ISTELive draws some of the most thought-provoking and enthralling featured speakers from the world of education and beyond. You’ll connect, you’ll learn and your mind will be blown! Featured Voices present in a variety of session formats tailored for how you like to learn.

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Greg Tarzan Davis

Actor and Former Teacher

Greg Tarzan Davis is a former elementary school teacher and a TV and film actor.

Amanda Jones

Teacher-Librarian, Live Oak Middle School, Louisiana

Amanda Jones is a teacher-librarian at Live Oak Middle School in Watson, Louisiana.

Zach King

Filmmaker and Digital Illusionist

Zach King is a filmmaker and illusionist known for his clever magic tricks and digital sleight of hand.

Zhoriél Tapo

Student Reporter

Zhoriél Tapo is a 13-year-old, seventh grade student at LJ Alleman Middle School in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Kermit Ruffins

New Orleans Jazz Trumpeter, Singer, Composer and Actor

Kermit Ruffins is a jazz trumpeter, singer and composer, and an actor, from New Orleans.

Rachelle Dené Poth

STEAM and Spanish Teacher, Riverview School District

Rachelle Dené Poth is a STEAM and Spanish teacher, author, edtech consultant and attorney.

Global experts from education and beyond!

Cornel West, Ph.D.

Professor and Author

Cornel West, Ph.D., is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University.

Ideas that pay dividends today and into the future.

Taryn Southern Southern

Digital Anthropologist, AI Music Composer, Storyteller

Taryn Southern is a storyteller, digital anthropologist and media consultant.

Juliana Urtubey

2021 National Teacher of the Year

Juliana Urtubey is a special education teacher and the 2021 National Teacher of the Year.

Mind-blowing Mainstage speakers!

Alyssa Carson

Youngest Astronaut Candidate and Mars One 2030 Ambassador

Alyssa Carson, known by the call sign Blueberry, is an American college student who aspires to train to be an astronaut and participate in human spaceflight to Mars.

Brandan “BMIKE” Odums

Visual Artist, Activist, Youth Mentor

Brandan “BMIKE” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist.

Annelise Cassar Tedesco

Music Director, Chalmette High School, New Orleans

2022 Louisana State Teacher of the Year.

Spencer Kiper

Instructional Technologist,
Caddo Parish Public Schools

Spencer Kiper is an instructional technologist for Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.

Avis Williams, Ed.D.

Superintendent, NOLA Public Schools

Avis Williams, Ed.D., is the incoming superintendent for NOLA Public Schools.

Mary Jo Madda

Former Teacher, Doctoral Student, EdSurge Writer

Mary Jo Madda is a former teacher, a doctoral student at UCLA and a contributing writer for EdSurge.

Practice-changing tips and tools.

Robert P. George, Ph.D.

Professor and Legal Scholar, Princeton University

Robert P. George Ph.D., is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Powerful stories – sure to inspire.

Ilene Winokur, Ed.D.

Professional Development Specialist

Ilene Winokur, Ed.D., is a professional development specialist who supports global educators, including refugee teachers.

Dee Lanier

Lead Experience Designer, LINC

Dee Lanier is a lead experience designer for LINC and an educational technologist with over a decade of K-12 and collegiate instructional experience.

Innovative approaches you can use right away!

Jennifer Yoo-Brannon

Teacher and EdSurge Voices of Change Contributor, Instructional Coach

Jennifer Yoo-Brannon is a teacher and instructional coach in the El Monte Union High School District in California.

Tim Needles

STEAM Teacher, Author and Artist

Tim Needles is an art, media and STEAM teacher, the author of STEAM Power and an artist.

Practice-changing ideas.

Wanda Terral

Director of Technology, Lakeland School System, Tennessee

Wanda Terral, Ed.D., is the director of technology for Lakeland School System in Tennessee.

Stories that spark inspiration.

Jorge Valenzuela

Education Coach and Author

Jorge Valenzuela is the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined, an adjunct professor for Old Dominion University and an author.

Aisha Douglas

Academic Dean of Humanities, EdSurge Voices of Change Contributor

Aisha Douglas is the academic dean of humanities for Achievement First Brooklyn High School.

Big doses of inspiration!

Dominic Hill

Technology and Mathematics Specialist Teacher, British School of Tokyo, Japan

Dominic Hill is a technology and math specialist teacher for the British School of Tokyo in Japan.

Deitra Colquitt, Ed.S.

Co-Principal, EdSurge Voices of Change Contributor

Deitra Colquitt, Ed.S., is the co-principal of The School District of University City in Missouri.

Richard Culatta


Richard Culatta is the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Nancy Jo Lambert

Teacher Librarian

Nancy Jo Lambert is a teacher librarian in Texas.

The messages you need NOW!

Rand Hansen, Ed.D.

President, ISTE Board of Directors

Rand Hansen, Ed.D., is the associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maryland Global Campus and president of the ISTE Board of Directors.

Cynthia Vavasseur, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Technology Leadership

Cynthia Vavasseur, Ph.D., is the program chair for the master's in educational technology leadership program at Nicholls State University in Louisiana.

Elizabeth Pinzon

Technology Integration Specialist, Colegio Los Altos

Elizabeth Pinzon is a technology integration specialist and engineering teacher for Colegio Los Altos in Mexico.

Adam Juarez

Tech Integration Coach

Adam Juarez is a technology integration coach for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District in California.

Katherine Goyette

Edtech and Integrated Studies Consultant

Katherine Goyette is an educational technology and integrated studies consultant for the Tulare County Office of Education in California.

Mateo de Obeso

Student, Himalaya International School, Mexico

Mateo de Obeso is an eighth grade student at Himalaya International School in Monterrey, Mexico.

An idea incubator for learning.

Avery Vavasseur

Student, St. Michael the Archangel High School, Baton Rouge

Avery Vavasseur is a sophomore at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge.

Luke Mullins

Student, Trimble County High School, Kentucky

Luke Mullins is a senior at Trimble County High School in Kentucky.

Thought leaders with practical tips!

Nancye Blair Black

Speaker/Author/Consultant, ISTE’s AI Explorations Project Lead

Nancye Blair Black is the founder and CEO of The Block Uncarved, an educational consulting firm specializing in dignity-driven instructional design and professional development.