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Keynote and Plenary Speakers’ Biographies

Keynote Speech: The Impact of Creative Problem Solving with Robotics on K-12 STEM Education

Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools

Selected by the Center for Digital Education as one of the “Top 40 Innovators in Education”, Dr. Nemko describes herself as passionate about ed tech, even though she bravely admits to sometimes struggling with her own technology devices. She is a strong advocate of curriculum materials with embedded media that engages and motivates learners and content that can be instantly updated. Two “ed tech” programs of which Dr. Nemko is particularly proud are the “Footsteps2Brilliance” early learning for preschoolers (especially helpful for ESL learners and their parents) and tech tutoring where Court and Community School students teach residents of the Senior Center how to use their mobile devices.

Working in education her entire life, Dr. Nemko started as a teacher in New York City, then took a position at U.C. Davis evaluating California Department of Education programs. Later, when Dr. Nemko was Curriculum Director at Napa County Office of Education, she was appointed Interim Superintendent when the Superintendent retired. Now in her sixth elected term, Dr. Nemko continues to use her ed tech enthusiasm to promote positive programs for over 21,000 students at five districts within Napa County. Her favorite role, however, may be the one she has with her two granddaughters, ages 8 and 10.

Plenary Address: Hands-on STEM with Robotics from the Perspective of Teachers, Schools, and Districts

Merry Kim, Associate Dean, CTE, Coastline College


  • Dr. Roy Rogers, Principal, Southridge Middle School
  • Dr. Judy Fancher, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
  • Ms. Melissa Hale, STEM Teacher, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Ms. Julie Lovie, Math Teacher, Valley Oaks High School
  • Mr. Allen Thoe, Computer Science Teacher, Citrus Valley High School