Todd Nesloney (often referred to as @TechNinjaTodd) is the Principal/Lead Learner at a preK-5 school in Texas. He is an award-winning author for his books: Stories from Webb , Kids Deserve It! and Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class , as well as his children's book, Spruce & Lucy . He also co-authored Sparks in the Dark . Todd has been recognized by the White House as a Connected Educator "Champion of Change," the National School Board Association as one of the "20 to Watch" in Education by the Center for Digital Education as one of their "Top 40 Innovators in Education," by the BAMMYs as the National Elementary Principal of the Year and the National Elementary Teacher of the Year, and by the Texas Computer Education Association as the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Todd is passionate about education and innovation. He was a classroom teacher for 7 years before taking the leap straight from a classroom teacher to a campus principal in Navasota, Texas. Todd took over a struggling campus, brought in a brand-new staff, and used his creative ideas to transform a campus.
Todd is committed to doing what's best for kids despite limitations. He works in an environment where almost 90% of his students receive free-and-reduced lunch. His campus and district are 85% minority and face many challenges.
Todd was a "Classroom Champions" teacher and worked with Olympic and Paralympic athletes. He also serves as a member of the Scholastic Principal Advisory Board and the Remind Advisory Board. Todd also co-hosts two iTunes Top Rated podcast series called "Sparks in the Dark" with Travis Crowder and "Kids Deserve It" with Adam Welcome.
Todd lives in Brenham, Texas with his wife, Lissette.
Trish Rubin is a spark ... a business-minded educator and communications professional focused on social innovation through Marketing and Brand.Trish’s mission, described in her Personal 3 Brand Words: "Innovate. Educate. Relate", is the global, joyful development of people and brands. Her Learning Businesses serve the sectors of business and education. It is the job she was born to do! A former public school teacher and administrator, she is a consultant, business school instructor, education writer, PD trainer and platform keynote speaker.
Her original business publication, “Trish Rubin’s New York Minute for Networking” led to co-authored education books; first, with Eric Sheninger, “BrandED: Tell your Story, Build Relationships, Empower Learning “and most recently with Brian Creasman/ Bernadine Futrelle, “ConnectED Leaders.” Trish consults business, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions developing internal and external communication of their organization's brand story for a rapidly changing world. The publications have opened the door to her return to her public school education roots as a thought leader in social and digital storytelling for schools.
A global marketing instructor at Baruch College NYC, at IESEG School of Management in Paris, and at Groupe IAM in Dakar, Trish prepares International Business students as marketing professionals in her intensive One Credit courses. Passionate about the next generation and never far from a classroom, one of her favorite student evaluations reads, "Best 16 hours I've spent in college!"
Outside the classroom, she leads clients in building Brand Image, Promise and Result. A satisfied business client’s phrase is her tagline, "All Roads Lead to Trish!". She is a member of the Baruch College “Executives on Campus” Advisory Board and mentors numerous business students in New York City and internationally. A contributing columnist for District Administration magazine, her podcast “Blend & Blur Marketing” is a new addition to Spotify and Apple other outlets.
She owns the brand of "MOM" and is proud to have raised three successful, NYC and LA based Millennial Storytellers: a visual cameraman storyteller, a narrative screenwriter storyteller, and a digital social media storyteller!