Manuel is an educator, a speaker, and a doodler. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, design thinking, 3D printing and design. Over the past 17 years, he has keynoted and led workshops at educational conferences like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE, FETC & .EDU. Manuel has illustrated books, publications, and graphics for a variety of organizations and schools. Currently, he is the Innovation Coordinator for the Affton School District and an adjunct professor for Webster University. Both are located in St. Louis, MO. In addition to these roles, Manuel is the Communications and Design Lead for Connected Learning, an educational non-profit located in St. Louis. In 2018 Manuel became a Google Innovator at LAX18, and in 2016 he was named the Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator. You can follow Manuel at www.manueldraws.com
Melanie Roy is a lifelong educator with 17 years of classroom teaching experience and 7 years as a school library media specialist. She has National Board Certification, and was the 2019 Rhode Island School Librarian of the Year. You can find her on Twitter @mrsmelanieroy and through her weekly book recommendation blog mrsmelanieroy.com.
A middle school educator at heart, Jennifer has worked in the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island since 2004. As an early adopter of technology use in her teaching and learning, Jennifer continues to find and create ways to have her students become more engaged and active in their learning and exploring while in and out of the classroom. Jennifer taught middle school math and science for nearly 15 years before designing and pitching a new course, Inquiring MInds, where social emotional learning is promoted, design thinking strategies are embraced and 21st century skills are improved on while students learn and create solution pathways to the UN Global Goals. Jennifer has presented at MassCUE, BPLC, EdTechTeacher, and ISTE in recent years. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @snej80.
Colleen Worrell (she/her) is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, where she also teaches Social Justice. Colleen earned her BA in American Studies from Colby College and her MA/Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary. She has served as a teacher and leader at both the college and high school levels as well as in educational non-profit associations. In her current work, Colleen leverages the power of coaching to build cultures of collaborative professionalism and effective practice in schools. Her primary mission is to make schools impactful “learning organizations” where students do real work, become expert learners, connect with others in meaningful ways, and develop a sense of purpose for themselves and their lives. To achieve this mission, Colleen works to build a positive, collaborative culture of adult learning and a mindset of continuous improvement where everyone in the school community is all-in on creating the best possible learning environment for students. A Massachusetts native, Colleen lives with her three busy children and her teacher-husband, along with an assortment of chickens, bees, and service-pups-in-training (as a volunteer for www.neads.org).
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