Dr. Keisha Ray ED.D
Nationally renowned as an educator and expert in the field of education technology, Dr. Ray began her career as a middle school science teacher where she taught in one of the first 21st Century classrooms in the state of Georgia and Tennessee. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs.
After publishing an assessment to measure technology literacy in 1999, Dr. Ray conducted research in the US, Canada and South Africa on the use of technology in the K-12 classroom and the use of distance learning technologies to facilitate engaging learning environments.
Dr. Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) where she is Chair of the ISTE Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of eLearn Institute and serves on the Davidson County Community Education Commission. She was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the Advisory Council on Alternative Education in 2013 and she served on the Board of Directors for the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education from 2007-2012.
Dr. Ray was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2014 and awarded the ISTE lifetime achievement 'Making IT Happen' Award in 2013. In 2012 CDE named The Learning Technology Department at Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as one of its Top 50 Innovators in Education and in 2014 Dr. Ray was named a '20 to Watch' honoree by the National School Board Association.
Prior to joining e.Republic, Dr. Ray worked for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional technology programs including instructional design for online and blended learning environments and library services.
Dr. Ray is based in Nashville where she lives with her husband, Dr. Clark Ray and their son Wes.
As a classroom teacher with 14 years of experience teaching high school, Vicki Davis is known online as the Cool Cat Teacher. With 18 years of experience teaching teachers how to use technology in the classroom, Vicki is currently a full-time teacher and IT Director at a small school in Camilla, Georgia.
With a mission to help teachers be better educators, Vicki is a dedicated blogger for her site, Cool Cat Teacher, as well as contributing to Edutopia, the Washington Post and a variety of other news and media outlets. She is also the host of two iTunes chart-topping podcasts. The most current podcast, the 10-Minute Teacher show, is as 5-day a week podcast for busy teachers. In 2014, Davis won the BAMMY Award for Best Talk Show Host in Education for her previous podcast, Every Classroom Matters.
Vicki won ISTE's online learning award in 2006 for the Flat Classroom Project, and has led more than 30 global projects for students since then. Vicki’s books Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. Anyone who signs up for her email list can download her free ebook 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win. Vicki is known for her speeches on differentiating instruction, being an excellent 21st-century educator, and education technology that improves student achievement. Her work with classrooms across the world has taken her and her students around the world- to China, India, Qatar, Dubai, Hawaii and here in the continental US where she has shared more than 100 keynotes and spotlights.
Vicki is a Discovery STAR educator and a Google Certified Innovator. She has spoken at Google, Microsoft, and other technology companies about innovative classroom technology use. Her classroom was named one of the most top 10 Financially Literate classrooms in the US by the H&R Block Budget Challenge in 2014.
In Georgia, Vicki lives with her husband, three children, four dogs, and three cats.
Ken O'Connor, a.k.a. The Grade Doctor, is an independent consultant who specializes in issues related to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. O’Connor has 23 years of experience as a high school geography teacher and 10 years as a District Curriculum Coordinator. Through books and articles, presentations and working with small groups Ken helps individuals, schools and school districts to improve communication about student achievement.
In 1995 Ken developed eight guidelines for grading, and he has continued to refine those guidelines. In 2007 the same ideas were organized into fifteen fixes for broken grades. He has also designed eleven guidelines for standards-based reporting. He is now generally acknowledged to be one of a small group of leading experts on how to grade and report effectively.
Mr. O’Connor is an avid golfer and pickleball player. His lifetime sport, though, is field hockey as he has been a player, coach, administrator and umpire.
Dr. Ramiro Zuniga ED.D
Dr. Ramiro Zuniga is currently Senior Executive Director, Information Technology Services for Leander Independent School District in Leander, Texas. His career, which began in 1985, includes various technology roles with several Texas public school districts. Dr. Zuniga also works as a private technology consultant as well as independent speaker on technology integration, leadership, and education. He also shares his expertise through his technology integration and leadership blog.
Dr. Zuniga holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Data Processing, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, a Master of Education in Educational Technology, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.