K-12 Literacy Conference

All Star Tech Team – Fall 2020

Our All Star Tech Team make this day possible!

Our tech team is all volunteer and made up of engaged (and engaging!) educators from around the world.

Please join us in thanking them for their work supporting presenters, The Gathering, and all of you!


Tech Team Co-Leaders

Carolyn Hillarious  has been teaching in the United States and Internationally for more than 15 years. Before she began her role as a literacy coach, Carolyn taught children with special needs in both inclusive and special education settings. Carolyn holds a masters degree in Special Needs and Early Childhood Education from The George Washington University. She is a technology advocate and strongly believes that technology helps level the playing field for individuals with diverse needs. Carolyn is a Google Certified Educator and avid supporter of all of The Educator Collaborative initiatives. Follow her on twitter at @chillairous

Jessica Walsh is the K-12 ELA Instructional Specialist for Indian Prairie School District 204,the fourth largest district in Illinois, serving 28,500 students from suburban Chicago. Before starting this role in 2017, she taught 7th grade English Language Arts in District 204 for 11 years. She holds a masters degree in Reading Instruction from Concordia University – Chicago. Jessica is a strong advocate for equity in education and literacy access for all, which is why she proudly supports the work of The Educator Collaborative. She is a Google for Education Certified Educator and Trainer.  Follow her on Twitter @storiestoldinsf and #FutureReady204.

Tech Team Members



Amy Kaiser is the Administrative Assistant for The Educator Collaborative. Since 2013, Amy has worked with schools and organizations to schedule TEC consultants for professional development opportunities and speaking engagements.  Amy also assists in programming TEC’s various websites, including #TheEdCollabGathering and Community blog.   Amy graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2007 with a BA in Communications and Advertising.  Follow her on Twitter @TheEdCollab. [/su_row]



Kristin Patrick is a K-5 Technology Integration Coach with Noblesville Schools in central Indiana. Before joining Noblesville Schools, she worked as a children’s librarian and a school library media specialist for over ten years. Kristin holds a masters degree from University of California, Los Angeles and works as adjunct faculty with the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Department of Library & Information Science within the School of Informatics & Computing. She serves as Vice President of the Indiana State Reading Association and takes joy in documenting her reading life through Goodreads. She is also a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project. Follow her on Twitter @krismarley12. [/su_row] [su_row]

Lisa Brown is a national board certified teacher with over 25 years of experience in both public and private schools in New York City and in several communities in New Jersey.  Lisa has served as a mentor for new teachers and Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Program.  She has also been a member of her district’s School Leadership Team, Professional Development Committee, and School Improvement Panel.  Nationally, she has co-authored and sponsored a national reading corner grant, moderated webinars with experts in the fields of parent advocacy, Common Core, Closing the Achievement Gap, and effective classroom strategies for African American student success; and led workshops on educational trends and policies.



Knikole Taylor is an international professional development trainer, curriculum developer, speaker and author who has been privileged to travel the world to pour her learning into others.  It is her firm belief that anyone can succeed with tailored support.  Knikole serves as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for a school district in Texas.  In this role, she supports the growth and development of teachers and students through the seamless integration of innovative technology usage. Through personalized support, Mrs. Taylor works with teachers and teacher leaders to craft professional goals to extend their scope of instruction and meet the needs of all learners. Follow her on Twitter at @knikole.