Featured Speakers

We’re excited for this group of speakers that are educational technology experts and leaders!

Here’s our 2019 Featured Speakers lineup:

Kasey Bell
Kasey Bell
Shake Up Learning

Adam Bellow, co-founder of Breakout EDU

Adam Bellow

Richard Byrne
Richard Byrne
Free Technology
for Teachers

Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher lesliefisher.com


Abbey FutrellAbbey Futrell
Asst. Superintendent, Edgecombe County, NC

Roni HabibRonen Habib
EQ Schools

Rushton HurleyRushton Hurley


Tom MurrayThomas Murray
Future Ready Schools


Joe SanfelippoJoe Sanfelippo
Superintendent, Fall Creek, WI

Dean ShareskiDean Shareski
Discovery Education CA

Sarah WoodSarah Wood
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, MI



Kasey Bell

Kasey is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration.

Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops and presentations and co-hosting Google Teacher Tribe weekly podcast, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning!

To find out more about Kasey visit her website at shakeuplearning.com or follow her on Twitter @ShakeUpLearning 

Adam Bellow

Adam Bellow began his career in the classroom as a High School English teacher. He has worked as a technology training specialist, Director of Educational Technology, and is now considered one of today’s leading speakers on educational technology and infusing technology to aid school reformation.

Adam is Co-Founder of Breakout EDU, the immersive gaming platform that enables teachers and students to transform classrooms into places of discovery and inquiry-based learning. 

He is also the founder of the websites eduTecher, eduClipper, WeLearnedIt, and eduGames. In addition to these free resources, Adam launched the popular charity “Change the World” student-focused charity campaigns.

To find out more about Adam visit his website adambellow.com or follow him on Twitter @adambellow.

Richard Byrne

Richard is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing this blog. He taught for eight and a half years at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, ME. His work is focused on sharing free web-based resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

He is a five time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. He became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. In 2012 he received a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University.

In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, he also maintains iPadApps4School.comAndroid4Schools.com, and PracticalEdTech.com. His printed work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian.

To find out more about Richard visit his website at https://www.freetech4teachers.com/ or follow him on Twitter @rmbyrne

Leslie Fisher

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions. Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.

To find out more about Leslie visit her website at http://lesliefisher.com/ or follow her on Twitter @lesliefisher.

Abbey Futrell

Abbey Futrell is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edgecombe County Public Schools in Tarboro, North Carolina.  Prior to returning to a school district, she was a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.  Her work with the Friday Institute encompassed a commitment to coaching teachers, redefining professional development experiences, and serving as one of the lead facilitators for the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network.  She frequently presents and keynotes at national education conferences and has moderated Future Ready Summits sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Abbey’s collective 16 plus years in education include providing educational experiences for educators at the local, district, regional and state level.  Her classroom teaching experience includes public school middle grades Language Arts teacher, secondary English Literature teacher, district Instructional Technology Facilitator, district 6-12 Instructional Coach and Professional Development Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

To find out more about Abbey visit her website at https://www.abbeyfutrell.com/  or follow her on Twitter @AbbeyFutrell

Ronen Habib

Roni Habib is an expert in helping educators become more mindful, connected, and playful. As the founder of EQ Schools, he leads workshops and speaks in schools nationally and abroad.

Early in his career, Roni struggled with the high stresses and demands of teaching even losing touch with why he wanted to be a teacher in the first place. It was so painful that he finally discovered the power of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology in his own life as well as in his classroom and felt called to share this new approach with the world.

In the first two years of establishing EQ Schools, Roni has taught and inspired thousands of teachers through his workshops and conferences. In addition to inspiring educators through EQ Schools, Roni also teaches at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California.

Prior to earning his Masters of Education and teaching credential at Harvard University, he lived in Israel and Belgium. Most important though, is that Roni has a huge heart and loves helping people.

To find out more about Roni visit http://eqschools.com/ or follow him on Twitter @Roni_Habib

Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley is an educator who believes this is a great time to teach. In his work, he has taught Japanese language, been principal of an online school, directed a professional development program, and succeeded as a social benefit entrepreneur. He loves creativity, collaborative innovation, and laughing at himself. A graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Rushton founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of hundreds of short videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org.

The author of two books, Making Your School Something Special and Making Your Teaching Something Special, Rushton works with schools around the world to make them more personally and professionally satisfying places for everyone. His graduate research at Stanford University included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills.

To find out more about Rushton visit his website http://rushtonh.com at or follow him on Twitter @rushtonh

Thomas Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a Project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His latest book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, was published by ASCD in 2017.

To find out more about Tom visit his website http://thomasmurray.com at or follow him on Twitter @thomascmurray .

Joe Sanfelippo

Joe is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, home of the Crickets and an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe co-hosts the Hacking Leadership Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as a Future Ready Superintendent in 2014 and a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. He holds a BA, two Masters of Science, and a PhD.

To find out more about Joe visit his website http://jsanfelippo.com at or follow him on Twitter @Joe_Sanfelippo

Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski works for Discovery Education in Partner Engagement. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition he an adjunct professor at Wilkes University. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. He has recently authored “Embracing a Culture of Joy” and co-authored, “Different Schools for a Different World”. His passion remains helping teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning.  Dean believes humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.

To find out more about Dean follow him on Twitter @shareski.

Sarah Wood

Sarah is a K-12 Technology & Media Integration Specialist in West Michigan. She has a love for photography, graphic recording, being creative, crafts, and anything learning related – if it involves making and creating, you will find her part of it! As an educator, Sarah strives to provide unique learning experiences for students that not only engage them in the learning, but leave students with a story to share about their learning. She has previously presented at MACUL and Podstock as well as done graphic recording for ISTE.

To find out more about Sarah, visit her website at http://myedtechworld.weebly.com/ or follow her on Instagram (myedtechworld), Twitter (@myedtechworld), and Facebook (My EdTech World).