2015 Panelists

Session Panelists

A-I   |   J-Q   |   R-Z

 A-I

John Amenson-001John Amenson

Houston ISD, Instructional Technology Program Specialist

Panel:  “The Mobile Learning Continuum: BYOD > Hybrid > 1:1 (1:05-2:00)”

Bio:  Instructional Technology Program Specialist for Houston ISD and the “Power Up” program.  I have presented at TCCA, TCEA, FETC and ASCD.

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Michelle Barber-001Michelle Barber

Tomball ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Beyond the Walls (9:35-10:30 and 1:05-2:00)

Bio:  I’ve been teaching for 21 years. I spent 13 years teaching 5th/6th graders and the last 8 years in educational technology coaching teachers.

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becker-try1David Becker

Tomball ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Collaboration Renovation: Are you going to Microsoft-it or Google-it?  (9:35-10:30)

Bio:  Currently serves as an Instructional Tech Leader for Tomball. Classroom experience includes Math, Science, and History.

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Jon Block-001Jonathan Block

Pearland ISD, Desktop Services Support Manager

Panel:  “The Mobile Learning Continuum: BYOD > Hybrid > 1:1 (1:05-2:00)”

Bio: Desktop deployment and support for 15 years. Citrix CCA XenServer, XenDesktop. Lifelong learner!

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Tom Brawley-002Tom Brawley

Tomball ISD, Director of Technology Services, and TCEA Area 4 Director

Panel:  “Filters / Firewalls / Policies (8:30-9:25)”

Bio: I truly believe that education is the foundation of all future endeavors. One must focus on learning every day and never give up.

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aliciabrooks500500-001Alicia Brooks

Barbers Hill ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Professional Development That Works (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  I am an Instructional Tech Coach at BHISD. I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology Leadership and am in my 18th year of education.

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Sandy Dickerson1-001Sandy Dickerson

Pasadena ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Beyond the Walls (9:35-10:30 and 1:05-2:00)”

Bio:  I’ve been in education for 19 years, have a MEd. in Instructional Technology, and have presented at Region IV, Tots & Technology, and TCEA.

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Holly Dornak-001Holly Dornak

Lamar CISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Social Media (8:30-9:25)

Bio:  Recovering Elementary Teacher, Tech-Fanatic, Super-Mom, World Champion Napper, MS Innovative Educator Expert ’15, Google Cert. Teacher ’11

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Mark Dunk-001Mark Dunk

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Social Media (8:30-9:25 and 1:05-2:00)”

Bio: Dad, Husband, DEN Star, CrossFitter, Intellectual Sponge, Science Nerd, Ed Tech Specialist, Farmer/Rancher, TX Aggie ’80, Geocacher

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Seth Fewell-001Seth Fewell

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “What’s App-ening” (1:05 – 2:00 PM)

Bio: Ed.Tech. Specialist for Pearland ISD, Musician, Vocalist, Space Nerd, Learning Engineer, Purdue LDT Grad, DEN Star, Father to 2, & Dad to 5.

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Natalie Fikac-001Natalie Fikac

Pearland ISD, Coordinator of Guidance Services

Panel:  “Meeting the HB5 Requirement: 1 Year Reunion (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  I support all counselors in Pearland ISD. HB5 has brought many challenges to Counselors. Pearland ISD has stayed on top of these changes.

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Vicki Gaido-001Vicki Gaido

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Beyond the Walls (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  Love GOD – Family – Love being an Educator for the past 34 years – Love Innovation, Love funny things.

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Emilio Garcia-001Emilio Garcia

Pearland ISD, Network Coordinator

Panel:  “Filters / Firewalls / Policies (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  Network Coordinator for Pearland ISD, Network Engineer, Network Infrastrucure LAN/WAN.

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Nancy_Gardner-001Nancy Gardner

Brazosport ISD, Director of Media and Digital Learning

Panel:  “Collaboration Renovation: Are you going to Microsoft-it or Google-it?  (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  31 yrs as a teacher, facilitator, coordinator & director; MEd in Ed Tech Leadership; Google has transformed our district!

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Kristin Garr photo-001Kristin Garr

Clear Creek ISD, Assistive Technology Support Team Lead

Panel:  “Assistive Technologies (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  I have 22 years of experience as a speech pathologist.  I love helping students find the right tools to make progress towards their goals.

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Sherrie Grounds-001Sherrie Grounds

Pasadena ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “The Mobile Learning Continuum: BYOD > Hybrid > 1:1 (1:05-2:00)

Bio:  Instructional Technology Specialist, former math teacher, 22 years in education, 4 years supporting 1:1 devices. Favorite tool: OneNote.

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Tory Hill-001Dr. Tory Hill

Katy ISD, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional and Administrative Support

Panel:  “Professional Development That Works (9:35-10:30)”

Bio: Dr. Hill serves as an Asst. Superintendent in Katy ISD. He has served as a Teacher, Asst. Principal, Principal & Exec. Director for PL.

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Kim Hocott-001Kim Hocott

Pearland ISD, Director of Communications

Panel:  “Social Media (8:30-9:25 and 1:05-2:00)”

Bio:  Kim joined Pearland ISD in 2008 and is proud to lead the best Communications team in the industry. She loves running and all things Disney.

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J-Q

mary_2015-001Mary Knight

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Ditch Dat Desk (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  I have worked in Pearland ISD for 17 years.  Prior to becoming and ETS I’ve taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Challenger Elementary.

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Karla Koop-001Karla Koop

Co-Owner – MaKr U, LLC; Learning Instigator

Panel:  “Maker Spaces (1:05-2:00)”

Bio:  Retired after 33 years in public ed, Karla and Mary Jones own MaKr U, a maker space company.

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Michelle Leggett-001Michelle Leggett

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “iPads in Education (8:30-9:25)

Bio: Michelle works to inspire, create, and mold the changing landscape of classrooms through technology integration.

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CLightfoot-001Caroline Lightfoot

Dickenson ISD, Curriculum & Instruction Applications Manager

Panel:  “Ditch Dat Desk (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  Curriculum & Instruction Applications Manager in Dickinson ISD, M. Ed. in Instructional Technology, 18 years in Education.

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Melinda Louvier-001Melinda Louvier

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Ditch Dat Desk (8:30-9:25)

Bio:  16 years of educational experience, both in the classroom and as an ed tech specialist. I <3 technology!

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Lynette McManus2-001Lynette McManus

Pearland ISD, Searcy Librarian – Pearland High School

Panel:  “Maker Spaces (1:05-2:00)

Bio:  Lynette McManus has been a Pearland ISD librarian for 10 years. She recently added a makerspace to the library at Pearland High School.

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Tina Niemann1-001Tina Niemann

Tomball ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “What’s App-ening? (1:05-2:00)

Bio:  Instructional Technology Specialist, Teacher, Trainer, Seeker of Knowledge, Technology Advocate, Love My Job!

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Lisa Nixon-001Dr. Lisa Nixon

Pearland ISD, Director of Testing and Program Evaluation

Panel:  “Meeting the HB5 Requirement: 1 Year Reunion (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  Dr. Nixon is the Director of Testing & Program Evaluation for Pearland ISD where she has also served as a campus administrator at all levels.

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Jason Piazza-001Jason Piazza

Clear Creek ISD, Director of Network Services

Panel:  “Filters / Firewalls / Policies (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  Director of Network Services for Clear Creek ISD, 20 years of technology support, husband, and father of 3.

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Laura Reeves-001Laura Reeves

Pearland ISD, Assistant Director, Educational Technology

Panel:  “Beyond the Walls (1:05-2:00)”

Bio: Mom, Wife, Educator for 20 years, M.S. in Instructional Technology, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Avid Reader, Life-long Learner.

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Monelle Rougeau-001Monelle Rougeau

Region 4, CTE Specialist

Panel:  “Meeting the HB5 Requirement: 1 Year Reunion (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  Monelle currently serves school districts across a seven-county region and assists them in meeting their CTE needs at Region 4.

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Adelina Rucker-001Adelina Rucker

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “The Mobile Learning Continuum: BYOD > Hybrid > 1:1 (1:05-2:00)”

Bio:  Pearland ISD Elementary Educational Technology Specialist helping teachers and students integrate technology in the classroom.

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Nicole Sebok-001Nicole Sebok

Pearland ISD, Assistive Technology Liaison – Special Programs

Panel:  “Assistive Technologies (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  After 20 yrs. of teaching, I am PISD’s AT Liaison.  I evaluate/implement the need and use of Assistive Technologies in the classroom.

Debbie Sitler-001Debbie Sitler

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Collaboration Renovation: Are you going to Microsoft-it or Google-it?  (9:35-10:30)

Bio:  Debbie Sitler: Educational Technology Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and believer in preparing students for the digital future.

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Adrienne Smith-001Adrienne Smith

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “iPads in Education (8:30-9:25)”

Bio:  EdTechie who believes technology is the bridge linking students, teachers, & learning together in an engaging, effective, & impactful way.

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Angela Standridge

Region 4, Education Specialist

Panel:  “Assistive Technologies (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  Angela is a speech pathologist specializing in assistive technology and augmentative communication. She currently works for Region 4 ESC.

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Monica Trevathan-001Monica Trevathan

Tietronix Software, Director of Education Technology

Panel:  “Game-Based Learning (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  Principal Investigator on K-12 Education Technology for DARPA & NSF projects focused on serious games for the STEM classroom.

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Kristy Vincent-001Kristy Vincent

Hardin ISD, Director of Digital Learning

Panel:  “What’s App-ening? (1:05-2:00)

Bio:  Director of Digital Learning for Hardin ISD working to create classrooms without walls.

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Tangila Webb 2-001Tangila Webb

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Professional Development That Works (9:35-10:30)

Bio: Tangila Webb is an instructional technology specialist who loves learning and growing both professionally and personally.

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Jana Willis-001Dr. Jana Willis

University of Houston – Clear Lake, Associate Professor

Panel:  “Game-Based Learning (9:35-10:30)”

Bio:  Dr. Jana Willis is an Associate Professor in Instructional Design & Technology at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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Astra Zeno - from HISD WebsiteAstra Zeno

Houston ISD, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, AP Computer Science and Engineering Teacher

Panel:  “Game-Based Learning (9:35-10:30)””

Bio:  Ms. Zeno teaches skills beyond just STEM, encouraging risk, & supplementing lessons with interactive activities & real-world situations.

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