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 is the  Literacy Coordinator at the Fawzia Sultan International School in Kuwait. She 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 supported of all of The Educator Collaborative initiatives. Follow her on Twitter @chillairous

Tech Team Members

Lauren Basselini

Lauren Basselini is the Director of the New Jersey Virtual School and a K-12 Professional Learning Specialist providing technology coaching and mentoring to teachers nationwide. She holds degrees from Rowan University and Monmouth University and an administrative certificate from Kean University. Lauren has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and instructional coach and has a strong passion for literacy, technology integration, and the art of common sense.  She is honored to be a part of #theedcollabgathering and especially enjoys VOXing with the rest of the tech team. Follow her on Twitter at @lbasselini

Diana DaCosta is a K-12 Technology Integration Specialist for the West Orange Public Schools in West Orange, NJ. She works with a talented group of teachers and staff who are all in the inquiry of how to effectively integrate technology into the classroom.  She is a former elementary teacher with 16 years of experience in grades 3-5. She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership.  Diana has previously participated in The Educator Collaborative Think Tanks and co-presented at previous Gatherings.  She is honored to be assisting again with the Gathering.  Follow her on Twitter at @dmdacosta13.  

Melissa Walley previously taught kindergarten and is now an elementary school principal.  She has facilitated professional development sessions in person, including Google 101, Google Docs, and Twitter.  Melissa  has established the use of Google Sheets as an online warehouse for her student data and her entire teaching staff is now proficient with it and utilizes it regularly in order to analyze student data.  As a principal, she loves the idea of at-home professional development, as not everyone has the funding or opportunity to travel in order to participate in learning.  Follow her on Twitter at @MelissaWalley.

Clare Landrigan has been working with Tammy Mulligan in the field of professional development for the past 22 years.  She began her work co-teaching with Tammy in an integrated 1st and 2nd grade classroom at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School in Medford, Massachusetts.  She then spent 4 years as an educational consultant for Tufts University in the Center for Applied Child Development.  Her next professional home was Wayland, Massachusetts, as a co-director of curriculum for English Language Arts for Wayland Public Elementary Schools.  Clare and Tammy now run a private staff development business, Teachers for Teachers.  They work with various school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy and to engage in institutional change through shared leadership.  They have written a book for Stenhouse Publishers titled, Assessment in Perspective:  Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers.  Visit the authors at or follow them on Twitter at @ClareandTammy 



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