ITEEA Announces Slate of 2023 Conference Keynote Speakers

February 24, 2023

ITEEA Announces Full Slate of 2023 Conference Keynote Speakers
Maya Garcia
ITEEA's Opening General Session Thursday, April 13 from 9:00-10:20am
As Beyond100K’s Chief Program Officer, Maya Garcia leads the organization’s efforts to take, grow, and nurture a vibrant network of diverse, powerful partners from across sectors to take action as a community and make meaningful progress toward reaching their goal of preparing, retaining, and recruiting 150,000 diverse STEM educators over the next 10 years.
Prior to joining Beyond100k, she served as the Science and STEM education lead for the Colorado Department of Education and as STEM Director for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia. Prior to that, Maya taught middle school science for eight years in the District of Columbia, where she also led professional development, served as the President of the Science Teachers Association, served as a master teacher, and traveled to South Africa as a Fulbright Teaching Award recipient.
Scott Drikakis
ITEEA's Closing General Session
Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am-12:20pm
Scott Drikakis is a University of Minnesota Bachelor of Science graduate and has spent the past 20+ years in commercial leadership roles in the medical device industry. He is currently the Global Sales Director for Stratasys, the leader in additive manufacturing. Scott is passionate about how 3D printing in medical will ultimately transform patient care and improve both the clinical and economic outcomes for patients, providers and payors. “Educators are the key to unlocking the curiosity, excitement and passion of our future and I look forward to partnering with ITEEA on increasing access to technological and engineering literacy.”
Scott will present on "When was the last time you saved a life?” in which he will speak to how engineering and technology improves lives and how curiosity, passion, and failure are the most important ingredients to progress.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to high interest in several food functions including the International Luncheon and Maley "Spirit of Excellence" Breakfast, we are quickly approaching maximum numbers. If you are interested in any paid food function, please be sure to add it to your registration at your earliest opportunity.
Jeff Buckley
ITEEA's International Luncheon
Thursday, April 13 from 12:30-1:45pm
Jeffrey Buckley Ph.D. is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Technological University of the Shannon, Ireland and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Technology and Design Education. He is a member of both the Technology Education Research Group (TERG) and the Learning in Engineering Education and Progress (LEEaP) research group. Jeff received his Ph.D. from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, in 2018 in the area of spatial ability and learning in technology education. His current research interests include the relationship between spatial ability and learning, educational assessment through Adaptive Comparative Judgement, inclusivity in engineering education, and the credibility of technology and engineering education research.
Mark Schroll
ITEEA's Maley "Spirit of Excellence" Breakfast
Friday, April 14 from 7:30-8:45am
Mark Schroll is an Associate Professor at Saint Cloud State University in the Environmental & Technological Studies Department of the College of Science and Engineering. From 2007 to 2016 he served as the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for Project Lead The Way. From 2007 to 2010 Schroll served as Program Coordinator for the Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, WI where his focus included the monitoring and evaluating grants and projects related to K-12 STEM Education. From 1989 to 2007 Schroll taught technology education courses at the Science Academy of South Texas that has been recognized by the Washington Post's 2005 Challenge Index as 11th in the country and was placed 8th on Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools" list in 2003. Schroll has also served as a member of the National Academy of Engineering's “Committee on K-12 Engineering Education that produced the 2010 report Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States.
Mark will address the audience on the topic of "Are You a Technology Education Teacher or a Career and Technical Education Teacher?...You are Both!" Technical literacy and technical skills are not goals at opposite sides of a curricular spectrum, but often two sides of the same coin.
Join your colleagues in Minneapolis on April 12-15, 2023 to "Learn it, Try it, Teach it" - the theme for this year's conference.