2017 Featured Speakers

Eric Curts

Eric has been in education for 25 years, and currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio where he oversees Google Apps for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as elearning and other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides Google Apps training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group at tiny.cc/geg-ohio and runs the blog www.ControlAltAchieve.com where all of his Google Apps and edtech resources can be found. Eric is married with four children.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/ericcurts
Google+ Profile - plus.google.com/+EricCurts1
Facebook - www.facebook.com/ericcurts 
Pinterest -  pinterest.com/ericcurts

Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson is a renowned speaker in educational technology. He presents to audiences around the world to educate and inspire them to leverage the power of technology in today’s classrooms.  These high-energy, impactful keynotes have built an impressive following as he tweets, blogs, writes articles and conducts webinars for leaders, educational publications, national associations, and teachers world-wide.  A former K-12 bilingual math teacher, he left the classroom to become part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious 2011 "Make IT Happen" award, an internationally recognized program for K-16 educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration. His two children attended public school in California where one of them now teaches. He is on the board for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and now serves as senior director for global learning initiatives at Discovery Education.

Dr. Lee Green

Dr. Lee Green, Instructional Technology Specialist for Floyd County Schools, is making his fourth trip back to Richland 2! Lee has over ten years working in education, four of those as an Instructional Technologist. He has experience in teacher training, developing online learning, and advocating a common sense approach to teaching and learning, and recently earned his Doctorate from the University of West Georgia!

Lee has presented at regional and national conferences on a range of topics related to Google Apps for Education. He is also a Google Certified Innovator. Lee is lucky to be the husband of Lynn and the father of Annika and Franklin.

Twitter: @InstTechGuy
Website: about.me/lee.green
Google+: +LeeGreenTech

Lisa Knoche

Lisa Knoche is a Digital Integration Specialist in Lexington Richland 5. She has 17 years of experience in education, sixteen years in Richland 2.  Lisa spent 8 years in the classroom teaching grades third, fourth and fifth. Her most memorable years in teaching was when she was given the opportunity to loop from 3rd-5th grade! She has 9 years of technology integration experience, 7 as a school’s technology coach and 3 years working with the Richland 2’s District Technology team. She has experience in 1:1 classrooms, peer coaching, blended learning and designing self-paced professional development.

Janelle McLaughlin

Janelle is an education consultant, presenter, coach, keynote speaker and trainer.  Over the years she has been a classroom teacher and district administrator.  Today, Janelle is also an entrepreneur, a blogger, a social media strategist and a tech geek (She can definitely geek out over Google Drive workflow solutions).
Specialties include: Blended Learning, 1:1 implementation, technology integration, G Suite, Chromebooks, process management and organizational leadership.

These passions and experiences led her to begin her own company, Innovative Education Solutions.  She gets to utilize her teaching talents by working with schools and other businesses to make their jobs easier and more efficient, while focusing on the people.

Matthew Luhn

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, keynote speaker, and story consultant, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios. Along with working at Pixar, Matthew has been training CEOs, Directors, and other professionals how to craft and tell stories for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award winning movies, and corporate brands grossing billions of dollars worldwide.
Matthew’s story credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Monsters Inc., Monsters University, Finding Nemo, UP, Cars, Ratatouille and other films currently in development. With over 20 years experience creating and developing dozens of films, TV shows, and video games, at Pixar, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios, Matthew Luhn knows what it takes to create memorable stories with enduring characters. From filmmaking to business, Matthew’s story seminars are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills, or learn the persuasion of great storytelling. In Matthew’s story seminar, he will share his process for creating new ideas and characters, how to develop great stories and story structure, and how to realize your story ideas from script to storyboards to finished product.

Heather Reit

Heather Reit is a Digital Integration Specialist in Lexington Richland 5. She has over 20  years of experience in public education. After starting her career teaching 3rd grade, the best grade ever, she taught academically gifted students in grades 2-5 before specializing in technology integration in the classroom. Heather is a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association, International Society for Technology in Education and is a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator. She has had the pleasure of attending every SC Midlands Summit since its inception in 2012 and is very excited to return this year! She is a  huge fan of everything Google, loves teaching students programming and robotics, and has a passion for teaching students of all ages to be digital storytellers. 

Beth Still

Beth Still is the K-12 Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist for Gering Public Schools. She’s a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer and a Hapara Champion Educator. Beth spent the first ten years of her career teaching social studies in 1:1 classroom in an an alternative school. She developed curriculum for her f2f classes as well as numerous online classes over the years. Beth is passionate about helping teachers find ways to empower students and help them find their voice. She enjoys traveling to different conferences and summits so she can share her love for Google and all things ed tech.
Connect with Beth on Twitter - @BethStill

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