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Tom Daccord


Tom Daccord, Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher, has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence” in support of efforts to further 21st century learning in schools.    Tom-500

Shawn McCusker


Shawn McCusker has 21 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private and alternative schools. He is an innovator in the creation and organization of online learning communities such as the #sschat, #1to1techat and #engsschat on Twitter. Shawn continues to develop innovative implementation strategies as a teacher and Social Studies department chair at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois. He is also an authorized Google Education Trainer.  Shawn-500

Suzy Brooks


Nationally recognized as a teacher leader, Suzy Brooks is the Associate Director of Instructional Technology for Mashpee Public Schools. Her work in blended learning, student engagement and social media has been featured by EdWeek, NBC News’ Education Nation, Instructor Magazine, Intel, ASCD, and the NEA.  suzy-brooks

Michael Nagler

Mineola SD

Mike is the Superintendent of the Mineola School District, a suburb of NYC. Mike began his career as a social studies teacher in NYC. While teaching he earned his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999. He believes strongly in the district’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners that exhibit strength of character and contribute positively to a global society. During his seventeen years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. Mike has also been instrumental in creating a platform to assess student learning using electronic portfolios and digital badges. Mineola has two Apple distinguished schools and is a member of the League of Innovative Schools.    Tom-500

Matthew Gaven

Mineola SD

Matt Gaven is beginning his 20th year in the field of education.During the last 9 years in Mineola, Matt has served in both building and district-wide administrative positions. He is currently the principal of Mineola Middle School. During his tenure as Middle School principal, the school has earned Apple Distinguished Program recognition in 2013 and earned the Apple Distinguished School Award in 2014 and in 2016. The building has hosted visitors from 60+ districts from 6 states and five countries to see the building’s innovative 1:1 iPad initiative. Matt resides in Garden City with his wife and three children.    Tom-500

Janet Gonzalez

Mineola SD

Dr. Gonzalez is currently the principal of the Jackson Avenue School in Mineola, NY. In 2015, Jackson Avenue School became an Apple Distinguished School and has been designated as Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified School. Dr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Elementary education from Fordham University and her Doctoral Degree in Education from St. John’s University.    Tom-500

Andrew Casale

Mineola SD

Andrew Casale is the Instructional Leader for Math and Science at the Mineola Middle School. Since assuming this role three years ago, Andrew has been instrumental in leading building efforts to provide students with an engaging and individualized digital curriculum. He has helped oversee many technology initiatives, including the district’s effort to create digital portfolios of student work that are aligned to standards and creating an online system of help videos for parents and students to use to understand complex math concepts. Andrew started his teaching career in the NYC school system where he taught high school and middle school level mathematics moving to the Baldwin system before coming to Mineola. Andrew lives in Massapequa with his wife and two boys.    Tom-500

Laura Defeo

Mineola SD

Laura DeFeo is currently a third grade teacher at the Jackson Avenue School. Laura has been teaching have been teaching for 10 years, the past 8 years in Mineola teaching 3rd grade. Laura graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from SUNY New Paltz and continued her education at CUNY Queens College where she earned a Masters Degree in Education, specializing in Literacy. Mrs. Defeo sees the importance of technology in preparing our students for the future and looks forward to evolving along with her students in this ever changing world.    Tom-500

Margarita Maravel

Mineola SD

Margarita Maravel began serving as an Instructional Leader in July 2015 at the Mineola Middle School. With more than 16 years of teaching experience in the Mineola School District, she has held numerous positions prior to her current appointment including an elementary classroom teacher, reading teacher and Literacy Coordinator. Mrs. Maravel began working at the Mineola Middle School, an Apple Distinguished School, 4 years ago. She has overseen numerous initiatives and partnerships such as building-wide technology integration, where teachers and students use iPads in a 1:1 setting to individualize instruction.    Tom-500

Larry Reiff

Mineola SD

Larry Reiff teaches Humanities at Roslyn High School in Roslyn, NY. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher, he understands that 21st century students absorb and integrate information very differently than previous generations. His work unit on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has been featured on Apple’s website along with his iBook, If Shakespeare Could Tweet and a number of iTunes U courses. He has presented at conferences around the country including SXSWEdu and iPad Summit. Larry will be teaching this summer for EdTechTeacher’s Summer Institutes.    Tom-500

Whittney Smith

Mineola SD

Dr. Whittney Smith is the Principal at Mineola High School in Garden City Park, NY. Dr. Smith has been with the Mineola School District since 2002, beginning as the Assistant Principal in the Middle School. From 2011 -2015 he was Assistant Principal in the High School. Prior to joining the Mineola School District, Dr. Smith was a special education teacher and Athletic Trainer in the Locust Valley School District. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University; a Master’s degree in Special Education from Adelphi University; a Master’s degree in School Administration from LIU CW Post University; and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from St. John’s University. Dr. Smith is also an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.    Tom-500