Todd Burleson is the Resource Center Director at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL. Prior to becoming a Library Media Specialist, he taught grades three through five for eighteen years. Many of those years were at Hubbard Woods School. He also spent time teaching in North Carolina and at the Baker Demonstration School in Evanston, IL. Todd was chosen as the School Library Journal 2016 School Librarian of the Year, an honor that has given him the opportunity to speak and present throughout the world. He is the author of the The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book by McGraw Hill Education. Todd received his BA in Elementary Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He received both his Masters in Teaching and Library Media Specialist Endorsement from National Louis University in Evanston, IL. Todd is a road warrior, commuting 100 miles everyday for more than two decades! Looking for good podcast or audiobook recommendations? He is your guy! In addition to appreciating great audio, Todd is passionate about curating creativity. He dabbles in art, music and photography and enjoys making big messes that sometimes look or sound pretty beautiful. His 'to be read' pile has become part of the furniture in his bedroom and is always looking for ways to read (or listen) faster! You can read more about Todd's work on his personal webpage HERE or follow his work with kiddos on Twitter at the icon below.
Billy currently teaches in Winnetka Public Schools 36 in the North Shore of Chicago. After spending more than a decade teaching throughout the elementary grades and as an instructional coach, Billy currently serves students and teachers as an integration specialist. He recently spent time in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aquarium where he lived on a research vessel for a week conducting scientific inquiry. After spending ten years in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95, he made a shift to Winnetka Public Schools 36. Prior to teaching in Lake Zurich he worked at Walt Disney World as a member of the Animal Programs department in entertaining, educating, and inspiring conservation action. He facilitates a passion for literacy, passionate learning, and social media to discover creative ways for students to meet their individual learning needs. Authentic and purposeful technology integration is a non-negotiable aspect in providing students with the tools to be successful. He has enjoyed sharing and learning as a presenter on a local, regional, and national level and has presented at many events including ICE, SLICE, ICE CHIP, NICE, SAMRi Camp, ISTE, MBEI, FETC, and iEngage. Billy earned his BA in Elementary Education at Illinois State University and a MA in Literacy and Reading from Benedictine University. He also enjoys hot dogs, coffee, and his ever growing collection of records. To learn more about his interests and passions in and out of the classroom, visit the links below.