Susan Adelmann is vice president, market intelligence 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.
2013 Follett Challenge winner, 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.
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.
John Lodle is the English department Chair at Belleville West High School in Illinois, which won the Follett Challenge grand prize in 2014.
Paul R. Sanfrancesco
Paul Sanfrancesco is director of technology for the Owen J Roberts 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. He has served on Dell's K-12 Platinum Council for the past seven years. He is a speaker and a technology consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., publishing company. Mr. Sanfrancesco has offered presentations to teachers, administrators, parents and students across the country in topics that cover digital footprint to setting technology visions for districts.