Meet Our Ambassadors
Hi. My name is Amie Elbertson and I am from Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. I work in the Egg Harbor Township School district in Slaybaugh School. I am the technology teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade and the AVA coordinator. I have been teaching for a total of 17 years. I started with FableVision many years ago and have given numerous workshops on Stationery Studio within our district and out of district. I have also presented at the NJ ETTC conference and the NJEA conference. I have dabbled in Animation-ish also, but Stationery Studio is my favorite!
On a personal level, I am married and have a 13 year old daughter and a 5 year old daughter. I love animals and rescue many. I also work with a local horse rescue in my free time.
Stacy Kasse, Md.E
Third grade teacher for the Medford School District in Medford, NJ. I am also on the Discovery Educator Network Leadership council and a STAR educator. This past year I presented at ISTE (for the second year). I have taught in Australia and have been a governess in Europe. My first teaching position was in the US Virgin Islands. My three "t"s...teaching, tennis, and technology.
Cathy Timpone is the Director of Curriculum and Technology for the Park Ridge Public Schools, a Pre-K -12 public school system located in Park Ridge, NJ. Responsibilities include educational technology integration as well as overall responsibility for the district's technology instruction and learning, software selection, professional development and support, distance learning, technology holdings, infrastructure and overall implementation and planning of the district's technology. She has been involved with computers, educational technology, curriculum support and identifying and defining opportunities in instructional technology that enhance district curriculum while being responsive to present and future needs for 27 years. She has presented at NECC, NJEdge.net Best Practices Conference, NJ Techspo and Tech Exchange. She was a member of the Megaconference Jr. Steering Committee. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Management Program and is studying curriculum and the impact of educational technology and information literacy skills on teaching, learning and student achievement.
I am a technology teacher in two Mount Laurel, New Jersey K-4 elementary schools. My role has been evolving over the years from teaching in a lab to going into the classroom with a mobile cart and working with the teachers and students in the classroom. Although I am still primarily responsible for the lessons, I collaborate with the teachers to create technology rich cross-curricular lessons.
Agnes Zaorski enjoys sharing FableVision programs with students and teachers, especially the versatile, easy to use Stationery Studio program that motivates students to enjoy writing. She has developed many exciting projects for students to use Stationery Studio to create games, books, interactive whiteboard stories, and iPad Keynote books.
She retired in 2010 from 44 happy years of teaching Pre-K to grade 8 in New Jersey to use her 29 years of experience sharing technology to create an educational technology consultation group, Take Along Technology LLC.
Since beginning his teaching career in 2006, Richard Colosi has worked hard to become a teacher who practices innovative ideas in the classroom. Having won two national video contests: The 2007 Interwrite Learning Classroom Makeover Contest and the 2008 SMART Technology Extraordinary Moments Contest, he specializes in digital storytelling, podcasting, and the use of iOS devices (iPod/iPad) in the classroom. Richard has been featured on local television and in print media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Teacher, and The American Teacher. Aside from this, he has been recognized by S.U.N.Y. Geneseo and Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), and was a 2008 Rochester Area College Center of Excellence in Math and Science (R.A.C.C.E.M.S.) Excellence Award in Teaching STEM Finalist.
In 2009, Richard was named an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and has been a guest presenter at SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, and St. John Fisher College. Two of his videos "Rethinking Reading" and "Our First Podcast" were showcased nationwide as part of the 2009 Apple Education K-12 IT Road Show.
Earlier this year Colosi joined The Fablevision Ambassador Program after creating The Dot Project with his first grade students, also with the video "Connecting the Dots: iPad Artwork Inspired By The Dot." Learn more about here.
Judith Conk is an educator who has taught and administered at all levels of education from preschool to graduate school in a career that spans more than forty years. Working in both urban and suburban settings, the school systems she has led as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and for sixteen years, Superintendent have won recognition for their outstanding educational programs that recognize the individual in each student. She retired from public school administration in April, 2001 in order to devote more time to supporting creative teaching and learning. She presently heads her own educational consulting firm, Consulting for Results, with varied national and international clients spanning PreK-University level education and concentrating on leadership, teaching and learning, and the arts.
A major client for the last seven years, she has served as a Senior Consultant with the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning where she serves on the National Leadership Team and has worked extensively with their school leaders and coaches as well as on the design of the network, in literacy and in curriculum and instruction in a global context.
A frequently requested speaker, author and educator trainer, Mrs. Conk has spoken and written on topics such as school change, leadership development, assessment, infusing the arts, staff development, instructional strategies, and multiple intelligences in the classroom. She is a member of the Professional Development Cadre of the National Middle School Association, where she also serves as a School Improvement Consultant as well as having served on the Speakers Bureau of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program. She has worked extensively with schools in the area of curriculum development to meet the needs of students and has served on a variety of state and national panels in aligning standards with creative, engaging classroom practice. In May of 1996, Mrs. Conk was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award for Educational Leadership from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. This award, given by her peers, recognized Mrs. Conk’s work as an advocate within the state for a high quality education for every child. This followed a similar award given in May of 1994 by her colleagues in Bergen County, NJ. Mrs. Conk also received a Governor’s Award in Arts Education as Outstanding Superintendent of 2001.
She presently serves on several boards of non-profit groups and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Education and Applied Professions at Fairfield University, a Jesuit University. This appointment follows her service on the Trustees Advisory Board of the same University for more than six years.
I have been working for the New York City Department of Education for the last eleven years. I am entering my sixth year as the Technology Teacher at P.S. 148Q in East Elmhurst, NY.
Most of my day consists of teaching children from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade how to use computers.
I also teach a small group of fourth and fifth graders how to build and program robots as part of the First Lego League Robotics competition.
When I'm not working directly with students, I can be found working with teachers and administrators; trying to find new ways to integrate technology into classrooms.
Since 1990, Barb has taught students and teachers how to participate in collaborative internet projects. She has taught staff development classes and worked in the classroom integrating technology and promoting online learning. In Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic and the United States, she has given presentations about her work. She has presented many times at NECC; most recently, Created From Scratch: High School Autistic and Special Education Projects was given at NECC 2009. At the MIT Media Lab she presented Scratch and Students on the Autism Spectrum for Scratch@MIT in 2010. This summer 2011, she taught a game design class and attended the Southampton Children's Literature Conference. Barbara works for the Pittsford Central School District in Pittsford, NY.
My present position is teaching fifth grade in an inclusion class on Long Island.
I am a third grade teacher at Westfield Central School in New York and I also coach many sports and run many elementary clubs.
Amy Spath is from Central New York and works for the Central New York Regional Information Center in Syracuse, NY. She is the Coordinator of E-Learning and Special Projects. She focuses on helping the consortium of districts with the integration of technology, media services such as streaming and physical media, and interactive videoconferencing. She also is a board member for NYSCATE and has served on the NYSCATE Conference Committee for many years.
Lori Stahl-Van Brackle
Lori Stahl-Van Brackle came to teaching after a career as a journalist that lead her into Web Design. On her journey she picked up skills she hoped she could use in her classroom. After teaching 8th Grade English for five years, there was an opening for a Computer Talent teacher. With no real curriculum, Lori was able to delve into that tool chest of creative tools and teach things like movie making, animation, Web design and graphic design.
When Lori became a Tech Liaison she was introduced to the world of FableVision through Ryan and had the opportunity to meet with Peter. She's been using FableVision ideas to springboard off of ever since.
This year her 6th Graders are working on answering the question "What doors can Technology open for you?" based on the poster Peter sent out. Using the image as a background on the class Web site students are creating their first Web pages answering that question. The collection of answers will be available by clicking on the doors in the image on the class website, www.halseybulldog.org. With a new computer lab due at her school soon, there's no saying what those doors will truly open.
I am an Instructional Technology Facilitator for Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, North Carolina. I collaborate with K-12 administrators and teachers across curricular areas focusing on seamless technology integration. I am an Intel Master Trainer, QTL Instructor, a STAR Discovery Educator, iSafe Certified and currently hold the position of Chair for the North Carolina Discovery Education Network. I have spent time as a classroom teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels, as well as, an adjunct faculty member at our local college and community college. In my spare time, I work with the Asheville Puppetry Alliance where I enjoy creating, performing and promoting the art and craft of puppetry.
As a veteran elementary and middle school educator. curriculum technology integrator and gifted instructor, I love bringing "a-ha" learning moments and higher order thinking experiences to the students and educators I work with. Elevating student thinking, learning and doing has always been my mission. I truly enjoy helping other educators see the importance of this by providing professional development opportunities in the areas of Technology Integration, Differentiated Instruction, Differentiating with Technology, Digital Storytelling, I-imagine Vision Videos, and Curriculum Enrichment via Problem Solving, Creativity, and Questioning Strategies throughout ND as well as other state and national conferences and webinars.
I am currently a K-6 Gifted and Talented instructor for four schools in Minot Public Schools (ND), Co-chair of ISTE’s Digital StoryTelling Network, on the Board of ND Association for Gifted Children as Past President, and on the Alumni Board of Minot State University.
I am very excited to work with the FableVision Learning team to incorporate and share their amazing creative ideas and programs.
I am a technology teacher for Philadelphia teaching children in grades K-8. I am a Keystone Technology Integrator for the state of PA. I am also a STAR Discovery Educator. I love to share lessons that I’ve used in my classroom and am eager to learn new things. I feel that technology is just a tool. It’s the process that is more important. Feel free to check out my website.
Sally Bair believes FableVision products are excellent for students, applied to become a FableVision Ambassador as a result and has been delighted to be selected to serve as a Ambassador for the past several years. As an Ambassador, she has spoken to educators about FableVision products at PETE&C and will share Fablevision best practices with MSET attendees in April. She has also served as a volunteer assistant to Dr. Peggy Healy Stearns at NYSCATE 2010 and trained staff to use Stationery Studio and Smart Moves. She retired at the end of 2010 school year as a music educator and technology coordinator for more than 35 years. In addition to being an Ambassador, she works part time for the family English Cocker Spaniel, Lacey, who is a certified therapy dog and each summer she helps her friends run the Washington Square Music Festival in NYC. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and friends, travel, nature, musical theatre and the arts, college football and basketball, ISTE's SIGML, and study and practice to try to improve her photography skills.
I was born in West Point, New York on January 8, 1944. As an only child I was encouraged to try whatever I found fascinating so I grew with many hobbies and educational interests. After graduating from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA with a degree in mathematics I worked in New York City for IBM. After marriage I remained an at home mom until my three sons were in school. My volunteering in school led to finding an old computer in the building and I began instruct students in logic and simple programs which led to computer classes in my home for children and adults. Lancaster Country Day School asked me to implement an elementary school computer program. About 18 years ago Manheim Township invited me to work full time as their High School Technology Specialist. I developed the high school instructional technology program encouraging the teachers to come to the Writing and Technology Center with their students for projects in just about every curricular area. This developed into a position as Assistant Director of Technology and then Coordinator of Instructional Technology for the school district. In my leisure time my husband and I enjoy travelling to see our 8 grandchildren and see a bit of the world most recently on ocean and river cruises.
PBS Innovative Educator, Discovery Star Educator, National Writing Project Fellow, Pennsylvania Keystone Technology Integrator, and National Board Certified Middle-Childhood Generalist, Meg Griffin is an award-winning educator who began her career teaching Spanish to pre-school students 15 years ago. Meg has conducted professional development workshops in her school, district, as well as districts in PA, CT, and NJ. She has presented at state and national conferences on technology integration, literacy, and science. Having taught pre-school through graduate school Meg is currently a fourth grade classroom teacher in the Central Bucks School District.
Meg maintains an on-line presence through her professional wiki, networking with her PLN, and blogging for teachinghistory.org. Meg is passionate about learning and bringing the excitement of knowledge and discovery to others. In addition to teaching, Meg also loves to travel and garden, and had recently completed her first duathlon.
I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in applied technology. I taught second graders for 11 years in the Council Rock School District in Pennsylvania and will begin teaching fifth graders in the 11-12 school year. For most of my years as a teacher, I have worked in inclusion classrooms where support was given to children with learning disabilities and children with autism spectrum disorders. I have worked with support staff and special education teachers to provide a learning environment that meets the needs of all the children through various projects and activities. Some examples of our classroom adventures include a second grade insect film festival, a science circus camp, and the integration of comics into our classroom to support a variety of interests and learning differences. Along with teaching children, I enjoy working with adults and sharing the many ways to make learning fun and meaningful, exciting and current. I conduct professional development workshops in my school and district, and I have presented at state and national conferences. I have also taught online courses related to project-based learning and technology integration. I feel blessed to have been recognized for my hard work. I was named a 2004 Keystone Technology Integrator, 2008 Milken Educator and the 2009 Holy Family University Alumni Teacher of the Year. I am also fortunate to be able to work with many amazing educators who make my job so much easier by sharing their own talents, enthusiasm for learning, and ideas, including those in the Discovery Educator Network and members of several other professional education organizations.
Of course, without the support of a wonderful family, it would be impossible to do the work that I do. My husband, two daughters, and parents, especially, have always been a part of all I do. We work on community endeavors together, including our district's Council Rock Education Foundation, which raises money for grants to award for creative and innovative programs in our schools. And, most recently, my family has been a huge part of my team that has created our district's new Council Rock Elementary Media Festival. This festival encourages students and teachers to use digital media in their teaching and in their presentations and to share their amazing work with our district community. I worked with teachers and administrators for several years to prepare, and we had our first event in 2010. I am proud to say the media festival has quickly become a wonderful part of our community's culture.
Finally, I always look forward to having new adventures and meeting new colleagues with whom I can share ideas!
Cara A. Capalbo
Cara is a special education teacher in Coventry, Rhode Island. She teaches mild/moderate learning challenged students in grades 1st-3rd in an intensive resource classroom at Blackrock Elementary School. Cara has worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant after graduating from Bridgewater State College in 1997 and soon after, obtained her Masters degree in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston. She has enjoyed teaching students with Autism Spectrum disorders for many years before transitioning to her current teaching position. In her free time, Cara enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, and cooking. Cara is also a mom to her two little girls, Abigail and Cecilia and is married to her wonderful and supportive husband, Pete.
Nic is an educator of 12 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher. He has been working as a technology integration specialist for School District Five in Richland and Lexington Counties (Irmo, SC) for the past 4 years focusing on training teachers to utilize technology in their classrooms. In addition, Nic has been teaching technology graduate classes for Coastal Carolina since 2000. He also is a Google Certified Teacher, a Google Apps for EDU Certified Trainer, Discovery Star Educator and Smart Education Consultant and Certified Trainer. Currently, Nic has started his own journey, in Charlotte, NC, creating a technology training and consulting company called Blended Tech Learning.
Valarie Byrd Fort
Valerie Byrd Fort is the Teacher Librarian at New Providence Elementary School in Lexington, South Carolina. She enjoys teaching, learning, playing with gadgets, and having fun! She is a member of the American Association of School Librarians, the American Library Association, and the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (for which she is a Past-President). She can be found on Twitter (@mrsbyrdfort and @librarygoddess), Facebook, and on her blog (http://valeriebyrdfort.com).
After beginning my teaching career as a high school/middle school band director, I was a technology teacher/school tech coordinator for over 20 years. I also have taught health and worked with students in a high school alternative setting. Having retired after 37 years in the 6-12 classroom, this year I will be working exclusively with pre-service teachers at Winthrop University.
Throughout my teaching career, I have sought to bring creative practices to the classroom. FableVision's mission to help all students achieve their best through creativity, communication, and problem solving drew me to the company. I have also been inspired by Peter to look carefully to find the talents of my most challenging students.
Most recently, my students and I began each of our classes in the high school alternative program with FableVision's SmartMoves. Beginning the day with SmartMoves helped us start each day with a positive attitude and helped my high school students focus on their work. Even the most challenging students recognized the positive impact the program had on their learning.
In addition to my experience as a classroom teacher, I have also served South Carolina Middle School Association as president and National Middle School Association as South Region trustee. In 2001, I received National Board Certification as an Early Adolescence Generalist.
Literacy Coach at H.E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, South Carolina, and Gifted/Talented Coordinator for Beaufort County School District.
I am currently a 3rd grade teacher at JC Lynch Elementary School in Coward, SC. I have taught Technology K-8, First Grade, Second Grade and now I am starting my first year in a Third Grade classroom. I have taught in Ohio, New York and South Carolina. I love to let my students be creative in all aspects of the classroom. I definitely focus on the process and not the product.
Learning Advocate at TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) . Currently working on recruiting and training teachers for high need schools. She also works with administrators to learn how to support inquiry-based mathematics.
Norma began her career teaching third grade at Halls Crossroads School in Aberdeen, Maryland. She and her husband, Andy, moved to Nashville, where she taught one year at West Meade School. After that year, she became a mother and stayed home to be with my three children. After daughter Melissa was in Pre-school she taught and was the director of Brentwood Young Children's School. It was a ministry of our church. She was then asked to apply for a kindergarten position at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville.
"After I interviewed, I knew that was the place for me. I was allowed to write and develop the curriculum for the kindergarten. I stayed in Kindergarten for the next ten years. In 1984-85, FRA chose to add Writing to Read to our kindergarten and first grade program. Once again, I was given the opportunity to be a pioneer with this program. It was the beginning of technology in the lower grades. I also helped develop the curriculum for first, second, and third grade computer classes. We had a lab situation plus laptops to be used in the classrooms as needed. I worked with June Austin and the two of us stepped out on a limb and entered a brand new field for each of us. Technology was new to us, but both of us remained true to staying on task in teaching children how to use technology as a tool. It was used to enhance their learning, not to just be another program. I always called it the "icing on the cake" in education. I stayed there until, the school decided to go in another direction with technology.
"At that time, I was not quite ready to leave teaching. I was given the opportunity to return to the classroom for one last year. Just as the first year of my teaching was so rewarding, so was my last. I had eleven of the most precious four year olds. They were like sponges. They opened my mind and my heart everyday. Once again, I was able to set the curriculum for pre-school. I used most of the FableVision materials as a base for the program.
"After 38 years in education and turning 70, I knew I was ready to retire and spend time with Andy, my children , and grandchildren. This lasted for about a month. The Men of Valor Program asked me to start a program for mothers, children, and schools to ensure a successful relationship between home and school. Most of the mothers have very little education, but want more for their children. The fathers are in prison, but are attending The Jericho Project inside the prison. When they leave the system many will receive their GED. They also will have had classes on parenting, learning how live in the outside world, and how to be better husbands and fathers. For those who complete this program, only 13% return to the prison system. It is my prayer and desire that by working together, we can make this a better world, especially for the children."
I am an independent consultant providing curriculum alignment and technology integration to schools and districts.
TJ Shay says, “Lee Kolbert told me Teryl can leap a tall building in a single bound. I believe her!”
Anna Adam has served Killeen ISD for 13 years as a Campus Instructional Technologist, where she juggles being instructional support and technology guru for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students and their teachers. Along with her numerous daily responsibilities, Anna also facilitates the school’s popular DigiDolphins technology club for 4th and 5th grade students. As co-creator and producer of the Tech Chick Tips podcast, an Apple Distinguished Educator and a FableVision Ambassador, Anna has published numerous articles and is an active advocate for using technologies to engage and educate students. Anna finds daily inspiration from her three digital kids.
Kim Caise has been an educator and technology specialist for the past 20 years after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Kim began her educational career teaching elementary grades and middle school math. In 2006 she achieved the pinnacle of educator certification and became a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education with a specialty in Technology Education. In September 2010, Kim completed an advanced degree program at Western Governors University with a Master of Education Learning and Technology program.
Kim has written and secured funding through several national and local grants including the Best Buy TEACH award and the Basic School Network. She is a S.T.A.R. Discovery Educator and serves on the Texas DEN Leadership Council. Kim is a FableVision Ambassador and was nominated for the 2005 Disney Teacher of the Year Award for her dedication to the teaching profession. She is currently developing a Moodle site to train teachers in the use of VoiceThread to create mathcasts. Her extensive curricular background in all subject areas has enabled her to help teachers find appropriate, effective tools to meet the diverse needs of their students and the demands of state/national standards.
Lea Anne Daughrity
Lea Anne Daughrity is an Specialist in Instructional Technology in the Classroom. Over the past two years, LeaAnne has been responsible for leading an Apple initiative and technology transformation throughout her district, equipping campuses with devices such as iPads, iPods and MacBooks and classrooms with the knowledge to use them. In 2012, her innovation and leadership has been rewarded with Discovery's Leader of the Year Award for 2012. She was a nominee for ISTE's Sylvia Charp Award and she assisted in two district-wide projects that received ISTE's Innovation Awards for 2011 and for 2012. Lea Anne's ability to inspire and her willingness to believe in others allows her to be successful in her field.
In education since 2000, former K-2 classroom teacher, former K-5 technology applications teacher, former GT specialist K-5, instructional technology specialist (current) My certifications are in elementary (1st-6th), Master Technology Teacher (PK-12th) and GT Supplemental (PK-12th).
Integrating technology for classroom use is a passion that has guided my path through the field of education. I love working with teachers to find their creativity and funnel it into ways to enhance teaching and learning. I hold a bachelor's in business administration from Texas A&M University and will complete my master's of science in education media design and technology from Full Sail University in December.
- STAR educator for the Discovery Educator Network and on TX leadership councilLearning.com Innovator,
- Glogster Ambassador
- Presenter at: TCEA conference, Region 4 ESC Tech Apps
- Conference, TAGT conference, ATPE state convention,
- Learning.com Innovator camps
Andrea is in her 11th year of teaching. The past 8 years have been spent in Irving ISD where she is a teacher for a LIFE (Living in a Functional Environment) Classroom. She was named TCEA Classroom Teacher of the Year in 2012. She has also been named 20 Educators to Watch by the National School Board Association. Tech and Learning has also named her most Influential in Educational Technology. You can learn more about Andrea on her personal blog and follow what her students are learning on her education blog.
Markesha is currently a kindergarten teacher and grade level co-chair in Houston, TX. With a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she is committed to finding and sharing creative ways of integrating technology into her school's curriculum. It brings her great joy to witness her students engaged in learning that involves the use of technology.
I am the Technology Integration Specialist for the Williston, Vermont schools. Our district includes the Allen Brook School, a PreK-2 school, and Williston Central School, a grade 3-8 school. We are located near Burlington and Lake Champlain as well as the beautiful Green Mountains. I work with teachers, staff, administrators, and students to help promote the integration of technology in today's world. I helped to re-write the state of Vermont's updated Technology standards. I have also been involved in professional development based on using Google tools and building Personal Learning Networks. Follow me on Twitter @bonniebird.
Maryclaire Ceallaigh, M.Ed. is a special education teacher in Virginia. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Mary Washington. Maryclaire also is a certified children’s yoga instructor. Each school day finds her at a public day school for children (K-12) with emotional disabilities, and she LOVES it! Maryclaire has wonderful opportunities to truly help her students. She does this through the use of brain-based research strategies, creating a North Star Classroom, yoga, meditation, SmartMoves, and some really cool educational technology! Prior to becoming a teacher, Maryclaire was the manager of A Likely Story, a children’s bookstore in Alexandria, Virginia. Her knowledge of children’s literature helps her help her students find a true love of reading and writing!
When she is not teaching, Maryclaire keeps busy serving on the Board of the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, improving literacy in her school by serving as the Language Arts Lead for the elementary school, serving as a mentor in the school system, and by taking a variety of leadership classes to become a true teacher leader. Life is not all work, however, and Maryclaire enjoys her fabulous family, walking, her own yoga practice, and, of course… reading!
Kathryn Horn Coneway
Kathryn Horn Coneway is the director of Art at the Center, a studio designed especially for children and families in Alexandria, Virginia. She facilitates studio-based classes for children and families working with traditional art materials as well as natural and recycled objects. As a community-based studio, Art at the Center aims to be a hub for creative activity in the community, offering workshops for parents and teachers as well as weekly classes and community art events. Kathryn's mission is to help people connect through creativity and to celebrate children's ingenuity through sharing learning stories from the studio.
I teach first grade in a Title I, full inclusion classroom. Most of my students speak English as a second language and are first or second generation immigrants.
As one of the founding members of the collaborative blog, Cooperative Catalyst, Paula White leads conversations on educational transformation. On Twitter, @paulawhite has helped to organize and collect links for the recent Blog 4 Reform initiatives. In Addition to being a Fablevision Ambassador, Paula is an innovative teacher, having been recognized as a lifelong learner and leader by Apple, Google, Discovery Education, PDK, NTTI, and she is a Smithsonian Laureate, a Golden Apple Recipient and was a VA finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. Paula supports adult learning through sharing at conferences and online and spent seven summers teaching digital storytelling and podcasting at the National Gallery of Art. Paula's passion for learning can be seen in her stories of her classroom where she is an advocate for students to guide their own learning and be leaders themselves. Paula's students have produced award winning visual arts projects and websites and some have presented at both local and national conferences. Paula's personal blog, Reflections of the TZST TEACHER, is a model as they begin establishing their digital footprint through wikis and blogs. Paula's students leave her with a deep understanding of the potential for online venues as an avenue for worldwide collaboration.
Presently, I teach fifth graders at Crystal Spring School in Roanoke, Virginia. I'm Director of the Roanoke City Schools New Teacher Academy. I'm President of the Teachers Of Promise Foundation.
Elaine is the Working on the Work Coordinator for Fife Public Schools. She helps teachers have the capacity and support needed to design meaningful work for their students. Elaine taught K-5 for 24 years before moving to her current position. Her favorite memory of last year was hosting a creativity station in her office on International Dot Day and seeing all the district administration and support staff gathered together making art.
Jennifer Malphy is the 4K-12 Library Media Specialist and District Technology Coordinator for the Kickapoo Area School District in Viola, WI. Jennifer loves sharing her passion for books and technology with the students and staff that she works with on a daily basis. She has loved sharing The Dot with her classes yearly and encouraging them to "make their mark" on the world.
Jennifer has presented at the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) conference on the topics of student-created book trailers and the use of Ereaders, specifically NOOKs, in the classroom.
Anna Mika is an educator with over 10 years experience as a mathematics, science and technology teacher. During her time as an educator, she was given the distinction of being Highly Qualified as a prospective Educator Astronaut, an honor bestowed upon less than 200 of the 4,000+ applicants. She continues to be an active member of the Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers. As an independent consultant, she has worked with many school districts across the country to support effective technology integration with their curriculum. She has provided professional development opportunities for educators as well as administrators with a goal of increasing student engagement. Anna has guided and coached several school districts in developing district professional development plans for technology integration in all subject areas at all grade levels. Anna's passion for education and her interactive approach to professional development results in very positive experiences for educators enabling them to engage in student-centered strategies built upon researched-based best practices.
Outside the US
Mali Bickley has 29 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 7 years, she has used ICT and successfully integrated literacy and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate and collaborate with several classes from around the world. As a classroom teacher, Mali is using Global Education Projects to integrate reading and writing strategies into meaningful projects that connect students globally. Mali's students have successfully collaborated with each other and students around the world to make a difference in the lives of others. Mali is the assistant country coordinator of iEARN Canada and designs and facilitates many international projects.
I currently live and teach in the Okanagan Valley in B.C., Canada. I have taught in remote northern villages and in rural settings. I have also been on a one year teaching exchange to Australia. I love ideas, puzzles and games and value art and play as learning tools. I have taught Band, General Music, Middle School, Elementary School. and FSL up to Grade 8. FableVision fits my vision of education!
Erika McKearney Victor is a third grade teacher at an international school in a suburb of Berlin. She has been lucky enough to teach in fantastic schools all around the world. She believes that teachers must help students to access their passions so that they are eager lifelong learners. Erika loves reading and enjoys helping students to find that same pleasure. She has special interests in teaching and learning through the workshop method and technology integration. She is a proud Nerdy Book Club member and the mother of two wonderful sons.
Talita is a Music Therapist and works as a Musical Theatre teacher in a after school academy called Musical Stars in Wellington, New Zealand. She met the Fable Vision team when she directed "The North Star" in Argentina. It was such a success she decided to do it again 10 years later in New Zealand where she lives now. She was overwhelmed by the warmth and help of the team during this process and learned a lot as a person and a professional.
Now she loves following all the fascinating projects they present and hopes to be able to introduce some of their work in the New Zealand schools.