All Star Tech Team

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 Leader

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.

Tech Team Co-Leader

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

Jen Wilson has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level and is currently serving as a high school Reading Specialist in Columbia, Maryland. She is passionate about literacy instruction, and works closely with students to help them improve their literacy skills. She also provides professional development for her school, district, and state to help teachers improve their disciplinary literacy practices. She is always looking for ways to improve her professional practice, and can often be found reading professional literature and utilizing social media resources to find ways to better serve students and teachers. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University and is currently enrolled in theContemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy at Salisbury University to earn her Doctorate degree.  


Julia Pledl is a 6th year teacher in Los Angeles, CA. A proud graduate of UCLA’s Teacher Education Program at Center X where she earned an M.Ed. Julia is dedicated to creating inclusive and equitable learning communities with her students and their families each year. Julia believes literacy is emancipatory and has worked as an instructional coach and professional development leader in various settings across LA. In her work as a literacy coach, her primary focus has been supporting middle school and high school teachers in bringing Workshop to their english classrooms. Passionate about continuing to grow her praxis, Julia loves to collaborate and learn from other teachers. She has had the opportunity to share her work at conferences around the country, presenting on topics such as student-led inquiry and action research in middle school, reclaiming comprehension in the underrepresentation of children’s lit, developing positive reading identities, and how to create inclusive and safe classrooms for our LGBTQIA+ students and families.   Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaPledl.

Justin Onayemi is currently an Assistant Principal working in the Intervention Office at a large suburban high school located outside of Chicago.  Justin has worked in education for 14 years, serving as a TA in Special Education, science teacher, dean, and now in an administrator role. In addition to a Masters degree in Instructional Leadership, Justin has a Masters degree in Reading and an ESL endorsement.  Justin’s passion as an educator is in recognizing the unique identities of the students that he works with, and supporting those students through equitable, respectful practices. Follow him on Twitter @Justin_Onayemi.

Jamie Utecht is an experienced elementary educator, currently serving as Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach in Random Lake, WI. Previously she has served as a Special Education teacher and a 2nd Grade teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI and a Student-Centered Coaching Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jamie considers herself a life-long learner and is always looking for opportunities to learn through collaboration, technology, and reading. Follow her on Twitter @RLSD345.

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