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Educator Stories


Educator Stories

These educator talks focus on student success stories with a creativity bent.

Mike Lawrence
Enthusiastic Curiosity in Your Classroom Resources

John Sammon and Tara Koehler:
Memorializing Life During a Pandemic: Student Voice & Choice, and Authenticity

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Camilla Gagliolo, ISTE

Camilla Gagliolo is the senior director of event content at ISTE, planning the program for the ISTE Annual Conference & Expo as well as ISTE’s regional events. She’s worked as the instructional technology coordinator for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, facilitating and leading technology integration to enhance teaching and learning for students. Her passion for innovation in education has made her an international leader in implementing new technologies in all curriculum areas. She’s presented at numerous national and international conferences on technology integration, foreign and immersion language learning, digital portfolio creation, multimedia integration and the use of emergent and mobile technologies in instructional environments. She’s also presented and led workshops on technology integration at international conferences, including the ISTE Conference & Expo, the Virginia Society for Technology in Education annual conference, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools Conference and the Future of Education Technology Conference.

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Tara Koehler, Wappingers Central School District
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Mike Lawrence, PowerSchool

Mike Lawrence is an award-winning teacher, administrator and educational leader. He served as CEO of Computer-Using Educators (CUE), helping the nonprofit grow fivefold in 12 years, served two terms on the ISTE Board of Directors, and served as director of the California Student Media Festival ( for a decade. He co-founded the Google Certified Teacher (now Google Certified Innovator) program and supported the development of the ISTE Certification for Educators. He’s proud to assist educators worldwide in his current role as senior director of educator engagement, supporting Champions, User Groups and EDGE Conference content at PowerSchool.

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John Sammon, Wappingers Central Schools District

John Sammon is currently a STEAM Professional Development Specialist in Wappingers Central School District and a NYSCATE member. John has also been a Literacy Coach and a District Wide Professional Development Specialist within the Poughkeepsie City School District. In his current position, through the use of a residency request model, he coaches teachers and develops STEAM units of study, the curated compilations aid teachers through planning, and differentiating approaches to integrated studies. He models the use of Design Thinking, PBL and STEAM approaches to help student’s practice cross-disciplinary thinking and build skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

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