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Adam Welcome

Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation and Technology, and former Elementary Principal for six years. Adam also taught elementary school for seven years and set up one of the first GAFE domains in his county. Adam was Principal of the Year for his ACSA region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, ACSA and also writes his own blog on a weekly basis. Adam also consults and works with many education technology companies as a way to improve their product for others!

Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. Adam believes leaders should stand on the tables, ride tricycles and do whatever it takes to connect with kids!

He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney, and their book is currently on Amazon for order. This book will also be available for sale at CORE Academy.

Adam has an amazing wife (Stacy) and two young children (Greta and Tilden) that keep life at home exciting and active.

Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill) is an Instructional Technology Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her Masters in Educational Technology Leadership and has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. As a Google Certified Innovator, and a YouTube Star Teacher, she travels the country presenting at EdTech conferences and speaking about lesson design and learning theory. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook.

John Bailey

Dr. John Bailey is an English-American former volcanologist turned Googler. As an undergraduate, he studied physics & space science at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Penn State University, but decided there were limited fieldwork opportunities in space. So he switched to the far safer field of volcanology, and at the University of Hawaii completed a MS and PhD, specializing in the remote sensing of volcanoes. This was followed by a move to Alaska as a postdoc with the Alaska Volcano Observatory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and later as a member of the UAF Geography Faculty. Finally, after almost two decades in academia he decided he needed a new challenge and in 2014 joined the Google Earth Outreach team as Program Manager of Geo Education. John loves to travel and explore new places and landscapes for himself, and has visited over fifty countries on all seven continents. Having also lived in locations spread across 21 timezones, he generally has great uncertainty on where he considers home. His goal is to use Google's Geospatial Tools and other innovative technologies to teach knowledge, understanding and better stewardship of the planet we live on.

Eric Patnoudes

Eric Patnoudes, former teacher and instructional technologist, is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Otus, an all-in-one classroom, assessment, and data management system for K-12. He holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum, Technology and Education Reform, is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. Eric also was a U.S. representative at the Microsoft Global forum in Barcelona as an MIE Expert and has experience as an adjunct professor. He is a co-founder of the Connect IT blog on EdTech K-12 Magazine and you can follow him on Twitter @NoApp4Pedagogy.

Delta School

Make. Discover. Grow. Discovering strengths through innovative hands-on learning programs. The Delta School, in Wilson, Arkansas, is a model for teaching and learning in a culture of continuous innovation, challenge and growth. The Delta School’s model is an incubator for educational change. They break all the rules when it comes to classic limitations on learning. Founded on the desire to build students’ strengths so students know where to invest their energy for the future, their model is agile and flexible in practice. They blend the best of Human Centered Design, Project Based Learning, The Makers’ Movement, Strengths Discovery, School Garden Movement and School as Play to create an interconnected curriculum that is deeply grounded in developing relationship strengths to build character. They are profoundly personal and at the same time, highly collaborative. A team of educators from The Delta School will present engaging and insightful breakout sessions at CORE Academy 2018!


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