Our team consists of some of the most highly qualified thought leaders in educational technology in the nation.
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.
Jaime is a Curriculum & Technology Teacher for Lakewood City Schools. Jaime works with teachers & students to integrate technology into the curriculum. Jaime holds certifications in regular education preK-8, special education preK-12, GT, & ESL. She has a master's degree in Educational Technology. She has presented at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, The International Society for Technology in Education Conference, & many other ed tech conferences. She has taught numerous professional development classes for Lakewood City Schools & is a professor for Cleveland State University. Jaime founded the #LKWDFutureClub. This club exposes students to computer science, the maker movement, & student led passion driven learning. Jaime & her husband have six children & they all love technology!
Lisa Dabbs is an educational & social media consultant, blogger, speaker and author of Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources. She presents online and at national conferences such as ISTE, ASCD, CUE, and the EdTech Teacher Summit. Lisa is active in social media and her passion to support and mentor new & pre-service teachers led her to found New Teacher Chat #ntchat on Twitter in 2010. The chat impacted the lives of 100’s of new, pre-service and experienced teachers on Twitter and ran successfully for 7 years!
As a education influencer, Lisa’s work is varied and spirited! She’s served as a Resident Blogger and Social Media Team member at Edutopia.org, California Community Manager at Remind and Director of Business Development for Edtech Teacher. Currently, Lisa serves as a blogger for EdWeek Teacher. She writes an opinion blog for new teachers and engages in a series of chats on the challenges and joys of starting a career in teaching.
Lisa is inspired to work in higher education and currently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne working with pre-service teachers in the Child Development division and supporting them to grow their practice. Lisa has an extensive educational background having worked as a school principal, federal project director and teacher. She holds a BA in Child Development and an M.Ed in Educational Administration. You can find her sharing her passion to support educators to thrive at lisadabbs.com and on Twitter @teachwithsoul.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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).
Susan Kiley is a Certified Google for Education Trainer and the Technology Coordinator at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Her vast experience in professional development includes integrated lesson planning and emerging trends, as well as professional learning communities to bring a collaborative approach to innovation in her school. Susan is a facilitator for the Massachusetts Inaugural Cohort for the Leadership in Blended Learning program through The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University. She teaches the Applied Practical Technologies course through which students provide integration and technology support for her school. Her professional development experience includes ongoing training for teachers in her own school, as well as conference workshops, presentations and Google Apps for Education Summits.
Susan holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instructional Technology, as well as MA DESE licenses in both teaching and administration. Her focus is on how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning, and bridging the gap between pedagogy and technology tools to make this happen.
Google Certified Trainer & Digital Learning Coach at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. Holds a master’s degree from Lesley University in Educational Technology as well as an bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to completing her degree and becoming a technology integrator, Audra spent over 17 years in the classroom teaching ELL, ELA, Social Development, Science, Math, and Computer Technology classes. At Groton-Dunstable Ms. Kaplan works to integrate technology into student and staff learning across the district, building the computer science program, and making global connections with and for students as part of their Global Scholars program. Ms. Kaplan was recognized as one of 100 teachers nationally by NCWIT and the NSF because of her efforts to support Computer Science in Education. During the 100 Teachers Meeting in Washington DC in December of 2014, honorees were invited to the White House.When away from school Ms. Kaplan enjoys spending time with her family, learning new things, and exploring the world. Follow her on twitter @AudraKaplan
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.
JeanMarie has earned 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.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an international speaker, teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching, and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, VenTESOL and the US Embassy. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and webinars. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Savannah and Rosco the pug.
Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via TeacherRebootCamp.com and on Twitter (@ShellTerrell).
Nikki Schwartz, a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, 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 took her to a job as a media specialist, but after realizing she missed the classroom, took a job as a 5th grade teacher.
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.
Denis Sheeran is the author of Instant Relevance, Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons, as well as a requested speaker nationwide. He is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer.
Denis has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music, is an adjunct Professor of Statistics at the County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ and is now the Supervisor of Mathematics, K-12, in Chatham, NJ after having taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for 13 years Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL.Denis lives in Sparta, NJ with his wife, four children, and his litter box trained dog, Scout.
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 provided technology training for thousands 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.