Meet the Team

AppsEvents consists of a core team which works remotely across the world. A number of world class trainers with a history of innovation in the classroom make up the rest of the team at Google for Education summits, bootcamps and cloud camps. We always try to accomodate requests for specific Google trainers at your event – just let us know. Find out more about everybody below.

Dan Taylor


Dan has been involved in the Google for Education community since 2006. He has trained educators across the globe from El Salvador to Vietnam.


Lisa Nydick

USA Director

Lisa is a Google Innovator & Certified Trainer and a high school technology facilitator. She holds a Masters in Education and manages the US events for AppsEvents.

Veronika Hlavenova

Mainland Europe Director

Veronika manages logistics for events worldwide as well as mainland European events. She holds a masters degree in Economics.

James Sayer

Asia, LATAM, and Middle East Director

Aside from managing events in Asia, James is the Head of Mathematics and IT Coordinator for Patumwan Demonstration School’s international program in Bangkok.

Ben Rouse

US and UK Director

Ben is a Design Sprint Facilitator and advocate for design thinking in education. He has a masters degree in leading innovation and change in Education.

Guto Aaron

UK Director

Guto is an experienced primary school teacher and is passionate about sharing his experience through his work as a trainer across the UK and Europe.

Guen Sayson

Finance and Administration

Guen is a computer engineering graduate. She looks after logistics and administration for AppsEvents including registrations.

Jane Vestil

Website and Promotions

Jane is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has a degree in Information Technology and Diploma in Professional Education.

Rachel Coathup

USA Trainer

Lead Teacher Technology for Learning @LEOAcademies Google Certified Trainer and Innovator #SWE19 #BadgEdTech


Tara Linney

USA Trainer

GCI, GET, #ASCDEL17, ISTE CS PLN Leader, Raspberry Pi Certified, #EdTech Coordinator, Author @codeequitybook Keynote, Blueberry Lover, Nerd. #GTAMTV14 #ISTEcert

Heather Spanbroek

USA Trainer

Heather is a Google Certified Innovator and ISTE Certified Trainer.


Rowland Baker

USA Trainer

Rowland has been an educator for over thirty years in both public and private schools. He is currently Executive Director of the (TICAL).

Kimberly House

Mainland Europe Trainer

Kim has been a primary school educator for 20 years, serving the 12 years as a Technology Integration Specialist at the Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany. She is a Google Certified Trainer and an Apple Distinguished Educator.

John Mikton

Mainland Europe Trainer

John is the Head of Education and Media Technology at the International School of Luxembourg. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Trainer. John co-hosts the International Schools Podcast together with Dan.

Bogdan Copil

Mainland Europe Trainer

Bogdan is passionate about science, gamification and IT integration. Working smarter is the way to go – this is his motto! He is a big fan of self-directed learning and hands-on activities.


Tanya LeClair

Asia Trainer

Tanya is originally from Canada, but has been teaching and coaching overseas for 10 years. She works as the HS Digital Learning Coach at Seoul foreign school. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Innovator. 

Sethi De Clercq

Asia Trainer

Sethi is passionate about technology integration and how this impacts education and student learning. He is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Innovator and Computing Subject leader. He loves training  at numerous events and through his YouTube Channel with tips, tricks and tutorials.

Rob McElroy

Asia Trainer

Rob is a Google Certified Trainer and the Assistant Director at Young Hoon Elementary School in Seoul, South Korea. Rob is always excited to share what he knows about Edtech to help teachers maximize their instruction time in the classroom and enjoy using tech with their students.

Sarah Woods

Asia Trainer

Sarah is an MYP Design Technology teacher at the International School of Amsterdam. Her style of presentation and sessions reflect her passion for student directed learning.

Dan Pardy

Middle East Trainer

Dan is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and the Lead Teacher of Library & Technology at Qatar Academy – Doha. He is passionate about using technology to transform learning and developing 21C skills in students.

Daniela Silva

LATAM Trainer

Daniela is passionate about finding innovative avenues to maximize individual’s capacity through professional learning.

Dale Plotzki

LATAM Trainer

Educator. Rascal. Man of the world. Chronic pocket-tweeter. #GoogleEI #FDRrocks

Lawrence Tijjani

UK Trainer

Lawrence is the creator of justaguytryingtomakeit.com- an inspirational social enterprise project that works with disengaged students.


Wendy Anne Peskett

UK Trainer

Google Certified Trainer & Innovator – Consultant #GooglePD provider @AppsEvents1 – TES Edtech winner 2017 for WLC @feelbetteredu

Jon Neale

UK Trainer

Jon Neale has been a passionate advocate of Google tools for a number of years. He now looks after technology for learning at Halcyon International School, London.

Cris Turple

UK Trainer

International Teacher & Innovation Coach | Passionate about student agency, creativity, design thinking | ADE | Google Trainer & Innovator | ISTE | M.EdTech