The Hack Learning Team


The Hack Learning Series is produced by Times 10 Publications and features some of the world’s top education writers, content curators, designers and speakers.


Mark Barnes - Publisher Times 10, Creator of the Hack Learning SeriesMark Barnes is a longtime educator, bestselling author, Founder of Times 10 Publications and the creator of the Hack Learning Series. Mark is the author of six education books, including Assessment 3.0, Role Reversal (a 2013 Best Professional Book), and two books in Corwin’s Connected Educators Series. Mark co-authored Hack Learning’s Flagship Book: Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Reaching millions of people every month on Twitter, @markbarnes19 is one of education’s most recognizable engagers. Mark also owns and operates Brilliant or Insane–a Teach100 Top 25 education blog. Mark is a popular keynote speaker and education presenter; if you’d like to bring him to your school or conference, contact us here. Follow @markbarnes19.


 Hack Learning Series author, Jennifer GonzalezJennifer Gonzalez: A former middle-school language arts teacher and college-level teacher of teachers, Jennifer is the co-author of the bestselling first book in the Hack Learning Series: Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School (Times 10 Publications, 2015) and author of The Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Jennifer is the publisher of the popular education site Cult of Pedagogy, and her Cult of Pedagogy podcast is often ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes. She is also a mother of 3. All of these experiences make her what she is now: Devoted full-time to helping teachers do their work better. Follow @cultofpedagogy.

stockman updatedAngela Stockman is the author of the bestselling Make Writing: 5 Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space, Hacking Writer’s Workshop (2018), and co-author of Hacking School Culture (2018). A former English teacher and founder of the WNY Young Writer’s Studio in Buffalo, Angela brings a unique combination of experience and expertise to the Hack Learning family. She is a renowned blogger and an education consultant with expertise in curriculum design, instructional coaching, and assessment. Learn more about her at Follow @angelastockman.

Sackstein_StarrStarr Sackstein is arguably the world’s leading authority on the no-grades classroom. She is a longtime teacher and author of six education books, including the bestselling Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School and Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies that Inspire Learning Outside of School She produces EdWeek’s popular blog Work in Progress and co-moderates the popular #sunchat on Twitter. Starr is a 2014 Bammy Awards finalist for Secondary High School Educator. A global voice of change in how learning is assessed, Starr co-moderates the Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook group and #TTOG weeklong Twitter chat. Follow @mssackstein.

Michael FisherMichael Fisher is a former teacher who is now a full-time author and instructional coach. He works with schools around the country, helping to sustain curriculum upgrades, design curriculum, and modernize instruction in immersive technology. He has taught a variety of grade levels and content areas over the years, primarily in Middle Schools. Michael is the author of several books published by ASCD, most recently Ditch the Daily Lesson Plan: How do I plan for meaningful student learning? He is a contributing author to the Solution Tree series Contemporary Perspectives on Literacy and his latest book is Hacking the Common Core, the fourth book in the Hack Learning series. For contact and booking information, visit The Digigogy Collaborative ( or find Michael on Twitter (@fisher1000).

Tony Sinanis, co-author Hacking LeadershipDr. Tony Sinanis is a superintendent in New York State and former Lead Learner at National Blue Ribbon School Cantiague Elementary in Jericho, New York. He is co-author of Hacking Leadership (Book 5 in the popular Hack Learning Series) andThe Power of Branding and Principal Professional Development (Corwin Press). Tony is the 2014 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year and the 2013 Bammy Awards’ National Elementary School Principal of the Year. As part of his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Tony explored the relationship between active participation on Twitter and the professional development of principals. @TonySinanis is the founder and co-moderator of #NYedchat. Tony also co-hosts the Successful Schools podcast with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo. Most important, Tony is a proud dad to Paul. Follow Tony on Twitter at @tonysinanis.

Joe Sanfelippo - Hack Learning authorDr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Wisconsin. He is a US Department of Education Future Ready Superintendent and two-time Bammy Award Finalist for Superintendent of the Year. Joe is co-author of the Hacking Leadership (Book 5 in the popular Hack Learning Series) and co-author of The Power of Branding and Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age. Joe has attended a Leadership Summit at the White House and has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media in School Districts, Creating a Culture of Yes, Professional Growth for Staff, and Organizational and Systems Change. He is also the co-host of the popular Successful Schools Podcast. Follow @joesanfelippofc.
Connie Hamilton - Hack Learning Author

Connie Hamilton Ed.S. is co-author of the Hacking Homework, the seventh book in the Hack Learning Series. She is a K-12 curriculum director and educational consultant who lives in West Michigan with her husband Paul and three children, Paul III, Luke, and Allie. Connie is passionate (and a little geeky) about professional learning, particularly in the area of instructional practices such as questioning and student engagement. Connie takes a big picture approach when collaborating with districts across the USA to create systems that connect current and new initiatives. Her mission is to consistently build on the knowledge teachers have and avoid the feeling that they have “one more thing” on their full plates. Connie is a welcome addition to the Hack Learning family and you can connect with her at or jump into #TMchat, founded and moderated by @conniehamilton on Twitter.

Gerard Dawson - Hack Learning Series authorGerard Dawson is the author of the Hacking Literacy. He teaches English and Journalism to students in grades 9-12 at Hightstown High School in New Jersey. Gerard is a contributing author to the Talks With Teachers publication The Best Lesson Series: Literature, and his work has appeared in The New York Times Learning Network, Edutopia, Brilliant or Insane, Talks With Teachers as well as his blog. He believes in technology’s power to revolutionize learning and offers a free online course for teachers:  “How to Put Feedback First for Student Learning.” Gerard lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Gerard. Follow @gerarddawson3.

Jim Sturtevant - Hack Learning authorJim Sturtevant is a veteran classroom teacher and author of Hacking Engagement: 50 Tips & Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily. Jim is also the author of You’ve Gotta Connect (Incentive Publications, 2014), which launched him into the national spotlight as an expert in rapport-building in schools and engaging even the most reluctant learners. Jim’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Edutopia, Principal Leadership, Ohio Schools Magazine, Talks With Teachers, Join Up Dots, and many other education resources. Jim lives in Ohio with his wife Penny Sturtevant, a middle school principal. Stay in touch with Jim on Twitter @jamessturtevant and subscribe to his popular Hacking Engagement podcast here.

Lisa Dabbs Hack Learning AuthorLisa Dabbs is a longtime educator, former school principal, educational & social media consultant, author, blogger, and speaker. Lisa’s passion for supporting and mentoring new and pre-service teachers inspired her to found New Teacher Chat #ntchat, one of the longest-running Twitter chats. Lisa is the co-author of Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources (Corwin, 2015) and is currently writing the forthcoming Hack Learning Series book, Hacking Teacher Development (2017). Read Lisa’s articles at and follow her on Twitter, where she tweets from the handle, @TeachWithSoul.

Ross Cooper co-author Hacking Project Based LearningRoss Cooper is co-author of the internationally-renowned Hacking Project-Based Learning. Ross is the Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12 in the Salisbury Township School District in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher and popular speaker. His passions are inquiry-based learning and quality professional development. He blogs about these topics at Also, he regularly engages in speaking, consulting, and presenting. He has conducted keynotes, speaking engagements, and workshops. A list of what he has previously offered, and testimonials, can be found on his blog. When he is not working, he enjoys eating steak and pizza, exercising, reading books, and playing on his computer. Please feel free to connect with him via email,, and/or Twitter, @RossCoops31.

Erin Murphy co-author Hacking Project Based LearningErin Murphy is co-author of the runaway bestseller, Hacking Project-Based Learning. She is the assistant principal of Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District and a renowned speaker and presenter on Project Based Learning, Literacy, Technology, and Educational Leadership. As a certified literacy specialist, she also coordinates the middle level ELA department. Erin’s classroom experiences range from kindergarten through fifth grade. She married her college sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters. Follow Erin on Twitter at MurphysMusings5.

Shelly Sanchez TerrellShelly Sanchez Terrell is the creator and author of The 30 Goals Challenge, co-founder of one of Twitter’s first major live chats — #edchatBammy Award winner, National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year, and a Top 10 Most Influential in EdTech honoree. Author of the Hacking Digital Learning Strategies (2017), Shelly has been recognized by The New York Times, NPR, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education. Shelly has taught and presented on numerous education topics in over 20 countries, making her arguably the most popular global educator in the world. Follow Shelly on Twitter, @ShellTerrell.

currie-bio-pic-2Brad Currie is the co-author of Hacking Google For Educators (2017). Brad, the Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ, is the 2017 NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year. He is also the Founding Partner for Evolving Educators LLC. Brad has been in education for over 15 years as a coach, teacher, and administrator. He is a 2014 ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Educator, Google Education Trainer, author of All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Parents, Educators, and Communities; Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development; and 140 Twitter Tips for Educators. Follow Brad on Twitter, @BradMCurrie
Billy Krakower co-author Hacking Google for EducationBilly Krakower
is the co-author of Hacking Google For Educators (2017). He is part of ASCD’s 2014 Emerging Leaders Class, a Google Educator and a Microsoft Office Specialist. Billy has also written Connecting Your Students with The World and Using Technology to Engage Students with Disabilities. He has presented on such topics as Connecting Beyond the Classroom, Twitter & You, Tech Tools to use for the PARCC, Google Hangouts, Edmodo and The Science Behind a Mystery Location Call. Follow Billy on Twitter, @wkrakower

rocco-bioScott Rocco, Ed.D. is the co-author of Hacking Google For Educators (2017). Scott is a Superintendent in New Jersey, adjunct professor, co-founder/co-moderator of #Satchat on Twitter, an EdCampNJ organizer, presenter, and keynote speaker. He is dedicated to positively and productively engaging educators in a dialogue that improves student learning, enhances instruction, and creates effective learning environments for all who attend and work in schools. Follow Scott on Twitter, @ScottRRocco.

Kimberley Moran, author of Hacking ParentingKimberley Moran is the author of Hacking Parenthood (2017) and editor at We Are Teachers, We Are Parents, and School Leaders Now. She is a former classroom teacher, gifted and talented teacher, and literacy coach. Kimberley is the author of many pieces on parenting and education in outlets like Good Magazine, Pubic Radio International, The Week,, and She Knows. Kimberley has also worked for several nonprofits like United Way, American Red Cross, Rippleffect, and Opportunity Alliance. She is the mother of a son and a daughter, is married and lives in a yellow house by a river in Maine. Follow her on Twitter at @parentmantras and engage with her on the #parentmantras Twitter feed.

Mike Roberts Hack Learning AuthorMike Roberts is the author of Hacking Classroom Management (2018). He is a longtime middle school educator and 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year.  A featured columnist in the English Journal, Mike is also the co-author of The New Science Teacher’s Handbook: What You Didn’t Learn From Student Teaching. Mike also teaches college classes focused on classroom management and literacy in the content areas. When he’s not teaching or presenting, Mike can usually be found running ultra-marathons in the mountains. And even after all these years, he’s still not sure which takes more energy…a week with 8th graders or running a 100 mile race. Follow Mike on Twitter @BaldRoberts.

Denis Sheeran Hack Learning AuthorDenis Sheeran is the author of Hacking Mathematics (2018) and Instant Relevance, Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons and is a well-known national speaker. Denis is a Google Certified Educator, Chromebook in the Classroom trainer, Smartboard and Smart Notebook trainer. He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music and is an adjunct Professor of Statistics at the County College of Morris. Denis is now the supervisor of mathematics, K-12, in Chatham, NJ after having taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for 13 years Lake Forest High School, in Lake Forest, IL. Denis lives in Sparta, NJ with his wife, four children, and his litter box trained dog, Scout. Follow him on Twitter at @mathdenisNJ.

Ellen Feig Gray Hack Learning authorEllen Feig Gray, M.A. is co-author of Hacking School Culture (2018). She is a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, parent coach, and workshop leader who is passionate about helping families flourish. Ellen combines her knowledge and expertise in psychology, child development, education, research, and insights from the wisdom traditions, along with her own life experience raising a “one-of-a-kind” child, to guide parents in cultivating their family’s well being, happiness and success. She founded Parent with Perspective to provide practical wisdom and “professional development” for parents, as well as those who work with or care for young people. Follow Ellen on her PwP blog and on Twitter at @parentwperspect.

Project Manager

Rebecca Morris Hack Learning Project ManagerRebecca Morris is a longtime educator, professional editor, novelist, and the architect of many Hack Learning projects. She has worked with ABDO, Palgrave Macmillan, Ashgate, among other publishing companies. A true visionary, Rebecca consults on all aspects of Hack Learning projects, including content development, cover design, interior design, and communication with all project stakeholders.  


Tracey Henterly - Hack Learning Series graphic designerTracey Henterly is a freelance graphic designer. She is the creative mind behind the Hack Learning Series logo and all Hack Learning book covers and other Times 10 assets. Specializing in print media and web-ready graphics, she comes with many years of experience which includes 15 years with a medical publishing company as an in-house designer where she worked on covers and illustrations for books, page layouts, logos, marketing collateral, and more. Tracey brings an ability to turn ideas into visuals, a passion for art and design, and a strong attention to detail.


Steve Plummer - Hack Learning designer

Steve Plummer has been in the book design industry for more than 15 years. Steve has designed the interior pages for every paperback, hardcover and eBook in the Hack Learning Series. He works for large and small publishing companies around the U.S. and says of his craft, “The goal of creating a beautiful book is to give the reader a sense of quality and a lasting impression.” When not designing books, Steve enjoys golf and exercise. In 2012 he rode a bicycle from coast to coast as an adventure and supported his trip by designing books along the way (now that’s how you hack learning and physical fitness). Learn more about Steve’s work at

Jennifer Jas Hack Learning editorJennifer Jas is a professional editor, proofreader and writer who polishes and refines the content of the Hack Learning Series. She has edited dozens of books and thousands of manuscripts, and has served as a corporate communications leader in the realms of health care and manufacturing. She’s passionate about words and ensuring they are as accurate as they are engaging.Jennifer also runs on trails and writes haiku poetry, which you can find on her blog, Well Versed in the News, or @jas_jennifer on Twitter.

Ruth Arseneault - Hack Learning editorRuth Arseneault is a passionate educator who has been teaching English to high-schoolers in New Brunswick, Canada for seventeen years. Her interest and involvement in education extends into the realm of educational publishing. Ruth is Hack Learning’s primary editor and content consultant. She has also been both a contributor to and editor of Brian Sztabnik’s Talks With Teachers Best Lesson Series: Literature and the forthcoming Best Lesson Series: Writing. Stay in touch with Ruth on Twitter @Drama_Chick.


Jasmin Mistry - Hack Learning web developerJasmin Mistry is a software developer and Hack Learning’s web designer. He has more than 5 years of experience in open source technologies like WordPress and symfony2. Jasmin is very passionate about solving seemingly unfixable problems and complex coding tasks. If you need some computer hacking (in the best sense of the word, of course), email Jasmin here.


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