Mark Ray is the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year. After twenty years as a teacher librarian, he now serves as Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Most recently, Mark was a teacher librarian at Skyview High School and worked for four years as an instructional technology facilitator. His areas of interest are digital citizenship, mobile learning and creative technology integration in libraries and classrooms. Since 2008, he has helped lead district initiatives including Bring Your Own Device, learning management systems and instructional technology training for teacher librarians. This program to train and empower teacher librarians as school technology leaders was recognized by the Washington State ASCD in 2011. In the last year, he has led a team of educators to plan and implement a district-wide 1:1 iPad initiative that will eventually impact over 18,000 students and teachers. As a longtime advocate for strong library programs and technology integration, he helped craft the Library Information and Technology Framework in Washington State and has been active with both the Washington Library Media Association and the Northwest Council for Computer Education in promoting educational technology, teacher librarianship and 21st century school libraries. He presents both regionally and nationally and writes for professional publications including School Library Journal and Teacher Librarian. At the graduate level, he teaches as an adjunct instructor for the University of Washington Information School. Mark graduated from The Evergreen State College and completed his teaching certification and Masters degree at Portland State University.
Caroline See, BS, Business Administration, concentration in Industrial Education. In her 19 years working in higher education and K–12, Caroline has implemented and trained on complex systems and solutions targeting the educator market. Her experience in education includes work as an instructor, information resource consultant, business analyst, project manager and course developer. She is spurred by the amazing results that come from focusing on and meeting customer needs. Since joining Follett, she has received Follett Values awards for Accountability (2008) and Each and Every Associate (2012).
Patty Stanko, M.A.Ed., Educational Administration and M.A. Ed. with middle school endorsements in Library Science/Media, Business, Language Arts, and Social Studies. After several years in corporate accounting, Patty found that her love of reading and children brought her to the field of education. She spent 14 years as a school librarian, then school library administrator, then district library administrator. Most recently, as a professional development director, she worked with teachers and students on information literacy and critical thinking skills.
Dr. Mark Edwards currently serves as Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville NC. He was named the 2013 NC Superintendent of the Year and the AASA National Superintendent of the Year. As a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools, Mark is also a recipient of the Harold W. McGraw Prize In Education. He has launched his second district 1:1 laptop initiative, equipping more than 6000 students in the Mooresville district with 21st century skills via laptops and interactive boards. He is the author of Every Child, Every Day: A Digital Conversion Model for Student Achievement. As both a renowned public educator and a father of three, he exemplifies the MGSD motto, Every child, Every day.
Dr. Steve Joel has served for three years as superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, a district of 37,000 students and 8,000 employees. Previously, he served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice. A native of Long Island, New York, he has degrees from Doane College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State. Dr. Joel has been honored with a wide variety of awards and distinctions including: Nebraska Superintendent of the Year and national accolades for Leadership Excellence by the Educational Resource Development Institute. He also has been active in many community clubs and coalitions, and serves on a number of boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Education Foundation and Educare Early Childhood. He is a member of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative, a statewide comprehensive and collaborative approach to educating young people from preschool through college. He has also served on the Leadership Advisory Council of his alma mater, Doane College, and is a motivational speaker who has made presentations across the country centering on leadership and education. In his time as superintendent at various school districts, Dr. Joel has focused on comprehensive solutions to significant school and community issues. The immigration raid in Grand Island led to the formation of a community coalition to begin the arduous process of rebuilding community unity. His work in Beatrice resulted in the passage of a difficult bond issue to build a comprehensive high school.
Dr. Donna Wright has been in the educational field for over thirty years, with experience in both PK-12 and higher education. She is presently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education for the Williamson County Public School System in Tennessee as of July, 2012. Prior to her move to WCS, she was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for Knox County Schools (TN). She was responsible for district-wide educational programming and planning for the system's 56,000 students and 4500 certified personnel in more than 80 schools. In this position, she provided oversight and direction in all aspects of curriculum, instruction, assessment, strategic planning and system-wide alignment of PK-12, special education services, federal programs, Career and Technical Education, Media Services, and professional development. As one who promotes access and opportunity for all students, Dr. Wright has leveraged her position as assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, classroom teacher, and college professor to ensure this promise for all students.
Gail Dickinson is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Previous to this position, she was Professor of School Librarianship in the Teaching and Learning Department at ODU. She earned her undergraduate degree from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her PhD in Education from the University of Virginia, focusing on educational administration. She started her career in education as a building level school librarian on the coast of Virginia and was a curriculum supervisor in upstate New York before moving into academia. Dr. Dickinson's is currently President of the American Association of School Librarians, and Editor-in-Chief of Library Media Connection magazine. Her research interests focus on evidence-based practices in education, National Board Certification, and standards-based education and accreditation. She divides her time between her home in Camden, North Carolina, and enjoys weekends on the Chesapeake Bay on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Susan Ballard is the Immediate Past-President of the American Association of School Librarians. Susan has also served as president of the New Hampshire School Library Media Association (NHSLMA) and of the New England School Library Association (NESLA). She is the retired Director of Library, Media, and Technology Services for the Londonderry (NH) School District, and a past recipient of the National School Library Media Program of the Year. Presently she is an adjunct professor at Simmons College, Boston and serves on the editorial advisory boards for Teacher Librarian and Knowledge Quest. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Institutefor the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) Primary Source Project. She co-chaired the 2011-13 ALA Presidential Task Force on School Libraries. This task force developed a national campaign to address the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, as well as the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement. Among various awards, she was the first-ever recipient of the NH Excellence in Education Award (EDie) for Library Media Services. In 2005, she was cited in ALA’s Whole School Library Handbook as one of the country’s “103 Outstanding School Librarians” and in 2008 she was inducted into the NESLA Hall of Fame.
Todd Litzsinger is Chairman of the Board, Follett Corporation. Todd has held positions with progressively more responsibility at Follett, with his career with the Company beginning in 1997. Prior to his role as Follett Chairman, he served as President of Content Solutions and Services for Follett School Solutions – the Company's PreK-12 business. In addition, he has served as a Follett Board Director since 2003. Todd's previous experience with Follett includes serving as President of Follett Library Resources, President of Follett Educational Services, President of BWI, and National Sales Director for Custom Academic Publishing Company (CAPCO) – a joint venture with BMI Systems. Todd's career at Follett has given him a deep understanding of school communities and their respective challenges and issues. The Company's offerings of traditional school materials as well as new technologies and edtech solutions have made Follett a respected partner in the education marketplace, due in part to Todd's leadership. Prior to Follett, Todd honed his skills in retail, sales and marketing, working for Jostens, the school yearbook and ring company. In addition to the Follett Board of Directors, Todd is a board member of Reading Power, a non-profit focused on improving literacy in North Chicago, and has been active with United Way and Chicago Public Schools. Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University.
Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office's efforts on teacher and leader support. She also was a leading voice for transforming American education through technology innovation and research. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Master's in school administration from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is a past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software & Information Industry Association-Education.
Barbara Stripling is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. Previously, in her 35-year library career, Stripling has been Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and director of library programs at a local education fund in New York City. She received her Doctorate in Information Management from Syracuse University in May 2011 and has written or edited numerous books and articles. Stripling is a former president of the American Association of School Librarians and is the 2013-2014 President of the American Library Association.
Dr. Donna Shannon is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science where she advises and teaches courses for prospective school librarians. Previous to this position she was on the faculty of the University of Kentucky's School of Library and Information Science. Her PhD is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked as a public librarian, a school librarian in Florida and in Germany with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and as a research assistant with the Florida House of Representatives. She has served on the American Association of School Librarians Board of Directors, the AASL Research and Statistics Committee, AASL's Knowledge Quest editorial board, and the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation. She is currently a member of AASL's School Library Research editorial board and ALA's Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee. Her current research focuses on school administrators' perceptions of school library programs and the role of school librarians.
A story teller at heart, Britten Follett's investigative television reports earned her the prestigious Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University, where she was an award-winning Division One volleyball player. Today she serves the on the board of the SIU Alumni Association and the Dean's National Advisory Council. She is no stranger to the education industry. Five generations ago, her family founded Follett Corporation. Britten has returned to her roots in Illinois as the President of the Follett Educational Foundation and the Marketing Manager for Follett International. Today she handles PR and Communications for Follett's preK-12 businesses. When Britten is not traveling for work, she is traveling across the country, educating the public about child abuse prevention. She sits on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and is the co-author of Who Killed Kelsey?, a critique on the child welfare system through the murder of a two-year-old girl.
Mary Reiman is the Director of Library Media Services for Lincoln (Nebraska) Public Schools with a Master of Library Science (MLS) from Emporia State University and Educational Administration certification from the University of Nebraska. She is a member of ALA, AASL and ISTE. Her participation with the Nebraska School Librarians Association has earned her the NSLA Distinguished Service Award. Mary was the school librarian at Southeast High School in Lincoln for sixteen years. She facilitated S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), coordinated the renovation of the school library, and co-chaired the school improvement committee which earned her the Ak-Sar-Ben Ike Friedman Leadership Award. She was a participant at the Yale Institute on Ethnicity in China and the American Memory Fellows Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2013, she received the LPS Leola Bullock Multicultural Award.
Scott Smith has over nineteen years experience in the area of educational technology. As a teacher, instructional technology facilitator, system's engineer, director and Chief Technology Officer, Scott understands all aspects of technology and media - both instructionally and technically. In 2007, Scott received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As past president of NCTIES (NC's ISTE Affiliate) Scott led efforts for North Carolina's technology educators. Scott also serves an ISTE Affiliate Representative for NCTIES and sat on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) for five years. Scott has been an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University and is currently adjunct with Wingate University. In 2014 Scott achieved CETL (Certified Educational Technology Leader) credentials from CoSN. In 2008 Scott assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer for Mooresville Graded Schools, one of the first public school systems in the nation to issue laptops to every child grades 3-12. This "Digital Conversion" initiative has seen outstanding results in the way of decreased dropouts and suspensions, increased attendance, and increased End of Course and End of Grade test scores, while moving the district into a digital teaching and learning environment.
Carolyn Foote is the high school and district librarian at Westlake High School in Eanes ISD and a White House Champion of Change. Fascinated by the intersection of technology, students, and libraries, she studies how changes impact libraries. She frequently writes for School Library Journal, Internet @ Schools, Teacher-Librarian, and Tech Edge magazines, exploring library advocacy, new technologies, and library design.
Jennifer Boudrye is the Director of Library Programs for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Prior to joining DCPS, Ms. Boudrye was a school library media specialist and administrator in Montgomery County, MD public schools and has experience working with students from Prek - 12. Before earning her MLS from the University of MD, Ms. Boudrye worked as a web publisher, and radio talk show producer and host. Ms. Boudrye is committed to ensuring that all students have access to the best information resources and opportunities to develop expert information literacy skills for school and life.