Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST , a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences and co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE), and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go, an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast, which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 250 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed here. His latest book, The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All, has just been published.
Rebecca Garcia is a Technical Product Manager at ExecOnline an enterprise edtech startup. Her work encompasses STEM education as self-taught developer and co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit teaching kids to code. Previously she was a Program Manager at Microsoft for a technical training program for underemployed New Yorkers and Developer Evangelist at Squarespace. In her spare time she runs GeekGirlWeb and The GeekGirlWeb Show podcast to inspire entrepreneurship, creativity through technology. She recently completed an entrepreneurship fellowship at Columbia University SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs).
Awards for advocacy work for women in tech and youth include 2013 as a U.S. White House ‘Champion of Change’ for Tech Inclusion from former President Obama, in 2015 Glamour Magazine’s ’35 Women Under 35 Who are Changing the Tech Industry’, 2016 as Hispanicize’s ‘STEM Star’, Pacific Standard ‘30 Under 30’, and Crain’s Hispanic Executive & Entrepreneur Awards ‘Latino to Watch’.
Karey lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and campfires. She is passionate about bringing meaningful learning opportunities to her community. She loves her job because she gets to collaborate with staff and students to provide valuable lessons that instill a love for learning. She has the wonderful opportunity to help students see themselves as explorers, makers, inventors, and solution finders during makerspace time. One tool that has revolutionized the way she teaches is Skype in the classroom. She invites experts from around the world to share their experiences with curious students. She is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Fellow, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Nearpod PioNear, Pennsylvania Teachers Advisory Committee Board Member, PAECT Regional Assistant Director, recipient of the 2017 ISTE Librarian Award and the 2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Milton Area School District.
Craig has dedicated 13 years of service to the children and families of the Boston Public Schools. He currently serves as Principal of the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School in South Boston, MA. He has also served as an upper elementary teacher, technology specialist, and middle school instructor in Roxbury, MA, McKinney TX, and New Orleans, LA. He is co-founder of the BPS School Leaders of Color Think Tank. He founded the Brown Boys Network, which focuses on education, empowerment, and elevation of African American and Latino American males. Additionally, he was named BPS Educator of the Year in 2009.
Craig earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Dillard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Lesley University.
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