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Dominic Bigue is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the San Mateo Union High School District. For 16 years, he also directed a Film and TV program for High School students building partnerships between his students and their local community. His current efforts in the district focus on providing professional learning and job embedded coaching in the support of the district's 1:1 Implementation and GAFE deployments. Dominic is also a Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader.
Jon Deane is the Chief Information Officer for Summit Public Schools. In his ten years with the Summit organization, Deane served in a variety of roles prior to becoming the CIO—as a math teacher, as the CFO of Summit Prep, and as the founding Executive Director of Everest Public High School. Deane is deeply committed to developing Summit Public Schools’ Next Generation learning environments for all students and to creating information systems that allow all stakeholders to better access information about Summit's students and schools. Deane received his BA in Economics from Stanford University and a Master’s in Education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Prior to joining Summit Public Schools, Deane spent seven years as a CPA in the private sector.
Melissa Hero is a Instructional Technology Specialist for Sequoia Union High School District in San Mateo County. She has been an educator for 14 years and has taught High School Biology and AVID. Melissa has always been an early adopter of new technology and brings innovative ideas and technology into the hands of her students so that they can create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically. Melissa is Leading Edge Certified as a Digital Educator, a SMART Exemplary Educator, and a Google Certified Teacher. She presents at many conferences and workshops, including CUE Rockstar, CUE’s Google Workshop for Educators, and the Exploratorium’s Leadership Institute.
Karen Larson is an Academic Technology Specialist for the Santa Clara County (CA) Office of Education, working with teachers supporting the integration of technology in their classrooms. Previously Karen served for 18 years as an educator and administrator in elementary education. She sits on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Computer Using Educators, is a professional developer for Leading Edge Certification and certified educator with Common Sense Media. She co-authors Common Core and Ed Tech, a blog that supports the use of technology as a means to transform learning. Karen received her B.S. and Educational Leadership and Administration certification from Santa Clara University.
Amy is the Director of Instructional Technology for the Cupertino Union School District. Prior to working in education, Amy programmed polar-orbiting weather satellites as a software engineer. Amy also spent four years working at Silicon Valley Education Foundation as the Director of STEM Integration. Amy has a bachelors degree from UC Berkeley and has masters degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Software Management and in education from the Learning, Design and Technology program at Stanford University. You can follow her @amywamy22
Dara is a teacher, technology-lover, hiker, occasional backpacker, poet, swimmer, photographer, videographer, biker and professional artist. She holds two teaching credentials: Multiple Subject (Elementary) and Single Subject Art (K-8). She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. She was born in Lakewood, NJ and grew up in St. Louis, MO (home of the Gateway Arch, the City Museum and the Katy Trail) exploring the forest behind her house, swimming daily and developing photos in the darkroom. While she has lived all over the country, she now resides in paradise: in the trees, close to the ocean, and near a large city with amazing art museums (the De Young is her favorite). She currently teaches at Lakeside Elementary in Los Gatos, CA.
Charity Eyre is the Personalized Learning Manager at Alpha Public Schools. In this capacity, she leads the growing charter management organization's efforts to personalize learning experiences for every student, using technology and other tools. Previously, Charity served as a Learning Coach and 8th Grade Teacher at Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School. Prior to joining Alpha, she was an Education Research Assistant at the Clayton Christensen Institute.
Robert Pronovost is the Lead STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Coordinator for the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, CA. He is the creator and leader of the Ravenswood Makerspace Collaborative, recently awarded a STEM Innovation Award by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Prior to leaving the classroom, Robert taught at Belle Haven School in Ravenswood for five years. His passion and dedication to supporting students and integrating technology have led to Robert being named an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Emerging Leader, a Computer Using Educators (CUE) Outstanding Emerging Teacher and a Google Certified Teacher. Robert enjoys sharing his passion with other educators online and in person, recently co-authoring a book, Creating a Google Apps Classroom, available through Shell Education. A graduate of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, Robert received his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Elementary Education from Stanford University.
Maggie Wunderlich manages the implementation and integration of online learning programs, classroom curricula, and Tier II instruction at Rocketship. She began her career with AmeriCorps, where she delivered one-to-one literacy tutoring to elementary school students. She then managed an after-school reading program in East Oakland and taught middle school for three years before joining Rocketship. Maggie holds a Bachelor's in English and Theatre Arts from Gettysburg College and a MEd from UC Davis.
Erik Burmeister, Principal of Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, CA, began his career as a high school teacher moving into the roles of Activities Director, Dean of Students, and Vice Principal before serving in what he describes as the “best job in the business”—middle school principal. In 2012, the Association of California School Administrators named Erik “Middle Grades Principal of the Year.” Erik was selected as the 2013 Multiplier of the Year in Education earlier this year. In 2014, the National Association of Secondary School Principals named Erik one of three finalists for National Principal of the Year. Erik has led two different middle schools to close the achievement gap and broaden the support and opportunities afforded students at a very vulnerable time in their lives: adolescence. Erik is currently leading a school redesign at Hillview Middle School where their partnership with the Stanford Design School and implementation of a 1:1 iPad program has opened new ways of thinking about reforming school. Erik leads workshops for parents on raising teens and also consults with schools and youth groups regarding a myriad of educational and leadership topics including RtI2, Asset Development, and Design Thinking.
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