We’re very excited to have such a great group of speakers and presenters!
3rd Grade Teacher, Speaker, Top Dog Teaching
Kayla Delzer is a 3rd grade teacher and technology champion in North Dakota. She is a columnist for Edsurge and blogger for Edutopia, where she writes about a variety of edtech and design topics. She has nine years of teaching experience in second and third grade. Kayla holds her master’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently in the process of becoming National Board Certified, the highest mark of professional accomplishment. On July 23, 2015 she delivered her first TEDx Talk, Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners. Kayla frequently travels around the United States as a featured and keynote speaker, and she is proud to be an international speaker with Best Keynote coalition. Her work with classroom redesign and flexible seating has become the standard worldwide. She is highly sought after by educational and technology companies to preview and review their products. Kayla sits on several advisory boards of educational companies, and works closely with Remind, Go Ennounce, GoNoodle, Amazon Education, Seesaw, and Creative Teaching Press to name a few. She was also recently selected as North Dakota’s Lead Digital Innovator by PBS. She is authoring her first book for educators based on best 21st century teaching practices for digital natives. You can connect with Kayla on all social media platforms @topdogteaching, and her student lead social media accounts @topdogkids.
Co-Founder and Chief Fun Officer at MakerBus.ca
Ryan gets bored easily, thankfully the MakerBus keeps him continually discovering and trying new things. Co-founding Canada’s first mobile makerspace with his partners Kim Martinand Beth Compton, Ryan has helped to build a social enterprise that has engaged tens of thousands in maker education. With a background in the humanities, Ryan believes that critical thinking is the cornerstone of education and sees the maker movement as a way to help children, youth, and adults be well-rounded, critically engaged citizens of the world
Deanna Horsens is a classroom teacher, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and G Suite Admin at Florence-Carlton K-12 Schools. She serves on the district technology committee and enthusiastically leads the GAfE program. Mrs. Horsens has developed numerous interactive lessons, engaging activities, collaborative projects and electronic assessments. She is a featured educational technology presenter for conferences across the state of Montana and provides on site professional development. Mrs. Horsens strives to motivate, empower, and encourage fellow teachers. She is thrilled to share entertaining stories of success, some epic fails, and her teacher-created materials with you.
Jackie Rainford Corcoran
Artist – Educator
After studying studio arts at Barnard College in New York City, Jackie found herself in Big Sky, Montana, where she has been teaching plein air and studio painting to guests of ranches and resorts, children of Big Sky’s public school and friends and family ever since. Her own education continues to advance as she engages her students and creates her own work. She is an avid reader of art books, has taken independent study courses at Montana State University and studied sculpting and figure drawing in Florence, Italy. Her work can be seen in and around Big Sky.
Technology Integration Specialist Billings Public Schools
Ann is a Technology Integration Specialist for the biggest school district in the Big Sky State. She taught 4th and 5th grade for about 15 years before turning to the tech side, and since taking on this new challenge, she have become a Nearpod Certified Trainer, Google Certified Teacher, authorized Google Education Trainer and proud geek. She is a graduate of the Teacher Leadership Initiative, serve as a Board member for the Montana Council for Computers and Technology in Education, and is currently working toward her National Board Certification. Ann’s motivation stems from seeing the way technology engages students, and it is her mission to harness that energy so that those students will one day become the ideators and iterators who change the world!
Shaundel Krumheuer is in her 16th year as an educator at Billings Senior High, 10 as an English teacher and 6 as a Technology Integration Specialist, and this year, Library Media Specialist. She is the Montana Council for Computers and Technology in Education Board Treasurer and has been a Billings Tech Cadre facilitator for 8 years. She’s been in a serious relationship with Google since the days of the invite-only status and loves to learn new and creative ways to help teachers spice up their classrooms & lessons and streamline their workflows with technology. A Montana girl who loves her Bobcats, Shaundel is an avid social media fan and is owned by two feral Golden Retrievers.
4th-grade lead guide at Big Sky School District since 2000. I have been part of the driving force to create our most recent 1:1 initiative with technology. I am a Google Certified Educator as well as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator. I love getting our learners outdoors and helping them to see the world differently. When not in the classroom, I lead an outdoor summer camp, untangle my son’s fishing line, and guide my wife Kristin down various regional waterways.
Since 2010, John has been an active force in the Big Sky arts scene, directing and producing over 40 theatrical and music performances with multiple organizations, several of which he has helped found from the ground up, and he is currently the K-12 music teacher at the Big Sky School District.
On top of his work as an educator, he is also the founding Artistic Director of the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, and he has been a key figure in the development of one of Montana’s most innovative new arts institutions. He has helped raise nearly $3 million dollars for the arts in Big Sky through various initiatives including, among many, a world-class winter series and a summer arts conservatory.
2nd Grade Teacher at Big Sky School District
My name is John Hannahs, and I teach 2nd Grade in the Big Sky School District. I am a Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship certified educator, and have integrated my classroom technology extensively throughout my curriculum. I also tie my love for the outdoors and fly-fishing into my teaching in various ways, the most notable being the Trout in the Classroom program.