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2016 Conference

WEMTA Conference 2016

Josh Stumpenhorst - Monday Keynote

Josh Stumpenhorst, the 2015 ISTE Conference Closing Keynote Speaker, is a junior high teacher in Naperville, IL. As a teacher his work has been recognized through numerous awards from local and national organizations such as Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Computer Educators, NEA Foundation, International Society of Technology Educators and many more. His book, The New Teacher Revolution: Changing Education for a New Generation of Learners, challenges traditional methods of teaching and learning. You can follow Josh’s work on his blog at or through twitter @stumpteacher

Kevin Henkes — Tuesday Author Keynote

Kevin Henkes is the author of the Caldecott Medal Winner Kitten’s First Full Moon and the Newbery Honor Books Olive’s Ocean and The Year of Billy Miller. He is the creator of several picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly’s Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, one of the author’s picture books, wrote, “It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius.” Among his fiction for older readers are the novels The Birthday Room, Sun & Spoon, Protecting Marie, and Words of Stone. His newest books for beginning readers are Penny and Her Song, Penny and Her Doll, and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book).  Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) — Spotlight

John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. You could say every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian! In fact, Library Journal named him "The Xtreme Librarian" for the high level of exertion – and some gears and stunts – he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian. John served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." He blogs daily at


Pernille Ripp — Spotlight

Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp, helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book “Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students” is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book “Empowered Schools, Empowered Students” is meant to give others the courage to change. Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp

Melinda Larson-Horne — Spotlight

Melinda Larson-Horne is an EdTech and Effectiveness Coach in the Pewaukee School District with over twenty years of teaching experience in both English/Language Arts and World Language (French). As an instructional coach, Melinda's goal is to provide personalized professional development that supports teachers and students as they leverage technology to make learning authentic and engaging. Melinda is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Innovator (GTA MTV 2014), world traveler, sailor, photographer, and blogger who has participated in a Project 365 photo challenge for over three years. Check out her photos and musings at and follow Melinda on Twitter @melindamlarson.

Robin Hosemann — Spotlight

Robin has taught in urban and rural schools for over sixteen years. She is currently the Library Media Specialist with Viroqua Area Schools. A fierce advocate for keeping the focus on the human side of education, Robin believes in the power of small connections that make a big difference in this work. Robin’s passion is empowering students to develop skills to navigate the human experience and increase their knowledge of themselves and the systems in which they function. She calls Driftless Wisconsin home and enjoys exploring that corner of the world with her son. Catch her @robinhosemann on Twitter where she co-moderates #RuralEdChat most Tuesday nights.