Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, October 2017

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Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 09:00
Speaker(s): Elliott Levine
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 09:25
Speaker(s): Lea Scherck, Quintin Shepherd
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:10
Speaker(s): Berj Akian
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:35
Speaker(s): Thom Jones, Catherine Finger
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 13:10


Speaker(s): Michael Carbenia
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 09:30
Speaker(s): Patrick Hockey
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 09:55
Speaker(s): Abram Jimenez
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:35


Berj Akian founded ClassLink in 1998. What started as an effort to help one local school with their technology plan to improve student learning became ClassLink. Today, ClassLink serves students and teachers around the world. Berj has been a panelist, presenter, and moderator at hundreds of conferences and has hosted hundreds of webinars with industry experts on various aspects of education technology.

Elliott Levine is Director of Education for the Americas Region of HP, Inc. and the company’s first Distinguished Technologist focused solely on edtech. He drives strategy and go-to market tactics for HP’s $1B+ education sales in the U.S. and Canada. He is a sought-after global speaker to discuss the future of, and innovation to, the learning paradigm. He has, and is developing products focused on personalized learning and virtual instruction, some of which are patent-pending. 

A former K-12 district administrator and professor, Elliott is a past columnist for Electronic School and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many educational publications over his career. Prior to joining HP in 2008, Elliott held leadership positions in a number of successful startups and turn-around education companies in senior management, product development, marketing and strategic planning roles. He currently serves on startup boards as well as an advisory board member for WNET, the largest public television station in the U.S., and an advisor for 3D Africa, a nonprofit supporting educational opportunities for young women in Africa.

Lea is a seasoned leader with a background in collaboration, research and technology. She obtained her Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability in Sweden, where collaboration was an integral part to all learning outcomes. Joining Thoughtexchange as the first facilitator, Lea went on to grow and lead the team as VP Service before taking on her current role. She is fascinated by group dynamics and communication and the application of technology to improve them.

Mark Rothschild, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Right At School, an innovative educational services company focused on educational enrichment programs before, during and after school. Right At School serves more than 25,000 students every day, right in their own schools.

Mark’s career has spanned numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Mark has lead several JCCs, was President of Knowledge Advisors, Sr. Vice President at FastWeb, and a Communication Specialist at both McKinsey & Company and Arthur Andersen. Mark is an ordained rabbi from Hebrew Union College, earned a Ph.D. in education leadership from Indiana University, an MA from Northwestern, and a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mark likes school!

Nigel Nisbet is the Director of Content Creation at the MIND Research Institute, designing new instructional software that uses a highly visual game-based approach to teach mathematics to students, regardless of their language proficiency. A former High School Mathematics teacher and Mathematics Coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, he is an expert in classroom technology and experiential learning. In addition to a degree in Pure mathematics from the University of London, he has a MA in Educational Administration.

Dr. Quintin Shepherd began his career in education teaching music at Cambridge Community Unit School District in Cambridge, Illinois. He served as principal at Amboy High and Elementary schools, before moving into the superintendent role at Amboy Community School District and then District 69 in Skokie, Illinois. Since joining the Linn-Mar Community School District, Shepherd has led the district in formulating a 10-year strategic plan, a restructuring plan and a bond referendum campaign.

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