Tech & Learning Leadership Roundtables

Remote Learning Webinar Speaker Lineup

New York DOE Lunch 'n Learn Webinar Panelists

Kecia Ray
Full Name
Job Title
Tech & Learning Brand Ambassador
Company
K20Connect
Speaker Bio
Kecia is a strategic thinker and a proven leader in K12 transformation. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Art Museum and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She was appointed as a turnaround agent by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education and established award-winning instructional technology programs recognized by the USDOE and Harvard University while in that role.

Dr. Ray was named ’20 to Watch’ by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a Top 10 EdTech Leader by Tech and Learning, an ISTE Making IT Happen recipient, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest.
Linda Chen
Full Name
Job Title
Chief Academic Officer
Company
NYC Department of Education
Speaker Bio
Linda P. Chen is Chief Academic Officer, overseeing instructional supports for all learners and managing the Divisions of Teaching and Learning, Special Education, and English Language Learners. Before returning to the NYC Department of Education under Chancellor Carranza, Linda served as Vice President for Engagement and Implementation at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Before that, Linda served as Chief Academic Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, Deputy Chief Academic Officer of Boston Public Schools, and Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning in the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to her leadership roles in Philadelphia, Linda served as principal of PS 165 in Manhattan, a literacy supervisor in Queens, and an elementary school teacher at PS 163 in Manhattan. She began her career teaching elementary school in Seattle.
Lisa Nielsen
Full Name
Job Title
Senior Director, Office of Digital Literacy & Inclusion
Company
NYC Department of Education
Speaker Bio
Lisa Nielsen began at the New York City Department of Education in 1997 and has worked in various capacities as a public school teacher and administrator. Currently she serves as the Senior Director of Digital Literacy and Inclusion. In this capacity she helps staff create content that is accessible to all including those with disabilities and who speak languages other than English. She spearheaded the Department's work on the student social media guidelines and works to ensure that educators are able to support students in being responsible digital citizens. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, T.H.E. Journal, and Tech & Learning.
Tyler Shaddix
Full Name
Job Title
Chief Product Officer
Company
GoGuardian
Speaker Bio
Tyler is the Chief Product Officer at GoGuardian and has led the company's product strategy since 2015—single-handedly designing, conceiving, and developing GoGuardian Teacher and AI-powered Smart Alerts, along with envisioning and leading the development of the breakthrough suicide prevention tool, Beacon. His contributions have fueled GoGuardian’s growth and affirmed the company’s products as the industry’s gold standard, earning multiple industry awards and endorsements.

LA USD Lunch 'n Learn Webinar Panelists 

Tech & Learning Remote Learning Webinar Moderator 

Kecia Ray
Full Name
Job Title
Tech & Learning Brand Ambassador
Company
K20Connect
Paulina Rock
Full Name
Job Title
Director of Personalized Learning
Company
Los Angeles Unified School District
Speaker Bio
Paulina Rock is currently the Director for Personalized Learning Systems. Her primary focus is in supporting all stakeholders in leveraging the Learning Management System (LMS) for personalized learning, learner agency, collaboration, parent engagement to raise student achievement and educational growth for all learners. She has been with LAUSD for over 20 years. She began as a teacher, literacy coach, intervention coordinator, and principal.
Alison Yoshimoto-Towery
Full Name
Job Title
Chief Academic Officer
Company
Los Angeles Unified School District
Speaker Bio
Alison Yoshimoto-Towery is the Chief Academic Officer for the second largest district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified. A first-generation college graduate in her family, Alison sees education as a means of making a difference in other’s lives. She has served Los Angeles Unified for more than 25 years as an educator, principal, director and top administrator and currently oversees birth to adult instructional programs in LA Unified. In response to school closures, LA Unified has acted swiftly to ensure that all students have access to online curriculum, instruction and both high- and low-tech solutions in order to support all students and families.
Tyler Shaddix
Full Name
Job Title
Chief Product Officer
Company
GoGuardian
Speaker Bio
Tyler is the Chief Product Officer at GoGuardian and has led the company's product strategy since 2015—single-handedly designing, conceiving, and developing GoGuardian Teacher and AI-powered Smart Alerts, along with envisioning and leading the development of the breakthrough suicide prevention tool, Beacon. His contributions have fueled GoGuardian’s growth and affirmed the company’s products as the industry’s gold standard, earning multiple industry awards and endorsements.

Miami-Dade Lunch 'n Learn Webinar Panelists Coming Soon! 

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