Laura Fleming has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for over 20 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12. She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on next-generation teaching methods and tools.
Laura is the author of the best-selling books, Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School, and The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards ‘20 to Watch’ in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014 and was recently nominated as a White House Champion of Change for Making. She is also the architect of an online microcredentialing platform, and is considered by some to be a pioneer in that space. In addition, she is the creator of an online digital academy.
Laura currently serves as an adjunct professor for Rutgers University, where she designed and is teaching a graduate course on makerspaces. She is the founder of Worlds of Making, LLC, an educational company designed to offer meaningful professional development makerspace experiences for educators. She is also the co-founder of Hands-On Coding, LLC, which aims to offer kinesthetic coding experiences to children.
Marcos Navas has been an active member in the makered community and edtech space for many years. In addition to being a speaker and presenter, he is an ambassador and champion for an array of companies and organizations such as Dremel, Ultimaker, Pi-Top and Osmo. Being an advocate of student voice, Marcos is one of the original Flipgrid Ambassadors and a TED Ed Innovative Educator helping spread student TED Talks via TED Clubs. Within the coding and STEM space, he is one of the original Raspberry Pi Certified Educators in the US and one of the original founders of Hands on Coding, LLC. Marcos most recently completed his Fellowship with IDEO Teachers Guild making him one of 10 educational experts in Design Thinking. Marcos is a Technology Facilitator for the Union City Board of Education and is a proud advocate of his district and the Union City Summer STEM Camps. He is the founder of EdcampUrban, which is free professional development for urban educators, for teachers, by teachers. Marcos is truly STEAMing his way through the Maker Revolution and bringing education along for the ride!
Joann Presbrey has been educating, inspiring, and driving change in Technology Education for over 20 years. A Code.Org Affiliate and Professional Development Facilitator, Joann works with school districts implementing Computer Science, Makerspaces and Design Thinking into the classroom. Her professional development focuses on fun and engaging tools to build students problem-solving, persistence, creativity, communication and collaboration skill-sets. After an extensive career in Corporate America, Joann knows first-hand the gaps that exist in finding talent in technology and is passionate about exposing students to computer science at a young age. She loves teaching teachers how to incorporate computer science and STEM into their classrooms and believes this exposure helps demystify an intimidating field to both students and teachers alike. She is also the co-founder of Hands-On Coding, LLC
Kevin Jarrett is an award-winning teacher educator, author, speaker, and respected STEM / Design Thinking / Maker Education consultant. He is grounded in the belief that giving learners the opportunity to imagine and create original solutions to real-world problems helps them develop the skills, dispositions, and adaptable mindset needed to survive and thrive in an uncertain future. Kevin spent fifteen years in public education before transitioning into a consulting role where he now devotes 100% of his time to helping educators embrace human-centered, innovative instructional programs built around hands-on, minds-on learning experiences. Kevin is one of twenty Stanford Fablearn Fellows and a co-founder of the Edcamp movement. In addition to his experience leading maker-centered and design thinking professional learning, Kevin is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, as well as a mentor in the Google Innovator program. He works with educators at professional learning events, workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.
Dr. Jorie Quinn is the STEM Coach at the Union City Public Schools. She has over 15 years of P-8 and higher education classroom experience, along with a two-year stint as a First Robotics Mentor for MORT11, a high school robotics team in Mt. Olive, New Jersey. She is certified as a K - 8 teacher and holds her Supervisor Certificate. Before joining UCBOE, she worked in Early Childhood Research at Rutgers University. She founded the Early Childhood Education program at Liberty Science Center where she collaborated on projects with the New Jersey Department of Education, Sesame Workshop, and Child & Family Services. Before joining LSC, she was a preschool teacher, adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Technology Director for the Mansfield Elementary School, and an engineer at Network Solutions and Boeing Information Services in Virginia.
Dr. Quinn completed her Ed.D in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, holds a M.Ed. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a B.S. from Seton Hall University. Her dissertation regarded the impacts of a professional development program designed and delivered by an informal science institution for early childhood teachers. Her research interests include the implications of outdoor learning, STEM education, learning progressions in early robotics and the place of informal education at the education table.
Dr. Quinn lives with her son, two cats, and Jack the Dog in an 1862 Victorian home in Northern New Jersey. She is currently obsessed with Spanish cuisine, especially any dish made from plantains. When she isn’t cooking, she can be found on her porch, in her garden, hiking, dancing, attempting to draw, or curled up with a good book.
Someday, Dr. Quinn intends to call Lyons, France her home.