Our Featured Speakers Include

Carl Hooker

Carl has been involved in education since graduating from the University of Texas in 1998. He has been in a variety of positions in both Austin ISD and Eanes ISD, from 1st grade teacher to Virtualization Coordinator. He’s a father of three girls, Sophia, Lauren, and Caroline and a wonderful, understanding wife Renee, all of which play a large role in any presentations he gives or blogs he writes.
Carl is the Director of Innovation & Digital Learning in the Eanes Independent School District. As Director, he utilizes his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs. During his time in the position, the district has jumped into social media, adopted the Google Apps for Education and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. He helped spearhead the LEAP (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads into the hands of all K-12 students at Eanes.
He is also the “Godfather” of the learning festival called LearnFestATX. This festival (formerly known as iPadpalooza) has grown into a global phenomenon over the years. With the help of his amazing team of “iVengers”, this event has impacted schools and districts from all over the world. The event has inspired spin-off events in other states as well Australia.
Mr. Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. From his start as a teacher to his current district technology leadership, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. He realizes the challenges in our current public educational institutions and meets them head on. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change. As a speaker, he brings this background as well as a wealth of practical tools and ideas that teachers can use in their classroom tomorrow.
Carl has a 6-part book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset. All of the books in the series are now available for purchase. These books focus on a different stake-holder and the role they play in a successful mobile learning initiative .
Dr. Adam Phyall (@askadam3)

Adam Phyall is a former high school science teacher and current Director of Technology and Media Services for Newton County School System in Covington, GA. Since Adam got his first laptop in college, he has been hooked on the amazing things technology can add to instruction. Once Adam saw the impact that technology had on learning in his classroom, he began to share his activities and strategies with his peers. This lead to Dr. Phyall working as a Building Instructional Technology Leader, later as a Technology Facilitator, and now serving as a Director of Technology & Media Services.

Throughout his professional career, Dr.Phyall worked extensively with Title I and Urban schools to improve technology integration with economically disadvantaged students. He has planned and developed Mobile Learning plans for school districts in Georgia and Missouri that have led to 1:1 device initiatives.

Dr. Phyall currently serves as Future Ready Schools Technology Leaders lead advisor, ISTE’s Digital Equity professional learning leader, and was recently named one of the top 30 K-12 IT influencers worth following in 2020 EdTEch Magazine.



Dr. Matthew X Joseph @matthewxjoseph

Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Leicester Public Schools. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his 25 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, elementary school principal, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist. These experiences have provided Matt incredible insights on how to best support teaching and learning and led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. His master’s degree is in special education and his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College. He is the author of Power of Connections, Power of Us: Creating Collaborative Schools and co-author of Modern Mentoring, Reimagining Mentorship in Education. Follow him on Twitter @matthewxjoseph and visit his Website: mxjspeaker.com or blog: techinnovation.live.
Brittany Wright @MxnItUpEDU

As a graduate from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, I have a passion for communication advancement, marketing, and business.  With that passion comes a desire to learn more about the application of technology and its impact in the world around us. Taking those applications and using them in the classroom to ensure students have the tools to not only be successful after high school but also understand how businesses reach us through those technologies is important to me.  In the marketing courses I teach at Lubbock-Cooper High School, we incorporate a variety of applications and hands-on learning experiences using project-based learning.  The goal is always real-world connections to create relevance and creation to show mastery. “I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide conditions in which they can learn.” – Albert Einstein
Tyler Trammel @Tyler_Teacher

Tyler graduated from Texas Tech in 2002 with a degree in Social Work.  After spending a few years working for Child Protective Services, he decided to make a change in career and scenery.  Two very short months later, he was teaching in South Korea.  It was during this time, he absolutely fell in love with teaching and knew this is what he wanted to do full time.  Upon completing a year overseas, he came back and was alternatively certified to teach Middle School.  Tyler has spent most of his time at the middle school level (Science) but has also taught 4th and 5th grade as well as coached high school sports.  He has a passion for educating and is always trying to improve his craft.  Tyler has also been trying to find new and fun ways to implement technology in the classroom and not just ways for students to receive the information but also, finding ways for students to create and show their demonstration of learning.  Through posting a lot of his in-classroom activities on Twitter, he was contacted by Fort Worth ISD to see if he would be interested in being a part of their Education Technology team.  He has been with FWISD for 3 years and absolutely loves Cowtown, FWISD teachers, and students. 
Tyler enjoys being a nerd and learning all things tech-related but also enjoys spending time with his dog, running (more like aggressively walking), listening to music, and trying to be active.

Kristen Brooks @kristenbrooks77

Kristen Brooks is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Cherokee County School District, an EdTech Consultant, Conference Presenter, and a Keynote Speaker. She is a veteran teacher of 27 years with the last 17 years specifically in educational technology. She loves empowering teachers to create standards-based lesson plans incorporating innovative technology to engage their students into their learning process. Ms. Brooks is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Minecraft Mentor, an Adobe Spark Creative Educator, a Professional Learning Specialist with NCCE and works with several EdTech companies as a teacher mentor. She has stated, “I am very blessed to spend most of my time with students in classrooms encouraging teachers to become the facilitator of learning.” To learn more about Kristen Brooks please follow her on LinkedIn or Twitter @KristenBrooks77.