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John Helgeson, Ph.D. | @dr_helgeson

John Helgeson is a Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist in the Northshore School District in Bothell, Washington. John has been in education for 18 years teaching middle school and junior high students English, Social Studies, and Drama. He has experience teaching in low-income settings, co-teaching with special education colleagues, and teaching pre-AP/IB honors classes. He has enjoyed teaching in Minnesota, Washington, and Japan. 


John has presented at several local and national conferences including WERA/OSPI Annual Conference, AMLE Annual Conference for Middle Level Educators, ASCD Annual Conference, and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education Biennial Convocation. Topics have included using physical movement in the classroom; effective reading, vocabulary, and writing instruction strategies; flipping the ELA classroom; and exploring literature circles in a mixed-grade/mixed-ability setting. In addition to presenting these topics, John has written several articles on literacy instruction and physical movement in the classroom. John currently sits on the Executive Council for Kappa Delta Pi. 


In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading a good book, running and participating in triathlons. 

Jody Martin

Jody Martin has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and 25 years of extensive and diverse experience in the early childhood field. She taught preschool, directed a childcare center and worked at the corporate offices of two national childcare companies. She has also authored articles for several early childhood publications and a book on health and safety. She is a dynamic presenter and recognized leader in the field of early childhood education with a commitment to providing quality programs for children.

Nick LaFave | @nflafave

Nick is an Environmental Science teacher in a 1:1 classroom at Clover High School and was previously the 2012-2013 Clover School District Teacher of the Year. With 18 years of teaching experience, Nick is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a National Board Certified Teacher, a former department chair, and a PolarTREC Teacher. Nick is the author of a weekly blog, Nick’s Picks for Educational Technology, which provides tools to help teachers incorporate more technology in their classrooms. An Ed Tech speaker and consultant, Nick’s sessions strive to give teachers the confidence they need to help integrate technology into their curriculum.