Kristen Cogan is a Business Education teacher at Northport High School. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Writing from Susquehanna University, as well as a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Dowling College. Kristen holds professional certification in Business Education, as well as in English Language Arts 7-12. She also has her certificate in School Building and School District Administration. She has taught a multitude of courses in her 15 years at Northport High School, many as part of the school's specialty Academy of Finance Program. She is continuously adapting curriculum to reflect current trends in technology and the business world. Last year, Ms. Cogan collaborated with four other Long Island School Districts to create a new cutting edge course in which students engaged in a cross-district, multi-school collaborative project focusing on the creation of a positive and sustainable digital profile and web presence. She created and executed a presentation for the 2016 Asset Conference on Advanced Digital Thinking and created a video for a technology grant that was submitted to the Collaboration Nation 2016 Video Contest. She was the recipient of her district's Professional Achievement Award for 2016 and was the recipient of the Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award for most innovative use of technology by a classroom teacher. She is a Google Certified Educator.
Nikki Schwartz, a previous classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and current library media specialist, is passionate about educational technology being used to enhance the classroom.
Nikki received her Bachelors of Elementary Education from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. She then worked as a teacher in a third grade classroom, earning her eMINTS certification. For 2 years, she moved into 5th grade, using her eMINTS background to plan effective lessons. While teaching 4th grade, she graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with her Masters in Educational Technology, accepting a job as a technology integration specialist K-12. A move this year to a new district brought her to the position of a library media specialist, where a large focus is on tech integration training for teachers K-5.
Mrs. Schwartz is a Google for Education Certified Teacher Level 1 and 2. She has attended Google conferences and has trained many teachers on the G Suite. Also, she has provided professional development to teachers regarding literacy and technology and other 21st century skills. Nikki is also an Epic! Master Teacher, helping to spread the word about a great reading app available to students, parents, and teachers. She also maintains a blog at www.nschwartztech.weebly.com and an active Twitter account for continuing her learning and informing about education www.twitter.com/nschwartztech.
Dr. JeanMarie Perrella
JeanMarie Perrella is a World Languages teacher and tech enthusiast from Long Island, New York. She began teaching over 12 years ago, and has experience in middle school, high school and college-level instruction. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Educator and a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. She has extensive experience facilitating professional development on various aspects of instructional technology, but her specific area of expertise is in the realm of flipped learning.
In December, JeanMarie will earn a degree of Doctor of Education in teaching and learning with a concentration in applied linguistics. Her research is in the field of flipped learning and second language acquisition. She possesses a breadth of knowledge in curriculum and pedagogy coupled with a passion for educational technology that exhibits in her daily instruction and teacher training endeavors.
Kelly Fitzgerald is currently a high school Instructional Coach for Leander ISD, in Leander, Texas, just north of Austin. She is a former classroom teacher, elementary math curriculum specialist, and K-12 instructional technologist. She has worked, trained, and coached elementary, middle, and high school educators.
Kelly is dedicated to helping educators redefine their classroom practices through making learning relevant and engaging for students. Her passion for education has led her to present at district, state, and national conferences, conduct webinars for Intel, as well as coach and train teachers on two of our military bases in Japan.
Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University, in California. She has been a Google Education Trainer for six years, as well as has earned the title of Google Educator 1 and 2. She co-leads the Google Educator Group (GEG) for Central Texas, started and hosts the Google Twitter chat (#gafechat), organizes Edcamp Leander, and GooCamp (Google Meets Edcamp). In addition, she blogs (www.edtechnut.blogspot.com), maintains a website filled with resources (www.edtechnut.com), and is an active participant on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LISDTechie).
Lee Araoz is currently the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Lawrence Public Schools, in Nassau County, New York. He has 28 years of experience working with elementary, middle and high school students. As a classroom teacher, he infuses cutting-edge ed technology into the already rigorous curriculum.
Additionally, Mr. Araoz provides job-embedded professional development on a daily basis as an instructional coach, teacher trainer, and assistive technology consultant. He is a Google Certified Educator who has presented extensively in school districts, college campuses and at educational conferences around the country. Mr. Araoz's dynamic presentations highlight the various ways teachers can integrate technology to facilitate and enhance student-directed, passion-based learning experiences in K-12 classrooms.
Mr. Araoz blogs regularly on his website, is a frequent guest host on various Twitter #edchats, and is a proponent of the power of social media in education. He continues to expand his PLN in the belief that a connected educator is a better educator.
Founder of Ed Technology Specialists, Mr. Walsh is an enthusiastic veteran educator with a passion for teaching and technology. Ed Technology Specialists has grown to serve thousands of students and teachers across the entire U.S.
After receiving a dual degree from Boston College he began working as a teacher at Comsewogue School District in 2003. While there, he became heavily involved in educational technology. He has helped Comsewogue become a Google Model School due in part to his work in the classroom. He assisted in the deployment of Chromebooks and turnkey professional development workshops for Google Apps for Education in the Comsewogue School District.
Mr. Walsh is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. He has conducted hundreds of hours of professional development trainings and administered many online classes about Google Apps for Education and other technologies. He has taught classes through SCOPE- a not-for-profit private organization permanently chartered by the NYS Board of Regents to provide services to school districts. He has provided technology training for hundreds of teachers all across the U.S. He is a building coach for peer mentoring in all things technology. He has been the featured speaker at a multitude of educational technology conferences throughout the nation.