KEYNOTE PRESENTER & CHALLENGE FACILITATOR
SHAWN McCUSKER @ShawnMcCusker
I have 22 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher and have taught in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, I was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. I am an innovator in the creation of online learning communities and founded #sschat, #engsschat, and #1to1techat, a community that conducts discussions of effective leadership and teaching practices for 1:1 educational technology programs, on Twitter. I am a longtime organizer of EdCampChicago and the co-creator of EdCampSocialStudies, the first content specific Edcamp. My writing appears regularly on Mindshift and Free Technology for Teachers. I have presented at national and local conferences such as NCSS (the National Council for Social Studies), ICE (Illinois Computer Educators), NICE, and ILCHE/IMSA. I presented on incorporating 1:1 technology into my classroom at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summits where I am a regularly featured presenter. I have keynoted the Iowa State 1:1 Conference and The San Diego IPad Summit and Innovation conference. I continue to develop innovative tech-implementation strategies as the Social Studies Instructional Supervisor at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL and am an authorized Google Education Trainer. I earned my B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago.
Andy Fekete @afekete01
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist from Indian Prairie School District 204. I have served in my current position for three years. Prior to becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist, I taught for eight years as an elementary educator. My passion lies in the use of educational technology to increase student learning outcomes as well as enhance teacher productivity and efficiency. I work to develop and facilitate professional learning in a variety of ways including face-to-face, online and blended learning courses across a K-12 district. Since 2014, I have been a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer as well as a Google Certified Educator. I serve as the Google domain administrator for Indian Prairie. I believe in the message of “eUp” – equipping, encouraging and empowering students and educators in ensure success is reached at the highest level.
Mike Dicken @mikedicken
I began teaching high school mathematics in 2011 at Dunlap High School in Central Illinois. In 2014, I moved back to the suburbs a began teaching at Huntley High School. Since then, I have begun working toward a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University.
Ryan Goble @_mindblue_
I am the co-author (with my mother) of ‘Making Curriculum Pop: Developing Literacy Across Content Areas,’ the teaching and learning coordinator at the Glenbard Township High School District 87, a doctoral candidate at Teachers College Columbia University and founder of www.mindblue.com.
My work has been featured in publications like Teacher Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Detroit News and I have written for publications including the Journal of Staff Development, Journal of Media Literacy, The School Library Journal and The New York Times Learning Network. I have worked with organizations like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Virgin Records and – at present – NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. My NASA work includes the development of multimedia curriculum and professional development experiences for secondary teachers on climate change and sustainability. To complement my work, I share teaching resources with 8,000+ educators all over the globe through my social network “Making Curriculum Pop” mcpopmb.ning.com.
I taught middle school for thirty years and have taught education, humanities, and literature courses for undergraduates and graduate students for the past fifteen years. I am currently at the DuPage ROE teaching the graduate Middle School endorsement courses and literacy endorsement courses for Aurora and Benedictine U. I have presented at numerous conferences, such as the National Council of Teachers of English and the Association for Middle Level Education, American Society for Quality and at Columbia University’s Teach, Think, Play workshops. I also worked with NASA scientists at Columbia University to initiate development of an interdisciplinary curriculum on climate change for middle school. I have published in the Journal of Staff Development and recently co-authored, Making Curriculum Pop, which was published by Free Spirit Press and NCTE. I was also recently featured in the Tech Connect blog and just finished writing a section for an edited undergraduate text (as yet untitled) on writing, due out in 2016. Another article, which I recently collaborated on for Social Studies for the Young Learner is also due out in 2016. I specialize in interdisciplinary learning, gifted education, curriculum and instruction, leadership, literacy, humanities, and adult learning. I live in Long Grove, Illinois, with my husband.
Erica Holton @HoltonErica
After teaching high school English at Huntley High School in a traditional, 1:1, and blended environment, I sought to find a way to help support teachers as they wear the many hats and juggle the many balls of education today. Two years ago, I came out of the classroom to help offer that support, first as a media facilitator and next year as an instructional coach. I am passionate about supporting and challenging teachers to do their best as they adapt to change and fail forward while helping them to offer educational experiences that require students to be engaged in and accountable for their own learning.
Laura Jenkins @mrsjtweetsmath
After 9 years in a High School Math Classroom, Laura Jenkins is stepping into a new role as Instructional Coach at Huntley High School. As a member of the #mtbos (math blog o-sphere), she’s been challenged to move her instructional practice to include student centered inquiry with a focus on student discussion and positive struggle. Happily surprised by the results, she’s ready to share her enthusiasm for professional development with her colleagues at HHS.
Lana Johnson @ljzspot
I love learning and working with others to find their passion for learning! Over the past 30 years, I have taught ages 3-80 everything from dance, mime, voice, acting, public speaking, and reading, to swimming and water aerobics, canoeing, creative writing, customer service, and weight training. Teaching is who I am. When asked what I teach, I say, “People”!
Michelle Kenefick @mkenefick158
I am currently an Instructional Coach at MMS and have been a part of Marlowe for 2 years. My experiences began at MMS as a Technology Integration Specialist during the 2014/2015 school year. Prior to being at MMS I taught 5th grade for 15 years throughout the District. I had the opportunity to experience a 1:1 implementation my final year in the classroom.
Jenny Lehotsky @JennyLehotsky
After teaching middle school science and reading for twelve years, Jennifer Lehotsky is currently an instructional coach in BSD100. She received a BS in elementary education at Illinois State University and a Master’s degree from Dominican University, qualifying her as a Reading Specialist. In 2016, she was chosen to be a Ted Ed Innovative Educator. Follow her on twitter @JennyLehotsky or her blog at http://teachingandlearningredefined.blogspot.com.
Gerry Marchand @gm8585
I’ve been teaching for ten years and I’m obsessed with finding new ways to engage students and bring them the best education possible no matter what it takes.
Pat Odarczenko @mrodarczenko
I have been teaching at Huntley for 5 years. I have a passion to use innovative technology in my math classes. I am taking classes to earn a master’s in Instructional Technology from Fort Hays State University.
Rona Sinnamond @RonaS0215
My nickname is “Rockin” Rona! I love to teach and I love to sing. I have a BA in Psychology and Vocal Performance Music from DePaul and then MA degree’s from Roosevelt in Special Education and Teacher Leadership. Teaching is my second career for the past 11 years, specializing in Behavior/Emotional Disorders with youth. Prior to teaching, I was in the music business and the corporate world as an International Human Resources Consultant for Fortune 100 companies. I have two wonderful and active boys, Noah – 17 and Daniel – 20, a wonderful e-harmony match husband – Brian, and 1 rescue dog – Molly (a springer beagle mix). I love spending my weekdays teaching the incredible students of Huntley High School and spending my weekends with my family, walking on the Great Western Trail, church activities, visiting dog parks with Molly, singing with my mom, and drinking Starbucks!
Chris Skrzypchak @biztechtchr
I am currently serving in my first year as a Teacher On Special Assignment – Instructional Technology with Huntley Community School District 158. I oversee the district’s instructional technology vision and implementation of digital learning initiatives. I also work with the Instructional Coaches and teachers to plan for the integration and use of over 9,500 Chromebooks by all K-12 students. Prior to my role in instructional technology, I served as a Technology Integration Specialist and taught Computer Literacy for 9 years at Heineman Middle School. I have presented at ICE & TechCON and have led a variety of professional development sessions within the district. Teaching is my second career, but I have been working in educational technology for over 20 years. I was previously employed in educational software sales and marketing for 8 years prior. I am currently enrolled in NIU’s Teacher Leader program and will be receiving my certification in December.
Jack Towne @ElSrTowne
I started teaching at Huntley High School in 2005 and have spent most of that time as a Spanish teacher. I have also taught Personal Finance, Accounting and ESL classes. I started teaching blended classes in 2013 and taught one of our first all online classes last summer. I’m a big fan of using technology to enhance teaching. I’m excited to start the 2016 school year as an instructional coach at HHS.
Robin Yokas @ryokasedtech158
I am currently an Instructional Coach at Heineman Middle School after spending two years as the Technology Integration Specialist at Conley. Prior to that I taught 4th and 5th grades at Martin and Leggee and also taught keyboarding at Martin. Before teaching here in Huntley, I taught kindergarten and 2nd grade in Spring Grove.