Dr. Karla Burkholder began her career as a business education teacher, and quickly discovered a passion for teaching and learning with technology. With over 30 years as a Texas educator, she has served as a teacher, instructional technologist, instructional technology coordinator and director, and is currently the Director of Technology in Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD and adjunct professor at Baylor University. Throughout her career, Dr. Burkholder has led award winning technology and digital learning initiatives recognized at both the state and national levels. She has a strong background in both the instructional and technical sides of educational technology and works to ensure that technology initiatives are aligned with district priorities. Dr. Burkholder is a past president of TCEA serving on the Board of Directors for eight years, and she currently serves as the Chair of the Learning Counsel’s User Interface Group. She is a recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award, the Texas Council of Women School Executives Bravo Award for Innovation and was named to the EdTech Digest 2019 Top 100 Influencers in EdTech.
Dr. Burkholder holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Texas in Business Administration and Computer Education and Cognitive Systems, respectively, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.