Our Team

AppsEvents is a Google in Education partner and organizer of Google for Education Summits worldwide in partnership with the ‘Google in Education’ team.

We are a global team, with members located in Asia, the US and Europe and we are a mix of practicing educators and Education Technology specialists. All of our team are Google Education Trainers and/or Google Certified Teachers and many are Google Apps Certified Administrators.

We all share a commitment to a vision of cloud computing, and Google technologies in particular, to help schools run more efficiently, to assist individual educators better perform their work, and most importantly to prepare students for today's changing tech landscape.

Full-time Team

Dan Taylor, Director

Dan Taylor is from the UK and the Director of AppsEvents. After studying Systems Engineering at University he worked as a management consultant firstly in  enterprise projects and then moved into EdTech.  
He has been involved in the Google Education community since the launch of Google Apps for Education in 2006. He began his Google work as a consultant managing the technical set-up and migration of schools to Google Apps, and has assisted the first schools to ‘go Google’ in many countries. He founded and co-developed CourseDirector, the first ‘Learning Management System’ to have native Google Apps integration which was then sold to WizKids.

Dan has helped train educators across the globe with AppsEvents from El Salvador to Vietnam. He has spoken on Google Education tools at several leading EdTech conferences including ISTE in the US, BETT in the UK, ISTEC in Asia and the ECIS Administration Conference in mainland Europe. Dan is a Google Education Trainer, Google Apps Certified Administrator and a Prince2 Project Manager.

Connect with Dan: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanTaylorAppsEvents https://twitter.com/dantaylorAE  https://cz.linkedin.com/in/dantcz

lison Mollic
a, USA Director

Allison Mollica has all the Google Edu Certifications ~ Trainer, Innovator & Administrator.  She is has been a teacher and an edu technology coach for 18 years.   Currently, Allison is a Virtual Instructor of Computers and Web Design at VLACS and a global educational tech leader, facilitator & enthusiast!  Allison has has a Master's in Technology in Education and Advanced Certificate in Online Instruction through Lesley University, Boston, MA, USA. She also coordinates speakers & curriculum for AppsEvents.
Connect with Allisonhttps://plus.google.com/+AllisonMollica/posts https://twitter.com/amollica https://www.youtube.com/user/allymollica http://www.linkedin.com/pub/allison-mollica/34/274/902

James Sayer, Asia Director

James is the Head of Mathematics and IT Coordinator for Patumwan Demonstration School's international program in Bangkok. As Google Apps and Moodle LMS administrator James has conducted a variety of training sessions for different schools and supported teachers through best use of educational technology. He is particularly interested in the use of technology to improve a learner's math ability across a variety of devices and platforms. James is a Google Education Trainers, Google Apps Certified Administrators and Moodle qualified.
Connect with James: https://plus.google.com/+JamesSayer/posts

Dean Stokes, UK Director

Dean is a Google Certified Teacher and authorised Education Trainer. He has represented Google by speaking at their BETT stand, filming teacher tipsvideos for their YouTube channel, presenting a session at Edu on Air and being featured in a case studyHe started teaching in 2007 and currently takes responsibility for training staff and developing the use of technology for learning at a secondary school in England.  Dean believes that Google Apps for Education has the power to transform the way schools work across the world by improving efficiency and streamlining workflows not just in the classroom but also in back office operations.  You can find out more about Dean’s latest projects on his blog.
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Veronika Hlavenova, Summit Manager

Veronika  holds a Master's degree in Economics and will be working with Katka, taking over most of the management and coordination tasks from February 2016. Veronika worked with Dan before at his previous company and she is based in Pardubice about an hour from Prague. Veronika has been a sales professional for over 7 years now. She was mostly responsible for large clients within the telecommunication, multimedia and electronic markets, active maintenance and expansion of business activities, building a trustworthy long-term relationship with the customers, participation in HR processes (recruitment, performance evaluation, career management etc.) and leadership skills (leading 30+ team members). 
Connect with Veronika: https://plus.google.com/105083459090716497885/posts

Guen Sayson, Admin 

Guen is a Computer Engineering graduate and is working on the Promotions and Administration of Google for Education Summits by AppsEvents. She is also organising some Google training events at schools and some non-Google events as well. She recently completed Google Educator Certification Exam. 

She has previously worked as Technical Trainer in Lexmark Research & Development for EMEA Inkjet Printer Support.   
Connect with Guen:  https://twitter.com/@guensayson 

Jana Walachova, Admin and Registrations

Jana is responsible for all financial and registration administration relating to summits and bootcamps. 

She is based in Prague and was the first employee of AppsEvents.
Connect with Jana: https://plus.google.com/110047646912040183404/posts

ane Vestil, Promotions 
Jane is a Google Certified Trainer currently works in Research and Promotion for Google for Education Summits by AppsEvents managing both the company's monthly newsletter and blog. 
She has a degree in Information Technology from the Cebu Institute of Technology - University (CIT-U) and has strong experience in SEO, Social Media Management, and web hosting. 
She actively participates in Cebu-based Google supported communities (Google Business Group - Cebu and Google Developers Group - Cebu) and loves to blog during her free time. She advocates the creative use of web technologies for personal, business, and education purposes. 
Connect with Jane: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JaneVestil/posts https://twitter.com/janevestil http://li.linkedin.com/pub/jane-jacquelie-vestil/58/332/221 

Jake Aringay, Internal Support 

Jake holds a degree in Information Technology from Cebu Institute of Technology - University (CIT-U) and has previously worked in companies specializing in Technical Support. He writes poems, short stories, and light novels, plays the electronic keyboard and compose melodies during his free time. His tasks in AppsEvents are more focused on assisting Jane and Guen with their assigned duties.
Connect with Jake: https://plus.google.com/+DawitTabonares/posts https://twitter.com/JakeAppsEvents 

Extended Team

Rowland Baker

Rowland Baker has been an educator for over thirty years in both public and private schools. He served as a teacher for fourteen years, a principal in two different schools, a director of technology and an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in a county of about 45,000 students. He has also directed several statewide projects for the California Department of Education. 

He has worked closely over the years with Institutes of Higher Education, the Association of California School Administrators, California School Leadership Academy, the California Technology Assistance Project and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). 

Rowland serves on several state and national committees focused on technology and education. He was one of forty educators brought together from across the United States to help ISTE write the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators. Mr. Baker presented at the ICL Confernece in Austria, Octotber 2012, the Google Apps for Education Summit in Prague, Czech Republic. Rowland was also part of the EDusummIT in The Hague, Netherlands in 2009, and again in Paris France in 2011. He was invited to attend the UNESCO Congress on Open Educational Resources in Paris France in 2012. He was one of five educators invited to speak at the Dubai Global EdTech Forum. He is a sought after presenter that has presented at over a hundred conferences, both nationally and internationally.

He has received numerous award including, Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Distinguished Service Award from Phi Delta Kappa, and the Prestigious Montague Award for Outstanding Achievement from Association of California School Administrators, and ISTE's Making IT Happen Award.

Rowland is currently Executive Director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), funded through the California Department of Education.

Connect with Rowland: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RowlandBaker/posts https://twitter.com/RBakerSC

Lee Webster

Lee currently holds a Diploma in Education and works as a part time EdTech consultant in schools around Asia. He has worked as an educator for over 20 years and currently is the Head of Technology Integration in an International School in Bangkok. Lee is a Google Certified Educator, Innovator and Trainer. He regularly gives training sessions on Google Apps in Education and Being Cloud Ready. Lee runs the Google Demo Slams Live on Air and owns one of the biggest Google Apps communities. Lee’s passions are learning about new tools that enhance learning and pushing the boundaries of education.

Connect with Lee: https://plus.google.com/+LeeWebster/posts https://twitter.com/moonshot4Ed 

Rachel Small    

Rachel Small is the Teacher Librarian at Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, Massachusetts. Rachel has been fifth grade teacher, curriculum coordinator/ literacy coach, middle school English instructor, grad school instructor, and is currently a teacher librarian, presenter, consultant, and Google for Education Certified Trainer.

Rachel specializes in blending the teaching of best practices in literacy with connected learning and she guides educators to become passionate about innovative and adaptive learning techniques so students develop effective communication and collaboration skills to obtain information using a critical lens.
Connect with Rachel:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RachelVSmall1 https://twitter.com/RachelVSmall

Dan Leig

Dan Leighton is currently the Head of the Faculty of Computing, IT, Business and Media at Cottenham Academy, Cambridge, UK. He trained as a Biological Anthropologist at the University of Cambridge. He holds two MAs in Biological Anthropology and Creative Writing. 

He is also a Computing at Schools UK Master Teacher. He was responsible for installing the first implementation of Google Apps for Education in the UK in 2007, is a Google Certified Teacher and a serious Moodlemeister. He is passionately committed to the cause of education and the promotion of effective teaching and learning in schools. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the UK and Europe and is known for his determined focus on evidence-based practice in educational technology.

Connect with Dan: https://plus.google.com/+DanLeighton/posts https://twitter.com/danhleighton

Derek Harwell

Derek Harwell teaches IBMYP Computer Tech at the International School of Amsterdam and for the past two decades has facilitated various roles at ISA. 

Derek's teaching career began when he made the decision to drop out of high school and start learning. Since then he has approached his teaching and learning from a different point of view. He went on to earn several university degrees prior to becoming a teacher. 

Derek began using GAFE while president of ELMLE (affiliate of AMLE and ISTE in Europe) to better serve the online service for members as well as plan, register and present the yearly conference. In the past several years, he has implemented and assisted others in harnessing the power of many Google products in meeting classrooms and professional development need.

Connect with Derek: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DerekHarwell/posts https://twitter.com/DerekHarwell1

Ben Rouse

Ben is a Google Certified Teacher (GTAUK 2013), Google Education Trainer and a masters degree in leading innovation and change in education. He began teaching in 2004 and now, in addition to teaching secondary mathematics, he leads on technology for learning at his school having adopted Google Apps for Education in 2013. 

Ben has utilised a number of Google tools in his classroom and supports other teachers who are developing their use of Google Apps in a variety of subjects and phases.

Ben helps lead the Google Educator Group for UK and regularly shares on Google+ communities related to the use of educational technology including Google Apps. Check out Ben's blog: Evolving EdTech

Connect with Ben: http://google.com/+BenRouse http://www.twitter.com/mr_brouse

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods is an MYP Design Technology teacher at the International School of Amsterdam; previous to that she was was the IT Director and an IT Integration Coach at Pechersk School International in Ukraine. She can also be seen on the TEDx stage in her talk, “Identity: Where Fear and Change Intersect in Education”. She is a member of the ECIS technology committee and holds a Masters of Science in Education in K-12 Technology Integration. Sarah is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator and has worked extensively with Google Apps for Education in schools for teaching and learning, resource management, calendaring, collaboration, curation and much more! She has worked in international schools for 9 years. 

Sarah has a unique presentation style and her sessions reflect her passion for student-directed learning. Expect to get your laptop out and try new things - her hero is Miss Frizzle, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"

Connect with Sarah: https://www.google.com/+SarahWoods01 https://twitter.com/sawoodsPSI

John Mikton

Director eLearning at the Inter Community School Zurich Switzerland, An Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Apps for Education Trainer, and Principal Training Center Course Facilitator.

John worked in United States, Tanzania, China, Japan, Czech Republic and now Switzerland as an Elementary School Teacher, Information Technology Specialist , IT Coordinator, IT Director and currently Director of eLearning. Previous to this, John worked in Television and Print Advertising: Boston Massachusetts (Warner Communications), and San Francisco California (The Bay Guardian). John runs the blog: http://beyonddigital.org/.

John is involved facilitating Google Apps for Education workshops and sessions with Parents, Students , Faculty and at Education conferences.

Connect with John: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-m-mikton/5/b61/301 https://plus.google.com/u/0/111761502204717582167/posts https://twitter.com/jmikton                       

Bogdan Copil

Bogdan Copil

Bogdan is passionate about Science, Gamification and IT integration. Working smarter is the way to go - this is his motto - so he's constantly trying out tools that can ease his life as a teacher and trainer and allow him to spend more time on teaching/facilitating the learning process. He’s been teaching Science for 10 years and for the past years he’s been working with educators from all over the world,

The Google Suite for Education platform fits him like a glove. Be it a mix and match of the core Google Apps or 3rd party applications, add-ons and extensions like Flubaroo, Autocrat, Doctopus, Goobric or WeVideo, he is eager to share his insights with other GAFE enthusiasts. He is a big fan of self-directed learning and hands-on activities, so make sure you have your laptops with you and you’re ready try out new things.

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Joe McClung

Joe is an assistant principal at Woodland Junior High in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Joe has been in education for nine years with four of those years as an administrator at the elementary and junior high level, and five years as a classroom teacher.

He is a Certified Google for Education Trainer and GEG Arkansas leader.

Joe has a bachelors degree in health and physical education from Arkansas Tech University, received masters in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas, and is currently working on his doctorate.
Connect with Joe:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100528228678986587411 https://twitter.com/jkmcclung https://www.youtube.com/c/joemcclung11037 

Jon Neale
Jon is a Google Certified Teacher with an MSc in IT.  Having been in education since 2007 as teacher, governor and head of faculty; he is now pioneering EdTech change in his own school and beyond. Believing Google is an absolute game changer for all in education, he is passionate about the power of GAFE and effective implementation of all its facets. Driven by this and his experience of using the GAFE suite, Jon thoroughly enjoys supporting and collaborating with other educators in his new role as an EdTech Advisor.
Connect with Jon:  google.com/+JonNealeUK https://twitter.com/JNealeUK 

Oli Trussell

Oli is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer with experience delivering training on a range of scales: from small groups up to conference level. A Maths Teacher by trade, he has spent many years researching what technology works and what doesn't in the classroom environment. He has advanced understanding of Google Apps products and understands how to support schools to leverage the tools to support teaching and learning.

Oli understands that school budgets are tightly stretched and knows how to use free web tools to support staff and students. Collaboration and simplicity is at the heart of everything he does. He believes that technology should not be a barrier to learning, but instead offers the chance to do things in a more effective and engaging way inside and outside of the classroom. Experience has taught him that the ease of use that comes with modern web-tools enables even the most tech-resistant teachers to become digitally-literate teachers in no time!

Oli is also an experienced coder who has launched popular Google Add-ons such as 'Super Quiz' and 'Form Values'. He can create custom programs, from homework calendars to observation forms - saving you time whilst improving efficiency.
Connect with Oli: https://plus.google.com/app/basic/+OTrussell/ http://twitter.com/olivertrussell           

Davis Apas

Davis is currently the IT Specialist and ICT Teacher Bangkok Christian International School. He is passionate about project-based learning and using the technology to open his students up to collaboration with friends and the community. He enjoys working with teachers to find out how they can make learning come alive for their students. He also enjoys motivating teachers and students to integrate technology across various disciplines. He has been a presenter in a summit for AppsEvents, EdTechTeam, training/workshops for EIS and most recently at DeepLearning Conference. He has led educational workshops on topics such as Google Apps and Professional Development. He is always on the lookout for new tools to use and share to empower students and teachers. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer.
Connect with Davis: https://plus.google.com/+DavisApas https://twitter.com/davisapas  https://www.linkedin.com/in/davisapas