2019 Keynote Speakers

Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers is a passionate educator and speaker known internationally for her commitment to growth and change in education and enterprise for 31 years. Her experience includes teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. She is the author of eight books, including Genius Matters, Classroom Habitudes, and The Passion Driven Classroom, and she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that supports parents, educators, and employees around the world.

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo has held nearly every position in education, including teacher, counselor, coach, principal, and professor. He currently serves as the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI, which was named 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 multiple books, including The Power of Branding—Telling Your School's Story, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. A recipient of multiple honors, Joe was named one of five K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 by Education Drive.

Preschool Track

Tom Hobson

Tom “Teacher Tom” Hobson is a preschool teacher, blogger, artist, and author. For the past 10 years, he’s worked for the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools, teaching two to five year olds in Seattle, Washington where he lives with his wife and daughter. His award-winning blog, “Teacher Tom,” has earned him an international following as a leading proponent of a progressive, play-based curriculum and the cooperative model of early childhood education, as well as a fierce advocate for public policies that support the whole child and the teaching of democratic values to even our youngest citizens. His blog, like his classroom, is a place of exploration of the physical, social, political, emotional, and even spiritual world. It’s a place of experimentation, where the adults learn every bit as much as the children. Tom is the author of "A Parent’s Guide To Seattle," a regular speaker on early childhood education, a board member of the Fremont Arts Council, and a founding member of the Superhuggers performance art ensemble.

Dr. Diane Kashin

Dr. Diane Kashin is a registered early childhood educator in the province of Ontario, Canada. She has taught early childhood education at both the degree and the diploma level for over thirty years. Diane’s doctoral thesis on emergent curriculum was published in 2009. Diane has also co-written three textbooks with Beverlie Dietze; Playing and Learning in Early Childhood Education 2nd edition (2018), Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education (2018) and Empowering Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education (2016). Diane’s areas of interest include forest and nature schools, risky play, loose parts, Reggio inspired practice, outdoor play and emergent curriculum. Diane writes a blog to support professional learning in early childhood education and loves to engage in continuous professional learning face to face and through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Diane presents workshops and keynote addresses in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Featured Presenters

Deanna Singh

Tabbed as a "Chief Change Agent", Deanna Singh is committed to building innovative opportunities within undeserved communities. As a presenter, author, and social entrepreneur, Deanna combines personal stories with authenticity, vulnerability, and humor to inspire and educate. Her book, "Purposeful Hustle", focuses on a powerful question—"How do I use my talents, skills, and resources to create a greater impact?" Deanna has won a variety of awards, served as a leader in multiple foundations in the Milwaukee area, and presented as an adjunct law professor at Marquette University. Her message speaks to all people and all professions committed to making a positive change in their world. Find our more about Deanna at www.deannasingh.com.

Michael Matera

Engagement is the name of the game for Michael Matera, who speaks about myriad methods to not only engage but enrich and elevate learners. Using a combination of inspiring theory and practical examples, Michael's presentations lead attendees rushing to their classrooms to change their approach to teaching. Michael's book, "Explore Like a Pirate," has become the go-to for all things gamification. Michael is a power presence on Twitter, with his #XPLAP chat drawing followers every Tuesday.  His podcast, Well Played, pulls in hundreds of listeners weekly, and he has an insightful vlog on his YouTube channel. Michael’s Hive Summit  was the online PD event of the summer, bringing together nine thought leaders and connecting thousands of educators.

Tisha Richmond

Tisha Richmond is a passionate and innovative district tech instructional specialist and former high school culinary arts teacher of twenty-two years from Southern Oregon. She is passionate about infusing joy, passion, play, and gamified experiences into classrooms to make learning MAGICAL. She received the 2018 Golden Pear High School Teacher of the Year award in her district and was a 2018 first- place winner in Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. She is a connected educator who is continually collaborating, sharing, and learning with her personal learning network. Tisha loves sharing her passion for teaching and learning and speaks nationally on gamification and various innovative strategies.

Jonathan Spike

Jon Spike started his career as a high school English teacher. Since then, he has served as a K-12 Technology Integrator, helping students and staff use technology to engage, inspire, and create. He currently works as a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Integration Services at UW-Whitewater, collaborating with pre-service teachers and College of Education instructors to leverage technology in innovative ways. He also teaches a course on Video Games and Learning and serves as Director of Higher Education on the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association Executive Board. Jon has presented across the U.S. to educators and administrators as both a consultant and Google Certified Innovator, sharing his expertise at the ISTE, WEMTA, FETC, SLATE, and ICE conferences, as well as the Midwest Google Summit. He is known for his creative workshops, keynotes, and sessions focusing on everything from game-based learning to design thinking.

Mandy Froehlich

Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon (WI) Area School District, where she provides professional development and teacher coaching and also co-teaches in the area of technology integration, along with the more technical aspects of overseeing a technology department. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ambassador for Canvas LMS, giving her a deeper understanding of these tools to teach in her professional development role. Her passion is speaking to educators both inside and outside her district on technology integration, good teaching and learning, climate and culture, and being engaged in the teaching profession.
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