Speakers

March 18th

Creative Education for Every Learner K-20

Jorge Gutierrez

Netflix Director and Showrunner


Jorge Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, voice actor, writer, and director. Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations, and paintings exploring his love with Mexican pop and folk culture. He was the director & co-writer of the Guillermo Del Toro produced animated feature The Book of Lifefor Fox which earned him a 2014 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. He was also the writer & director of the Emmy nominated Son of JaguarVR short for Google. Along with his wife and muse, Sandra Equihua, they created the multiple Emmy Award-winning’ animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Riverafor Nickelodeon. Gutierrez is currently writing and directing his animated limited series Maya and the Threefor Netflix.


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Joe Dockery

Digital Arts & Technology Trainer and Conference Presenter
Mount Si High School — Snoqualmie, WA


A frontline classroom arts and media educator. A professional development leader. An author and frequent conference presenter. Joe Dockery makes sure his students work on real world projects through partnerships he's developed with local businesses and organizations throughout the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington state. He's an Adobe Education Leader and has inspired educators coast to coast as they integrate technology tools and resources into the arts and media curriculum. He's received the Washington State Golden Apple Award, Radio Shack's Technology Teacher of the Year Award, both the "Best of the Best' and "Making IT Happen" awards from ISTE, and the Adobe Education Leader "Impact" Award. A graduate of Western Washington University, he received his Masters in Teaching from City University, a certificate in Distance Learning & Development from the University of Washington, and earned his CTE Certification from Central Washington University. As an Adobe Certified Educator, Joe consults and trains staff using the range of Adobe solutions across fine arts and media arts applications. Whether you're expanding your design, photography and video hardware or just beginning to introduce technology tools to your students, this webinar will give you all kinds of ideas and inspiration to keep the momentum strong.


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Deborah Krikun

Associate Professor / Curriculum Chair
Interactive Technologies AAS
School of Business and Professional Careers
SUNY Westchester Community College
Valhalla Campus and Center for the Digital Arts



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Shawn Sullivan

Associate Professor / Curriculum Chair


In 1993, Shawn Sullivan started his teaching career. His dream was to build a program that would give all students a pathway to working with leaders in the field of Arts Media and Entertainment (AME). After his high school animation program, K9 studios, won multiple Emmy Awards, as well as being named the Best Animation High School program in the world by the Walt Disney Family Foundation in 2016, Shawn still felt the need to help other teachers and their students obtain the same opportunities. Shawn’s goal is to change education by bringing to underrepresented communities non-traditional, upwardly mobile careers to life by empowering creativity and leadership through unique project-based learning courses leading to industry-recognized certifications through apprentice style teaching. Shawn is bringing this idea to life through the company AI Education and the non-profit Creator X.


Thomas Eaton

Assistant Professor of Animation in the Art Department at Kingsborough Community College


Tom Eaton is an Assistant Professor of Animation in the Art Department at Kingsborough Community College. He holds an MFA in Digital Media from Lehman College. Tom’s background is in animation production for shows on Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, PBS, and more. Freelance projects include writing and animating short videos for Sesame Workshop International, and animating music videos for artists such as Sufjan Stevens and others. Additionally, his award-winning original animated shorts have screened internationally.


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Eli Neugeboren

Associate Professor / Curriculum Chair


Eli Neugeboren is an award-winning illustrator, writer, and professor living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is an Associate Professor, with tenure, at City Tech (CUNY), where he’s been teaching in the Communication Design Department since 2010. His work has been included in both the American Illustration and American Photography annuals. He has been drawing since he could hold a crayon and does his best to draw every single day. His work is primarily figurative and humanist, with an interest and focus on storytelling, including storytelling both in single editorial images that imply a greater narrative, and also sequential work. Current projects include #drawingthenews, Sharkary vs. Tsunami Crab Volume III, The Long Shadows, and The ABC’s of Ultimate.


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March 25th

Digital Learning: Higher Education Horizons

Flower Darby

Educator, Author, Speaker


Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 25 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.


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Tim May

Creative Director at XPLANE


Tim May is Creative Director at XPLANE, in Vancouver, Washington. He’s worked for 21+ years in visual communication and strategy, with a special focus on solving problems and activating change through Visual Thinking, Interactive Design and Direction. Bringing art to life and now to education, Tim is a consummate storyteller, team leader and lists among his other specialties, Freestyle Hip Hop. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and studies painting at the University of Bonn.


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Katina Papulkas

Education Strategist at Dell Technologies


Katina Papulkas is an Education Strategist at Dell Technologies who is committed to serving students across Canada. She is an experienced educator with a background in teaching, online learning, leadership, assessment, and educational technology. In her two-decade tenure in education she has been an instructional leader and administrator, where she designed and implemented system-wide initiatives to amplify learning through technology.


Jeff Alpi

IT Director at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jeff Alpi is currently the IT Director at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jeff has been at FPG since 2008 and IT Director since 2019. He has over 24 years in IT and has worked in both K-12 and higher education environments.


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Thomas Bunton

Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Dr. Bunton is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of information technology initiatives across the University of Arkansas at Little Rock enterprise. He oversees the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of the university mission in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and customer experience. Dr. Bunton fosters innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinates the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems within the institution. Prior to this role, Dr. Bunton was the Director of Technology Infrastructure & Operations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In this role, he was responsible for leading various teams of IT professionals in the Information Technology Services (ITS) department, which provides campus core infrastructure for student recruitment, teaching, learning, and research. He provided overall leadership and strategic direction to a number of IT departments, including Networks, Operations, Systems, Service Desk & Desktop Support, Training, Computing Lab, High Performance & Research Computing, and Telecommunications. Prior to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Dr. Bunton held IT leadership positions at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Purdue University, where he was responsible for re-envisioning, implementing, supporting, and maintaining a broad spectrum of campus wide services.


Erik Taipalus

Technology Specialist


Erik Taipalus has a passion for technology in higher education and is an experienced technology specialist and leader, with 21 years of enterprise-level IT experience. In addition to technical engineering and leadership roles in frontline support, classroom technology, and networking, Erik created the IT project management team for the University of Michigan - Flint campus. He currently leads that team, and is the interim Associate Director for the UM-Flint Information Technology Services department.


Stan Kruse

Learning Technology and Analytics Program Manager for Colorado State University


Stan Kruse is currently the Learning Technology and Analytics Program Manager for Colorado State University. He has worked in higher education instructional technology for over 20 years including the last six at Colorado State. He has Masters degrees in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems and is a passionate advocate for instructional excellence that leads to student success. Stan strives to leverage data from student information and instructional technology systems to determine factors that lead to student engagement and success.

April 1st

No Looking Back. New Ed Tech. K-12.

Dr. Tom Ryan

Chief Information and Strategy Officer
Santa Fe Public Schools


Dr. Tom Ryan is the Chief Information and Strategy Officer for Santa Fe Public Schools and is also President of EMMERSION Learning, an organization dedicated to transforming education through the effective use of digital learning tools. He is an education professional with 36+ years of experience and expertise in teaching, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended/online learning program development. He works with school leaders on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.


Beth Tumminello

Chemistry Teacher at Calhoun High School


Beth started teaching Chemistry at Calhoun High School in September of 1999, where she currently teaches both NY Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. She graduated from The University of Scranton with a dual major in Biology & Philosophy and completed her Masters Degree in Secondary Education at Dowling College. During her time at Dowling, she participated in data collection for The South Shore Estuary Reserve as a graduate assistant in the Chemistry Department.

Beth has been using technology in the classroom to reach her students where they are most comfortable. She began making and posting videos for flipped teaching 5 years ago and started her YouTube channel 4 years ago. The recent challenge of teaching chemistry from home, while also helping her 13 year old daughter and her 11 year old son with online learning, has sparked a renewed interest in teaching with tech. Beth is eager to share what she has learned!


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Justin Backeberg

Math Teacher at Reedsburg Area High School


Justin Backeberg is a high school math educator at Reedsburg Area High School in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, teaching Pre-Calculus and Algebra I. He’s devoted to his students and committed to effective math instruction. Now in his eighth year of teaching, Justin recounted his path in transforming his approach to instruction. “In my first years of teaching, I took a more traditional approach. I was the teacher at the smartboard, presenting my lessons. I just wasn’t sure how effective I really was. So then, in my second or third year, I started to look at alternate methods of teaching. I discovered the flipped classroom model. It interchanges group class time and the study time students spend at home. So instead of presenting a lesson to the full class, I started recording videos for students and posted them on YouTube. The videos introduce concepts and include a few sample problems. The whole idea is that students would watch those videos outside of class time and then come to class with the background knowledge to work on problems, work on projects, and ask questions, instead of just talking and watching me do the math.”


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Tim May

Creative Director at XPLANE


Tim May is Creative Director at XPLANE, in Vancouver, Washington. He’s worked for 21+ years in visual communication and strategy, with a special focus on solving problems and activating change through Visual Thinking, Interactive Design and Direction. Bringing art to life and now to education, Tim is a consummate storyteller, team leader and lists among his other specialties, Freestyle Hip Hop. He is graduate of the University of Utah and studies painting at the University of Bonn.


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Tyler Tarver

Dean of NLC College


Tyler Tarver, Ed.S is the Dean of NLC College. Tyler speaks at conferences across the country on various topics related to teaching, administration, efficiency, technology, social media, and culture. He has amassed over 14 million views on YouTube and 60k subscribers. He also created and maintains TarverAcademy.com, where he helps students/teachers with math, tech, and an assortment of educational needs. He's written 3 books, produces podcasts, made award winning short films, is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Google Level 1 & 2 Educator, Apple Foundations Certified Trainer, Google Forms Expert Team Member, has been featured on PBS, and also been featured on Tosh.0 four times. He's been a teacher, facilitator, principal, and Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Communications, Personnel, and Technology. Tyler loves teaching students, helping teachers, and building community and conversation around improving and innovating education to help students. He's also a TESS certified administrator and has a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas.


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Stacey Roshan

Director of Innovation and Educational Technology
AP Calculus Teacher
Bullis School - Potomac, MD


Stacey Roshan is Director of Innovation & Educational Technology at Bullis School and author of Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms. She is passionate about bringing innovative tools into the classroom to create a safe learning environment for all students to find their voice and build confidence. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN and PBS Newshour. She has also been named Teacher of the Future by NAIS. In addition to teaching high school students to love and understand math, Stacey works closely with faculty to design tech-infused lessons aimed at providing the optimal learning environment for all students.


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Kim Gardner

Math Teacher at Dixon Middle School


Kim Gardner is a middle grade math teacher at Dixon Middle School in Provo, Utah, and is entering her 30th year in education. Both as an elementary grade teacher and now in middle school, she’s been an active technology champion and has worked to make sure her students stay engaged and interested in learning math.


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Lisa Cumming

Chemistry Teacher at Olmsted Falls High School


Lisa Cumming lives in Bay Village, OH, a beautiful lakeside suburb west of Cleveland.  She and her husband, Bill have 4 girls and 2 grandchildren, and we are both teachers – Bill for 42 years – me for 34 years.  She has taught chemistry most of her career and has also dabbled in biology, physics, and math – both at the high school level and at the college level. Says Lisa, “I have loved teaching since day 1 and am extremely passionate about passing that love on to everyone that chooses teaching as a career.  I believe that learning should be a lifelong passion!  This is the reason I became involved with National Math and Science Initiative and am also involved with the College Board and Texas Instruments.  When I am not involved in some type of education, you will find me outdoors – hiking, biking, bird watching, gardening, or on some beach!”


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