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Sandi Adams
Sandi Adams
Woodstock, GA
 
 
Technology Project SpecialistCherokee County School District Sandi Adams has been a Technology Project Specialist with the Cherokee County School District for since August 2000 and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Certified Educator and Master Trainer. Her role includes researching emerging technologies, training staff on tools and classroom integration, training students, and evaluating hardware. In the 2015 school year, Sandi trained educators and administrators at Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy as Microsoft Innovative Educators, making Holly Springs the first school in the nation to be 100 percent certified. Before joining the district, Adams spent four years with Microsoft as a Family Technology Night presenter, visiting schools and presenting technologies to educators, students and their families. In all, she has spent nearly 20 years championing new technologies in schools. She enjoys the opportunity for sharing and learning from fellow educators as a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and NCCE Professional Learning Specialist.
Stephanie Barber
Stephanie Barber
Great Falls, SC
 
 
Literacy CoachChester County School DistrictGreat Falls, SC Stephanie Barber is a native of Great Falls, South Carolina. She attended the Great Falls schools for elementary, middle and high school. Stephanie earned a bachelor's degree from Winthrop University in Early Childhood Education in 1993 and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of South Carolina in 1996. She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2001 and was Teacher of the Year at GFE in 2002. She renewed her National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education in 2011. Stephanie assisted in completing the application for her school to become a Microsoft Pathfinder School in 2012. After 18 years in the classroom teaching second grade, kindergarten, K-1 Transition, and first grade, Stephanie decided that she wanted to impact more students' lives by pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University in 2012.  Stephanie attended the Microsoft Innovative Educator Global Forum in Prague, Czech Republic in 2012. In 2013, Stephanie became a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Stephanie is a Literacy Coach at GFE and loves her job as an educator and cannot think of anything she would rather do! Stephanie is always researching new ways for teachers and students to use technology to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. She also wants to share her knowledge and expertise with other colleagues.
Todd Beard
Todd Beard
Grand Blanc, MI
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistGrand Blanc, MI Todd Beard has been an educator since 2001 working with students in kindergarten through adulthood. Graduating with a focus in education, math, and language arts, he is an educator passionate about technology in learning. While teaching K-12th grade technology at the International Academy of Flint, Todd also led education policy initiatives, developed curriculum, coached multiple robotics teams, and organized STEM camps. His learning environment, students, and pedagogy has been featured on PBS News Hour, the Discovery Channel, NBC’s Education Nation, and at conferences across the United States. As a Teach to Lead Ambassador, PBS LearningMedia Innovative Educator, Michigan Educator Voice Fellow, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, award winning curriculum designer, speaker, trainer, presenter, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, he has led his field in promoting innovative educational practices with educators and students.
Jean Bengfort
Jean Bengfort
Coeur d'Alene, ID
 
 
NCCEConference Program Director Coeur d'Alene, ID  I began my career as an elementary teacher and was one of the first educators in my district to embrace technology and train colleagues. That experience is where I developed my passion for technology in instruction. After completing my Masters in Educational Technology, I served as a technology coordinator for a K-12 district in Iowa for eight years as well as serving on the ITEC (Iowa Technology Education Connection) board for six years. Newly retired, I spent thirteen years as the Director of Technology in the Coeur d’Alene School District in beautiful northern Idaho. Some of my primary responsibilities included planning, budgeting, curriculum integration, staff development and overseeing technical support. I also became involved with NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education) where I assisted with conference planning and served six years as K-12 district representative on the NCCE board. I have always considered one of my most important jobs to be an advocate for technology’s role in instruction and work collaboratively with instructional coaches, tech leaders and classroom teachers. I have been fortunate to be one of the many educators to be involved with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Training and build my expertise with Microsoft products and instructional practices. Becoming a MIE trainer has allowed me to share educational technology resources with fellow educators, continue to grow professionally, acquire new technical literacy, and collaborate with other educators to discuss best practices.
Scott Bricker
Scott Bricker
Mission Viejo, CA
 
 
A passionate leader, committed to maintaining focus on his pursuit of lifelong learning, Scott Bricker has found tremendous joy and success during his nearly 20-year career as a teacher, basketball coach, instructional coach and many other roles around a high school campus. Built on the solid premise of “Building Relationships,” his deeply-rooted belief in the power and potential of working together as a team drives him to create a cohesive working environment for his Math students, for faculty during PD sessions and in collaborating with great educators from around the globe. Inspired by the humor, creativity and drive of two of his high school teachers, Scott dove head first into Education following his time at the University of Arizona and never looked back. He has taught both English and Math In the spring of 2013, Scott was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and asked to lead the full implementation of the school’s One-to-One Tablet PC Program. After distributing devices to only the faculty during the 13-14 school year, SMCHS distributed devices to all 1725 students during the summer of 2014 and, following the success of their rollout and implementation of Office365, OneNote and other Microsoft tools, SMCHS was named a Microsoft Showcase School in the fall of 2014 and proudly maintains their status currently. Scott is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and is consistently inspired by the many educators he meets through that group. Given the current landscape of Educational Technology, Scott is a firm believer that those who take on the challenge of injecting appropriate technology into their classroom will look back on this time as one that truly redefined learning and teaching in an incredibly impactful way. Scott Bricker is the Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California and in that role leads the school’s One-to-One Tablet PC Program. After a successful launch of the program in the summer of 2014, with the distribution of devices to 1735 students, SMCHS was named a Microsoft Showcase School for its creative training process and focus on Microsoft tools including OneNote and Office 365. Scott was also named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert shortly thereafter, and is a proud member of that group. Given the current opportunities available to teachers with respect to Educational Technology, Scott is a firm believer that those who take on the challenge of injecting appropriate technology into their classroom will look back on this time as one that truly redefined learning and teaching in an incredibly impactful way.  
Kyle Calderwood
Kyle Calderwood
Tuckerton, NJ
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistTuckerton, NJ Kyle Calderwood is the Technology Coordinator at Tuckerton Elementary School. He is the Google Apps administrator and oversees all aspects of technology in education at TES. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Skype Master Teacher, and a Hapara Certified Educator.
Crystal Cameron
Crystal Cameron
Everett, WA
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistEverett, WA
Joanne Clark
Joanne Clark
Edgemoor, SC
 
 
Instructional Technology CoachChester CountyEdgemoor, SC  Being in the classroom for over 20 years has allowed me to see the progression of technology to enhance instruction; and just as technology has changed over the years, so has the way students learn. As I see the need for students to become more prepared for a changing world, I have embraced the opportunity to be a teacher leader and help other teachers effectively integrate technology into their classrooms. I have always sought out ways to integrate technology in my mathematics classes and am beginning the process of becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator. After graduating from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, I began teaching at the secondary level in beautiful South Carolina. During the next 19 years, I took on many leadership roles at the school, district and state levels such as becoming a mentor teacher, a teacher evaluator, and working on curriculum and assessment writing teams. I earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and my National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood in Mathematics. In 2010, I became Chester County School District Teacher of the Year. In 2012, I earned a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and become the Coordinator of High Schools in Cherokee County. One aspect of my job was to work in partnership with the director of IT to develop and implement a 1:1 initiative. I have taken that leadership experience and am currently an Instructional Technology Coach in Chester County as part of their technology initiative entitled hiTEC, Helping Integrate Technology, Education and Careers. My goals as an ITC are to continuously seek new ways to use technology, to keep the school's focus on how technology can make the learning more engaging, relevant and rigorous for students, and to give teachers support in navigating the vast field of technology applications and devices. While at home, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, Emma and Maddy, reading, running and spending as much time as I can at the beach.
Darren Clay
Darren Clay
Douglasville, GA
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistDouglasville, GA Darren has been serving students from diverse backgrounds since August of 2011. Darren has enjoyed serving in multiple educational leadership roles at the K-12 and collegiate levels. In his current role, he has been highly involved with technology integration efforts as a Technology Assistant Principal at a Microsoft Showcase School. Darren has led personalized learning efforts and launched 1:1 device initiatives. In addition, Darren facilitates the technology integration processes between teacher and student within Office 365 environments. During the 2015 school year, Darren co-hosted the largest school-led Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference in U.S. history. He enjoys collaborating with showcase schools throughout the globe and continues to deliver job-embedded technology support to school leaders. As a regional technology team lead, Darren helps to drive technology innovation in over 20 schools. Darren currently holds advanced degrees in Instructional Technology and Educational Leadership. As a current doctoral student at the University of Georgia, he studies technology integration in urban school settings. Darren is globally recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Certified Educator and Microsoft Office Specialist. Most recently, he collaborated with Microsoft application product managers in Beijing. His ultimate role is to give stakeholders an adequate opportunity to succeed with proven educational practices within 21st century learning environments.
Monica Crane
Monica Crane
Sugar Land, TX
 
 
Monica Crane is a Digital Learning Specialist (DLS) for Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, TX. She began teaching in Fort Bend in 2009 - 3 years teaching 8th Grade Technology Applications and 2 years teaching AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). Since 2013 Monica has been a Digital Learning Specialist working with secondary campuses around her district.  In 2014, she received her Master’s in Education Degree with a focus on Instructional Technology and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.    Her goals as a DLS are to continuously seek new ways to use technology, to keep the campus focus on how technology can make the learning more engaging, relevant and rigorous for students, and to give teachers support in navigating the vast field of technology applications and devices,   When not at work, Monica loves spending time with her 2 kids!  She also has a passion for fostering dogs, and loves volunteering, traveling, cooking, and hanging out with her kids and friends.
Sami Jo Crivellaro
Sami Jo Crivellaro
Easton, PA
 
 
 
Angie Crotto
Angie Crotto
Tacoma, WA
 
 
I'm an experienced, dedicated, and skilled  educator with several years of experience teaching technology. I am ready to take the next step in empowering other educators to fulfill students’ digital expectations,  increase student engagement in the classroom, and  assist in the design of sustainable 21st Century programs.
Christine Cunningham
Christine Cunningham
Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
Applications Trainer IINova Southeastern UniversityPompano Beach, FL  Christine started her career as a Social Studies teacher in a school that encouraged the use of technology. She became so interested she earned her master’s degree in Educational Technology. After earning her M.Ed.  she pursued an opportunity that allowed her to focus on technology integration in the classroom and sharing that knowledge with the faculty she supported. She spent 10 years as the Technology Director for a private K-12 school where they had a one-to-one initiative in grades 5 – 12.  Currently, Christine is the Applications Trainer at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.  Christine is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University.  She is a Microsoft Certified Trainer as well as a Microsoft Office Specialist.  In addition to teaching high school, she has also taught technology courses online at the University of Phoenix. Living in South Florida has many opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities. Christine is a competitive beach volleyball player and coaches club volleyball.  She enjoys everything the warm weather allows from scuba diving, golfing, playing tennis, and everything in between. 
Shannon Davenport
Shannon Davenport
Clarksville, TN
 
 
Instructional Technology CoachClarksville Montgomery County School SystemClarksville, TN Shannon Davenport has worked in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System for the past eighteen years. Currently, she serves as an instructional technology coach providing professional development opportunities and aiding educators in the development and implementation of rigorous and relevant technology experiences.  Previously, she taught kindergarten, third grade, as well as K-5 in a computer lab setting.  In addition to providing professional development throughout the calendar year, she is assigned to eight schools during the year providing training and support individual to each school’s need. She enjoys working closely with the administration, teachers, and students as they learn how the integration of technology can dramatically impact the learning process.  Her qualifications consist of a Bachelors of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and specializing in Early Childhood Education from Austin Peay State University and a Masters Degree from Walden University in Integrating Technology into the Curriculum. Additionally, she is a member of the National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, and Microsoft Partners in Learning Network. http://shannondavenportstechpage.wikispaces.com/
Josh Davis
Josh Davis
Cypress, CA
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistCypress, CA Josh Davis is an Instructional Technology Coach in Downey, CA.  He has been teaching in the district for over 17 years. The first 15 years were spent as a middle school history teacher.  Josh enjoys getting to work with teachers and showing them new ways to do things in class.  He especially loves seeing the student’s excitement when they get to try something they have never seen before. When not at work Josh loves to spend time with his daughter, usually at Disneyland.  He also loves to run, ride his bike or hang out with his friends.
Noreen Dooley
Noreen Dooley
College Station, TX
 
 
Noreen Dooley began her teaching career in 2000, teaching 2nd grade in the small northeastern Texas town of Quinlan. After two years, she moved to Bryan/College Station where she accumulated over a decade of instructional experience in Bryan ISD teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade as well as serving in the role of an Instructional Technology Specialist for five elementary campuses within the district. Noreen and her family moved to Katy, Texas in 2012 where she became a founding teacher at Wolman Elementary in Katy ISD teaching 2nd and 5th grade. Since 2014, Noreen has served Lamar CISD in Rosenberg, Texas as an Instructional Technology Specialist at both the elementary and secondary levels, specializing in designing highly engaging staff development opportunities that challenge teachers to stretch their instructional muscles. Noreen enjoys challenging herself to try new things and is always seeking opportunities to continue learning. Outside of work, Noreen enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Noreen is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Surface Expert, and STAR Discovery Educator. Noreen has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
Richard Snyder
Richard Snyder
President
rsnyder@ncce.org
Term Expires 6/30/17
I am a Technology Integration Specialist and National Board certified teacher in the Lake Washington School District. I also serve as the president for the Board of Directors for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Master Trainer, I regularly plan and teach technology staff development classes for teachers in my district and other locations. I've worked with new teachers and new teacher-librarians at Western Washington University and The University of Washington. I also teach a graduate Technology Leadership course at Seattle Pacific University. Large-group presentations include NCCE, IETA, ISTE, TCEA, and district meetings.  When I'm not in school, I try to fill up my passport with as many stamps as time and budget will allow (recent trips include France, Norway, Bhutan).
Kathy Dorr
Kathy Dorr
Bellingham, WA
 
 
NCCE Professional Learning Specialist Bellingham, WA Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Trainer Kathy Dorr is a professional development specialist with over 30 years of classroom experience. She has been an early literacy coach, reading specialist, technology integration resource, and professional development provider though out the United States. At the university level she has taught several pre-service social studies courses that emphasize the use of primary sources to deepen and enhance historical perspectives. Currently she is working with Microsoft’s educational outreach program in the development of curriculum and leadership materials. For three years, Kathy has also worked closely with the Library of Congress to help create and organize lesson materials that integrate primary sources for classroom usage.
Heidi Rogers
Heidi Rogers
CEO/Executive Director
hrogers@ncce.org
 
Heidi B. Rogers, Ed.D. is the CEO and Executive Director of NCCE. With nearly 25 years of education experience, Dr. Rogers is known across the educational world as a relationship builder and advocate of building partnerships to reach mutually beneficial goals.  She received her Doctorate of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in Information Communication and Educational Technology.  Rogers also holds a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Education.   For over 20 years Dr. Rogers has been instrumental in the design, planning, and implementation of technology integration into classroom and is often called upon to serve as an advisor and to participate on committees and task forces. She has international, national, regional, and statewide/local technology experience and has led a team that was awarded over $10 million in grants to provide professional development for educators in the Northwest.   In her role with NCCE, Rogers leads the largest education and technology conference in the Northwest and manages the year round professional development activities nationwide for the organization.  She is concurrently on staff at the University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene where she specializes in the development and direction of non-traditional outreach activities including workshops, conferences, and other educational events.  Rogers is also involved in discovering opportunities for the University of Idaho, a land-grant institution, to exercise its service role in the community by building and fostering university-community partnerships and connecting with educators across the Northwest.   Dr. Rogers has extensive experience as a leader and active member of educational and non-profit organizations.  In addition to her current leadership role with NCCE, she has served as president of four nonprofit organizations; International Society of Technology Education (ISTE), NCCE, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the EXCEL Foundation which provides grant funding to teachers for innovative classroom projects in the Coeur d’Alene School District. She has a broad involvement in community and civic organizations including Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee, Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation Board, Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club, Coeur d’Alene School District Technology Advisory Committee, Hospice of North Idaho and Idaho Community Foundation Panhandle Leadership Board, among others. 
Molly Berger
Molly Berger
ESD Representative
mollyb2020@gmail.com
Term Expires 6/30/19
Molly Berger is a 30-year classroom teacher currently working as a program coordinator at ESD 105 where she manages a media cooperative and gives professional development in instructional technology and strategies, literacy, social studies, and new teacher support. An early adopter of technology in her classroom, she has developed the problem-solving and innovation mindsets to analyze and then integrate evolving technologies into instruction. She is Nationally Board Certified, has a Masters in Education, and has published and presented on the state and national level. She has a passion for teaching research, writing, and using technology to build learning.
Katie Dorr
Katie Dorr
Bellingham, WA
 
 
TeacherFerndale WA School DistrictFerndale, WA  Katie Dorr is a middle school teacher in the Ferndale School District in Washington State. With a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Western Washington University, Katie teaches Integrated Studies and is a Digital Technology Specialist who provides professional development and support for the school district. As part of a Project Red initiative, she was instrumental in supporting a 1-1 initiative at the middle school level in Ferndale.
Becky Firth
Becky Firth
Director of Professional Development
bfirth@ncce.org
 
Becky Firth has over 35 years in the education field, including 25 years as a classroom teacher. After receiving her Master in Education degree, with a specialty in Educational Technology, she became one of the first district-wide technology integration specialists in her area. She left the classroom in 2000 and spent the next five years as the director of the Washington State Teacher Leadership Project, a $45 million dollar initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Becky continued to direct the program on a national level from 2005-2008 through a Microsoft Partners in Learning grant. After retiring as the Educational Technology Director at Northwest ESD 189, a regional service agency in Washington state, Becky now works for NCCE as a Program Director. She has worked as a consultant with the Library of Congress for the past three years helping to develop teacher resources and materials.  Becky leads the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at NCCE, a free professional development opportunity for K-12 pre-service and in-service teachers, funded through a grant from the Library of Congress.
Cindy Etherton
Cindy Etherton
At Large Representative
etherton_cynthia@salkeiz.k12.or.us
Term Expires 6/30/19
Cindy Etherton has always been inspired by the idea of “What if…”. That idea motivated her during her years teaching elementary, middle and at-risk high school students in Oregon. “What if…” helps her to push the boundaries of content requirement possibilities and as she collaborates with her colleagues. Beyond the classroom, Cindy supported Oregon teachers as an ORVSD trainer while, outside of Oregon, she continues to provide ongoing support to districts through K12 Launch. While she rarely sits still in her role as an Innovative Learning Strategist for Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She is passionate about providing the best support to other teachers as they envision their own “what if…” projects. Since her arrival, Salem-Keizer has implemented many new technology protocols, tools and a mentoring program. She is both humbled and challenged by the IT professionals and educators that she works alongside. You can find Cindy exploring her next “what if’s” with the help of her Twitter, Yammer and Google+ colleagues, energetic family, and chocolate.
Tammy Dunbar
Tammy Dunbar
Escalon, CA
 
 
5th Grade TeacherManteca Unified School DistrictEscalon, CA Tammy Brecht Dunbar, M.Ed., S.T.E.M. teaches 5th grade in Manteca Unified School District and Pre-Service Technology at Teachers College of San Joaquin (Stockton, CA).She presented at the 2015 Microsoft Global E2 conference (where she earned two global awards for project excellence), ISTE 2015, CUE 2015 and CTA’s Good Teaching Conference 2015. Tammy has presented for CTA Good Teaching North (2014), Cap CUE (2014), all three California Subject Matters Project Conferences, Capitol Area Science Education Leaders, and several San Joaquin County Office of Education events. She has led so many trainings from 2005-present that she has earned the designation of Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer. She won the 2010 eInstruction $75,000 Classroom Makeover Video Contest, wrote a successful Enhancing Education Through Technology grant for Manteca Unified School District in 2008, and was Teacher of the Year in MUSD in 2006. She serves on the MUSD Superintendent’s Technology Committee and as a district Tech Champion as MUSD embarks on their “Going Digital 2015” project. #MIEExpert15
Jean Bengfort
Jean Bengfort
Conference Program Director
jbengfort@ncce.org
 
Jean is currently the NCCE Conference Program Director and, as such, is responsible for the program for NCCE’s annual Ed-Tech conference. Jean spent thirteen years as the Director of Technology in the Coeur d’Alene School District in beautiful northern Idaho. Her primary responsibilities included technology planning, budgeting, curriculum integration, staff development and overseeing technical support. Jean also holds a Specialist degree in Educational Administration. Jean considers one of her most important jobs to be an advocate for technology’s role in instruction and work collaboratively with administrators, technology directors, instructional coaches, and classroom teachers. She is an NCCE Professional Learning Specialist and provides workshops to K-12 educators through the Microsoft Innovative Educator program allowing her to share educational technology resources with fellow educators, continue to grow professionally, acquire new technical literacy, and collaborate with other educators to discuss best practices. Jean’s background includes experience as an elementary teacher where she was one of the first educators in her district to embrace technology and train and provide technology focused professional development for colleagues. After completing her Masters in Educational Technology, she served as a technology coordinator for a K-12 district in Iowa for eight years as well as serving on the ITEC (Iowa Technology Education Connection) board for six years.  
Martin Horejsi
Martin Horejsi
Higher Ed Representative
Martin.Horejsi@mso.umt.edu
Term expires 6/30/17
Barely able to start his lawnmower, Martin Horejsi, currently an Associate Professor in Instructional Technology at the University of Montana in Missoula, brings a vast wealth of experience to the NCCE Board of Directors. His passions include writing, photography, collecting meteorites, and racing mountain bikes.  When he was younger, he was a competitive downhill ski racer. Along with his University job, Martin also designs curriculum for NASA, but perhaps one of the most amazing experiences he had was being invited to be a Mentor in the Adventures of the Mind with along with some of the brightest, most amazing Nobel Prize winners, actors, actresses and athletes. He describes Adventures of the Mind as TED for high school students. He has done research on the Classroom application of computer peripherals, Digital imaging as an assessment tool, and the Internet and presentation applications in the elementary school classroom. He has made a life of using, watching, and envisioning how great education can be, especially with technology driving the dreams of teachers and students alike. He is a columnist and blogger for the National Science Teacher’s Association addressing technology and its impact across education. He teaches many undergraduate and graduate courses about and with technology including many online courses. I am the former director of the Montana Schools e-Learning Consortium (now the Montana Digital Academy). Martin earned his Ed. D at Idaho State University and dreams of traveling through space.
Kelli Etheredge
Kelli Etheredge
Mobile, AL
 
 
Director of Teaching and Learning ResourcesSt. Paul's Episcopal SchoolMobile, AL  Kelli Etheredge is the Director for Teaching and Learning Resources at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama. In her role, she supports PK-12 teachers in effective integration of technology and innovative lesson design. She is also a trained peer coaching facilitator through the PeerEd group. She taught high school English for 14 years. Her work with students has been featured on Copy/Paste, TeachTec, Microsoft in Education, OneNote, and Daily Edventures blogs. She has presented numerous hands-on workshops at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference, Alabama Educational Technology Conference, at the University of Alabama's Systems Scholars Conference, and at Hillsborough County, Florida's Technology Conference. She is also a Master Trainer for Microsoft's Innovative Educator Workshop and has presented various webinars for Microsoft and others. Titles of presentations include: Pedagogy First: 21st Century Lesson Design; The Ultimate Tool: OneNote; Strategies for Implementing Group Projects in Your Classroom; The Best Kept Secret in Education -- Microsoft Free Tools for your Classroom; and The Innovative Educator. She was one of the 5 nominees for the 2013 Bammys in the Secondary Teacher of the Year category. Based on the learning activities she designs for her students, she has been invited to attend numerous national forums (winning first place in knowledge building) and two global forums. Most recently, her Global Forum Learn-a-thon team won first place in the Learn-a-thon competition.  She lives and works in Alabama.
Bobby Myers
Bobby Myers
Marketing & Communications Director
bmyers@ncce.org
 
Bobby Myers is a proud University of Idaho Alumni, graduating from the College of Business and Economics with degrees in Marketing and Human Resource Management. In 2008 he completed his International Marketing certification in London, England prior to returning to Idaho to finish his undergraduate program. He completes his Executive MBA in May of 2017. Bobby is currently involved with many various organizations in the Coeur d’Alene community, volunteering on the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, as well as the Outreach Chair for the Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership, and organization working to unite community in support of excellence in public education in addition to advocating on the local and state level for superior public schools. For the past three years, Bobby has been a member of The Coeur Group, a collection of businessmen in the Coeur d'Alene area who contribute to their community by donating time and resources to various causes and charitable organizations throughout Kootenai County. He acted as Vice President in 2016 and is the current 2017 President. Bobby is also a member of the Kootenai County Young Professionals, a group created to enrich and engage young professionals through philanthropic and community involvement opportunities. In 2015, Bobby was accepted into the Leadership Coeur d’Alene, a two-year program designed to identify citizens who demonstrate the potential for leadership that creates opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with current community leaders while developing a knowledge and understanding of the community.   As the Marketing & Communications Director, Bobby leads the strategic planning for all initiatives tied to brand development and management of digital and social media. He oversees NCCE’s marketing content strategy, creative services, along with all advertising and promotional efforts to support revenue and other growth objectives. Bobby also cultivates and manages all corporate partnerships for the annual conference and year-round professional development opportunities in which NCCE partners with outside resources.
Morgen Larsen
Morgen Larsen
Elementary Representative
MLarsen@cvsd.org
Term Expires 6/30/17
Morgen Larsen received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education and Library Media Science from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.  She is currently Teacher-Librarian and Technology Instructional Coach at Greenacres Elementary School and serves as Central Valley School District Social Studies Vertical Chair in Spokane Valley, Washington.  A strong advocate for educational technology and information literacy, she facilitates student directed learning that is maximized with the use of technology.  Her students are challenged to think out-side of the box while building their understanding through experimentation and exploration.   Her professional interests focus on the unification of social studies and science instruction with English language arts and math aligned to Common Core State Standards.  Her current projects include development of social studies open educational resources.  She is a Next Generation Science Standards trainer for Washington State Library.  In addition, she serves on the board of directors for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), and is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Washington Library Association (WLA), and Washington Library Media Association (WLMA).  She was recently honored with the ISTE Making It Happen award for her visionary and innovative approaches to cultivating and empowering student learners.   
Jaime Ewing
Jaime Ewing
Takoma Park, MD
 
 
Jamie is a National Board Certified Teacher teaching in the District of Columbia Public School system. He has been recognized nationally/international for the way he inspires learning. Jamie is the 2015 Henry Ford Innovative Teacher of the Year, 2014 MOHAI Teacher of the Year, and the 2013 National Academy of Arts and Science in Education Innovative Teacher of the Year. He is on the T2T Advisory Board for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Represented the USA at the 2013/2014 Microsoft PIL Global Forum in Prague, CR and Barcelona, Spain. He is featured in the www.Code.org  video alongside Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and other industry leaders. STEM + Design Think + PBL + 21st Century Skills = 21st century education! Mentor, Innovator, Coach & Believer Students Come First.
Eric Chambers
Eric Chambers
Director of E-Rate & Special Services
echambers@ncce.org
 
Eric Chambers has nearly 20 years of experience in fund development having raised $30 million in the last decade alone. For the past 13 years Eric has been developing and securing funding for a variety of educational programs ranging from teaching American history, prevention and behavioral health services, math and science improvement, and technology integration. For the past eight years Eric has managed a full-service E-Rate program serving 19 school districts in Western Washington State, generating millions of dollars in new revenue for participating school districts. He also worked with several school districts conducting the human part of district-level technology program reviews. An accomplished instructor, Eric has held adjunct teaching positions with the Colleges of Education at Western Washington University and the University of Washington where he taught classes in educational psychology, fund development, program development, and applied research/evaluation. He has also taught countless workshops in grant writing, including a pre-conference workshop at NCCE. Eric comes to NCCE from the Northwest ESD 189, a regional service agency in Washington State, where he most recently served as the Director of Evaluation, Planning, and Development.
Jane Miller
Jane Miller
K-12 District Technology Representative
janem@spokaneschools.org
Term Expires 6/30/19
As characterized by the teachers, administrators, and staff that she mentors, Jane has boundless enthusiasm when implementing learning sessions. Her depth of knowledge and versatility provides learning to occur and offers a variety of laughs! This depth and expertise has been gleaned over 18 years teaching in K-16 public education as an elementary classroom teacher, English as a Second Language Teacher, Educational Technology Specialist/Facilitator, and adjunct faculty for Washington State University. During this time, she has facilitated for the Gates Foundation Teacher Leadership Project, Microsoft Teaching and Learning Project, Microsoft Peer Coaching, the Microsoft Innovative Educator program, and most recently as a Windows in the Classroom advisor.  As the recent recipient of the 2012 Northwest Council for Computer Education Outstanding Technology Leader of the Year, Jane demonstrates a talent for collaborating with educators and district leaders around the country and the Northwest Region. She has served on the Washington State Educational Technology Assessment Development committee for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and has worked strategically with administrators on Standards-Based Grading and Reporting, Peer Coaching, Curriculum Development and aligning their Technology School Improvement Plans to include strategic goals that connect to their overall School Improvement Plans. When not working directly with groups of teachers and administrators, she can be found presenting at conferences specifically for teachers, administrators, and/or library teachers. Jane is even known to add Skype events with authors, experts, and professionals to her professional learning sessions. When not advocating for 21st learning environments for students and learning along with her teachers and administrators, Jane enjoys wading the rivers as she refines her fly fishing skills. She can even be seen lounging in the woods in her reclining camping chair with her e-reader. Check out the websites she maintains to learn more about her adventures and access the resources she posts on the web:http://www.spokaneschools.org/edtech and http://2ndtues.com.  
Mandy Freeman
Mandy Freeman
Richburg, SC
 
 
Instructional Technology CoachRichburg, SC I have been teaching Biology and Physical Science in South Carolina public high schools for the last 17 years, the majority of that time has been spent in Chester County. I have an associate’s degree in science, a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in education with a focus in divergent learning. In 2005, I earned my National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood in Biology and recently received my renewal certificate in 2015. I have taken on various leadership roles within my school district such as becoming a mentor for the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, a SAFE-T trained evaluator, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Recently our district began a technology initiative entitled hiTEC, Helping Integrate Technology, Education and Careers. This program was designed to ensure that our students master the skills needed to compete in a global economy. With this initiative, I was trained as a master teacher to help integrate technology throughout all classrooms in my school. In 2013, our district was selected to enter into a Microsoft Alliance Partnership which has opened up many opportunities for teachers and students in our district. This initiative has placed a tablet in the hands of each student in grades 4-12 and equipped them with the software and equipment to compete with other students and teachers from around the world. I have always been interested in new technology and the use of it in my classroom. I continuously seek new ways to use technology to teach my students; I especially love Microsoft OneNote. This school year, I accepted a new position as the Instructional Technology Coach for my school. I am now charged with educating and coaching fellow teachers on effectively integrating technology into their classrooms. I am excited for this new challenge in my career. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, and my daughter, Jordan.
Kathie O’Brien
Kathie O’Brien
Project Coordinator
kobrien@ncce.org
 
Kathie O’Brien has enjoyed careers as a community college instructor, grants administrator, and research assistant. She was successful in attaining substantial grants for the City of Missoula resulting in over $33 million in projects in a short three-year time frame. Kathie worked with a world renowned plant genetics program, helping administer international grant programing and was a community college instructor for many years throughout the northwest. Kathie was an early adopter of technology and was involved in distance education in its early stages. She was the lead instructor on a faculty team created to redesign courses at North Idaho College with the intention of increasing enrollment, enhancing student success and increasing retention. Another crucial element of the project was to address how to effectively reach students with an increasingly wide range of knowledge and abilities. In recognition of this effort, the program was awarded the Idaho Postsecondary Exemplary Program Award. Kathie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Oregon State University, her Master’s in Business Education from Portland State University, and her Ed. Specialist degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership from the University of Idaho. She has received numerous honors including induction into the Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service Awards from Business Professionals of America and Idaho Business Education Association, and various Faculty Achievement Awards.
Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller
Middle School Representative
millerja01@embarqmail.com
Term Expires 6/30/18
Jeff Miller has spent the last 39 years as an educator at Grandview Middle School in Washington and has been an active member of NCCE for many years, writing and presenting "Right-clicks, Tips & Tricks."
Jeff Gearhart
Jeff Gearhart
Brinnon, WA
 
 
I am the Technology Coordinator for Brinnon School District in Brinnon, WA. I am a self-proclaimed “tech nerd” and love to have my hands on all the latest and greatest products and software. I am entering into my third year in the education field. Never working in the education before, I immediately fell in love with it. In March of 2015 I attended NCCE for the first time and never looked back. I learned the importance of integrating technology into schools and made it my goal to do everything I could to learn as much as I can. I love the camaraderie among other educators. Being able to network with so many other educators through social media has been an amazing experience. I love to share what I have learned with my fellow educators. I love being able to teach other educators about my passion of technology. When I am not working I love spending my time with my wife and four kids. I am an avid sports fan (Go Hawks!) and technology guru (obviously)! Areas of Expertise: MIE, Office 365, Sway, Office Mix, Forms, Docs.com, OneNote, Surface Pro’s, Windows 10, CCGA, OneDrive, Smart Boards, iPads, MS Classroom, Class & Staff Notebooks, Corinth & LifeLiqe Interactive 3D Apps, Skype
Sally Bouvia
Sally Bouvia
Marketing Coordinator
sbouvia@ncce.org
 
Sally Bouvia assists the Marketing team at NCCE, building relationships and executing a marketing strategy that builds awareness of the NCCE organization and professional development events.  Sally combines her passion of connecting people with her communication and marketing experience.  Sally has over 27 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and customer service working in diverse industries such as healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit organizations. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Idaho and recently moved back to Idaho with her family.
Heidi Rogers
Heidi Rogers
CEO/Executive Director
hrogers@ncce.org
Ex-Officio Member of the Board
Heidi B. Rogers, Ed.D. is the CEO and Executive Director of NCCE. With nearly 25 years of education experience, Dr. Rogers is known across the educational world as a relationship builder and advocate of building partnerships to reach mutually beneficial goals.  She received her Doctorate of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in Information Communication and Educational Technology.  Rogers also holds a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Secondary Education. For over 20 years Dr. Rogers has been instrumental in the design, planning, and implementation of technology integration into classroom and is often called upon to serve as an advisor and to participate on committees and task forces. She has international, national, regional, and statewide/local technology experience and has led a team that was awarded over $10 million in grants to provide professional development for educators in the Northwest. In her role with NCCE, Rogers leads the largest education and technology conference in the Northwest and manages the year round professional development activities nationwide for the organization.  She is concurrently on staff at the University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene where she specializes in the development and direction of non-traditional outreach activities including workshops, conferences, and other educational events.  Rogers is also involved in discovering opportunities for the University of Idaho, a land-grant institution, to exercise its service role in the community by building and fostering university-community partnerships and connecting with educators across the Northwest. Dr. Rogers has extensive experience as a leader and active member of educational and non-profit organizations.  In addition to her current leadership role with NCCE, she has served as president of four nonprofit organizations; International Society of Technology Education (ISTE), NCCE, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), and the EXCEL Foundation which provides grant funding to teachers for innovative classroom projects in the Coeur d’Alene School District. She has a broad involvement in community and civic organizations including Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Leadership Committee, Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation Board, Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club, Coeur d’Alene School District Technology Advisory Committee, Hospice of North Idaho and Idaho Community Foundation Panhandle Leadership Board, among others. 
Gary Gillespie
Gary Gillespie
Spokane, WA
 
 
Instructional Technology Facilitator Spokane Public SchoolsSpokane, WA  Gary Gillespie spent the last three years as an Instructional Technology Facilitator for Spokane Public Schools. In January, he returned to the school level as a Math Coach, to support the integration of SMART Interactive Whiteboards in all middle school math classrooms across the district.  He has twelve years of experience as a secondary math teacher. Gary has also developed and taught online classes for Spokane Virtual Learning for the past 7 years. Gary continues to developed, coordinated and teach professional development as well as supporting the Educational Technology Director in expanding technology use in the classroom district wide.  Gary earned his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Lewis-Clark State College and his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Portland State University.   Being a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer has given him an opportunity for sharing and learning from fellow educators across the country in regards to infusing technology for improving instruction. In his spare time he enjoys camping, reading books, and spending time with his wife Andrea and their two girls, Nicole 
Lori Toews
Lori Toews
Financial Controller
 
 
Lori Toews is a Certified Public Accountant in Northern Idaho, serving as NCCE’s Financial Controller.  Lori has 20 years of experience in accounting, management, human resources and administration.  She has worked for various companies including Hecla Mining Company where she first worked under internal audit setting up Sarbanes-Oxley processes and procedures, then as a senior accountant until moving to the Lucky Friday Mine as the Administration Manager and Site Controller.  She earned a BSBA in Accounting from Eastern Washington University and is currently enrolled in the University of Idaho’s Executive MBA Program graduating in May of 2017. 
Christopher Rossetta
Christopher Rossetta
High School Representative
crossetta@grantspass.k12.or.us
Term Expires 6/30/18
Christopher Rossetta is a technology teacher in Grants Pass High School in Oregon, and has been in education for over 21 years. Christopher was elected the High School Representative this spring. 
Amanda Glover
Amanda Glover
Tampa, FL
 
 
Amanda Glover was born in Florida, where she was raised with her younger brother and sister, who were subjected to her passion of teaching from a young age, by being "volun-told" to "play school.” Amanda has been teaching for inspirational 5th graders for 9 years and is honored to have been voted her school's 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.  She is an active member of HAEST (Hillsborough Association of Elementary Science Teachers), Math and Science Partnership (MSP) STEM Lesson author and STEM Leadership Academy presenter.  She has always had a passion for technology inside, and outside, of the classroom. Amanda has involved herself with instructional technology professional development and become a Microsoft Innovative Educator, CCGA Trainer, PD trainer, and an NCCE Professional Learning Specialist. Her goals are to improve the effective uses of technology through exploration of resources, PD, and implementation, and to share her enthusiasm and passion with others!  When not working, chatting/networking on Twitter, or attending/hosting a PD, Amanda loves spending time with her family and friends, painting, traveling, and crafting. 
Mike Agostinelli
Mike Agostinelli
Tech-Savvy Teacher
 
 
Mike is currently the Instructional Program Director for the Montana Digital Academy, Montana’s state virtual school.  Teaching Elementary and Middle school, technology directing, grant writing, presenting, and now managing instruction at a virtual school has given Mike a wide range of experiences in the educational field. Being able to teach and lead technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. With degrees from Carroll College (Elementary Education), Boise State University (Educational Technology), and pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana, Mike is well versed in both content and technology integration.  Mike has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.
Alan Walker
Alan Walker
K-12 District Technology Coordinator Rep.
awalker@multiplication.com
Term Expires 6/30/18
Alan Walker, retired Technology Director for the Prosser School District in Washington and founder of Multiplication.com, will be serving an interim position until a new candidate is approved by an NCCE member election. Alan Walker caught the technology bug early in his teaching career. In the late 70’s, his students were showcased on national TV for raising the funds to purchase 8 Commodore PET computers for the classroom. After seeing how the computers transformed education in Alan's classroom, he has spent the past 30 years promoting technology as a powerful tool in education. Alan been fortunate to have some wonderful experiences working with "geeky" colleagues. He has served on the OSPI Technology Grade Level Expectation Development Team, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Leadership Project (TLP), and Intel’s Teach to the Future Program. For the TLP, he was a lead instructor, regional coordinator, and served on the curriculum development team. Alan has shared his passion for educational technology by presenting on numerous topics at the local, regional, state, and national level. In 2005 Alan was named the NCCE Technology Leader of the Year, the recipient of the Washington State Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education, and was the 2001 ESD 123 nominee for Washington State Teacher of the Year. He is currently the Technology and Data Systems Director for the Prosser School District by day and CEO (Chief Educational Officer) of his educational website, www.multiplication.com, by night.
DeAnne Hainlen
DeAnne Hainlen
Saginaw, TX
 
 
Coordinator for Instructional TechnologySaginaw, TX DeAnne has been an educator for 25 years. She is currently the Coordinator for Instructional Technology for a medium size school district in north Texas. Over her career she has been a classroom teacher, instructional technology trainer, campus administrator, and a district administrator for gifted and talented education, supervisor for the library/media services program, and professional development coordinator. DeAnne is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and has provided technology integration training using Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and OneNote. She has also embraced the 21st Century Learning Design model and has provided 21 CLD training as well. DeAnne believes in the power of technology as an integrated learning tool and that it is the key to student success. Those beliefs are the cornerstone for all of her trainings and instructional decision-making.
Jason Neiffer
Jason Neiffer
Tech-Savvy Teacher
 
 
Jason is Assistant Director/Curriculum Director of the Montana Digital Academy, Montana’s public state virtual school. Since MTDA’s start in 2010, he has lead a team of over 100 teachers delivering over 100 course titles to tens of thousands students across the State of Montana. Before working with MTDA, Jason was a veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse, successful programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production and computer science. Jason is a leader in educational technology integration and popular speaker and trainer with experience working with thousands of teachers from all levels to improve their tech-savvy teaching. A doctoral candidate at the University of Montana, Jason is studying open education resources, online learning and the impact of internet filtering on classroom technology integration. Jason has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.
Steve Hickman
Steve Hickman
Corona, CA
 
 
Steve Hickman works full-time as an instructional coach for literacy and educational technology with Corona-Norco Unified School District.  He’s married with three kids, and when he’s not enjoying them, he loves singing in church, literature, music, the Los Angeles, Lakers and playing basketball. Steve is currently working on his dissertation for an Ed. D in Learning Technologies with Pepperdine University.
Clancy J. Wolf
Clancy J. Wolf
Webmaster
cwolf@ncce.org
 
Clancy Wolf has worked with students, teachers, and researchers from Forks, Washington to Key West, Florida, exploring how technology helps students learn and challenging students to think about their role in the world around them. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics/Physics from Whitman College, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University, and an Ed.D. in Science Education from the University of Michigan. On a daily basis you will find Clancy coaching Elementary teachers on their science teaching in Bremerton in Washington State. Clancy is a past President of NCCE, the country’s oldest organization for teachers who use technology in the classroom. He has been maintaining the website for NCCE since 1997 when the site was hosted on a Mac IIfx, and written as static pages in HTML.  Currently the NCCE website is built and managed using Joomla, a content management system (CMS).
Michael Higley
Michael Higley
Parrish, FL
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistParrish, FL Michael Higley has worked in the field of education since 2001. Recently he accepted a position with Manatee School for the Arts in Bradenton, FL as the Director of Assessment and Data for Manatee School for the Arts. Most recently he worked as an instructional technology coach providing professional development opportunities and aiding educators in the development and implementation of rigorous and relevant technology experiences. Additionally, he has served as a middle school assistant principal, teaching 6-8 grade computer technology, sixth grade Social Studies, as well as teaching 7/8 Reading and Language Arts. Michael enjoys working closely with administration, teachers, and students as they learn to blend the best of face-to-face instruction with technology integration. When Michael isn't working one-on-one with teachers and students, he can be found featured as a Top e-Learning Author at http://elearningindustry.com/, the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning industry. Michael received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, specializing in middle school education, from Austin Peay State University and a Masters Degree also from Austin Peay State University in School Leadership and Administration. He is currently working on his doctorate in e-Learning with Northcentral University with an anticipated graduation date of 2016. His plans are to continue coaching and supporting educational institutions as they move towards a more blended approach to teaching and learning.
Wanda Hill
Wanda Hill
Redmond, WA
 
 
TeacherPenny Creek Elementary Redmond, WA  Mrs. Wanda Hill has had a very successful career in education serving school districts, students and teachers.  Her career started in music education where she taught music in Junior High and then later was selected to move to the new High School in the district.  She was one of nine people in Washington State that received a Music and Technology Grant and from here began her love for technology.  Soon she was presenting at tech conferences and music conferences and she “caught the presenting bug.” Through OSPI, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, School Districts have asked for her assistance, with others, writing tech plans. She has had the privilege of reading and recommending state technology grants.  While she was teaching music, she was chosen as Teacher of the Year in her school district and in her Educational Service District.  Her lessons have served as exemplars for the state standards. Since that time, she moved from being a music teacher to a fulltime technology teacher.  She instructs elementary children and for the past 18+ years she has been teaching teachers the power of technology in the classroom for students and teachers alike.  Two years ago she was selected as Technology Teacher of the year at the NCCE conference.  When she is not teaching, she is writing articles for state magazines and her articles have been picked up by national magazines.  She has written for Learning and Leading in Technology (by ISTE), YAMAHA newsletter, and the WMEA magazine.  She has been interviewed and named in books by international authors from as far away as Australia.  All this has kept teaching and learning alive for her and she believes very strongly that technology opens the door for all children.  Although she is recently retired, she still delivers professional development through NCCE now as a Microsoft Expert, staying current with the latest research and learning practices. 
Robert Jewett
Robert Jewett
Eastvale, CA
 
 
Technology Training Specialist Chino Valley Unified School District Chino, CA Robert Jewett is a Technology Training Specialist for the Chino Valley Unified School District. His duties include providing training and support for the district’s 35 schools which include 29,000 students and 2,400 staff members.  Robert has earned a M.Ed with a concentration in Online Teaching and Learning. He is also a certified Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer. With nearly two decades of experience as an educator, combined at both the elementary and secondary levels, Robert is passionate about integrating technology in education to enhance the learning experience. Besides enjoying the time he spends training educators, Robert loves to spend time with his high-school sweetheart wife and his three children.
Delaine Johnson
Delaine Johnson
Clovis, CA
 
 
Fresno County Office of EducationClovis, CA As an educational technology enthusiast, Delaine has been happily employed at the Fresno County Office of Education since 2008. She gets a great sense of satisfaction positively affecting the lives of teachers and students through enriching professional development! Her department serves 32 districts in Fresno County, so each day brings an opportunity for her to connect with many educators across the region to showcase how technology can support curriculum and learning. Ever the continuous learner, Delaine completed her MA in Educational Technology from Fresno Pacific University in 2014. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer, an alumnus for the Microsoft Certified Trainer program, and is a Professional Learning Specialist with NCCE.
Colleen Kaplan
Colleen Kaplan
Wheaton, IL
 
 
Colleen Kaplan is a technology integration specialist at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL. Prior to that, she worked as a technology integrationist for Byron CUSD #226 and as an English-Language Arts teacher in the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.  In her current role, she is part of a team that rolled out a 1:1 program using Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices and, since then, has become a self-proclaimed Microsoft OneNote Evangelist! Her position as a technology integration specialist allows Colleen to work closely with representatives from Microsoft in order to provide other teachers and administrators a “peek” into a school that is successfully running on Microsoft Office 365 for Education.  Through “technology open houses” and professional development sessions, she brings her enthusiasm for effective and purposeful technology integration and her passion for teaching to all that she does.  Colleen is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and WGN-TV “Teacher of the Month” award winner.  She specializes in leveraging Web 2.0 tools and Microsoft Office 365 for Education products, especially OneNote Classroom Notebooks, for effective integration of technology into the classroom
Benson Kwok
Benson Kwok
Tujunga, CA
 
 
Instructional Technology CoordinatorGlendale Unified School DistrictTujunga, CA  Benson Kwok is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Glendale Unified School District. He works closely with the IT department to meet technology instructional goals and oversees its implementation for a culturally diverse population comprised of 31 Schools, over 2,620 employees and 27,000 students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Benson earned a degree in the Telecommunications management and possesses graduate degrees in Education and Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Technology from the Azusa Pacific University in California. With over a decade of experience as an educator and trainer, he has developed and delivered professional learning for educational communities across the country on topics such as Common Core Instruction, 21st Century Learning, Technology Integration and English Learners. He enjoys the opportunity for sharing and learning from fellow educators as a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and NCCE Professional Learning Specialist.
Morgen Larsen
Morgen Larsen
Spokane Valley, WA
 
 
Teacher-LibrarianGreenacres Elementary SchoolElementary RepresentativeNorthwest Council for Computer Education Board of Directors Morgen Larsen received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education and Library Media Science from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University.  She is currently Teacher-Librarian and Technology Instructional Coach at Greenacres Elementary School and serves as Central Valley School District Social Studies Vertical Chair in Spokane Valley, Washington.  A strong advocate for educational technology and information literacy, she facilitates student directed learning that is maximized with the use of technology.  Her students are challenged to think out-side of the box while building their understanding through experimentation and exploration.   Her professional interests focus on the unification of social studies and science instruction with English language arts and math aligned to Common Core State Standards.  Her current projects include development of social studies open educational resources.  She is a Next Generation Science Standards trainer for Washington State Library.  In addition, she serves on the board of directors for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), and is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Washington Library Association (WLA), and Washington Library Media Association (WLMA).  She was recently honored with the ISTE Making It Happen award for her visionary and innovative approaches to cultivating and empowering student learners. 
Ronald Legaspi
Ronald Legaspi
Long Beach, CA
 
 
Instructional Technology CoachDowney Unified School DistrictLong Beach, CA Hello, my name is Ronald Legaspi and I’m a teacher on special assignment as an Instructional Technology Coach (ITC) at Downey Unified School District in California. I started my teaching career as a computer lab instructor at Rio Hondo Elementary in Downey, California. In this role, I taught students basic comupter skills ranging from how to click a mouse to typing and formatting a Word document. After 5 years at the elementary level, I was given the opportunity to move to West Middle School. There I taught 6th graders introduction to technology. I also instructed 7th and 8th graders how to film short news or information video clips, edit them, then broadcast them live on a 10 minute closed circuit television show, called West TV. For my achievements with my students on West TV, I won the Golden Bell Award for Best Middle School TV Program in Southern California in 2007. I also taught a STEM class called Project Lead the Way: Gateway to Technology. After 5 years at West Middle School, I was given the chance to work at the distrcit level as an ITC. Now I am able to work with teachers on how to incorporate technology into their lesson plans. I find that it is imperative that the teachers in my district are comfortable teaching with technology and using technolgy with their students. My goal is for students to walk away with the idea that technology is a productivity tool, rather than merely something they use for social media and games.
Melanie Lehman
Melanie Lehman
Clarksville, TN
 
 
Technology Integration CoachClarksville-Montgomery County School SystemClarksville, TN Melanie Lehman currently serves as a Technology Integration Coach for 14 middle and high schools within the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Clarksville, Tennessee by providing professional development training to educators and helping them to develop and integrate technology-rich lesson plans into their curriculums. Melanie has over 15 years of experience in the education field, 11 years of which she spent as a high school math teacher. She specializes in creating unique and effective ways for math and science teachers to utilize technology as a teaching tool in their classrooms. Melanie earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Austin Peay State University.
Traci Lenihan
Traci Lenihan
Spokane, WA
 
 
Depth and flexibility optimizes Tracie’s expertise. Having been an educator for over 16 years, her experience is derived from classroom teaching, working as a Technology Specialist at both the school and district level, leading teachers and administrators as the Professional Development Coordinator for the New Mexico Public Education Department's Virtual Schools bureau, and currently as the Educational/Instructional Technology Facilitator for Spokane Public Schools. Tracie has extensive experience in designing online, self-paced professional development courses and offers them through both online and blended opportunities in order to meet the needs of the educators she supports. Tracie earned her Bachelor degree from California State University and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at New Mexico Highlands University. No matter the position, Tracie brings a blended, interactive approach in meeting student, teacher, and administrator needs. Being a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer has given her the opportunity to share with and learn from fellow educators across the country. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and spending time with her husband Patrick and their son, Rielly. 
Aaron Maurer
Aaron Maurer
Bettendorf, IA
 
 
Instructional CoachBettendorf Middle SchoolBettendorf, IA Aaron Maurer is an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School. He has been in education for over a decade teaching sixth grade social studies, literature and computer as well as spending many years teaching gifted education in grades 4-8 before taking on the new role of instructional coach. Aaron is a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert, and was a finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is an avid fan of STEM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. He has launched a new engineering program called Young Engineers of Today and also coaches two robotics teams. In his free time he loves to spend time with his three kids, Aiden, Addyson, and Ava, their new bulldog Frankie May, and acting like the fourth child to his wife Amanda. Last, he is an avid coffee consumer frequently spotted wearing bow ties searching for the that perfect cup of joe. You can all of his work on his website www.coffeeforthebrain.com. Twitter @coffeechugbooks
Lindsay Mead
Lindsay Mead
Everett, WA
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistEverett, WA Lindsay is a veteran middle school teacher in Everett, WA. He has taught Computer Tech from the time of the Apple 2E, and continually evolves and updates his teaching repertoire. Recently he was part of a small pioneering group from across the country to become a trainer of trainers in Microsoft’s Creative Coding Through Games and Apps that utilizes the Touch Develop software and Curriculum. Fun in Learning creates a fun in teaching environment and Lindsay is always looking for better ways to engage students, teens and adults alike.
Sharon Metzger-Galloway
Sharon Metzger-Galloway
Mesa, CO
 
 
Independent Education ConsultantMesa, CO  Sharon Metzger-Galloway is an educator with over three-decades of experience, including 18 years as a school library media specialist and 9 years with the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Sherrie holds a BS in Education from Miami University (OH) and a MA in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado. Sherrie began teaching in 1977 and retired as a teacher librarian in 2007 from Mesa County Valley Schools in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Her school library program was recognized as a model for Colorado, receiving the Exemplary Library Media Program Award in 2005. She was selected as the Teacher-in-Residence with the Library of Congress from 2005-2008. Her duties with the Educational Outreach team of the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives included developing new online educational content, aligning content to national educational standards, designing and delivering teacher professional development programs and presenting the Library of Congress’ vast resources to educators at conferences and workshops at international, national, regional and local venues. From 2008-2014, she continued working with the Library of Congress as a contractor where she was coordinator and lead facilitator for their Summer Teacher Institutes. Sherrie has published articles in The Geography Teacher and The Library of Congress Information Bulletin magazines and was a member of the writing team for the 2014 book Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources published by the American Library Association.
Jane Miller
Jane Miller
Spokane, WA
 
 
Director, Instructional/Educational TechnologySpokane Public Schools Spokane, WA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Trainer As characterized by the teachers, administrators, and staff that she mentors, Jane has boundless enthusiasm when implementing learning sessions. Her depth of knowledge and versatility provides learning to occur and offers a variety of laughs! This depth and expertise has been gleaned over 18 years teaching in K-16 public education as an elementary classroom teacher, English as a Second Language Teacher, Educational Technology Specialist/Facilitator, and adjunct faculty for Washington State University. During this time, she has facilitated for the Gates Foundation Teacher Leadership Project, Microsoft Teaching and Learning Project, Microsoft Peer Coaching, the Microsoft Innovative Educator program, and most recently as a Windows in the Classroom advisor. As the recent recipient of the 2012 Northwest Council for Computer Education Outstanding Technology Leader of the Year, Jane demonstrates a talent for collaborating with educators and district leaders around the country and the Northwest Region. She has served on the Washington State Educational Technology Assessment Development committee for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and has worked strategically with administrators on Standards-Based Grading and Reporting, Peer Coaching, Curriculum Development and aligning their Technology School Improvement Plans to include strategic goals that connect to their overall School Improvement Plans. When not working directly with groups of teachers and administrators, she can be found presenting at conferences specifically for teachers, administrators, and/or library teachers. Jane is even known to add Skype events with authors, experts, and professionals to her professional learning sessions. When not advocating for 21st learning environments for students and learning along with her teachers and administrators, Jane enjoys wading the rivers as she refines her fly fishing skills. She can even be seen lounging in the woods in her reclining camping chair with her e-reader. Check out the websites she maintains to learn more about her adventures and access the resources she posts on the web: http://www.spokaneschools.org/edtech and http://2ndtues.com.
Jennifer Mitchell
Jennifer Mitchell
Rosenberg, TX
 
 
Jennifer MitchellInstructional Technology SpecialistLamar CISDRosenberg, TX Jennifer Mitchell is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Lamar CISD in Rosenberg, TX. She began teaching in Lamar CISD in 2006. She spent 4 years teaching both Kindergarten and 4th grade. Since 2009 Jennifer has been an instructional specialist. Jennifer loves having the opportunity to work with teachers on a daily basis to rekindle their passion for teaching. She also loves helping teachers find innovative ways to engage their students. When not at work, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and 2 dogs. She also loves watching football, cooking, baking, and hanging out with friends.
Jason Mocherman
Jason Mocherman
Sarasota, FL
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistSarasota, FL Jason grew up and lives in Sarasota Florida. He has been teaching at Riverview High School since 2000 and has a Masters in Educational Leadership. During his years at RHS, Jason has taught over 9 science curricula and currently runs a state-of-the-art digital planetarium that he helped raise over ½ a million dollars to build. This facility sees over ten thousand visitors a year through both school fieldtrips and evening events. Jason also runs a sleep-away summer camp during the summers. He and his family move to Lake Wales, Florida and oversee the summer programs of Lake Aurora Christian Camp. He manages a staff of over 30 high school and college students and over 25 programs with an enrollment of over 1,500 campers per summer. For the past 3 years Jason has been the technology pilot for secondary schools in Sarasota County. He has helped make decisions on what technology should be purchased and how that technology should be implemented in the classrooms of Sarasota. As part of his technology role, Jason runs many trainings and participates in focus groups to help guide future technology decisions. Jason and his wife Jennifer have three children; Madison, Clay and Isabelle. They enjoy the Florida weather and activities such as going to the beach, fishing, biking, hiking and anything else outside.
Jennifer Morgan
Jennifer Morgan
Ogden, UT
 
 
School Technology SpecialistDavis School DistrictOgden, UT Jenn Morgan is a School Technology Specialist for Davis School District, she also is an adjunct faculty member at Weber State University. She has worked extensively on learning and teaching many of the Microsoft products to help further both teacher and student knowledge. Jenn is very excited to participate as a trainer in the Microsoft Innovative Educator Program and is looking forward to supporting and teaching educators about the many tools available through Microsoft and in 21st Century Learning. Ms. Morgan has over ten years’ experience in the field of education. She was a Business/Marketing teacher for grades 7-12 and currently supports the technology needs of grades K-12. Jenn also an adjunct faculty in the Network, Telecommunication and Multimedia Department at Weber State University where she teaches software application and network management courses. She holds a Bachelor of in Telecommunications and Business Education from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Instructional Technology from Utah State University.
Jason Neiffer
Jason Neiffer
Helena, MT
 
 
Curriculum DirectorMontana Digital Academy Helena, MT  Jason Neiffer is the first curriculum director of the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), Montana's state virtual school.  Since MTDA's start in 2010, he has led a team of over 100 teachers delivering more than 100 course titles to tens of thousands students across the State of Montana. Jason is veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse, successful programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production, and computer science. He is a leader in educational technology integration and popular speaker and trainer with experience working with thousands of teachers from all levels to improve their tech-savvy teaching.  A doctoral candidate at the University of Montana, Jason is studying open education resources, online learning and the impact of internet filtering on classroom technology integration. He has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) “Making IT Happen” award.
Charity Nix
Charity Nix
Columbia, SC
 
 
Technology Integration SpecialistOrganizationColumbia, SC Charity Nix has 13 years of experiencein the field of Education, which includes 6 years as a classroom teacher and 7 years as a technology education instructional coach in the State of North Dakota. After graduating from Valley City State University, she began leading fellow educators with which shetaught in incorporating technology into the curriculum. She was a leader in a state-wide initiative called TwT (Teaching with Technology) and was a mentor for teachers in the state. Additionally, she became a technology coordinator in the schools in whichshe taught. After leaving the classroom, she worked for the State of North Dakota as a Regional Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) for EduTech providing professional development and support for teachers with integrating technology and project-based learning (PBL) into classrooms. She is well versed on a wide variety of educational programs, apps and tools in addition to hardware integration, including interactive white boards and mobile devices. She along with representatives from Apple conducted iPad Roadshows across the state of North Dakota. She is currently self-employed as a Technology Integration Specialist that trains both education and business professionals. She is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator and contracts with the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE)travelling nationwideproviding professional development to teachers.
Mary Elizabeth Pearson
Mary Elizabeth Pearson
Mount Vernon, WA
 
 
Instructional Technology FacilitatorAnacortes School DistrictMount Vernon, WA Mary Elizabeth began her teaching career in the Stanwood-Camano School District teaching 4th and 5th grade, as well as 7th grade Language Arts. In 2000, she moved to Athens, Greece to teach at the American Community School of Athens. While at ACS Athens, she taught middle school Design Technology in the Middle Years Program and high school computer courses, including Office Suites, Webpage Design, Research Strategies and Information Technology. She also had the opportunity to present at the NESA conference in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2003, she returned to the United States and held various educational technology positions in the Issaquah, Oak Harbor, and Burlington-Edison School Districts. In 2013, she presented at the ISTE conference in San Antonio on using technology with English Language Learners. In 2014, she was hired in the Anacortes School District as the Instructional Technology Facilitator and is currently working on the Professional Development Plan for the district’s 1:1 technology initiative. Mary Elizabeth believes strongly in the transformational change that technology brings to the learning environment. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from City University. In 2013, she earned her Administration and Supervision credential with a focus in Technology Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.
Dan Perez
Dan Perez
Rosenburg, TX
 
 
My entire life has been spent working with young people of all ages. My official teaching career began in 2007 as a 6th grade Science teacher in Lamar CISD. No two years were alike as I constantly sought to improve lessons using technology and high yield instructional strategies. After earning a Master's degree in Educational Technology and Leadership in 2014, I began pursuing professional opportunities beyond the classroom. In early 2015, I began to extend my passion for instructional change as a Campus Instructional Technology Specialist for Lamar CISD. The ever-evolving nature of instructional tools and student needs has helped to keep my love of learning fresh, and has invigorated me to evoke instructional change among administrators and teachers on behalf of students. I strive to impart the importance of 21st century skill sets to teachers and administrators, as these skills will help to empower students in becoming successful in our modern world. At home, I enjoy watching football, especially when it involves cheering for (or screaming at) the Texans. In my free time, I like to catch up on sports news, smoke BBQ, read motivational books, watch TV, and spend time with my children, friends and family.
Adina Popa
Adina Popa
Leesburg, VA
 
 
SupervisorEducational Technology and Curricular InnovationLeesburg, VA Adina Popa is an award-winning educator, with over 15 years experience in a school and district setting. She motivates teachers to improve current performance, works with teams to research new trends to be implemented in the curriculum, and creates partnerships with schools, education leaders, organizations and educational companies, to design collaboration projects, exchange best practices, and support 21st Century Learning. Adina is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer, a Promethean Planet Super User, a judge for the CODiE Awards, an Educational Advisor for BrainPOP, netTrekker and ePals, the European Coordinator for the Global Education Conference, and the founder of TEDxAshburn. Adina was awarded "VSTE Technology Innovator" (2010), was inducted into the National School Boards Association's "20 to Watch" group (2010), was recognized as a Pathfinder School at the Microsoft Global Forum in Prague (2012), was labeled as a "Top 50 innovators" by the Center for Digital Education (2012), and was featured as a Hero in Education on Anthony Salcito's Edventures Blog (2014).  Adina Popa's work was published in Washington Post, USA Today, District Administration Magazine, Monitorul Piatra Neamt (Romania), and a few other blogs and professional videos.
Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds
Pleasant Grove, UT
 
 
 
Bradley Ricks
Bradley Ricks
Temple, TX
 
 
Bradley Ricks has been the Director of Technology Operations for Killeen Independent School District in Killeen, TX since 2008. He oversees all of the networking, storage, servers, telecommunications, and end user computing devices for the district’s over 50 campuses, 7,000 employees, and over 42,000 students. Bradley earned his degree in Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Tarleton State University. He regularly trains teachers and administration over products such as Skype, Office 365, and OneNote and how they can make a teacher’s life easier. Bradley is also an adjunct professor for Central Texas College where he teaches computer classes in Microsoft Server OS, Network Administration, and IT Security.
Leaza Silver
Leaza Silver
Denver, CO
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistDenver, CO I am a Denver native and received my Master of Education from Regis University and my Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. I have spent over 20 years educating students from preschool to eighth grade in both Douglas County and Poudre school districts in Colorado. My experience spans across public, private and charter schools. My roles range from classroom teacher, special education paraprofessional, literacy specialist, team lead, and private tutor to Microsoft in Education Ambassador. I am passionate about mentoring new educators and served as a member of a school Leadership Team for many years. While teaching in the classroom I used OneNote and Microsoft Office, among many other amazing technology tools and thus my passion for Microsoft in Education began. As a lover of technology in the classroom, I enjoy teaching educators how to utilize it as a vehicle to assist students on their learning journey. I am currently training educators as a Microsoft in Education Ambassador and I am excited to continue teaching and inspiring educators to use Office 365 to create successful blended learning environments!
Bradley Smrstick
Bradley Smrstick
Tampa, FL
 
 
District Resource TeacherHillsborough County School DistrictTampa, FLMicrosoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Trainer  Bradley Smrstick has spent nearly 20 years teaching Physics, for most for the School District of Hillsborough County. He was a finalist for our district Teacher of the Year in 2000 and accomplished his National Board Certification in AYA Science (physics) after this first attempt in November of 2001. Bradley has always been an early adopter of technology, in the classroom or otherwise. In 2002 he was invited by USF College of Education, to join a team that would develop technology training for teachers. This ultimately became Florida’s Master Digital Educator Program now managed by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF. On August 7, 2005 he completed his graduate degree in Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida. Today, Bradley is a District Resource Teacher (Team Lead) for Technology Training in Professional Development for the School District of Hillsborough County. He continues to be an active participant and presenter in many local, state and national educational conferences. He also continues to pursue every opportunity to upgrade skills as well to further his own professional development.
Angeanette Snell
Angeanette Snell
Columbus, GA
 
 
Columbus, GA Angeanette Snell currently serves as a District Digital Learning Integration Specialist for Muscogee County School District. She provides professional development primarily for Academic Coaches, district personnel as well K-12 teachers. She serves as the lead in the development the implementation plan for several district initiatives to include implementation of Windows 8.1, Office 365 and BYOD. She has also provided sessions on blended classroom instruction, flipped classroom instruction, interactive white board lessons, Office 2013 and digital portfolios. Angeanette proudly served as the project manager for MCSD Student Information System-Infinite Campus. She has a true passion for learning and educating others on 21st century classroom tools. Ms. Snell has twenty-five years of experience in the field of education. Her classroom experience includes fifth, eighth and high school students. She has worked with K-12 teachers serving as a District Instructional Technology Specialist for the past seventeen years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Valdosta State University, Master of Science in Education and Specialist in Education from Troy State University. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her two sons and exploring new technology and gadgets.  
Richard Snyder
Richard Snyder
Seattle, WA
 
 
Teacher-LibrarianLake Washington School DistrictSeattle, WA I am a Technology Integration Specialist and National Board certified teacher in the Lake Washington School District. I also serve as the president for the Board of Directors for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Master Trainer, I regularly plan and teach technology staff development classes for teachers in my district and other locations. I've worked with new teachers and new teacher-librarians at Western Washington University and The University of Washington. I also teach a graduate Technology Leadership course at Seattle Pacific University. Large-group presentations include NCCE, IETA, ISTE, TCEA, and district meetings.  When I'm not in school, I try to fill up my passport with as many stamps as time and budget will allow (recent trips include France, Norway, Bhutan).
Sheri Styzen
Sheri Styzen
Elmhurst, IL
 
 
Professional Learning SpecialistElmhurst, IL Sheri Styczen has worked as a dedicated teacher and trainer for more than a decade. After earning a B.A. in Education from Purdue University and an M.A.Ed in Language, Literacy, and Specialized Instruction from DePaul University, she taught kindergarten, third and fourth grades for 11 years. In 2006, while still teaching, she decided to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms by becoming an independent certified training consultant for Promethean, Inc. and All Covered, a division of Konica Minolta. This position allowed her to travel throughout the U.S. providing ample opportunity to see how schools are infusing technology nationwide. She rerouted her career to raise her young twins and also focus on working with Promethean, Inc as an independent consultant. With the new Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learning Standards in place, she believes it is necessary for technology to enhance curriculum,not to drive curriculum. In 2012, Sheri formed SLS Training Solutions, Inc., which is an independent consultancy specializing in implementing educational technology in the classroom, Microsoft 8.1 training and Promethean Training. In 2014, Sheri began consulting for NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education). She has obtained certification as a Microsoft Innovative Educator, is a certified Microsoft Teacher Academy trainer, and is a certified MIC (Microsoft in the Classroom) trainer. Assisting with organization and curriculum development for NCCE has been a responsibility of Sheri this past year.
Wendell Sumter
Wendell Sumter
Columbia, SC
 
 
Wendell SumterPrincipal FellowColumbia, SC Wendell B. Sumter hails from the Palmetto State of Columbia, SC, the Capital City of the Carolinas! He has devoted his entire professional career to public education and preparing students for the next realm of academic excellence. Mr. Sumter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Morris College and a Master’s Degree of Education from the University of SC. A twenty year veteran, Mr. Sumter has taught second, fourth, and sixth Grade. Leaving the classroom, Mr. Sumter moved into a leadership role where he served as an Assistant Principal for Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, South Carolina, Principal in Chester County at Great Falls Middle School, and is currently serving as the Principal of Great Falls Elementary School, Great Falls, SC. Mr. Sumter has been able to take faculty, staff, and students from good to great and from great to world class achievers! The school has achieved several accolades and designations under his leadership. NetScope Professional Development School, 2012 Microsoft Innovative School, 2013 Microsoft Mentor School, and he is a Microsoft Principal Fellow. After these special designations, Mr. Sumter, served as a catalyst and inspirational agent for the Chester County School District’s Hi-Tech (Helping Integrate Technology Education and Careers) Program. The program is a 1:1 initiative designed to provide ubiquitous access for the entire Chester County School District Community.   Mr. Sumter is a motivational speaker, faculty and staff morale booster, and a confident and proven leader. He has spoken at many schools, districts and professional conferences. Mr. Sumter masterfully practices the art of educating and preparing students to achieve the unreachable.
Tiffany Thompson
Tiffany Thompson
Brooklyn, MD
 
 
Instructional Technology TrainerBrooklyn, MD Tiffany has 15+ years in the education field including experience as a classroom teacher, technology coordinator, instructional technologist, trainer and adjunct instructor. After teaching elementary school for four years, she moved to Tokyo, Japan where she gained a love for technology while completing her Master’s in Education Degree with a focus on Instructional Technology. From there, her hands have consistently been in the “educational technology pot”. She consults and trains on instructional technology; facilitates online workshops; writes and edits training curriculum/material; and teaches graduate level students. In her many roles, Tiffany has led school initiatives as well as research to support interactive/digital and mobile learning, written grants for digital technologies in her previous schools, planned and conducted numerous workshops, and presented at local and national conferences. Her educational background also includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and an Administration and Supervision certificate from Maryland State Department of Education. Tiffany is also a Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Certified Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.  Her enthusiasm for developing 21st century learners and innovative educators has inspired her to begin development on an app for educators. She is always willing to assist novice and veteran educators in finding new and creative ways to incorporate technology into their teaching. Her philosophy is, “In order to improve rigor and relevance in the classroom, teachers must become proficient and comfortable in using technology to create innovative and engaging lessons that extend students’ personal limits and potential. Using various instructional technology tools; creating opportunities for students to be innovative; and being fearless are key in advancing 21st century skills.”
Maria Turner
Maria Turner
Plant City, FL
 
 
Technology TrainerHillsborough County Public SchoolsPlant City, FL With over 25 years of educational experience, Maria Turner has always worked to bring curriculum to life by challenging her students with real life problem solving opportunities. After earning her Master’s in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she had the opportunity to work with classroom teachers infusing technology into their ongoing units and extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom and school walls. Maria is one of the charter members of Hillsborough County Public Schools’ technology training team. In this role, she has continued to share her passion for bringing the curriculum to life through instructional technology by modeling, co-teaching and mentoring teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals throughout the district. In recent years, Maria’s expertise has been utilized by writing and facilitating online classes as well as being a lead member of several district wide implementation teams.
Hector Verduzco
Hector Verduzco
Whittier, CA
 
 
Los Angeles Unified School DistrictWhittier, CA Hector Verduzco is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been working for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for the last 10 years. Hector was recently named LAUSD teacher of the year for 2016-2017. Hector has been both a technology teacher and technology coordinator at several school sites. Hector is currently teaching Computer Science, New Media and Architecture at East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy. Hector is also overseeing the 1:1 deployment of Surface Pro 3 devices at his site. Hector oversees technology professional development, logistics of the 1:1 program and instructional technology integration across the curriculum.  Hector has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Production Technology. In addition, Hector has earned two Masters Degrees, one in New Media & Production and another in Computer Education & Technology Leadership. Hector is currently a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and a Microsoft Certified Educator. On his time off he is a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and NCCE Professional Learning Specialist. Hector enjoys the opportunity of sharing and learning from fellow educators as a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and NCCE Professional Learning Specialist.
Kelly Williams
Kelly Williams
DeWitt, Michigan
 
 
Blended Learning CoachClinton County RESADeWitt, Michigan Kelly Williams holds a B.S./M.S. in Business Education from Central Michigan University. Kelly has taught a variety of business courses and currently teaches Entrepreneurship, is the advisor of Business Professionals of America and the Ladies Head Track & Field Coach at DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Michigan. She is also the Clinton County RESA’s Blended Learning Coach and Technology. In this role, her primary duties include training teachers to improve current practices, creating and delivering model lessons, collaborating with teachers, researching new trends to be implemented in the curriculum, and incorporating technology in the curriculum. Kelly has collaborated with Michigan Virtual University as the Course Content Specialist in writing an online Entrepreneurship course as well coordinated online professional development for teachers through MVU. She enjoys the opportunity for sharing and learning from fellow educators as a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and NCCE Professional Learning Specialist as well as a Certified Google Trainer.
Melanie Wiscount
Melanie Wiscount
Washington, DC
 
 
Dr. Melanie Wiscount has 14+ years in teaching and edtech training after changing her career from business. She taught the full track of computer science and cybersecurity courses in a high school in the District of Columbia Public Schools for the past four years. Melanie is now in a new position as the educational technology instructional coach at the new all males of color Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Washington, DC. Prior to moving to DC Melanie taught business education, computer technology, and computer science courses in three Pennsylvania public school districts. As a tenure track professor at Bloomsburg University in PA, Melanie taught business education courses and served as the student teacher supervisor. She has middle school, high school, community college, and university teaching experience. Melanie earned a doctoral degree in educational technology in 2015 and her edtech passions include STEM education, technology integration in urban education, Computer Science for All initiatives across the disciplines, Microsoft educational technologies, cell phone use for instruction and learning, and learning management system (LMS) online content, collaboration, and assessment design. Melanie has experience building authentic and relevant curriculum online instruction and assessment using Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, and itslearning LMSs and has trained teachers to do the same for their curricular content. Since 2004 she has designed, developed, and delivered professional development face-to-face online sessions, one-day and week workshops, and online webinars with the mission to help K-12 teachers and higher education professors plan seamless and transparent technology integration with their curriculum. Melanie is also a Microsoft Certified Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. Melanie was selected and honored as a Microsoft Partners in Learning US and Global educator, a Siemens STEM Institute fellow, an AFCEA (Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association) DC STEM teacher of the quarter, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Fund for Teachers grant recipient, and a 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) DC awardee. She has earned Highly Effective Teaching status according to the DCPS IMPACT Teacher assessment system since she began teaching at DCPS.
Tracey Wong
Tracey Wong
Scarborough, NY
 
 
Tracey Wong is a school library media specialist and has over 14 years teaching experience with NYC DOE as an elementary teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and a LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) Specialist. She has five years teaching experience at the college level. Her work was featured in the UFT NY paper in the Sept. 2013 issue and on ABC’s Born to Explore series. Her digital portfolios can be viewed here or here. You can follow her blog here
Gloria Wood
Gloria Wood
Jacksonville, FL
 
 
Technology Instructional DesignerJacksonville, FL Gloria Wood has been an educator for the past 21 years. She has taught students of all ages from elementary to middle school, as well as college level courses. She earned a Master's degree in Integrated Learning with Educational Technology from Jacksonville University in 2000. The subject of her presentations is Integrating Technology into the Classroom. She has presented at many conferences around the country, including AASP in Acapulco, Mexico and most recently was invited to participate in the Microsoft Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain. For nine years, Gloria taught Spanish at The Bolles School; and for the last nine years, she is the Technology Integrator at her campus. In addition to working with the teachers, she teaches Robotics, Video Game Programming, Video Editing and Web Page Design at the middle school campus as well. At the college level, she taught Spanish at the University of North Florida and Web Design at Jacksonville University. She lives in Jacksonville, Fl.
Stephanie Younger
Stephanie Younger
Belfry, KY
 
 
Stephanie Younger is a mathematics and computer science teacher at Belfry High School in Belfry, KY. In conjunction as a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and her teaching responsibilities, she is a staff member for the Appalachian Technology Initiative which serves under the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative providing support to seventeen school districts in the Eastern Kentucky region. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Kentucky and Masters of Art in Teaching from Morehead State University. She is a member of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE), and Kentucky Council for Teachers of Mathematics (KCTM). She is also a recipient of three Innovation in Education grants through the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative.
Michelle Zimmerman
Michelle Zimmerman
Renton, WA
 
 
Renton, WA Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, has taught all grades from Pre-K through 10th within the past 16 years, with a focus on middle and high school since 2009. She has presented her research across the US and Canada since 2007, and to Satya Nadella and his executive team. The evidence of her original research and theory into practice can be seen in designing Renton Prep. She was thrilled to see the school become FETC STEM Excellence Award Finalist for 2016 as top 3 STEM Middle Schools in the Nation, Microsoft Showcase School, and receive the Award of Excellence for Digital Curriculum and Content Strategy from The Learning Counsel, and the inaugural Lester R. Bayer Award for Excellence in Urban Education. Dr. Zimmerman is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Surface Expert, Lead PBS DigitalMedia Innovator, and was named 2016 NCCE Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year, and received the Ahead of the Class – Excellence in Education Award (presented by Renton City Council and Seattle Seahawks). Her high school STEM students co-authored an invited chapter with her to add to her original research chapter in Revolutionizing Education with Digital Ink: The Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (Human-Computer Interaction Series, Springer 2016). The legacy of her work is expressed through her students submitting their own proposals, speaking at international conferences and co-authoring invited blogs.
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