to build a brighter future

School Connect Summit Speakers

Master of Ceremonies

Kristy Siefkin

Kristy Siefkin Communications


Morning Keynote

Richard "Rick" Miller

The Intersection Construct


Chief Treasure Hunter

Afternoon Keynote

Dr. Rob Murray

Transformed Leader

CEO and Co-founder

Teacher of the Year Panel


Dr. Jacqui Clay

Cochise County

County Superintendent of Cochise County


Nancy Parra-Quinlin

Mesa School District

STEM Teacher at Kino Junior High School, 2022 Teacher of the Year


Sara Wyffels

Chandler School Disctrict

Spanish Teacher at Chandler High School, 2021 Teacher of the Year


Ty White

Willcox School District

Chemistry Teacher at Willcox High School, Teacher of the Year 2023

Superintendent Panel


Dr. Roger Freeman

Littleton School District

Superintendent of Littleton Elementary, Superintendent of the Year For Arizona


Dr. Paul Stanton

Washington Elementary School District

Superintendent of Washington Elementary School District, Superintendent of the Year for a large district.


Karin Ward

Beaver Creek School District

Superintendent of Beaver Creek School District, Superintendent of the Year for a small district.


Slade Morgan

Round Valley School District

Superintendent of Round Valley School District, Superintendent of the year for a medium district.

Superintendent Panel Facilitator

Dr. Quintin Boyce

Arizona State University

Associate Vice President Educational Outreach

Student Performance

Folklorico Dancers

Sunland STEAM Academy Lion King Cast

Presenting Sponsor

Michael Groeger


VP Commercial Group & Specialty Sales

Titan Solar & Phoenix Suns Partnership Story

Eric Jung

Titan Solar Power


Tom Fletcher

Global Partnerships Phoenix Suns

Senior VP

Keynote Sponsor

Dalton Abbitt


Chief Political Officer

Michael Wilson



Champion Sponsor

Jason Law

Mental Health Center of America


Holbrook Café Story

Dr. Robbie Koerperich

Holbrook Unified School District

Superintendent Holbrook Unified School District

Cheri Grau

Holbrook Unified School District

Principal Holbrook Junior High School

Faith and Business Champion Story

Arthur Brown

Pure Heart Church

Pastor of Community Engagement

Tarrah Bernabe

Harold W. Smith Elementary School, Glendale Elementary School District


Alex Becker

Fullerton Financial

Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

Dan Steffen

Pure Heart Church

Senior Pastor

Gary Gillespie

Phoenix Suns

Vice President of Facility Management

Tracey Beal

School Connect

Founder and CEO

Stem Cafe Story

Amanda Hicks

Roosevelt Elementary School District

Principal Sunland STEAM Academy

John Dowds

Core Construction

Dr. Joe Roselle

Urban Farming Education

Haley Elementary School Story

Nicole McMillian

Chandler Unified School District

Principal Haley Elementary School

Vendor Showcase Emcee

Jill Hicks


Manager, Global IoT Partner Program & Ecosystem

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Nominate A Champion of Education

Nominations open February 12 – March 14

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

Stand up for STEM Education! Help #SchoolConnect and partners bridge the gap between education and industry by attending the STEM CAFE on March 28th @gcu - register: This is your chance to connect with industry leaders and school leaders who are coming together to plan projects and initiatives that bring real world STEM experiences, opportunities and connections to AZ K-12 students. Together, we can build a STEM pipeline for AZ students because #everystudent deserves a #STEMchoice. Thank you Title Sponsor @bcbsaz and Hosting Partners @GCU and @cityofphoenixaz as well as Keynote Sponsor @gentechsupport !!
@stemsportsusa @core1937 #mrsgeeky @stiix @eric.j.rodriguez @weareufe @pvschools @pesd92 @rdsno66 @laveenschools
Happy National Public Schools Week from #SchoolConnect! We dare you not to smile as you watch these students from #RooseveltSchoolDistrict @rsdno66 @sunlandsteamacademy and #PendergastElementarySchoolDistrict @pesd92 @vdpelementary who performed @footprintcntr for the #SchoolConnectSummit! Both #SunlandSTEAMAcademy and #VillaDePazElementary schools participated in the School Connect #STEMCAFE last year, leading to incredible #STEAM opportunities and connections for their students. Don’t miss the chance to join us on March 28th:
Thank you to Summit Title Sponsor @bcbsaz and Hosting Sponsor @titansolarpowerinc, @titansolarpower_az the Official Solar Contractor of the @suns !!
Tell us your favorite prize and giveaway @footprintcntr from the #SchoolConnectSummit! Thank you @unitedportraits and @core1937 School Connect’s Event Bag Sponsors for supporting students, families and educators with #SchoolConnect and Summit Title Sponsor @bcbsaz along with Hosting Sponsor @titansolarpower_az the official solar contractor of the @suns !!
Thank you to #SchoolConnectSummit Luncheon Sponsor #VSMG ! We love celebrating educators with you because #everystudentsstorystartswithateacher !!! Thank you for leading the charge with the #SchoolConnectTeam and presenting sponsor @bcbsaz and @titansolarpower_az the official solar contractor of the @suns !!
Thank you to CMT Technical Services, the #SchoolConnectSummit Master of Ceremonies Sponsor! We love partnering with leaders like @cmttechnicalservices and @kristysiefkin who make supporting Arizona youth and educators a priority because #everychildmatters. We know #ittakesavillage to help every child reach their potential and it is leading organizations and professionals like CMT and presenting sponsor @bcbsaz who make the difference!