2016 Panelists

Session Panelists

A-I   |   J-Q   |   R-Z

 A-I

Katie Alaniz-001Dr. Katie Alaniz

Houston Baptist University, College of Education Faculty Member

Panel: “Put Me In, Coach!”

Bio: Dr. Alaniz is a faculty member at Houston Baptist University and supports technology integration at River Oaks Baptist School.

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Davida Alexander-001Davida Alexander

Fort Bend ISD, Lead Digital Learning Specialist, Secondary Schools

Panel: “Put Me In, Coach!”

Bio: In her 22nd year of education, Davida has served as a middle school science teacher, a techie, and a technology specialist.

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John Amenson-001John Amenson

Houston ISD, Instructional Technology Program Specialist

Panels:  “Digital Textbooks and IMA”; “Put Me In, Coach!”

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

Connect:
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Tameka Atlee-001Tameka Atlee

Spring Independent School District, Instructional, Technology and Web Specialist

Panel: “What’s App-ening?”

Bio: With a MBA & Masters in Technology, Tameka has been in education for 10+ yrs. She is currently an Instructional, Technology & Web Specialist.

Connect:
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Michelle Barber-001Michelle Barber

Tomball ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “X-treme PD Makeover”

Bio:  I’ve been teaching for 21 years. My classroom experience is in Science, Social studies and Math. I believe that all learners can learn.

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becker-try1David Becker

Tomball ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Clearing the Air”

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

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Meredith Bell-001Meredith Bell

Channelview ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel: “What’s App-ening?”

Bio: I am the Instructional Technology Specialist in CVISD. I have a MEd. in Educational Technology Leadership and 14 years in Education.

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Nicole Bell-001Nicole Bell

Region 4 Education Service Center, Instructional Designer

Panel: “Instructional #DesignMatters”

Bio: Instructional designer with experience in creating online professional development, high school courses, and self-paced interactive modules.

Connect:
@R4DigiLearn email

 

Diana Bidulescu-001Diana Bidulescu

Houston ISD, Online Assessment Manager

Panel: “Harvesting Scattered Assessments”

Bio: Diana Bidulescu, M.Ed. is the Online Assessment Manager for Houston ISD. She is an educator, and international Digital learning presenter.

Connect:
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aliciabrooks500500-001Alicia Brooks

Barbers Hill ISD, Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel: “X-treme PD Make-Over”

Bio: Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer, Instructional Tech Coach & loves to connect with educators to learn something new!

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Jorge Cavasos-001Jorge Cavazos

Alief ISD, District Technology Trainer

Panel: “X-treme PD Make-Over”

Bio: I have been in education for 23 years. I am working with all the technology specialists at Alief ISD and coordinating all tech training.

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Sandy Dickerson-001Sandy Dickerson

Pasadena ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel: “Modern Methods for Modern Education”

Bio: Instructional Technology Specialist with a growth mindset, looking to successfully actualize personalized learning.

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Christina Estes-001Christina Estes

Ellevation, Senior Implementation Manager

Panel: “Turning the Tide”

Bio: Working in education for over 14 years as a teacher, coach, & digital learning specialist. Presented at Learning Forward & TAGT.

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Mark Evans-001Mark Evans

Klein ISD, Program Coordinator: TXVSN, Distance & Online Learning, Digital Accounts, Tech Apps HS, CTE Tech Ed

Panel: “Digital Textbooks and IMA”

Bio: 32 years in public education: teacher, grant manager, Ed Tech coordinator, and current roles.

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Seth Fewell-001Seth Fewell

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Learn to Code – Code to Learn”

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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Seantele Foreman-001Seantele Foreman

Pearland ISD, Librarian

Panel: “Global Collaboration in the Classroom”

Bio: Seantele is a middle school librarian in Pearland ISD where she enjoys sharing her love of reading with her students and faculty.

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Vicki Gaido-001Vicki Gaido

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel: “What’s Next for Technology and the T-TESS?”

Bio: The 21st Century is here. We need to BE ready not get ready. I am excited to see the future of education. Love Innovation & Love Canvas!

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Nancy_Gardner-001Nancy Gardner

Brazosport ISD, Director of Media and Digital Learning

Panel:  “Clearing the Air”

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

Connect:
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Sherrie Grounds-001Sherrie Grounds

Pasadena ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Level Up Learning”

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

Connect:
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Ruth Hanson-001Ruth Hanson

Duchesne Academy, Lower School Educational Technologist

Panel: “Learn to Code – Code to Learn”

Bio: I teach and integrate technology in PreK-4th grade (16 yrs) after teaching 4th for 14. This is my 2nd year as a Code.org Affiliate.

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Kim Hocott-001Kim Hocott

Pearland ISD, Director of Communications

Panel:  “#HaveTheTalk”

Bio: 

Kim is proud to lead the best Communications team in the industry. She believes technology has been a game-changer in the way we communicate.

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J-Q

Cynthia Johansen-001Cynthia Johansen

Brazosport ISD, Digital Learning Coach

Panel: “Put Me In, Coach!”

Bio: A Digital Learning Coach at SFA STEM Academy for Brazosport ISD helping teachers and students in K-6 integrate technology in the classroom.

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mary_2015-001Mary Knight

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “All About the Blend – No Trouble!”

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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Michelle Leggett-001Michelle Leggett

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “Global Collaboration in the Classroom”

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

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Caroline Lightfoot-001Caroline Lightfoot

Dickinson ISD, Curriculum & Instruction Applications Manager

Panel: “Digital Textbooks and IMA”

Bio: I have worked in Instructional Technology 10 years, the last in DISD. Prior to that, I was an Educational Specialist and English Teacher.

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Allegra McGrew-001Dr. Allegra McGrew

Fort Bend ISD, Digital Learning Coordinator

Panel: “Turning the Tide”

Bio: 18+ years of experience in education. Current focus- the instructional and pedagogical rational associated with specific device selection.

Connect:
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Lynette McManus2-001Lynette McManus

Pearland ISD, Searcy Librarian – Pearland High School

Panel:  “Maker Mindset”

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:  “All About the Blend – No Trouble!”

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

Panels:  “What’s Next for Technology and the T-TESS?”; “Harvesting Scattered Assessments”

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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Jackie Nowlin-001Jackie Nowlin

Region 4 ESC, Education Specialist

Panel: “#HaveTheTalk”

Bio: Has it been 20 years already? Currently, I’m creating online instructional resources for students and adults, and supporting R4 educators.

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R-Z

Laura Reeves-001Laura Reeves

Pearland ISD, Assistant Director, Educational Technology

Panels:  “Digital Textbooks and IMA”; “What’s Next for Technology and the T-TESS?”

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

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Katie Russell-001Katie Russell

Barbers Hill ISD, Director of Technology

Panel: “Goo Crew”

Bio: This is my 30th year in education; half in the classroom and half as a Director of Technology at two different school districts.

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Elvira Salazar

Houston ISD, Sr Manager of PD – Design, Media & Online Learning

Panel: “Instructional #DesignMatters”; “Moving the Unmovable”

Bio: Passionate about educating & empowering our youth. Mother of Two. Historical Fiction Bookworm. Equity in Edu Advocate. Sr Mgr of Online PD.

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Robert Sims-001Robert Sims

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel: “Turning the Tide”

Bio: Love Technology, Love SEC Football, Lifelong Learner, Recovering Music Educator, “Once you’re through improving, you’re through!”

Connect:
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Debbie Sitler-001Debbie Sitler

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panel:  “#HaveTheTalk”

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

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Adrienne Smith1-001Adrienne Smith

Pearland ISD, Educational Technology Specialist

Panels:  “Maker Mindset”; “Moving the Unmovable”

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

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Shane Tout-001Shane Tout

Pasadena ISD, Instructional Technology Trainer

Panel: “Clearing the Air”

Bio: I have been an IT Trainer at Pasadena ISD for 14 years. I taught 2nd grade for 6 years, prior to taking this position.

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Vickie Vallet-001Vickie Vallet-McWilliams

Pasadena ISD, Director of Instructional Technology

Panel: “Modern Methods for Modern Education”

Bio: I have combined experience as a teacher and administrator. My passion is to transform education by personalizing education for students.

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Judiana Viruet-001Judiana Viruet

Aldine Independent School District, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel: “What’s App-ening?”

Bio: Truly enjoy being an educator. I’ve been a Bilingual Educator and currently serve as an Instructional Technology Leader for Aldine ISD.

Connect:
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Suzie Wilburn-001Suzie Wilburn

Barbers Hill ISD, Instructional Technology Specialist

Panel: “Goo Crew”

Bio: Elementary Instructional Tech Coach for BHISD, Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, life-long learner, 27 years in education

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Jana Willis-001Jana Willis

University of Houston-Clear Lake, Professor

Panel: “Level Up Learning”

Bio: Dr. Jana Willis is a Professor in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

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Brianne Wilson-001Brianne Wilson

Pasadena ISD, Pasadena Connect Math Teacher

Panel: “Modern Methods for Modern Education”

Bio: Wilson is an instructional technology liaison, math teacher, and learning analyst in the PISD personalized learning Connect Program.

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