Keynote Speaker: Kayla Delzer
Our 2018 keynote speaker, Kayla Delzer, is a globally awarded third-grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota where she was recently named 2019 State Teacher of the Year. Kayla also has been described by The New York Times as "one of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States" and by PBS as one of just 30 "All-Star Digital Innovators" in the United States.
Kayla frequently travels around the United States and other countries as a featured and keynote speaker. She has delivered well over 100 keynotes, one of note being at Twitter Headquarters. On July 23, 2015, she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners.
Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide, and she was recently selected as a recipient of the Global Hundred Award, designating her as one of the top 100 innovative educators in the world. She is currently writing a book about classroom learning spaces and flexible seating, titled FlexED: Flexible Seating for Flexible Learners, set to release during the summer of 2018. She is also a co-author of the best-selling book Education Write Now, published in December 2017.
You can connect with Kayla on all social media platforms @topdogteaching, and her student-led social media accounts @topdogkids.
Lunch Keynote Speaker: Wendy Jones, M.Ed.
With 27 years in public education, our 2018 featured guest speaker, Wendy Jones, M.Ed., is an experienced educator, administrator and proven leader. Prior to joining CDW-G, Wendy was the Director of Instruction, Learning, and Innovation of a large, fast-growth, suburban school district in Texas. In this role, she provided strategic leadership for enhancing learning and instruction through the use of technology.
Featured Workshop Presenter: Anthony Johnson
"In my school years, I was a terrible student and a teacher’s nightmare who stayed in trouble," writes featured workshop speaker Anthony Johnson. "During that time, I failed 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades before dropping out of high school at the age of 16. I received my G.E.D. and moved from job to job for nearly a decade. In 1998, I lost both my parents six months apart and spent time reflecting on my life and decided to make a change. A year later, I enrolled at Livingstone College and graduated in 4 years with a degree in Elementary Education. My goal is to teach with enthusiasm and give my students a different experience from my own in grade school. Teaching is my passion, and my desire to help young people succeed has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world as an educator. Apple recognizes me as an Apple Distinguished Educator, due in large part to my implementation of technology into the classroom that has positively influenced students."
Find him on Twitter @a_p_johnson