Meet the Collaborators
Meet Agnes Slayman
Agnes Slayman currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Kershaw County School District in Camden, South Carolina. Agnes has over 25 years of experience in public education and has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Agnes holds a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and has been the assistant superintendent for the past eight years with responsibilities for all facets of K-12 education including technology. Under her leadership, Kershaw County School District has for the past seven years implemented an extremely successful one-to-one laptop initiative called i-CAN. The i-CAN program has received state and national recognition. Agnes has had the opportunity to speak state-wide and nationally on the implementation, integration and impact that a one-to-one can have students and teachers in the classroom. Agnes has been published in several educational and technology magazines and she is the author of a national technology white paper. Additionally, CoSN selected i-CAN initiative as one of its case study programs. Agnes’ areas of expertise are: planning of technology projects, implementation strategies, programmatic evaluations and case studies.
Meet Alex Inman
Alex Inman is one of our founding collaborators. Alex launched one of the earliest laptop programs in the country at University Lake School in Hartland, WI. He has helped many schools design and refine their own laptop and tablet programs and in 2003 launched a laptop program with Linux and Open Source technology at Whitfield School in St. Louis, MO. His work has earned Whitfield School a place in IBM’s Top Innovators Program. Whitfield School was also named a 2006 ComputerWorld Laureate for their innovative laptop program which was designed to claim the same benefits as traditional programs but for a significantly lower cost. In 2011, Alex began as the Director of Information Services at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC where he oversees all IT, Academic Technology and Library operations. Alex has spoken at many international, national, and regional conferences and has facilitated workshops on general technology planning, laptop program planning, professional development and open source technologies. In 2012, The National School Board Association named Alex one of the “20 to Watch” on their annual list of national education leaders.
Meet Andrew Katz
Andrew J. Katz is the Director of Information Services at the Roxbury Latin School, a 7-12 all-boys independent school in West Roxbury, MA. At Roxbury Latin, he oversees all aspects of the information services program, including developing and maintaining the IT infrastructure, spearheading curricular projects, and supervising the rapid changes occurring in the Library. Recent projects have included introducing a new 1:1 iPad program in the 8th grade, the transition of RL’s student information system from Filemaker to Blackbaud, and the deployment of a new learning management system, Haiku. Andrew has extensive experience with Blackbaud in particular, including database deployment, management, and maintenance. Before RL, Andrew worked at Poly Prep CDS in Brooklyn, NY, where in addition to serving as Director of Technology, he supervised the work of the Academic Program Office and Registrar, including academic scheduling, grade reporting, transcript production, and course registration.
Meet Angela Astuto
Angela Astuto is the Technology Integration Specialist for Barat Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, where she assists teachers in a 1:1 tablet program. In addition to her experience teaching high school English for eleven years, Angela also teaches as an adjunct instructor for Webster University. Her courses include computer application courses in the undergraduate computer science program and educational technology courses in the M.A.T. program. Angela has been a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences.
Meet Ann Hamel
Ann holds a MS in Educational Media Design and Technology and spends most of her days focusing on integrating technology in independent schools from pre-K through 12th grades. Having spent the last thirteen years in independent schools, Ann has had the privilege of working with teachers who have passion and autonomy in their subject areas. Ann works hard to meet teachers and administrators where they are in their interest and abilities with regards to using technology. She relishes working with others in innovative ways and thrives on making connections between people, information, and understanding. Ann currently serves as the technology integrator for a 1:1 laptop program at Cardigan Mountain School, a boarding school for grade 6 – 9 boys. She has also served in a similar capacity at the Fay School in Massachusetts. While at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, Ann served as the Director of Technology advancing their LMS system as well as increasing infrastructure, primarily in the area of Internet connectivity. While the Technology Coordinator at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL, Ann increased computer usage among faculty and students by 200% as well as moved the school to a single database solution for admissions, student information, business office, and development. In her last three schools Ann has been instrumental in creating a technology plan for each school. Ann is a firm believer that teamwork is always the best approach when trying to implement change.
Meet Brad Rathgeber
Brad Rathgeber is the Director of Technology at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, and one of the founders of the Online School for Girls (OSG), the first single-gender online school. Brad helped to develop the curriculum and course standards, business plan, and structure of OSG, and has served as the President of the Board for OSG since its founding. At Holton-Arms, Brad has held a number of roles: teacher, coach, Director of Academic Technology, and Interim Director of Lower School. As Director of Technology, he leads a successful 1:1 laptop program that is over nine years strong. He has also led the school through website changes, database transitions, moves to a virtual server infrastructure, and expanded uses of outsourcing. Brad is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where he was a Morehead Scholar), and holds a graduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Meet Bram Moreinis
Bram Moreinis, our Drupal guru, has provided learning technology training and support to schools for 20 years as a teacher, administrator and consultant. While serving as school-based projects coordinator for the Teachers College Institute for Learning Technologies under Director Robbie McClintock, Bram developed “Tech Scouts”, a service learning program, for Central Park East Secondary School, combining collaborative education and student ICT empowerment. In 2005, members of his fourth Tech Scouts iteration adopted a local town, for which they built a Linux Terminal Server Project community computer lab from donations and created a website. Inspired by this experience, they formed a Drupal development company called “Beyond the Box” and stayed with it through college. Bram has continued to develop websites with Drupal as intranet environments for schools and organizations, and consults with schools to build and support online teams for technology planning and blended learning project development.
Meet Bree Berman
Bree is the Upper School Instructional Coach at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. She coaches teachers in creating 21st century classrooms, including purposeful, integrated technology, productive student collaboration, clear and creative expression of ideas, and choice for students in terms of what they learn and how they learn it. She also spearheads school-wide development programs, running assessment workshops and discussion groups and managing Flint Hill’s collaborative school blog. In the fall of 2012, she will begin work on Flint Hill’s 21st century skills programming and their new K-12 STEM curriculum. STEM education is of particular interest to Bree, as she began her career teaching math and science. She has taught an entirely project-based middle school math curriculum, as well as upper school math, physics, and psychology. She was a part of the first Computer-Based Math Education Summit in London, and as a recipient of the Byrnes Grant, traveled to Singapore for extensive study of their national math program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is completing her master’s in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University, focusing on strategic planning, learning in organizations, and change management. In addition to her work in education, Bree has done research in decision-making at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as interpersonal communication at eHarmony, Inc. Her background in psychology informs her understanding of and recommendations for how schools can thrive as they undergo change.
Meet Brigitte Leschhorn
After completing her one-year teaching fellowship, Brigitte Leschhorn began teaching as an upper school Spanish and English teacher during Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School’s transition to a 1:1 program. During her tenure there, she distinguished herself as a leader in implementing technology in the classroom, specifically focusing on increased interaction with the students on an individual basis as well as differentiation in instruction. As a team leader for ninth grade English, she coordinated technology projects and created a wiki as a resource for fellow teachers. She also dedicated a class section for one semester to train teachers and help them in implementing technology tools in their lessons.
Meet Charles Vergara
Charles Vergara is currently the Director of Academic Technology at Tuxedo Park School in Tuxedo New York. Prior to Tuxedo Park, Charles was a technology integrator at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City and a primary school teacher at The School at Columbia University. Charles holds an MA in Communication and Education and an Ed.M in Independent School Leadership, both from Teachers College Columbia University. Charles is also a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. Charles’s focus is to connect school’s technology investments with academic outcomes. At Tuxedo Park, Charles has managed the roll-out of a one to one iPad program as well as Google Apps for Education for both students and teachers. At Fieldston, Charles transitioned the lower school from a computer lab model to an integration model, re-envisioning hardware integration, professional development, curriculum and just in time tech support. In concert with technology integration, Charles has worked with schools to extend character development to student’s online identities, using walled gardens like, Google apps, Edmodo and Voicethread.
Meet Chuck Philips
Chuck Philips is the former CIO of Clovis School District, a 38,000 student district located near Fresno, California. Chuck is an internationally recognized pioneer in educational technology. He directed one of the earliest 1:1 parent-supported laptop programs in the U.S. During the past decade, the Clovis laptop program has has served more than 10,000 students/families and received state-wide recognition as a California Golden Bell winner from the California School Boards Association, national recognition through the ComputerWorld’s Laureate Program and international recognition from the Bertlesmann Foundation. Chuck has offered professional development to teachers and administrators at multiple districts for over 20 years. In addition to his tremendous work with classroom teachers, Chuck’s thoughts an opinions have been sought by publishers and companies for years. He has served in consultative roles for companies such as Microsoft and IBM for the last 10 years and is one of the founding leaders of the Anytime, Anywhere Learning program.
Meet Connie White
Connie White has served as the Director of Technology and Media at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia for the past 10 years and is the visionary of the academy’s highly respected 1 to 1 program. A former high school Physics, Chemistry & Math teacher, Connie has specialized in start-up technology initiatives, strategic planning, laptop integration, staff development, and digital literacy since 1995. She has conducted hundreds of workshops & seminars throughout the country in 18 different states as well as Puerto Rico, Montreal and Bermuda. She is a frequent conference speaker and was selected as a semi-finalist for Technology & Learning’s national “Leader of the Year” award for 2006. She recently completed a 3 year team as the President of AATE which is an ISTE Affiliate and serves on the PSC (Professional Standards Commission) in the area of Instructional Technology for the state of Georgia. Connie serves on the Webroot Advisory Board. She is a Google Certified Teacher, a Paul Harris Fellow and she has also published numerous articles, lesson plans, integration guides and software training manuals.
Meet Curt Lieneck
Curt Lieneck is the Director of Information Technology at one of the nation’s leading independent schools. During a career of more than 20 years in teaching and administration in public and private schools, Curt has acquired and applied significant expertise in curriculum development, strategic program planning, technology integration, professional development, and leading an enterprise-level IT organization. He is a pragmatic progressive whose working style is based on building quality relationships, facilitating effective communication among stakeholders, setting achievable goals, and devising practical strategies to meet them. He recently served on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Task Force that created Principles of Good Practice in Technology for member schools. He has also conducted dozens of technology workshops and presented at several conferences. Curt was a contributing author to the Everyday Mathematics series and holds a Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Chicago.
Meet Dan Hudkins
Dan Hudkins, the current Director of Instructional Technology & Information Systems at The Harker School in San Jose, CA has been active in the world of technology in education for fifteen years. After a twenty year career in business, including a stint as National Reseller Manager for a manufacturer of industrial computers, Dan became certified in Secondary Social Studies and Secondary English in Maine in 1995. After teaching English, he became the District Technology Coordinator for the Sunapee, NH School District in 1996 where he was recognized by the New Hampshire Chapter of ISTE in 2001 with the Technology Impact Award and by the New Hampshire Department of Education as Technology Coordinator of the Year the same year. He also provided consulting services for the New Hampshire Department of Education and TERC. He changed coasts (and from public school to independent school) in 2003 to join The Harker School where he led the extension of a one-to-one laptop program to cover the entire high school. Since then, the program has been expanded to include one-to-one AlphaSmarts in grades 4 and 5 and one-to-one laptop in grades 6 through 8. Dan is a frequent presenter on technology in education at a multitude of conferences.
Meet Dar Bicha-Dale
Dar Bicha-Dale is the Laptop Coordinator for University Lake School. Dar is an expert in 1:1 program work flow logistics. He has consistently been recognized as one of the nation’s highest performing IBM/Lenovo self-maintainers. This has led to increased revenue and decreased cost with the University Lake School laptop program. Dar, and University Lake School have been recognized by Compaq, IBM, Lenovo and CDWG for excellence with their own program as well as for their outreach to others.
Meet David Keech
David has 23 years of teaching experience for the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools as a sixth grade teacher and math teacher. He currently teaches junior high mathematics, and has extensive experience with writing grants for his classroom and school. He has 13 years experience as a University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Youth in College Instructor and a passion for the integration of fantasy sports and technology into the classroom. David is an expert in the integration of Accelerated Math into the curriculum, earning national recognition as a Renaissance Learning Model and Master Classroom, and he has consulted with teachers and schools in the integrated application of Accelerated Math to improve math test scores.
Meet Demetri Orlando
Demetri currently serves as Director of Technology for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was previously at Battleground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, and Norwood School outside Washington DC where he oversaw 1-to-1 tablet PC initiatives. However, he is perhaps best known for his leadership with digital collaboration tools in the creation of the School Computing Wiki and the Independent School Educators Network ning site. Demetri was tapped by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to develop the Principles of Good Practice for Technology and chairs the NAIS task force on 21st century curriculum and technology. He has a B.A. In Studio Art from Hamilton College, a B.S. In Elementary Education from Fitchburg State College, and an M.S. In Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University where he has taught graduate courses.
Meet Denise Musselwhite
Denise Musselwhite feels uniquely privileged to provide leadership in the growth and development of technology programs in education. She has held the position of Director of Technology at Trinity Preparatory School, a premier independent school located in Winter Park, Florida since 2000. Her passion and expertise lie in the strategic planning, project management, implementation leadership, and support of network infrastructures that sustain dynamic users, particularly in multi-platform networking environments. She has a keen eye for organizational sustainability, workflow, and technology support analysis. Denise previously held positions in technology management, technical training, and as a consultant to the legal industry. Her advanced degree is in Management of Information Systems and holds technical certifications in GoogleApps, Microsoft, Novell, Citrix, and networking. She is a passionate speaker on the topic of technology in education and consults with schools in the US and internationally seeking to evaluate the state of technology at their school.
Meet Donna Lenaghan
Donna Lenaghan’s passion and competencies combine to create environments for individuals and institutions to learn and achieve. Throughout her career, she successfully led technology, professional development, team building, and strategic planning initiatives for dozens of educational, non-profit, profit and governmental organizations. In the 21st Century, she has answered the call “Take us to the next level with technology” and helped over twenty schools and universities with comprehensive technology start-ups or re-engineering projects, help desk transformations, and curricula and professional development initiatives for technology integration. With a doctorate in Adult Education; masters in Management, Human Resource Development, and Educational Technology; and numerous technical certifications, she works collaboratively with clients to adapt educational, business and technical best practices to each unique learning environment. Dr. Lenaghan has presented workshops on brain-based learning, professional development design, educational technology, and information technology at the universities in China, Germany, Ireland, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. She has authored numerous articles for professional print and e-based publications, as well as produced videos, podcasts, CBI, and other educational materials. She enables clients to connect the dots and build pathways for sustainable success in a national economy and global society.
Meet Dorothy Bialke
Dorothy Bialke is the principal of St. Raphael’s School in Crystal, Minnesota. Under her transformational leadership the school now focuses on the 21st century skills through the integration of technology at all grade levels from Pre-K through Eight. Dorothy began her career as an Art teacher were she helped students understand the value of using their creativity to enhance their educational experience. Now she utilizes her creative ideas to build the leadership capacity of administrators and teachers. Her work revolves around helping educators understand and embrace the need for innovation in teaching and learning. Dorothy holds a BS in Art Education from Moorhead State University and a MS in Educational Administration from St. Cloud State University. She has spoken at both the national and state level on innovative leadership in the 21st century. Dorothy is currently the Communications Officer for the International Society for Technology in Education’s Special Interest Group for Administrators.
Meet Elizabeth Helfant
Elizabeth Helfant is the Upper School Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students. After receiving a B.S. in Chemistry from Davidson College in North Carolina, Helfant started teaching. She has been a teacher for twenty years, nine of which has been spent as a faculty member at MICDS. Helfant played an integral role in planning and executing MICDS’s 1:1 program. She is currently aiding in the deployment of tablets for grades 7, 9 and 10 for the 2008-09 school year. As a strong advocate for technology, Helfant frequentlyblogs and participates in conferences pertaining to digital learning. Helfant has done presentations at the International Conference on Education, Midwest Education Technology Conference and Lausanne’s Laptop Institute and National Education Computing Conference. Helfant also serves on the DyKnow advisory board.
Meet Emily Craft
Emily Craft is the former Director of Technology at Randolph School, an independent co-educational day school of 900 students in Huntsville, Alabama. From 1998 until 2010, she worked with Randolph’s laptop initiative, as the Staff Development Coordinator and the Director of Technology. She supervised all aspects of technology at Randolph and served as the database administrator for the Blackbaud suite of products. She has been a presenter at conferences in the US and Canada on the topics of laptop programs, technology integration, and strategic planning. She co-authored “Connected Without Wires” forIBM at School. Emily holds a BA in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.
Meet Jake Clapp
The newly appointed Academic Dean at the Global Online Academy, Jake was a high school chemistry and biology teacher for 9 years, most recently at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. In addition to being a leader of technology integration, Jake served on Lakeside’s mentoring committee, helping new teachers improve their practice. Jake spent his formative years in Connecticut, then moved to Seattle in 2001 for its vibrant culture and its gorgeous natural surroundings. As the Global Online Academy’s Academic Dean, Jake works to develop and strengthen the school’s academic program, specifically collaborating with teachers to strategize and implement best practices in online course design and instruction.
Meet Janet Herdman
Janet Herdman is the principal of Herdman Consulting, working with K-12 school systems across the U.S. on strategic technology initiatives. Recognized as a national expert in 1:1 computing planning, execution and assessment with nearly 30 years experience, she was previously Executive Director of Technology for North Kansas City Schools in Kansas City, Missouri. During her tenure, the district twice served as national beta sites for installations of curriculum and assessment software. She is an expert in planning, executing and measuring district-wide professional development programs for technology integration as well as the planning, executing and measuring of technology initiatives meeting district initiatives such as improving student achievement, reducing operating costs, or improving operating efficiencies. She was a 2006 recipient of the National School Board’s Association “20 to Watch” Educators and host for a national technology site visit for NSBA in 2009. Her district received the Consortium of School Networking TEAM Achievement Award in 2009 as well as the NSBA Technology Salute award in 1999. She has served on several national K-12 advisory councils for hardware and software companies and has delivered presentations at MOREnet, NSBA T+L, ISTE, and CoSN. Ms. Herdman holds graduate and advanced degrees from the University of Missouri.
Meet Jason Ramsden
Jason Ramsden is presently the CTO for Ravenscroft School, a PreK-12 independent school in Raleigh, NC. Jason has been involved in educational technology since 1997 and has been involved in independent school education since 1991 having worked at Xavier High School (NY), Trinity-Pawling School (NY), Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT), and The Hill Center (NC). Presently, Jason is a member of NAIS’ 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force and a member of the Consortium of School Networking’s CTO Advisory Council. A regular presenter for NCAIS, NAIS, and CASE-NAIS, Jason was awarded a Faculty Star award for his 2010 CASE-NAIS presentation “The Integrated Website Solution: Partner, Position, and Price.” Jason holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University and a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola College. Jason’s current interests include 21st century school leadership and change management, social media in schools, and virtual education.
Meet Jeff Ritter
Jeff Ritter is the Director of Technology at St. John’s School in Houston, TX. St. John’s is a nationally acclaimed independent school with 1220 coed students in grades K-12. Over the past 6 years, St. John’s has gone from “Good to Great” in technology by focusing on technology integration, the needs of the teacher and their classroom, cutting costs, and continuing to investigate new technologies and their place in the classroom. The Integration Institute at St. John’s is a pioneering endeavor to encourage teachers to use technology in their curriculum. In addition to his outstanding leadership at St. John’s, Jeff has served on the education advisory boards of IBM, WhippleHill and Promethean. Jeff also was a pioneering leader in wireless laptop programs, launching one of the first completely wireless 1:1 programs at Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama. Jeff has spoken at many international, national, regional, and local conferences and works with schools on technology integration, setting up a laptop program, best technology practices, and using the web as your primary communications tool.
Meet Jeff Whipple
Jeff is a Technology Learning Mentor for Anglophone West School District in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. After careers in engineering, media and land management,Jeff finally heeded his true calling to education just over ten years ago. With initial experiences in multi-age and team-teaching learning environments, Jeff was tagged as the lead teacher in a new two-year, middle school 1:1 research project at Nashwaaksis Middle School in in 2005. His learning leadership now expends over 15 schools in his district, supporting teachers and students in shifting pedagogy through leveraging that space where digital media and the social web intersect with learning. He also teaches about learning and the web in the undergraduate education program at the University of New Brunswick and shares often at conferences, including the Lausanne Learning Institute, MAINEducation and LEARNEast.
Meet Jeffrey Hunt
Dr. Jeffrey Hunt is an experienced technology practitioner in implementing technology in traditional classrooms as well as online classrooms. He has served as the director of e-learning and director of instructional technology for a large midwestern school district. Jeff has led initiatives to design, deliver, and evaluate online courses as well as the implementation of learning technologies traditional classrooms. He has implemented learning management systems, library media systems, online gradebooks, and other district-wide systems. He has developed an online astronomy course online and routinely provides instructional design support to other teachers who are developing courses. Jeff was a classroom teacher and director of a school district planetarium. He continues to have a fascination for the sky and for space exploration. He uses astronomy education as a means to inspire children. Jeff’s research interests involve online learning, visual literacy, gender issues in technology, technology leadership, technology planning, and technology evaluation. Hunt is a regular blogger at jeffreylhunt.wordpress.com and under the user name jeff_hunt on Twitter. Jeff is a founding board member of the Illinois Chief Technology Officers. He participates in leadership opportunities in the Consortium for School Networking and serves on the Illinois Virtual School Advisory Board. Hunt holds a doctorate in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University, master’s degrees from North Central College and Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College.
Meet Jim Chiavacci
Jim served as the Director of the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology program at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development where he designed and taught many of the courses in the IT program. He also worked with the Special Education department where he designed and taught Adaptive Technology courses. Jim was chosen as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2000 and is known for his personable and witty classroom teaching style. He was the Manager of Professional Development for PolyVision Inc. where he played a role in developing interactive whiteboard integration strategies for the classroom. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Instructional technology from the University of Colorado-Denver. He has presented at many international, national and local educational conferences and is currently working with schools on their technology integration needs.
Meet Jim Flanagan
Jim Flanagan is the recently retired Director of Technology for the Maine Township High School District outside of Chicago. Prior to that he was Instructional Technology Coordinator at the Glenview School District. While in Glenview he led the team that developed “TREEs” (Technology Rich Education Environments) a model program that combine technology, constructivism, student negotiated curriculum, ubiquitous computing and the Internet with a multi-grade, cross-curricular, open environment. He helped to found and last year was president of Illinois CTO and is a founding member and past president of Illinois Computing Educators additionally he currently is the chair of the Advanced Engineering Task Force of the Illinois Century Network (the state ISP for Illinois). Jim firmly believes that the appropriate use of educational technology is transforming education. However, as leaders in our field, it is our duty to balance our enthusiasm for new technology with good pedagogy, research, planning and an understanding of the political and organizational structures with which we must work.
Meet Jim Gerry
Jim Gerry is the former Chief Information Officer and current Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). Though Jim was responsible for the creation and implementation of their highly successful 1:1 tablet initiative, his true strengths are his strategic vision and keen eye for identifying the details to achieve overall programmatic success. As part of his work with IMSA, Jim ‘s expertise is frequently tapped by companies and government entities as a leader in the use of technology to create leaders for tomorrow.
Meet Jo Ann Mattson
Jo Ann Mattson has taught students and mentored teachers in technology integration in all levels of education: elementary, junior high, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an Instructional Designer at Missouri State University. In this role, she consults with faculty and members of the instructional community to create online, blended and traditional courses that are engaging, interactive, and instructionally sound. She works with faculty to find the appropriate technology that promotes student learning and support student learning outcomes.She is also the Technology Consultant for the Archdiocese of St. Louis where she sends out monthly newsletters to all of the elementary schools and high schools in the Archdiocese. She works with principals, technology coordinators, and teachers integrate technology into the curriculum. Jo Ann is an instructor and online course designer Fontbonne University. She teaches a variety of courses in the Master of Science in Computer Education program. Jo Ann was the Technology Coordinator at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis from 2004-2010. Her responsibilities were both instructional and technical. She was responsible for day to day troubleshooting (approximately two hundred and fifty machines that consisted of desktops, laptops, netbooks, and thin clients), technology planning and prepared and managed the technology budget and purchases. She provided training to the faculty and staff in both software applications and technology integration within their curriculum. She created online professional development courses for faculty to learn how to teach in the 21st Century using technology.
Meet Joe Hoffmeister
Joe Hofmeister served as the long-term technology director at Cincinnati Country Day School. He led the school’s pioneering efforts with the nation’s first immersion into a laptop program in which every student from grades 5-12 was required to purchase a laptop and have it available at school every day. More recently he guided the school in its transition to a one-to-one program with TabletPCs. He has spoken at many conferences and seminars and has been on advisory boards at Apple, Microsoft, Toshiba and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Cincinnati Country Day was one of the first groups to be honored by Microsoft as a “Center of Excellence” and hundreds of teachers and administrators have attended three-day workshops at the school to see firsthand how the school has integrated the ubiquitous technology on campus. He has coauthored eight books for classroom integration of technology and has contributed chapters and numerous articles to other publications. He is presently a member of the NAIS Technology Task Force.
Meet John Case
John Case is the Technology Coordinator for Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ohio Hi-Point serves 800+ students from 15 neighboring partner schools and focuses on preparing these students for the world of work or college. Case has managed the technology infrastructure since October 2000, and chairs Ohio Hi-Point’s Technology Committee. The Technology Committee wrote the district Technology Plan focused around the 1 to 1 environment, and included individual technology plans for each of the district’s 100+ staff members. He has written several articles for EdTech Magazine including a reference guide entitled “Anytime, Anywhere Computing Guide for K-12 Education.” Case maintains thewww.schooltechtools.com website which blogs about Case’s experiences with 1 to 1 computing.
Meet John Stiver
John Stiver recently retired as the Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Kershaw County School District in Camden, South Carolina. John has thirty-seven years of public education experience in North and South Carolina as a teacher, middle and high school principal, and secondary director. As a high school principal and district administrator, he is known for his knowledge and experience in curriculum, career education, and the use of technology. John coordinated Kershaw County’s i-CAN one-to-one laptop project as well as organized and implemented the deployment of laptops to all students in grades 9-12. He has presented at nationally recognized conferences about the integration of technology with instruction. An honest portrayal of the one-to-one laptop project is an integral portion of the presentations.
Meet Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin has fifteen years experience as a Head of School at three independent schools in California and Arizona, and is currently Head of St. Gregory College Preparatory School. At both St. Gregory and his previous school, Saklan Valley School, he has implemented and overseen 1:1 laptop programs, digital citizenship education, and technologically enhanced assessment of and for learning. Since 2008, he has been a educational blogger at www.21k12blog.net, which has been described in various publications as “one of the best” head of school blogs, has been nominated for an Edublog award, and was mentioned in the 2011 Solution Tree book, Connecting and Communicating with Social Media, A guide for Principals. In 2011, he was a contributor to the NAIS publication, A Guide to Becoming a School of the future. He is an active member of EdLeader21, the Professional Learning Community for 21st century education leaders. Passionate about Project Based Learning with Technology and empowering our students to become Web 2.0 users and creators, he has keynoted and spoken at conferences widely since 2009, on topics such as Innovative Schools, Innovative Students; Assessment 2.0: Next Generation Assessments of and for Learning; Leading Learning Forward: Steps Toward Becoming a School of the Future; Blogging as a School-leader; Reverse Instruction and the Flipped Classroom; and Innovative Uses of Technology in Becoming a School of the Future. He holds degrees from Harvard University (BA, Government), and University of San Francisco (MA, Private School Administration).
Meet Joyce Chiavacci
Joyce Chiavacci is a former classroom teacher and a corporate professional developer/trainer. She has been doing this for ten years and believes strongly in incorporating technology into the learning environment. Joyce has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in art and concentration in science from the University of Maine. She has been a fourth-grade teacher, basketball coach, advisor and mentor to student groups and coordinator for a school accreditation program. She is an expert PolyVision Interactive Whiteboard user along with Qwizdom Classroom Response Systems, Wizteach software and RM Easiteach software. Joyce is an active participant in the University of Maine’s annual program on integrating technology into the classroom where she instructs students in the use technology in the learning process.
Meet Julene Reed
Julene Reed is an educator and consultant with twenty–two years of experience as an administrator, integration specialist, and educator. Julene is currently the Director of Academic Technology for St. George’s Independent School in Memphis, TN, where she implemented a 1:1 program in a dual platform environment twelve years ago. As an education and leadership advisor, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, Julene has led professional development sessions internationally through conference workshops, keynotes, webinars, distance learning, and consulting opportunities. Julene has advised educators and school leaders on the facilitation of and planning for successful technology integration. Julene’s areas of expertise include global education, Google Apps for Education, mobile learning devices in education (i.e., iPads), digital media projects, challenge based learning, technology integration, 21st century skills for education, 1:1 computing, technology planning, interdisciplinary education, distance learning, web 2.0 tools, Common Core and mobile learning, and more. Julene’s consulting has included technology assessment and sustainability plans along with guidance for building technology vision and leadership. Julene is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Education STAR and Leadership Council member, Google Certified Teacher, and the International Chair of the Global Education Conference Advisory Board. Julene has developed curricular content for Apple Education, iTunesU, and Polar Bears International’s Tundra Connections. Julene has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a B.S. in Elementary Education. Julene’s expertise and experience as a presenter along with her enthusiastic, energetic, and interactive approach to professional development provide meaningful, motivating, and engaging opportunities for educators and leaders of all levels and disciplines.
Meet Justin Dover
Justin Dover is a widely esteemed network administrator from Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. Here he manages the network infrastructure, servers, wireless and security with a team of engineers for the 800 users in his network. However, though his technical skills are solid and cutting edge, he is most highly revered for the ease with which he can identify and explain complex technical issues in clear and simple to understand terms. He has presented at many conferences, including the Laptop Institute and has written articles for EdTech Magazine. Prior to his stellar work at Harpeth Hall, Justin was an IT consultant working primarily with medical companies.
Meet Karen Douse
Karen Douse is the Director of Library and Information Services at The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN, which serves girls in grades 5-12. A faculty member and administrator at Harpeth Hall since 1992, Karen originated and directs the school’s STEM for Girls Think Tank. She chaired Harpeth Hall’s Laptop Planning Committee in 1999, and has directed their 1:1 program since then. Since receiving her BA from Michigan State University and her MLS from the University of Michigan, she has served as a classroom teacher, librarian, and library/technology director. Karen has served on the National Association of Independent Schools Curriculum/Technology Task Force responsible for developing the Principles of Good Practice for Technology Use in Independent Schools. She also helped with developing the NAIS Guidelines for Professional Practice for Librarians. She is one of the founding board members of the Online School for Girls, and currently serves as the Board Vice-President. A Senior Collaborator with EC since 2006, Karen’s expertise lies in girls and technology, online and blended learning, the role of the school library and librarian, and strategic planning for the use of laptops and tablets in the classroom.
Meet Karen Montgomery
Karen Montgomery is a dynamic, creative educator with a broad knowledge of the potential and actual uses of education technology. Her background includes professional experience as a middle school science and math teacher, program coordinator for the Adventures In Medicine & Science (AIMS) program at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and as an education advocate for AT&T. Throughout her career, Karen has assisted many educators with understanding the issues and trends in education by way of conference presentations, quality community outreach programs, content-based staff instruction, customized professional development workshops and H.323 videoconferencing projects. She possesses a strong understanding of social media and Web 2.0 applications such as blogging, wikis, podcasting, mobile learning, photo sharing, social networking and RSS as it relates to education in today’s classrooms and the Net generation.
Meet Karen Fuller
Karen Fuller has been in K-12 Education for 21 years. She began as a classroom teacher teaching Micro Computer App on Apple 2e’s at Diboll ISD, then became the Technology Coordinator. She then moved to become the Technology Manager for ESC VII, in Kilgore, Texas. In 2004, she became the District Technology Trainer and then the Director of Technology in Marshall ISD and in 2006 became the Director of Information Technology for Klein ISD. Beginning July 2008, she became the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and Regional Networks. She conducted workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology planning. She has worked with districts on implementing wireless, VOiP, and distance learning networks. At Klein she helped deploy four successful 1:1 campuses, deployed over 30,000 computers, opened six new campuses with technology integrated in all classrooms, and work with curriculum and instruction on a daily basis. She has served on state committees for developing hardware standards and teacher standards in technology. She has worked with school districts on developing curriculum for technology integration and provided technical training for technology staff.
Meet Keith Gillette
Keith Gillette directs the Information Technology program at Lake Forest Country Day School and is Past President and current board member of the Illinois Chief Technology Officers, a nonprofit association of educational technology leaders. Keith has more than 15 years of experience delivering information technology solutions in K-20 educational contexts and has launched and administered two 1:1 student notebook computer programs. In addition to a breadth of multi-platform network and systems administration experience, Keith has expertise in IT infrastructure design and construction management associated with new building and facilities remodeling. Keith holds a Master of Science in Information & Telecommunications Systems Management, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as numerous IT industry certifications. Keith is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and brings Six Sigma certification and a quality systems/process management orientation to work in IT strategic planning, project coordination, and operations management.
Meet Lee Tilley
Lee is the Director of Technology at Chaminade College Preparatory School, an all male Catholic school in St. Louis, Missouri. Lee developed the 1:1 laptop program which started at Chaminade in 1999. Lee is know by colleagues in the field as a technical leader, constantly seeking ways to make technology work harder to improve performance and reliability for his students and faculty. He has become a self-made expert in on-line testing and is deeply experienced at making Active Directory policies that reflect and give meaning to the paper policies of the school.
Meet Leigh Anne Taylor Knight
Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight is a resourceful, innovative professional with over 20 years of experience in teaching and learning, strategic planning, and collaborative leadership. Currently serving as Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, Leigh Anne facilitates the collaborative efforts of over 30 public school districts, 21 charter schools, private/parochial schools, four research universities, local community colleges and other universities, foundations, civic leaders, businesses, and two states’ departments of education to develop research efforts that will positively influence P20 education in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Having served as a teacher, building administrator, district curriculum director and an assistant superintendent, she brings experience working in three reputable school districts all of which encountered growth in enrollment, additions of new facilities, and changing student demographics during her time in each. She has been recognized for exceptional skills in advancing technology efforts and engaging businesses, parents and other community partners in modern education initiatives. As a results-oriented initiator, she has proven comprehensive organizational and planning capabilities translating complex objectives into successful strategies and results. Dr. Knight holds graduate and advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City and University of Kansas.
Meet Lindsey Pahs
Lindsey Pahs has been working professionally with technology in education since 1991. His expertise is in K-12 teacher training. As well, he helps teachers and administrators to develop technology plans that solve current problems and prepare them for future growth. Since the beginning, Lindsey has always worked as a teacher in the classroom so as to never loose sight of the end goal: improved student learning. In addition to teaching, Lindsey also served as technology coordinator in both small and large school districts in Colorado. Because of this, he has the hardware, software, and end user knowledge to help him understand all aspects of technology implementation. During the last five years, Lindsey has been teaching online, developing courses for online schools and helping others create online environments for their students. He hosts a website for his students and blogs about educational technology at http://www.mrpahs.com/. Lindsey strives, daily, to integrate the best and most appropriate technologies into today’s classroom.
Meet Lisa Sjogren
Lisa Sjogren received the 2010 ISTE Emerging Leader Award and was a finalist for the 2010 Outstanding Young Educator Award. A graduate of Bemidji State University and Hamline University, she has served in the capacity to aide teachers in improving their technology integration skills. Now as a member of the Osseo Area (MN) Schools’ I2T2 department, she currently manages Osseo Area Schools ISTE NETS*T Seal of Alignment project, which was one of the first K-12 program in the country to receive the seal. Passionate about teaching digital citizenship, she is the go-to guru when it comes to Facebook securities. In her spare time, Lisa is a competitive speedskater who also enjoys cooking, travel, and photography.
Meet Lori MacConnell
Lori MacConnell has served St. John’s School in Houston, Texas as the Technology Integration Coordinator since 2003. She began her career as an English as a Second Language instructor for elementary school students, but she quickly realized that curriculum and professional development were her true passions. With enthusiasm and encouragement, she gives K-12 teachers the skills and confidence they need to develop engaging technology-infused lessons. Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Instructional Technology Specialization from Houston Baptist University. She has presented at local, state and national events. Her interest areas include interactive whiteboards, multimedia and digital storytelling, problem-based learning and lesson design.
Meet Lucie deLaBruere
Lucie deLaBruere currently works as a Tech Integration Specialist in a K-8 school in Vermont. She has 27 years of experience as an educator in the areas of social studies education, business and computer education, Career and Technical Education, Tech Integration, professional development leader, and college instructor. She has a B.A in Secondary Education and a Master of Science Degree in Internet Engineering. She is a Google Certified Educator, Oracle Internet Academy Certified Instructor, and Microsoft Office User Specialist. Lucie has created of a series of projects including TechSavvy Girls, TechSavvy Kids, Teach Savvy Leaders, TechSavvy Learning Communities based around her passion for project based learning, student leadership, web 2.0, open-source, and digital equity. She and her students have been the recipient of several awards and have presented at local, national, and international conferences. You can learn more about her from her website www.LearningWithLucie.com or through her blog contributions to Infinite Thinking Machine (www.infinitethinking.org).
Meet Lucy Gray
Named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, Lucy Gray has worked in the field of education for the past 20 years. Her career began as a primary grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and she received an M.Ed in Technology in Education from National Louis University. Most recently, she has worked at the University of Chicago in a variety of capacities related to educational technology. She is currently an education consultant, working with a variety of institutions and businesses on 21st century learning initiatives related to information literacy, global education, and mobile learning.
Meet Mario Fishery
Mario is the Director of Technology Support at The American School in Bombay (ASB), whose one-to-one program dates back to 2002. Prior to his work in education, Mario worked for 6 years in the Aviation industry. Mario holds a certification in ITIL V3, CCNA and Microsoft Technologies. He has also presented technology workshops at Laptop Institute and ASB Un-Plugged. A strong IT leader, Mario is also known for his understanding of people and organizations and how to match IT to meet their needs. His specialty is in Network Infrastructure, IT Quality and Wireless Security. He also has a strong background in implementing ITIL standards in a school IT environment.
Meet Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn has been the Technology Coordinator at John F Kennedy Catholic High school in Manchester, MO since the fall of 2002. She has fifteen years of experience working with technology in an academic setting. Prior to working with educational institutions, she worked as a programmer with a strong background in assisting end users with the integration of technology. In 2003, Kennedy was selected to pilot a laptop program for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Her primary focus at Kennedy is to assist teachers with the integration of technology in the classrooms. Over the last six years, she has developed a multi-tiered approach to professional development at Kennedy that includes traditional instruction, interactive instruction that focus on school initiatives, portfolios and professional learning teams. This has led to classroom integration of Web 2.0 applications.
Meet MaryBeth Hertz
Mary Beth Hertz is a K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA and holds an MS as an Instructional Technology Specialist. She was named one of ISTE’s Emerging Leaders in 2010 and has presented at ISTE twice. She has also presented at a number of other conferences on various topics related to technology and education and is a Tech Integration blogger for Edutopia. Mary Beth is one of the founders of the Edcamp Foundation, and was one of the co-organizers of the original Edcamp Philly. She is passionate about building professional development plans with teachers and providing teachers the opportunity to guide their own learning. Her role in schools has ranged from K-6 Science Teacher and Science Fair Coordinator to Technology Teacher and Technology Teacher Leader. She co-wrote a fully funded E-Rate grant as well as a fully funded ETTT grant in 2011 and she authored the Acceptable Use Policy for her school. Mary Beth also supports teachers with integrating technology into the classroom. She strongly believes that learning comes first and that technology should serve teaching and learning and not direct it.
Meet Matt Harris
Dr. Matt Harris is the Head of Learning Resources at the German European School Singapore. At GESS, Dr. Harris is responsible for creating coherent policy and strategy for the school’s tri curriculum program – preschool education, International Baccalaureate, and German public curriculum – while accounting for the needs of an expanding school population of 1500+ students situated across two campuses. In this role, Dr. Harris leads a team of educators and specialists that works to identify avenues for improving teaching and learning through the use of ICT, Libraries, and other educational resources. He leads a department that manages the school’s IT department, libraries, educational technology programs, data systems, and a 1:1 laptop program, which is the oldest such program in Singapore and the first to employ BYOD. Currently, Dr. Harris is working with regional educators and senior officials at the IBO to expand the school’s Global School program, which uses asynchronous learning through online instruction and real time video conferencing to provide Diploma level A1 language curriculum for students across Asia. Dr. Harris came to Singapore after working at two one-to-one laptop program schools in the United States. At each of these schools, he served as the Director of Technology and technology teacher, managing both the school Informational Technology systems and their educational technology programs. He wrote a comprehensive PK-8 technology curriculum and a 10 week induction course for teachers that focused on pedagogy and best practices for integrating ICT in a 1:1 laptop environment. Dr. Harris received his Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2010. His dissertation, titled Impactful Student Learning Outcomes for One-to-one Student Laptop Programs in Low Socioeconomic Schools, identified the learning outcomes that can be attained in 1:1 laptop programs and how those outcomes can be used to improve the lives of unprivileged students. Dr. Harris’ continues his research in laptop program administration, specifically the design and implementation of laptop programs that focus on improving student learning. In his career as an educator, Dr. Harris has taught all grades from Pre-School through Graduate School to students aged 4 to 70 years old.
Meet Melissa LaBoeuf Tothero
Before launching into consulting and coaching in January 2007, Melissa directed The University of Texas at Austin’s Laptop Initiative for Future Educators (LIFE). Under her leadership, the LIFE program evolved to support the 2,000+ students across the University’s campus who are pursuing careers in teaching. She evangelized her proven model for 1-to-1 learning at numerous national and international conferences, and has hosted visiting universities from around the world for site visits at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Melissa successfully managed and coordinated the United States Department of Education’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology implementation grant, Project INSITE (Inventing New Strategies for Integrating Technology into Education)—A program that proved to be instrumental in bringing the International Society for Technology in Education 2002 NETS*T Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Technology Integration to the University’s acclaimed UTeach program in 2002.
Meet Melissa Scott
Melissa Scott is the Lower School Technology Integration Specialist at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. Flint Hill is an independent, coeducational day school with 1,200 students JK through 12th Grade. Melissa holds a BS in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University, and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. Melissa has 16 years of educational experience in both public and independent schools, and has worked as a classroom teacher and instructional technologist. Most recently Melissa was part of a team that planned, organized, and implemented a 1:1 iPad rollout to 400 students and faculty in grades JK through 4 and 900+ MacBook Airs to students and faculty in grades 5 thru 12. As the Lower School Technology Integration Specialist, Melissa collaborates closely with teachers and instructional coaches to provide authentic and innovative 21st Century learning opportunities for students. Technology is integrated and an integral part of the curriculum. Daily, Melissa utilizes web 2.0 tools across both professional and personal domains including blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networking. Melissa is instrumental in providing on going professional development for faculty and has also presented at technology coffees for parents. She implemented a very popular weekly “Appy Hour” for faculty to learn about and share how apps have been utilized in the classroom. She is in the process of organizing an iPad summit at Flint Hill School in late spring, and a TEDx Youth Day in the 2012-2013 school year.
Meet Nick Sauers
Nick is currently the Leadership Training Coordinator of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE). CASTLE is the nation’s only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. In his position with CASTLE, Nick works with administrators helping them develop their personal technology skills and deepening their understanding of the impact of technology on education. Prior to assuming his role with CASTLE, Nick has held positions as an elementary and middle school principal, teacher, and coach in public schools in Iowa. His experience, skill and sense of humor brings comfort to the challenging demands of administrators seeking to ensure technology brings necessary value to schools.
Meet Norris Roberts
Norris Roberts is the Director of Technology for the Jennings (MO) School District. He has distinguished himself as an innovative and results-oriented technology leader who is committed to furthering the educational development of all students. He is noted as an expert for ERATE funding, reviews, and audits. Norris is a reviewer of technology plans for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Under his leadership, his district has averaged nearly $2 million in funding over the last few years and has successfully completed the rigorous ERATE selective review process. Norris is also recognized as a pioneer in the 1:1 Thin Client Computing space. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a specialization in Management Information Systems, a Masters in Computer Resource Information Management Systems and is near completion of his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership. Norris is a pessimistic planner with an optimistic attitude; this fact separates him from most.
Meet Pamela Livingston
Pamela Livingston has spent the past eighteen years supporting technology in schools. The author of “1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work”, Pamela wrote the book by spending over a year interviewing laptop leaders around the U.S., synthesizing research and studies on 1-to-1, and documenting her experience running The Peck School’s laptop program. Previously, Pamela managed large scale computer network projects at corporations and law firms, and was a project leader and editor for two Ziff Davis computer magazines. She holds a B.S. in computer systems and an M.S. in education technology. A frequent presenter and keynote at national conferences such as NECC, Lausanne’s Laptop Institute, and South Dakota’s Laptop Conference, she also develops workshops, and provides advice for U.S. and international schools and districts. Pamela is senior product manager at an eLearning company in Pennsylvania. and is also an adjunct professor teaching distance learning courses she designed at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
Meet Pete Dulany
Pete Dulany holds a MS in Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a BA in Education from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. While working for almost ten years in the secondary environment in suburban Chicago, Pete introduced Moodle as a Learning Management System to several departments, and has trained faculty across the country in how to better use Moodle and Blackboard. Pete also introduced and trained faculty on interactive whiteboards for several years, and is well-versed in offerings from Smart, Promethean, and Polyvision. Currently, Pete is writing a book on best practices for interactive whiteboards through ISTE, which is scheduled to be released in 2012. Pete is a former instructor at Triton College, where he taught classes on computer programming, network security, and database design. He is Google Apps Education qualified, and a Certified Internet Webmaster Associate.
Meet Peter Richardson
Peter Richardson is the Director of Information Systems at the Rutgers Preparatory School, a prestigious independent school in NJ. After 20 years in College Admissions and counseling, Peter assumed the role of Technology Director at RPS in 1999 and added the Library and Media Center to his areas of responsibility in 2010. Peter is a nationally recognized expert on the content management system, MOODLE, and has led numerous workshops at NAIS and at the Lausanne Laptop Institute. He has extensive experience assisting schools with their implementations. He is also an experienced Filemaker Pro Developer, having designed and written numerous databases, most notably the SIS for Rutgers Preparatory School.
Meet Rachel Morgan
Rachel Morgan is a teacher and technology mentor at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, CA. Chaminade is private co-ed school for grades 6-12, with a 1:1 laptop program. Among its many awards, Chaminade is a 2009 Model School. While at Chaminade, Rachel has worked closely with DyKnow to develop and deliver Webinars on Student Centered Learning lesson plans which help integrate technology into a liberal arts classroom, design online writing classes, and advise faculty about technology integration. Rachel is also a part time instructor at Santa Monica College and Johns Hopkins. Since 2003, she has worked in Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth Online Program as a writing instructor for students in grades 6-12. Rachel holds a B.A. in English and Humanities from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop.
Meet Randy Orwin
Randy Orwin is the Administrator of Online Learning at University of Washington and the former Director of Technology with Bainbridge Island School District in Washington State. He has a broad background in the K12 educational arena having been a tech director for ten years and a classroom teacher for fourteen years. He taught high school music, biology, ecology, math, computer networking and library media. Randy is passionate about teaching and learning, especially when it comes to the use of technology. He has over 20 years of experience working with teachers on technology integration and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. He is a strong advocate for Open Source software in the K12 environment and has taught Open Source workshops throughout the United States. He was recently nominated by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and received a “T.H.E. Journal” technology innovator award because of his creative use of Open Source software in his school district. One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s not about the technology, it is all about powerful teaching and learning!”
Meet Rob Reed
Rob Reed is currently a strategy consultant focused on education. Rob has previously worked as the Higher Education Segment Manager for HP and spent five and a half years working for HP Labs focusing on the intersection of technology research and education. Rob taught technology to undergraduates at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University for seven years and became fascinated with the way technology can help education scale up AND become more effective when married to the appropriate pedagogy and infrastructure. As a consequence of that teaching experience, Rob helped foundwww.wipte.org, an organization that publishes papers on Tablet usage in K-12 and higher education classrooms via monographs. Rob is profoundly optimistic that aggregating good academic research evidence and practices in 1:1 deployments will improve teaching and learning practices the world over. Rob has also worked for Microsoft Research in Seattle, and as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. Rob earned a BS from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, started a computer modeling consultancy, received an MBA in finance (Indiana University), and worked for Deloitte Consulting.
Meet Robin Peralta
Robin Peralta is the Laptop Program Director for Episcopal High School, a 9-12 grade boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia. Robin is in her 16th year at EHS, where she has managed their 1:1 laptop program since April 1998. She’s seen many changes in the program over the years. In addition to managing the laptop program, Robin teaches an intensive 5-week new student orientation laptop training class at the beginning of each school year, with an emphasis on Internet safety and protocol, laptop security/care and feeding, and MS Suite applications. She works very closely with her L.A.T.E.R. (Laptop and Technology Emergency Repair) students, and has just put the finishing touches on a training video she and her students wrote, produced and directed. Robin is also a frequent presenter at both Lenovo’s ThinkTank and Lausanne’s Laptop Institute.
Meet Sam Richards
Sam is the Middle School Head at Cape Cod Academy. In addition to his duties as Middle School Head he teaches Algebra 1 Honors class and Java programming. He also supervises the Technology Staff and chairs the Technology Advisory Committee. Before coming to Cape Cod Academy Sam was the Director of Technology at Lake Forest Country Day School. Sam worked at LFCDS for a total of eighteen years, and in addition to being Director of Technology, he spent time as the Head of the Upper School and as a math teacher, coach, adviser and fifth grade homeroom teacher. Sam also spent time at the Hotchkiss School, Moses Brown School and the Rectory School. He brings a broad range of experience from his twenty-nine year career as an educator.
Meet Sarah Hanawald
Sarah Hanawald is the Dean of Academic affairs at Cannon School in Concord, NC (just outside Charlotte). Cannon has been a 1:1 school for nearly ten years. As Dean of Academic Affairs, Sarah oversees professional growth and evaluation for faculty. Previously, she was at Greensboro Day School, a nationally known TK-12 school in Greensboro, NC . Her roles at Greensboro Day include Laptop Program Director, Teaching Coach, Technology Coordinator and Learning Resource Teacher. In 2000, as Laptop Program Director, Sarah led Greensboro Day School’s launch of a 1:1 initiative in grades 6-12 that has matured into an academic culture that encourages the thoughtful use of technology throughout the curriculum. As Laptop Program Director, Sarah oversaw all aspects of the program including model selection, vendor negotiations, Help Desk operations, classroom use of laptops, and school-wide technology policies. Sarah’s current specialties are helping educators leverage social media for their professional growth, assisting technology integrationists develop plans for working with faculty at varying levels of technology use, assisting teachers in developing a team approach to teaching with technology, and using technology to support differentiated instruction.
Meet Shabbi Luthra
Dr. Shabbi Luthra has worked for over two decades in various roles in the field of Educational Technology in American overseas schools. She is in her sixth year as the Director of Technology at the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. The school is a leader in technology integration and the use of innovative technologies to enhance and enrich student learning. It hosts a biennial 1-to-1 learning conference called ASB Un-Plugged as a forum to share practices and experiences amongst international schools that are interested in or have launched 1-to-1 learning programs. One of Shabbi’s graduate degrees is an M.Ed (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of Houston. She also holds an Ed.D from Boston University in the area of Educational Media and Technology. Shabbi enjoys envisioning, deploying, and providing guidance in the areas of technology integration programs, laptop/ tablet integration, staff development, building technology leadership at all levels of an international school, and planning and managing change and transitions in these schools. Managing transitions in international schools is critical for the integration of technology to be seamless and effective, and to truly support students’ learning. She presents workshops and seminars at conferences around the world and provides consultative advice to schools on technology planning, tech integration, and implementing 1-to-1 programs. She also teaches a graduate course on technology integration at Boston University. Shabbi’s blog Paradigm Shift (http://paradigmshift21.edublogs.org/), shares reflections on schools and teaching and learning in the 21st century. Shabbi is the winner of the AALF-CRSTE Leadership & Vision Award, an international recognition of leaders in the field of education who have implemented programs that promote the effective infusion of technology into instruction that reflects the skills, knowledge and experience that are essential for success in the 21st century global economy.
Meet Steve Taffee
Steve Taffee is a progressive educator with deep experience in change management, innovation, and technology. He was with Castilleja School (Palo Alto, CA) from 2002 – 2012, initially as Director of Technology and later as Director of Strategic Projects. Steve has in-depth experience with 1-1 BYOD programs, social media, operations and policy, space planning, environmental sustainability, and emergency planning. Prior professional experience include roles as an software designer and executive with MECC and the Learning Company and as Director of Development for Netscape’s international web sites. He blogs at taffee.edublogs.org and may be followed on Twitter @sjtaffee. Steve is a graduate of Central Michigan University and holds advanced degrees from Michigan State University.
Meet Stewart Crais
In his nineteenth year at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, Stewart Crais serves as the school’s director of operations, overseeing all aspects of the physical campus including technology infrastructure and planning, construction projects, buildings and grounds, summer and after school programs, dining services, conference and facility rentals, long range planning, and renewal / replacement budgeting. A graduate of Rhodes College, Crais also is director of the Lausanne Summer Institute, an international conference for K-12 schools studying ways to further engage students and learning using digital devices and non-traditional best practices, and past President of the Memphis Area Independent School – Technology Education Consortium. In addition to online publication contributions and articles in print media, Crais is the coauthor of “Technology Usage and Administration at the Independent School: Balancing Control and Autonomy” in Looking Ahead: Independent School Issues and Answers published by the National Association of Independent Schools.
Meet Toby McQuerry
Toby McQuerrey is the Social Studies Curriculum Director at Parkway School District and the former Social Studies Department Chair at Jennings High School, located in metropolitan St. Louis, MO. Toby’s skills at developing inquiry based curricula and appropriate integration of technological tools into education have been tapped by many schools as well as IBM Global Services. Toby has a M.A. in Education specializing in Information Science and Learning Technology from the University of Missouri. He has spoken at many conferences and has served as a key consultant in a group hired to start a new cutting-edge high school currently being built.
Meet Vincent Jansen
Vincent Jansen is presently the Director of Information Services at Lower Canada College in Montreal, Canada. Vincent has been involved in education for 29 years, fulfilling roles as teacher, administrator, business analyst and consultant. His role as a leader in educational technology has taken him to Stanstead College, Bishop’s College School and International Schools located in Scotland, Kenya, Philippines and Belgium. He has taught graduate courses at Bishop’s University and has presented at numerous conferences around the globe. In addition to teaching, Vincent has conducted accreditation visits, developed technology audits, strategic IT plans, workflow and learning metrics and business intelligence initiatives. He has a Masters degree in Education Administration, along with Certification in Use of Emerging Technologies in Learning. His interest and expertise lie in establishing a vision for the integration of technological solutions thereby enhancing learning platforms, data management, visual thinking and workflow.
Meet Vinnie Vrotny
Vinnie is currently the Director of Academic Technology at North Shore Country Day School, where he has been a member of the technology team for sixteen years. While he was originally responsible for all aspects of technology (hardware, software, networking, and web development), as the school’s use of technology has grown, so has his role. His current focus is to coach and mentor both faculty and students as they learn how to embed technology in their daily lives. In his life as a teacher, his “students” are not only in kindergarten through twelfth grade, but include the adult members of the school community as well. He has been recognized as a Google Certified Teacher, invited as a spotlight speaker at both regional and national conferences, and cohosts a weekly webcast that focuses on the intersection of technology and education.
Meet Wes Fryer
Wesley Fryer is an international learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” Wesley is the executive director of the nonprofit Story Chasers Inc., the lead partner in the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices and Celebrate Kansas Voices digital storytelling projects. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide. He teaches technology integration courses for pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and has served as a co-convener for the annual K-12 Online Conferencesince it began in 2006. Wesley became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, is a 1992 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, and a Fulbright Scholar. He is an active member of the education committee of the Oklahoma Creativity Project. His educational background includes service as an elementary classroom teacher, campus technology integration specialist, college director of distance learning, state director for education advocacy for AT&T, and director of technology for a state historical association.
Meet William Stites
William Stites is the Director of Technology for The Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ. He has been at MKA since 1994 and has taught Third Grade and as well working in the Technology Department the entire time, serving as Director since 1999. William also servers as Blogger in Chief of edSocialMedia (http://www.edsocialmedia.com). In addition to these roles he has also served as an advisor for the New Jersey Educational Computer Cooperative (http://www.njecc.org) since 2001 and has been a presenter at a variety of conferences including TechLearning’s TechForum and the NAIS conference(s) over the years. He (along w/Karen Newman) has also won the Leading Edge Award for Technology in 2004 for MKA’s online faculty development program.