All Star Tech Team – Spring 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

Clare Landrigan is a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. She spends her days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy and is on the board of The Book Love Foundation.  She is the co-author of, It’s All About the Books published by Heinemann and Assessment in Perspectivepublished by Stenhouse.  She blogs about books and the art of teaching on her website  Follow her on Twitter @ClareLandrigan.


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.


Troy Hicks is an award-winning expert in digital literacy, writing instruction, and teacher education.  Troy is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, the intersections of literacy and technology, and, more broadly, teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement new literacies in their classrooms.  Along with teaching, Troy has authored many books, including his newest, co-authored release, Ask, Explore, Write!: An Inquiry-Driven Approach to Science and Literacy Learning (2020)He can be followed on Twitter at @hickstro.

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.

Free, Online, Day of Workshops and Edu-Joy.