Nancy Minicozzi
 (@CoffeeNancy) Founder of PLAYDATE L.A. Never met a challenge she didn't like. A media specialist who is privileged to work with teachers every day to help them innovate their practices, she is a wife and mother of two who grew up in Southern California, lived in Italy and Switzerland in her twenties, and eventually found her way back to the Golden State. Nancy is a lifelong learner and holder of enough degrees to wallpaper a very small closet. One of her deepest held beliefs is that education should be fun. Nancy is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, CUE Innovative Educator, Leading Edge Certified Online/Blended Teacher, and a CUE Rock Star Faculty Member. Find her online at

Ryan Bradford
(@mrbradfordtech) likes turtles. He is the Coordinator of Instruction at Bert Corona Charter School. He works closely with teachers to help enhance their students' learning experience and helps develop meaningful professional development. Ryan is passionate about bringing the fun back to education by using PBL and technology integration. In addition to teaching, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs as well as learning and teaching No Gi Jiu Jitsu. You can find out more about Ryan by visiting his blog (
Alice Chen 
(@wondertechedu) has always been fascinated by technology. She fondly remembers being introduced to Atari’s Space Invaders while in elementary school and playing Pac-Man and Frogger at the local arcade. Her all-time favorite was Nintendo 64’s The Legend of Zelda, which was responsible for her staying up way past her bedtime while in college. Since then, her tastes in technology have evolved, leading her to become a Google for Education Certified Innovator, 2014 Lead PBS Digital InnovatorMicrosoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Finalist, and PBS SoCaL American Graduate Champion. Currently, she teaches English Language Arts at a middle school in L.A. County where she’s also the technology coach at her site. During her free time (which is in short supply these days), she has a penchant for indulging in afternoon tea, being pampered at day spas, and traveling the world. Alice blogs at Meanderers welcomed.

Melissa Strong (@delibroscorazon) has taught middle and high school Spanish for 11 years and is on a mission to inculcate the love of mole, Mexican pop and alternative music and photojournalism in her students. As Chair of the Middle School World Languages Department at Harvard-Westlake School, she is an enthusiastic technology guinea pig and promoter of PBL, digital literacy, Google Apps, and fearless improvisation across platforms as her school implements its 1:1 BYOL program. When not in the classroom, she is most likely pondering the need for a great sequel to Battlestar Galactica, reading Mexican fiction, baking, burning off stress and fantasizing about her next trip to Guisados Tacos over a run, or developing her half-dozen or so Spotify playlists, including this one.


Michael Mansfield (@Mike_Mansfield) is an adjunct professor in the Early Childhood Education department at College of the Canyons, in Santa Clarita, CA. He also teaches 11th and 12th grade English for the William S. Hart School District where he was recently voted 2013-14 Teacher of the Year at his high school. As an outspoken proponent of poetry and the arts on the high school level, he has organized the annual Day of the Artist and Poet Festival in Santa Clarita as well as published eight anthologies of high school student poetry for the past eight years. He has over 10 years of experience in high school level education, specializing in "at risk" students. He was voted one of Santa Clarita's Top 40 Under 40 and has volunteered with the Santa Clarita YMCA for 17 years. Michael lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Jeanine and two children.

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