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NameTiffany Lucey

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State:New Jersey
District:Toms River Regional School District
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What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleSupervisor of Educational Technology

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On the road to becoming the Toms River Regional School's Supervisor of Educational Technology Tiffany Lucey has been an intermediate, high school and college educator.  As a  math and computer science teacher she gained recognition for modeling interdisciplinary creative practices and was awarded teacher of the year. Her specialties include: implementing woodshop makeovers, media center evolution and classroom revolution.  Much of this work is accomplished through team efforts succeeding in millions of dollars of grant funding. Most recently the district was awarded $760,000 to enhance computer coding offerings at the high school level.  She serves as Supervisor of Educational Technology at Toms River Regional Schools, the fifth largest district in the state of New Jersey.  She  helps teachers utilize technology in their classrooms, links curriculum with instruction, and communicates student needs with school leaders while seeking alternative sources of funding.  She has helped her district apply for and earn the distinguished Future Ready Schools and innovateNJ designation from the NJDOE and co-founded the 4,000 attendee JerseyShoreMakerfest.org event.

NameSusan Kiley

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State:Massachusetts
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TitleCommunications & Marketing Assistant

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"Susan Kiley is a certified Curriculum & Instructional Technology Specialist and Google for Education Trainer. Her experience includes professional development, integrated lesson planning and fostering professional learning communities to bring a collaborative approach to innovation in schools. Susan was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year by the United Regional Chamber of Commerce for her role as mentor to her fellow teachers, as well as for her innovative uses of technology in the classroom. Susan served as a facilitator for the MassCUE’s Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning program through The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University, and is an online instructor for both MassCUE and Ed Technology Specialists. Her professional development experience includes curriculum integration training for school districts, as well as conference workshops, presentations and Google Apps for Education Summits.

Susan holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instructional Technology, as well as  MA DESE licenses in both teaching and administration. Her focus is on how technology can be used to improve teaching and learning, and bridging the gap between pedagogy and technology tools to make this happen.

NameRobert Dillon

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State:Missouri
District:University City
School:University City Sr. High

What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleDirector of innovation

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Dr. Robert Dillon has served as a thought leader in education over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon serves on the Leadership Team for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today's needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is the author of four books on best practices in learning, Leading Connected Classrooms Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today, Redesigning Learning Space, and his most recent book on learning space design called The Space: A Guide for Educators.

NameRandy Moczygemba

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State:Texas
District:New Braunfels Isd
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What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleSuperintendent

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"I have been an educator for 32 years.  I began my teaching career in 1985 as an Agricultural Science Teacher at Post, Texas.  There, I had the amazing opportunity to have 25 computers in my classroom so that I had a 1:1 environment for teaching and learning at a time when this was certainly the exception.  I have experienced the digital revolution as a a teacher, programmer of instructional software, programmer of student information system software, network installer, web master, etc. etc., all in roles in the public school system.  I ushered in internet connectivity to Lamesa High School in 1994 as principal and then expanded the network to the entire district as assistant superintendent.  Lamesa was one of the first districts to have district-wide internet connectivity in all classrooms and offices.  We were also one of the first districts to utilize microwave technology to run the network segments between campuses and district offices.
As superintendent at New Braunfels ISD, I created a vision of a 1:1 educational environment for all students in the district, which we accomplished two years ago with our TEC21 initiative which provides an individual iPad to every student.  Students receive a new iPad in 1st, 5th and 9th grades, keeping technology and applications current.
Our district is also a leader in district developed curriculum and one of the largest users of iTunes U in the world.  Many of our teachers have been trained in Project Based Learning and we have a goal of reaching 100% attainment within the next two years.
Our vision is to provide 24/7 educational opportunities for all students and to foster an environment of "on demand" learning for every child so that they truly become "life long" learners."

NameMichael Niehoff

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State:California
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TitleCareer Technical Education Manager

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Michael Niehoff is currently a Career Technical Education Leader at the College of the Sequoias. He has been a secondary educator for 28 years as a teacher, advisor, director of activities, learning director and site leader. After several years in the media industry, he became an educator to empower students to create, innovate and advocate. Michael, along with his students, programs and school sites, have been recognized by Apple, Google, CUE, NASSP, NOD, AMAE, CLHS, CSBA, CVCUE, CADA, JEA and many others. He is the founding principal of the award-winning, 1:1, project-based Minarets High School/Minarets Charter High School that opened in 2008. He is also a staff writer for Getting Smart, as well as a contributing writer for ISTE, Next Gen Learning, P21  eSchool News, Educational Technology & Mobile Learning, USC Rossier Online, Grey Ed Solutions, Ed Social Media and many others. He publishes regularly on his own Education Blog entitled Edu Change & Student Advocacy. He is a Google Certified Innovator and CUE Lead Learner who regularly presents and writes on progressive education issues. His focused areas include, but are not limited to project-based learning, career technical education, school culture, new literacies and skills, transformational leadership, student voice & choice, ed tech integration, school redesign and more. He is a past CUE & CVCUE Site Leader of the Year, as well as an ACSA Region IX Secondary Principal of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @mwniehoff or find out more at www.michaelniehoff.com.

NameMatthew Drewette-Card

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State:Maine
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What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleDirector of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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I have been the district leader for curriculum, instruction, and assessment for a small, rural school district in central Maine for six years. In that time, I have: 1) led a successful system-wide transition to a proficiency-based learning system; 2) acted as the main author and architect of an innovative, comprehensive high school project that integrates high school academics, career and technical education, higher education, and industry partnerships; 3) designed and maintain the new district website and social media presence to help improve communication with our community; 4) led an initiative to bring a student-centered and proficiency-based learning model to a sister school in Suzhou, China that uses the Dexter Regional High School Curriculum; 5) led major instructional shifts away from teacher-led classrooms to student-centered learning environments, including the use of design thinking mindsets, behavioral and motivation research, and learning spaces research; 6) developed an innovative structure of microcredentials to meet standards- and proficiency-based diploma requirements; and more.

NameMark Johnston

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State:Virginia
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What is your role in the School/District?District Superintendent

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With over thirty years of experience in public education, Mark Johnston has served as a teacher and administrator in Fairfax, Arlington, and Shenandoah Counties in Virginia. He is an innovator in public education and recognizes the value in recruiting, developing, and cultivating human capital. Both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees are from George Mason University where his research focused on leveraging teacher professional development through synchronous and asynchronous technologies and a problem-based learning approach. As Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in Arlington Public Schools, Mark oversaw the development and implementation of a differentiated compensation system for teachers and the division’s Foreign Language Elementary School Spanish program. Currently serving as Superintendent of Schools for Shenandoah County, Virginia, Mark’s professional interests include student access to opportunity through innovative teaching practices. Currently, he is leading his school division in efforts to increase college and career readiness through a 21st Century Skills framework of soft skills and authentic learning opportunities. In 2016, Mark was named one of the “Superintendents to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association. Mark resides in Fort Valley, Virginia.

NameLois Alt

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State:Wisconsin
District:Wisconsin Dept Of Public Instruction
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TitleEducational Consultant

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I am a former teacher, curriculum director, technology director and assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and technology for a public school district of approximately 6,000 students. I currently work as an educational consultant with Janice Mertes at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and with Dawn Nordine at the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative on both Future Ready initiatives and blended learning projects. I work with school districts and agencies in their efforts to plan, implement and sustain a digital conversion process. I have led many workshops at the state, regional, and national levels and have taught graduate classes in a variety of technology and curriculum-related subjects.

NameKirk Koennecke

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State:Ohio
District:Graham Primary School
School:Graham Primary School

What is your role in the School/District?District Superintendent

TitleSuperintendent , Graham Local Schools

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Kirk Koennecke is the Superintendent of the Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris, Ohio. He is also the Executive Director of the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative, serving over 50 districts with professional development services. Kirk has been involved in education at all levels for over 25 years.

NameKen Wallace

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State:Illinois
District:Maine Township Hsd 207
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What is your role in the School/District?District Superintendent

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Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent, Maine Township High School District 207 whose 3 comprehensive high schools have been recognized by the Washington Post, US News & World, and Newsweek to be among the nation’s best high schools. Under Ken’s leadership District 207 became Google’s first k-12 partner, created annual instructional coaching plans for every teacher, was named one of America’s most innovative Districts by Tech Insider, was named a Google Reference District, and won an International Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education. Dr. Wallace is the 2017 Illinois Association of Career and Technical Education Champion and the 2018 National Association of Career and Technical Education Champion of the year for the District’s work to improve college and career counseling and outcomes for every student. District 207’s innovative Adult Learning program, centered around teacher leadership, personalized PD with annual instructional coaching plans for every teacher, has helped the district significantly improve student achievement and outcomes despite increasing poverty and diversity among its students. Ken was also named one of EdTech’s top 100 influencers for 2017-2018. District 207 was recently chosen by AASA and the Successful Practices Network as one of 25 US Districts for inclusion in a study of Districts for, “innovative practices leading to increased student achievement.”

NameJames Spruill

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State:Michigan
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Title21st Century Teaching and Learning Consultant

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Dr. James E. Spruill, is the owner of Urban Divide Technology and a consultant with over 18 years as Superintendent, Principal/Assistant Principal, IT Consultant/Educational Technology trainer, and Technology Director/Instructor. Dr. Spruill has successfully led two, urban, high poverty, turnaround districts/schools to exceed the charter authorizer’s growth goals for reading and math in a year. He has served as a reviewer for the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) STEMWorks program where he determined the viability of national STEM programs which could be scaled successfully. As an educational technology coach for MDE, he built the capacity over one hundred administrators & educators to integrate educational technology to prepare students for the Smarter Balanced assessment. Dr. Spruill co-authored the Teaching and Learning sections MDE’s educational technology plan MI Roadmap: Transforming Education Through Technology 2017 – 2021. He also served as a member of MDE’s Michigan Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) Advisory Council; MDE’s MTRAX Instructional Measures workgroup (which identified middle school educational technology skills), MDE’s Tech Planning workgroup (which created the process to incorporate the educational technology plan into the school improvement planning process), and as a VIP Observer at the Future Ready Schools Summit. Dr. Spruill has presented at Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Curriculum and Technology Leaders Collaborative Summit 2017; MACUL 2015; the North Carolina Alliance for Charter Schools’ Annual Conference (2013); Michigan Association of Public School Academies’ (MAPSA) Annual Conference (2012 & 2005); and the Society for Applied Learning Technology’s Interactive Technologies Conference (2006). Dr. Spruill is certified as an AdvancEd School accreditation evaluator. As a licensed Restorative Practices trainer, he has trained over two hundred administrators & educators in implementing Restorative Practices with fidelity . Last, Dr. Spruill is a proud veteran of the United States Army.

NameJack Plotkin

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State:California
District:El Segundo Unified
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What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleDirector of Innovation & Student Support Services

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"I began my career teaching special education in a non-public high school and moved on to teaching middle school special education and Spanish.  I earned Masters degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration.  I have served as Assistant Principal at both elementary and middle school levels, and served as El Segundo Middle School Principal for six years.  Most recently, I was promoted to Director of Innovation & Student Support Services for El Segundo Unified.

I earned my doctorate at Ucla and published a dissertation focusing on successful transition of students with mild to moderate disabilities to post-secondary institutions.  I have presented at the IB Conference of the Americas on aligning content to IB standards, as well as two presentations at the CUE National Conference in Palm Springs on use of innovative technology.

My areas of interest and knowledge include organizational change, unit and lesson design, meaningful integration of technology, and creating inclusive environments for all students."

NameElissa Malespina

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State:New Jersey
District:Somerville Public School District
School:Somerville Middle School

What is your role in the School/District?High School Leader

TitleSchool Librarian Middle School

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Elissa Malespina is the Teacher Librarian at Somerville Middle School in Somerville NJ. She is also President of the ISTE Librarin Network. She is also the Chairperson of the NJ Future Ready Librarians Taskforce and a member of the NJ Future Ready Taskforce.

NameDan Funston

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State:Michigan
District:Concord Community Schools
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I've been a K-12 administrator for 15 years. I've spent the last 5 years as assistant superintendent in Plymouth, IN, The Director of eLearning for Five Star Technology, and now Superintendent of Concord Community Schools. In 2011, I was recognized as district middle school principal of the year and served on the Indiana Department of Education's eLearning Leadership Cadre. I led a K-12 1:1 implementation in Plymouth beginning in 2010 and also implemented 1:1 in Concord the last two years. We brought the New Tech Network and it's instructional model to Plymouth during my time as a principal and central office administrator and am now working on competency based learning models to implement here in Concord.

NameChris Balogh

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State:California
District:Atascadero Unified
School:Del Rio Continuation High

What is your role in the School/District?High School Leader

TitlePrincipal of Alternative Education

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I have K-12 experience as an administrator and teaching experience in grades 7-12. After eight years as principal of an elementary school, I jumped into the alternative education realm and have found my bliss! I lead a continuation high school and an alternative K-12 school that seeks to expand options for all learners. Our continuation high school is centered on social/emotional as well as "essential" learning skills, such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and citizenship. Our K-12 school is based on an independent study model, yet brings in the best of blended learning, acceleration, and personalization. My leadership style is closely aligned with the principals described in Daniel Pink's, Drive, finding the best ways to find success with students and staff is through autonomy, purpose, and mastery. I'm looking to expand my understanding of how students learn in our contemporary world, and enjoy the opportunity to network in pursuit of a better educational model. I'm a co-founder of EdCampSLO, board member of Lighthouse Atascadero (a community organization supporting the mental health of children in our schools), and I founded and serve as a facilitator of the Atascadero Community Collaborative, a county-wide networking forum bringing together the multitude of organizations that support youth in our community. I'm innovative, a risk-taker, and I love this work!

NameBrian Seymour

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State:Ohio
District:Pickerington Local
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What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleDirector of Instructional Technology

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"Brian is the Director of Instructional Technology for Pickerington Local School District in Ohio.  Brian is currently leading Pickerington Schools through 1:1 process, which is currently the largest school district in Ohio to go completely 1:1.  Brian is also leading the district through a change in pedagogy to adopt a brand of blended learned they have termed “Tradigital Learning.” Brian is the 2017 ITIPOhio Outstanding Tech Admin of the Year.  Brian was also named the Ohio’s Making It Happen Award for 2017. Brian was named in 2018 one of the finals for the national Edtech School Leaders by EdTech Digest. Brian was named one of the Connected Educators of 2014 by Battelle for Kids. Brian was a member of the White House’s CSforAll steering committee.
Under Brian’s leadership, Pickerington Schools was awarded the coveted Distinguished District award (2018) from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).  Additionally, Pickerington Schools have been named a Distinguished District by The Center for Digital Education (2017), The Learning Counsel (2017), National School Boards Association (2018), WOSU Classroom (2018) and District Administrator Magazine (2017). Through Brian leadership of creating the PLSD technology plan, Pickerington School’s technology plan named a model school district for the Future Ready program and for Ohio’s Future Ready initiative.
Brian has also been served as one of the ISTE Community Champions in assisting schools to integrate more tech into the classroom and will be a part of the ISTE leadership teams for Technology Coordinators PLN, Learning Spaces PLN and Computer Science PLN. Additionally, Brian is currently serving as the Chair for the WOSU EdTech Steering and Advisory Council. Brian was selected in 2017-2018 as one of the OhioASCD Emerging Leaders.
Brian has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Comprehensive Science Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master’s Degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State, another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Ashland University and a Superintendent License from The Ohio State University."

NameAlicia Perez-Katz

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State:New York
District:New York City Geographic District # 2
School:Baruch College Campus High School

What is your role in the School/District?High School Leader

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"Bio/Overview: Alicia Pérez-Katz is the principal of Baruch College Campus High School (BCCHS), which attained a 100% graduation rate and a 98% college entry rate. Prior to her transition to principal, Pérez-Katz was an English teacher and staff developer for Baruch College Campus High School. She also was Guest Practitioner and Co-teacher at Baruch College School of Public Affairs. Before working at BCCHS, she was a Technical Writing teacher at Hostos Community College, where she was awarded the Teacher of the Year award. Her career in education began at WINGS Academy in Bronx New York, where she taught 9th grade Humanities, Advisory & Journalism. She spent most of her childhood in Ecuador, South Korea, and Brazil, attending International Schools.

Educational Values/Philosophy: Pérez-Katz believes that community is the core value for developing a strong school culture. At Baruch College Campus High School, their advisory program has been studied by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a model to replicate nationally. The advisory program at BCCHS loops students with the same teacher advisor for all four years of high school. This gives students the safety net to navigate the “tightrope between adolescence and young adulthood.” Advisors confer with students individually, helping them monitor and set goals and take ownership of their own learning. Advisory also fosters community building and supports literacy, with advisors reading alongside their students weekly. Pérez-Katz also believes in small schools having the capacity to connect with families and students in a more intimate way. When students are known in school and form attachments to adults, they are able to succeed and take risks. Every child in the school is known well by an adult, and families have a key contact throughout their child’s high school experience. In order to support college readiness, Pérez-Katz believes that guidance counselors and a college office are critical. As a school serving a broad range of students in an urban setting, she funds a full-time college office, providing students and families with one-on-one college counseling, leveling the playing field for all students to have access to college, regardless of their families’ backgrounds. The college counselors work closely with teachers and advisors to provide linkage across all four years to guide students through the college process. Pérez-Katz believes that teacher development is at the heart of reaching the school’s Core Values of Rigor, Community, Real World Connections and Global Citizenship. Through dedicated mentoring, classroom inter-visitations and in providing teachers the freedom to be creative in their planning, students are challenged to learn at the highest level, with scaffolding and supports in place to assist them in achieving their full potential. Lastly, partnerships with universities and community organizations provide students at BCCHS with the opportunity to engage on a broader scale. By seeking out opportunities to provide early college courses and external internships, students learn beyond the traditional classroom. Currently, students at BCCHS are earning up to ten college credits in partnership with Baruch College during their high school careers.

Achievements: In 2007, Pérez-Katz was selected to be a Cahn Fellow for Distinguished New York City Principals. Under Pérez’-Katz’s leadership, Baruch College Campus High School has been cited as one of the most competitive high schools for admission in New York City by The New York Times. BCCHS has also been selected as an iZone school and “High Performing/Gap Closing” School. BCCHS was a finalist for the Elizabeth Rohaytin Prize for School Innovation and the Intel Innovative Mathematic Program. It was named a Gold Medal School by US News & World Report in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In fall 2014, BCCHS was one of 15 schools awarded the InvenTeam Grant in order to pursue year-long inventions that addressed real-world problems. In 2013 and 2014, BCCHS won a Service in School Grant for their work valuing community service. In 2011, BCCHS received the highest number of applications among all of the New York City public high schools.

Education: Pérez-Katz holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University and Master’s degree in English Education from Columbia University. She also has a Master’s of Science in Education Administration from Baruch College."

NameVickie McCullough

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State:Idaho
District:Idaho Virtual Education Partners Inc.
School:Idaho Connects Online Alternative School

What is your role in the School/District?District Superintendent

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My passion for education and my desire to make a difference in the lives of others has fueled my twenty plus years in education.  I am currently leading a virtual school district that supports the at risk learner and has a strong focus on those "invisible" students for which the current educational system does not work.  Virtual education can provide multiple opportunities to address needs that exist outside of the four walls of the traditional classroom and I am eager to continue to find ways to provide equitable access to a quality education for all.

NameGigi Mohamad

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State:New Jersey
District:Bergenfield Borough School District
School:Bergenfield High School

What is your role in the School/District?High School Leader

TitleSupervising Library Media Specialist

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Dr. Gihan (Gigi) Mohamad is currently working as a Supervising School Library Media Specialist. She serves as a member of the Technology committee at Bergenfield School District as well as a technology coach for students and staff. She has been in the Information Literacy field for over 18 years. She has presented at New Jersey Association for School Librarians (NJASL) and The New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC) about technology in Education. Dr. Mohamad is trained as an Achievment Coach by the New Jersey State Department of Education. She is an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University teaching an information science course to graduate students. She is a member of the American Library Association and the American Association of School Librarians. She is also affiliated with the New Jersey Association of School Librarians where she serves as a member of the nomination committee. Dr. Mohamad is a library mentor of the MentorNJ Project funded by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.

NameBenjamin Churchill

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State:California
District:Carlsbad Unified
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What is your role in the School/District?District Superintendent

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Dr. Ben Churchill is the Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District, a K-12 school district of 11,500 students in Southern California. He previously worked in Illinois, serving as an assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, high school principal, and high school English teacher. Ben began his 22-year career in education teaching English in China. Current areas of interest include classroom technology integration; implementation of openly-licensed educational resources; leadership development (for children and adults); and expansion of public-private partnerships to support student learning. Ben’s current work spans the education spectrum from innovative teaching practices to facilities planning to effective classroom design, all with an emphasis on student agency. Connect with Ben on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @SuptChurchill.

NameJay Blackman

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State:Indiana
District:Tri-Creek School Corporation
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What is your role in the School/District?District Administrator

TitleDirector of Educational Technology

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Jay Blackman is the Director of Educational Technology for Tri-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana.  In his role Jay oversees the selection, implementation, and maintenance of technology and instruction for over 3300 students and 400 staff. Tri-Creek is in its' 7th year of an instructional program incorporates a project-based learning framework with 1 to 1 technologies.  In 2015 Tri-Creek was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program district-wide, one of a few in the state of Indiana. Jay also leads teams responsible for technology grantwriting, data collection and integration, district operations, and online learning programs. Jay has been recognized as a 2017 Apple Distinguished Educator, a 2015 National School Boards Association Technology Leadership Network “20 To Watch" leader, a 2009 Google Certified Innovator, and the 2011 Illinois Computing Educators Outstanding Educator of the Year.

NameSue Way

Select your State, District and School
State:Virginia
District:Buena Vista City Pblc Schs
School:Parry Mccluer High

What is your role in the School/District?High School Leader

TitleInstructional Technology Coordinator

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When I was young, I was fortunate in having wonderful math teachers who made learning fun and turned math into one of my favorite subjects. After  working for a few years in the corporate world, I returned to school to earn a Master's in Secondary Education - Math. I was inspired by those wonderful teachers and wanted to give students the same opportunities that I had and share my passion and love for learning with the next generation. I taught a variety of math classes in grades 8-12 for over nine years. During that time technology began entering the K-12 educational system. I was fascinated by the many uses of technology and taught myself how to use as much as I could. A Computer Resource Teacher at my school saw my interest and recommended that I apply to become a CRT. The next year I began working in instructional technology sharing technology infused lessons with teachers and their students in grades K-5. Showing teachers how they can enhance student learning and inspire and motivate students  through technology is something I am quite passionate about and is why I am still excited about the field after  15 years. Watching teachers, and their students, have that "aha" moment as they learn new skills motivates and inspires me in return. To further my own skills and knowledge, I earned a second Master's in Educational Technology Leadership and a NETS*T certification, and regularly attend and present at state and regional educational technology conferences. Currently, I am an Instructional Technology Coordinator for four schools serving grades K-12 as well as a high school CTE teacher teaching Communications and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.
Member: VSTE - Virginia Society for Technology Education, SVTC - Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium

NamePJ Caposey

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State:Illinois
District:Meridian Cusd 223
School:Stillman Valley High School

What is your role in the School/District?District Superintendent

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PJ Caposey has had a wide range of educational experiences throughout his career. Mr. Caposey’s educational career began by receiving the Golden Apple Scholarship in high school which supports students to pursue their dream to teach by providing scholarship money and training in return for a commitment to teach in a need-based area. Mr. Caposey did just that after completing his studies at Eastern Illinois University by teaching at Percy Lavon Julian High School in the inner-city of Chicago. After completing his administrative certification at National Louis University, Mr. Caposey served as an Assistant Principal in Rockford Public Schools before becoming the principal Oregon High School at the age of 28. After arriving at Oregon High School, Mr. Caposey and the school have received many honors.

Personally, PJ was acknowledged by winning the Illinois Principal's Association/Horace Mann Partners in Education Award and IPA Principal of the Year for NW Illinois. Additionally, Mr. Caposey personally has been selected as an Award of Merit winner by the Those Who Excel program sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education, was honored as one of the nation's top young educators when announced as an Honoree for the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award, has been named an ASCD Emerging Leader. PJ was named one of 25 Superintendents to watch nationally by NSPRA, won the INSPRA Distinguished Service Award of Excellence, and was named Eastern Illinois University's Distinguished Alumnus in Education in 2016, as well as being named to the 40 Leaders under 40 cohort in the NW part of Illinois. More importantly, Oregon High School was named one of the nation's top high schools by US News and World Report in 2012 and one of the top 2000 high schools in the country by Newsweek in 2013. Meridian has also been named a District of Distinction by District Administration magazine, been awarded a Silver Recognition by US News and World Report, and is home to 1 of 20 schools in the nation named a School of Opportunity. All of these honors were firsts under PJ's leadership.

PJ recently earned his Doctoral degree through Western Illinois University and continues to write and guest blog for many websites such as Huffington Post, Eye on Education, ASCD, Edutopia, My Town Tutors, and Test Soup. PJ has also penned four books – his most recent co-authored with Nick Polyak and Mike Lubelfeld. In addition, Mr. Caposey also serves as an adjunct professor for Aurora University within their educational leadership department and a principal coach for the Illinois Principals' Association.

PJ is a sought after presenter, consultant, and professional development provider and has spoken at many local, state, and national conferences. A short list of those entities which PJ has presented on behalf of include: ASCD, Illinois Principal's Association, National Rural Educators Association, AdvancEd, and many others. PJ also enjoys the opportunity to work in different consultative capacities for schools and other organizations.

PJ served as the Oregon High School principal for four years and currently is in his third year as the Superintendent of Meridian 223. He is married, also to a teacher, who works with gifted students, and lives with his four children: two sons, Jameson and Jackson; and twin toddlers, Anthony and Caroline, in the Northwestern part of Illinois.

NameJorge Morales

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State:California
District:El Monte Union High
School:South El Monte High

What is your role in the School/District?High School Leader

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Assistant Principal for Instruction. 22 years of teaching experience using technology and digital tools. Lifelong learners who is open to collaborating with educators seeking to improve their pedagogy and instruction to support personalized learning.

NameAmber Heffner

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State:Illinois
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TitleExecutive Director

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Amber Heffner is the Executive Director of Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional opportunities to educators throughout Illinois. ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®), the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. Amber has a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. Her background as a coach, a teacher, a counselor, and a school administrator created experiences from which she draws from in her role today. Amber strives to empower educators with support, valuable professional development, resources and networking opportunities that support their personal growth to be the best they can be for students.