Dana Ariss

Dana Ariss is a grade five teacher in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

She graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Ed and from the University of Windsor in Ontario with a B.A.H. in Communication Studies and minors in Political Science and International Relations.

Dana left the corporate world to pursue her passion in education; to work with students and help them to achieve their highest potential. 

She is passionate about all forms of technology, building connections and continuous learning. She is an advocate for student voice and inquiry based learning.

Twitter: @DanaAriss

James Petersen

James Petersen is an education consultant, based out of Montreal, Quebec. A former high-school math teacher with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, he is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, and currently a leader of the Google Educator Groups for both Montreal and Canada. He has experience teaching in a 1:1 program and delivering professional development to teachers and administrators on education technology. His passion is developing techniques to integrate educational technology tools and instructional strategies to support learning both in and out of the classroom.

Twitter: @jpetersen02

Shauna Pollock

Shauna's life purpose is simple: She loves to create safe, inspiring places for kids. They need someone who believes in them. She helps them become the people they never knew they could be.

Shauna is from Ottawa, Canada, has taught all levels from Kindergarten to Bachelor of Education students and is passionate about nurturing forward-thinking, innovative learners. She works with her students to create magical, happy learning spaces. She is a teaching and edtech nerd with experience in mindfulness in education, 1:1 devices, Maker Ed, Weird Teaching, Imagineering in the Classroom, mentoring and global collaboration.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, recognized for student-centered teaching and creative integration of technology. 

She currently lives in Toronto, Canada and is the author of the book "Creating Classroom Magic: Using Lessons from the Life of Walt Disney to Create an Experimental Prototype Classroom of Tomorrow," released December 5th, 2015. Find it on Amazon here.

Twitter: @MissPollock

Bill Schlacht

Bill Schlacht is currently a principal at a high school in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  He graduated from the University of Alberta and completed his masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Portland.  He has been a principal in a variety of schools: Elementary, Junior High, Elementary/Junior High, High School, Junior High/High School in both rural and urban centers.  He also enjoys running, working out, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Twitter: @bschlacht

Megan Valois

Megan Valois is a secondary school teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History, with a minor in both French and English, from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Education, with teachables in English and History at the Intermediate and Secondary Levels, from the University of Ottawa. She also has additional qualifications in Special Education, Primary/Junior Education and French as a Second Language.

She is very passionate about Differentiated Instruction, Assessment for Learning, 21st Century Learning and the use of technology in the classroom (#edtech). She has completed her Google Apps for Education training and has been designated as GAFE individual qualified and enjoys partaking in and presenting at a variety of professional development workshops, courses and conferences in her spare time.
Twitter: @MsValois

Theresa Wells-Taylor

selfie.jpgTheresa Wells-Taylor is currently a grade one teacher in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  

Theresa graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education with Distinction.  She has a Master’s Degree from Flinders University, Australia in Special Education where she received the Chancellor's Letter of Commendation.  She has worked with all ages from 2.5 year olds to high school students in a variety of positions including itinerant teacher and assistant principal. 

She has been a semi-finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award.  

Besides teaching her passions include reading, taking pictures and spending time with family and friends.

Fun Fact: She was a 2010 Official Olympic Torchbearer for Vancouver Winter Olympics

Twitter: @TheCandyDish