Maureen has worked with LifeBound for more than five years as a training facilitator, academic coach, and curricula developer. She is the co-author of Leadership for Teenagers: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century and Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers with Ms. Carter. She has been a featured speaker on these topics in Germany at the ECIS Conference, in Mexico at the Tri-Association Conference, and in Washington, D.C., at the NADE Conference. Prior to working with LifeBound, Ms. Breeze was a professional dancer and the founder and director of JUMPSTART Productions, a dance and video arts organization. During her 20 years in the arts, she traveled throughout the country as a performer and choreographer while also developing and implementing extensive outreach arts education programs serving students of all ages in schools, juvenile detention centers, and correctional facilities. She also wrote and directed Women of Today for Tomorrow, a five-part video mentoring series for teens that was distributed to middle schools throughout the five metro Denver counties in Colorado. Ms. Breeze graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College, where she studied International Management and Mathematics.
Dr. Marc Chun is a Program Officer for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to taking on this position, he was for ten years the Director of Education with the Council on Aid to Education where he built an innovative professional development program to guide faculty in creating performance tasks that enable students to practice and develop critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and problem solving skills. Chun earned a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has three master¹s degrees: one in administration and policy analysis, from Stanford University; a second in education, from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a third in sociology, also from Stanford. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, where he received a bachelor of science degree in Organizational Studies.
Anthony Cortes is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing, K12 Classroom Systems for Extron Electronics. He is the key individual in the development and execution of Classroom System programs at Extron and has spent the last several years focused on the education market. Anthony’s extensive work with K-12 schools and education resellers gives him a unique perspective on the current state, and the future direction of Classroom AV Systems.
Jill is a systems thinker who loves helping teachers. Jill has an undergraduate degree in engineering at Stanford, and then worked for technology companies for more than 15 years. Jill has been through hundreds, if not thousands, of technology implementation projects in the K12 environment. In her previous position at Cisco, she helped start the first Cisco Networking Academy at Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco and helped many Northern California schools and districts establish their first connections to the internet. Jill learned about Edmodo while working on my Master of Arts in Learning Technology at Pepperdine University and has a passion for helping solve problems related to achievement in Algebra, and loves working on STEM projects.
Cheryl Lemke is President and CEO of the Metiri Group. Ms. Lemke specializes in K20 educational technology and 21st Century Learning. She is well known for her expertise and experience in systems thinking, from the policy level – with governors, legislators, superintendents, business leaders – to the school and classroom – with administrators, teachers, students, and parent. She brings over 25 years of experience in the public sector—as a teacher, technology director, policy expert at a national education laboratory, executive director at a foundation, and cabinet member at a state education agency. She is currently working with the state of Michigan to ensure district and school technology readiness for online assessments planned for 2014.
Ms. Lemke is routinely commissioned to develop policy briefs, research briefs, and white papers by private sector technology companies including Intel, Cisco, Apple, and Microsoft. She recently wrote a chapter in a book on 21st Century Learning with a major publisher, has written briefing papers for Intel on Digital Learning, Professional Development, and Assessment, and is providing strategic policy consulting to the province of Alberta, Canada. She also serves in as an evaluator for educational technology projects including Ohio’s statewide Blended Learning Project and new Center for Special Needs Students and Online Learning. She speaks nationally and internationally, most recently in Korea, Canada, Singapore, and China.
As the current director of Technology and Innovation Education in Rapid City, South Dakota, Julie is recognized as both a regional and national thought leader in the arena of transformative technologies. Her presentations incorporate current and emerging examples of technology which make the vision of customized teaching and learning feasible and reachable. Mathiesen began her educational career as a high school science and art teacher. In 2003, Mathiesen was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. She applied this fellowship to studies at Pepperdine University in the Educational Technology doctoral program and later received her Ed.D from this institution. As the chief learner at TIE, she embraces the potential of technology readily and models effective applications for her colleagues continually.
In her 16 years as an educator, Honor Moorman has been a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, university instructor, internship coordinator, instructional dean, educational consultant, and school coach. She is currently the Associate Director for Professional Development and Curriculum at Asia Society, and she previously served as an educational consultant supporting the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network. For eleven years, she was on the faculty of The International School of the Americas as an English Language Arts teacher, Internship and Service Learning Coordinator, and Dean of Instruction for English and Social Studies. Honor has also taught pre-service teachers at Texas State University and Trinity University and served as a secondary literacy specialist for the North East Independent School District. She was formerly a co-director of the San Antonio Writing Project and associate editor for NCTE’s Voices from the Middle. Honor is passionate about helping students develop the global competence and new literacies they need for global citizenship and full participation in the increasingly interconnected world of the 21st century.
Steve has 30 years experience of applying digital technology in educational contexts -as teacher, headteacher, teacher educator, school adviser and inspector and overseeing technology planning and implementation in school capital programmes in England. He has a strong professional and personal interest in the design of effective learning spaces - real and virtual.
From 2005-2012 Steve was National Strategic Lead for Learning Technologies in the Building Schools for the Future programme; the UK government's initiative to rebuild every high school in England. More recently, he has worked with the Russian Ministry of Education and the Skolkovo Foundation providing advice on education technology and issues related to design of learning spaces for new schools. He leads the UK team (funded by Toshiba) that is collaborating with colleagues in Alaska on developing the 1:1 Guidebook (www.1to1guidebook.org).
Steve is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Laboratory of Advanced Education Technologies (www.ilaet.co.uk), an education systems integrator that makes the best Schools of the Future (SoF) practices and technologies available for both formal and informal learning. He has supported individual schools and national programmes in China (Hong Kong), Sweden, Jordan, Australia, Russia, Canada and USA and is Chair of a Regional Broadband Consortium in the UK.
Deborah Saunders is a literacy educator who has taught grades K through College, and continues her “teaching” in the world of publishing. She earned her Masters in Reading from the Language, Reading, and Culture Department at the University of Arizona. She has served as a professional development writer and presenter and curriculum specialist. Currently, as a National Literacy Consultant for Zaner-Bloser Publishing, she resides in Billings, Montana and Tucson, Arizona.
Mark Standley teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast and directs it's Professional Education Center. He has worked for the past 30+ years in Alaska as a K-20 educator, research archeologist, and author. A former US Peace Corps Volunteer (S. Korea), Mark has presented across the US and internationally on his books and projects including Science and Storytelling Camps, student leadership, media contests for students, and a collaborative 1:1 Guidebook from recent research with cohorts in Alaska and the UK. He was honored with title of "Father of the IdidaContest", a statewide, student and educator media event for over a decade in Alaska.
Mark is currently President of the Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) and the Chair of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)'s Special Interest Group (SIG) 1:1. He enjoys tennis, sailing and photography in SE Alaska. And traveling to visit his two children in schools in Oregon and Germany.
Terri Trevathan is from the state of Hawaii and holds a B.Ed. in Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education as well as an M.Ed. in Educational Foundations. She has been an educator for 17 years, teaching every grade from Kindergarten to Sixth grade. Terri has taught in the public school systems for both Hawaii and North Carolina, and has utilized the SMART Board in the classroom setting for the past 10 years. Terri is now the certified Education Consultant and Trainer for The Audio Visual Company, specializing in SMART and eInstruction education products.
Dave Yanofsky is Director of Media and Youth Development for ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Before joining the staff at ConnectEd, Dave was the Program Director for Uth TV, where he oversaw a staff of youth media makers and helped to produce Grind & Glory, a feature-length film that was shot and edited by a crew of teenagers. He began his career in radio, reporting for “Budapest Day & Night,” the first English language radio program to appear in Eastern Europe after the wall came down. After returning to the United States, Dave produced his first feature film, Poetic License. Aired nationally on PBS, the film captures the emergence of spoken word poetry as a powerful form of self-expression for teenage youth. Since that time, he has produced a number of innovative projects that focus on youth and storytelling, and that help educators integrate media into their classroom or afterschool workshop. Dave holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Hamilton College.
Julie Young’s journey to her present position as President and CEO of the nation’s largest and most influential virtual program began with a love for teaching and learning that goes back to childhood. Today, she is passionate about the positive impact that Florida Virtual has on thousands of families, “The ability to truly create change that you can see making a difference in kid’s and family’s lives…that’s really empowering.” Julie’s interest in combining technology and learning began when she served as a teacher trainer for a partnership between her district and IBM. That experience also ignited her with the vision to apply proven business principles to education. She interacts regularly with business, educational, and policy leaders across the nation to shape the future of learning—and she sees FLVS as playing a significant role. “We’ve provided the model to show that instruction truly can be personalized in a school environment and can be designed around what is best for kids versus the agrarian calendar, sports, summer jobs, and adult schedules.” Julie is also excited about the opportunities online and blended learning models have provided for the profession, thus retaining great teachers who might have otherwise left the field. She takes particular pleasure in identifying and growing leaders. “I had outstanding and supportive leaders along the way, and I feel like it’s a gift to have someone who takes special interest in developing you. That’s one of the most rewarding things I do.” In addition to directing the work of more than 2,000 employees, Julie is a frequent national speaker. She serves on the Board of the United States Distance Learning Association, International Association for K12 Online Learning, Florida Learning Alliance, Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, Florida Sterling Council Board of Directors, K-12 Blackboard Advisory Council Member, and Microsoft K-12 Advisory Council Member Assistant. She was also recognized by Technology & Learning Magazine as one of the Top 30 influencers in Ed Tech, along with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. In 2003, she was inducted into the USDLA “Hall of Fame.”