Meet Our Ambassadors
Carolyn Rains has been teaching in the Albertville City School system for 26 years. She has served as a 4th grade teacher, Parent Involvement Specialist, Reading Coach, Technology Coach and is currently working as the Reading Intervention Teacher for 4th grade.
She has always loved reading. As a child, her favorite thing to do was walk to the small library in her hometown of Pisgah, AL where she read most of the books in the children’s section. She has continued this with her love of working and reading with her students.
Carolyn feels that we learn best when we are interactive with our learning! That's one reason she has always been interested in technology-related teaching. She feels students are more interested in learning with digital tools and are more engaged when doing so. She uses a variety of digital tools in her classroom whenever possible.
She serves as the Chairperson for the Alabama Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council. She has been involved with Discovery Education's teacher network for 5 years and feels their philosophy of connecting teachers to each other has changed her way of teaching more than any other professional factor in her career. She is constantly learning from teachers across the United States and Canada through their network of educators.
Because of her involvement with them she was included on a visit to the FableVision Studios in 2010, where creativity overwhelms you! “You can feel the energy in the air”, Carolyn says. "After meeting the Reynolds she feels appreciated as a teacher and motivated as a lifelong reader/learner."
I teach math at a community college, where I am passionate about using technology to enhance their learning. My favorite course to teach is Math For Elementary Teachers, where I use programs like Animationish to show them that teaching (and doing) math can be FUN!
Debra White is a “sort of” retired theatre arts teacher from Orange County California recently transplanted to Prescott, AZ. Throughout her career she has worked with students on the aspects of live theatre performance and included video production in her advanced classes. Debra also directed school productions and served as a member of her district Arts Committee.
Debra continues to be actively involved in supporting teachers in the integration of technology into the Visual and Performing Arts curriculum. She was a workshop leader for her county office of education providing training in the integration of technology. She currently serves as the Project Manager for the VAPA Review Site for CLRN (California Learning Resources Network). She has presented at local and state conferences on a variety of Arts and Technology topics.
Debra continues to support the arts by serving as Education Committee Chair and Production Committee Co-Chair for The Prescott Center for the Arts, directing community theatre productions and continuing work with TCAP (The California Arts Project). She also works with AAUW (American Association of University Women) Tech Trek in CA during the summer teaching a video production class for girls entering 8th grade.
Debra first became acquainted with Peter Reynolds while serving on the Conference Committee for CUE in California, when Peter first began designing CUE’s Conference Logos. She was fortunate to continue that acquaintance while serving on the CUE Inc. Board of Directors. Debra loves Peter’s books and materials and looks forward to opportunities to share them with others and share that “Fablevision” enthusiasm, especially in her new adopted state of Arizona.
I am currently an Educational Technology Consultant. I was a classroom teacher for 31 years and a Technology Integration Specialist for Maricopa County for 3 years.
Sara Armstrong, PhD
An educator for nearly 40 years, Sara has always been fascinated by stories, and brought storytelling into her teaching, starting with young children in the 80’s. She was a classroom teacher for 17 years in Montessori education, pre-school through grade 6. She currently prepares and delivers curriculum and professional development for teachers in areas that include project-based learning, information literacy, and digital storytelling. She incorporates stories into those sessions—stories that inspire and address issues such as collaboration, problem solving, caring for each other, and the power of story. Sara is a long-time fan of Fablevision, an Associate of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development, and editor of OnCUE, California Computer-Using Educator’s journal, and the new app version, OnCUE+.
Bob Barboza is an educator, journalist, and the current director of the Cabo Verde Tenth Island International Enhanced STEM Project-Based Learning Program. He trains teachers and student backpack journalists for Kids Talk Radio. Bob participated in the action research projects involving the integrating of Brain Cogs and Essay Express into Jr. Medical School and Kids Talk Radio afterschool programs.
Elizabeth Calhoon is a CUE Lead Learner, Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps for Education Regional Leader, Leading Edge Professional Developer, California Retired Teachers' Association Scholarship Recipient, Grant-Writer and Assistant Principal in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Heralding from a family of educators, Elizabeth began her career as a crossing guard and moved from adult teacher’s aide in elementary school to High School English-Language Arts Teacher/Curriculum Leader and has been an administrator in both High School and Middle School settings. Her expertise is varied and includes: Response to Intervention (RtI), Using Game Shows in Education, Google Apps for Education and iPad in Education. She also won her high school Talent Show, has perfect pitch, loves her San Francisco Giants, does all her own stunts and will shamelessly make up poems or sing songs to get people’s attention.
Kindergarten teacher in Saugus, CA
A thinker, philosopher, debater, and educator interested in helping to develop 21st century thinkers best describes Lisa Highfill, a 5th grade teacher in Pleasanton, California. She has a passion for innovative learning strategies and actively works to share and collaborate with teachers, parents, and community members in order to improve the quality of education. Lisa has spent the past twelve years as a district mentor and staff developer for technology after completing her masters in Ed Tech leadership. Her specialty is combining reader and writer’s workshop with authentic integration of 21st century learning models and technology. She has presented at the California Reading Association conference, CUE, MacWorld, ISTE and the Merit program, sharing ideas to improve the way kids experience learning. Lisa is a Google Certified Teacher and a part of the inaugural group of YouTube Star Teachers.
Jayme is an educational technologist, specializing in elementary education, curriculum integration, utilizing web 2.0 resources in the classroom, providing parent education sessions, and leading customized professional development workshops for K-6 teachers.
Jayme is currently the Director of Academic Technology at a PreK – 6th grade independent school near Los Angeles, California. She is a Google Certified Teacher and is Google Apps certified. Jayme also serves on the leadership team for ISTE’s SIGTC (Technology Coordinators). Over the course of her career, some of the hats she has worn include second grade teacher, English Language Development instructor, classroom teacher at a Title I school, math enrichment teacher, substitute teacher, and children’s theater director. Most importantly, she is mom to two fantastic children.
"I am an educational experimentalist. My teaching style is an eclectic blend of constructivist pedagogy fused with social learning theory that allows me to facilitate interesting experiences that peak my students' curiosity and desire to know more. If it involves helping others learn, I love trying it out. In my field, there is no way to be an expert at everything, so I am an expert at learning and at setting up engaging educational experiences. I am great at connecting people to the resources they need and at connecting people to other people. It's so much more fun that way!"
Christine Lorenz (aka Sissy) is the Instructional Technology Coordinator at St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades, CA. She's a single mom of beautiful twin boys, Payson & Prescott who bring her joy and happiness every day. She is an avid geocacher since attending a workshop on geocaching at MacWorld a few years ago and now teaches others to join the sport. Christine has been a good friend of FableVision since meeting Peter at the Hyperfest conference in San Diego back in 1998!
Discovered Peter and the FableVision team at the 2001 CUE Conference in Anaheim, California. I was amazed by his willingness to share his talents and energized by his enthusiasm for teaching and self discovery. Ever since, I have synthesized his philosophies of "the journey" and "inspiring" individual creativity into my classroom lessons and projects.
Currently, I am teaching sixth grade and enjoying the best school year ever! I've said that every year for twenty years, now. Earned a B.A. at the City University of New York, Queens College, a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master's Degree in Educational Management from the University of LaVerne, and have National Board Certification.
I enjoy creating and implementing projects across the K-6 curriculum; however, my passion is teaching and encouraging experimentation in the visual arts. I have volunteered to oversee an after school visual arts program for 15 years, and during summer break I teach visual arts for our school district's Summer Arts Enrichment Program. In my free time, I enjoy surfing, gardening, collecting and listening to music, writing, and reading.
Carol Anne McGuire
Technology Integration Specialist, Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Star Educator, ISTE Teacher of the Year Carol Anne McGuire is an award-winning educator who began her career teaching blind and visually impaired students over 20 years ago. She is the founder and "Lead Rocker" of an international project called "Rock Our World." ROW connects students on every continent to collaborate in music composition, filmmaking and meeting each other in live video conferences.
Carol Anne has worked with companies such as Apple, Discovery, Disney, American Film Institute, Google, and Will Smith.
Carol Anne Keynotes all over the world on topics such as Global Collaboration, Accessibility, Digital Storytelling, Podcasting, Technology in the Classroom and Movie Making for the Non-Techy Teacher!
"Carol Anne McGuire put together the most innovative, collaborative learning environment I've ever seen across all the continents." John Couch, Vice President of Education at Apple Computers, to the United Nations.
I am a 7th grade teacher at Christ the King Catholic School in Northern California. I am, first and foremost, a reader of books. I can think of nothing better than lying around all day with a good book in my hand. My other passions in life are photography and educational technology. I am proud to be a Google Certified Teacher and a Discovery Star Educator.
If I don't have a good book in my hand, chances are I have either a camera, laptop, or some sort of i-device with me.
Linda Oaks is an Elementary Technology Specialist from Southern California. For over 25 years, she has been teaching students, teachers and parents the joy of thinking outside the "box" while computing. When not out whale-watching, she uses her Mac to create books, quilts, clay jewelry, artwork and three-dimensional products. Flip, fold, turn and learn!
Robert Pronovost is a second-grade teacher, PLT Advisory Team member, and MOUSE Squad Student Tech Advisor at Belle Haven Elementary in Menlo Park, CA. Robert has been a teacher in the Ravenswood City School District for five years since graduating from the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) with his Masters in Elementary Education. He has been featured locally and nationally for his use of educational technology in his second-grade classroom and has spoken at conferences around the nation about integrating technology into the classroom. Robert was recently named SVCUE's Outstanding Emerging Teacher for 2012.
Lisa has been a teacher and/or coordinator for 22 years in Los Angeles. She has taught first through fourth grades. Her Masters of Science is in Curriculum with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Lisa is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. She is married and has three beautiful boys who are all over 20! She teaches at Lucille Roybal-Allard Elementary School, where she took part in writing the school proposal in order to create the best educational environment for students. She has loved FableVision for 15 years, since her first CUE conference in Palm Springs. She is excited to have this wonderful opportunity to spread the FableVision philosophy!
Technology Coach Orinda Union School District Orinda, CA I am a TSA - Teacher on Special Assignment. My job is to help infuse technology for approx. 80 teachers in our district. This includes providing training for teachers, helping to design projects and demonstrating lessons using all kinds of tech tools. I can also be found consulting with our IT department, school site council groups, tech committees, Parent Clubs, and administrators regarding all things tech related. It is nothing but fun for me to utilize my teaching skills, and model the idea that we are all life long learners on this fast paced rollercoaster ride layer of educational technology.
Joan is an elementary teacher and academic coach with a keen interest in mobilizing music, the arts, and technology to leverage student interests and address learning challenges. Up until this summer, she taught 4th grade for a few years after teaching kindergarten for many years. As a former social worker and therapist, Joan's main interests always involve building self-efficacy in kids. She sees her mission as one of helping foster strengths and facilitate growth in students. Joan has been an active Dot Day participant for the last couple of years, and loves collaborating with other teachers and classes all around the world.
Joan is embarking on a new job this year, working with students with learning challenges. Although she will no longer be in her own classroom, she will actively seek opportunities to collaborate with other teachers to share the mission of FableVision and the great books Peter H. Reynolds has shared with all of us!
Joan has a blog called 'All Kids Can Flourish' and is the author of 25 Super Sight Word Songs and Mini-books, (under her former name, Joan Mancini), published by Scholastic.
Cate Beck is an Instructional Technology Coordinator at an elementary school in Parker, Colorado. She has fifteen years of experience as an educator. Originally a special education teacher, Cate has also served as a 21st Century Learning Coach. She also provides district-level staff development and is a frequent presenter at state and regional conferences.
Cate is a member of the Discovery Education Network Blog Team, is a Discovery STAR Educator and a founding member of the Discovery Education Colorado Leadership Council. She is Google Apps for Education Qualified, a Certified Edmodo trainer, a SMART Exemplary Educator and SMART Certified Trainer and a Thinking Maps trainer.
Cate also provides Educational Technology consult services and is a social media strategist for a number of small home-based businesses.
Her professional interests include the authentic integration of Web 2.0 tools to enhance curriculum and standards, as well as infusing 21st Century learning and teaching practices into literacy instruction.
Personal interests include reading, photography and (most importantly) keeping up with her favorite 21st Century learner--her 1st grade son.
Check out Cate's blog!
Kristen is teaching 3rd grade at Rotella Interdistrict Arts Magnet School in Waterbury, CT. Last year, her second grade students presented projects on mammals and habitats using Animation-Ish at the state legislative office building. They were the youngest ever to be invited to present at the Technology Expo for all the legislators.
Media Specialist at Consolidated School (K -2) in New Fairfield, CT
New Fairfield School District Teacher of the Year 2012.
Earned NBPTS, April 2008.
University of Rhode Island, MLIS with School Library Media Pre K-12 certification, 1994-1996.
University of Massachusetts, BS degree: accounting concentration, minor in philosophy, 1979-1983.
Founder of Yes! Grace Rocks, Inc: a nonprofit charity assisting families with a child recovering from brain tumors/brain injury.
- American Library Association
- American Association of School Librarians
- Connecticut Association of School Librarians
- Connecticut Educators Computer Association
- Massachusetts School Library Association
Susannah Richards is an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on language arts methods, children's and young adult literature, and reading and writing strategies for elementary and secondary teachers. She has taught elementary, middle and high school in public and private schools and completed a PhD studying talent development, creativity and highly able readers at the University of Connecticut. Frequently described as an Energizer Bunny she lives a life surrounded by books that she reads, collects, reviews and presents on at state and national conferences.
I am one of two Instructional Technology Coaches in the Red Clay School District in Wilmington, Delaware. We teach the teachers how to infuse technology in the curriculum for 26 schools. I am a Certified SMART Notebook trainer for the district and I am also the eMINTS facilitator for the 6th grade teachers in one of our middle schools. We do it all: from Discovery Ed, to Web 2.0, to Inspiration, to Pixie, to PD360, to modeling how to engage 21st century students in technology in the classroom.
I have been in the teaching profession for 23 years: Private Schools, Fairfax County School District in VA, Salem County School District in NH, Shippensburg School District in PA, and am finishing my last 6 years in Delaware. I have a Masters in Applied Technology in Education.
I absolutely love teaching and teaching teachers has been a real eye-opener. I love it! And it seems I am the one Ambassador in Delaware! We need more!
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. I taught speech at the North Carolina School for the Deaf for one year. Since then I have received a Master of Education in Education of the Deaf and a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology. I taught middle school deaf students at the Florida School for the Deaf for six years, and worked there as a Captioning Specialist for 14 years. Since 1997, I have worked as a Technology Specialist for the Florida Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our Center works with teachers of the deaf throughout the state.
I am Kathy Hobbs, a 34 year veteran teacher who's lucky enough to work with what I love ... kids and technology! I am honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Florida Master Digital Educator. Currently I teach Digital Media to 6th grade students at Ocoee Middle School. My goal is to empower student learning through engagement, and I think Fablevision is an excellent resource for this.
I graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Elementary Education K-6. I later obtained my ESOL endorsement. I have also taken classes to become CET certified so I can mentor new teachers and interns! I have 8 years experience teaching in the primary grades. I have taught 3 years in Kindergarten and 5 years in 2nd grade. I am currently a substitute teacher where I am teaching in all grades including activity classes. I have enjoyed using technology in my classroom! I am looking forward to finding a new teaching position so I can touch even more students' lives.
Currently district manager of the Department of Educational Technology, Lee Kolbert has been an educator in Palm Beach County, FL for over 25 years. She has been a classroom teacher, district technology program specialist and continues on her journey of sharing and learning.
Also a blogger and hockey-mom, Lee loves everything about bringing the benefits of social media to the classroom. Lee has also co-hosted a local cable TV show, PalmBreeze CAFÉ where her segments focused on online tools useful for educators and the community.
Dr. Neleffra A. Marshall
I have been in education for 21 years. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, I taught math and special education for 9 years at a middle school in Brevard County Florida. I received my Masters in Educational Leadership and then moved into administration. I have been an assistant principal for discipline at a high school, an assistant principal for curriculum at a middle school, and an assistant principal for curriculum at a junior/senior high school. I have been in administration for the last 11 years and was recognized as the Assistant Principal of the Year in 2005. In 2006, I completed my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida and became the principal of West Melbourne Elementary School for Science. I also teach for Nova University as an adjunct professor in the College of Education. I feel fortunate to have experience at all educational levels. At WMSS, I am using my experience of K-12 and higher education to work with my wonderful staff and make our school the technology model school for our county and perhaps, our state.
Frances Snyder (Francie) was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She graduated for the University of South Florida with a degree in Elementary Education and she truly can’t imagine having any other career. She has been teaching for seventeen years with the last fourteen being at Oneco Elementary. In the fall of 2006, Oneco’s Gifted Program was founded and since then she has been working with that population. Our motto is “We are a laboratory, NOT a factory.” Laboratories are places of exploration, questioning, discovery and the focus is on the learning process. Technology is a huge part of our laboratory and thanks to Fable Vision my job is made easier. Also, she is a proud DEN Star, school webmaster and member of several other professional organizations. In her free time I love hanging with my friends and family, reading, travel and photography.
Rebekka Stasny is in her 10th year teaching science. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology. She also has a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Integrating Technology in the Classroom. She is a Discovery Education STAR Teacher and Nationally Board Certified in Early Adolescent Science. She is married and their first child, Isabel, was born on August 8. She is a member of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and the Anna Maria Island Privateers. In her spare time she loves to fish and play with her dog, Fisher.
- Assistive Technology Coordinator; Putnam County Schools. Palatka, Fl.
- Assistive Technology Coordinator
- ESE Technology Specialist
- Florida Master Digital Educator
- Microsoft Innovative Educator
- Star Discovery Educator
I have been an artist my whole life. Even when I was four years old, I told my preschool teacher "I want to be an artist and a mommy." And I have the drawing my mother saved to prove it! Those goals did not change much throughout the years. I studied art at Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a studio fine arts degree with an emphasis in jewelry and another dergree in art education in the same semester. I was able to accomplish all of this as a single mom.
Now I'm an art educator at an elementary school in Conyers, Georgia. I have been teaching there for the last 12 years. I am also a jewelry designer and create my wearable art in my corner studio. Most importantly, I'm the mother of three beautiful kids and the wife of the sweetest man I have ever known!
I have had the pleasure of working with and serving many art educators from all over the state of Georgia through my membership with Georgia Art Education Association. I am a past district president, former Capitol Art Exhibit co-chair, and a presenter at conferences over the years. I am currently the Elementary Division Chair for GAEA.
I am very excited about being a part of the FableVision team as an ambassador! The mission and philosophy of this company are the same as my own personal philosophy on education. I look forward to sharing FableVision with my peers.
How many people do you know that actually love what they do every day? I consider myself one of those very fortunate individuals that looks forward to going to work. Teaching children and creating art... two of my greatest passions. I couldn't have asked for a better combination. My career is definitely the best of both worlds!
Cristine is a long-time educator that has worked from pre-K through 12 and university levels. She is currently employed at the University of West Georgia in the Department of Educational Innovation. Her fields are English, Gifted, Media Services/Technology and Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a follower of FableVision and the Twins since 1998 and have been involved with education since 1967.
Cristine says, "yes, I am older than dirt. I have labored at all levels of education and am finishing my career not only as a Fablevision Groupie, but also as a university professor. I love to learn and read daily with my favorite topic being anything about learning and the brain. I am an avid ideamapper/mindmapper, long-time vegetarian (My children — three of them and four grandchildren — introduce me as their mother who eats nuts, seeds, roots and berries.) and I sincerely hope that at least one of my grandchildren is as liberal as I am. I also have an honorary son and three honorary grandchildren in Brazil and it is my very favorite place to go and unwind. I love nature and at the ripe old age of 68 I still exercise and take no medication. Cheers to all Ambassadors."
Monique Liles has been teaching in the Clayton County Georgia School System for seven years. She served as an educational therapist and special educator in the GNETS system for five years as a Middle School teacher, and one year as a 5th grade teacher. She currently is serving in her second year as the high school science teacher at Flint River School, teaching Biology, Physical Science, and Environmental Science. She is also the Technology Contact and Webmaster for Flint River School.
She loves reading, writing, and designing instructional media and using technology to make content engaging for students and to enhance their comprehension of the big ideas at the heart of content standards. She has written and published technology-rich interdisciplinary lesson plans to accompany the documentary series American History Through Southern Eyes, and the Carter Center Library and Museum’ s lesson plan collection entitled The President’s Travels, highlighting the work of The Carter Center around the world. She believes that she teaches people, not conditions, and that people are as smart and capable as they are willing to work to be. She also believes that it truly does take a village to raise an child, and is an advocate of school-parent-community partnerships designed to support all learners.
She serves as the Blog Coordinator for the Georgia Discovery Educator Network Leadership Council, the State Coordinator for Georgia with the National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), and the Communications/Technology Officer for the Georgia Council for History Education (GCHE). She is constantly learning from her professional network of educators, and enjoys networking with them and gaining innovative ideas to improve teaching, learning, and student achievement.
Her professional learning network provided her with an opportunity to visit FableVision Studios in 2010, where she was impressed with the creative vibes she felt, the commitment of the staff to the company, and the way the company felt like a family with great core values that are demonstrated in their products.
Kathy Schmidt has been an educator for over ten years and is currently the Library Media Specialist at Harbins Elementary in Dacula, GA. Kathy was the 2010 Rock Springs Elementary Teacher of the Year and the 2011 Gwinnett County, GA Media Specialist of the year. She has given presentations at ALA Annual, ISTE, Georgia Children's Literature Conference and the Georgia COMO conference. Kathy is passionate about using the library to connect students with books, technology and with people and students around the world.
Although Kathy now lives in the Peach state, she is a Massachusetts native, is a diehard Red Sox fan and feels like there are NOT enough Dunkin Donuts in the state of Georgia (especially near her house).
I am going into my seventeenth year in education and could not imagine doing anything else. I am truly following my north star. I have taught third through fifth grade as well as being a school technology coordinator that worked with all the elementary grades. This year, I will once again be a fourth grade teacher at Sweet Apple Elementary in Roswell, Georgia.
I love Fablevision and the fabulous work they do. Peter and Paul Reynolds are an inspiration to all that meet them and I am honored to be an ambassador.
Melvina Kurashige has been teaching Japanese language and culture for 30 years at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently, Melvina teaches middle school students and enjoys the curiosity and energy her students bring into her classroom. Melvina feels passionate about teaching because she loves seeing the light of learning ignited in the eyes of children. Melvina loves helping students discover the joy of learning! She feels that her students are always the spark that helps her to be a more creative learner and educator.
Melvina met Peter Reynolds at a local conference and was touched by his inspiring message and amazing books. Melvina is excited about sharing the "awesomeness" of FableVision with others!
I am an international educator located at the intersection of innovation, creativity and passion – I look forward to meeting you there! I have been teaching for 16 years in 7 countries, located in 4 continents. I am passionate about finding a significant opportunity to make a positive change wherever I am working. I enjoy learning more about the challenges and triumphs in education and believe in sharing ideas in order to deepen understanding. I currently teach fifth grade at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho and am the Technology and Innovation Advisor to the elementary school.
Technology Integration Specialist
Field Park School
Western Springs, IL
Judith Epcke is an EdReach co-founder and weekly contributor to the EdReach and Mobile Reach shows. She works as a Technology Facilitator in Northbrook, IL. In this role, it is Judith's passion to show teachers how technology can transform their teaching and their students’ learning. Working with adult learners, assisting them with their personal technology learning and helping them integrate technology into their teaching, is a true delight for Judith.
Prior to her current position, Judith ran a K-5 school computer lab and spent many years as a 4th grade teacher. She has presented at national and local education conferences on topics such as: the use of Web 2.0 tools, Google Apps for Education, iPads and iPod Touches, Personal Learning Networks, and technology integration. Recently, Judith co-authored a book for teachers on using the software application, Comic Life.
John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is the school library director at Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, Illinois. He believes in treating each child with respect and dignity. For him, teaching is about reaching each learner, no matter what it takes. He creates a learning environment where children feel safe and comfortable, yet daring enough to take risks. He wants children to believe in themselves, and realize that they can set their own goals and achieve them.
John is a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
Shannon Smith and Nancy Brachbill
Nancy And Shannon are a mother-daughter team who combined have more than 30 years of teaching experience. We work hard to integrate technology into our current curriculum learning standards on a daily basis within our classrooms. We have been involved in countless hours of various educational technology grants to gain a full understanding of what continuously engages students. Attending local and national conferences to maintain current levels of educational technology awareness has also become an integral part of our teaching styles. We continue to motivate and initiate all levels of learning.
Shannon has taught grades 4-9 throughout her career and is excited to be transitioning into a new role as the technology integration specialist for her school for the 2011-2012 school year. Nancy's teaching experiences range from grades 5-8 as well as being a K-8 art teacher. She is currently a 5th grade teacher in a self-contained classroom.
Anne Truger is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the Special Education District of Lake County in Illinois. She is a Google Certified Teacher, DEN STAR, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, host of EdReach's EdCeptional Podcast, Promethean enthusiast and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in partnership with ISTE: Supervision and Leadership program. She loves all things technology and isn't afraid of trying new things. Anne has presented at ISTE 2001-2012, ICE 1998-2012, and has been a featured speaker at MACUL 2009-present. Anne is the 2011-2012 President Elect for ICE (Illinois Computing for Educators). She enjoys presenting and sharing her lifelong love of learning and technology passion with others.
DeLyn Beard is the founding owner of eLeader Academy of Evansville, a non-profit organization that serves to empower youth in the digital age. The eLeader Academy of Evansville provides various technology and leadership classes during the after-school and weekend hours, a time when juvenile crime rates increase. For more information on the eLeader Academy of Evansville, visit www.eleaderacademy.org
DeLyn also serves as an eLearning Coach in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Evansville, Indiana. She supports K-12 teachers in the district by providing professional development opportunities in instructional technology. Prior to that, DeLyn taught elementary and middle level grades in both general education and special education settings for 17 years.
DeLyn’s passion is fueled by empowering students to lead others in various platforms. In 2011, DeLyn started an after-school tech club, Oak Hill eLeaders. This team of 4th and 5th grade students travel to educational conferences around the country to teach teachers how to implement technology into their classrooms. DeLyn and the Oak Hill eLeaders were recognized in 2013 by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation by receiving the first of its kind, EVSC Outstanding Teacher-Student Award. In April, 2014, DeLyn and her Oak Hill eLeaders were recognized by the Evansville community when they received the Leaders in Technology Award sponsored by Leadership Evansville. For more information on Oak Hill eLeaders, visit www.oakhilleleaders.weebly.com
DeLyn holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and a Masters of Science in Special Education, both from Indiana State University. Find out more about DeLyn by visiting her blog.
Sherry Gick has been involved in education for seventeen years. She has taught special education grades K-12, managed a Title 1 Resource center for children and parents, and most recently has been a school librarian for four years. She enjoys sharing books and technology with students and teachers. Sherry is a wife, mother of two, an avid reader, and obsessive runner.
Gretchen Welk is a first grade teacher at Rossville Elementary School in Rossville, Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and her Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Elementary Education. She is the 2013 ISTE SIGMS Technology Innovation Award Winner.
Gretchen has been an educator for 16 years, teaching sixth, third, and first grades. She is passionate about reading and writing instruction and uses mentor texts and author studies in a workshop format. She adores teaching and children’s literature! She is thrilled about her role as a FableVision Ambassador!
I am currently teaching third grade in Oelwein, Iowa. I have had eleven years of teaching experience at the elementary level. I am working towards my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology through Iowa State University. I believe it is essential to inspire students to create, problem solve, and to use 21st century skills.
Shannon McClintock Miller
Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting to others within their school and around the world.
Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE's Leading & Learning journal, various blogs, and in other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak in Iowa and around the country about advocacy, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others.
She is a member of ISTE, SIGMS, ALA, AASL, and ILA (Iowa Library Association). Shannon serves as the advocacy chair on the Iowa Association of School Librarians and on the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council as the public school students and libraries representation. Shannon also serves on the School Library Month advisory board. She is a StudyBlue Teacher Advocate and FableVision Learning Ambassador. In 2010, she was also chosen to be part of the Cengage Learning/School Library Journal New Leaders Program. In March 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award
Jana Craig Hare
Jana Craig Hare, PhD, is Associate Director for Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTEC), a division of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. Jana is a former secondary teacher, who has also served as a Technology Integration Facilitator, District Educational Technology Coordinator and State Educational Technology Director. With over 20 years experience in education, she brings a classroom perspective to school improvement models, including best practices in research-based instructional strategies and technology integration.
Jana has presented at numerous local, regional and national conferences including, NSBA's T+L, ISTE, NSDC, ASCD, and FETC. On the professional level, Jana is a Master Instructor for the Intel® Teach Program and Leadership Forum and is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). She has also been recognized by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a "20 to Watch" Emerging Technology Leader. Jana is passionate about helping administrators, teachers, and students use technology to make their mark and see where it takes them!
DeWayne LaCaze is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern State University in the area of Public Relations and Journalism. Continuing his education, he enrolled in the graduate program at NSU and obtained a Master’s Degree in History and his Teaching Certification
In 2005, DeWayne began teaching at George L. Parks Elementary School in Natchitoches, Louisiana. At Parks, he taught second and third grade resource students. In 2010, he began working for the Louisiana Department of Education. He is currently pursuing a Specialist Degree in the area of Special Education and Reading with an emphasis in technology.
DeWayne is also an adjunct professor of History and teaches on-line classes for Northwestern State University located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He teaches the introductory courses associated with American History. He has made the transition from a classroom teacher to an on-line instructor. Throughout his endeavors, he has incorporated the use of technology in the learning process. He feels the implementation and utilization of technology in the classroom is vital to the success of the students. DeWayne realizes we live in an ever changing society and technology is an important component of our every day existence.
Currently, he is employed by the Louisiana Department of Education as a Technology Facilitator for the Louisiana Assistive Technology Initiative (LATI). It is a state-funded initiative that promotes the awareness and use of assistive technology for those students who need assistance in accessing the general educational curriculum. He also serves on Louisiana’s Executive Council, as the Technology Coordinator for the state’s chapter of The Council for Exception Children.
Having taught first grade for 25 years, I am now an educational technology instructor for the University of Maine. I'm a passionate advocate for good use of technology integration and digital citizenship at the early childhood level and beyond. I've presented at ACTEM, taught at the University of Maine's Summer Tech Institute, and taught tech workshops both in my own school district and others. I enjoy sharing what I've learned and learning from others.
I'm honored to be an ambassador for FableVision; the creativity, imagination, and out-of-the-box thinking inspire me, my students, and the teachers with whom I work.
Cheryl has moved back to the classroom and works with grades 9-12 special education students and teachers using technology in ways that students can access the general education classes and content. Using technology equalizes the playing field! Recently, Cheryl and Morgan were featured in a Google Search video shown at YouTube, showing just how special education students can benefit by the use of technology.
Mary Del Bianco
Mary Del Bianco is the technology integration specialist for a pre-k - 8th Catholic school in Kensington, MD. In a previous life she was the art teacher in the same school. Her love of learning and her passion for wanting to help every child reach their full potential lead her to the computer lab. There she can be a project based educator with lots of tools for creating and assessing learned knowledge. She is also a bit of a "Tom Sawyer" educator because she makes the job look so much fun that she inspires the other teachers to join in!
Nicole Morris-Stauffer has been a classroom teacher for 14 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University and is certified to teach Elementary Education, and she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware. Nicole has taught Pre-Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Currently she works as a Challenge Instructional Coach for Cecil County Public Schools, where she collaborates with teachers to meet the needs of the gifted and talented students in two different elementary schools. One of Nicole’s proudest professional accomplishments was being named the Cecil County Maryland Teacher of the Year in 2010. Nicole is committed to educating all learners, and enjoys sharing new ideas, technology resources and interesting anecdotes. She also taught all of her Kindergarteners that when we spell in Kindergarten, it is “ish” and that is OK.
Matthew Winner is a teacher librarian in Howard County, Maryland. He is the author of the Busy Librarian blog (busylibrarian.com), where he advocates for school libraries, collaboration, games-based learning, and everything that's best for helping students feel valued and successful. Matthew has enjoyed connecting with educators throughout the world via Skype in the Classroom for literary celebrations (such as International Dot Day), collaborating across miles, and building student-to-student relationships and friendships. He is a 2013 co-recipient of ISTE's SIGMS Technology Innovation Award and was recently named a 2013 Library Journal Tech Leaders Mover & Shaker. Matthew is also the co-author of Teach Math with the Wii (ISTE), a professional resource incorporating the Nintendo Wii as an instructional tool in the K-7 math classroom. Read more about what new things are happening in Matthew's library on Twitter at @MatthewWinner.
Holly Ashley has worked in education for 18 years. She started her career as a classroom teacher in grades four, five and six. After earning her Master's degree in reading and becoming a licensed Reading Specialist, Holly changed schools to focus on teaching struggling readers. She currently works in Rochester as a Reading Specialist and Reading Recovery teacher. Last year, Holly completed an in-district internship working with the District Curriculum Coordinator to earn her license as a Supervisor/Director in Reading and English Language Arts. Holly is excited to be a part of the Fablevision Learning Ambassador team and to have the opportunity to spread the word!
Born in New Jersey - married in 1969 to Mark Barnett, who I met while in high school - worked at the Matawan Public Library. Had two sons and we moved to Massachusetts. I was a teacher and then the Director of the Nursery School at Temple Beth Am in Framingham for over 10 years (that is where I met Evye Woldman when she enrolled her oldest daughter Susan - but that is a story for another day) then I became the Educational Software Coordinator for Lesley University (then just a college). Returned to school and got my Master's in Educational Technology from Lesley. I moved onto become the Coordinator of Lesley's Software Collection. Lesley became a University and my position became the Assistant Director of Educational Technology. During my years at Lesley I worked with faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) introducing them to the world of educational technology. I taught many classes and presented at numerous conferences (including ISTE, Christa McAuliffe in New Hampshire, and of course MassCUE where I was honored to receive the 2003 Pathfinder Award. I was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and enjoyed the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Apple at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.
I was at Lesley until I suffered a heart block (the result of radiation for breast cancer) and that landed me out on medical disability.
Now I am home, do a great deal of reading - have been a reviewer for ISTE conferences and enjoying my four grandchildren (Harry -3, Greyson -6 months and Calista -5 and Lyla 3). Can't forget the 4-legged member of the family - Shayna, a sometimes-white coca-poo. My son's also have dogs so when we are all together it is noisy and fun.
Guess that is about it. Always looking for new opportunities - love reviewing papers, etc. Wish I could return to work - I miss the stimulation - but my disability prevents that. So, here I am.
Suzy Brooks has been a teacher since receiving her graduate degree from Lesley University in 1999. Her uniqueness as a 3rd grade teacher lies in that which inspires her: computers, connections and community service. A licensed Instructional Technology Specialist who has been a Girl Scout for 36 years, Suzy strives incessantly to make strong, positive connections with her students, their families and her colleagues. It is through these relationships she has found the encouragement to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for all things technical.
In the past few years, Suzy has been invited to present at MASSCUE conferences and symposiums, the ACCEPT summer institute, Cache the Wave Summer programming and over a dozen workshops within her district. Workshop participants leave her sessions with a sharper focus on students and an inspired attitude towards technology. Regionally recognized as a teacher leader, Suzy is a FableVision Ambassador and a Discovery Educator Network STAR Educator. Additionally, she serves on the Massachusetts ASCD Board of Directors. When not teaching, or trying to keep up with the latest in technology, Suzy is an avid photographer, willing volunteer, and creative thinker. She is married with two children and loves living on Cape Cod.
Rayna Freedman is a grown up kid following her own North Star. She taught third grade for eleven years, fourth grade for two years, and is currently teaching fifth grade. She is also an instructional technology specialist. She has degrees from the University of Vermont and Lesley University. She is a creative and innovative teacher who believes in setting high expectations for her students, who think they are secret agents training for the student sector of the FBI. She is curious about her world, willing to take risks, and believes in the power of imagination. Rayna recently earned the coveted title of Teacher of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce. She has presented at Mass Cue, and been published in several education magazines and web sites. Also, she was published in the 12th edition of Early Childhood Education, Today. She was the winner of the Webbie Award for Mass Cue in 2011 in the classroom category, and has earned grant money for various tech tools in the classroom. She has personally provided her classroom with a technology lab because she wanted to propel her students into 21st century learning. This past school year she would have never made it through the afternoon math lesson without Smart Moves.
For the past ten years I have taught Instructional Technology. The past three at two K-5 schools in my hometown of Waltham MA. I love working with the teachers and students at this level and helping them discover all of the fun and useful ways technology can enhance their teaching and learning. Fablevision is a company I became involved with in the late 1990s since they have many of the same philosophies as I do about children and learning. For my capstone graduate project from Harvard I worked with students on a new and exciting program Fablevision had just published, Animationish, to create Public Service Announcements. The PSA animations the students wrote and produced were outstanding. At one of the schools I work at we had three fabulous professional development days with the Fablevision learning staff in May of 2009. The teachers and students love Stationary Studio and the methods we learned to post student's work.
Afrika Afeni Mills
After ten years as an elementary teacher, teacher developer/trainer, full-time mentor for novice teachers, director of a school desegregation program, and a K-5 ELA Director, Afrika is now the Curriculum and Instruction Director for a Boston-based nonprofit called Discovering Justice. She is a joy-filled wife and mother, is in the process of helping her husband to plant a church in the Randolph community, and has also completed the first draft of a novel.
Karen Mitropoulis is an author who lives in Lowell, Mass and is actively involved in the community and beyond. The spirit of giving is important to her, and is inspiration for much of her work. Her Greek heritage is also a key driver in her life. As Karen shares, "My past is also as important as we seek to pass on the torch of leadership and passion to future generations."
As a child Karen was faced with multiple health challenges that made her journey quite difficult, but this struggle has made her the resilient soul she is today. Through her service and writing she hopes to help all children who face there own struggles. Karen enthusiastically declares, "All children deserve to thrive. To let their creative juices flow, to write and most importantly learn to express their feelings. Each child is different and should be given the love and encouragement they deserve to make them happy and brave."
Karen has also dedicated many of her years as a volunteer counselor and teacher at her church's Vacation Church Camp. She also serves on the Philoptochos board. Her life's mission is to treat everyone with dignity, respect, compassion, and empathy.
Michelle is a second grade teacher in Walpole, MA. I am third generation Boston, born and bred. I am lucky enough to live about equal distance between Fenway Park and The Blue Bunny Bookstore in Dedham! In addition to being crazy about teaching, children's books, and the Red Sox, I love playing with technology, dabbling in photography, and being a caretaker to my five year old niece Emily. I think the key to working in the field of education is allowing yourself be inspired and pass that inspiration on to others.
Founder and director of Serious Fun 21st Century Community Learning Center
Ashley Robison began her journey at Fitchburg State University as a Middle School Education student. Today, Ashley teaches 6th grade English Language Arts and is always working for ways to help her make the most out of her time with her students. She adores teaching and feels that students learn best when they are allowed to explore their own talents and interests. When looking for inspiration, Ashley shares with her class “Ish” by Peter Reynolds. She feels that the message of this book is just right for budding authors. As her journey in the world of education continues, Ashley looks forward to using the teaching and learning tools developed by Fablevision to make learning fun and meaningful for her diverse classroom.
I am a: parent, teacher, advocate, inspirer, and lover of learning. I am also an aspiring artist and writer. I make time for naps, baking, the outdoors, and anything that smacks of magic. My philosophy on life can be summed up in one word: ish.
I teach grades 2-5 Computers and Technology at Oakland International Academy-Intermediate and manage the technology for the Oakland International Academy District. Oakland International Academy is a charter school chartered through Saginaw Valley State University and is located just south of Hamtramck in Detroit, Michigan.
During the summer I enjoy working at Lost Lake Scout Reservation where I teach Photography and Cinematography merit badges.
I am a technology driven educator. After 22 years teaching high school math and coordinating career preparation programs, I have moved into the role of Director of Information Technology at Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, MI. I suffer from "techno-lust", wanting to be an early adopter of the many great technologies that can enhance student learning. My preference is for Apple products, as is said "It just works!". Click here for my technology resources.
I am a literacy coodinator of K-5 school and a 1st/2nd grade teacher. I am extremely passionate about making learning fun for kids and building a lifelong love for reading, writing, and using your imagination to create your dreams. I first heard of FableVision through Peter H. Reynolds at a writing institute in the Southamptons. There I realized that his mission and curriculum opportunities were a definite match with my own beliefs. I had been using his many wonderful children's books in the classroom for years! I try to teach my students to view authors as heroes through interactive author studies - and he is one of our many heroes every year.
Joyce Teibel joined the faculty at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in 2007 as a technology coordinator. She earned a B.A. in English and Education from the University of St. Catherine and an M.A. in Learning Technology from the University of St. Thomas. AT&T Broadband has honored Joyce with their Emerging Technology Leadership Award. Joyce says, "I work with students in grades K-5. Our most desired computer-related activities include using Scratch, Algodoo, Lego WeDo, and our new favorite — Animation-ish! We do our work with classmate convertible netbooks, which allow us to get our creativity up by getting down on the floor — literally."
Eva Harvell is an educational technology specialist for the Pascagoula School District in Pascagoula, MS. Prior to this position, Eva taught second grade for seven years. Eva enjoys helping K-12 teachers close the gap between technology and curriculum. Eva has presented at and attended several technology conferences, including ISTE. Eva has a wonderful husband and two children, ages 8 and 1.
Amy Lagers is a library media specialist in an urban elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been an educator since 1996, with a background in early childhood education. Since becoming a librarian in 2009, Amy has become increasingly focused on fostering creativity in her students. She seeks to integrate the arts and technology in lessons she collaboratively plans with classroom teachers.
Amy actively participates in the Oklahoma School Librarians Association (OKSL) and the Oklahoma Library Association (OLA). She has been chosen to participate in the OLA Gold Leadership program, and has been elected as OKSL treasurer. She was also awarded the 2013 OKSL Technology in Education Award for her efforts to meaningfully integrate technology in the curriculum. She recently joined the faculty of Oklahoma A+ Schools®, a school reform model involving arts integrated curriculum, authentic learning experiences, enriched assessments, and a focus on the individual learner.
Amy first became aware of FableVision through sharing the books Ish andThe Dot with her kindergarten students. These books began to help define her educational philosophy. She sees herself as a creativity cheerleader, both for her students and her fellow teachers.
I teach at Noel Elementary school, the school I attended as a child. I believe that education works best in small communities and am happy to share that with my children. I received my BA from Missouri Southern State University and my MA from William Woods University. I am a huge advocate of students blogging, online conversations, and building better lesson plans.
For fun I enjoy reading, video games, movies and television, and visiting Walt Disney World with my family.
Utilizing the Reynolds' FableVision products has been a highlight of mine the past few years, as I am passionate about teaching my students to use both creative thinking and critical thinking skills.
Since 1985, I have been an educator -- first as an English Teacher at Millard South High School, and currently as an Elementary Gifted Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools.
I have lived in Nebraska my entire life. I grew up on a farm near Davenport Nebraska, and I moved to Omaha in 1985. After graduating from Hastings College, I earned my Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
I am married, have two children in their 20's, and have the two cutest dogs in Omaha!
I am currently focusing my efforts on designing effective teaching and learning opportunities in a digital environment. My official title at Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney, Nebraska is Technology Trainer, but I also wear many other hats. I am more of an eLearning Coordinator in my latest project: Team Blue – a suite of instructional design strategies and technologies to support teaching and learning in a blended classroom. As an Ambassador for Fablevision, I support creativity in all aspects of education - from the design of a lesson to the poem of a student. I work with Animation-ish, Stationary Studio, Big Screen Books, other software developed by the fabulous crew at Fablevision and all the books written and illustrated by Peter. I also support adding the "arts" into the STEM process thereby creating STEAM! It will take all of us to support the 200-year mission to bring the world to a better place through media, storytelling and technology.
I am a K-5 Learning Coach at Kearney Public Schools. I will be helping teachers in their classrooms to improve instruction, embed technology into their curriculum, model instructional strategies, co-teach, and provide them with feedback and praise!
I am a tenured Resource Teacher (Special Education) in Lincoln, NE. I Co-teach English and math, and teach Life Skills English for Lincoln Public Schools. I lead multiple staff development classes along with sponsor after school technology club.
A farm outside of Beaver Crossing, NE, was home growing up and yes, I'm a Husker fan. After graduating from Doane College, Crete, NE, in 1977, I started teaching upper elementary in Aurora, NE. In 1981 I got my masters degree from the University of NE-Kearney. After teaching in Aurora for twelve years I moved to Lincoln in 1989 and married my husband, Randy. I taught 2nd grade one year in Milford, NE, and quickly learned I wasn't meant to be a primary teacher. At that point I decided to use my Special Education endorsement and got a job teaching at the Behavioral Skill Program for Lincoln Public Schools. This is year 21 for me at BSP and year 34 overall. I have a strong interest in technology and integrating it into my teaching.
Besides teaching I've had two other jobs. My very first job was helping irrigate and other chores on the family farm and then working at a summer camp in Vermont during my teaching years in Aurora.
My husband, who is from Saskatchewan, teaches history at the University of Nebraska. Together we enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Beth Rice
Currently a seminar/retreat facilitator in Lincoln, Nebraska, with a bachelors degree in Speech Communication and a masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mary Beth has been the St. Peter's Literary Festival Planning Committee Chair for the past six years, putting on four amazing festivals that included over 30 different authors, illustrators, visual artists, musicians, advertising executives, and journalists. Peter Reynold's books and artwork helped form the logo and flavor of the school's festival mission in fostering creativity and the sharing of one anther's stories!
Mary Beth has written and facilitates a Social Leadership curriculum for youth and young adults called Class: a social requirement for youth and teens™. She is a football mom of four, and a new owner of an iPad2 and an iPhone. Her passions include helping young people realize their potential and learn to invest in others. When she is not connecting folks to one another, you might find her in her butterfly garden, baking in her kitchen, or reading children's picture books!
Margo Burns is the Director of The Language Center at St. Paul's School, an independent high school in Concord, NH, where she also advises the student club, the International Lunchtime Animation Festival (iLAF, for short). She works with teachers for all seven languages taught at the school - both modern and classical - to integrate a wide variety of technology into the curriculum and to build student technology literacy. She has given numerous hands-on teacher workshops and presentations over the years at the Greater Manchester (NH) Professional Development Center, New Hampshire's Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, NNETESOL, ACFTL, and MassCUE. In the summer, she teaches 3D character animation using Blender software at the UNH Tech Camp for middle- and high-school students. She is a big fan of Animation-ish software for classroom projects.
Outside of her job, she is a published scholar on the subject of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. She and her iPad appear in two recent documentaries on the subject, one on the National Geographic Channel and the other at the National Park Service's Visitor Center in Salem, MA. In January 2012, she started taking evening classes in traditional animation at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE), and is currently working on her first independent feature film, "Salem Witch Tales: The Animated Documentary," based on the primary sources of the historical episode. You can read her production blog here.
I am a Learning Disabilities Specialist working in an upper elementary school in Southern New Hampshire. I found Fablevision several years ago while attending a workshop and have been hooked ever since on the wonderful products. I use Smartmoves, Stationary Studio, the Wings of Epoh, Brain Cogs and Essay Express. As an Assistive Technology professional, integrating technology in meaningful ways is important to me and for my students. As a Literacy professional, I use any and all tools as I teach and encourage kids in reading and writing. Ed.S Literacy and Learning Disabilities and Assistive Technology in Education.