NCCE’s annual conference always brings a diverse lineup of outstanding featured speakers and NCCE 2019 is no different. The featured speakers for NCCE 2019 are a diverse group of educators from Librarian to a Chief Technology Officer. There is definitely something for everyone at this year’s conference. As you start to prepare your plan for this year’s conference be sure to look for these amazing speakers!

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Get to know the NCCE 2019 featured speakers:

Patrick GreenPatrick Green

Chief Adventure Officer

Patrick Green is the author of “50 Ways to Use YouTube in the Classroom” and “Classroom Management in the Digital Age.” He is also Chief Adventure Officer at Raising a Maker. After two decades working with and learning from students, parents, teachers, and administrators in stateside and international schools, he is living location independent in the pursuit of extraordinary personalized learning opportunities for himself and his family.

Shannon MillerShannon Miller

Teacher Librarian

Shannon is the K-12 Teacher Librarian at Van Meter Community School in Iowa and Future Ready Librarians Spokesperson working with students, librarians, educators and others around the world every day. She is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and recently published her first 8 children’s books about library skills and Makerspaces with Capstone. In 2014, Shannon was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In 2016, she was awarded the Making it Happen Award by ISTE. In 2018, she was named the AASL Social Media Superstar Leadership Luminary.

Tara MartinTara Martin

Educator, Speaker, and Author

Tara is a passionate educator who speaks at various conferences to invigorate teachers, administrators, and staff members to apply instructional practices that foster creativity, personalize learning and increase student engagement. She is passionate about discovering the neuroscience behind instructional strategies and believes individualizing adult learning will enhance their ability to flourish and empower students to be the key drivers of their education.

Tisha RichmondTisha Richmond

Tech Instructional Coach & Author

Tisha Richmond is a passionate and innovative Tech Instructional Coach and former high school Culinary Arts teacher from Southern Oregon. She is passionate about infusing joy, passion, play and gamified strategies into classrooms to make learning MAGICAL. She was awarded the 2018 Golden Pear High School Teacher of the Year award and speaks nationally on gamification and innovative strategies. Her book Make Learning Magical was released in the Fall of 2018 through Dave Burgess Consulting.

Aaron MaurerAaron Maurer

Coffee Chug

Aaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a nonprofit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. He is an avid fan of STEAM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. He is an avid coffee consumer frequently spotted wearing bow ties searching for the that perfect cup of joe. You can find all of his work on his website

Jeff UtechtJeff Utecht

Educator, Consultant, Author

Jeff Utecht is an educational technology consultant and author, his work focuses on helping schools and educators use technology in authentic and purposeful ways to transform teaching and learning for students. Learn more about Jeff at

Diane DoerschDiane Doersch

Chief Technology and Information Officer

Diane W. Doersch, Green Bay Area Public Schools’ Chief Technology and Information Officer comes to her role from the classroom. With over 22 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. She has served as a district educational technology leader for over 10 years and has earned her Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL). Diane was named one of EdTech Digest’s Most 100 influential Leaders of 2017-2018 and has special interests in providing access for all students to help them cross the homework divide.

Todd BurlesonTodd Burleson

Resource Center Director & Author

Todd Burleson is the Resource Center Director at The Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL.  He has been described as a both the Willy Wonka of libraries and a Renaissance librarian.  Both evoke his palpable sense of wonder and love of learning that have kept him exploring, experimenting and creating.  He was fortunate enough to have been chosen as the 2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year.  He has presented and spoken about his work internationally.  He is the author of The Green Screen Book of Makerspace Projects.

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