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Tony Lake

Dr. Tony Lake is the incoming superintendent at Lindbergh Schools, effective July 1, 2018, and he currently serves as Chief Operations Officer of Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas.


Dr. Lake brings 27 years of experience as a leader in instructional innovation to his new role at Lindbergh, including 16 years in public school administration. He began his career as a middle school and high school social studies teacher and later served as associate principal and principal of Shawnee Mission North High School, and principal of Blue Valley West High School. Prior to filling his current role as Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Lake served as Executive Director of School Administration for Blue Valley USD 229. Blue Valley is a school district in the Kansas City metro area that serves 22,200 students in grades K-12.

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Superintendent, Lindbergh Schools


Associate Executive Director, IASB



Dean is Associate Executive Director, and is responsible for Board Development Workshop development and management, Master School Board Member program, School Board leadership program, annual conference panels, and online calendar.

Prior to his current position at IASB, Dean worked as Field Services Director serving the Blackhawk, Central Illinois Valley, Corn Belt, and Western Divisions. He has held positions as district superintendent, dean of students, assistant principal, and business administrator.

Dean participated on Issues in Education for a special edition which aired live from the Old State Capitol.

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Dean Langdon


Jolene Levin

Jolene started her educational furniture company, NorvaNivel, in Australia in 2014. Since then, the headquarters has moved to Texas. Her focus is on "creative and innovative furniture that allows schools to meet teaching and learning goals in a modern learning environment." Joining us at EDspaces 2019, we discussed how furniture plays a role in education, and how to go about designing it with the educators in mind.

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Owner of NorvaNivel


Mike Lewis serves the R-II School District as the SRO.  Mike is also a Deputy for the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.  Mike is an excellent role model for all the students in Chillicothe and elsewhere.  Mike has attended numerous training and helped plan many policies with area schools and law enforcement.  Mike is active with the students after regular school time through the Hunting and Fishing Club, coaching sport(s), and attending various school events.

Mike has been employed with area law enforcement having served with the Chillicothe Police for 6 years and he joined the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in August 1998. Mike is the School Resource Officer for the Chillicothe R-II School System and serves as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Livingston County.  Mike is active in school activities and youth events.  As a School Resource Officer, Mike has been a member of the National School Resource Officer’s Association and was a founding member of the Missouri School Resource Officer’s Association.  

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Deputy, Chillicothe SRO & Livingston

County Sheriff's Office

Mike Lewis
Gerald Lohr

Lieutenant Gerald Lohr was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Massillon, Ohio. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.

He joined the St. Louis County Police Department in 2001. He served in the Affton-Southwest precinct from 2001-2006. He became a member of the Community Action Team where he served in all of the precincts in St. Louis County. In 2007, he was reassigned to the Tactical Operations Unit where he was responsible for dealing with hostage/barricade situations, dignitary protection, execution of search warrants, public appearances, police academy instruction, and patrol of high crime areas. While with the Tactical Operations Unit, he assisted multiple outside agencies including the FBI, ATF, DEA, and Secret Service. In November of 2010, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Division of Patrol where he has served as a watch supervisor in the Central County and North County precincts.


Deputy Commander,

Bureau of Tactical Support

St. Louis County Police Dept.

 In August of 2013, he was transferred to the Division of Special Operations where he served as supervisor of the Canine Unit of the Bureau of Patrol Support. He was promoted to his current rank in May 2014 and subsequently transferred to his current assignment as watch supervisor in the Affton Southwest precinct.

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President of Maryville University



Dr. Mark Lombardi is the tenth President of Maryville University. Named President in 2007, Dr. Lombardi is recognized for a comprehensive career in academe as a faculty member, author, fundraiser, administrator, and political commentator. He leads a university of over 6,500 students spread across two colleges and three schools (Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Professions, Education and Adult & Online), with over sixty majors, fifteen masters, and eight doctoral programs.

​Over 25 years at three different institutions, Dr. Lombardi has served in the positions of Director of the Baccalaureate Experience, Chair of the Department of Government, History, and Sociology; Director of International Programs; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and President. Dr. Lombardi also served as Executive Director of the U.S.-Africa Education Foundation. Dr. Lombardi attained the rank of tenured full professor at both the University of Tampa and College of Santa Fe and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the board of trustees of the College of Santa Fe in 2007.

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Vlada Lotkina

Vlada Lotkina is the co-founder and CEO of ClassTag, simple and free parent-teacher communication. She is a former Fortune 100 Executive, Wharton MBA graduate, and a mom.

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ClassTag Co-Founder

Director of Educational Innovation & METC,




Stephanie began her teaching career over 20 years ago. After several years of traditional teaching at a variety of grade levels around the St Louis area, Stephanie became an eMINTS teacher with a state-of-the-art classroom. She taught her students and trained her co-workers how to effectively, and safely use the Internet, and how to integrate a variety of technology tools into the classroom.  For over a decade now, Stephanie has effectively provided educators, locally, regionally, and nationally with staff development.

Stephanie began her teaching career over 20 years ago. After several years of traditional teaching at a variety of grade levels around the St Louis area, Stephanie became an eMINTS teacher with a state-of-the-art classroom. She taught her students and trained her co-workers how to effectively, and safely use the Internet, and how to integrate a variety of technology tools into the classroom.  For over a decade now, Stephanie has effectively provided educators, locally, regionally, and nationally with staff development.Stephanie continues to share her love for learning by teaching 1-1, within a small group, as well as presenting at regional and national conferences. Each session is uniquely developed using online & face-to-face formats.

Stephanie Madlinger

Assistant Director,

Governmental Relations, IASB


Ronald Madlock is a native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, and a graduate of the Washington University School of Law. While at Washington University School of Law, Mr. Madlock earned a Juris Doctor and a certificate in Public Interest Law. As a law student, Ronald served as Sub-Regional Director and Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition for the Midwest Region Black Law Students Association (“MWBLSA”). Additionally, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Donald G. Wilkerson of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Illinois. He worked on several Section 1983 cases and personally wrote four judicial orders.

Later in his law school career,  Mr. Madlock served as a full-time legal intern for the Technology Law Programs Division (“TLPD”) in the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”). He worked on a variety of legal matters in the areas of federal acquisitions, federal technology transfer, intellectual property, and contract law. Throughout Mr. Madlock’s law school career, he has continually supported economic and community development for the African-Americans by his participation in numerous community service projects.

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Ronald Madlock


Dearborn Public School


Glenn Maleyko

Superintendent Maleyko has presented on a variety of educational topics at both state and national conferences. He is an Executive Board member of the Middle Cities Association, the Metropolitan Bureau, and is very active with the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) an affiliate of the National School Superintendents Association.

Maleyko has a long history of leadership in the Dearborn Public Schools. He was named a model school principal by Dr. Bill Daggett’s International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) in 2009. As the Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, he has received a Highly Effective rating by the Board of Education three years in a row as Graduation rates in Dearborn have achieved an all-time high of over 95 percent district-wide. Dearborn was recently published as the cover story in the MASA summer magazine for success with Graduation rates and providing a high-quality education for Dearborn students.

In 2018, under Dr. Maleyko’s leadership, the District was able to reach agreements with all five labor unions representing district staff members. All contracts passed with a wide margin of approval including two of the contracts passing with over 90% of union members voting in the affirmative. Superintendent Maleyko has a long-standing policy of open communication and transparency with all stakeholders.

Dr. Maleyko received a very prestigious recognition by MASA as the 2019 Superintendent of the year in the State of Michigan. Click Here to view the Press Release. That was followed up by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Awarding him as the Business Person of the year in 2019.

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Founder of #TeachlikeTED & Author



Rachael Mann is the founder of #TeachlikeTED and coauthor of The Martians in Your Classroom. She speaks and writes about the future of education and helps educators rethink the learning spaces of today. Prior to #TeachlikeTED, Rachael was the Network to Transform Teaching and STEM Professional Learning Director for Northern Arizona University’s AZK12 Center and State Director for Educators Rising Arizona. A former high school Career and Technical Education teacher and hailing from a family of educators, she has 14 years of classroom teaching experience. Rachael is a Google Certified Educator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a founding member of the Council on the Future of Education and serves on the NCLA Executive Board.

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Aaron Maurer, also known as "Coffeechug" is the STEM lead for 21 school districts in Iowa helping to expand STEM, Computer Science, Makerspace, and Purposeful Play into classrooms K-12. Often spotted wearing bowties and drinking coffee he is on a quest to bring more wonder and play into the learning process in schools.

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Aaron Maurer


STEM Lead & Lego Education Master



Art McCoy, Ph.D., is an inspiring internationally recognized educator, workforce development leader, and mental health and wellbeing champion.   At age 19, he began his career as a mathematics teacher in the Rockwood School District after graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, reportedly as the youngest certified teacher in Missouri. In December 2010, Dr. McCoy became Missouri’s youngest Superintendent of School/CEO of a district over 2000 students and a leader for Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity.

Dr. McCoy has created two grocery food hubs, two homeless shelters, and two School-Based Health Clinic for free medical, dental, vision, mental health care for all students.  Dr. McCoy was the first in Missouri to place Child-Parent Interaction Therapy in schools with the help of renowned psychiatrist Joan Luby, MD. He led the international WE Wellbeing and WE Teacher program with a focus on trauma-informed practices and mental health.  Dr. McCoy served as Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity leader for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and National Change Maker of the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce-Institute for a Competitive Workforce for critical education reform.  He advised U.S. Legislatures in Washington D.C. most recently U.S. Senator Tim Scott on Opportunity Zones for the U.S. Tax Reform Bill 2017 and with the Humane Society in 2018. Since 2019, he has supported the Regional Business Council STL.Works Initiative as a lead educator and emcee in a regional response to the growing workforce crisis.    Dr. McCoy has served on numerous executive boards including BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Chair of Public Health Social Benefits Committee, Midwest Health Initiative, CommerceBancshares Inc Business Board, Ranken, UMSL Chancellor’s Executive Council, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce 2030 Alliance, Missouri Jobs for America’s Graduates Board, Chaired by Governor & 1st Lady Parson, Governor’s COVID19 Advisory Council and the MUNY.  

Dr. McCoy has inspired scores of innovative initiatives, raised millions of dollars, authored many articles, two books, and founded S.A.G.E.S. 501c3 and LLC, with the mission to “Sever the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students and Sever Attainment Gaps Existing in Society.”  

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Superintendent, Jennings School District



Affton School District Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Christopher R. McGee as Executive Director of Academic and Student Services for the 2018-2019 school year.  

“Chris comes to us with passion and a desire to impact education that aligns with our mission, vision, core values, and strategic plan. We are excited about bringing his strong collaborative spirit and desire to innovate for kids to Affton,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, current assistant superintendent. “He brings not only his experience, but the experience, resources, and ideas of a deep professional learning network to our schools.”

McGee’s considerable experience in school administration includes his role as an assistant principal in the Rockwood School District since 2016, and as an assistant principal in the Webster Groves School District for two years prior. He also has four years of experience as a curriculum coordinator in Webster Groves.

“I am extremely excited about the direction in which Affton School District is moving. Students are immersed in engaging and authentic experiences at all grade levels,” said McGee. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to carry on the great work that Stephanie True has set into motion and move us forward toward new, innovative possibilities. I look forward to working alongside Affton’s exceptional educators and charting a path toward realizing our strategic plan.”

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Executive Director,

Academic and Student Services,

Affton School District


Janelle McLaughlin

Janelle McLaughlin is well educated in her field. She is a Keynote Speaker, Innovative Education Consultant, Leadership Coach, and Educator. Janelle's passion for education led her to begin Innovative Education Solutions,  focused on making educators' lives run smoother. Issues in Education had the pleasure of getting to sit down and speak with Janelle on how she has integrated coaching and teaching, as well as how to be leaders in the classroom.

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CEO of Innovative Education Solutions, LLC

Principal, NeoCity Academy



Michael Meechin is a high school principal, educational consultant, and keynote speaker. Michael speaks and writes on topics that include educational reform, high-impact instructional strategies, effective assessment practices, instructional technology, and school design. Meechin is a proud product of the inner-city public education system. He has spent his career in at-risk schools with high needs populations in Central Florida and Metro Atlanta. Serving as a social studies teacher, AVID coordinator, assessment coordinator, dean of students, assistant principal, and principal, Mike has a wide variety of experiences that make him an asset to schools and districts looking for support in reaching student populations through high-impact instruction.

Mike serves on the Advisory Board for the Future of Educational Technology Conference, one of the largest educational technology conferences in North America. Michael participated in our EDspaces 2020 interview. We discuss his school, NeoCity Academy, technology in the classroom, and the effects COVID-19 has on students.

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Michael Meechin


Superintendent, Orchard Farm School District



Thomas Muzzey, Superintendent of the Orchard Farm School District, since 2013.

Thomas Muzzey has served as the Warren County School Superintendent for two years. Before that he worked as associate superintendent and assistant superintendent in the Hillsboro R-3 School District.

​“Dr. Tom Muzzey brings a proven track record of success to the school system," Board president Elmer Dwyer said in a press release. "He has served effectively as superintendent and is highly regarded by Board and community members in the school systems he has served. Dr. Muzzey has successfully served all students and demonstrated effectiveness in working with minority and economically disadvantaged children.” “I am excited about the opportunity to serve a district with such rich tradition and a bright future," he said in a press release. "I am anxious to begin work with a community that supports high academic standards with strong parental involvement.

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