SLJ Leadership Summit 2014 | Speakers



Mark EdwardsDr. Mark Edwards currently serves as Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville NC.  As a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools, he was named AASA 2013 National Superintendent of the Year and is a recipient of the Harold W. McGraw Prize In Education.  He has launched his second district 1:1 laptop initiative, equipping more than 5800 students in the Mooresville district with 21st century skills via laptops and interactive boards.

Stephan TurnipseedStephan Turnipseed is the President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO Education. Turnipseed led LEGO Education North America for 16 years. In his current role on the global LEGO Education team, he helps to establish the strategic direction for the company, leads advocacy and outreach efforts and is responsible for strategic relationships. He is the Chairman for The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Business Coalition for Education. Turnipseed is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering.

Patricia PolaccoPatricia Polacco is a prolific author/illustrator of children’s literature whose many awards and honors include the California Children’s Book Award, Parents Choice Award and New York Times Pick of the Year. As a child, Polacco struggled to read and learned that she was dyslexic. In her stories, she shares her childhood, her struggles and triumphs in school, and her diverse cultural background. A gifted public speaker, Polacco travels to hundreds of schools each year. Visit her at


Susie HArkleyA former classroom teacher, Susie Harkey has earned an MLIS and National Board Certification, and was elected Teacher of the Year by her peers.  Mrs. Harkey works collaboratively with her school’s Technology Facilitator and classroom teachers to develop projects that incorporate information and technology skills into the core curriculum, while promoting a love of reading.

Kristi KallioKristi Kallio has been a Teacher Librarian at Mooresville High School Media Center in North Carolina for 13 years. When not helping her patrons find the best informational resources for their various lessons or projects, she is assisting teachers throughout N.C. and the U.S. who have embarked on a similar 1:1 adventure!


Mesha LaskyMesha Lasky, Media Specialist from the East Mooresville Intermediate School in NC received her M.Ed from East Tennessee State University in Educational Media and Technology. She has worked as a Media Specialist for 8 years; 6 being in the Mooresville Graded School District. Mrs. Lasky collaborates with staff to encompass 21st century learning as well as instilling the love of reading in students and staff.

Terry LehmanTerry Lehmann, Media Specialist at the Mooresville High School in North Carolina has been a high school media specialist since 1968.  During this time she has seen the librarian’s job completely transformed by technology.  Thank goodness that the cataloging class she took in 1966 is no longer even necessary.  The career she has now is a far better one than she trained for so long ago.

Allison LongAllison Long currently serves as a Teacher Librarian at Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina. She has been in education for 23 years and with Mooresville 16 of those years.  She has experienced the change technology and the availability for all students. She is a lifelong learner with a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My first media specialist job was to open a brand new. She loves going to work each and every day.

Scott SmithScott S. Smith is the Ed.D, Chief Technology Officer at Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina. Scott has over sixteen years experience in the area of educational technology. As a teacher, instructional technology facilitator, system’s engineer, director and Chief Technology Officer, Scott understands all aspects of technology and media – both instructionally and technically. In 2007, Scott received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is past president of NCTIES (NC’s ISTE Affiliate) and serves an ISTE Affiliate Representative for NCTIES.


Loree Griffin BurnsLoree Griffin Burns is the author of Tracking Trash—an ALA Notable Book for Children, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and winner of an IRA Children’s Book Award. To write Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey, Loree and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz spent two unforgettable weeks researching at El Bosque Nuevo, a butterfly farm in Costa Rica. The pair have collaborated on two other award-winning books for children. Visit Loree online at

Elizabeth RuschThe award-winning freelance writer Elizabeth Rusch has published more than one hundred articles in magazines such as Muse, Smithsonian, and Mother Jones. She is the author of a number of award-winning nonfiction titles for children, including Eruption!, The Mighty Mars Rovers, Generation Fix, Will it Blow?, and The Planet Hunter.

Joyce SidmanThe Newbery Honor Award winner Joyce Sidman is simply one of the best poets writing for children today. For her body of work, she recently won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota, where she has grown to know the cold.



KC BoydK.C. Boyd serves Chicago’s Bronzeville community as a school Library Media Specialist and Director of Social Media at AUSL Wendell Phillips Academy High School. She is the recipient of the CPS Department of Libraries 2012 and 2014 VITAL Technology Grants. Through these grants, Boyd has successfully help transform the educational landscape for Level 1 ranked Phillips high school through integrating technology into the school curriculum. During her tenure with Chicago Public Schools, Boyd has worked at the elementary, high school and administration levels. She is also the former coordinator for the Mayor Daley Book Club for Middle School Students.

Joyce Kasman ValenzaJoyce Valenza is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Director of the MLIS Program at Rutgers University SC&I. She has been a school, public and special librarian. Joyce earned her doctoral degree from UNT.  She participates actively in professional organizations and networks and speaks nationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology. Joyce proudly considers herself a founder and mother of the school library Geek Tribe, #tlchat, and TL Virtual Café.


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