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TCCA 20|20 FOCUS Speakers

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Michael Bonner | Keynote Speaker

Seen on The Ellen Show and NBC Nightly News, educator, speaker, and author Michael Bonner has taken to more than 100 education conference, school district meeting and leadership development stages across the U.S. & Canada to share his “lessons learned” from teaching in a Title I school with children that experience high levels of trauma and adverse situations. His candid, enthusiastic seminars challenge listeners to create diverse, inclusive education plans “where students can see themselves within the lessons and assessments” as a means to increase student success rates. He empowers his audiences to build genuine relationships with their students because “you can’t demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in.”

Administrators and educators alike leave Mr. Bonner’s presence ready to make an impact that affects eternity. Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. His students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges. Therefore, he identifies strategies to ensure their growth socially, emotionally, academically, and psychologically. Due to his educational approach, students leave more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville.

Today, Mr. Bonner lives in Atlanta, Ga. where he is beginning a new educational journey as a fourth and sixth grade English teacher at the famed Ron Clark Academy. You can learn more about Michael Bonner at michaellbonner.com and follow him on Instagram at @michaelbonner_

Dr. Belinda George | Featured Presenter

Dr. Belinda George is proudly serving her second year as Principal of Homer Drive Elementary in Beaumont, TX. Belinda is also internationally known for reading to her scholars online via Facebook Live, which she has coined as “Tucked in Tuesdays”.

She has made appearances on the Steve Harvey Show, Good Morning America, Texas Country Reporter, local news stations, Strahan & Sara, ABC News Special: Pandemic: What You Need to Know, and Nightly News with Lester Holt. Her story has been shared in countless publications such as Essence Magazine, Faith and Heart Magazine, TEPSA Magazine, Washington Post, CNN.com, Good Morning America.com, and Texas Monthly to name a few. In addition, she has served in the United States Army prior to entering into education.

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John Meehan | Featured Presenter

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. His first book, EDrenaline Rush, was published in June of 2019 by Dave Burgess Consulting, and offers a game-changing look at student engagement strategies inspired by theme parks, mud runs, and escape rooms.

John began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. In March of 2019, he created the #EggDashChallenge – a classroom activity that became a viral video, racking up 75K+ views in less than one month’s time, and spawning hundreds of classroom videos in 40 US states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 8 countries. He is a past presenter at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races.

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Jake Miller | Featured Presenter

Jake Miller is an edtech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast, shares #EduGIFs at JakeMiller.net and works as a Technology Integration Specialist for an Ohio Middle School. Jake also coaches his school’s Robotics & Coding Clubs and helped develop the school’s digital fabrication Fab Lab. He has experience as an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer. He previously taught middle school math, science and a student-paced STEM course, which he co-wrote the curriculum for.

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Tisha Poncio | Featured Presenter

Energetic and enthusiastic learner, teacher, coach and empowerED educator, Tisha Poncio has served in education for the last 20 years. She has led students in the classroom teaching English, Web Design, Graphic Design, Business Computers, Programming, and Broadcast Journalism. She has also led educators and administrators as an instructional technology coach for 11 years. She is a Google Certified Trainer, a Flipgrid Ambassador, an Ed Tech Team Blogger and was named a finalist in 2018 for Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year in Texas.

She has presented at numerous educational technology conferences across the nation and in her home state of Texas speaking about empowering students, teachers, and leaders as well as digital citizenship for all ages. Her biggest accomplishment to date has been the creation of a student-led technology leadership group who helps her present on student voice, empowerment and the #studentsCANlead movement on Twitter.

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DESIREE ALEXANDER | Featured Presenter

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is currently the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences nationwide.

Dr. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1. She is certified in Texas as a Principal, in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and grades 8-12, as a Reading Specialist for grades EC-12, and as a School Librarian. She holds multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher 2016, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert.

She holds a Bachelor, a Master + 30, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

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TOMMY SPALL | Featured Presenter

Tommy Spall is a passionate educator, multi-featured presenter, educational consultant, and six-year Instructional Technology Specialist in Brenham ISD, TX. He is a graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma, a twelve-year “veteran” teacher, and a certified K-8 educator. Among his many accomplishments, Tommy is a multi-nominated teacher of the year candidate, former president of the non-profit Techs4Tex group which hosted the annual Texas Google Summit, and a distinguished speaker that has presented at numerous educational conferences across Texas and beyond. He is constantly crafting his educational pedagogy to integrate technology and new instructional trends into his instruction to best meet the needs of teachers & students in his district and PLN. Tommy is currently finishing up graduate school with his masters in Educational Technology Leadership along with obtaining his principal certification.

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Flippin’ Good Tech | Featured Presenters

Flippin’ Good Tech is a duo of bridge builders in the edtech world made up of two high energy individuals named Elizabeth King and Darryl Legaspi!  Monthly, this zany pair brings education experts to your doorstep through a podcast they call ConnectED Tech, where the E and the D may or may not stand for Elizabeth and Darryl.  With purposeful ed tech use as their why, this pair packs a 1-2 punch as they discuss and showcase what is new and relevant in the edusphere.   Elizabeth is a Professional Learning Coordinator with over 17 years of education experience, a Google for Education Certified Educator, and creator of Polaroid Notes, an innovative way to capture ideas digitally and Darryl is a Media Specialist with 10 years of education experience, a Google for Education Certified Innovator #NYC19, and a passionate board game enthusiast.  They are pumped to be featured presenters at TCCA this year, and can not wait to meet you all.  In the meantime, join them on their podcast journey at www.flippingoodtech.com

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