communities including remote fly-in northern communities; New South Wales in Australia and in the Everest Region of Nepal. She has developed an outdoor education program that fits into her regular classroom and is keen to share the benefits of connecting with nature on a daily basis and creating enriching classroom experiences for her students.
Ms. Kerry Zinkiewich
Kerry is a Consultant with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. With a shared love of literacy, Kerry specializes in Innovations while Karen focuses on Assessment Culture. Together, they have collected a wide range of presentation experiences at the school, board and provincial level.