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Henry Adam

Health Advisor

Until recently, Dr. Adam was a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College and studying as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow at Yale University, he graduated from the State University of NY-Upstate Medical Center in 1979, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Following Pediatric Residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, he was a Fellow in General & Behavioral Pediatrics and then joined the faculty at Einstein. His clinical work at Jacobi Medical Center has focused on children with complex chronic illnesses, especially pediatric AIDS. As an educator, Dr. Adam directed the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, has received the Lewis Fraad Teaching Award, and been elected to the Leo Davidoff Teaching Society. Dr. Adam is the editor of the In-Brief Section of Pediatrics in Review, and he is an editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ textbook and website.

Kristen Ahne

Mental Health Advisor

Ms. Ahne received her M.A.P.D in school psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University and her SAC certification and B.A. from Montclair State University. Ms. Ahne was inducted into Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Currently, she is a school psychologist for the Jersey City Board of Education in New Jersey. She works closely with teachers, families, and students to provide behavior modification and instructional strategies and techniques in anger and crisis management. She provides counseling, administers assessments and creates individualized education plans. Previously, Ms. Ahne has worked as a special education teacher providing instruction for students with special needs and as a group therapy co-leader at West Bergen Mental Healthcare Center for Children and Youth in the AD/HD and Asperger's Related Services department.

Michael Baer

Physical Sciences Advisor

Mr. Baer teaches earth and space science, physics, and chemistry at South Adams High School in Berne, Indiana. He earned his B.S.Ed. from Indiana University in Biology/Chemistry Education and his M.A. in Physics and Astronomy Education from Ball State University. He has experience as a teacher, department chair, coach, Dean of Students, Director of Student Guidance, youth pastor, and crisis intervention counselor. Mr. Baer has received many teaching honors, among them the NEA/White House Commission Distinguished Teaching Award; the Indianapolis Star Distinguished Teacher Award; American Energy Producers Teacher Vision Award; and a Walmart Teacher of the Year award. He also received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship award, with which he spent six months digging for dinosaurs, meteorites, and Anasazi artifacts across the American southwest. Mr. Baer delights in creative endeavors and spends time exploring; composing and performing music; writing curricula for professional development; and participating in youth ministry.

Patrice Dawkins-Jackson

Reading Advisor

Ms. Dawkins-Jackson received her M.Ed in early childhood education from the University of Central Florida, where she also received her Florida child care director credentials and her B.S. in early childhood education. Currently she is a kindergarten teacher at Dunwoody Springs Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves as a Georgia State Site Coordinator for her school and liaisons between teachers and administrators and works as a mentor for first-year teachers and students. Ms. Dawkins-Jackson is the recipient of an IBM Literacy Grant, which helped her purchase materials that foster vocabulary development, research skills, phonic awareness and a SMARTer Kids Grant, which provided funds to purchase SMARTboards and SMARTboard materials for her school.

Jon DeRew

Science Advisor

Mr. DeRew teaches chemistry at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, IL. He completed his undergraduate work in biology education at Illinois State University. His love of science and dedication to inquiry-based activities are augmented by his passion for integrating technology into education. Mr. DeRew is constantly looking for new ways to incorporate technology into his everyday lessons. He helped plan and train teachers at The Feast, a professional development seminar centered on technology.

Ali Eeds

Social Studies Advisor

Ms. Eeds graduated from the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in history, a teaching credential in social studies, and a master’s degree in education. She’s been teaching at Vacaville High School since 2004 and has taught a myriad of subjects, including government, economics, and American law (though her favorite subject is world history). Ms. Eeds has served on the Vacaville Unified School District’s Pacing Guide and Curriculum Committee and has been the district’s High School Technology Coordinator since 2007. In addition, Ms. Eeds was named teacher of the year for Solano County for the 2008-2009 school year. Her instructional style is student-centered and includes frequent hands-on activities and technology-based lessons. In order to bring history alive for her students, she integrates photos, music, and film into her Power Point lectures, and she creates video podcasts for her students as study tools.

Netia Elam

Life Sciences Advisor

Ms. Elam received her B.S. in biology and secondary education from Salisbury University in Maryland, and then began her teaching career at the middle school level in Vermont. Ms. Elam also taught middle school in North Carolina and Maryland before settling in Virginia as a biology teacher at Forest Park High School. During her tenure at Forest Park, she earned the Educator of the Year award for 2006-2007, and was also a finalist for the Washington Post Outstanding Teacher award in 2007-2008. Currently, Ms. Elam is working at Bull Run Middle School as an Instructional Technologist, where she assists other educators in incorporating technology into the curriculum.

Hope & Lou Gerbi

Math Advisors

Mr. Gerbi received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters Equivalency in Elementary Education from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He has been teaching in the East Allegheny School District for 15 years. During his tenure he has taught language arts, social studies, science, and math in both 5th and 6th grade. Currently he is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Logan Middle School. He has worked on the curriculum writing team for his district in the area of math science and reading. Lou has also served as a consultant for a math textbook producer.

Mrs. Gerbi also received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters Equivalency in Elementary Education from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has been teaching in the East Allegheny School District for 10 years. During her career as a teacher in the district Hope has taught language arts, social studies, science, and math in 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade. Currently she is a 6th grade math and science teacher at Logan Middle School. Mrs. Gerbi has also worked on the curriculum writing team for her district in the areas of math and social studies. She has been a member of the Math Science Collaborative of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which coordinates and focuses resources to improve math and science education regionally and to raise student achievement.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerbi have both been the recipients of numerous Great Idea Grants from the Mon-Valley Education Consortium, and they have been nominated for teacher of the year by former students.

Steven W. Goss

Technology Advisor

Mr. Goss has been a teacher and educational administrator since 1995. He received his Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College Columbia University and holds an M.A. from New York University and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Art Education. As a teacher, Mr. Goss has instructed a diverse student audience, including K-12, undergraduate and graduate learners. Currently he is teaching courses concerning Information design and online education. Along with his teaching responsibilities, he also serves as the Associate Director of NYU SCPS Distance Learning, in which he collaborates with faculty on course development and supports creative uses of educational media. His research interests include online learning theory, new media arts, and web design strategy. Mr. Goss has received awards for his presentations on blogging and student-centered learning and has had articles published by Cabinet and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

Shana Gutterman

Art Advisor

Mrs. Gutterman received her BFA in Package Design and an Associates Degree in Advertising Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked in the toy industry as a package designer and then as a product manager, where she helped create and design educational toys. Mrs. Gutterman started teaching art when she moved to Florida. She teaches art for grades K-8 at Martin J Gottlieb Day School, where she collaborates with the 21st century teaching team to incorporate digital media platforms into her everyday lessons. She enjoys teaching her students how to create art with mediums such as paint, clay, wood, and wire, and she is passionate about bringing 21st century tools into the art room.

Jennifer Jensen

Technology Advisor

Mrs. Jensen received her M.A. in information and learning technologies from the University of Colorado at Denver. She earned her professional license for elementary education and her B.A. in social science from the University of Northern Colorado. She has over thirteen years of teaching experience, and she is currently the instructional computer resource teacher at Clear Sky Elementary School in Castle Rock, Colorado. There she works closely with students and leads instructional sessions for fellow educators that guide and inspire them to integrate technology into their classrooms. Mrs. Jensen is passionate about integrating Web 2.0 tools, blogging, digital storytelling, Google Earth, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive whiteboards to enhance learning and encourage creativity. She is the recipient of the International Reading Association Presidential Award for Reading and Technology, among other honors.

Karl C. Jolliffe

Arts and Technology advisor

Karl C. Jolliffe received his B.A. in communication with a concentration in music from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He currently serves as a music teacher at Rainbow Academy in several cities around New Jersey. He is passionate about teaching music from different genres, cultures, and time periods with his students. Specifically, he enjoys exploring African percussion instruments and beats with his students. He has played guitar for over thirteen years and has written and recorded two records released by Eyeball Records. In addition, he has served as an instructor in an after-school aviation program, where he led students to build and fly model planes and explore the science and engineering of aviation.

Andrea Keller

Special Education Advisor

Andrea Keller received her B.A. from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on special education. She is currently working toward her M.S. in educational technology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She started teaching in 2002 in Amarillo, Texas teaching in a pre-school program for children with disabilities classroom and then moved to Irving, Texas where she continues to teach. She has taught in a pervasive developmental disorder K-3 unit for the past four years and is passionate about using 21st-century technology with her classroom. Although her students are often low-verbal or non-verbal, she adapts and modifies so they can participate in podcasting, vodcasting, and video conferencing. Ms. Keller has received grants to get webcams in every PDD classroom, along with a campus set of Wii remotes and materials to create Wii remote interactive whiteboards. She currently leads students in Destination Imagination, an after-school activity in which teams work to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.

Teryl Magee

Technology Advisor

Ms. Magee has been a teacher since 2000. She received her B.S. in History and Elementary Education and her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ms. Magee began her teaching career with kindergarten students at Dogwood Elementary and is now teaching fourth grade at Mooreland Heights. She has been nominated for several awards, including Disney’s Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she was named to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list of education technology leaders. Ms. Magee is passionate about integrating technology into the curriculum, thus preparing her students to be productive 21st-century citizens. Her students create movies, podcasts, and more and engage in learning with students from across the United States and beyond. Another passion of Ms. Magee’s is helping teachers, from kindergarten to high school, learn how to use technology in effective ways in their classrooms.

Maresa Pittman

Health and Phys Ed Advisor

Coach Pittman teaches physical education to students from Kindergarten through 5th grade at Lively Elementary in Irving, Texas, where she herself attended. She received her Master’s of Education in Kinesiology from Dallas Baptist University. She also has B.S. in Kinesiology with Teacher Certification and a minor in Mathematics from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX. She plays soccer and volleyball and loves to dance around for fun. She likes cooking and making new recipes that use hidden vegetables. Coach Pittman is passionate about teaching her students healthy lifestyles and encouraging them to get moving and get active. She also instructs other teachers how to use fitness in their classes in order to get students learning and moving together. She loves integrating technology into her PE gym through digital exercise presentations, dance videos, social media, camera fitness presentations, song writing, and other digital resources for classroom instruction. And she loves making up new songs and educational videos that help teach or lead students in various activities, games, and lessons.

Robert Miller

General Advisor

Robert Miller received his M.Ed in special education from the University of Louisiana and currently teaches 4th and 5th grade exceptional education students in Port Orange, Florida. In conjunction with Florida International University and the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Mr. Miller coauthored curriculum for Florida students teaching media literacy and deconstructing advertising. Mr. Miller has also authored various interdisciplinary units for Volusia County heritage projects for his school district. A two-time recipient of the Crystal Apple Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, he is passionate in using an inquiry-based approach to teaching science as well as in incorporating technology in his everyday lessons. Mr. Miller also serves as an advisor to an after-school media club, in which he engages his students in creating film shorts, animation, and other school productions. In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and included on the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list of education technology leaders.

Adina Popa

Music and Technology Advisor

Adina Popa started her career as a high school English teacher in Timisoara, Romania, after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia International University. She also taught music at Ponte Vedra – Palm Valley Elementary, a K-2 public school in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Kent State University, Adina taught math to 5th grade students in Hinckley, Ohio, and then became a Technology Resource Teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia. Through her position as Technology Resource Teacher, Adina has: participated in opening a new school and trained staff to use cutting-edge technologies; written grants to create and deliver professional development sessions and implement projects; presented at a number of conferences; piloted videoconferencing for Loudoun County Public Schools; and pioneered simulations and games with the aid of professionals, through VTC.

Lorraine Prince

Writing Advisor

Ms. Prince received her Masters of Teaching from the Institute of Education in London, England and her B.S. in elementary education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has over ten years of experience in early childhood education in both England and the United States. She currently teaches kindergarten at Dunwoody Springs Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she designs and implements core curriculum and creates assessment plans. Ms. Prince is passionate about integrating technology and leads an interactive media classroom made possible by grants from Dell and Promethean.

Andrea Rafanelli

Social Studies Advisor

Ms. Rafanelli teaches social studies and drama at Lyndon Academy in Woodstock, GA. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics. After realizing her true passion lay in history and the social sciences, she went on to receive a master's degree in social studies education from Long Island University. Ms. Rafanelli served as the head of the social studies department for Fulton County School Systems for many years. Many of her former students have become social studies educators themselves. She has written curricula, tested standards, and worked as a mentor for fellow teachers in both public and private schools. An avid traveler, Ms. Rafanelli uses her experiences to bring history alive for her children and her students.

Dr. Michelle Scribner-MacLean

Science and Math Advisor

Dr. Scribner-MacLean received her Ed.D in science and mathematics education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and her M.S. in biological sciences from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. She received her M.Ed in elementary education curriculum and instruction from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Currently she is an visiting assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an adjunct faculty member in the Masters in Science Education Program at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Linda Vasu

English Advisor

Ms. Vasu teaches English and literature at an independent school in Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in French literature, and studied psychology as a graduate student at Yale University. She also received a PhD (ABD) in semiotics and literary theory from Columbia University. Ms. Vasu has taught literature and humanities at every level from 2nd grade through graduate school. She helps students integrate critical thinking with creativity, and teaches strategies for writing effective arguments. Ms. Vasu has served as Executive Director of REACH Prep, a skills-building college placement program for underserved youth. She is a frequent speaker at educational conferences on the topics of curriculum design and technology integration. In her spare time, she is an avid cyclist and enjoys long hikes in the woods with her ever-curious Jack Russell terrier, Monty.

Kristina Westin

Arts and Technology Advisor

Kristina Westin received her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York and her M.S. in Education with a focus on Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has over 13 years of music teaching experience and has spent the past 10 years teaching classroom music and technology integration in elementary schools in Baltimore County. She plays the trombone and piano and sings in her spare time. In the classroom, Ms. Westin uses videos of her students singing and playing instruments to encourage self-assessment. By interacting through a wiki, the students continue to learn even outside of the music classroom. Ms. Westin’s passion is to provide music educators with technology resources to enhance their curriculums with 21st Century Learning skills.

Esther Wojcicki

English & Journalism Advisor

Esther Wojcicki has been a Journalism/English teacher for the past 27 years at Palo Alto High School in California. Starting in 1985 with a group of 20 students, Esther built the school’s journalism program into the largest of its kind in the nation. The program includes 500 students, four journalism teachers, and five award-winning journalism electives, including a newspaper, a news magazine, a website, daily television, and a sports magazine. Esther chairs the Board of Creative Commons, and is a strong advocate of Open Education Resources and Creative Commons licensing. She is a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Award recipient, and winner of the 2011 Columbia University Scholastic Press Association Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching. Esther also works as a consultant for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and as a blogger for HuffingtonPost.

 

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