Susan Adelmann is Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for Follett School Solutions, a division of Follett Corporation. Follett has supplied learning resources, innovative tools, and services exclusively to educators for over 140 years, with a current global business footprint in 110 countries. In her 7 years at Follett, Susan's work has centered on digital and personalized learning platforms, data measurement and interoperability and other emerging technologies that support 21st century learning in K-12 schools. Prior to joining Follett, Susan held a variety of engineering and marketing leadership roles in the software industry. Notable achievements include leading the development and launch of what is today the Epicor Vision distribution system, along with guiding the direct marketing product launch efforts for numerous high profile software companies and technology media publishers. Susan punctuated her 30 year technology career with a passion for teaching and learning as a community college Computer Science instructor. As a digital learning evangelist, Susan is an industry speaker on education technology trends and opportunities and she currently serves on several working groups and the board of directors for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Education Division.
Patrice Bryan taught English for 20 years before moving into the Service Learning arena. She now teaches Social Justice and Semester of Service at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, an International Center for Leadership in Education Model School and Apple Distinguished School, in St. Louis. Patrice also coordinates the district food pantry program, Weekend on Wheels, which is student-run and feeds 17 families weekly. She serves on the district's Literacy Team, the Teaching and Learning Committee, and coordinates district-level service learning projects. Her passion for school innovation and transformation were a natural fit for the Follett Challenge.
Meg Omainsky, a graduate of Syracuse University School of Information Studies, is teacher librarian at Henry M. Gunn High School in the Palo Alto Unified School District. She has been an innovative educator for more than twelve years during which time she served as English, ELD and reading teacher as well as teacher librarian at the secondary level. She is a Google Apps Certified Trainer and a finalist in the United States Education Innovation Forum. Her inspiration,”STEMSlam” – a science competition where students create zany videos documenting real life applications of STEM skills – was one of five outstanding projects showcased at the California Academy of Sciences. She originated the TEDxGunnHighSchool program, one of the first TEDx programs to come from a high school. In the summer, she has worked for the MERIT teacher training program at the Krause Center for Innovation where teachers learn to use new technologies to make learning transformative.
Michael Gorman, a graduate of Western Michigan, Indiana, and Johns Hopkins Universities, is the 1:1 Coordinator at Southwest Allen Co Schools (Fort Wayne). He consults for Discovery Ed, November Learning, PBS, and BIE. Mike has presented at ISTE in Washington DC/Denver/ Philadelphia, BLC in Boston, the National Middle School Conference, IMLEA, ICE and CELLs Education Transformation Conference in Indianapolis, the National STEM Institute in Washington DC, MECC in Tempe and CUE in Palm Springs.
Andrew Miller has taught both in the brick-and- mortar classroom and online. He currently serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD. He travels internationally, training educators and presenting at conferences around his areas of expertise. He has presented at a variety of conferences including National Association for Multicultural Education
, National Council for Teachers of English
, and iNACOL's Virtual Schools Symposium
. He is an avid blogger for a variety of organizations including, ASCD
and the education section of the Huffington Post
. He is a member of KinectEducation
, a group committed to using Game-Based Learning and Game Technology in the classroom.
Paul R. Sanfrancesco
Paul R. Sanfrancesco is director of IT for the Garnet Valley School District in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches as adjunct professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA and Neumann University, Aston, PA. He was named as one of the “20 to Watch” Educators for 2008 by the National School Boards Association for his work in IT. Prior to his current position, he was Director of Technology for the 200+ schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has served on Dell's K-12 Platinum Council for the past seven years. He is a speaker for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and a technology consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publishing company. Mr. Sanfrancesco has offered presentations to teachers, administrators, parents and students in the Archdioceses of Allentown, Atlanta, Monterey, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Francisco, Savannah, Trenton and Wilmington.