Rachel Matile is the 2017 Follett Challenge Grand-Prize winner and has been a teacher for 16 years, 14 of which have been spent in the Chase County School District in Kansas. She teaches 5th and 6th-grade reading and uses project-based learning to teach grammar, spelling, computers skills and 21st-century skills. Her experience growing up on a farm, raising calves, hauling hay and figuring out how to fix a fence has made the cattle project a natural fit for her classroom. She married farmer, Jeff Matile. They live on his family farm with their two children, who will be the 6th generation to raise cattle and crops there.
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.
Shannon is a mom and wife. She served as the K-12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for eight years. Shannon is now an international speaker and consultant who has a passion for education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon is the Future Ready Libraries and Project Connect Spokesperson, Buncee's Teacher Librarian Advisor and Cantata Learning's Teacher Librarian Advocate. Shannon is a Skype Master Teacher. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums. She is currently writing two children's book series with Cantata. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In 2016, she was awarded the Making it Happen Award by ISTE.
Andrew is an Instructional Coach at the Shanghai American School in China, coaching with an emphasis on Assessment, Project Based Learning, and Teacher Leadership. He also serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD, and is an Associate for Jay McTighe. He has worked with educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences and is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD and Edutopia.
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.