Nicole L’Etoile, EdD
Dr. Nicole L’Etoile is a professional learning consultant with 20+ years in education. Prior to becoming a consultant, Dr. L’Etoile was a an elementary principal, high school assistant principal, academic dean, mentor to new teachers, and business educator & technology specialist. She has taught in New York, Texas, and Rhode Island. At the local and national level she has facilitated blended and personalized learning sessions for administrators and teachers. She earned her doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University in Educational Leadership in 2017.
Daniel Gutekanst, EdD
Dr. Gutekanst’s professional experience includes thirty years as a school leader both at the building and district level. He began his teaching career in South-Central Los Angeles and served as a high school assistant principal and high school principal in suburban Connecticut and Massachusetts. Currently he is the superintendent of the Needham Public Schools where he has served in that role for 13 years. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Boston College, a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), and Bachelor's Degree in English from Holy Cross College.
Dr. Gutekanst has served as the chair of the ACCEPT Collaborative for five years and has mentored doctoral and graduate students at Boston College for the last ten years. He recently joined the METCO Board of Directors where he is one of two superintendent representatives. His educational interests include leadership for equity and inclusion, leadership team development, communication, and community engagement. Dr. Gutekanst and his wife have three daughters and they reside in Shrewsbury.
Mike Welch is Superintendent of the Dedham Public Schools. He holds a Master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. He previously was the Principal of Framingham High School from 2005 - 2014. Before coming to FHS, he was the Principal at Newton South High School from 2000 – 2005, and prior to that he was a Housemaster/Vice-Principal at Newton North High School from 1997-2000. Mr. Welch began his teaching career as a substitute in four different communities and was a middle school Science teacher and a high school Physics teacher in Belmont for seven years.
Steve Ouellette has been the Director of Technology, Learning, and Innovation for Westwood Public Schools since 2010. Before that, he held the position of Math Department Chair in the Walpole and Westwood school districts. Prior to entering the education field, Steve worked as an electrical engineer for Otis Elevator Corp. In his current role, Steve oversees a staff of 13 people with responsibilities that range from maintaining the district’s technology infrastructure to working with staff to leverage technology in meaningful ways to empower students to be the best learners possible. Accomplishments include the implementation of a coding special in the elementary grades, the development of Westwood’s Guiding Principles for Instructional Technology, the implementation of a grade 3 - 12 one-to-one Chromebook program, and a focus on comprehensive responsible use instruction for all students. Steve holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics from Boston University. This year Steve also earned his Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium of School Networking.