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Justin Eames has been a teacher in Baltimore City for nearly a decade. Currently, he is the technology teacher at the SEED School of Maryland, an independent, public boarding school located in West Baltimore. As a fervent advocate for educational technology, Justin teaches middle and high school students 21st century skills including 3D Printing, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Game Design, and Robotics. Justin is a Faculty Associate with the Johns Hopkins University School of Teacher Preparation, as well as an inaugural EdTech Link Fellow of the Digital Harbor Foundation. For the past several years, Justin has focused his attention on the subject of Game Based Learning, about which he is particularly passionate.
Lisa Katz is an Instructional Technology specialist for the Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) with Howard County Public Schools. Prior to working in her current position, Lisa was a secondary social studies teacher in HCPSS, worked as an instructional specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and as a teacher education program coordinator for secondary Social Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Lisa holds a BA in History Education from the University of Delaware and a MLS from University of Maryland, College Park. As an instructional technology specialist for Howard County Public Schools, Lisa works with teachers and curriculum specialists to redesign curriculum for digital delivery, online professional learning, instructional design, and infusing UDL and technology into professional development opportunities and curricular materials. She is also a C.A.S.T. professional learning cadre member leading workshops and assisting school districts with implementing UDL, and serves as an independent digital learning consultant.
Joseph Manko is the principal of Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City, Maryland. Out of 158 schools, Liberty is the tenth highest performing school in Baltimore City with 85% of students scoring proficient or advanced in mathematics and 90% of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading. 93.5% of students at Liberty qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals program. The school is also the site of the first attempted one-to-one mobile program in Baltimore City with 300 i-pads and 60 laptops being used daily by students. Liberty Elementary is also the site of the newly launched Liberty Rec and Tech Center, an adjacent recreation center building directed at providing technology activities to students and community members. Mr. Manko is a National Board Certified Teacher, Fulbright Scholar, America Achieves Fellow, New Leaders For New Schools Cohort Member, Teach For America Corps Member, and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins and Towson University.
Jennifer Pleszkoch, an international speaker on subjects such as technology integration and differentiation, is the Coordinator of Professional Development for Maryland Public Television. Her work at MPT includes curriculum development for early childhood projects and management of online courses for teacher re-certification. Jennifer’s new role as the Executive Director for the Maryland Society for Educational Technology allows her to collaborate with leaders and educators around the state to share effective technology integration strategies.
David Robb works for Baltimore County Public Schools as a Specialist in the Department of Digital Learning. He helps plan and implement professional development to support digital learning including the district’s 1-to-1 initiative, S.T.A.T. (Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow). David also teaches graduate classes related to instructional technology for Loyola and Johns Hopkins Universities. Before coming to BCPS, he worked for over 10 years for Howard County Public Schools in various positions including third grade teacher, gifted and talented resource teacher, and technology teacher. In 2011, MSET recognized David as Maryland’s Outstanding Educator Using Technology. David is also a parent of two daughters in Baltimore County Public Schools and is very excited for the learning opportunities that will be available through S.T.A.T.
Joshua Shaw is a Functional Analyst on the Classroom Support Team for Baltimore City Schools IT. He supports school leaders and teachers in their efforts to integrate technology into instruction, and provides on-going training to teachers throughout the district. He previously worked as the Technology Coordinator and Technology Teacher at Gwynns Falls Elementary School in Baltimore City, teaching students in grades Pre-K through 5 technology and computer literacy skills. He serves as the Technology Chair for the Gwynns Falls Foundation, has a Master’s of Art in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and was a 2009 Teach For America Corps Member.