EdTechTeam Solano County Summit featuring Google for Education 
brings together world-class educational technology leaders.  
All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees, 
or teachers with local success stories!  

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Keynote Day 1: Nicole Dalesio

Nicole is a full-time classroom teacher and staff developer in Pleasanton, California with over 15 years teaching experience in the United States and Brazil. Also a digital artist, Nicole specializes in integrating creativity and technology into education, and has won many awards for her innovative teaching, mobile photography, videos, and screencast tutorials. 

She was named the “Next Photoshop Evangelist” by Adobe, and has also been recognized as a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and an Adobe Education Leader. Nicole has extensive experience as a speaker on various topics including Google Apps, iPhoneography, Photoshop, and Digital Storytelling. She gives both live and virtual presentations and webinars, trains teachers and “kids of all ages,” teaches workshops, online classes, and community education classes, and presents regularly at regional, national, and international ed tech. conferences. 

Nicole has also been an international keynote speaker, and has presented many times at Adobe headquarters, MacWorld, Photoshop World, and more.

Keynote Day 2: Rushton Hurley
Rushton Hurley is an educator who believes this is a great time to teach. In his work, he has taught Japanese language, been principal of an online school, directed a professional development program, and succeeded as a social benefit entrepreneur. He loves creativity, collaborative innovation, and laughing at himself.

Rushton founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of hundreds of short videos by and for teachers and students at Additionally, he is the Global Project Lead for the Krause Center for Innovation. His graduate research at Stanford University included using speech recognition technology with beginning students of Japanese in computer-based role-playing scenarios for developing language skills. In the 1990's his work with teenagers at a high school in California led him to begin using internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches.

Rushton has trained teachers around the world, and regularly presents at national and international conferences. His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives of teachers.

Closing Keynote:  Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill, the k-12 Instructional Technology Coach for the Pleasanton Unified, has a passion for innovative learning strategies and actively works to share and collaborate with teachers, parents, and community members in order to improve the quality of education. She has presented at numerous conferences across California, sharing ideas to improve the way kids experience learning. Lisa is a Google Certified Teacher and a part of the inaugural group of YouTube Star Teachers. She is a lead learner for CUE and a part of the Merit Staff at the Krause Center for Innovation. 

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Featured Speaker: 
Andrew Moriates

Andrew Moriates is a lifelong learner and constant goal setter who has been teaching English Language Arts for eight years. Andrew is the Technology Coordinator of Chromebook Implementation and Instruction at Mission Viejo High School, a Google Certified Teacher, authorized Google Education Trainer, and he is also the participating teacher for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District model high school Classroom of Tomorrow project: a collaborative project that looks to physically and pedagogically redefine the structure, design, and purpose of a traditional classroom. He is a GAFE presenter for the SVUSD and specializes in the implementation of Chromebooks, GAFE, 20% projects, Google+, and Hangouts On-Air to create and maintain a connected classroom. 

Twitter: @andrewmoriates

Featured Speaker: Sergio Villegas

I have been working in education for 6 years during which I was classically trained as a high school science teacher in the Napa Valley. I currently work for NapaLearns, a Non-Profit company dedicated to promoting innovative instruction and technology. My current position is to support the EdTech side of our districts PBL and BYOD initiative. I am also an Instructor for Touro Universities in their Master in Educational Technology program as well as help tech-ify our county BTSA program. During my free time I help manage my local CUE affiliate, the greatest organization dedicated to supporting Edtech in the North Bay area.

Twitter:  @coach_sv
Google+:  +SergioVillegas

Featured Speaker: Kate Petty

Kate Petty left the secondary English classroom last year to serve as an EdTech TOSA for her district as they deploy a 1:1 Chromebook program. She is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, and is Project-Based Learning (PBL) certified. She enjoys blogging, new challenges, family, and chocolate- although not necessarily in that order. 

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Featured Speaker: Donnie Piercey

Donnie Piercey works in a hybrid role as a fifth grade teacher and district technology integration specialist for Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky.  He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement.  You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website,  Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his eight year teaching career.  He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.  He prides himself in being the Kentucky Liaison to the North Bay CUE.

Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University and got his Masters in Education from Auburn University (Montgomery).  Donnie is also a Google Certified Teacher and Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board (GTAB) member.

Featured Speaker: Stephanie Cerda

Ms. Cerda has experience teaching multiple content areas from kindergarten to early college. She believes in hands-on, inquiry based learning while using tech to amplify instructional practices and is excited to support teachers with at Manor ISD. Her current Projects including serving on the SXSWedu 2015 advisory board, consulting with schools as a Google Certified Teacher, and organizer of EdCampAustin.
Twitter: @ms_cerda

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