talent development to design and implement student-centered learning environments
Since 2011, Michael has supported over 50 K-12 Teacher Leaders certified within the Center for Math and Science Teaching. He has 6 years of experience teaching middle and high school mathematics in an urban setting. He earned his master’s degree in Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York at Fredonia, and is currently pursuing his MBA from LMU.
April Vela is a first-year Digital Learning Coach and former English teacher. She is a Google Certified Educator and will be pursuing an Ed. D. in Educational Technology from Boise State. April was also the creator and host of Purge Poetry Open Mic in Pico Rivera.
Aracely has over ten years experience as a classroom teacher and instructional coach. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Children and Adolescent Studies from CSU, Fullerton and a Masters of Arts in Education from Whittier College. Aracely believes in building strong collaborative and positive relationships with parents to support academic goals.
Jeannie Finley is the Director of Academic Technology and Library Services at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy High School in La Canada Flintridge. In the past 15 years working education, she has held the positions of Director of Technology, Library Media Specialist, Computer Teacher, and 4th Grade Teacher. She is passionate about using technology for teaching and learning and dedicated to teaching students about being safe, responsible, and ethical users of technology.
Frank Gomez, Jr. (@gomezaround1) is a published poet and a career educator who has served in various capacities and levels in education. He is currently teaching at a Catholic TK-8 school in Southern California. He is interested in poetry, philosophy, the interdisciplinary nature of education, and of course technology.
Oscar Navarro is the Director of Technology for the Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles in West LA, also teaching a middle school technology elective class. He is currently working on his technology integration certification at Loyola Marymount University, and has served as a technology consultant for Mount St. Mary's University. One of his most enriching experiences was teaching English abroad in South Korea, which combined his love of education and traveling. In his free time he enjoys reading novels, listening to podcasts, and running in races as he prepares to run his first full marathon next year.
Brady Lowdermilk is the Instructional Technologist at St. Francis High School, which is in it's second year of a 1:1 iPad program. In addition to working with teachers and technology, Brady is an English teacher, swim coach, husband, father, and wannabe cowboy. You can follow him on Twitter @bhlowdermilk.
Ashley Benning is the Director of Innovative Learning at Chaminade College Preparatory in the San Fernando Valley, a Catholic school serving over 2000 students in grades 6-12. Ashley provides professional development for virtual classroom tools and curriculum and appropriate blended and online pedagogy. She enjoys helping teachers find the sweet spot where virtual tools and face-to-face instruction combine for maximum student success.
Qiana Patterson is a seasoned educational technology executive, educator and champion of technology. She has lead operations, product and project management in several LA-based edtech companies. A former teacher, she taught middle school for five years before becoming the dean at John Burroughs Middle School, one of the most diverse and academically enriched middle schools within Los Angeles Unified School District.
Mario Echeverria is currently a 6th grade ELA teacher and Innovation Coordinator at KIPP Academy of Innovation in East Los Angeles. This is Mario's 8th year in the classroom and has served as a grade level chair, technology lead, and department chair during his teaching experience. Mario wants to help advocate for educational equity and reform in the Los Angeles area. Mario has completed a Bachelor's degree and two Master's degrees in education and was recently honored as the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Innovative Teaching Award.
Kevin Donohue grew up in Tampa, Florida. He went onto the University of Notre Dame, joined the Alliance for Catholic Education, and worked as a fifth-grade teacher at St. Michael's in Los Angeles. Afterwards, he taught middle school at Notre Dame Academy in San Diego before joining St. Bernard back in Los Angeles as a middle school teacher, technology coordinator, and vice principal.
Claudia teaches 3rd grade at KIPP Raíces Academy. This is her 9th year teaching, and she is super excited about the positive effect technology has had on her students' education and the way she teaches.
Margeaux has over a decade of experience as a data scientist and technologist in the education sector. She recently co-founded CharterZone, where she has created over a thousand data layers and over a dozen cloud-based GIS apps to support charter schools with strategic planning. She has worked with organizations such as ExED, Leading Educators, I CAN Learn Education Systems, Teach Plus, California Charter Schools Association and the Broad Foundation to deliver innovative data and technology solutions. Margeaux earned a B.S. from MIT, M.P.P. from USC, and studied in the MBA program at Tulane University.
Dorothy Balfe is a teacher at St. Paul the Apostle Elementary School in Los Angeles. She has a Master of Science in Special Education, and is an experienced early elementary educator. She is currently working on her Technology Integration Certification at Loyola Marymount University. She believes that technology is a powerful tool for teachers, parents, and administrators, and enjoys integrating it into her teaching, as well as helping others use it effectively.
Joyce Cluess is currently the principal of Our Lady of Grace School, Encino, where she guided the adoption of that school’s 1:1 iPad program and established an Innovation Center/Maker Space. During her ten years at St. Mel School, she taught Jr. High language arts, media literacy, and K-8 technology classes. As St. Mel’s technology director she designed and delivered professional development for the faculty while working with them to integrate technology effectively into the curriculum. She also was responsible for St. Mel’s 1:1 iPad implementation for its over 500 students. Joyce received a Masters in Computing and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to entering the teaching profession, she was a broadcast journalist with CBS News.
Lynda has 18 years experience as a classroom teacher and is currently part of the Digital Learning Coach Team at El Rancho Unified School District. Servicing Valencia Academy of the Arts, her role is to help support other educators to implement technology integration, art integration and Project Based Learning. She is also a TEAL (Technology Enhanced Arts Learning) Coach bringing Professional Development in Art Integration through K-5 Curriculum with a personalized learning approach. She has a Masters of Education, National University and is currently seeking a Masters of Science in Education, Counseling at CSU Dominguez Hills. Follow her on twitter: @MaciasRuizDLC and Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/MaciasRuizDLC
Alejandra is the Digital Learning Coach at Magee Academy. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UC San Diego and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Cal Poly Pomona. She has been a teacher for 15 years in the El Rancho Unified School District. Alejandra enjoys learning new apps and all things Google related as well as reading educational blogs.
Renee is the Digital Coach for Rivera Elementary School. She has been a teacher and an instructional coach with ERUSD for over 17 years. She believes that technology not only enhances student engagement, but allows them to create and communicate their own individual talents and knowledge well into the 21st century.
Laura Arceneaux has been in education for nearly twenty years, and has taught in the ADLA for nearly fifteen years. Along with teaching various classes in grades 5-8 at St. Bernard School, she also serves as the co-Technology Coordinator and STEP Coordinator. Technology is an integral part of her classroom, and supports her ability to differentiate instruction. Her training in differentiated instruction was as a result of a five-year principalship at a specialized school for students with learning disabilities.
Matthew Peskay holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University Teachers College and has over 15 years of experience in technology and education. As the Chief of Innovation and Technology at KIPP LA Schools, Matthew is focused on innovations in teaching and learning through the considered implementation of technology to deliver rich, personalized learning experiences for all students, while reducing administrative burdens on teachers, allowing them more time to form deep and meaningful connections with their students. Matthew is a Google Certified Trusted Trainer, and a member of iNACOL, CUE, CETPA and ISTE.
Quang Tran is a product manager passionate about using technology to create social good. Quang has 5+ years of experience in education working in various technology-focused and strategic roles. Most recently, she was Product Manager at Engrade/McGraw-Hill for Engrade's digital learning platform. She is a former strategy consultant at The Parthenon Group, where she advised urban school districts interested in blended and personalized learning. She has also worked in district operations as Strategic Planning Manager for Green Dot Public Schools in LA. Quang holds an MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University.
Heidi Villaluz has worked in classrooms TK-12 for over ten years as a teacher and administrator. She currently serves as the Director of Educational Technology and Vice Principal of Saint Mark School. She provides support and training to students and staff and works with the school's technology committee to plan and implement strategic initiatives, including a 1:1 iPad pilot, the Technology Mentor Teacher Program, and Teacher Device Program. Heidi is a proud bruin, having received a degree in cognitive science with a specialization in computing from UCLA and a Master's in Education from Loyola Marymount University.
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