Meet the ECGlobal TEAM
Organizers from around the globe are welcome to join us!
Meet The Team
Founder, CEO Deb Atchinson Consulting, LLC
Debra Reymundo Atchison has been in the educational technology field for 25+ years. She earned her Master’s degree online in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University in 1999. Since this time, she has taken her technology training skills out of the public schools and into the rest of the world. She has worked as an international trainer, training in countries such as Tanzania & Kenya, Africa, Ukraine, Croatia, Turkey and Austria to name a few. She has led large school districts to numerous successes in technology through her school, district and state technology leadership positions. Debra has taught technology applications on a college level and has even been the personal home-school teacher for comedian Eddie Murphy’s own children. Mrs. Atchison has vast experience in online learning as well. She has written, designed and even taught online courses for continued learning credit and collegiate environments. Debra’s enthusiastic, patient and interactive approach to professional development leaves educators not only with new skills, but also motivation, excitement and passion for implementing technology best practices into their curriculum as soon as they return to their classroom. Debra is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Chrome OS Certified. She is also the Founder of EdChange Global and EdChange Global Classrooms which she started in 2015 with Jaime Donally and Cassie Reeder.
Founder, CEO Educator Alexander Consulting
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences globally. She holds various certifications, as well as multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert. She is a 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau's Torch Awards for Ethics, a 2019 Shreveport National Pan-Hellenic Council Mover and Shaker, a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2015 Campus Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District and 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com.
Coordinator of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Alamogordo Public Schools
Dr. Whitney Anderson has been in the field of teaching for 8 years with experiences ranging from teaching Kindergarten and 4th grade to serving as a K- 8 school media specialist/8th-grade research elective teacher. Whitney has also served as an instructional specialist for elementary teachers and is currently the Coordinator of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Alamogordo Public Schools. Whitney earned her Doctorate of Education from Carson Newman University in TN, focusing her research on in-class flipped learning. She a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and assists as a co-leader of GEG New Mexico. Whitney is passionate about working with teachers to create unique and innovative learning opportunities for their students while having lots of fun along the way! (lover of dad jokes and puns!)
East Baton Rouge Parish District Technology Facilitator
Bonnie Chelette is an Instructional Technology Facilitator for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana. She is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, & Coach, Google Educator Group Leader (GEG South Louisiana), co-founder of Global GEG, and leader of Global GEG's #ECOpen Chat. Bonnie is passionate about supporting technology integration in schools at all levels. She shares her support and passion for coaching by bringing coaches together on a global scale.
Sr. zSpace Customer Success Manager
Dee Dickson was called the “Tech Expert” when she became the first teacher at her school to own a laptop. Since then, she has trained and speaks at conferences across the U.S., supporting classrooms and corporate environments with instructional tools that create a dynamic, engaging student-centered environment. With 18+ years in the education field, her passion, focus, and experience led her to research and develop innovative classroom technology strategies that produce unforgettable learning experiences. She regularly develops and delivers customized professional development workshops and instructional/technology support to Higher Ed, K-12, government agencies, private industry, and professional organizations.
Dee holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Technology Integration from Grand Canyon University. She loves to give back by volunteering her time with small schools to provide free technology implementation with existing instructional technologies
EdTech advocate David Guerin said that “Classrooms do not need technology nerds that can teach. They need teaching nerds who can use technology.” That last sentence sums up Owen Nesbitt. He has spent two decades dedicated to the betterment of students and teachers alike. Teaching is his magnum opus and his raison d’etre. He has taught every class possible in secondary English. He still grades the AP test and emphasizes being a master learner. As a digital learning specialist for the past eight years, he has been the standard bearer for best practices and innovation, which is a human endeavor rather than a technological one. His grounding and passion for academics and learning in general combined with his focus on outcomes and what makes learning “sticky” drive his work daily. Owen is also the co-host of “The Record Room” podcast and lives in North Texas.
Digital Learning Specialist
Shelly Lansford has spent 28 years in public education. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Mary and her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Dallas Baptist University. Shelly has been a Classroom Teacher, Instructional Coach, Title I Specialist and is currently a Digital Learning Specialist. She has earned recognitions such as Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Teacher Mentor from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer, a Google Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Educator and a Google Certified Trainer. She also holds various other microcredentials. In addition, she is a Professional Learning Specialist with NCCE.
Education Content Specialist
Julie Willcott taught high school science - mainly chemistry and physics - in Maine for over twenty years. Since 2015, she has worked as an independent educator providing training and creating content. Julie has presented at conferences events throughout the United States as well as in Mexico and Italy. She now develops augmented reality/virtual reality content for zSpace and teaches at the community college level. Julie teaches sustainable food systems and the history of American food. She is proud to be an Apple Distinguished Educator, Sphero Hero and BookCreator Ambassador. Learn more about her passion for technology, science, and STEAM at https://www.bulbapp.com/juliewillcott.
Educator of All
Heather Cowap, MS, MEd has spent the last 15 years in the high school science classroom working with multiple grade levels and subject areas. Inspired by the goal of enticing students to be motivated and engaged in content, Heather has used Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a pedagogical structure to find and implement a number of ways for students to have choice in demonstrating knowledge of content. UDL encourages them to select from a wide variety of both technical tools and alternative ways of expression. She discovered that using technology in the classroom increased students’ mastery in learning and increased their engagement in the topics covered. Discovering the need to help students manage their choices and learning group goals, Heather began using Scrum, an Agile method of project management. By combining these two methods her students are freed to embrace personalized learning goals within the context of her state standards for science.
Director of STEM Education
I currently serve as the Director of STEM Education at Marymount School of New York, where I teach Atmospheric Science, AP Physics C: Mechanics, Honors Physics, Videography: Shot on iPhone, and iOS App Development with Swift. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Educator, I believe that transformative teaching and learning occurs when students (and teachers) construct their own knowledge, collaborate with peers, and represent that knowledge and understanding in ways that are meaningful to the learner, all which receiving authentic, relevant, robust, and holistic feedback.
I serve as faculty moderator for the Student Tech Team @ Marymount, which plans the annual STEMxYouth Summit, a day-long celebration of all things STEMx for high school students in the New York City metropolitan area and coordinates the Student Social Media Team, which provides resources and webinars for faculty, administrators, parents and students on teen social media use from the user perspective. I also moderate CODE, our Upper School Coding Club, which provides coding experiences and learning for faculty and students. CODE also coordinates and runs the National Computer Science Honor Society for Girls, which celebrates the success of high school females in coding (with seven chapters nationwide).
I also have a B.S. in Meteorology from UMassLowell; an MS in Atmospheric Science from SUNY-Albany; a professional certificate in online education from UCSD; and a certificate in television writing from UCLA. I have also published a series of friction books under the umbrella title My Life with Liam (On Topanga Canyon Blvd). Junior Year was published in winter 2018; Best Kid Ever was published in September 2019; and TailSpin was published in March 2020. The latest book in the series, Figure It Out, will be published in summer 2021.
Educator and lifelong learner with a passion for leveraging the power of technology to bring students across the globe together to share ideas and create innovative products that will ultimately lead to solutions to the 17 Global Sustainable Goals. Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow and Master Trainer, Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator, Teach SDGs Ambassador, Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, Seesaw Certified Educator, Microsoft Global Learning Mentor, MinecraftEdu Mentor
Educational Consultant & Storyteller
Primary literacy coach turned education consultant, Kelly Lucero is a wealth of knowledge helping learners succeed and bridging the gap of early literacy. With a background in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Reading & Literacy, she worked for the Department of Defense as an Instructional Support Teacher facilitating professional Development in Literacy and Math Instruction. Throughout her 20+ years teaching and being a military spouse, she has traveled and taught in a variety of states and programs from Minnesota to Colorado and North Carolina to Florida. She is currently working as a writer, education blogger and Educational Consultant with Educational Collaborators, as well as being a Microsoft Innovative Educator & Minecraft Trainer plus a Google Certified Educator 1, 2 and Certified Google Coach Mentor. Additionally, she has a knack for creating meaningful stories and engaging lessons to share with young readers and their families. Her most recent book, Zombie Mombie Saves the Day, released on February 15th, 2021. To learn more about Kelly’s adventures in education consider exploring her website at KellyLucero.com.
Technology Applications/Computer Science Teacher & Robotics Coach
Hello my name is Javier Aguilar, I am in my seventh year of working at East Fort Worth Montessori Academy as a technology applications / computer science teacher and robotics coach at a campus that has elementary students from Pre-Kinder to 5th grade. I am making positive changes in education, to better equip students for the future. I teach computer science and principles of coding, using technology where it makes a difference.
I am an active edcamper to like share and networking with other educators at the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a facilitator for coding, gamification and digital portfolios using seesaw and MinecraftEdu.