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ISTELive Discovery Museum: Tuesday

Pennsylvania Convention Center, ISTE Discovery Museum

Learning experience: ISTE Discovery Museum
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STEM Implementation Coach
Albuquerque Public Schools
Elementary Tech Integrator
Elizabeth Forward School District
Anna teaches over 400 students from kindergarten to 5th grade each year computer science and computational thinking as an Elementary Technology Integrator at the Elizabeth Forward SD. She has presented at both local and international conferences about computational thinking and making over the past 5 years. She also sits on the Duquesne University Alumni Advisory Board and volunteers her time to help pre-service teachers prepare for their time in the classroom. In 2021, Anna received the Carnegie Science Center Award for "Most Inspiring Teacher." In addition to awards, Anna has written an Amazon book, "Capturing Creativity" with her colleague, Melissa Unger.
Science Teacher
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School
I began my career as a special education teacher and have since served as a homeroom teacher and science specialist. I hold a B.A. in Religion, a M.Ed. in Special Education, an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a second M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. I am currently the Lower School DEIB Coordinator and PK-2 science teacher at SSSAS. I have presented at various conferences and workshops, developed a professional development course, and have work published in educational publications. In my free time, I enjoy classical music and marathon running.
Curriculum Coordinator
Achievement House Cyber Charter School
As the Curriculum Coordinator at Achievement House Cyber Charter, Jodi Byrne strives to bring creativity into everyday learning. Jodi taught in both elementary and high school settings before becoming a program director, writing curriculum for both public schools and nonprofit organizations. In 2021, Jodi joined Achievement House where she partners with staff in building student curriculum that fosters academic achievement and success in a technology-driven world.
Renton Preparatory Christian School
Chloe is a 9th-grade student at Renton Preparatory School in Renton, Washington. She has previously presented with ISTE
Instructional Technology Consultant
Jessie Erickson is current acting District Assessment Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools and serves as an EdTech Consultant providing professional development for EdTech platforms and technology integration. Jessie holds Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership. She has had the opportunity to work with the students and staff as a teacher, Building Resource Coordinator, Instructional Coach and Curriculum Technology Partner within the Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Air Force Base School Districts. She loves facilitating opportunities that ignite all learners to become passionate about leading and learning.
Special Education Teacher/Content Creator
Private Nicholas Minue School
Paul Garcia has taught special education for 30 years. He has taught in various grade levels and settings. He earned his MS in Education with a focus in elementary reading and literacy in 2009. In 1993 and 2014, Paul was one of the district’s honorees for the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. He received an honorary membership to Kappa Delta Pi honor society in 2021. Paul was honored by the New Jersey chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children as Teacher of the Year in 2022. A musician and board game enthusiast, Paul enjoys finding ways to incorporate his interests to engage his students.
Content Development Editor, English Language Learning Materials
U.S. Department of State/ ECA
Jacqueline Gardy is a Virtual Exchange Specialist and materials editor in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Office of English Language Programs. Prior to this, she was an English Language Fellow in Novi Sad, Serbia, through the State Department’s English Language Fellow Program, and was a high school ESOL teacher and community college ESL teacher. She has been on the board of the ISTE Online and Blended Learning Network and the M-Education Alliance. Her interests are in design thinking, edtech in low-resourced environments, and creative thinking.
Spanish Teacher K-2
St. Stephens and St. Agnes School
Larissa Giacomán teaches Spanish at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Virginia. She is the Founder of KidSpanish. She is involved in the National Network for Early Language Learners, where is a State Rep for DC and VA and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, where she was a presenter on EdTech Implementation and Creativity for Learning in the Target Language. She is an Board member of the Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language and ISTE member.
Technology teacher
Peabody School
Chris is an artist and teacher living in Charlottesville, Virginia. He used to teach art and include a lot of technology. Now he teaches technology and includes quite a bit of art. His interests pull him in many directions from carpentry to oil painting and bookmaking, from microcontrollers to video effects. He finds very little time to get bored, but mostly he enjoys reading books, watching movies, and making things with his two daughters and his wife.
Ed Tech Librarian, Professor, and Author
Syosset High School
Kristina A. Holzweiss is a high school ed tech librarian. She shares ideas and resources about her school library and makerspaces on her website Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 - 2017 "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award. She is the author of "Hacking School Libraries" and Scholastic makerspace books.
Rochester Professor of Music
The University of Texas Permian Basin
Dr. Dan Keast is the Rochester Professor of Music at The University of Texas Permian Basin. He is a pioneer of online teaching and learning that presents research and innovations to a variety of disciplines across secondary and higher education. He has 30 publications in addition to digital creations in the Apple App Store, Second Life, and Magna Publications. Keast won the Texas Digital Learning Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Learning Award in 2021. He holds a Teaching Online Certificate and Master Reviewer status with Quality Matters, as well as an Online Teaching Certificate from the Online Learning Consortium.
Renton prep Christian school
My name is Calleigh Lee. I’m 14 years old and attending Renton Prep Christian School. I enjoy creating art and have been drawing for 3 years. Since the covid pandemic occurred I felt alone. I’m not good at expressing myself. Creating art helped me express myself without needing to use words. I hope anyone who is like me can use art to help express themselves. I have been a public speaker for the Northwest Council for Computer Education 2023. For 11 years in a row, I have been in an annual live dance performance as well as a Christmas choir.
District Teacher Librarian
Shannon serves as the preschool-12 district teacher librarian and innovation director at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa. She is also the Future Ready Librarians Spokesperson working with the Alliance of Excellent Education in Washington DC. Shannon is an avid blogger at, The Library Voice, writing, speaking and consulting on librarianship, education and students around the world.
Educational Technology Coach
Verona Area High School
ISTE Certified Educator
Rita Mortenson is the Educational Technology Coach for Verona Area High School, in Verona, Wisconsin. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Discovery Education Leadership Council Member, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and is a National Board Certified Teacher with an MBA Degree. She enjoys working and collaborating with staff and students to create opportunities for all.
Edtech coach & Art Educator
Smithtown High School East
Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power. He’s a TEDx Talk speaker, technology integration specialist, and teaches art and emerging media at Smithtown Schools and Five Towns College. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action and Creativity Award, NAEA’s Eastern Region Art Educator Award & ArtEdTech Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s also a board member of NYSCATE, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an ISTE Community leader and NAEA ArtMediaTech chair.
Lower School Technology Coordinator
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School
ISTE Certified Educator
Kay Ossio, the Lower School Technology Coordinator at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, is a dynamic educator with an unwavering passion for technology and its role in empowering students with 21st-century skills. With a Master's degree in Education and Human Development in the Field of Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University and certification as an ISTE educator, Kay is a forward-thinking expert in integrating technology into the classroom.
Director of Programs
JP Pullos (he/him/his) is the Director of Programs at 100cameras, a nonprofit organization that works with youth around the world, teaching them to process and tell their stories through photography in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their role in their community. JP lives in New York City!
Teacher Librarian
Governor Mifflin School District
Rachel Sebastian is an elementary teacher librarian from Reading, Pennsylvania. Rachel brings, to her school community, 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher and, more recently, a K-4 STEM Teacher. She is an ISTE Certified Teacher and a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology and Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. She is passionate about sparking student curiosity and inquiry using innovative, nontraditional approaches in the library and beyond.
Director of Technology
Hillbrook School
ISTE Certified Educator
Bill Selak (he/him) is Director of Technology at Hillbrook School, an independent JK-12 school recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. He teaches at Concordia University Irvine in the M.A. Educational Technology program, and is a NAMLE Board Member (National Association of Media Literacy Education). He’s a recipient of the Kay L. Bitter Vision Award and ISTE's Emerging Leader Award, and he's a Google Certified Innovator and Apple Distinguished Educator. He’s taught music, kindergarten, and second grade. Bill is obsessed with sharing his learning on his podcast Bill Selak Talks, where he shares about bringing methodical creativity into the student experience.
Renton Prep Christian School
I'm 16 years old! I'm a student presenter from Washington State and I enjoy topics such AI, law, and art. Those are broad topics but I can talk about anything for hours on end.
Visual Art Teacher
Chatham County Schools
SparkLab NC Facilitator. Visual Art Instructor. MFA, NBCT & current MEITE Candidate (Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepeneurship) @UNC Chapel Hill & ISTE Cert Candidate. Lover of all innovation & technology! See my portfolio @
ISTE Certified Educator
Al Thomas is the CEO and Founder of Educopilot. He has more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, district-level director and consultant. He’s passionate about developing and curating unique, innovative solutions that improve learning for all. Al Thomas believes that if we are to prepare students for future success, we must equip them with creative problem-solving skills that harness their talents and abilities.
Technology Integration Analyst & Trainer
Northeast Metro Intermediate School Dist
ISTE Certified Educator
Emily is a Technology Integrator and Trainer for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916, a former middle school German Teacher, and a Google Certified Trainer & Coach and ISTE Certified Educator. Throughout her time at 916, she has worked with staff and students to grow their instructional technology skills and meets everyone where they are at. Emily has presented at a variety of local, regional, national, and international conferences, both in-person and virtually. She uses her professional experiences, passion for technology, and drive to innovate student learning to inform and plan her training sessions, including one-on-one, group, and online.
Educational Consultant
Yaritza Villalba leads professional learning opportunities, centered on culturally responsive sustaining education (CRSE), to an international network of educators. With thirteen years of experience in Urban education, Yaritza supplies many effective strategies and resources for educating and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous. and people of color) students and families. Over her career, Yaritza became an Assistant Principal and an author of culturally relevant children's books creating opportunities and experiences for students of color to gain fair access to resources that spark critical thinking and meaningful conversations in and out of the classroom.

Session description

Experience the creative spirit of the ISTE community at the ISTELive Discovery Museum!

New to ISTELive, the Discovery Museum is a space where you can make your own hands-on creative pieces and see visual works that represent learning submitted by the ISTE community.

Inside the ISTELive Discovery Museum you can: • Visit and get inspired by the artworks and artifacts in the Discovery Gallery • Listen to the "stories of creation" for the artworks and artifacts in the Discover Stories video room • Drop by and create your own artistic pieces with a local artist, a museum, and ISTE creators in the Creative Constructor Studio • Continue connecting, collaborating and sharing ideas in the Creation Lab Lounges

Check the Creative Constructor Studio schedule to learn what new hands-on activity will be hosted daily in the studio space.

We hope you drop by and join us in the Discovery Museum--your place to discover creativity, connections, rejuvenation, and your next inspiration at ISTELive!

Session specifications

Storytelling/multimedia, Global collaboration, Maker activities and programs, Creativity & curation tools
Subject area:
STEM/STEAM, Performing/visual arts
Related exhibitors:
Canva for Education,
WeVideo, Inc.