July 14th – 16th, 2019 California
Philip D. Lanoue, Ph.D.has a demonstrated record in leading school transformation at the building and district levels. Dr. Lanoue is the 2015 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2015 Georgia Superintendent of the Year. Before serving at the superintendency level across two systems, Dr. Lanoue was a high school principal in Vermont and Massachusetts, leading four schools toward excellence. While principal of Burlington High School in Vermont, he was named the Vermont National Association of School Principals, Principal of the Year.
Dr. Lanoue was named as one of the nation’s top 50 educational innovators in digital learning by Convergemagazine. He has served on the White House Policy Advisory for the New Generation High School Summit, the ConnectED Future Ready White House Summit, the Advisory Council for the Georgia School Boards Association, and a member of Georgia’s AdvancED Council.
Dr. Lanoue regularly adds to the public discourse about education, leadership, and the future of children through his blogs, his guest columns, and webinars. He writes a monthly blog for TrustED, Course Correction,and he was named one of the top educational voices (authors, writers, speakers, and experts) who are keeping K-12 issues in the national dialogue.
Dr. Lanoue has co-authored refereed journal articles in both scholarly and practitioner journals including School Leadership & Management, LEARNing, and Educational Leadership. He has also co-authored chapters in edited books including the forthcoming, WileyHandbook of Educational Supervision(Wiley & Blackwell). He released his new book written in collaboration with Dr. Sally Zepeda entitled, The Emerging Work of Today's Superintendent: Leading Schools and Communities to Educate All Children, in June of 2018.
As the Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools for nineteen years, Dr. Abshire is a catalyst to initiate the integration of technology throughout the nation and internationally by providing leadership on numerous national, state and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. A forty-three year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, and university professor. In 2010 she was appointed by the FCC to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE matters. Sheryl was the 2013 National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training Community Builder Award winner for exemplary service in support of policies and practices designed to facilitate the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning across the nation’s education system. ISTE awarded Sheryl the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award in 2009 for her decades of work promoting educational technology. Dr. Abshire is the past president of the Louisiana ISTE affiliate – LACUE where she presently serves as the Vice President of Advocacy and Programs. She was the first teacher inducted into our country’s National Teachers’ Hall of Fame and serves on the board and is past chair of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Additionally, she serves on the K-12 Advisory Board for Blackboard, Dell's Platinum Advisory Committee, eSchool News and Scholastic Administrators Advisory Boards.
A native of Long Island, New York, with degrees from Doane College, University of Nebraska, and Kansas State, Dr. Joel has extensive experience as a superintendent in Kansas and Nebraska. Prior to his current role as Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, Dr. Joel served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice. Located in the heart of the plains, LPS is renowned for its long-standing legacy of educational excellence: a district serving more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.
Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Susan Enfield the district is delivering on this promise by implementing a bold strategic plan committed to ensuring that students graduate bilingual, biliterate with the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future they choose.
A former high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.
Jeff McCoy is currently serving as the Associate Superintendent of Academics for Greenville County Schools in South Carolina. Greenville County Schools is the largest district in South Carolina and 45th largest in the nation with over 76,000 students. Jeff started his career in Greenville County Schools as a middle school teacher in 2000 and has held various district leadership positions throughout his sixteen year career. He is currently an adjunct professor at Furman University and serves on multiple state and national committees.
John Krull is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Seattle Public Schools. John came to the district in 2016 with Education, technology, and business experience across public, private, and non-profit sectors.
John began his career as a teacher and has over 10 years of classroom experience including a stint as adjunct professor of Education Technology. Afterwards, he moved to the then new public internet industry and on to Microsoft and then to Silicon Valley for a digital video startup.
After a decade in publicly-traded enterprises, John returned to Education with leadership roles in the Bay Area working as chief technology officer in the school districts in Oakland and Fremont as well as helping launch a San Francisco-based charter management organization.
John earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington. In addition, he holds numerous technical and leadership certifications.
John and his family live in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle and he remains a proud Husky.
Mark Finstrom serves as Chief Technology Officer for Highline Public schools, serving nearly 22,000 students in Washington State. A 20-year technology veteran, he has in-depth expertise in strategic planning and operations. Mr. Finstrom is a member of cabinet, designs and orchestrates Highline’s strategic roadmap, leads the technical team and works closely with end-users and partners. Mr. Finstrom is a nationally recognized technologist. He holds a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certificate and is involved in several national and regional education groups. He serves as a board member for the Association of Computer Professionals in Education and a board member for the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum Education.
Mr. Finstrom volunteers his time to advocate for technology in education by chairing advisory boards for the Consortium of School Networking, WA K20 and Century Link CTOs. He is a contributor to education and technology publications and speaks at industry events, conferences and webinars. Mr. Finstrom is committed to equity in education, high expectations for all, and partnering with families and the community to ensure that all learners achieve their potential. His team’s work embodies the district’s strategic plan by striving to integrate tech-savvy and tech-literate goals into every pillar of the district’s work.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Finstrom served as the Operations Manager for Boulder Valley School District. There he was responsible for developing strategies to bridge the gap between traditional technologies and next-generation instructional tools. Mr. Finstrom has been instrumental in operational- and productivity-enhancing solutions while working in Minnesota, Colorado and Washington State.
He was an active farmer with his father and worked the family farm for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Finstrom graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA. He earned his BS from the University of Northwestern and his MA from the University of St. Thomas.
He currently resides in Auburn, WA with his wife and three children.
After hours, Mr. Finstrom enjoys spending time with his family, recreating outdoors, and creating and building solutions for projects at work and at home.
Marlo Gaddis is the Senior Director for Instructional Technology and Library Media Services. Curiosity and the constant drive to make things better for others led her to uncover a passion for education and later, a love of technology. She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Elon College (now Elon University) where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She also has a Masters in Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University and a Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins University in School Administration and Supervision. She served three other NC Districts of various sizes in the past as 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology (K-5) and Media (K-12); Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology (K-5); district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.
Marlo currently serves on advisory committees for the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Digital Learning Plan. She is a past president for NCTIES (North Carolina Technology in Education Society) and Board Member of NCASA (North Carolina Association of School Administrators).
Nyah Hamlett joined the Division Leadership Team (i.e. Superintendent’s Cabinet) in July of 2014 after serving for two years as the director of exceptional education and another four years as an exceptional education coordinator then specialist. Nyah has served as a special education teacher at both the middle and high school level in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where she began her teaching career. She has also worked as a Title I reading specialist and elementary literacy coach. Nyah has a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology; dual master’s degrees in reading and administration and supervision; and a Post Graduate Professional teaching license and Division Superintendent’s license with endorsements in learning disabilities, K-12 reading specialist and administration and supervision. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the dissertation writing phase at The College of William and Mary. As the assistant superintendent for instructional support, Nyah supervises and supports exceptional education (special education and RtI), the Office of Equity and Diversity, Foundational Learning (Pre-School and Title I), Family Engagement, Student Support and Disciplinary Review, School Based Mental Health, Extended Learning, School Counseling, School Social Work, and School Psychology. Nyah is happily married with three beautiful children and believes in living each day by serving others with grace and authenticity.